Eilis O'Neal

Reader, gamer, sometimes-knitter, owner of two very obnoxious dogs, and author of the YA fantasy novel The False Princess. Find out more at www.eilisoneal.com.

nateswinehart:

So far I’m really enjoying Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle

YA 4EVA.

(via bethrevis)

But there’s something missing in a lot of the anti-YA-for-adults discourse that I can’t help but zero in on, as an observer and critic of fan culture. These books don’t exist in a vacuum. The fan culture I was describing at the start of this piece exists across YA (not to mention plenty of other genres): these writers are creating worlds readers want to inhabit, rather than just visit, or even worse, view from on high. Tumblr is awash with fan art and fiction and meta about established and emerging YA books alike – a vast and rich and varied “conversation”. Many YA authors are occupying the same spaces as their readers: not just dropping by for a publisher-sanctioned Q&A or sending out the occasional awkward tweet once every six weeks, but actually using and enjoying social media, speaking these very modern languages as fluently as their readers.

Genre Bending

the-writers-brain:

Genre-bending gets a lot of play these days, because it is a way to try and inject something fresh into a creative marketplace where it sometimes seems like everything has been done already. It looks easy: take one genre and plop the conventions down in the setting of another genre. Bingo!

Put…

petermorwood:

archiemcphee:

"You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say."

Thanks to the work of Italian photographer Elido Turco we’ve all been invited to an Entmoot. Turco has a great eye for trees and uses a mirroring technique to transform the the natural textures of their trunks and branches into faces that could only belong to J. R. R. Tolkien’s mighty Ents.

Visit Elido Turco’s Flickr account to view more of his photos of Middle Earth’s forest shepherds.

[via Junkculture]

"If you go down to the woods today…"

You know, maybe I won’t…

yainterrobang:

NEW RELEASES: OCTOBER 14
Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (October 14 - 20). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: October 14th
Kit Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever.

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: October 14th
Born with the ability to move things with her mind, Kayla has become a master shoplifter. But one day she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it.

Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release date: October 14th
With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: October 14th
Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead.

Damaged by Amy Reed
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 14th
After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down. All she wants is to be left alone, but Camille’s boyfriend, Hunter–who was also in the car that night–has different ideas.

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: October 14th
Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. When Imogen’s new stepsister, Ella Cinder, moves in, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together.

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14th
Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father.

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: October 14th
Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter Julia Buchanan. But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy.

Every Breath (Every #1) by Ellie Marney
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release date: October 14th
When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is a mutilated body. But Mycroft knows something and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: October 14th
Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14th
Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. Glory makes it her mission to record everything. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

Mortal Gods (Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: October 14th
Ares, God of War, is leading the other gods into battle. Which is fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (et al.)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 14th
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: October 14th
As the cofounder of successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York. Her plans derail when a boy offers her the New York experience she’s dreamed of.

Playing For the Commandant by Suzy Zail
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: October 14th
A young Jewish pianist at Auschwitz, desperate to save her family, is chosen to play at the camp commandant’s house. But staying alive isn’t supposed to include falling in love with the commandant’s son.

Redeemed (House of Night #12) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 14th
A Dark Goddess is loose on the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless they have the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird has such power.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 14th
The Kingdom of Winter was conquered, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is for the eight survivors who managed to escape to steal back Winter’s magic.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 14th
Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back.

Sublime by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14th
When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, and as she begins to remember more, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: October 14th
The story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems. With nothing to lose, Cam is in.

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: October 14th
Kenzie Summerall is voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, and her average life becomes dazzling. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. But if you’re on it this year? Your life ends.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: October 14th
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist. But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel.

Undivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Schusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14th
Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets.

Very Bad Things by Susan McBride
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: October 14th
Katie never thought she’d be the girl with the popular boyfriend. She also never thought he’d cheat on her. Mark swears he doesn’t remember anything. But Rose, the girl in the photo, is missing, and Mark is in big trouble.

Lots of good books here. Excited for the second Mortal Gods book especially!