Waiting on Wednesday: BLOOD PASSAGE by Heather Demetrios

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week my WoW is BLOOD PASSAGE by Heather Demetrios GAHHHHHHH!!! ZOMG!! I cannot wait for this book. I loved EXQUISITE CAPTIVE and have been pining away for it's sequel. The world that Heather Demetrios has created is so captivating and romantic that I was instantly sucked into it's story and did not stop until the end.

October 6, 2015
by Heather Demetrios
A jinni who’s lost everything.
A master with nothing to lose.
A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfill Malek’s third and final wish, she’s not expecting it to be easy. Especially because Malek isn’t the only one after Solomon’s sigil, an ancient magical ring that gives its wearer the power to control the entire jinn race. Nalia has also promised to take Raif, leader of the jinn revolution, to its remote location. Though Nalia is free of the bottle and shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she’s in more danger than ever before and no closer to rescuing her imprisoned brother.

Meanwhile, Malek’s past returns with a vengeance, and his well-manicured facade crumbles as he confronts the darkness within himself; and Raif must decide what’s more important: his love for Nalia or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, 1001 Arabian Nights comes to life in this harrowing second installment of the Dark Caravan Cycle.

Waiting on Wednesday: VELVET UNDERCOVER by Teri Brown

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week my WoW is VELVET UNDERCOVER by Teri Brown. I am a big fan of espionage themed novels and this novel seems to have everything I enjoy in that style of novel. It has also be touted as perfect for fans of Code Name Verity and What I Saw and How I Lied so how can I resist. I cannot. Besides look how gorgeous the cover is for this book.....ahhhhh It will be torture to wait until October for this title.

October 20, 2015

Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.

When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche, she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.

Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse, she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy—a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?

From author Teri Brown comes the thrilling story of one girl’s journey into a deadly world of spycraft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Today my wow is Davinici's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott. What instantly captured my attention with this unusually beautiful cover. Then I read the synopsis and was further intrigued because Leonardo Davinici has always fascinated me.

November 10, 2015

For fans of rich and complex historical novels like Girl with a Pearl Earring or Code Name Verity, Laura Malone Elliott delivers the stunning tale of real-life Renaissance woman Ginevra de' Benci, the inspiration for one of Leonardo da Vinci's earliest masterpieces.

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties.

When charismatic Bernardo Bembo arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is attracted to the handsome newcomer, yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a world of exquisite art, elaborate feats, and exhilarating jousts, she discovers romance, friendship, temptation, and a deadly battle between powerful families.


Penguin Teen on Tour comes to Oakland, CA!
A Great Good Place for Books is hosting an event for young adult readers, the Penguin Teen on Tour group tour will feature presentations from five exciting authors: Seth Fishman (The Well’s End series), Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us), Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle series), Jessica Khoury (Kalahari), and Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms series). This tour is full of amazing talent and it's sure to enthrall teens with many hours of reading. Please remember that if you cannot attend tonight's event you can call to have books signed for you.

Tuesday   7:00 PM 
6120 LaSalle Ave
Oakland, California 94611
(510) 339-8210
(510) 339-7315

 I hope to see you there!

Upcoming SF Bay Area YA Author Events 3/8-3/13

A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Monday, March 9 @ 7pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Tuesday, March 10 @ 7pm

Keep YA Weird with ANDREW SMITH
NYMBC presents at Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, March 11 @ 7pm

NYMBC event Books Inc. Alameda
Thursday, March 12 @ 7pm

Join us and help #KEEPYAWEIRD

Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and the upcoming The Alex Crow (on sale; March 10th 2015) will be starting a tour in March as a part of a special campaign to Keep YA Weird! In the spirit of this campaign I would like to show you the few ways that you can help #KEEPYAWEIRD

One of the ways that you can help #KEEPYAWEIRD is attend one of Andrew Smith's upcoming book events. I have included his "Keep YA Weird" Tour calendar and hope that you are able to attend one or a few of them.

Andrew Smith’s ‘Keep YA Weird’ Tour

Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm – SAN FRANCISCO(or really close)

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm – PALO ALTO, CA
Books Inc. Palo Alto

74 Town and Country Village
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, 94301

Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm – BOISE, ID
Rediscovered Books

180 North 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Friday, March 13 at 7 pm – PHOENIX, AZ
Changing Hands

Tempe, AZ

Sat-Sun, March 14-15 – TUCSON, AZ
Tucson Book Festival

Saturday, March 21 – NEW YORK CITY
NYC Teen Author Festival

Sunday, March 22 at 4 pm – RHINEBECK, NY
Oblong Books & Music

group event with Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black
6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Monday, March 23 at time tk – ATLANTA, GA
Little Shop of Stories

133 East Court Square
Decatur GA 30030

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm – ATHENS, GA
Avid Bookshop

493 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601

April 18-19 – LOS ANGELES
LA Times Festival of Books

Another way you can help is by joining in on the TWITTER CHAT 

Keep YA Weird Twitter chat on March 17th at 7:00pm EST with some of our favorite weird YA writers:

Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow)

Jon Skovron (Man Made Boy)

April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea)

Kat Rosenfield (Inland, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone)

Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine)

Since Andrew Smith is devoting the entire month of March to celebrating the release of his upcoming novel Alex Crow and encouraging us to #KEEPYAWEIRD. I will include some of my favorite weird YA titles and hope that it will interest you also.

THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.

There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them.

Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind.

Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay.

But it’s not.

ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.


Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?


The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.


Thanks to Penguin Teen who is hosting a GIVEAWAY for free copies of all 6 of the above books, a Keep YA Weird button, and a Keep YA Weird tote bag. This GIVEAWAY will run from 3/9 (beginning at midnight) until 3/18 (ending at midnight).

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Today I have the honor of being the last stop on THE WINNER'S CRIME Blog Tour.  This series has become one of my all time favorites and each novel tears at my heart. So, it is with much excitement that Marie has answered a few of my questions for the tour. Also I have a great giveaway from the folks at Macmillan at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!


A royal wedding is every girl's dream. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement — that she agreed to marry the crown prince just to guarantee Arin's freedom — if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. Kestrel's running a high risk, but she has always been tempted by a gamble. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet even as the danger grows, she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. .

My Interview with Marie Rutkoski and the Winner's Crime

RR I believe The Winner's Crime to have an ending that is not for the faint of heart, how do you believe that fans will react?

MR They will stay strong. They’re tough. I know it.

RR The forbidden moments between Kestrel and Arin were some my favorite scenes. Do you have a favorite scene in The Winner's Crime and if so what is it? and why?

MR It’s hard to answer this without giving anything away, but I loved the entire sequence when they’re both in the city, and I also love a certain dream Kestrel has on the palace lawn. That last scene was a newer edition to the manuscript, and I liked the poignant gentleness of it.

RR What is your favorite Quote in The Winner's Crime?

MR I like this one:

“It suddenly seemed that Kestrel had been an empty room, and that all of her wishes came crowding in. They thronged: delicate, full-skirted, their silk brushing up against each other.”

RR The Winner's Crime is expertly written calculating novel and where it's predecessor was based on war and rebellion this novel has a slower pace and is more of an intellectual read that allows for greater character depth and development. How did The Winner's Crime differ from writing The Winner's Curse?

MR Thank you! It was definitely trickier. The plot of the first book is was actually fairly simple: the first half leads to a revolution in the book’s middle that results in the reversals of many roles the characters occupied in the first half. The Winner’s Crime, however, has a more intricate plot, with a lot of small moving parts and strands that needed to be woven together. It felt more like writing a mystery novel where a killer is eventually revealed in a way that must feel right.

RR What was the hardest part to write in The Winner's Crime?

MR There is a scene when Kestrel’s father tells her what she was like as a baby, and it broke my heart a little for her. They love each other a lot, but it’s hard for them to share it.
RR What was your most memorable fan experience?

MR A young boy (a reader of my middle grade books) came to one of the Fierce Reads events and brought a card I had written to him in response to a letter he’d sent me. I was touched that the card had meant something to him. 
Thank you Marie, for stopping by Tales of the Ravenous Reader. It has been a pleasure having you stop by. I know that The Winner's Crime just came out but I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.

Blog Tour Schedule: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Wednesday, February 25 Bookish
Thursday, February 26 Fiction Fare
Friday, February 27 YA Books Central
Saturday, February 28 That Artsy Reader Girl
Sunday, March 1 Heise Reads
Monday, March 2 YA Book Queen
Tuesday, March 3 Consumed by Books
Wednesday, March 4 Love is Not a Triangle
Thursday, March 5 My Friends Are Fiction

Macmillan is generously giving away either one The Winner’s Curse paperback OR The Winner’s Crime hardcover by Marie Rutkoski - winner's choice (it's a tough choice because both are amazing)!

US Only
Ends March 18, 2015

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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.



Borderlands Books in San Francisco
Sunday, March 22 @ 3pm

YA Trio: Susan Adrian, Whitney Miller and Stacey Lee and Moderated by S.J. Kincaid
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:30pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm

NYMBC Event Books Inc. Alameda
Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm

Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Friday, April 10 @4pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, April 20 @ 5pm

NYMBC Event Books Inc. Palo Alto
Monday, April 20 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30pm

The Epic Reads YA Tour featuring Susane Colasanti, Maria Dahvana Headley and Katie Contugno.
A Great Good Place in Montclair Village
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7 pm


Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm

Fierce Reads 2015 Spring Tour with Katie Finn, Lynne Matson, Marie Rutkoski and Lindsay Smith
Keplers in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 12 @ 6pm

Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 14 @ 7pm


Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco
Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm

Purchase Tickets HERE

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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