Bookish and Bloggish news (#27)



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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The Witch’s Betrayal novella – Cassandra Rose Clarke 


This week a special short story from Cassandra Rose Clarke came out, this is designed to tide us over until The Pirate’s Wish comes out, following on form the fantastic The Assassin’s Curse.

The ebook, The Witch’s Betrayal, can be purchased from The Robot Trading Company and from Amazon, amongst other ebook sellers and takes us back in time to Naji’s earlier years. It sounds brilliant and if its anything like The Assassin’s Curse it will be worth way more than the minuscule price! 


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Paper Aeroplanes – Dawn O’Porter 


Revealed this week was a new May 2013 title from Hot Key Books! This is Paper Aeroplanes from TV documentary maker and journalist Dawn O’Porter. 
Paper Aeroplanes, is the first in a two part book series, and sounds pretty good: 

It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

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Romantic Novel of the Year Shortlist 


The Romantic Novel of the Year Shortlist has been announced this week, with five categories the award encourages good romantic writing in many forms. The winners of each category will be announced by Richard Medley and Judt Finnigan on February 28th in London. You can read the full shortlists in each category here but I thought I’d share the YA category shortlist with you today:

Jo Cotterill, Sweet Hearts: Model Behaviour
Laura Jarratt, Skin Deep
Marie-Louise Jensen, The Girl in the Mask
Victoria Lamb, Witchstruck
Sarra Manning, Adorkable

Susan Waggoner, Neptune’s Tears

I’m kinda holding out hope for Adorkable or Skin Deep but I can’t decide between them! Which would you pick?

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Tide by Daniela Sacerdoti Cover Reveal
This is book two in the Sarah Midnight Trilogy, following on from Dreams which I really loved. I cannot wait to read this and I will also be part of the blog tour for it as well so look out for more info on that! This cover is pretty striking to be honest and I wasn’t sure I liked ti when I first saw it but its definitely growing on me! Tide comes out on Feb 28th, published by Black and White Publishing.
Sarah Midnight is no ordinary teenager. She is a demon hunter, caught up in one of the deadliest wars unknown to man. Orphaned at the age of sixteen, Sarah learned the family trade of hunting without her parents to guide her but under the watchful eye of her ‘cousin’, who was revealed to be Sean Hannay, no relative at all, but a dear friend of the real Harry Midnight.

Now, in the exciting sequel to Dreams, the fight continues. Sarah and Sean may have defeated the Scottish Valaya, but the rest of the war still rages on, and Sarah, Sean, Nicholas and their companions must unearth the identity and location of the Enemy – the leader of the demons – before the world plunges into the Time of Demons once more. Their quest leads them to Sarah’s family home, the Midnight mansion in Islay, and there they discover horrible truths about the demon ruler, his plans, and Sarah’s own personal history.

Along the way, Sarah must battle not only the demons but her hurt toward Sean and her feelings for the enigmatic Nicholas, who has plans of his own.

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Because It’s In My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin Cover
This is the second in the Birthright series, following on from All These Things I’ve Done, which was amazing. I really loved the first one and want to know badly what happens in this next one! It will be released later this year by Panmacmillan:

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve–and her heart–will be tested as never before.

  • Definitely agree with Adorkable or Skin Deep for the RNA!

  • I love both Adorkable and The Girl in the Mask! They’re both amazing books! But Adorkable was a little more romantic…

  • I think Paper Aeroplanes sound so good. I really cant wait to read it 🙂

  • Ooh very excited about The Witch’s Betrayal – I loved The Assassin’s Curse, so I’m really excited to get back into that world!