Booktopia YA Buzz
March 2013 | Edition 2
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WELCOME TO THE THE MARCH YA BUZZ
So the month of March upon us, which is weird considering I'm pretty sure Christmas was happening about two weeks ago. I've heard time flies when you're having fun, so clearly I've been having a bit too much fun in 2013. Want to guess what I've been doing? I'll give you a moment to think about it...

If you guessed "Racecar Driving in Monte Carlo", then I'm afraid you are (tragically) wrong. The correct answer is "Reading loads of YA fiction" - which, when you think about it, is actually a lot more fun than Racecar Driving. Or at least, equally as fun.

(If this newsletter is cut off in your email program, or you cannot see the right-hand side with the index, please be sure to click on the link at the top of this email to view it online.)

This month in YA Fiction we have new releases from popular authors Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray and Lauren Oliver. We also have the first book in an exciting new trilogy from Australian author, Marianne Curley.

What I've just read - On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (because once wasn't enough. Or twice. Or three times, for that matter).

What I'm reading now - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (because it's The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and if you haven't read it and/or seen the movie then I fear for your soul).

What I plan to read next - The Farm by Emily McKay (because dystopian fiction + vampires = awesome. For proof that this equation holds true, I refer you to The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda and Justin Cronin's The Passage).

Happy reading! 

Sarah McDuling

Editor
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray should be happy -   aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to the Magister, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction.

He needs Tessa.

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing last book of the Infernal Devices series.


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PARANORMAL
Marianne Curley is back this month with Hidden , the first book in what looks set to be a gorgeous treat for fans of paranormal YA. Claudia Gray is also starting a new series this month with Spellcaster - the first book in a trilogy about witches. 

Meanwhile, two popular series continue this month with the Wicked Kiss, the sequel to Michelle Rowen's Dark Kiss and The Goddess Inheritance, the next book in The Goddess Test series by Aimée Carter.
HIDDEN by Marianne Curley
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When baby Ebony is snatched from the midwife, she is rent not only from her parents but also her betrothed. In her world, a special bond is formed with one other being - for eternity. But Ebony is no longer in her world; she has been hidden in ours. An angel on earth.

Earth was the best place to conceal Ebony, to keep her from her kin who desperately seek her, and to keep Ebony from discovering for herself who she really is.

But Ebony is coming of age, and then no one will be able to hide her true origins. She will be 'visible', and the one who stole her away will come back to claim her. But who will reach her first?

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SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray
Click Here To Order When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she immediately realises there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town - a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across, and the person it has affected most is Mateo - her rescuer, friend and the guy she yearns to get closer to, even though he pushes her away.

Mateo's family have a tormented past and it soon becomes evident that Mateo is the next member of his family to be cursed, particularly when the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break his terrible family curse and prevent a coming disaster that threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends and her own life.

Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times and number one bestselling author Claudia Gray's first book in a new trilogy depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets and star-crossed romance.

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WICKED KISS
by Michele Rowen

THE GODDESS INHERITANCE
by Aimée Carter
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I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that have joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop - or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy...






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During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her - until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity...

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Aimée Carter
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GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
by Kendare Blake

NEFERET'S CURSE
by P.C. and Kristin Cast
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Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl gets sucked into Hell story.

Cas Lowood is no ordinary ghost hunter - he's in love with a dead girl.

Her name is Anna Korlov. Anna Dressed in Blood. The girl who sacrificed herself to save his life. Racked with guilt, Cas sets out to do what he does best - hunt a ghost. But this time his aim is not to kill. He must rescue Anna from the depths of Hell.

But Hell is also home to a creature Cas has battled before...

Just your average boy meets girl, girls gets sucked into hell story.


 

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In the third House of Night novella, the secret history we've all been waiting for is finally revealed.

Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, wasn't always a powerful vampyre, but she has always been beautiful. Raised in turn-of-the-century Chicago in a motherless home, her beauty makes her the prey of unwanted attention and abuse, leaving her with scars that will never heal - and a Darkness that will eventually need to find its way out. But when she is Marked and gains strength, both physical and magickal, she turns her anger into power and looks for a way to regain what was stolen from her.

From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins.

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DYSTOPIAN
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The thrilling climax to the internationally bestselling DELIRIUM trilogy.

I've started dreaming of Portland again. Like a monster from one of the ghost stories we used to tell as kids, the past has been finding its way in. It bubbles up through the cracks when I'm not paying attention, and pulls at me with greedy fingers.

This is what they warned me about for all those years: the heavy weight in my chest, the nightmare-fragments that follow me even in waking life.

I warned you, Aunt Carol says in my head.

We told you, Rachel says...



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ZOM-B
by Darren Shan

ZOM-B CITY
by Darren Shan
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Can you love a bullying racist thug if he's your father?

How do you react when confronted with your darkest inner demons?

What do you do when zombies attack?

B Smith is about to find out...

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How many survived the zombie apocalypse?

Where do the living hide in a city of the dead?

Who controls the streets of London?

B Smith is setting out to explore...

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MILA 2.0
by Debra Driza
  SHARDS & ASHES
Short Stories
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by S. D. Cockett
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COMING OF AGE
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When 14-year-old Ruby Carson takes a tumble through the ice she nearly drowns. Coming to, she has a vision of her town under water that she shares with the assembled crowd. Already something of an oddity, the vision solidifies her status as an outcast. But as it turns out she was right .... A tender, funny and charming coming of age tale that will steal your heart.

Living with a weird brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast.

What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town, buildings and people floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haverton soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water.

Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat. Set in the 1960s, The Town That Drowned evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home. Award-winning writer Riel Nason's keen insights into human nature and the depth of human attachment to place make this novel ripple in an amber tension of light and shadow. 

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HOLD FAST
by Blue Balliett
  INFINITE SKY
by C.J. FLOOD
  GOING VINTAGE
by Lindsey Leavitt
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CONTEMPORARY
GIRL DEFECTIVE
by Simmone Howell
  REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY
by Elizabeth Eulberg
  THE GATHERING DARK by Christine Johnson
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BURN FOR BURN
by Jenny Hall & Siobhan Vivan
  THE ACCUSED
by John Grishman
  DROWNING INSTINCT
by Ilsa J. Bick
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HISTORICAL
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When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.


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THE QUIETNESS
by Alison Rattle
  THE HANGED MAN by Sarah Naughton
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by Alan Gratz
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FANTASY
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by Jane Nickerson


The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram's beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation-on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting-from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it's as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives-all with hair as red as her own-in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she's trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac's intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut-a thrilling retelling of the "Bluebeard" fairy tale.


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SAMMY FERAL'S DIARIES OF WEIRD
by Eleanor Hawken

THE BLOOD OF WOLVES
S.D. Gentill
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Ever since Sammy discovered that there are crazier animals in the world than just lemurs and lions, his life has become pretty weird. So when a Mongolian Death Worm turns up at his zoo, he's not that surprised. The Death Worm needs help: his best friend, Bert the Yeti Chief, has gone missing.

Can Sammy summon the Ministry of Yetis and rescue Bert? He's going to need help from his old friends Donny and Red, not to mention a very reluctant Wish Frog...

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As empires fall and are founded anew, the Herdsmen of Ida join the refugees of Troy in search of a vague destiny promised by fickle gods. Amidst disaster, monsters, heresy and war they risk not only their lives, but their hearts, to twist the treacherous threads of fate and deny the desperate demands of blood.




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NON-FICTION
Ever wanted to be a rockstar? A writer? Or perhaps a world famous photographer?

Quick Expert's Guides are aimed at teenagers who are keen to know more about a popular topic but who may be put off the idea of having to read wordy or technical guides. Covering a range of topics like "Starting a Band", "Building a Website" and "Starting Your Own Business", The Quick Experts Guide is designed to help teens and 'tweens quickly gain the tools and advice needed to master a new skill or hobby.

WRITING A BLOG
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NEW ADULT
For Young Adult readers who are a little less "young" and a little more "adult" - be sure to check out the selection of "New Adult" titles coming this month. Never heard of New Adult Fiction? Well, neither had I until about two weeks ago. I'm not ashamed to say it. I totally missed the birth of this new sub-genre, but now that I've been clued in I'm officially excited. Here's the deal:

Are you old enough to vote and (legally) drink alcohol? Do you like your YA fiction with a generous serving of romance? Are all of your friends swooning over someone called Travis Maddox and you're wondering what all the fuss is about? Well, the fuss is about New Adult Fiction. It's happening. Get on board.
THE VINCENT BROTHERS
by Abbi Glines
  RECKLESS
by S.C. Stephens
  HEAD OVER HIGH HEELS
by Kate Forster
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UNLUCKY BREAK
by Kate Forster
  TALL DARK AND DISTANT
by Julie Fison
  LUST AND FOUND
by Julie Fison
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