Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat Witches

Remember back when Pretty Little Liars started and I was a secret keeper? Well, it turns out A is never too far away and she's got more in store for us!

This week I got a mysterious package from A:

When I opened it up, there was a bowl of orange M&M's that all said "trick" "treat" or "witches" a flashlight, and a note that said the light would reveal the truth:

Using the flashlight, I found a website that A had set up with this special sneak peek of Pretty Little Liars which is back on ABC Family January 3rd!

Remember-A is watching!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

YA Movie News

David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s newest release, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, has been optioned for a film. I really enjoyed the movie version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and I’d love to see Dash and Lily on the big screen! Thanks to Shelf-Awareness for the news.

Skyler Samuels has been cast in the pilot of ABC Family’s Nine Lives, which is based on Celia Thomson’s YA series The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Also in the cast are Grey Damon as Brian and Alyssa Diaz as Jasmine. Thanks to Shelf-Awareness for the news.

Another yet to be released YA novel has been already been snatched up as a possible movie. Here Lies Bridget, which is out in January 2011 from Harlequin Teen, has had the film rights picked up. According to
Deadline, the novel is about "heroine, Bridget Duke, rules her high school but when she crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has wronged, all of whom want her to go to hell. The outcome of these meetings will decide her final destination." Thanks to Shelf-Awareness for the news.

Breaking Dawn has even more actors added to the cast list. has the full run down, although no word on what characters they will be playing.

Have you gotten your tickets for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One yet? If you're wanting to go opening weekend, you better get your tickets soon-November is almost here!

And here's a trailer for Disney Channel's Avalon High, based on Meg Cabot's novel. The movie debuts on November 12.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Comic/Graphic Novel

Release Date: 9/1/2010

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FYI: This is an adult title, but I do think older teens would enjoy it.

About the Book: After a fight with her boyfriend one evening, Alexandra is wandering the streets of Chicago when she comes across the Night Bookmobile. There's something familiar about this bookmobile and she realizes it contains every book she's ever read. But when morning comes, the bookmobile and it's kind librarian move on.

Alexandra spends years searching for the bookmobile and reading and adding to her collection. Her search for the mysterious bookmobile becomes and obsession as Alexandra longs to be reunited with her bookmobile.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The Night Bookmobile is hauntingly good. If you're an avid reader and a book lover, you'll find yourself in Alexandra.

The book is fairly short and the illustrations aren't always superb, but the story is what sells this book and if you are a booklover, know booklovers, or are a librarian, you'll want to pick up a copy of this book.

The Night Bookmobile is a love story to books from a reader. How do books affect our lives? What do they say about us, what we were doing at the moment we read them, and who we were and who we've become? Do our reading tastes grow and change as we do? As much as The Night Bookmobile is a love story, it's also warning-do not get so wrapped up in books that you forget everything and everyone else. As fantastic as books can be, they are not to be your life force. I thought this was especially interesting coming from an author. An author writing a book with a warning about not wasting your life away reading books? OK, I know we should have other hobbies and not give up human communication for a book, but it struck me as a little strange that an author was writing a book to warn against reading. I don't think all authors want their readers to be hermits, but I would think authors would want their readers to be booklovers. But as someone who blogs about books, reads books on a daily basis, is surrounded by books on a daily basis, and am dependant on books for my career, maybe that is a reminder that I need to read.

I would have liked more characterization in Alexandra-more to her back story and why she was so motivated to get back to the bookmobile. The ending also felt a little rushed and I wanted to know Alexandra more to fully understand the ending.

I do think The Night Bookmobile is a brave story and it's one that haunt readers long after they read it.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku by K.A. Holt

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Horror/Poetry

Release Date: 8/17/2010

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About the Book: Middle school is hard enough but trying being a zombie! Loeb is a zombie and at his school, zombies and humans don't mix. But Loeb has a crush on human Siobhan. Can Loeb enter the poetry contest and school and win over the girl?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: When Brains for Lunch came across my desk at the library in my new book stash, I knew I had to check it out. Brains for Lunch is a fun twist on zombies. The book is told entirely in haiku-you see, zombies talk in haiku.

The haiku format is creative and makes for a fun fast read. It's a short book-just under 100 pages-and the short poetry format makes the book go quickly. The haiku format does give the reader a good idea of zombie speak, but at times I wish there was room for just a bit more story. I wanted to know just a bit more about the characters and the school that couldn't really be written in such a short format. The ending also felt a little rushed and didn't have a ton of explanation, again because of the format.

But the haiku format is different and I really can imagine zombies walking around talking that way. Because the book is so short, I think Brains for Lunch would be a great read for students and teachers during a poetry unit. And I have to give props to the author for managing to write the entire story in three line poems-I'm sure that was no easy task! The dislike between the zombies and the humans can even open a discussion on race and differences and everyone being equal and getting along.

Brains for Lunch is an entertaining read perfect for readers looking for something humorous and sometimes gross-I mean, these are zombies we're talking about here! Hand this one to reluctant readers looking for a good read for Halloween.

Book Pairings: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie by David Lubar (for another fun MG zombie read), Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka (for another look at a book all written in haiku)

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tween Tuesday: How to Trap a Zombie by A.R. Rotruck

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. Join the fun and leave your Tween Tuesday link below.

How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire and other Hands-On Activities for Monster Hunters by A.R. Rotruck

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Crafts

Release Date: 9/14/2010

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About the Book: If you want to be a monster hunter, you'll need this guide to teach you. Everything you need to know about monsters, zombies and other creatures you might encounter and everything you'll need to take with you, this book is the ultimate monster hunting guide.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: How to Trap a Zombie is a book that teachers and librarians who work with tweens will want to have. The crafts and activities included can easily be adapted into a program.

The way to book is written, it reads as though it's a guide for young wizards who are wanting to hunt monsters. There is advice about monster hunting trips ranging from making traps to camping. I can see where tweens would have fun using this book and turning an every day adventure outside into a monster hunt. The crafts are all pretty simple and include step by step directions. I would have liked the crafts to be a little more creative though-they were good, but a lot of them I'd seen in other craft books, so I would have liked some new ideas.

The book is from Wizards of the Coast, who are the publishers of the Dungeons and Dragons books and while there are some references to the Dungeons and Dragons series, the book can stand alone.

A fun read for adventerous tweens, especially if you have tweens who enjoy the outdoors!

Book Pairings: If your tween likes this book, give them the Practical Guide books also from Wizards of the Coast-they'll give more depth into the creatures explored in How to Trap a Zombie.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from final copy sent by publicist for review

Monday, October 25, 2010

You by Charles Benoit

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 8/24/2010

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About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Kyle Chase is coasting through high school. He's part of the "hoodies" crowd and he doesn't really fit in. He's awkward, he's on the fringe of his friend group, he's failing his classes, and he can't seem to tell the girl he likes how he feels.

Then new student Zack shows up and Kyle slowly and unwillingly befriends him. Zack is after Kyle's weak spot and is out to break Kyle and everyone else in his path. Nothing will be the same-and when did it really all start?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: There's a reason the ARC of You has blurb after blurb from authors, librarians and booksellers-Charles Benoit has written a stunning YA debut.

In the author's note in the beginning of the book, Mr. Benoit states that Kyle is not a bad teen nor is he good teen, but he's a typical teen and I couldn't agree more. Kyle is that teen boy that doesn't feel like he fits in anywhere, is somewhat awkward, and that most everyone have pegged as a "loser." Kyle is an incredibly believable main character. I can see Kyle in many of the teen boys that know-in fact, I think I need to pass You onto my brother because I think he would really relate to Kyle's story.

At the crux of the story is decision making-when did everything go wrong for Kyle? Was it the beginning of tenth grade? Was it when he started to crush on Ashley? Was it when Zach arrived? Or was it sometime before? We know Kyle has a lot of anger and that something happened in eighth grade to make him stop trying, though we're never told what.

The way the story is told-in second person-really engages the reader. The author puts the reader in Kyle's shoes and in a sense the reader becomes Kyle. This style of storytelling really works well and makes the book flow at a non-stop pace. I started reading it and I couldn't put it down for the next two hours. The narration also adds to the suspense and mystery. This is a contemporary novel that in some ways reads like a thriller as we're given hints about what happens later, what people will say, but we spend the majority of the book trying to get there and figure out what's going to happen.

Not only is this a read I would give to teens, but one I would pass on to adults as well, especially adults who work with teens. Kyle needs an adult to listen, to talk to him, to see him for who he is, but instead he's been branded a "hoodie" and a "loser" and so even the adults see him that way. I think You can serve as a good reminder to teens and adults that we shouldn't be so quick to judge the others we encounter.

You is a riveting read that begs to be discussed.

Spoilery Thought (highlight to read): If you've read this book, what are your thoughts on Zach-like him or hate him? And did anyone else wonder if maybe Zach wasn't real but instead a figment of Kyle's imagination or alter-ego ala Fight Club?

Book Pairings: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas, novels by Chris Crutcher and Ellen Hopkins

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC picked up at ALA

Friday, October 22, 2010

YA Movie News

-Remember that movie version of If I Stay that's in the works? EW reports that Dakota Fanning is in talks to star in the movie version of If I Stay. The director has been changed as well-Catherine Hardwicke was orignally attached to direct, but now Heitor Dhalia is set to direct. Dakota Fanning as Mia is a casting I could really get behind and I think she'd be perfect!

-Mr. Popper's Penguins starring Jim Carrey is set to release August 12, 2011. They've changed a lot of the script and turned it into a typical slapstick comedy for kids, so sadly, don't expect it to be too much like the book. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-A new tv show starring The Hulk is being developed for ABC. Maybe my Incredible Hulk comics will finally start to see circulation again? He seems to be a forgotton superhero on my library shelves. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Judy Blume has written a movie script for her novel Tiger Eyes with her son Lawrence who plans to direct the film. None of Ms. Blume's novels have hit the big screen, although she has had TV adaptations made. (I LOVED the Fudge TV series as a kid!) Thanks to
Shelf Awareness for the news.

-Walden Media, who is known for the children's books movie adaptations, has the rights to The Best Christmas Pagent Ever by Barbara Park. A TV movie was made in the 80's. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to the YA series Sweep by Cate Tiernan. Alloy and Vince Vaughn's Wild West Productions are producing and Robert Nelson Jacobs is attached to write the script (Jaobs adapated Chocolat for the big screen.) The series is about Morgan, who discovers she is a witch. This series is still incredibly popular and checks out all the time at my library, so I hope this movie gets made-my teens would go crazy over it! Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-The Hobbit finally has a green light and Martin Freeman has been cast as Bilbo Baggins. Thanks to
EW for the news.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Holly Schindler FLash Fiction

Calling all writers! Author Holly Schindler, author of A Blue So Dark, needs your help!

Each month Holly is hosting a writing challenge on her blog called Flash Fiction. Using ideas gathered from her readers, Holly will write a short fiction piece based on one of the writing prompts she recieves. Here's the rules according to Holly:


Okay, I'm not much of a rules kind of gal (as you'll be able to tell by the loosey-goosey requirements outlined below). But here they are:

1. Come up with a writing prompt. It can be anything. Totally random. (The prompt in no way has to relate or reflect back to the original "Rocket In Real Life" flash fiction post...unless, of course, you want it to.) The prompt can be a title. A first line / last line. A list of words I have to incorporate. A character name. A setting. A metaphor I have to use. Or anything else you come up with. And I welcome, welcome challenges. The tougher the better. Try to stump me!

(FYI: I called it a blogger-generated prompt on Monday, but if you're not blogging, don't sweat it. Anybody can play! Fellow writers, reviewers, readers, teachers, followers of this blog / non-followers of this restrictions. See? I'm sort of allergic to rules...)

2. Email your prompt to writehollyschindler (at) yahoo (dot) com.

3. I'll choose a prompt (hint: I'll choose the wackiest, toughest prompt that hits my inbox), and write a new piece of flash fiction (no longer than 500 words).

4. I'll post one new piece of flash fiction per month...

5. I'll run the challenge again in October, November, and December. (Each post will go live on the 9th.)

6. After the December challenge, I'll set up a poll, so that everyone can vote: Which prompt led to the best flash fiction? The winner will receive a special prize...just in time for the holidays!

Didja hear that? A special prize to the winner of the best writing prompt! Yes, oh, yes.

Okay, prompt away! Go for it! Send one, send ten. No limit! If you have any questions, feel free to email. Thanks in advance for playing!

Want to play? Send your writing prompt to Holly -this month she's looking for an object to write about. And be sure to check out Holly's blog and her debut novel A Blue So Dark!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

When Romance Gets It Right

If you're a reader of GreenBeanTeenQueen, you know I love romance! I'm a sucker for a good romantic tale, I love funny and charming chick lit, and I always think if a story has a dash of a romantic plot, it makes it even better.

But romance has to get it right, which can be tricky. As much as I love romance, I can be a very picky romance reader. falls I've come across many books that have romance in them, but I feel like the romance falls flat. So I've been thinking about what makes a romance work. If a romance is going to get it right (for me at least), I think it needs to avoid these things:

-I really really hate "love at first sight" that never develops beyond that. No more of these stories where the characters see each other and are immediately have a "connection" all based on the other persons hotness.

-Relationships need to develop beyond making out. If the characters spend all their time making out and staring into each other's eyes and then three days later are saying "I love you"-I'm not buying it.

-Stop confusing "lust" with "love." So many romances are lust based, with the characters never getting beyond that lustful stage. Yes, I know it's YA and they are teens and hormones are raging, but really can we move on from that and actually have a deep meaningful relationship?

-I know bad boys are all the rage, but can't there be some love for the nice nerdy guys once in awhile? Why do most love triangles involve a sweet (and sometimes nerdy) best friend, and dark mysterious bad boy-with the dark mysterious bad boy winning?

Basically, for a romance to work for me, it has to have a believable romance. I need the characters to hang out, get to know other, experience the awkwardness of dating (especially the awkwardness of dating in the teen years!), and ultimately fall for each. For a romance to work for me, I need to fall in love with the love interest, not just be a bystander watching the characters lust and pine. I need to know what it is about these characters that make them fall for each other and if I come away from a book with a book crush, even better!

So who do I think gets romance right?

-Elizabeth Scott-especially with Something, Maybe. I fell hard for Finn and loved the way the relationship developed between Hannah and Finn.

-Meg Cabot-gotta love The Princess Diaries Michael and Mia and the slow friendship turned crush turned to romance

-Pretty much anything by Sarah Dessen-she knows how to write realistic contemporary romance!

-Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles-not only does she manage to pull off an incredibly steamy hot romance, the characters have more depth than each one thinks and their growth from hate to understanding to love makes it totally swoon worthy

Graceling by Kristin Cashore-Katsa and Po don't start out in a romantic relationship-that element grows as their friendship grows and I have a soft spot for friends turned love interest-friendship is the best basis for a relationship! (Plus, when it does turn to romance, it's so hot because their friendship is so deep)

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker-a swoon worthy romance because the characters relationship is one that turns from annoyance to romance-and it has a very realistic feel to it (I love that Melissa didn't sugarcoat the ending too-she kept it real!)

And when in doubt, go to the ultimate romance comparison: Anne and Gilbert:
I mean, they had how many books to develop their relationship? They aren't even really romantic interests until book three!! Sure, Gilbert teased Anne and we all know it's because he likes her, and yes, we know Anne's indifference really is her hiding her love for him. But they take time to work things out, develop a friendship, and when they actually come together we the readers have fallen so in love with them and we can't help but cheer for them to be together at last!

So who gets romance right for you? What makes a romance work or not work

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tween Tuesday: Dork Diaries Giveaway

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme to highlight great reads for tweens (and sometimes giveaways!) Join the fun and leave your link below.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

It's a known fact that if you work with tweens, you're going to be asked "I want books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid." When that happens, give them Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. The Dork Diaries books have a great sense of humor and Nikki gives us a great girl perspective into middle school. Nikki's at a new school and she feels like a dork. But really Nikki is a funny, creative, artist who lets readers peek into her diary and read her observations about middle school.

Want to win a Dork Diaries prize pack? I've got copies of
Dork Diaries 1 and 2 (thanks to the author) and a Slumber Party Cube from Table Topics (donted by Table Topics).
Open to ages 13+, US Address Only, Contest ends Oct 26, midnight CT

To Enter: Leave a comment and answer this fun Slumber Party question:
If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life what would you choose?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marian the Librarian's Bookshelf

Marian the Librarian from Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness is my favorite librarian character in YA. I have to give a huge shout-out to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for creating such a kick butt and awesome librarian!

So because I love Marian, I was thinking about what books would be on Marian’s bookshelf or TBR pile. And here’s what I pick for the Caster librarian:

-The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling-I think Ms. Marian would enjoy reading about Harry and his magical adventures and I would hope she’s as big of a Harry Potter fan as I am!

-Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky-I’m sure Marian would get a kick out of this adult chick lit title-it’s about a librarian (like her) who finds out she’s a witch.

-What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss-Marian delivers romance novels to the town of Gatlin, but I wonder if she might have a soft spot for them as well? Plus, I think she'd get a kick out of this one!

-Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink-With all Marian knows of the Caster world, I wonder if she would believe Gothic supernatural tale was fiction?

Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting by Judika Illes-No, this one doesn’t have Caster spells, but a good librarian has a multitude of sources

-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins-Really, what kind of librarian would Marian be if she wasn't keeping up with the latest trends? She's got to have this one in her pile as well!

-Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell-Marian does live in the south, and what southern bookshelf could be complete without this sweeping epic romance?What else do you think would be on Marian's bookshelf?

What else do you think would be on Marian's bookshelf?

Blog Tour: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal

Release Date: 10/12/2010

About the Book: The Gatlin Ethan Wate knew changed when he met Lena Duchannes. Lena's sixteenth birthday has come and gone and Lena is caught between light and dark and is wracked with guilt over her uncle's death. As she starts to push Ethan away, Ethan begins to have visions that only he can see. Ethan finds himself pulled into the Caster world's dark and dangerous tunnels and it's up to Ethan to find Lena and help her save herself.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Beautiful Darkness is another seductive southern Gothic offering from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. There are many twists and turns throughout the story and plenty of delicious surprises!

The thing that made the first book, Beautiful Creatures, stand out for me were the fabulous supporting characters. And they shine again here-from Marian the librarian, to the Sisters, to the fabulous Amma, we get to see them again and they continue to steal the show. There are some new characters that we get to meet and some of the old favorites get to spend more time in the story. And there are lots of great surprises that bring Ethan's world and Lena's world together that will delight readers.

Ethan and Lena spend a lot of the book apart and Beautiful Darkness is much more Ethan's story than it is Lena's. This is the story of Ethan discovering things about his past and getting pulled further into the Caster world. Link appears a lot in this book, which I loved, and I think he's the best best friend character ever-I want a Link in real life!

We get to unwrap more layers of the Caster world and learning the magic of this world is a treat! The Caster world is enchanting and addictive and I love that we can to learn the secrets of this world along with Ethan. There are questions answered from Beautiful Creatures, but even more opened up that will whet readers appetites for more of Gatlin and the Caster world. Even though this is a hefty book, the story doesn't really seem to drag and is a pretty fast read.
Beautiful Darkness is a stand out sequel and fans will delight in the return to Gatlin and Ethan and Lena's story.

Beautiful Darkness releases on October 12, 2010

You can keep up with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl & The Caster Chronicles at

Join the fansite Caster Girls & Boys at

Visit Little, Brown’s Beautiful Creatures website: for excerpts, downloadables, a map of Gatlin & more

Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC for blog tour

Why Ethan Wate is Awesome:
-He's human-gotta love the human boys!
-He gets a summer job at the library
-He works to save his girlfriend from a Caster curse
-He's sensitive and caring and romantic (he's saved momentos from his dates from Lena-too sweet!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

YA Movie News

Get ready for a big YA Movie News post! This is two weeks worth of news and there’s a lot of exciting things happening.

-Anyone else loving these new Harry Potter posters?? They are just so cool! You can see all four at MTV's Movie Blog. I like them all but I think this one is my favorite. (I would like the Ron/Hermione one better if Emma Watson didn't have an odd look on her face!)

-We knew that there was a possible City of Bones movie in the works thanks to Screen Gems. But according to Variety (via Shelf Awareness) the company is developing the movies to be a “film franchise” which means there’s a possibility of seeing all the books hit the big screen!

-Congrats to Jen Nadol who's debut book The Mark just got a TV deal! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for The Mark TV series Jen!

-Sad news from ABC Family-they’ve decided to cancel Huge. The show’s ratings dropped off throughout the series, so the network pulled the plug. The show didn’t even get a real finale! Thanks to Huffington Post for the news.

-There two new superhero movies in the works. First up is Spider-Man, which will star Andrew Garfield at Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villain. There’s also a new Superman in the works which is set to be directed by Zach Stone. Do Superman and Spider-Man still check out at your library? My teens seem more interested in Iron Man and X-Men when it comes to superhero comics. Plus, I hate that movie companies feel the need to re-launch everything! Oh well, I'm sure I'll end up seeing them! Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-A sequel to How To Train Your Dragon is in the works and set to be released in 2013. The sequel will feature the same voice cast and will be based on the books by Cressida Cowell. In addition to another movie, Cartoon Network has a deal with Dreamworks for a How To Train Your Dragon series and a brand new How To Train Your Dragon short. The series will appear in 2012. The DVD of How To Train Your Dragon is out today! Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One will not be shown in 3D. The studio felt they didn’t have enough time to convert the film into 3D before the November release. So it looks like only part two will be converted to 3D. I don’t care how it’s shown, I can’t wait to see it!:) And if you really need your Harry Potter movies in 3D, the movies are being converted to 3D on Blu-Ray. Thanks to
Shelf-Awareness and MTV for the news.

-Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars book series turned TV series has worked well for ABC Family and they’re putting their hopes in Sara’s books again. A pilot has been approved for The Lying Game based on the upcoming novel of the same name. We’ll see if ABC Family and Sara Shepard can strike gold twice! Thanks to
Cynopsis for the news.

-Pretty Little Liars will be back on ABC Family on January 3-can't wait!!

-We’ve finally got an air date for Avalon High on the Disney Channel! Set your DVRs for Friday November 12 for the movie premier. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Breaking Dawn has added a ton of new faces to portray the various vampires that come to support the Cullens and Renesme in Breaking Dawn. Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace is among them and you can find the whole list on
E! News.

And last-there’s a new I Am Number Four feature out. I have to admit I’m getting pretty excited about this movie!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney PLUS Giveaway

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Humor

Release Date: 10/5/2010

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About the Book: Poor Finbar. He's always lived in his athletic twin brother's shadow. Finbar is quiet, not at all athletic and can never seem to get a girl. He's pale, spends Friday nights watching chick-flicks with his mom, and he just found out he's allergic to the sun. But when he discovers that all the girls at his new school are going crazy for vampires, Finbar decides he's going to turn himself into a vampire to get girls.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: For anyone who is feeling burnt out on vampire books, give Bloodthirsty a try! The story is pretty funny and Finbar's attempts to transform himself and his observations about high school girls will be sure to leave readers laughing.

Finbar is a narrator who has a wry sense of humor that will resonate with readers. Not only is this one a spoof of sorts of vampire novels, it's also a look at the craziness of high school life. Plus, it's a sweet romance that romance readers are sure to enjoy. (I love when a nerdy guy can get the girl!)

It does take awhile to get to the plot moving and get to the part about Finbar becoming a vampire, but his over the top parents and sad love life keep things interesting. There are some outdated pop culture references that I wasn't sure if teen readers would really get and there are many others that will date the book quickly. At times the story seems to forget it's about a guy pretending to be a vampire-the vampire storyline seems to come and go in chapters. But it still made me laugh and is a fun take on the current vampire trend.

Bloodthirsty is a funny read and good to give readers who want a humorous take on the paranormal trend. There's lots of "guy humor" with references to boobs, sex, and girls. If you have guy readers who complain there aren't enough funny books for them, this would be a good choice. I would hand this one to readers who are fed up or don't understand their girlfriend's love of vampires!

Book Pairings: Fat Vampire by Adam Rex, The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Giveaway Details: I've got one copy of Bloodthirsty up for grabs! Leave a comment below (with e-mail or blog link) to win!
-Contest ends tonight (10/14) at midnight (central time)
-Must be 13+ to enter

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for review

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sorry Book, I'm Just Not Into You

I first saw this idea on The Story Siren and Kristi is awesome and said I could use it!:) I really do try to finish every book that I read, but I also give myself a 50 page rule (or longer depending on the length of the book). I really do believe that there's a book for every reader and sometimes a book just isn't for me-or it's just not the right time. And I tell my teens all the time that if you're not liking a book, don't spend your time on it! Don't force yourself to finish something that you're not enjoying-why would you like reading if you did that? So here's some recent reads I'm just not into. Just because I couldn't get into this books doesn't mean you should pass on them. Give them a try and let me know what you think! (My teens love challenging me on books!)

Greek: Double Date by Marsha Warner
-Ok, so maybe this one wasn't for me because I haven't seen the show. And you know, normally I don't mind Christian stereotypes in books, but for some reason the Christian character in this book really annoyed me-and honestly they were pretty nice to him so I don't know what it was. I guess I just get frustrated at times by media portrayal of Christians-I'm totally not like that but call myself a Christian. So my frustration made me put this one down. But I think fans of the show would probably like it.

Nonna's Book of Mysteries by Mary Osborne
-I was really excited about this one-I loved the magic/history premise. But I found it to be too slow for what I wanted at the time. (I can have very picky reading tastes and a book has to match my mood!) I'm hoping I can get some of my teens to review this one for me and I might pick it up again if the mood strikes.

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
-Again, my picky mood came into play. I can only handle so many sad books. And once I realized this was going to be a sad book, I just couldn't finish it. I can only do so much sad book at a time and I recently read another one that tore out my heart strings. This one is going into the hands of my teen who loves Nicholas Sparks and eats up anything sad-she'll love it I'm sure!

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
-I don't know why this one didn't work for me. The flow of the chapters and story just didn't seem to work. But I keep reading great reviews, so I'm going to have to give this another shot sometime. And it's another one I'm adding to my teen review collection and I'm eager to hear their thoughts!

Have you read anything recently you just weren't into?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tween Tuesday: Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that highlights great reads for tweens hosted right here at GreenBeanTeenQueen! Join the fun and provide your Tween Tuesday link below!

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical/Adventure

Release Date: 9/18/2008

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About the Book: Tristan is an orphan who has been raised in the monastery that he was left at as a baby. When the Knights Templar stop for the night, Sir Thomas offers Tristan a position as his squire. Tristan joins the Knights as they first prepare for battle and then ship off to fight in the crusades. Sir Thomas entrusts Tristan with a delicate and holy artifact and it's up to Tristan to make sure it remains safe.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'll admit, I first heard about this book several years ago when the author was at our local children's lit fest. I thought there was no way a book about the Knights Templar would work for young readers. Then Keeper of the Grail was nominated for the Truman award, which is our state book award for grades 6-8, so I knew I had to read it. And I was very surprised! Not only does a book about the Knights Templar actually work for this age group, it's a ton of fun!

The chapters are fairly sort and most, if not all, end on a cliffhanger which keeps the reader wanting more. I would suggest this one as a good classroom read aloud-I think it would really engage a classroom and has great historical tie-ins. Part of the story is about Tristan's training, part about the Crusades, and part about Tristan trying to make it back to England. What really made the book for me though was the supporting characters. The author adds a new twist on the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marion, which is very unique!

Although Tristan is around fifteen in the series, the book works well for a tween audience-I'd suggest fifth grade and up. But just because it's more of a middle grade book doesn't mean teens won't enjoy it! I think it has a good wide appeal. My only complaint is that the ending is a cliffhanger, and not even a very good one-the story just stops in the middle!! Readers will be eager to their hands on the next two volumes!

Book Pairings: The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan, Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky for another unique take on Robin Hood and Maid Marion

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from copy checked out from public library

Thursday, October 7, 2010

MLA Handouts

I presented a session on What's Hot on YA Fiction and Non-Fiction at MLA today. Here's the handouts from my session for those that couldn't make it to the session or missed out on the handouts!

What’s Hot In YA Fiction and Non-Fiction
MLA 2010

Printz Award Possibilities

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. May 2010. ISBN: 0316056219
Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. October 2010. ISBN: 0385737637
Green, John & Levithan, David. Will Grayson, Will Grayson. April 2010 ISBN: 0525421580
Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock. February 2010. ISBN: 0763643610
Sachar, Louis. The Cardturner. May 2010. ISBN: 0385736622
Stork, Franciso X. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors. March 2010. ISBN: 0545151333

Newbery Award Possibilities
Turner, Megan Whalen. A Conspiracy of Kings. March 2010 ISBN: 0061870935
Wiles, Deborah. Countdown. May 2010. ISBN: 0545106052
Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer. January 2010. ISBN: 0060760885

Morris Award Possibilities
Nelson, Jandy. The Sky Is Everywhere. March 2010. ISBN: 0803734956
Oliver, Lauren. Before I Fall. March 2010. ISBN: 006172680X

YALSA Non-Fiction Award Possibilities
Alphin, Elaine Marie. An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank. March 2010. ISBN: 0822589443
Angel, Ann. Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing. October 2010. ISBN: 0810983494
Atkins, Jeanne. Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their daughters. March 2010. ISBN: 0805089349
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. They Called Themselves the KKK. August 2010. ISBN: 061844033X Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. August 2010. ISBN: 0547026862

Adornetto, Alexandra. Halo. August 2010. ISBN: 0312656262
Cremer, Andrea. Nightshade. October 2010. ISBN: 039925482X
Despain, Bree. The Dark Divine. December 2009. ISBN: 1606840576
Hawkins, Rachel. Hex Hall. March 2010. ISBN: 1423121309
Jordan, Sophie. Firelight. September 2010. ISBN: 0061935085
Kagawa, Julie. The Iron King. February 2010. ISBN: 0373210086
Meany, Flynn. Bloodthirsty. October 2010. ISBN: 0316102148
Miller, Kirsten. The Eternal Ones. August 2010. ISBN: 1595143084
Rex, Adam. Fat Vampire. July 2010. ISBN: 0061920908
White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. August 2010. ISBN: 0061985848

Science Fiction/Dystopian
Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. August 2010. ISBN: 0439023513
Condie, Ally. Matched. November 2010. ISBN: 0525423648
Dashner, James. Scorch Trials. October 2010. ISBN: 0385738757
DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. March 2011. ISBN: 1442409053
Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. January 2010. ISBN: 0803733968
Gill, David Macinnis. Black Hole Sun. August 2010. ISBN: 0061673048
Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four. August 2010. ISBN: 0061969559
Ness, Patrick. Monsters of Men. September 2010. ISBN: 0763647519
Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. February 2011. ISBN: 0061726826
Revis, Beth. Across the Universe. January 2011. ISBN: 1595143971
Scott, Elizabeth. Grace. September 2010. ISBN: 0525422064

Bracken, Alexandra. Brightly Woven. March 2010. ISBN: 160684038X
Bunce, Elizabeth C. Starcrossed. October 2010. ISBN: 0545136059
Chima, Cinda Williams. The Exiled Queen. September 2010. ISBN: 1423118243
Cypess, Leah. Mistwood. April 2010. ISBN: 0061956996
Dolamore, Jaclyn. Magic Under Glass. December 2009. ISBN: 1599904306
McKinley, Robin. Pegasus. November 2010. ISBN: 0399246770
Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero. October 2010. ISBN: 142311339X
Stroud, Jonathan. The Ring of Solomon. November 2010. ISBN: 1423123727

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Forge. October 2010. ISBN: 1416961445
Godbersen, Anna. Bright Young Things. October 2010. ISBN: 006196266X
Hemphill, Stephanie. Wicked Girls. June 2010. ISBN: 0061853283
Larkin, Jillian. Vixen. December 2010. ISBN: 0385740344
Lee, Y. S. The Agency: A Spy in the House. March 2010. ISBN: 0763640670
Richards, Jame. Three Rivers Rising. April 2010. ISBN: 0375858857
Zink, Michelle. Guardian of the Gate. August 2010. ISBN: 0316034479

Realistic Fiction
Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. March 2010. 0810984253
Calame, Don. Beat the Band. September 2010. ISBN: 0763646334
Caletti, Deb. The Six Rules of Maybe. March 2010. ISBN: 1416979697
Chayil, Eishes. Hush. September 2010. ISBN: 0802720889
Christopher, Lucy. Stolen. May 2010. ISBN: 0545170931
Colasanti, Susane. Something Like Fate. May 2010. ISBN: 0670011460
Crawford, Brent. Carter’s Big Break. June 2010. ISBN: 1423112431
Realistic Fiction Continued
Cupala, Holly. Tell Me A Secret. June 2010. ISBN: 0061766666
Echols, Jennifer. Forget You. July 2010. ISBN: 1439178232
Elkeles, Simone. Rules of Attraction. April 2010. ISBN: 0802720854
Keplinger, Kody. The DUFF. September 2010. ISBN: 0316084239
Han, Jenny. It’s Not Summer Without You. April 2010. ISBN: 1416995552
Hopkins, Ellen. Fallout. September 2010. ISBN: 1416950095
Luper, Eric. Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto. June 2010. ISBN: 0061827533
Matson, Morgan. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour. May 2010. ISBN: 1416990658
Perkins, Stephanie. Anna and the French Kiss. December 2010. ISBN: 0525423273
Schindler, Holly. A Blue So Dark. May 2010. ISBN: 0738719269
Scott, Elizabeth. The Unwritten Rule. March 2010. ISBN: 1416978917
Shiga, Jason. Meanwhile. March 2010. ISBN: 0810984237
Summers, Courtney. Some Girls Are. January 2010. ISBN: 0312573804
Whitney, Daisy. The Mockingbirds. Novemb 2010. ISBN: 0316090530

Albee, Sarah. Poop Happened. May 2010. ISBN: 0802720773
Aronson, Marc. If Stones Could Speak. March 2010. ISBN: 1426305990
Bellows, Melina Gerosa. Nat Geo Amazing. June 2010. ISBN: 1426206496
Blasberg, Derek. Classy. April 2010. ISBN: 1595142797
Burns, Loree Griffin. The Hive Detectives. May 2010. ISBN: 0547152310
Carson, Mary Kay. The Bat Scientists. September 2010. ISBN: 0547199562
Claybourne, Anna. 100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet. January 2010. ISBN: 0545197759 Halls, Kelly Milner. Saving the Baghdad Zoo. February 2010. ISBN: 006177202X

Blogs to Read
MLA 2010

Blogs by Librarians
-Betsy Bird’s Fantastic Kidlit/MG blog for SLJ
-Elizabeth Burns YA blog for SLJ
-Booklist Children/YA blog run by two fantastic school librarians
-Great programming ideas and news for YA librarians
-Great resources for YA librarians, program ideas, and news
-Three YA librarians discuss YA
-Another group of YA librarians discussing YA
-Book reviews and hilarious updates
-Future librarian Margo reviews historical fiction for children and YA
-YA Librarian reviews
-YA Librarian reviews
-YA Librarian reviews
-Children’s librarian reviews MG/YA

Blogs by Teens

Blogs by Book Lovers

Author Blogs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome MLAers!

To those of you who found this blog thanks to MLA-WELCOME! I hope you enjoy the blog and have fun exploring.

Sarah's Picks Need to Know Releases are listed under the Booklists-both Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 lists are there. I hope you find these helpful!

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again for visiting!

Author Guest Post: Cinda Williams Chima

My teens are always raving about how much they love Cinda Williams Chima's books. I met Ms. Chima at ALA last year and she was so incredibly nice! I got an advanced copy of The Demon King which was immediately snatched up by my teen readers and I haven't seen it since! They keep telling me to read the book, but I just haven't had the time. Well, I finally made time and I started reading The Demon King and I have to tell you, I should have listened to my teens all along! I'm not yet finished with the book (see Monday's post about getting a new puppy-that's been taking up my reading time!) but I am really enjoying the book. I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy, but that's what makes The Demon King so great-it's accessible to readers of genre. Now the sequel, The Exiled Queen, is being fought over by my teens!

And if I thought I liked Ms. Chima before her guest post, she's even higher on my list of amazing authors after this amazing guest post! I think you'll find her even more awesome after reading it too!

For Love of Libraries

The first library I really remember was in the small town of Medina, OH, when I was in the fourth grade. We had recently moved from my hometown, and I was lonely and heartbroken over leaving m
y friends behind. And so I read—no—devoured books. Nothing else transported me away from misery as effectively.

The library was a red brick building built in 1907, and pretty much original at that time. It stood two doors down from Garfield Elementary school, so I could walk over after school, if I wanted.

The children’s section was just inside the front door, close to the checkout desk. I would sit on the battered floorboards next to the shelves, and pull books onto my lap. Every time I went, I took home an armload. During one summer reading program, I read seventy-five.

You see, I owned very few books of my own—a few Weekly Reader Bookclub choices, a hardcover of Black Beauty, a collection of fairy tales with a scary cover, and a Tarzan book my aunt gave me for Christmas.

Though my mother was a book-lover, she couldn’t afford to buy many books, either. I remember that we had some Reader’s Digest Condensed books. They were lined up on the bookshelf in the living room, their matching covers stamped with the titles—four or five books to a volume. They were shelved next to the Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedia that they gave away at the grocery store, a different volume each week.

My mother owned a few best-sellers of the time— Ian Fleming paperbacks and massive hardcovers by James Michener and Taylor Caldwell. In fact, I was named after a character in one of those books—Ben Ames Williams’s House Divided. My mother liked the character, and she liked the name, and so I was named “Cinda,” along with a handful of other girls of similar age. It was the golden age of Cindas, apparently.

All of my other books, I found at the library—Old Yeller and Beezus and Ramona and My Friend Flicka, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books that I chomped down like popcorn.

And, later, fantasy—The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Lord of the Rings. I was enchanted by authors like Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley and David Eddings.

Libraries saved my life by taking me away at a time when I really needed it. They changed my life by opening the door to a different world. Though I struggled in early elementary school, I became an honors student by the time I graduated from high school. My brother and I were the first in our family to graduate from college.

Neil Gaiman describes himself as a “feral child,” raised amid the stacks in a library. I am much the same, myself.
Read my love note to librarians here.

The Demon King is now available in paperback, and The Exiled Queen released September 28.
There will be four books in the Seven Realms series, followed by two more Heir books.
Excerpts from each of my books are available on my website, Help for writers can be found under Tips for Writers, including a document called, “Getting Started in Writing for Teens.”

I blog at, where you’ll find rants, posts on the craft of writing, and news about me and my books.

Thanks Cinda!! You are so awesome and I'm glad you got to visit your library and now are writing great fantasy books that even readers like me enjoy!:) Now go visit her blog, read her books, and say thanks for supporting libraries!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tween Tuesday: Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams PLUS Giveaway

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens! Join the fun and leave your link below!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Mythology

Release Date: Various

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About the Books: The children of Greek gods attend a special academy just for them called Mount Olympus Academy. They study everything they need to know about mortal manipulation, beauty and inventions. Each girl has a story of her own-Athena didn't know she was a goddess and she's always been the smart brainy one, but now she's behind at MOA! Persephone tries to please everyone, but when she meets bad boy Hades, she finds she can finally be herself. And Aphrodite only wanted to help out a friend, but her makeover is giving her some unwanted competition!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Since Percy Jackson hit the big time, I've been combing my library for fun humorous takes on Greek mythology. I'm a big fan of the new Goddess Girls series! These books are perfect for young tweens and early readers wanting some books about Greek mythology but maybe aren't quite ready for the Percy Jackson series yet. Or even if they are older readers looking for more to read, I'm sure they'll enjoy the Goddess Girls.

Each book is fairly short and has plenty of humor. I love the way the authors modernize the characters. Medusa is the mean girl bully at school, Poseidon is the cute crush, Hades is the misunderstood loner. Each book also takes on familiar myths and explains them in a new way. We learn how Medusa got her snakes and how the Trojan War really happened.

Even though there is a series, each book can easily stand on it's own, so there's no need to read them in any particular order. A fourth Goddess Girl book is due out later this year and I can't wait. I'm passing these onto my family friends who are always looking for great books to read and I know they'll have them read in no time-they're going to love them! If you need to add more Greek mythology books to your collection, consider adding these for younger readers.

Book Pairings: These would go great with Kate McMullan's Myth-O-Mania series.

The authors of Goddess Girls are hosting a giveaway! They've got a cute Aphrodite Swag Bag up for grabs and you're going to want it! These bag has all sorts of great stuff-makeup, a bracelet, and a copy of Aphrodite the Beauty! Want to win? Leave a comment below telling me what Goddess Girl you think you would be! (And yes, you can pick one that's not in the books)

-Must be 13+ to enter

-Contest ends October 10 midnight CST

-One entry per person!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from copies sent by author for an honest review

Monday, October 4, 2010

Welcome to Our New Little Puppy!

When I'm not blogging, I'm taking care of my cute little dogs! On Saturday Mr. GreenBeanSexy Man and I went to pick up the newest addition to our family-a male Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier! We named him Zedd (after Zedd in the Sword of Truth Series) and his full name is Zeddicus Albus Zul' Thompson (yes we're dorks!) His big sister dog Wrigley isn't sure what to think of him yet, but she's getting used to him. And Zedd has explored my office library and already walked over a stack of books-I hope he doesn't try eating them like Wrigley did! Welcome to the family Zedd!

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