Janet B Taylor Reviews UNDERWATER

underwater cover hi-resLYRICAL, SPARE, AND RICH, all at the same time.
Debut author Marisa Reichardt has written a beautiful, honest, heart-ripping novel.
It’s been a long time since I a book pulled me back into what it truly feels like to be sixteen. This novel did that.

It would’ve been easy for an author to allow Morgan–the main character–to wander into pathetic territory, after what all she’s been through. But with Reichardt’s deft handling, watching Morgan brave it out as she overcomes obstacles and finds her way back to life is thrilling and gut-wrenching and uplifting.

DO NOT MISS THIS ONE FOLKS!!! Highly Recommend!!

Jennifer Bardsley Reviews FIRSTS

4_28_FirstsCoverThere are ONLY 16 DAYS until our first Sixteen to Read book releases. And, appropriately, this is Laurie Elizabeth’s YA debut, FIRSTS. Jennifer Bardsley reviews it here!

On the surface Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is about seduction and sex, but this book digs deep. Firsts tackles tough questions while at the same time delivering a story line that will keep teens reading more. I got an early peek at an Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions and review.

Mercedes Ayres is a seventeen-year-old girl that the other girls at high school don’t really notice. She’s a whiz at science and besties with the ultra-religious Angela. But what most people don’t know is that Mercedes has her own after-hours tutoring program going on. She teaches virginal high school males how to give their girlfriends the perfect first time.

Where’s the line between altruism and harming your own inner-self in the process? And what’s the real reason motivating Mercedes to “serve?” Laurie Elizabeth Flynn handles a weighty subject matter with a deft touch. This is a book that will make your jaw drop.


!Giveaway! Query Critique and a Pre-Order from Sarah Glenn Marsh

For this month’s Sixteen to Read Giveaway, member Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the forthcoming FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, is offering a query critique and a pre-order of her debut novel to one aspiring author!

Fear the Drowning Deep_coverHere’s what Sarah has to say about her critiques:

Hey there, everyone! As a mentor in many popular online writing contests (like Pitch Wars, Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and more!), I’ve seen a lot of queries. And I do mean a LOT. I’ve learned what makes a query stand out to agents—namely, a lean word count and a dazzling hook. It’s always impressive when you can convey what your story is about in a few tight sentences. I’ll give you an honest (while still being encouraging) critique of your query, and offer insight into the querying process! I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about querying or signing with an agent, too!

You’ll also win a pre-ordered copy of my debut YA, Fear the Drowning Deep! If you like mysteries, history, romance, or mythology, I think you’ll be into it!

Want to enter to win a query critique and this debut YA historical fantasy novel?

  1. Follow this blog
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  3. Tweet about the contest (be sure to tag @sixteentoread)
  4. Email sixteentoreadgiveaways@gmail.com with your name, and the title of this giveaway: Critique & Pre-Order of FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP. Please put in subject line “16toRead Challenge”.

One winner will be chose at random on December 29th at midnight! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Visiting Author Series: Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky is the New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. He joined Sixteen to Read author Jennie K. Brown to talk about his debut experience, the writing process and more…

Jennie: Hey, Stephen! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today!

Stephen: It’s my pleasure, Jennie.

Jennie: Can I get you anything to sip or munch on while we chat?

 Stephen: No, I have my coffee.

Jennie: Do you always write with coffee?

Stephen: Almost always.

Jennie: Because we’re a debut group, we want to hear about the beginning of your writing career. Now think back to then … what was the querying process like for you?

Stephen: Well, my situation was unique because I find myself more as a movie guy. I was working more as a screenwriter and director, so my hunting for a publisher and agent was not as intense. That said, I did make a lot of phone calls and asked anybody I knew with ties to the publishing world for referrals. It took me over a year to find an agent. Ironically, at an agency that had passed a year earlier. And I ultimately found my publisher – Simon and Schuster, specifically Pocket books and MTV books, and my editor was Greer Kessel Hendricks.

Jennie: How did you react to the ginormous success of PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER?

Stephen: I think because I did it by myself more as a movie guy, I didn’t get very swept up in it. I was very proud, of course, and I was very grateful, of course, but it didn’t really seep into my identity. I only wish at the time I had had a mentor in publishing who would have sat me down and told me you have to write another book immediately. I didn’t know. Instead I was pursuing a screenplay career.

Jennie: Tell us about your writing routine. Has it changed over the years?

Stephen: My writing process has evolved over the years in relationship to my age and the amount of time I have to spend. When I wrote PERKS, the novel, I was single, living in a single room in NYC, and I had all the time in the world. So I could buy a carton of cigarettes and sit for 16 hours a day and work obsessively. Fifteen years later- no more cigs, have a wife and two children, and now I have coffee and about seven hours a day to write. I made a decision years ago that my writing would come second to my family.

Jennie: I love that.

Stephen: What I’ve found is that both have benefited greatly from that decision. Now my process is heavier on outlines and notes because I don’t have the extra hours.

Jennie: So, pantser or plotter?

Stephen: I started out as a pantser and now I’m a plotter out of necessity. Like with my new novel.

Jennie: Can you talk about it?

Steve: Sorry, but no. 🙂 

Jennie: We totally understand! Congrats on a new book! And now we have a few lightning-round questions for you. Answer as quickly as possible.

  1. Your favorite time to write? Afternoon
  2. Favorite place to write? My office
  3. Favorite writing snack? Peanut butter
  4. Last book you read? Wuthering Heights
  5. Favorite book? Too many to name
  6. If you could live in a fictional world, what world would it be? A long time ago, in a galaxy far way…
  7. If you could be a character from a book for a day, who would you be? James Bond

Jennie: Great answer- James Bond. Thanks so much for talking to Sixteen to Read, Stephen!

Stephen: Very welcome and I’m so glad, and thank you for including me. Good luck!

Stephen Chbosky and Jennie Brown talk debuting

Stephen Chbosky and Jennie Brown talk debuting



Shannon M Parker Reviews SUMMER OF SLOANE

Summer of SloaneI was hooked from the very first line of SUMMER OF SLOANE and Schneider kept me entranced with Sloane’s flirty summer romance and the lovely, lush Hawaiian backdrop. Sloane is a fierce main character who literally fights for her respect. This debut novel follows Sloane as she rebuilds her life after her boyfriend and best friend hook-up (not a spoiler). Sloane has to figure out where to place her loyalties and how to make room in her heart for both heartbreak and new beginnings. I have no doubt that this book will be in every book bag in the summer of 2016, making next year the summer of Schneider