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Booktopia YA Buzz
March 2011 | First Edition
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Welcome to the inaugural YA 13+ BUZZ. The what? The young adult, thirteen year olds and above, newsletter. But what does that really mean? TEENS. Yes, that peculiar breed of human who are as simple as they are complex, as adorable as they are infuriating. TEENS. They can range in age from 9 to 37 but we are going with 13 yrs old to, say, 21. So without further ado...

We have put together some incredible and exclusive offers... just for you.

To celebrate the launch of The Ghoul Next Door, Monster High 2, from those who place a pre-order, we are going to chose five lucky customers and send them each one of the following fabulous dolls.

Monster High

Recipients will be announced in the Booktopia Blog in early April.

In another Booktopia exclusive, we are giving away four copies of The Twilight Saga Complete Collection, worth RRP$160 each, to customers pre-ordering The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide . That's one a week for four weeks. You don't have to do anything other than place your order and we will contact the lucky four by early May. Recipients will also be announced on the blog.

PLUS: Click Here For Details Of How To Enter Hachette Australia's Awesome Competition To Meet Stephenie Meyer

Want more? I bet you do. Booktopia has something awesome to offer fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Exclusive content!  Details here.

But the YA 13+ BUZZ isn't just about giveaways we have an awesome selection of books to thrill, frighten, entice, tease and intrigue. From the latest instalment in Michael Grant's Gone series to the wicked Pretty Little Liars, from the gritty urban crime of Long Reach to the latest bestsellers.

I have even included a few titles for teens who want to sink their teeth into something meatier - I have called the selection Big Ideas for Hungry Teens. These books pack an adult sized punch and are a perfect introduction to the world beyond the school gates.

Kind Regards
John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru

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CITY OF GLASS - BOOKTOPIA EXCLUSIVE: READ THE LETTER JACE LEFT FOR CLARY!
In City of Glass, The Mortal Instruments Series Book 3 , Jace leaves a letter in Clary's room before he leaves for a life-threatening mission. The content of this letter has been the subject of much speculation among Mortal Instruments fans, but it has never been revealed until now.

Only with Booktopia in Australia can you get a look at this exclusive letter. The letter to Clary will be enclosed in your copy of
City of Fallen Angels Mortal Instruments Series : Book 4 as a separate piece, designed to look as if it was handwritten on stationery. It will be folded and sealed in a beautiful black envelope. Pre-order now... for a limited time only...

Click here for more details or to buy City of Fallen AngelsCITY OF FALLEN ANGELS 
MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES : BOOK 4

by Cassandra Clare


Love, blood, betrayal and revenge - the stakes are higher than ever in the fourth book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments sequence

Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they'd won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.

Click here to pre-order City of Fallen Angels
Available 5th April 2011
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A NEW TWIST
Click here for more details or to buy Monster High THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR - MONSTER HIGH 2 by Lisi Harrison

A new teen series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the 'horrors' of trying to fit in.

Frankie Stein and co. are back in this hilarious second instalment from the halls of Monster High.

Cleopatra de Nile:
New pet snake
Has Deuce-the hottest guy in school-wrapped
Herve Leger bandage dress, strappy gold platforms

Cleo was the queen bee of the RADs, the normies, and everyone in between at Merston High. But now it's "Frankie this" and "Melody that"... these new girls sure know how to get her lashes in a tangle. When Cleo lands a Golden Teen Vogue photo opp for her friends everything seems to be back on track... until they bail to be in some film... Frankie and Melody's film! Can't a royal get some loyal?

Click here for details of our Monster High giveaway.

Click here to pre-order The Ghoul Next Door
Available 22 March 2011
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WHAT TRUE FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR...
Click here for more details or to buy the Twilight Saga Official Guide THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE
by
Stephenie Meyer

At long last, the pieces come together... in this definitive guide to the international bestselling Twilight Saga.

This must-have edition is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, and BREAKING DAWN.

Featuring almost 100 colour pages, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references and much more, this comprehensive companion guide is essential for every Twilight Saga fan.

Click here for details of our Twilight Saga giveaway.

Click here to pre-order The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
Available 13th April 2011
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AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING SHIVER AND LINGER
Click here for more details or to buy LamentBOOKS OF FAERIE: LAMENT and BALLAD
by
Maggie Stiefvater

Lament:
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand-one who can see faeries.

When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated.

Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass-a soulless faerie assassin-and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke's feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie.

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Ballad:

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die.

James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless.

As Halloween--the day of the dead--draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

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Available 5th May 2011
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GONE. HUNGER. LIES. AND NOW, PLAGUE
Click here for more details or to buy Plague PLAGUE by Michael Grant

It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape-or even survive-life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

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Available 1st April 2011
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A THRILLING SERIES DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Click here for more details or to buy Darkest Mercy DARKEST MERCY - BOOK FIVE IN THE WICKED LOVELY SERIES by Melissa Marr

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faerie Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win...and some will lose everything.

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A BOOK FOR TEENS WHO LIKE TO KEEP IT REAL...
Click here for more details or to buy A Beautiful Lie A BEAUTIFUL LIE by Irfan Master

An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family.

The main character is Bilal, a boy determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition - news that he knows will break his father's heart. With great spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. All that Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth...

Irfan Master is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust in the UK. His family is from Gujarat, India where his debut novel is set.

Irfan answered my Ten Terrifying Questions - read his answers here.

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NEW VOICE

TASMANIAN TERROR
click here for more details or to buy Rosebush ROSEBUSH
Michele Jaffe

A dark, sexy psychological thriller from a fantastic new voice in YA fiction.

Jane is found, near death, in a rosebush - a victim of hit and run. But as she s convalescing she realizes that her friends stories and her memories of what happened that night aren t adding up.

And now the only thing she does know is that one of her friends isn t so friendly.

One of them tried to kill her.

Sometimes the truth is a very thorny thing. .

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Click here for more details or to buy ThylaTHYLA
Kate Gordon

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain.

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory - not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember.

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush.

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat's story, I might discover my own - and stop it happening again.

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Australian author
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SPOOKY THRILLS

A LONG AWAITED PREQUEL
click here for more details or to buy Department 19 DEPARTMENT 19
Will Hill

"My master is the second oldest vampire in the world," she said. "He's more powerful than you can imagine."

"Like how powerful?"

"Like a God. Like that powerful."

"I don't believe in God."

She smiled at him again, and this time Jamie saw the white fangs below her upper lip, and he shivered.

"You should," she said. "You really should."

When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency.

Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother, and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against...

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Click here for more details or to buy Death of a KillerBIRTH OF A KILLER
Darren Shan

The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series!

Before Cirque Du Freak...

Before the war with the vampaneze...

Before he was a vampire.

Larten Crepsley was a boy.

As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his brother as an example to the other children.

In that moment, young Larten flies into a rage that the foreman wouldn't survive. Forced on the run, he sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. And when a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant, Larten takes it.

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COMPULSIVE READING
Click here for more details or to buy Bite Club BITE CLUB - The Morganville Vampires: Book 10
by
Rachel Caine

Morganville, Texas is a quiet college town where humans and vampires live in relative peace. But lately a great deal of blood is being spilled. Not in a feeding frenzy, but for someone's twisted idea of entertainment.

After discovering that vampires populate Morganville - and surviving a number of adventures - Claire Danvers has come to realise that for the most part, the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else has other ideas. There's a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another - or, worse, against humans. Tracking the signal leads Claire and her friends to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville. And if they want to survive, they'll have to do a lot more than fight...

'Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller who can deal out amazing plot twists as though she was dealing cards.' Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

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TOUGH TEENS NEED ONLY APPLY
Click here for more details or to buy Long Reach LONG REACH by Peter Cocks

A gritty urban thriller set in the ganglands of south London

Seventeen-year-old Eddie Savage is shocked to learn that the body of his brother, Steve, has just been washed up in the Thames. But he soon discovers something even more disturbing: that Steve had actually been working undercover for the police - and was probably murdered in the line of duty. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Eddie relinquishes his old life and identity to take up where Steve left off, throwing himself headlong into his first mission - to infiltrate a tough south London gang.

But as he becomes caught up in the world of crime, Eddie begins to question where his loyalties lie. Then he makes a terrible discovery...

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BESTSELLING EUROPEAN SERIES
Click here for more details or to buy The GameThe Valley is a new series by German author Krystyna Kuhn

This series is a mix between thriller and mystery. Each season will have four volumes. One season is one year at college.

Each volume will have one mysterious murder case that is solved in the end of each book; however with a cliffhanger announcing a new mystery in the valley!

The famous Solomon College, located in the middle of the Canadian woods, is an elite school for the highly gifted.

However, there are strange things going on in the secluded valley: Why can't the location be found on Google Earth? What happened to the group of teenagers who disappeared in the mountains in the 1970s?

At the beginning of their first year in college, Julia and her friends don't know anything about the mysteries of their new surroundings. But soon they will find out that nothing about the valley is as it seems.

And that they are not there by mere chance...

And that the valley has secrets of its own...

The first book is THE GAME

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Available 5th May 2011
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AWARD WINNING AUSSIE AUTHOR
Click here for more details or to buy Pig Boy PIG BOY by J.C. Burke

An unmissable novel from the award-winning author of THE STORY OF TOM BRENNAN

On Damon Styles's eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it's what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It's the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job - pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he'd better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won't find what he's hiding.

Damon's taking matters into his own hands - but so is the town of Strathven.

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Australian author
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I'D BITE YOUR NECK IF I WASN'T LAUGHING SO HARD
Click here for more details or to buy Dead Reckoning DEAD RECKONING: Sookie Stackhouse Series : Book 11
 by Charlaine Harris


The brand-new True Blood novel, starring the irrepressible Sookie Stackhouse. How can you resist?

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack.

But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board.

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Available 27th April 2011
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