Bookish and Bloggish News #5

Hello all! Happy Saturday, so much to do today that its not even funny but I thought Id stop by with some videos and other stuff for your viewing pleasure! Hope you enjoy!
The Gathering Dark – Leigh Burdugo

Leigh Burdugo, author of The Gathering Dark/ Shadow and Bone (US Title), has posted a shot video about the book and where her inspiration came from. This one sounds amazing and is due for release in May, published by the lovely people at Indigo! The Goodreads summary and cover for the book are below, you can also find out more about the book and Leigh here.
“Sweeping, glorious fantasy romance about an orphan who must save her kingdom from the seductive and terrifying Darkling. The most compelling romance since Twilight. 

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. 

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? 

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. 

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? 

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance”


Masque of The Red Death – Bethany Griffin 

This title is coming out the US next month but it has just been annunced that Indigo will be publishing it over here late in the year. This is a re-imagining of Edgar Allen Poes short story of the same name and I cannot wait for it. I LOVE Poe’s work so anything inspired by it is a must for me. Above is the US title and the summary below! 
“Everything is in ruins. 

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. 

So what does Araby Worth have to live for? 

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all. 

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. 

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.” (taken from goodreads.)


The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa

The wonderful people over at MiraInk have created this amazing annimated cover for the new Julie Kagawa book, The Immortal Rules. I was never really that interested in Julie’s previous series but this one sounds like its going to be amazing, there’s also a trailer below!

Manchester Children’s Book Festival 2012 
Do you live it the North West? Are you a fan of children’s literature or looking for something fun to do with the kids later in the year? The Manchester Children’s Book Festival 2012 has just announced its programme of events for this year and there are some fantastic ones. You can have Mocktails in a swish restaurant with Cathy Cassidy and attend a poetry reading with Jackie Kay. You can meet with Jacqueline Wilson and chat with Phillip Pullman. 
If you want to know more go here and to see the programme of events go here. Theres lots to do including workshops with the guys at MMU and other organisations so I really think you should check it out! 
Three fantastic UK YA authors, Keris Stainton, Keren David and Susie Day have started up a new blog. The UKYA blog aims to highlight some of the best UKYA authors and books around. This started off as an idea on twitter as it sometimes appears that US YA seems to take the forefront, even over here.
The site at the minute consists of books from different parts of the UK and there are tabs for ease of use, so if you want to find a book that has been written by an author from Devon, you can click that tab and there you have some! There is also a brit-slang post for all you non-brits who were always wondering what an ASBO is and there will be guest posts and interviews to come. 
Its a great idea for reference, if you want to support UK authors or if you want to just find out if an author is from the UK. I think its important to support those authors from our own shores just as much as those from others’ so please take a look at the books on this site and I think this will be a great site and I look forward to seeing what it offers!
That’s it from me. I hope you have a lovely weekend! 


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