Bookish and Bloggish News #6

Harro!! Hows everyone doing on this lovely (questionable as I’ve not looked out the window out!) Saturday morning!? This week Ive got a couple of bits and bobs that I want to share with you regarding new books that are going to be hitting our shelves in the second half of the year! 
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Emma <3’s LA – Keris Station

The awesome Keris posted a sneak peak of her new book on her blog a couple of days ago. I have had the pleasure of already reading the book and it is absolutely fantastic. If you love contemporary teen fiction then please go and check out the first chapter here.
I will also be posting the very first review of Emma <3’s LA in the upcoming weeks so please come back for that. It is one of the best contemporary fiction books Ive read this year and will have you laughing, crying and cringing. The book will be published on June 7th by Orchard Books.
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Hot Key Books Launch Catalogue

On Monday 16th April the fantastic new publisher, Hot Key Books unveiled its full launch list. I missed out on checking what was on it until later in the week when My Favourite Books posted a little something about it. However when I went to check out the PDF catalogue my mouth was wide open – gawping at the screen I was saying “wow, I want that, and that, oooo and that!” 
Hot key books have got some absolutely amazing titles, you can check them all out here but I’ve picked a select few to highlight below. 


Angel Dust – Sarah Mussi 
“Would you move heaven and earth for the one you love?


When an angel is sent to earth to escort the soul of a young man to the after-­life she chooses to save him instead. But at what cost? An urban love story that recalls Romeo and Juliet by an author with a distinctive teen voice.” (Published August 2012)
(taken from the Hot Key Books catalogue)
This sounds like so much fun and that cover does wonders for grabbing your attention! 
Constable & Toop – Gareth P. Jones 
“Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour. While his dad buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention – trouble is afoot on the ‘otherside’, and there is a mysterious disease imprisoning ghosts into empty houses… leaving Sam caught right in the middle…” (Published October 2012) 
(Taken from the Hot Key Books catalogue)

I LOVED The Considine Curse by this author and I vowed to make sure I read more by him – that hasn’t happened yet but I definitely love the sound of this one!! 
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron – Various Authors 
A stellar cast of acclaimed fantasy writers weave spell-­‐binding tales that bring the world of witches to life. Boasting over 70 awards between them (including a Newbery Medal, five Hugo Awards and a Carnegie Medal), authors including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Holly Black delve into the realms of magic to explore all things witchy… From talking familiars, to covens that offer dark secrets to explore, these are tales to tickle the hair on the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine. (Published October 2012)
(taken from the Hot Key Books catalogue)
Look at that! Look at all those amazing authors who have contributed to this book! I want, badly! It looks and sounds awesome, I love it when books like this are released for Halloween!! 
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Chicken House Catalogue Summer/Autumn 2012

Look at the pretties! Now this isn’t a pile of all the books, although I did receive Hitler’s Angel with it… no, this is a collection of laminated posters which makes up Chicken House’s catalogue. There are so many awesome looking books on it and I can’t wait to get hold of them! You can find out more about each book on the Chicken House website but I thought I’d share a couple here too!

Unfed (Undead #2) – Kirsty McKay
“The good news: Bobby survived her Undead school trip. Bad news: her best mate, Smitty, is missing.
Bobby knows she’s got to find him … even if it means risking it all and going out into the starving zombie-infested wastelands again. Even if it means taking fellow survivors – including a couple of old frenemies – along for the ride. And even if the zombies are not the only ones who are chasing them this time.” (Published August 2012) (taken from the Chicken House website)
I loved Undead and I have been waiting for this one for ages now, I honestly think Kirsty McKay has a brilliant sense of humour and a fantastic writing style which makes for the perfect zombie book! 
Torn – David Massey

“Afghanistan.
In the heat and dust of war, young British army medic Elinor Nielson watches an Afghan girl walk into a hail of bullets. But when she runs to help, Ellie finds her gone. Who is she? And what’s happened to her? What Ellie discovers makes her question everything she believes in – even her feelings for the American lieutenant who takes her side.” (Published August 2012)(taken from the Chicken House website)
I love the sound of this one and I really do want to up my historical reading ante so I will definitely be checking this out. 
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So thats it for this week, just a quickie! I hope you like the look of these books as much as I do! Especially Under my Hat, Unfed and Emma <3’s LA! 2012 is an awesome year for books and it looks like its just going to get better!

  • M

    That’s a good lot to look forward to! I’ll be back to read that first review of Emma (how exciting for you!) 🙂

    Yes, the Hot Key Books launch titles look fab; Insignia is good and will suit the younger teens too. Little M’s just finished Hitler’s Angel (and she liked it!)

  • I am very excited about Hot Keys!

  • Hot Keys looks so good…I asked for a copy of Unfed and Chicken House sent me Undead, which I enjoyed, but never got round to writing a review for. Hope you enjoy all of them!

  • Thanks so much for including Emma, Raimy 🙂

    K x

  • Great round up, I’m loving the Hot Key books x