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October Favorites: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is one of my favorite October releases! I picked up the advanced copy when I was in a reading slump. I had tried reading a romance novel, didn't make it far. I tried reading an adventure novel, took too long to get anywhere. I read a few comics, but they're over so fast. I was craving adventure but also a bit of a romance and I wanted a kick-ass female character to pull me in. Nothing I picked up was quite what I was looking for!

Then one day, I was sitting in the back room of one of our stores next the over crowded bookshelf, a graveyard for most advanced copies, looking like it hadn't been cleared out in months. Books were haphazardly stacked onto more stacks of books, and facing out, teetering on the edge of a shelf, was Wolf by Wolf, it's cover instantly drawing my attention.

I admit, I'm a sucker for wolves, so the shadow of the wolf mixed with the motorcycle and map intrigued me. Then the premiss of an alternative WWII where Germany and Japan are in power and Hitler continues to reign, sold it. So into my purse it went! I got home that night and instead of turning on the TV or logging on to Tumblr to scroll the endless void, I pulled out Wolf by Wolf and was instantly pulled in to Yael's world, life, and quest for revenge. It was everything I was looking for. Yael is a strong female character, there's a hint of romance, which is really all I needed, and the action/ adventure was perfect! I LOVED this book. Now I have to go back and read Graduin's previous book, Walled City!


(Yours Truly, portraying all my crazy excitment.)

If you need more information and want another review, check out this Kirkus Review!

November NYMBC Events

It's the last week of October (seriously, what happened to this month?!) and Halloween is upon us! If you're like some of our friends, you put a lot of thought and time into your costumes and when it's all over, the saddness of having to wait a whole other year to dress up again descends upon you. Well, Books Inc. and Not Your Mother's Book Club have a solution for you! Both of our November events encourage dressing up!

First, we have the lovely Gail Carriger celebrating the release of the final book in her Finishing School series, Manners & Mutiny. Come decked out in your Steampunk attire and get the chance to win a Books Inc. gift card!

November 3rd, 7pm at Books Inc. Opera Plaza


Wait!!  Don't put your lacey, puffy, silky, dresses or spiffy, sleak, dashing suits in the closet just yet! Books Inc. and Marissa Meyer are throwing the LUNAR BALL in celebration of her final book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter. Come dressed to the nines and enjoy refreshments, music, and activities while you meet the wonderful Marissa. This event is ticketed so get yours (complete with a copy of the book) before they sell out!

November 15, 5pm at Books Inc. Opera Plaza


These are two wonderful events, both closing a beloved series and bringing an end to Not Your Mother's 2015 Events.

I'm not saying we're saving the best for last, but...



When Fiction Meets Current Events

It's hard to miss the heart-renching reports on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, it's on the news, all over Tumblr, author's are tweeting and fundraising for it, all trying to get the word out. Here's a list of Young Adult books, originally compiled by Stackedbooks, that may give you a better understanding of the lives of refugees and those who have fled their homes in search of a better, safer life. Below are just a few of the titles Stacedbooks highlights. Click the link to see more. Find or order titles in store and start a conversation today.


New Editions of Old Favorites

It's a big day for a couple of our favorite YA/ Children's classics! Both Twilight and Harry Potter have been re-released with something a little extra.

On the 10th Anniversary of the wildly popular Twilight,  this special edition is returning with "the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer... this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes."   See more at Hachette Book Group. This special edition hit's stores today.

And of course, the first of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has been updated with an illustrated edition.The beautiful illustrations of artist Jim Kay add even more magic to the pages of the beloved story. Get yours in store today!

Leigh Bardugo Interview!

"Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box."


Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha Trilogy, set out on her book tour this week, but was nice enough to answer a few questions about her new book Six of Crows, which takes place in the same universe as the original trilogy.

Q: In Six of Crows, you write from multiple characters’ points of view, was it difficult to develop a different voice for each character?

A: Some characters stepped on stage talking very loudly. Others were a little bit more coy. It usually takes a couple of drafts for me to really settle into a voice the way I want to. Music really helps with that too. Whenever I wrote Kaz's chapters, I'd cue up "Sinister Kid" by the Black Keys.

Q: Who was your favorite character to write?

A: Oh, definitely Matthias. He's just so intense about everything—very formal, very dedicated to remaining in control, but with all of these emotions he has no idea what to do with.

Q: Did you struggle with deciding which POV to write an event through or did it flow naturally?

A: For the most part, it was a pretty organic process. The first draft—and it was extremely rough—came together very quickly, and when I would reach the end of a scene, it was as if another character would step forward and say, "Oh, I've got this." 

Q: There are so many pieces working together in Six of Crows to create the crazy twists and turns, how did you keep it all straight?

A: By any means necessary. I wrote in Scrivener and Word. I outlined. I wrote longhand. I made charts on a whiteboard. I even put the big heist sequence in my Google calendar in fifteen minute increments. Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box. 

Q: If Six of Crows were made into a film, who would you like to see cast?

A: This is always such a hard question! I've seen readers cast Joseph Gordon Levitt and Cillian Murphy as Kaz and I like both of those options. I think Kat Dennings and Hayley Atwell could both bring something special to Nina. Anthony Mackie would be great as Jesper. Nidhi Sunil was cast as Inej in a fanmade trailer and she looks very much the way I imagined Inej, though I don't know if she can act.

Q: Is it weird seeing Tumblr posts about your books?

A: Depends on the post. Do you know how long it took me to figure out the cinnamon roll meme?

Q: If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?

A: Probably J.K. Rowling. I feel like she would be just as delightful as she seems, intimidating but kind. Also, she has a castle. But if I could go back in time, Diana Wynne Jones.

Q: Do you have an ideal writing atmosphere?

A: I love writing retreats. I am never more productive than when I'm in a room full of other writers, all of us tapping away on our laptops, and occasionally sticking our heads up to ask if anyone wants coffee. A good view helps too. I was just at a house that was right on the sand. All you could hear was the waves. We'd work all day, then go jump in the sea. It was perfect.

Q: Coffee or Tea?


Six of Crows was released today, September 29th, and is available to purchase in store! If you want to learn more about Leigh and Six of Crows, stop by Books Inc Opera Plaza on Oct. 4th at 2 p.m. for an author presentation, book signing, and a fun scavenger hunt!