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Bookish and Bloggish News (#26)

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!


Branford Boase Award Longlist

The Branford Boase Award is given annually to an outstanding book by a debut author. The longlist, announced on the 16th features 25 of these such books and I can definitely say I do not envy the judges who have to whittle this lot down! The panel have until May 1st to produce a shortlist then the winner will be announced in July. You can see the full longlist here but my top picks are: 
Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne (Headline)

After The Snow – SD Crockett (Macmillan)

Geekhood – Andy Robb (Little Tiger Press/ Stripes Publishing)

Slated – Teri Terry (Hachette) 
Also shout out to both Torn by David Massey, The Wolf Princess by Catherine Constable and Hitlers Angel by William Osbourne, all of which are from Chicken House and were really good!
Good Luck to all those longlisted. I may attempt to do a read of all the books on the longlist before May 1st… keep an eye on the blog! 
The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott Cover Reveal
I am a HUGE Zoe Marriott fan, her books are amazing, her writing is pretty much perfection in my eyes and Zoe herself is an awesome person. So obviously I was exciting for The Night Itself, the first book in Zoe’s upcoming The Name of the Blade trilogy, even before I saw this cover. 
I have to say I adore it. Zoe mentioned to me that the book and the cover are completely different to all of her others and to other things on the market in its genre and I think she was concerned people wouldn’t like it so much. However as soon as I saw it I was in love; the amazing bold colours, the brilliant illustration and as you can see below, the wrap around nature of the book and the way the colours run into the Katana. 
I think it kinda looks like a Sarra Manning book in the way its illustrated, and that is definitely not a bad thing. The cover looks amazing and the blurb (below) sounds awesome. The only problem I’ve got is now I have to wait until July to read it!! 

When fifteen year old Mio steals the katana – her grandfather’s priceless sword – she just wants to liven up a fancy dress costume. But the katana is more than some dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan, and it is only the appearance of a mysterious warrior that saves her life. If Mio cannot learn to control the sword’s legendary powers she will lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Trailer
This is the very interesting trailer for new book Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. This will be released by Penguin on Feb 7th. I had noticed it around a fair few American blogs last year and I liked the sound of it. I will be a part of the blog tour for this at the beginning of Feb too so don’t miss that! 
The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
I first heard about The Oathbreaker’s Shadow at the Random House Book Blogger Brunch last June. It sounded brilliant but we didn’t get told lots because, well, its not even out until June 2013! This is still a long way away but this cover is brilliant and the blurb sounds so cool: 

Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.
Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all – not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.
Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.


Everything is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself) by Cathy Brettt
I have been meaning to read a Cathy Brett book for quite a while now and when I saw this on twitter a couple of days ago I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible! This cover is brilliant and I love the blurb, apparently it made the editor cry in three different places so I will need my tissues! 
The cover was revealed on Cathy Brett’s blog in December but as I missed it I thought I’d share it with you guys now! It is due out in May from Headline:
Things haven’t been going so well for fifteen-year-old Esther Armstrong. With her brother Max – her closest ally – absent, she’s forced to face everything alone, not least her parents’ heated arguments. As the summer holidays stretch endlessly ahead, she’s desperate for something, anything, to divert her attention.

Then she finds some letters hidden in the walls of her family home, sent by a soldier to his sweetheart from the trenches of WWI. Esther is consumed by the mystery of these lovers – not very much older than herself – and what became of them. Perhaps in piecing together the jigsaw of someone else’s life, Esther can work out how to reassemble her own, and how to make everything fine again… 

This is a novel about growing up, moving on and the strength of a family.

World Book Day YA 

I love World Book Day, I have a lot of memories about it from my childhood and I love what it stands for. I’m not entirely sure but I believe this year is the first year that part of World Book Day is being dedicated to YA. There’s lots of information about this on the website, and you there will even be an app available in February which has short ebooks on from really cool authors. Check out the website for more really cool stuff.



  • Jim Dean

    Just checked out the longlist! My vote (if I had one) would definitely go to The Things We Did For Love, which is exquisite. Black Heart Blue, Heart-Shaped Bruise and Daylight Saving are all really good as well though – incredibly, I’ve only read five of them in total!

  • Liz. R

    I love the cover for The Night Itself! It’s brilliant, and very eye-catching. Also had no idea Born Wicked was being published over here. I have the US version (which I still have yet to read) but I’m happy the UK got hold of it too! It’s meant to be amazing, apparently.

  • Zoe Crook

    Thanks for posting, you always keep us up to date 🙂 I love the cover for The Night Itself, it is gorgeous! I need to read one of Zoe Marriot’s books. I love World Book Day – who doesn’t!?

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