Booktube Interview + Launch Recap w/ Stephanie Kuehn & Brandy Colbert!

Stephanie Kuehn and Brandy Colbert treated the Bay Area to a double launch for their latest novels, When I am Through with You and Little & Lion. I adored both of these books and can't recommend them enough. You can see my thoughts about When I am Through with You here and check out my Insta for my Little & Lion review (are we friends yet on Insta? We should be).

Considering how much I loved their books and how completely lovely they are, I could not resist chatting with them. Did you know they met and became friends after being in the Lucky 13s debut group? Learn more about this and so much more below. Then check out how their co-launch went and check out their amazing books (especially on audio!).

by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Little, Brown, & Co.
Published: August 8th 2017
Source: Audible
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When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

by Stephanie Kuehn
Published: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Audible
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“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

Alex Bracken + Tamara Visit the Bay +GIVEAWAY

Tamara Ireland Stone is a local author for us so of course we had to see her when she came to Kepler's - and she brought Alex Bracken with her! We are loving watching their school visits and events across the country, including sharing our recap of their event here. Check out their latest middle grade releases and enter to win a copy of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding below!

Catch an excerpt of Prosper Redding here and check out the spooky trailer below. We LOVED this book - seriously! Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for sending us a copy, and for providing the giveaway prize pack!

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
by Alexandra Bracken
Published: September 5th 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Audible/Publisher
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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness….”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host…

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.


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Get Ready to Run - Event Recap, Review, +GIVEAWAY

Our latest favorite thing is all of the interfacing between YA and comics. Admittedly, having teenagers front and center in comics isn't a new things (Teen Titans, Young Avengers, the original run of Runaways...) but it IS awesome to see YA writers writing comics and graphic novels. So when dream-team Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka announced they were rebooting Runaways together (just in time for the TV show - you know about this, right?), I was completely over the moon. 

See, I already have Rainbow on my shelves and Kris on my walls.

Since the announcement, I went back and binged the original series (first 7 volumes) by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphonse and LOVED it. I loved how you didn't need to know anything about the Marvel universe to start because the runaways live in LA, away from the superhero world. I love how tangible the characters felt, how you likely knew people just like them in high school. I also like that they didn't fit in boxes - Chase has a surfer bro look and attitude and yet you know there's so much more under there. They worry about disappointing each other and are still struggling with reconciling the fact that their parents are part of an evil organization. Runaways is still one of the most original things Marvel has done. I only wish it hadn't been canceled and brought back because there's unexplored story.

This is where Runways #1 comes in, two years after the end of the series. Some of the characters have done other things in that time; Nico joined the A-Force (you should read this if you haven't) and it's clear Chase has been up to something. Issue 1 brings them back together right as Nico is examining her life choices. 

Once you're a Runaways fan, I dare you to read this issue without tears. I was flooded with emotion, brought on not only by the story but how Kris and Matt use expressions and color to tell it. There's so much feeling without the need for a lot of words. This is do-or-die, literally, and Nico has had two more years of using spells (which are limited to one-time only) so her ability to get them out is tight. Even if you're new to the series, you'll CARE about these characters, giving you a reason to pine for issue 2. For those of you who are Rainbow fans out there, this will feel familiar. 

Without wanting to giveaway anything else, I leave you with some tweets from Rainbow's launch in Omaha and a recap of Kris' launch here, which I had the pleasure of attending yesterday. I also picked up a signed (by Kris) copy of issue 1, which you can enter to win below. PLEASE subscribe to this series - in store, online, get a mail subscription, whatever. Sales will drive a series and if the sales aren't good, we won't have more. And we need more! 

RUNAWAYS (2017) #1
Published: September 13, 2017
Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Penciler: Kris Anka

GET READY TO RUN! The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back - Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won't believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart!


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Blog Tour: SPEAK EASY SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George Character Quiz + Giveaway

Thank you for joining us today on our tour stop for SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE hosted by The Fantastic Flying Books Blog Tour.  Since we  read about this book we have been so excited for it and adore this fun and interactive character quiz that is part of our post today. Please check it out and let us know which character that you are. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and make sure to follow along with the other blogs on this tour.

Speak Easy, Speak Love

by McKelle George
Publisher: Greenwillow Books/ HarperCollins
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Historical
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Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer.

Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother, John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

Make sure to follow along with the other blogs on this tour

September 13th

September 14th

Novel Ink- Review & Favorite Quotes
Vicarious Bookworm- Review & Favorite Quotes

September 15th

Becca's Lost in Lit- Review & Favorite Quotes

September 16th

September 17th

Never Too Many to Read- Review & Character Quiz

September 18th

Books and Photographs- Review & Favorite Quotes

September 19th

The Clever Reader- Creative Post
YA & Wine- Q&A

Read This with the Lights On: BLACK BIRD of the GALLOWS +GIVEAWAY

Once I began reading Blackbird of the Gallows I was pleasantly surprised by how fast I took to the story. I love the lore of this new world and how It was deftly crafted. All bases were covered and I could not seem to get enough. Then let me tell you how much I adored Angie and Reece...oh my Reece. I love a boy that is full of mystery. It melts my butter and that boy has it in spades. Just wait until you read it and you will totally understand. 

Meg Kassel has created a richly atmospheric world with Blackbird. It is lush in its descriptive prose so much so that you can feel the buzz of bees reverberate through to your core and the eyes of the ravens at your back. Once I began reading this book I could not stop and all I wanted to do was close out the world around me and sink into this book, it's characters and storyline and stay there until every last word was consumed and I was not disappointed. 

I highly recommend this novel to anyone that craves a romance with dark edges and a bit of adventure that makes you want to leave the lights on.

Black Bird of the Gallows 
by Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Source: Publisher
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.


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Don't Limit Yourself: JANE UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore, Play List + Giveaway

Nancy has been a Kristin Cashore fan since meeting her in 2009 (WOW, right?) and is thrilled to have her join us in the Bay Area at the end of the monthThank you for stopping by on our Tour Stop for JANE UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore. We have partnered with Penguin Teen for this tour #PRHPartner and are so very excited. Having enjoyed her Graceling series, we are long time fans of Kristin and are ecstatic about her upcoming novel. It has been a few years since we last have had a novel of hers to read and so you can understand how momentous an occasion this truly is. So, please join us as we share our playlist for JANE, UNLIMITED. Make sure to enter in the giveaway posted at the end and visit the other stops on the tour. Good Luck!

The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series—a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
September 11 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style Files
September 11 – The Bookiemoji – Review
September 12 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist
September 12 – Wandering Bark Books – Review
September 13 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Umbrellas Jane Would Make for YA Characters
September 13 – Arctic Books – Review
September 14 – Book Nerd Addicts – Review
September 14 – In Wonderland
September 15 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
September 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Review

Week Two:
September 18 – YA Bibliophile – Review
September 18 – Across the Words – Umbrellas, A History
September 19 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board
September 19 – NovelKnight
September 20 – Great Imaginations – Review
September 20 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review
September 21 – YA Romantics – Review & Quiz
September 21 – A Page With a View – Favorite Quotes
September 22 – A Thousand Books to Read – Review
September 22 – BookCrushin – Review

Week Three:
September 25 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
September 25 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read Jane, Unlimited
September 26 – Live Love Read – A Mood Board for Every Story
September 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Review
September 27 – Andi’s ABCs
September 27 – The Novel Hermit
September 28 – Paper Trail YA – Review
September 28 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Jane, Unlimited Fan Cast
September 29 – I Am A Reader
September 29 – Fiction Fare – Review

Week Four:
October 2 – Don’t Fold the Page
October 2 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Characters & Tea
October 3 – MuggleNet – Review
October 3 – Xpresso Reads – Top 10 Awesome Umbrellas
October 4 – The Book Wars – Review
October 4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
October 5 – Mundie Moms – Review
October 5 – Icey Books – Jane, Unlimited Quote Candy
October 6 – Bookworm Everlasting – Book Photography
October 6 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Style Board


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So Much More Than a Tale of Ice Skating - Interview w/ Tillie Walden

I had the opportunity to meet and see Tillie on a panel at SDCC and couldn't wait to dive in to Spinning. Was not disappointed! Spinning is Tillie's story of how the little (and not so little) moments shape who we are as an adult. Absolutely adored this and can't wait to see what's next for Tillie. Tillie will be answering five questions at each stop on the blog tour — follow along to learn about her creative process, about what’s involved in competitive ice skating, and more! Check out our interview below (and more pages here) and pick up Spinning in all its gorgeousness!

Interview with Tillie Walden - Author & Illustrator

The use of color in Spinning is a key part of the storytelling. What was your process like to choose the use of color and shading through the story?

It took me some time to decide on the colors for Spinning, I really labored over it. I specifically remember one horribly long evening where I had an internal argument about whether or not the yellow really worked. Ultimately, I chose the purple hue because as a color it felt very connected to my skating. Most of my skating dresses were purple or blue, and the darkness and warmth of it felt right. As for the yellow, I knew I needed a color to accent specific moments in the story, and yellow immediately called to me because it reminded me of spotlights. But it was really difficult finding a way to fit it in naturally. I wrestled with that damn yellow. And now I’m super pleased with how it’s turned out. 

Spinning takes us through some key moments in your childhood and adolescence. What was your "research" process like as you revisited these moments?

I would barely call my process “research” haha. It was mostly a lot of thinking. And recalling while I drew. It was very fluid. I did take some time to look through the obscene amount of photos I took on my iPhone as a kid (lots of selfies, lots of windows), and that helped me get in tune with my perspective at that time. But the memories in this book are still fresh, so there wasn’t really a need to find a paper trail to trace, or anything like that. I just took my time to think back, and put down the memory on the page in the most accurate way I could.

For youth who may be experiencing the same feelings of loneliness or uncertainty, what advice would you share?

Ah jeez, that’s a heavy question. I think loneliness is maybe a little inherent to being a teenager. I think growing up is naturally very difficult, so a lot of the feelings you experience are hard to vanquish. But I guess I would just say that it’s important to talk. Talk to your friends, talk to your teachers, talk to your parents. A lot of pain can come from keeping all your feelings bottled up, and you would be surprised how much help you can get if you speak up. 

What other graphic novels or stories would you recommend for fans of Spinning?

I would recommend This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. That book rules. I would also recommend Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. That book ALSO rules. 

Spinning is different, but familiar, from your other graphic novels. How has your process evolved over time or how was it different for your own story versus the others you've told?

Memoir is very different from fiction for me. It was a new process, and I was learning while I made the book. I had to slow down, and I had to get a lot more organized with the narrative. It was daunting to try and organize my life into a narrative. Real life does not play out like a story, or at least it rarely does. Mine sure didn’t. My memories came in bunches; big clumps of emotion and action, and then long stretches that were vague and hazy. So I had to learn to take what was important and thread it into a proper story. It was hard!

by Tillie Walden
Published: September 12th 2017
Publisher: First Second (love them!)
Source: Publisher
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Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

Tillie Walden is a two-time Ignatz Award–winning cartoonist from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Her comics include The End of Summer and I Love This Part, an Eisner Award nominee.