Booktopia YA Buzz
April 2013 | Edition 3
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WELCOME TO THE APRIL YA BUZZ
When my time machine (patent pending) is market-ready, and I am able to complete the final stage of my plan to a) become a multi-billionaire and b) stop the clocks every day for a few hours of guilt-free leisure time, then perhaps I will finally make a dent in the towering piles of un-read books currently occupying all available space in my house.

Until then, however, I will continue to live in fear of being crushed to death in a book avalanche. And really, there are worse ways to go. Being eaten alive by piranhas, for example. Or, you know, quicksand?

Aaaaaaaaand it's possible I've strayed off topic.

April is packed full of fun and exciting YA releases from big name authors like  Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holly Black and Kelley Armstrong.We also have a highly anticipated new book from Rebecca James, author of the wildly popular psychological thriller, Beautiful Malice.

And in the world of New Adult , April brings us some hot new titles from three of the leading authors in the genre, Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines.
 
What I just read:
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman(because If I Stay and Where She Went were both so perfectly lovely - I had to come back for more.)
 

What I'm reading now: Acid by Emma Pass (because look at this cover and read this blurb! I am all over this book. One chapter in and already the heroine is kicking some major starts-with-A and-rhymes-with-'farce'.
Hint: see last three letters of author's surname. )

What I plan to read next: Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones (because... circus! Old-timey CIRCUS! Huzzah! Yes please.)

Happy reading!

Sarah McDuling

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Booktopia Young Adult Buzz

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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling, rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!

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PARANORMAL
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Queen of all things Paranormal, returns with Inferno, the fourth book in the best-selling 'Chronicles of Nick' series.

This month also marks the conclusion of two popular YA paranormal trilogies with the final installment in Holly Black's 'Curseworkers' series, as well as the last book in Kelley Armstrong's 'Darkness Rising' trilogy.

CHRONICLES OF NICK: BOOK 4
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Fourth in the gripping YA spin-off series of Sherrilyn Kenyon's No. 1 New York Times bestselling Dark-Hunter series. INFERNO is the compelling, thrilling and unputdownable tale of one boy's journey towards his ultimate destiny.

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick's saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume.

Turning sixteen isn't what Nick Gautier thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he's been told will ultimately kill him.

Those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. If he is to survive this latest round, he will ultimately have to sacrifice a part of himself.

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THE CURSEWORKERS SERIES: BOOK 3
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The stunning conclusion to the Curseworkers series finds Cassel in the most dangerous con of all and with this life on the line he may be forced to make his biggest gamble yet...

Cassel Sharpe knows he's been used as an assassin, but he's trying to put all that behind him. He's trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He's trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he's trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he's been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob and new secrets coming to light, the line between what's right and what's wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what's a con and what's truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet - this time on love.

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INHERITANCE
by Lisa Forrest
  WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent
  RISE OF THE FALLEN
by Teagan Chilcott
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DARKNESS RISING TRILOGY: BOOK 3
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The gripping conclusion to the new Darkness Rising YA trilogy from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

Maya Delaney is a skin-walker - a supernatural who can Shift into the shape of a cougar. But just as she learns this extraordinary truth about herself, she also discovers that Shifting comes with a terrible cost. With every transformation, a skin-walker loses touch with their human nature - and in time can lose their identity and their very sense of being human.

Maya and her friends have been running from the people who experimented on them and created them as supernaturals. But now they realise they must confront their enemies if they are ever to have a future. Maya will need to use her powers in order to succeed - but the price of freedom could be too high a cost to pay.

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DYSTOPIAN
There are loads of great new dystopian titles coming out this month, but the one that has me really excited is The Eternity Cure - book two in Julie Kagawa's 'Blood of Eden' series.

As someone who has grown pretty sick and tired of reading about vampires, I make an exception for Julie Kagawa, who blew me away with The Immortal Rules. Set in a dystopian world in which vampires rule over humanity, the 'Blood of Eden' series manages to breath new life into into genre that has been done to death (pun completely intended).
BLOOD OF EDEN: BOOK 2
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Allison Sekemoto has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from a psychotic vampire. But there's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further as Allie faces another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
 
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ACID
by Emma Pass

LIGHT
by Michael Grant
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2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID is the most brutal, controlling police force in history. They rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary.

And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

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This is the sixth and final heart-stopping installment in the bestselling GONE series. It is an exceptional page-turner. Escapism just doesn't get better than this.

All eyes are on Perdido Beach. The barrier wall is now as clear as glass and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Life inside the dome remains a constant battle and the Darkness, away from watchful eyes, grows and grows...

The society that Sam and Astrid has struggled so hard to build is about to be shattered for good. It's the end of the FAYZ. But who will survive to see the light of day?

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RISE
by Anna Carey
  FRACTURED
by Teri Terry
  ASHES, ASHES
by Jo Treggiari
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AT THE MOVIES
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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading 'soul' who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Check out the movie trailer here.

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ACTION AND ADVENTURE
There are plenty of thrills and spills this month with a range of hair-raising psychological dramas and action packed adventures. In particular, readers are in for a real roller coaster ride with Siege by Sarah Mussi, an emotionally intense story about a gun siege in a high school.
SIEGE by Sarah Mussi
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Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world.

First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'.
 
Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help.

Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalise, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area ...

But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the centre of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn?
She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ... If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now Should she give up her brother?

With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ...

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HOSTAGE THREE
by Nick Lake

GAME
by Barry Lyga
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It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing: a girl on a yacht with her super-rich banker father; a chance for the family to heal after a turbulent time; the peaceful sea, the warm sun...

But a nightmare is about to explode as a group of Somali pirates seizes the boat and its human cargo - and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage One is Dad - the most valuable. Amy is Hostage Three.

As she builds a strange bond with one of her captors, it becomes brutally clear that the price of a life and its value are very different things...

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In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no.

The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple--and its police force--running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.
Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

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KILLING RACHEL
by Anne Cassidy
  UNREMEMBERED
by Jessica Brody
  CLOCKWISE TO TITAN
by Elon Dann
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CONTEMPORARY
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A charming new romance from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

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JOYOUS AND MOONBEAM
by Richard Yaxley
  BEING HENRY DAVID
by Carl Armistead
  WHITE LINES
by Jennifer Banash
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INSPIRING STORIES
There are people who have real problems, like not having enough food to eat or safe place to live. And then there are those of us who complain because there are too many filters to choose from on Instagram, or because we have to wait a whole week for the next episode of Game of Thrones to air (seriously though, how annoying is that?)

For a refreshing wake up call, sit down with one of these inspiring tales of hardship and endurance. Because let's face it, sometimes we all need reminding that the human spirit has triumphed over greater challenges than the quest for an original #firstworldproblems tweet.
DEAD BOYS' CLUB by Geoffrey Malone
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The powerful story of a young boy's capture, training, and struggle for survival in an African boy soldier army.

'If they ever come here,' his father had warned, 'drop everything. Just run and hide!' And now they were here. God's Freedom Army or whatever their name was. Bringers of blood and suffering. Rebels! Killers! Every one of them.

Hundreds of thousands of children are abducted from their homes and used as boy soldiers. This is the story of one them. 12-year-old Sam is ripped from his village in Uganda and forced to march with rebel soldiers to their training camp in southern Sudan. A weapon is thrust into his innocent young hands and his life becomes that of enemies and battles, violence and death, as he's turned into a soldier. With no escape, danger is around every corner, the threat of death is everywhere. But there are ways to survive. Sam becomes friends with a fellow boy soldier and together their dreams of escape become a strength. Together, they are ready to fight.

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THE MILK OF BIRDS by Sylvia Whitman
  NEVER FALL DOWN
by Patricia McCormick
  IF YOU FIND ME
by Emily Murdoch
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OMG!
Boy troubles, fashion disasters and general teen drama abound this month with these three fun releases in Young Adult 'Chick Lit'.
THE LIFE OF RILEY
by Joanna Nadin
  SEX, SNOGS, DATES AND MATES
by Anita Naik
  OMG! IS THIS ACTUALLY MY LIFE? by Rae Earl
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FANTASY
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From the author of Grave Mercy comes a new fantasy set in the same darkly imaginative world...

Sybella arrives at the convent's doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge, but at a price.

The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live.

When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

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NEW ADULT
WARNING: New Adult fiction is targeted at post High School teens and early twenty-somethings. If you are not old enough to vote, read no further!

It's an exciting month in New Adult fiction. For those who fell in love with Travis and Pidge in Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, prepare yourselves. The much anticipated companion novel, Walking Disaster, gives readers a chance to hear Travis's side of the story. Swoons guaranteed.

Colleen Hoover, author of Slammed and Point of Retreat, has a new book coming up with Hopeless. Meanwhile, the ever popular Abbi Glines is releasing three new books in the popular 'Sea Breeze' series.
WALKING DISASTER by Jamie McGuire
Click here to order Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.


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HOPELESS
by Colleen Hoover
  SLAMMED
by Colleen Hoover
  POINT OF RETREAT
by Colleen Hoover
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WHILE IT LASTS
by Abbi Glines
  JUST FOR NOW
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by Abbi Glines
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