Bookish and Blogish news (#33)

Bookish and Blogish 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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Liz De Jager  signed up by Tor UK for YA contemporary fantasy series 

The wonderful Liz De Jager, who some of you may know as one of the team over at the now defunct My Favourite Books, has gone and got herself a book deal! I talk to Liz a bit on Twitter and have met her in real life a couple of times and I couldn’t be more happy for her! The trilogy will be kick off in 2014 with the first book, The Blackhart Legacy. For more info heard over to Tor UK’s blog.

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Strange Chemistry sign up Rachel Neumeier for paranormal YA 
Black Dog, a YA Paranormal book from author Rachel Neumeier is due to be released from Strange Chemistry in Spring 2014. The summary is as follows: 
Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic.  Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge – the blood kin or the black dogs.  In rare cases – like for Natividad’s father and older brother – Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers.

But before Natividad’s mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them.  Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs.  Their parents die protecting them.  Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter:  the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure.

In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner.  Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.

Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master.  Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister’s Pure magic.  Natividad’s twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected.  And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction.  If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate.

But, first, they must all survive the looming battle.

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Young Bloggers Week at Hot Key Books 

This week on Hot Key Books’ blog they hosted a Young Bloggers Week. It features a fair few decent blogs about favourite books, dressing up for World Book Day and books being made into movies. They are well worth a read if you want to head on over to Key Note Blog!
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Cover Reveal: Noble Conflict by Maloire Blackman  
This is the cover for Malorie Blackman’s next book, Noble Conflict… and I cannot wait for it! I adore each and every Malorie Blackman book I have read and the Noughts and Crosses series is still one of my favourites. Noble Conflict will be hitting our shelves via Doubleday in July 2013. 
Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians – an elite peacekeeping force – to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy.

When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel – a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories – memories that could only belong to Rhea – he realises he hasn’t been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he’s really fighting for.


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Cover Reveal: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

I love the Lorien Legacy books and have been eagerly awaiting this one since I finished The Rise of Nine. I have no idea what will be coming from Pittacus Lore in this next instalment but I am certain it will be brilliant. Its due on August 29th, published by Penguin. 
This is the fourth installment in the thrilling, action-packed New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated at the end of The Rise of Nine, the Garde now realize that they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. They must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team, or they won’t stand a chance. The battle may have been lost, but the war for Earth’s survival is far from over.

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News from World Book Day: TEENS SORTED FOR APP-Y ENDINGS!
  • New app launched with free, exclusive new stories from nine top YA authors
  • App powered by Movellas.com for download to iOS and Android devices

An eclectic and exciting mix of exclusive new stories from some of the country’s hottest Young Adult (YA) writers has launched on a brand new app for World Book Day.

Available to download for FREE on iOS and Android devices in the UK and Ireland, the app has been developed in partnership with online teen reading and writing platform Movellas.com, with contributions from Sarah Alderson, Josephine Angelini, Dave Cousins, Will Hill, Sarah J. Maas, Patrick Ness, Dawn O’Porter, Chris Ryan and Alex Scarrow.
And joining the top line-up of YA writing talent are a clutch of aspiring young authors from the Movellas community, whose stories have been added to the app after receiving nominations from their peers.

From comedy, friendship and romance, to fantasy, horror and espionage, the app includes something for every teenage reader, whatever their favourite genres or interests.

Broadcaster, author and YA contributor, Dawn O’Porter said, “I’m proud to have my World Book Day story sitting alongside the cream of the country’s young writing crop. I hope members of the Movellas community will be inspired by the new app to continue dreaming up exciting ideas and characters, and developing their own unique voice.”

There are five exclusive stories on the app on release and a further four will be released on World Book Day on 7 March, and available to read on the app for two months.

Yvonne Biggins, Community Director at Movellas commented, “The opportunity to appear alongside their writing idols on the YA app has been a brilliant way to encourage teenagers to develop their own writing skills. Not only have we seen thousands of brilliant entries posted on the site but we’ve also seen even more voting and commenting on the stories.”

Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day said, “The new app and our partnership with Movellas is just one way of getting great book content to Young Adult readers who have a hunger for new stories from top authors.  Delivering content digitally and talking to teens in the spaces they like to visit and socialise also allows us to offer a taste of the brilliant fiction that’s out there and hopefully, turn more young people on to reading.”

brand new space for teens has been developed for the World Book Day website, packed with book recommendations, activities and information on YA book events, while new initiative The Word Herd has launched to give young people creative ideas for sharing their passion for books with schoolmates.

Alongside the World Book Day YA app, a special ‘Story Chain’ game is also being hosted on www.movellas.comwhere eight of the app authors have suggested the first line of a new story for members to continue.

Yvonne Biggins said, “Our partnership activity with World Book Day is seeing a brilliant response from our community, and I hope providing a platform for teens to engage in this way sees many more fulfilling our joint mission to keep up the practice of reading and creating throughout the year.”

Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information, the latest news and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.

  • I’m so proud of Liz! And I really love the sound of Noble Conflict. Hopefully I’ll connect with it more than I did Noughts and Crosses.