Bookish and Bloggish news (#25)


Bookish and Bloggish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy!

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Dance of Shadows Preview! 

You can now download the first three chapters of Yelena Blacks new YA Novel Dance of Shadows, for free on Amazon. The book is due for release next month and is high up on my TBR pile as it sounds so intriguing. Check out the goodreads summary after the trailer.


Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . . 

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

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Random House Acquire new author

Random House have acquired the rights to two novels, the first entitled Boy in the Tower, by debut author Polly Ho-Yen. Aimed at the 9+ market Boy in The Tower has been suggested for fans of John Boyne’s younger books, My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher and Wonder by RJ Palacio. 
In the press release the story of Boy in the Tower is described as “a captivating fable about fear and hope, loneliness and friendship. Nine year old narrator Ade lives with his agoraphobic mother at the top of a south London tower block. Life is isolated and uneventful – until the day menacing giant plants appear and start causing all the buildings on the estate to topple. The world outside his tower has always seemed scary to Ade – but the reality of remaining there under attack is even more terrifying.”

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Award news! 


The Leeds Book Award shortlist has been announced! With three categories: 9-11, 11-14 and 14-16, there are a fair few amazing books up in the shortlist. I personally loved The Demon’s Watch by Conrad Mason, Slated by Teri Terry and Burn Mark by Laura Powell, and others on the lists are on my wish list! If you are a teen in the Leeds area you can vote for the winner in your local library and the full shortlists can be viewed via the Leeds Book Awards Website.
 Also, the Blue Peter award shortlist has been announced. With two categories, ‘best story’ and ‘best book with facts’ and just three nominations for each category the award shortlist isn;t huge. The books on it are a little younger that I usually read but I definitely want to check out the Roald Dhal biography by Micheal Rosen and I’m always up for reading a new David Almond book so The Boy Who Swam with Pirahanas sounds great. View the full list over on the booktrust website

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Pantomime Blog Tour 

thanks Kenda at http://www.lurvalamode.com for the blog button, its so pretty! 
I will be taking part in the blog tour for Pantomime later this month. I adored this book and am very excited to hear what Laura has to say in response to the questions I have asked her. Be sure to check out the tour at the stops above and my review can be seen here

I also have a blog tour stop coming up next week for Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders and I am part of a very exciting Virtual Writing Workshop by author Celia Bryce the week following so make sure you come back for those! Other than that have a lovely weekend folks!

  • Oooh how did I miss the virtual writing group workshop? I would have loved that! Darn. Have fun though.

  • I am trying to avoid reading the first three chapters of Dance of Shadows because i am worried that i wot be able to wait untill Febuary to read the rest.

  • the virtual writing group thing sounds interesting!

  • the virtual writing group thing sounds interesting!

  • I loved Pantomime too. Such a different and wonderful book.