Today, I am so so utterly delighted to kick-off our April 2014 Book of the Month featuring Noggin by John Corey Whaley. I am a huge fan of Corey’s work, and am honored to also call him my friend. And though we live far away, planning this month’s features with Corey was a blast.
As usual, let’s start things off with our desktop wallpaper calendar! Click to view full-size, then right-click to save — and keep scrolling for more about Noggin,which will be in stores on April 8th.
Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.
The time has come for the 2014 YA Desktop Wallpaper Calendar! This tradition is a yearly occurrence here at Novel Novice. We create the desktop wallpaper calendar as our year-end gift to YOU, the readers, who come back week after week, day after day, to support all that we do.
This year, we picked 12 YA books or franchises to feature during each month of the year, based – in part – on your feedback. For a few select series, we’ve offered additional single-year desktop wallpaper calendars, too!
As always, click to view full-size, then right-click to save. But please, DO NOT repost the full-size wallpapers on other websites — rather, link back here. Thanks & enjoy!!
And for some of your favorite series, here are individual wallpapers good for the entirety of 2014:
For the comments: Which of the calendars are your favorites?
Today, we are celebrating our September Book of the Month The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler with a collection of brand-new, original desktop wallpapers. Many of the images used in these wallpapers were taken by Sonia herself in Cambridge, where the book takes place.
As always, click to view full-size, then right-click to save!
So I’m thinking about getting started very soon on the 2014 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — and I need your help. See, the thing is, I’m crazy to take on this project. I’m in the midst of planning my January 2014 wedding — and it’s only going to get busier as the months go by.
But I have decided I WILL produce a 2014 desktop wallpaper for you, my lovely and faithful readers. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll get it all done, but I’m going to try. So with that in mind, I am starting to brainstorm ideas for the calendars and I want YOUR input on which YA books/series should be included.
Please pick your top TWELVE books/series in the poll below (and mention any not listed in the poll in the comments section):
Today I am super excited to introduce you to the August 2013 Book of the Month — the superb novel of rock ‘n’ roll and juvenile delinquents (and more, I promise) — Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin.
To kick things off, we have a desktop wallpaper calendar for you (at the bottom of this post – scroll down!) — plus check out the official synopsis for Wise Young FoolAND the fantastic book trailer:
Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band doesn’t play rock, and “jumping the shark” is yet another dumb cliché. Part of Ritchie wants to drop everything and walk away. Especially the part that’s serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center.
Telling the story of the year leading up to his arrest, Ritchie grabs readers by the throat before (politely) inviting them along for the (max-speed) ride. A battle of the bands looms. Dad split about five minutes before Mom’s girlfriend moved in. There’s the matter of trying to score with the dangerously hot Ravenna Woods while avoiding the dangerously huge Spence Proffer–not to mention just trying to forget what his sister, Beth, said the week before she died.
This latest offering from acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin is alternately raw, razor-sharp, and genuinely hilarious.
Click to view the wallpaper full-size, then right-click to save:
Today, we are super excited to launch our May 2013 Book of the Month — The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castleby Christopher Healy. This is the hilarious sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Just released in stores, we have a ton of awesome goodies in store for you this month.
But to kick things off, here’s our desktop wallpaper calendar for the month of May. Just click to view full-size, then right-click to save. Keep reading for more about the book, too!
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don’t you? They’re the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose – to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.
But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening – even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.
Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination – it’s all in a day’s work for the League of Princes.
Today, as we celebrate our March Book of the Month – Poison by Bridget Zinn - we wanted to offer you a brand new desktop wallpaper featuring the book’s gorgeous cover art.
As always, click to view full-size, then right-click to save:
Be sure to pick up Poison,in stores on Tuesday! Here is the official synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Today we want to bring a few extra goodies for you to enjoy while reading our book of the month, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. And we’re starting with a desktop wallpaper that we created just for you! Just click below to view full-size, then right-click to save:
And check out this stunning book trailer from HarperTeen:
Today we are thrilled to be kicking off our first book of the month for 2013, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd — a thrilling, beautifully written gothic tale inspired by the classic horror story, The Island of Dr. Moreau.
To celebrate, we’ve created a desktop wallpaper calendar for the month — which you can download by clicking below to view the image full-size, then right-clicking to save. Plus, scroll down to read more about The Madman’s Daughter,which is in stores now.
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.
For the comments: Have you read The Madman’s Daughter yet? Do you plan to read it?