Booktopia YA Buzz
May 2013 | Edition 4
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WELCOME TO THE MAY YA BUZZ
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May is the best month of the year. Why, you ask? Well, not only is it the month of Mother's Day, it is also the month of.... (drum roll please)... Towel Day!  If you are not familiar with Towel Day, it happens on the 25th of May and honours the amazing Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

But wait. There's more.

May is the month of Cinco de Mayo , which is a great excuse for everyone to eat Mexican food. It is also the month of Bike Week, if bike-riding is your thing. Also, Eurovision happens in May. I'm just saying.

But by far the most important* fact about May is that no less than six Booktopia employees (myself included) celebrate their birthdays in this glorious month. And you know what that means, right? Yep. Six birthday cakes. That's 1.5 birthday cakes per week here at Booktopia. BOOM! Thank you, May!

Oh, and before I forget! The month of May also brings us a beautiful bouquet of great new releases in YA Fiction!

So yeah. I rest my case. May rocks.

What I have just read: The Sending by Isobelle Carmody (because Elspeth Gordie is my hero.)

What I am currently reading:
Steal my Sunshine by Emily Gale (because I'm a sucker for any book that features an "eccentric grandmother")

What I plan to read next:
  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (because people keep recommending Stephanie Perkins to me and I need to know what all the fuss is about.)


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Sarah McDuling

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Booktopia Young Adult Buzz

AKA "Birthday Girl"

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*The importance of this fact relies heavily on perspective.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Jessica Shirvington

Sarah: Australian author, Jessica Shirvington, is best known for her popular Young Adult paranormal series, The Violet Eden Chapters, which is currently being adapted as a TV show in the US. Word on the street is that  Steven Spielberg is connected to the project and that the show will be airing later this year. In the meantime, Shirvington has taken a break from The Violet Eden Chapters to bring us a heartbreakingly romantic tale about Sabine, a teenaged girl leading two separate lives.

Blurb:
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.


With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted...

But just what - and who - is she really risking?


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GIRL TALK
Young Carrie Bradshaw is back in another installment of Candace Bushnell's popular Young Adult Sex and the City prequel series, Summer and the City.

The incomparable Sarah Dessen has a new book coming out this month, The Moon and More , which makes me feel a bit as though Christmas has come early. True story? I believe that Sarah Dessen and I are kindred spirits. She writes great books. I like to read great books. Her name is Sarah. My name is Sarah. It's obvious that we are supposed to be best friends. Now if I can just get her to drop the restraining order...

In other news, this month brings us The Kissing Booth , an exciting new release from a teenaged author, Beth Reekless. Only 17-years-old and already a published author! This makes me irrationally jealous of her, but also very keen/curious to read the book.
SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell
Click here to order or for details Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it - the crazy characters in her neighbourhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.

This sequel to THE CARRIE DIARIES brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow" - as Samantha Jones dubs her - to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realises that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

With her signature wit and sparkling humour, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of the New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

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STEAL MY SUNSHINE by Emily Gale   THE MOON AND MORE
by Sarah Dessen
  THE KISSING BOOTH
by Beth Reekless
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THE LUCY VARIATIONS
by Sarah Zarr
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by Karen Ann Hopkins
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SPY-KID vs LAWYER-KID
Theodore Boone, kid lawyer, is back this month in John Grisham's, The Activist.

Meanwhile, we also have the first installment in a new series about a junior secret agent. The Agent Colt Shore series is bound to appeal to fans of Alex Rider . I don't know about you but all I needed to here was "secret agent" and I was sold.
THE ACTIVIST
by John Grisham

DOMINO 29
by Axel Avian
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Though he's only thirteen, Theodore Boone has spent more time in the courtroom than almost anywhere else, and there's always a new adventure waiting.

 After having been falsely accused of vandalism and theft, Theo is happy to finally be out of the hot seat, once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, when an exciting new case demands his urgent attention.



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When an ordinary kid learns he's the heir to a secret agent dynasty, F.A.L.C.O.N puts him on a case to protect a famous rock group and find a missing journalist.

 Before he knows it, Colt Shore has gone from body guard to rock star to full-fledged agent when he learns that a human trafficking ring plans to kidnap a group of teenage girls. It will take more than his ingenuity and skills and a couple of cool gadgets to protect his new friends and rescue the captured girls before it's too late.

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ANGELS & DEMONS
There are a lot of exciting things happening in Young Adult urban fantasy and paranormal fiction this month. First up, we have a new book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. If you haven't yet paid a visit to Morganville then you should know that I pity you. I suggest you order copy of the first book right now.

Another treat this month is Angelfall by Susan Ee. This book kept me up all night. A beautifully twisted mashup of post apocalyptic fallen-angels and evil-robot-monster-babies... err... I can't really explain it in a way that doesn't sound totally bonkers. You'll just have to trust me on this. It's amazing.
MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES
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by Rachel Caine


Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn't the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she'd leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can't pass up the opportunity. Saying goodbye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire's mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she'll ever make.

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DEATH & CO.
by D. J. McCune
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by Susan Ee
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by Meg Cabot
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TRUE
by Hilary Duff
  THE ETERNITY CODE by Julie Kagawa
  THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED
by Page Morgan
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WEIRD SCIENCE
Young Adult Science Fiction fans are being spoilt this month with a whole range of exciting releases covering such topics as human cloning, alien invasion and not one but TWO books about invisible people!

This month brings us the second book in the popular Selection series by Kiera Cass. We also have The 5th Wave from Carnegie-shortlisted author Rick Yancey, which is about aliens invading planet Earth and has drawn comparisons to both The Hunger Games and The Passage
ELITE
by Kiera Cass

THE ORIGINALS
by Cat Patrick
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America Singer has the chance to leave normal life for a world of glamour and luxury... for ever.

She was chosen for The Selection, a reality TV competition to be gorgeous Prince Maxon's bride. Surviving the rivalry and turmoil of the first round was tough, especially with secret feelings to conceal. But America's gone further than she dared to dream and made it to The Elite - the final six.

Friendships are tested to breaking point as favourites emerge. America's feelings for Maxon grow ever stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his family past. With Aspen close-by offering comfort, solace and something more, where do her loyalties truly lie?

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Lizzie, Betsey and Ella are no ordinary triplets.

Born as part of an illegal cloning program, the girls were forced into hiding when the program was uncovered. To avoid being taken away, the girls have lived as one girl ever since.

Living a third of a life can suck. Imagine having to consult your sisters before choosing your clothes, or hairstyle, or boyfriend. So when Lizzie is forbidden from seeing Sean, the amazing guy from her English class, she and her sisters decide they've had enough.

But for a chance at a full life, they'll have to risk everything they know.

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THE 5TH WAVE
by Rick Yancey
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by Natalie Whipple
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by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
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ONCE UPON A TIME...
Just about my favourite thing in the world (besides gif blogs and fruit loops) is a good fairytale re-telling! So naturally, I am very excited about Towering, a re-telling of Rapunzel by Alex Flinn (the genius behind Beastly)

And from Chris Columbus (brilliant director behind many a Harry Potter movie) and Ned Vizzini (author of It's Kind of A Funny Story) comes House of Secrets - the first book in a new action-packed adventure series.
TOWERING
by Alex Finn

HOUSE OF SECRETS
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When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape.

She is encouraged by the speed that her golden hair has been growing. It's gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she's begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?

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The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games. But everything changed when their father lost his job.

Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a place built nearly a century earlier by a troubled fantasy writer. Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey, to retrieve a dark book of untold power and uncover the Walker family's secret history. Oh and save their parents, and maybe even the world.

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NEW ADULT
New Adult fiction is aimed at young people aged over 18. Just so we're clear, if you are not yet old enough drive or vote, then you are too young and innocent for this section!  Be gone!
BETWEEN THE LINES SERIES: BOOK 3
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Tammara Webber

The follow-up to Between the Lines and Where You Are will be loved by fans of Slammed by Colleen Hoover and Breathe by Abbi Glines.

Teen screen idol Reid is in deep trouble. When Dori, the community service supervisor who is determined to set him a good example, comes on the scene, romance is the furthest thing from her mind. Or his. But there's something irresistible about Reid that not even good girl Dori can ignore...

Tammara Webber is the author of the bestselling New Adult romance "Easy" and three novels in the "Between the Lines" series.

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BETWEEN THE LINES by Tammara Webber
  WHERE YOU ARE
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by Tammara Webber
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TAKING CHANCES
by Molly McAdams

FROM ASHES
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Harper's first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit, she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy.





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Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn't expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He's Tyler's cousin.

Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn't mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he'd heard about since they were kids . . . until the most beautiful girl he's ever seen jumps out of his cousin's Jeep. There's something about Cassi that makes Gage want to give her everything. Too bad Tyler has warned him that she's strictly off-limits.

Despite everything keeping them apart, Cassi and Gage dance dangerously close to the touch they've both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler's arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of her past . . . or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.

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CRASH
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by Nicole Williams
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