Monday, August 20, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE, by Lisa McMann--plus a giveaway!

YAY--I FINALLY HAVE AN MMGM FOR YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!!! (Thank you SO much for bearing with me--and huge thanks to Deb Marshall for all of her wonderful guest posts!)

I wanted to start back with a bang, so today I'm featuring a super-fabulous book coming out on September 4th (so soon--WOO HOO!!!): THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE, by the amazing Lisa McMann. Check out the gorgeous cover:

Here's how the publisher describes it:

The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of Artimé are now home to whoever wants to live there, whether they are Wanteds, Unwanteds, or Necessaries.

In Artimé, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and Artimé will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request—one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer.

And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex’s twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine’s defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power.

Alex and Aaron’s separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance.

In case you don't know, this is the sequel to THE UNWANTEDS, a book I have already gushed about HERE. And as tends to happen with sequels, I totally had torn feelings going in. You know, that lovely mix of  I am so excited to read what happens next  and eep--please don't let me down!!!! Especially since one of my favorite things about THE UNWANTEDS is the world Lisa created and ... well ... let's just say that she changes it rather dramatically at the end of book 1.

So I was a little worried Book 2 wouldn't have the same feel. And it doesn't have the same feel--but trust me, that's actually a good thing! Why have a repeat of the first one when you can go to the next level of awesome???

There's still all your favorite characters and plenty of adventure to be had in Artime, but this time we also get to explore the changing climate of Quill, which was fascinating. As if that weren't cool enough, we get to discover the Island Of Silence. I don't want to spoil anything there, so all I'll say is it's delightfully creeptastic. AND THE ENDING! Dude. DUDE. I need book 3 like NOW.

It's hard to say more than that without revealing too much of the plot (or ruining book 1) so all I'll add is that if you haven't started this series yet, you need to. NOW. And if you're already a fan, have no fear, you will love this next installment and should definitely pick up a copy as soon as you can get your hands on it.

In the meantime, the lovely people at S&S have offered up an EARLY FINISHED HARDCOVER as a prize, which I'm giving away to one lucky winner.

If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, August 25th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, August 26th. International entries welcome!

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- The Lucky 13s join the MMGM fun with a special new Middle Grade feature called Meanwhile... Middle Grade. Click HERE to check it out. 
- Jessica at Book Sake is also joining the MMGM fun! (YAY) with a feature on THE ALCHEMYST: THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Kim Aippersbach is cheering for TWO YOUNG SHERLOCKS. Click HERE to see why.
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting CIRCLE OF SECRETS with an author interview and a giveaway of THE HEALING SPELL. Click HERE for all the details.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is caught up in THE DROVER'S QUEST. Click HERE to see his review. 
- Andrea Mack is wowed by THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read.  
- Gabrielle Prendergast has a sizzling summer GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to see what amazing books are up for grabs!
- Michelle Isenhoff is fangirling THE GIVER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy have been swept away by NINTH WARD. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.    
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Royce Buckingham--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details   
- Jasmine Marie is cheering for  PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Barbara Watson is gushing about THE APOTHECARY. Click HERE to see her recview.   
 - Michelle Mason is covering SAMMY KEYS AND THE HOTEL THIEF. Click HERE to what she thinks.  
- Dorine White is singing the praises for the WONDLA books. Click HERE to see why.
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time


  1. That is a gorgeous cover! I know my students will love this book! :)

  2. It sounds so fabulous! I love the cover especially!

    And thanks for the great links. :)

  3. I have not heard of this series- but it is a mix of two of my favorite books! I would love to read it! The cover is definitely eye-catching. Thanks so much for introducing me to a new series!

  4. I loved the first one in the series and can't wait to read this one, not long now!!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  5. Just a great-looking series. I haven't read the first one yet but I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this book. Thanks for making it available. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  6. I would love the chance to win this! Thank you!

  7. I haven't read the first one, but after reading this synopsis, I'm definitely going to have to go back and read it! It's a beautiful cover!
    I discovered MMGM this week but missed the deadline...I'll make it next week!
    Here's my first post!

  8. I loved The Unwanteds, and I'm so excited to find out what happens next in both Artime and Quill! I can't wait to be able to get my hands on a copy.

  9. Throw me into the mix, Shannon. Please! (Now off to compose a song called "Wanting The Unwanteds.")

  10. You can find my MMGM review of "The One and Only Ivan" here:

    It's a terrific story about a gorilla who loves to draw and saves a friend with his art. You won't find a better story about friendship and hope, especially if you're an animal lover!

    1. Now I MUST read THE UNWANTED series! Sounds awesome!

  11. Count me in!! I'm eager to see where this story goes.

  12. At the risk of potentially being over hyped (not by you - by Kirkus) this does sound pretty phenomenal.

  13. From the cover: "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter."
    Really?! AWE-SOME! How on earth could I turn THAT down? Off to the library to get The Unwanteds #1. It's going to be hard to drive with my fingers crossed to win #2...

    Also, joining in the MMGM love today for the first time with my review and give away for Ellen Airgood's PRAIRIE EVERS! Find it at:

  14. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait for Lisa's visit here at Changing Hands. Or yours either :D

  15. I would love to win this one for my grandson, he would love it! THanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  16. I loved the Unwanteds! I am so excited to read the second book!

  17. I'd love another great MG to read while I so impatiently wait for KEEPERS to be released!
    Thanks, Shannon!

  18. YAY! I am so excited for this book. <3 I did love the first one. :) Cannot wait for book two :D And omg. Thank you for this perfect giveaway. <3 *fingers crossed.* <3
    Love, Carina

  19. Oh, MAN, Unwanted was so awesome! And it doesn't hurt to mention that Lisa McMann is one of my all-time favorites! (Hopefully you'll join that list, Shannon! ;) )
    I would be ecstatic if I won a copy of this!!

  20. I love Lisa McMann and I"m sure this book is just as great as the first one!! Can't wait to read it : ) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  21. I loved the first book. It totally lived up to the tagline of being Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games. I can't wait to read this one!

  22. Oh my word...really looking forward to this one. Thanks so much for chance to win a copy!! And thanks for the shout out. Always a pleasure to help out.

  23. Awesome cover! A real eye catcher. I'm definitely interested in reading this one.

  24. Your enthusiasm shines through in your review of this book Shannon! Thanks for the giveaway and for putting these MMGM posts together each week!

  25. You totally got me hooked on this series. I'd so love to win.

  26. Oh, I am SO excited. I just love, love, love the first book. It went from student to student all year long. I am eagerly anticipating reading about the Island of Silence. Yeah!

  27. Oooh. I think I'll have to get the first one, but would love to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. I am so excited for this book!! *happy dance* One for me and one for the classroom, perhaps?

  29. I am excited to read this latest installment. I really enjoyed the first one. I look forward to sharing this with my students.

  30. I just bought the first book and can't wait for this one. :)

  31. Enter me in..this book sounds really good !!

  32. lisa!!!! Such a great author!!! finger crossed for this one

  33. Awesome author GREAT book, can't wait to read # 2

  34. I love Lisa's books. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. I'd love to play please.


  36. I agree that the cover is gorgeous! "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter" also intrigues me, as I loved both of those books. :)


Yay-I love comments! Thank you so much! (But please remember to keep your comments spoiler-free. Also, I try to keep this a happy, positive place. Any arguing or intense debate--on any subject will be removed. Let's keep this a safe, fun space.