Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oh the drama!

I’m sure plenty of readers have come across the totally bizarre drama unfolding in the New Adult/Young Adult world. A recently released book by Jordin Williams started doing very, very well on the Amazon charts, playing up all the tropes so popular with young adult readers at the moment (tattooed bad boy, for example).


Prolific website Dear Author revealed on Wednesday that the book contains stolen writing, primarily from the hugely popular (and very good) NA book Easy by Tammara Webber. It later unfolded that this wasn’t the only book that had been plagiarised.

It now looks like this so-called author is using stock and stolen photos to create various internet profiles (there’re about four author names linked to this one person), and may not even be female, let alone the young woman (women) they’ve been passing themselves off as.

It’s all very strange! How in the world did they think they’d get away with plagiarising NYT bestsellers?

You can read about it on Dear Author. There’re also pretty good summaries of it HERE (seriously, read this one, it will freak you out!)  HERE and HERE.

On another note, I would definitely recommend Easy. It’s the best of the ‘tattooed bad boy’ NA books I have read – and there’re A LOT of them at the moment!

But sadly, I have seen some readers say they don’t care about the plagiarism because they still like the book, so they’re keeping their glowing reviews up. I find is upsetting there’re readers who are fine with theft. What if someone stole things from you and nobody cared?


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Ooh look at this!

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

The release date is apparently the first of October. I really need to get my hands on a copy!

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Love, life, and sports will never be the same. A steamy new series with a Friday Night Lights flavour, from best-selling author, Simone Elkeles


After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.


Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain—people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?


SIMONE ELKELES is the author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Chain Reaction (all Quick Pick Top Tens) and Leaving Paradise, a Book Sense Pick. Simone was named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

Here’s another random Harry Potter cover from Ukraine!

Ukrainian Harry Potter Cover

Literature lovers’ book club cupcake toppers

Literature lovers’ book club cupcake toppers by Frost and Fete.

Literature lovers' book club cupcake toppers

Romantic Book Lover Pendant

Romantic Book Lover Pendant by Rainnua Art Pendant Shop.

Romantic Book Lover Pendant

Harry Potter Ring

Harry Potter lightning scar sterling silver glasses ring by thinkupjewel.

Harry Potter ring.Lightning scar.Sterling silver glasses ring

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks — whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules — boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbours than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to take a chance on a south sider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

The pictures below are from the book trailers for the series – so, the actors are the ‘real’ characters!

The final book in the fantastic Perfect Chemistry trilogy definitely divided readers! It is the weakest of the series, largely because it follows a similar plotline to the first two, and also because by the end of the book all of the (YA!) characters are married, pregnant, having many children. It sort of moved away from the young adult issues the series was founded on.

Chain Reaction Simone Elkeles Luis and Nikki

Of course, if you’ve read the others in the series, you’re probably going to want to read this one. Perhaps if the first two hadn’t set such a high standard, this one would be easier to judge positively – who knows?!

I did like the way all the brothers united at the end to save each other. It was a throwback to scenes from the excellent first book.

Chain Reaction Simone Elkeles

Final books in series are notoriously hard to write, and while this was by far the weakest of the three, this is a great series with perfect doses of danger and romance.