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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 random.org 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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Review Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

https://i0.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_nhteQqUzS9M/THHEBAtywmI/AAAAAAAAAYE/iD0GRlULW88/s1600/Zombies+Vs.+Unicorns.png In 2007 an intense debate heated up on the blogs of young adult authors Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. The main topic of consideration was centered on a simple question, a choice between two supernatural creatures and their merits in connection with the writing of fiction.  Who makes for a better story: zombies or unicorns? What had begun as a friendly little blog chat and voting poll soon turned to all out social media war and the troops began to rally. The time has come for the ultimate literary showdown; the time has come for Zombies vs. Unicorns.

Zombies vs. Unicorns is an anthology of short stories from some of the most popular young adult authors of today showing their support for either “Team Zombie” or “Team Uniciorn”. Black and Larbalestier edit the anthology itself with hilarious commentary throughout the entire book and short introductions by both before each short story is presented.  Every story provides its own unique twist on the creature the author has chosen as their subject and each story is completely strange and unexpected in its own delightful way. While some writers stay true to their form others take on different settings or time periods, giving readers a glimpse into their writing in new territory.

Readers will find themselves saving chocolate milk loving baby unicorns in Manhattan with author Naomi Novak, fighting the mudo off and living on a solitary island after “The Return” with Carrie Ryan or maybe even hanging out with Meg Cabot to watch one teenager get a pretty amazing birthday present with a horn (No not that kind of horn.). No matter the time, no matter the place, you can be sure a zombie or unicorn will make an entrance.

While each story is different in every way, a few of the stories are quite mature and should be viewed by parents possibly before turning the book over to younger teens.  Since the authors in the book are popular young adult authors one might think the book would be appropriate for reader’s of those author’s same books but that may not be the case with every story and each teen should be judged by their own level of maturity for certain subject material in the anthology.

Whether the reader is more pro-zombie or pro-unicorn oriented in the end really doesn’t matter. The anthology has proven the point that both make great subjects for fiction especially in the form of short stories as in Zombies vs. Unicorns.  Throw in some detailed background and mythology on the stars of the book and you also become a more educated scholar on the subject of both the un-dead and the unicorn. A hilarious, absurdly quirky book that takes readers somewhere no reader has gone before with terrific young adult writers as their guides.

Team Unicorn

Holly Black
Meg Cabot, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan,
Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund

Team Zombie

Justine Larbalestier

Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Dawn Johnson,
Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld

In the end well I have to say I am….how can I not be?


Zombies…one word…yuck!


Filed under Anthology, Meg Cabot, New Books, Paranormal, Young Adult Books

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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Filed under Award Winners, Children's Picture Books, Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Young Adult Books