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See Our Authors at the LA Times Festival of Books!

Some of our authors are going to be at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend! Check out our panels, signing, and more below, and be sure to check out the festival, meet authors, and get books signed!


Young Adult Graphic Novels: The World In A Frame
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 10:30AM
Featuring: Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, author and illustrator of This One Summer
Location: Seeley Mudd Room 123

Young Adult Fiction: The Girls Are All Right
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 1:30PM
Featuring: Ann Aguirre, author and illustrator of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Location: Seeley Mudd Room 123

Young Adult Fiction: Writing the Fantastic
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 3:00PM
Featuring: Leigh Bardugo, author of The Grisha Trilogy
Location: Seeley Mudd Room 123

Young Adult Fiction: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 3:00PM
Featuring: Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
Location: Hoffman Hall

Young Adult Fiction: Lurking in the Shadows
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 3:00PM
Featuring: Josephine Angelini, author of Trial By Fire
Location: Norris Theater

Young Adult Fiction: Writing the Unknown
Date/Time: Sunday, April 19, 10:30AM
Featuring: Cecil Castellucci, author of Stone in the Sky
Location: YA Stage

Young Adult Fiction: Paranormal Reality
Date/Time: Sunday, April 19, 1:30PM
Featuring: Cecil Castellucci, author of Stone in the Sky
Location: Seeley Mudd Room 123

In-Booth Signings At Once Upon A Time Booth # 732

Saturday, April 18, 11:00AM- Andy Griffiths (The Treehouse series)
Saturday, April 18, 12:00PM- Josephine Angelini (Trial By Fire)
Saturday, April 18, 11:00AM- Jillian and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer)
Sunday, April 19, 12:00PM- Leila Sales (This Song Will Save Your Life)
Sunday, April 19, 2:00PM- Ann Aguirre (The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things)
Sunday, April 19, 4:00PM- Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky)

In-Booth Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Booth # 368
Sunday, April 19, 12:00PM, Ann Aguirre (The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things)

Book Prize Nominees
Jillian and Mariko Tamaki for This One Summer (Graphic Novel Category)
Winners will be announced at the ceremony the evening of Saturday, April 18

Learn more about the festival here.

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This Song Will Save Your Life Blog Tour: The Songs That Saved Lives

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Music is extremely important to Elise Dembowski in This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Therefore, for this stop on the blog tour, we asked fans to share the songs that have saved their lives. Learn about their favorite songs below, and listen them here.


Lili, Lili’s Reflections: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons


Jamie, Perpetual Page Turner: “Float On” by Modest Mouse

Hannah, The Irish Banana Review: “Walking on Broken Glass” By Annie Lennox

“There is something about this song that has pulled me out of my bleakest moods and always gives me energy. I absolutely love it.”


Jen, The Bevy Bibliotheque: “Here’s to Us” by Halestorm


Gail, Ticket to Anywhere: “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles


Jen, Jenuine Cupcakes:STARS” by Switchfoot

     “When I look at the stars, I feel like myself.” I found this song long before Swichtfoot became famous and long after I figured out that life can be just as overwhelming in adulthood as it was in my teen years. But that’s okay and totally normal. When I have those days where I can’t seem to escape the proverbial dark cloud, listening to the lyrics of STARS helps me to remember I’m not alone.


Karen, Teen Librarian Toolbox: “Beauty from Pain” by Superchick


Tirzah, The Compulsive Reader: “Roll Away Your Stone” by Mumford & Sons


Erica, The Book Cellar: Music in General!

“Music in general is just something that I could put in the category of saving my life. I’ve always been very musical, and regardless of what happened in my life, it’s always been my constant.”


Brittany, The Book Addicts Guide:Kill” by Jimmy Eat World and “Even If It Kills Me” by Motion City Soundtrack


Kara, Great Imaginations: “Weird World” by Backstreet Boys

“This song came to me when I was the happiest I have ever been. In 2005, I had moved to Florida, completely changed my life, was at the best job I ever had, and met the man that would become my future husband. I listened to that song in the car practically every day, and it still reminds me of those days. Before I had moved to Florida, I was deeply unhappy and unsatisfied, and being there was the best decision I ever made. I took a major risk, moving away from everything I had ever known, but it changed my life, my love, and my life perspective for the better. This song reminds me of that time, and how it meant everything to me. It still does.”


Judith, Paper Riot: “Long Live” by Taylor Swift


Heidi, Rainy Day Ramblings: “Just Wait” by Blues Traveler

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Announcing the Fall 2015 Fierce Reads Authors and Books!

Today is the day! We’re revealing the authors who will be going on the Fall 2015 Fierce Reads tour right here on the MacTeenBooks blog. So, without further ado, here they are:


You’ll have to chance to meet these authors IRL come spring, but you can get to know them online right now!

Can’t wait for the books? Add them to your to-read list on Goodreads!

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Becoming Jinn Blog Tour: The Fantastic Flying Book Club Roundup

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Did you know that the Fantastic Flying Book Club hosted a blog tour for Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein? Be sure to check out the stops for interviews, reviews, gifs, and more!

Monday, April 6
A Reading Nurse: Welcome Post
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club: Welcome Post

Tuesday, April 7
Two Chicks on Books: Interview
The Magic of Words: Tell Your Story in 3-5 Gifs
Nick’s Book Blog: Review
A Perfection Called Books: Review

Wednesday, April 8
Addicted Readers: Interview
The Best Books Ever: Review
Write Away Bliss: The World in Becoming Jinn
Curling Up With a Good Book: Review

Thursday, April 9
Storybook Slayers: Interview
Lisa Loves Literature: Review & Official Book Playlist
Books As You Know It: Review
Deadly Darlings: Review

Friday, April 10
Ink of Blood: Meet the Characters
The Book Belles: Review & Official Dream Cast
It Starts at Midnight: Review
A Dream Within A Dream: Review

Saturday, April 11
Once Upon a Twilight: Interview
Teen Readers’ Diary: Spotlight & Excerpt
Library of a Book Witch: Review & Playlist & Dream Cast
Jessabella Reads: Review

Sunday, April 12
BookHounds YA: Interview
Soy Casadora De Sombras y Libros: Story Behind the Cover Design
Such a Novel Idea: Review & Playlist
Bookish Outsider: Review

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is on sale 4/21/15! Pre-order your copy today!


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Skandal Blog Tour: A Q&A with Lindsay Smith

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For our stop on the Skandal blog tour, we have author Lindsay Smith on the blog answering questions about what it’s like to be an author. Without further ado, here’s Lindsay:

How does being a published author compare to your expectations of what it would be like?

It’s pretty fantastic! I never really expected it to be endless glamour and fame, but I have been fortunate to go on book tour with some amazing authors (and equally amazing publicists, who magically solved travel snafus), which is so beyond my wildest expectations. Otherwise my life is pretty much the same—same dirty dishes in the sink, same sweatpant-and-hoodie deranged deadline-meeting, same late-night and early-morning writing sprints squeezed in around the day job. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

What was it like the first time you went to a bookstore and saw your book on a shelf?

Incredible! It was actually a couple of days before release day, and my husband and I had gone to Politics & Prose for an unrelated event. Afterward, I wandered down to the children’s section, thinking, I wonder . . . and it was already on the shelf, right next to my good friend Jessica Spotswood’s books! I freaked out, then my husband freaked out and proceeded to tell everyone in the store, and we took a ton of cheesy photos.

What are the best and worst parts about an author tour?

Getting to hear from readers—readers of my books, and readers in general!—is just such an honor. I love getting to talk about books and writing, and also hearing the experiences of my fellow authors! All the air travel is a bit exhausting, though, and as an introvert I do need my recharge time, but I’ve found a nice soak in the hotel tubs (with one of the trillion books I end up purchasing on tour, naturally) to help with that.

What is your favorite city that you’ve visited on tour so far? Are there any cities that you’re particularly looking forward to visiting when you’re on the Fierce Reads tour in May?

I was so impressed with the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. Gorgeous space, gorgeous area of town, and so many enthusiastic book people! It was great to just wander the streets on my own before the event. I’ve never been to San Francisco before, so I’m really looking forward to our event this year in Menlo Park. And I’m sure the Romantic Times convention and panel will be overwhelming in the best way possible!

Your favorite or most memorable fan/reader encounter?

I love the enthusiasm and creativity of younger fans—the Tumblr artwork and student projects I’ve seen are simply amazing! But I also really love the feedback I get from much older readers, too—often from readers whose grandparents decided to pick up my book. They’ll share their own Cold War experiences with me, or stories about their time in Russia—it’s always just fascinating to hear those first-hand accounts, and gives me even more story ideas!

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who are just starting out?

You can aim for perfection, but you’ll probably never reach it (none of us do!), and that’s okay. Let your first drafts be messy and let yourself take some wrong turns as you figure out the right shape for your book. Don’t let your desire to make it perfect keep you from putting words on the page. Everything you write has value, whether it’s teaching you what to do or what not to do—so embrace it!

Skandal by Lindsay Smith is available now! Buy your copy today!


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Blog Tour: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

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In Becoming Jinn, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. To learn more about Becoming Jinn, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Monday, April 13

Monday, April 13
Polished Page Turners

Tuesday, April 14
What Sarah Read

Wednesday, April 15

Thursday, April 16
Forevery Young Adult

Friday, April 17
SciFi Chick

Saturday, April 18

Sunday, April 19
Falling For YA

Monday, April 20
Reading Teen

Tuesday, April 21
Icey Books
Page Turners

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein is on sale 4/21/15! Pre-order your copy today!


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Watch a Music Video Inspired by The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things!

In The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, Shane Cavendish plays the guitar and writes his own songs. He even sings some of them to Sage Czinski (yes, you can start swooning now!). Watch a music video of one of the songs, “Bittersweet,” below:

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre is on sale 4/7/15! Pre-order your copy today!


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Quote Roundup: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski came out on 3/3/15! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain the words from the book will convince you to read it.











Share these quotes on social media with #TheWinnersCrime, get The Winner’s Crime today, and let us know which quotes are your favorite!

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Do You Want To Win Books?: April Sweeps News

Dream a Little Dream     The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
If you want to win our YA titles as beautiful (often signed!) hardcovers and advance copies months before the books come out, make sure you’re following us on Twitter, subscribed to our Teen E-Newsletter (you can signup here), checking in with this blog, and looking out for our Goodreads giveaways.

Skandal    Blood Will Tell

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Blog Tour: This Song Will Save Your Life

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This Song Will Save Your Life, an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together, is now available in paperback! To learn more about This Song Will Save Your Life, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Thursday, April 2
Paper Riot

Friday, April 3
The Irish Banana

Saturday, April 4
Rainy Day Ramblings

Sunday, April 5
Lili’s Reflections

Monday, April 6
The Compulsive Reader

Tuesday, April 7
Teen Librarian Toolbox

Wednesday, April 8
The Book Cellar

Thursday, April 9
Great Imaginations

Friday, April 10
The Bevy Bibliotheque

Saturday, April 11
Jenuine Cupcakes

Sunday, April 12
Ticket to Anywhere

Monday, April 13
Book Addict’s Guide

Tuesday, April 14
MacTeenBooks Blog

Wednesday, April 15
Perpetual Page Turner

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