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I adore you all and am so happy to meet other book lovers!



Moonlight Masquerade Giveaway Hop Winner ~ Entry #121 Viki winner of Maggie Shayne’s Wings of the Night Vol. 1


Nicole Flockton Interview winners~ Entry #35 Suzi -ebook and Entry # 8 Rissatoo- SWAG pack

Cornucopia of YA winner ~ Entry #86 danielle

I have emailed the winners and am waiting to hear back from a few of them….

Don’t forget I have 1 other contest right now ūüôā Click HERE for a chance to win a great YA novel

Cornucopia of YA~ Review of Breed of Innocence

Queen of Tarts Review of

Breed of Innocence

by Lanie Jordan


Breed of Innocence is a young adult novel by Lanie Jordan. But <g> I know lots of adults who read YA and teens who don’t stick with young adult fiction… Really, it’s all about the story. And this is a good one. I loved this book! ¬†Jade is a very relatable heroine. I enjoyed¬†her thought process and how she looked at situations. I felt that she was very strong and courageous.¬†She’s been through a horrible trauma that left her family dead. Yes, she wants revenge for the horror that has changed her life. But she’s living in foster care and just trying to survive it till she’s 18 and can really try to track down the thing that devastated her life.

‚ÄúI‚Äôm a sixteen-year-old living in a group home because no one wanted me. I‚Äôve got ‚Äėauthority issues‚Äô‚ÄĒ‚ÄĚ I used air quotes. ‚Äú‚ÄĒa bad temper, and an awesome attitude that no one else seems to think is all that awesome.‚ÄĚ

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Cornucopia of YA~ Few Are Angels Spotlight

¬†I truly love YA books and the cover of Few are Angels¬†immediately caught my eye and the synopsis held it. ūüôā Take a closer look and check out the excerpt too. Oh! The author, Inger, has a really great giveaway for her Bewitching Book Tour and there are 10 chances to win Few are Angels! Click HERE for¬†her contest.


After you take a look at this book, make sure you scroll down to the bottom and enter my Cornucopia of Choices in Young Adult fiction contest… ūüėõ That’s a LONG title, COYA for short? lol You can win a $25 gift card!

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

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Cornucopia of YA~ What is YA anyway?

What makes a book YA or young adult? Yesterday’s fun interview with the author Red Tash included her spot-on¬†thoughts and insights¬†on writing for young adults (click¬†HERE¬†to see)¬†and made me think about what I was reading as a teen… 15 + years ago, thank you very much :p She’s right, teens can read anything they want really. But the young adult genre novels typically star a teen-aged protagonist dealing with similar or recognizable issues to their age group.

Wikipedia says this… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young-adult_fiction

Young-adult fiction or young adult literature (often abbreviated as YA),also juvenile fiction, is fiction written, published, or marketed to adolescents and young adults. The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. Authors and readers of young adult (YA) novels often define the genre as literature as traditionally written for ages ranging from twelve years up to the age of eighteen, while some publishers may market young adult literature to as low as age ten or as high as age twenty-five.[2] The terms young-adult novel, juvenile novel, young-adult book, etc. refer to the works in the YA category.

I enjoy YA books. Well, honestly, I just enjoy a good story, whether it’s a picture book, early reader, children’s, YA, New Adult (we’ll talk about that in another post!) or adult. Tell me a story that catches my imagination and I’m there.

I have an entire book¬†case dedicated to young adult titles. And of course, with my chaotic collection I have YA books elsewhere too :p I know *shakes head* You are shocked ūüôā Here¬†are just a¬†few of the authors on my shelves¬†that have books¬†classified as YA.

Stacey Kade (I’ve been a fan of hers since I met her at the RT 2007 Convention and have stalked her since)

Allyson Noel (Maid of Tarts recommended)

Rachel Caine ( I got hooked on her Weather Warden series and then had to read everything of hers!)

Julia Kagawa

Holly Black

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Interview with author Red Tash

Me: Hi Hon! Come in and get comfy on my virtual couch¬†ūüôā Can I get you anything? Coffee, tea, hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows? *pops marshmallow in mouth* Are roo *swallows* Are YOU having a nice fall?

Red: Oh my gosh, YES!¬† So far I’ve been camping, which is absolutely one of the best fall activities, in my opinion…been to an autumn art fair, walked the streets of a historic town while leaves flew all around, picked apples, baked a caramel apple pie…let’s see, what else?¬† Worked on Halloween costumes.¬† I guess all that’s left is carving pumpkins, my birthday, & trick or treating, then it’s on to dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner!¬† I also had a best-selling book this fall (This Brilliant Darkness), so that was pretty cool!

Me: Congratulations on This Brilliant Darkness! And wow, you have already done a LOT of great fall activities ūüôā

Autumn is my favorite season. <g> I love the smells and colors and my birthday is in the fall. (more book presents!) and the fall tv season starts…¬† I just bought season 4 of Fringe to see if I can get back into it. *sigh* I got a bit bogged down with all the alternates and stopped watching but the final season just started and I plan to catch up and finish what I began! lol Are there any tv shows you were waiting to resume this fall? Or new ones that hooked you?

Red: Well, The Walking Dead just returned and I love that show.¬† I was never really into zombies before that show, and was so scared to watch!¬† But I love it.¬† I really do.¬† I also love American Horror Story.¬† It’s the first show that I ever got so caught up in, I burned dinner.¬† I mean, like billowing smoke and alarms going off, because I couldn’t tear myself away.¬† I got so busy this fall with writing projects that I missed the return of Downtown Abbey and that’s one of the best shows in history, in my opinion.¬† Never used to be a TV girl, but there are so many good ones right now.

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Cornucopia of YA~ Review of Troll or Derby

Troll Or Derby  by Red TashQueen of Tarts Review of

Troll or Derby

by Red Tash

Troll or Derby is a dark, gritty, fantastic fantasy tale¬†vividly told with horror, humor and heart. I loved this story! It’s a young adult novel, well, the heroine is a 15 year old girl named Deb¬†and the hero seems more mature sometimes… But I think he’s not much older than her. So, this adventure is with young protagonists¬†but it does have adult language and situations.

Deb is kind of an outcast, she’s different. I love different. ūüôā Her mother is an alcoholic and Deb has found herself in a position of caring for her¬†big sister Gennifer.¬† She’s funny and brave and stubborn and snarktastic!¬†Deb states the differences between¬†herself and her sister this way…

“If I was the town reject, Gennifer was the closest thing Bedrock had to a debutante.”

Deb’s journey to discover her destiny starts when she rescues¬†her sister from a fire. Gennifer has been caught up in¬†with drugs and her supplier/boyfriend Dave’s trailer is in the process of burning down. Deb storms the castle junky trailer and saves her. They both have to go to the¬†emergency room. Deb rolls out of the hospital, with a head wound, to tell her mom that Gennifer won’t be able to make it to Homecoming. When Gennifer disappears from the hospital her mom¬†screams that she was supposed to protect Gennifer and it’s part of a prophecy. Deb is baffled¬†by this¬†but determined to do what she always does and rescue her sister. She ties of her skates and starts off…

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Cornucopia of YA ~ Review of Shatter Me

 Queen of Tarts Review of

Shatter Me by                Tahereh Mafi

Yay!¬†This¬†book is out in paperback today! I¬†own it in hardback, cause I’m a sucker for pretty¬†covers and unique sounding¬†plots. I remember¬†starting this¬†story and thinking I would read a few chapters and go to bed, then getting sucked into the storytelling and not¬†looking up¬†until I finished Shatter Me at¬†1am! It hooked me within the first few pages.

This paranormal young adult novel is set in a not too distant dystopian future where The Reestablishment controls peoples lives. Animals are dying, crops aren’t¬†growing and the weather is a mess because of pollution. The Reestablishment promised safety and security. Its a shiny¬†hope¬†and¬†once¬†people believed and turned control over ,¬†the rights of¬†the individual were¬†chipped away¬†in the name of peace. Sounds scarily possible.

Juliette sucked me into her world. I haven’t read a book with this storytelling style before, but I just went with it. Shatter Me is written in first person and it feels like you’re in her head. Her thoughts skip around a bit and there are repetitive parts that drive home a point, and the strike out tool (where words are actually scratched out) when Juliette is trying to forget something or correct a thought. I felt it was effective in showing how her mind works. I liked how lyrical and poetic her thought pattern could be.

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Cornucopia of YA ~ Review of Sweet Evil

Maid of Tarts

Review of

Sweet Evil

by Wendy Higgins

Let me start out by saying this book might not be appropriate for younger YA readers as it touches on the topics of alcohol, drugs, and sex.  Now that I have said that I will also say that I completely enjoyed this book.  It caught my attention and imagination from beginning.  Wendy Higgins built a wonderful world of angels and demons and I’m glad I entered it.

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Celebrate a Cornucopia of Young Adult fiction this fall

Here at The Book Tart we love fiction. Back to school and fall made me start thinking about all the great young adult stories there are. We are going to tell you about some we have loved for a while and some new young adult books that we’ve just discovered. Please tell us about your fav YA novels and be sure to visit each post during this event¬†and comment with the rafflecopter for more chances to win.

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