YALLFest continues to grow each year. And we’re over the moon about it. But with so many great authors coming this year, we couldn’t figure out the best way to highlight their work. By genre? But what about those multi-genre amazing books that shouldn’t have to be classified as just one thing. Alphabetical? First of all, eh, and secondly, give us a little more credit. By the second letter in the author’s last name, going from Z-A? Not that much credit. No, instead, we’re going back to elementary school and sorting this year’s wonderful authors by book covers. So, all the predominantly red covers will be featured in one blog, blues in another, and so on. Plus, we’ll be creating outfits inspired by some of these covers. Fashion and fiction…well it doesn’t get much better than that. Head to yallfest.org for all the details on this year’s festival, which takes over Charleston, SC, Nov. 13 and 14.
For our first installment, we’ve creating outfits based on all of the pink and purple covers. Want to check out the books we’ve styled? Click on the title to reserve a copy at your local CCPL branch.
City Love by Susane Colasanti
Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives. Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one? Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures–nothing serious. But how much fun is too much? Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York–a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love. Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Part Hitchcock, part Hinton, this first-ever stand-alone novel from Heather Brewer, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, uses classic horror elements to tell a darkly funny coming-of-age story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty. When Stephen’s dad says they’re moving, Stephen knows it’s pointless to argue. They’re broke from paying Mom’s hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen’s grandmother in Spencer, a backward small town that’s like something out of The Twilight Zone. Population: 814. Stephen’s summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. With Cara, he feels safe and understood–and yeah, okay, she’s totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end. . . .
Prudence by Gail Carriger
Introducing the Custard Protocol series, in which Alexia Maccon’s daughter Prudence travels to India on behalf of Queen, country…and the perfect pot of tea. When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (“Rue” to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do — she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon, she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding — and her metanatural abilities — to get to the bottom of it all…
Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
After Maddy’s parents divorce, she’s stuck starting over at a new high school. Friendless and nicknamed Freak Girl, Manga-loving artist Maddy finds refuge in the interactive online game Fields of Fantasy. In that virtual world, she reinvents herself as Allora, a gorgeous elfin alter ego, and meets a true friend in Sir Leo. Maddy can’t hide behind Allora forever, especially as a real-life crush begins edging in on her budding virtual romance. But would anyone pick the real Maddy, gamer girl and Manga freak, over the fantasy? This fresh, geeky/cool novel includes online chats and exciting gaming, and features Maddy’s Mangastyle artwork.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
The new girl in town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn’t made a new friend since third grade.Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It’s not romance, exactly–but it’s definitely love. Still, Bea can’t quite dispel Jonah’s gloom and doom–and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?