Friday 5 – Some rockin’ new MG and YA must-read blogs!

It must the cool breeze stirring up all the awesome new websites. Who realized that other writers were plotting and planning during the summer heat while I splashed around with my kids?

Without further ado, here are the rockin’ new websites I’ve stumbled upon.

Sleuths, Spies and Alibis

A group blog of middle grade and young adult authors talk about…you guessed it….mysteries. They post every day of the week with book reviews, writing prompts, guest authors, and writing tips. Sounds terrific!

YA Curator

Ever wondered how to find the good stuff worth reading with all the self published and small press titles? This group blogs does it for you. Every Wednesday they post a review. So far they’ve reviewed THE BOYFRIEND THIEF by Shana Norris, DREAM SMASHERS by Angela Carlie, and RED by Kait Nolan. They all look great! Worth checking out every week.

Reel YA

A website where YA books and movies rule. They’ll cover hot topics/open threads, movie news, guest posts, contests and movie/book reviews. They kicked off with vampire week and a guest post by Lisa Gail Green.

YA Confidential

I know you’ve heard of this one. They had 100 followers the first day! They’ll be about everything teen including teen spies, YA books, critiques, giveaways, round tables – pretty incredible with a lot of buzz. In fact, they’ve kicked off their blog with a HUGE agent critique and arc giveaway.

Book Recs of the Rock and Famous

Ever wanted to know what the stars are reading. Don’t look any farther than this blog by the rock star expert, Kelly Polark.


Do-it-yourself degree in Creative Writing.

This blog will cover How-to tips, in depth articles, and writing prompts. It will offer a newsletter and down the road some webinars. Many of us can’t afford to get our MFA but this might help. Looks interesting. It’s just getting started but worth checking out.

Any cool new blogs that I missed?

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23 Responses to Friday 5 – Some rockin’ new MG and YA must-read blogs!

  1. Sheri Larsen September 16, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    So many to follow. I haven’t heard about the first one. Heading over now! Thanks for spotlighting them. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Creepy Query Girl September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    wow, thanks for the heads up! Yeah, YA confidential went viral fast! Their contest definitely helped!

    • Laura September 16, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Yeah, I figured everyone had heard about YA confidential. They did a super job about getting the word out!

  3. Meredith September 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh my gosh. There is so much awesome in this post. Thank you! Off to follow new blogs …

  4. Stina Lindenblatt September 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I already follow four of them (and LOVE YA confidential). Time to check out the other two.

    Thanks, Laura, for the great list!

  5. Heather Kelly September 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Great round up, Laura. Kelly’s blog rocks (and what an awesome concept!).

  6. Ava Jae September 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    What a great list! Checking them out now.

    I also recommend YA Highway and The League of Extraordinary Writers. Both are written by YA authors and have some really great posts.

  7. Andrea September 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Oooh! I love following new and interesting blogs. Thanks for sharing these, Laura! Heading over to investigate now…

  8. Patti September 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Wow, what a great list of new sites. I’ll have to go check them out.

  9. Kelly Polark September 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for mentioning my site, Laura!!
    I love YA Confidential, too. Will check out the others listed!

  10. Talli Roland September 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I’ve heard of YA Confidential, but not the rest… so thanks for the links! Have a great weekend.

  11. LynNerd September 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Thanks for hooking us up with all these great new blog links, Laura.

  12. erica and christy September 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    this rocks! i was out of the blogosphere all summer long. can’t wait to check these out now that i’m trying to make a comeback! especially the mystery one–erica and i may just write a mystery series someday and we’ll need to brush up on that genre first! :0) thanks, christy

  13. Lisa Green September 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Lots of great new blogs! Poor Reel YA, kicking off w/a guest post from me. *shudders* LOL!

  14. becca puglisi September 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m all over the YA Curator blog. I don’t buy anything without a good recommendation, and it’s hard to find self-pub reviews, so that is awesome!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  15. Jackee September 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    So many cool new ones. Off to check them out. Thanks, Laura, and have a happy weekend!

  16. Melissa Pearl September 17, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    Awesome post. Thanks so much for this. I’m now following a few more blogs – fun 🙂

    If you don’t mind, I’m going to post now and link this blog. I think it’s such an awesome post. I want to share it around 🙂

  17. Marcia September 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Laura, you’re such a fount of info. These look great.

  18. Leslie Rose September 18, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Uh, oh. Now I’m going to stay up way past my bedtime checking out these new blogs. Thanks for the sleuthing.

  19. Theresa Milstein September 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Thanks for the new blog info. I hope you’re having a good weekend.

  20. Susan Kaye Quinn September 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Sweet! Thanks for all the great links!

  21. Ghenet Myrthil September 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    These all sound great! 🙂 So many blogs…so little time…

  22. Cambria Dillon September 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning YA Confidential, Laura! So glad to hear people are digging it! I’m totally behind on my reading, so off to check out these new ones you listed. They look awesome! Thanks!

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