YALL Fest Interview: Lisa McMann


Welcome back BookTasty friends!

Have you heard of YALL Fest yet? Well, it’s going to be an exciting YA Book Festival in Charleston, SC on November 9! Also, (and this is the kicker) 50 crazy awesome YA authors will be there! People like Maire Lu, Allie Condie, Libba Bray, Heather Brewer, Rae Carson, Veronica Roth and today’s interviewee Lisa McMann!

Lisa McMannLisa McMann is the author of the Wake trilogy, the Vision series, Dead to You and the Unwanteds series.

What one thing do you need to have when you write?


Best writing tip you ever received?

“Think of the one thing your main character would never, ever do. Now make her do it.”

What are you working on now?

We’ll be ramping up the releases of books 5, 6, and 7 in the Unwanteds series, so I’m working on Unwanteds book 5 right now.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

I really enjoy writing in a variety of genres, from realistic to paranormal to dystopian fantasy. At the moment, fantasy is winning, but that could change at any moment. My favorite genre to read is memoir.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

As soon as I have a one line concept that gives me a little shiver.

Wake by Lisa McMann Crash by Lisa McMann

Well, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Lisa McMann, along with my favorite YA authors at this year’s YALL Fest! Who are you most excited to see?


Top Ten Tuesday: February New Releases


Welcome back BookTasty readers!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme to create our lists by but since it’s the beginning of a new month, like usual, I’m focusing on the brand spanking new releases for February!

So, let’s see what new delicious treats February brings us!

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicle #2) by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 5)

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (Feb. 5)

The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. GriffinThe Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin (Feb. 5)

Pieces by Chris LynchPieces by Chris Lynch (Feb. 5)

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Feb. 5)

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln PeirceBig Nate Flips Out (Big Nate #5) by Lincoln Pierce (Feb. 5)

The Trap Door by Lisa McMannThe Trap Door (Infinity Ring #3) by Lisa McMann (Feb. 5)

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterPerfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter (Feb. 5)

Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West (Feb. 12)

Mind Games by Kiersten WhiteMind Games by Kiersten White (Feb. 19)

Don’t all of these look super interesting?! I just want to buy all the new books each month, but it’s probably best that I don’t have the moolah because really…where would I keep all those books?!


Top Ten Tuesday: January New Releases

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fun, safe and happy New Years Eve! It is a brand new year full of hope and newness, and with a new year comes a new month and…new books!

Every Tuesday I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday.  This week the theme is Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013, but I like to spend the start of each month focusing on new releases. It’s only the first day of 2013 and I’m already going my own way!

So, let’s go ahead and take a peek at ten books that will be released in January.

The Fire Horse Girl by Victoria SchwabThe Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman (Jan. 1)

Casualties of War by Chris LynchCasualties of War (Vietnam #4) by Chris Lynch (Jan. 1)

Crash by Lisa McMannCrash by Lisa McMann (Jan. 8)

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day by Gayle Forman (Jan. 8)

Road Trip by Gary PaulsenRoad Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen (Jan. 8)

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisShades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis (Jan. 15)

The Archived by Victoria SchwabThe Archived by Victoria Schwab (Jan. 22)

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu (Jan. 29)

The Prey by Andrew FukudaThe Prey by Andrew Fukuda (Jan. 29)

What the Spell by  Brittany GeragotillisWhat the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis (Jan. 29)

So there you have it!  Brand new delicious looking books to help ring in the new year!


Top Ten Tuesday: February New Releases

Tomorrow is the first day of February!  As always, new months bring new books, which makes me very happy! Today’s top ten tuesday is spotlighting some of the new February releases in YA/MG fiction.  Obviously, this is only ten titles out of the many that will be published this month.  Enjoy!

The Girls of No Return by Erin SaldinThe Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin (Feb 1) YA

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Island of Shadows by Erin HunterIsland of Shadows (Seekers: Return to the Wild 1) by Erin Hunter (Feb 7) MG

Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa survived the perilous mission that brought them together, and now it’s time for them to find their way home. Kallik and Lusa are ready to be among their own kinds again, but Toklo, devastated by the loss of their companion Ujurak, feels hopeless and afraid of what’s to come.

Dead to You by Lisa McMannDead to You by Lisa McMann (Feb 7) YA

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked.

In Too Deep by Amanda GraceIn Too Deep by Amanda Grace (Feb 8) YA

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Davis. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That’s how rumors of rape started.  Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone’s on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger-forcing me to make a terrible choice.

Pure by Julianna BaggottPure by Julianna Baggott (Feb 8) YA

And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Quest for te Secret Keeper by Victoria LaurieQuest for the Secret Keeper (Oracles of Delphi Keep #3) by Victoria Laurie (Feb 14) MG

The Royal Navy has taken the keep to use as a hospital and the tunnels running under the keep and the castle are ideal to set up a central communications outpost for the approaching war. The earl is happy to help the effort, but now the keep is no longer safe for the orphans and they must be evacuated to his winter residence.
Ian, Theo, and Carl know that if they’re sent away, they’ll no longer be protected. But more important than their safety is deciphering the third prophecy. All clues point to a quest. The orphans don’t know where they must go, but they know they must rescue the Secret Keeper.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCourThe Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Feb 16) YA

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa JensenThe Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (Feb 16) YA

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating?

Fever by Lauren DeStefanoFever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano  (Feb 21) YA

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.  The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous.

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver  (Feb 27) YA

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.