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Review & Giveaway: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

  “The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and complete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eye liner.

 What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

 Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.”

Hold on to your tiaras…it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. That’s right… it’s Survivor-high maintenance style. Nothing is safe from satire in this wild journey to a desert island full of desperate beauty queens and soon readers will see all is not what it seems. Don’t count out a girl just because she knows the usefulness of hair spray and heels. (Obviously Stiletto Storytime already believes in this philisophy).

I have to admit for me this book began a little slowly. It’s absolutely hilarious but in the beginning there seems to be little action to really get things moving as we take time getting to know the individual girls. However by about half way in I was hooked. The hot pirates helped but I won’t say anymore about that…you’ll have to find out for yourself. Also interspersed throughout the novel are the funniest “commercials”, footnotes and contestant profiles that will undoubtedly make you giggle out loud. In the end this is one you won’t forget for quite awhile to come. Absolutely one to try especially when in need of a good laugh.

(Parents be advised the book does contain sexual content and should be reserved for readers of appropriate teen ages.)

Book Giveaway

Thanks to the always wonderful gang at Big Honcho Media…I have two copies of Beauty Queens to give away to two very lucky Stiletto Storytime readers. Also if your a teen between the ages of 13-18: check out the Beauty Queens Writing Contest.

Giveaway ends midnight EST June 9, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

Want extra entries? You can get an extra entry by doing any of the following:

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime on Twitter

Be/Become a Follower of Author Libba Bray on Twitter

“Like” Scholastic’s ThisIsTeen on Facebook


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Hunger Games Trilogy: Final Book Revealed

[Mockingjay.JPG]For all those out there who have patiently been waiting for the next installment (and sadly the last) of the Hunger Games series. Scholastic has revealed the title and cover and lots of other tidbits! I personally love it….I think the three books have very cohesive covers and I cannot wait until August 24th to dive back in! Marking my calendar as we speak!

Other News:

*Libba Bray has just signed on to do a new series called The Diviners, which is so exciting to me since she is one of my favorite YA authors….this is following her big Printz win for Going Bovine which is sitting on my side table waiting to be read as we speak….I will always love her very first series though. Gemma Doyle has a place in my heart….I tried to convince my husband to name our child Pippa if she was a girl…didn’t go over so well. But I loved that series and characters, I fell in love from the start! I am sure her next will be spectacular!

*Harper Teen is giving away a book a day in their 28 Day Giveaway! Some great stuff is up for grabs so make sure to check it out! Just answer the poll to be entered.


*And……A New Jane Austen Challenge has just come to my attention from Fly High! The challenge is hosted by The Life and Lies of Inanimate Flying Object. Of course I will be signing up…and keeping up with my progress on my blog! I will be signing up for Fanatic of course. I was planning to re-read all my Austen’s this year for research purposes for some future possible writing projects so this challenge is perfect for me or any Austen lover out there! Won’t you please join us?
Newbie 2 books by J. Austen & 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
Lover 4 books by J. Austen & 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen & 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
-Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.

-Any format counts: bound book, e-book (check online for free downloads of J.A’s copyright-free books), audio book, or any other thing you can think of.

-You can change which level you read!

-Challenge runs January 1st 2010—December 31 2010.

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Literary Awards Announced

     And the winners are…..The American Library Association has announced the 2008 winners during Midwinter in Philadephia….I have read many of these but I look forward to reading the rest. Below I also have attached a link to ALA and the other award winners including the Alex Award list which I always find to be fanatastic for books I will love!

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Winner: The Invention of Hugo Cabaret Illustrated by Brian Selznick

Honor Books: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Written by Ellen Levine

First the Egg Written and Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Written and Illustrated by Peter Sis

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems

John Newbery Medal

Winner: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from the Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

Honor Books: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Michael L.Printz Award

Winner: The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Honor Books: Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox

One Whole and Perfect Day byJudith Clarke

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Coretta Scott King Book Award

Winner: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Honor Books: November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali

Written by Charles R. Smith Jr. Illustrated by Bryan Collier

To read the criteria for these awards and to see the other awards that were given. Head to the American Library Association website.

Also a quick final note: I finished The Sweet Far Thing this weekend and WOW! I loved it. Snaps to Libba Bray for making it unbelievable with some surprises I never saw coming! And I think it is open for further works…perhaps? (And yes I did just make an Legally Blonde reference…it just came out!) Don’t tell!

Thanks again Libba! For such a delicious gothic, fantasy, romance, historial young adult trilogy! It just seems to have  it all!

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YA Books and their Adult Audiences

On a recent holiday trip home to see my family my mother picked up one of the YA books I was reading and thought it must belong to my teenage sister. When I explained that no in fact the book was mine she acted astonished and asked why on earth I was reading it? It was a Gossip Girl and I think she looked upon it much like a Harlequin romance. While it may not be classical lit, I think the books are extremely addictive and I have to confess I am almost finished with the series. I also have become hooked on The Gemma Doyle Trilogy and The Pretty Little Liars Series among others.

So I began to wonder if I was alone…our children’s manager Erin is also a dedicated YA reader and my person to go to for discussion on my newest favorites but who else is hooked on Ya books? I found this interesting article but I disagree with it’s categorization of all YA books….since it is talking more about a certain genre of YA. But it was a good laugh and it’s nice to know it is not just me! I think the YA market is exploding with some great works…sometimes more inventive and original than many adult works I see coming through. I find myself being lured in with creative plots and unique characters. And they seem to be climbing the bestsellers list as well! Perhaps when author writes something for young adults there is more freedom…they do not have to worry about the criticism of adult audiences or limit their work by making it age appropriate for children or tweens. Why is YA so hot right now?

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It’s The Luxe

      Okay so in trying to think of what to post today all I could think of is The Luxe sitting snugly in my new Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice tote back in the office. Yes I had to add the tote bag in since it was my favorite Christmas present but the book seems to be calling my name. I can’t put it down…like I said Jane Austen meets Gossip Girls…love it! So I found the book site while I was working the reference desk to curve my craving.

By the way I am Elizabeth Holland according to the “Which Luxe Girl Are You Quiz”. Not sure if I agree but certainly in some aspects. We shall see….I have not yet finished the book.

       Also I wanted to post some upcoming titles that I am excited about. The next thing that I am picking up to read and will no doubt not be able to put down despite that it is over 800 pages long will be The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I am so excited that this series is finally getting the attention it deserves.  The first two books A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels were I felt underrated and did not get the following they would have if people had been exposed to them. I even felt our library under bought. I thought they were not only vividly new and fresh in their concept but also completely engrossing. I was really happy to see this work is right now currently ranked #1 on Barnes and Noble’s site! Way to go Libba! If you haven’t noticed Young Adult Fiction is Hot!
Some other exciting works that will be published soon and you should put on your list are…
  • The People of the Book  by Geraldine Brooks (January 1st)
  • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (March 4th)
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer (May 6th) Her first adult fiction title!

       Okay I can’t help it…here is a picture of my new jane Austen tote…check out the Pemberley Shoppe at the Republic of Pemberley for all kinds of cool Austen stuff. I also got the Mrs.Darcy mug…Santa was right on this year.

 Jane Austen Darcy Lizzy Tote Bag

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