Booktopia YA Buzz
August 2013 | Edition 7
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WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ADULT BUZZ
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Welcome to August!

We have loads of exciting titles coming out this month and even more available for Pre Order! So give us all your money and we will give you all our books!!!
 
Too much? Three exclamation points does seem a little excessive. But I can't help it. I'm excited! And subtlety has never really been my strong point...

But in all seriousness, there are some really amazing Young Adult titles available this month. Haunting ghost stories, action packed time-traveling adventures, swoon-worthy romances and chilling murder mysteries - August has a little something for everyone!

And be sure not to miss our interview with Nicola Marsh, author of our Young Adult Book of the Month, Banish.


Happy reading!

Sarah McDuling
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Nicola Marsh


Banish was not what I expected from a Young Adult Paranormal Romance. For one thing, it's not really very romantic. It would be more accurate to call it a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist. There is a hint of romance, but it's refreshingly low key and more of a subplot than anything else.

Our heroine, Alyssa, is a seventeen year-old girl who has recently moved to New York to live with her aunt.

Alyssa's mother and aunt are both heavily involved in witchcraft, but she doesn't believe in all that "pentagrams and broomsticks" nonsense. From the outset Alyssa's character is established as being strong-willed, pragmatic and very skeptical about all things supernatural.

The paranormal elements in Banish are nicely understated, serving as more of an atmospheric tool. This is a traditional murder mystery with a spooky, otherworldly feel. As I was reading, I was often reminded of scary movies like The Ring and The Sixth Sense  - psychological thrillers where it is never very clear whether the characters are victims of a supernatural menace... or just plain crazy.

Magic, Romance, Mystery and Suspense are all present and accounted for in Banish , but in a way they're  just the icing on the cake. The real story here is one of self discovery... which I know sounds incredibly lame, but shut up! It's true! Alyssa deals with some pretty serious real life problems throughout the course of Banish - coming to terms with a personal tragedy and repairing a relationship with her estranged, alcoholic mother. And she does it all whilst simultaneously solving a murder, dating a hot musician and discovering a few supernatural powers along the way.

All in all, not bad for the first book in what looks set to be a great new series.

Perfect for fans of the The Secret Circle series by L. J. Smith  and The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington.

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THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
Click here to order or for details Sarah says: This book is causing quite a stir! I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, but I am officially intrigued.

There is a whole lot of buzz surrounding The Bone Season. It has been getting great reviews and is already drawing comparisons to Twilight and The Hunger Games.

So if you want to get ahead of the craze before it explodes, take note: The Bone Season sounds like it might be the "Next Big Thing".
 
Blurb: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill

Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: The title of this action packed time-traveling teen romance is taken from a line in Macbeth - "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death."

Here's a tip for aspiring authors of Young Adult fiction: If you want to ensure your novel is as awesome as it can be, simply include some Shakespearean quotes and a time machine! This is guaranteed to multiply the awesomeness of your novel, tenfold!

In case you think I'm kidding - I'm not . Really, I'm being deadly serious. There are few things in this world I like more than Shakespeare and Time Travel. A combination of the two is like my dream come true!

Perfect  for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent - and a real treat for lovers of "timey wimey" adventures in the style of Doctor Who - All Our Yesterdays is an agonizingly romantic, crazily addictive roller coaster ride of pure awesome.

I was on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last.

Blurb: Marina has everything. She's got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she's best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America's most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they're the same person.

The Terminator meets The Time Travellers Wife in this page-turningly addictive, brilliantly plotted debut, packed with romance, action, conspiracy and a mind-bendingly clever plot.

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THE GHOST BRIDE by Yangsze Choo
Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: The Ghost Bride, is one of those special books, the kind that blows all your expectations out of the water and gives you an ending a thousand times better than anything you could have imagined.

This evocative and spellbinding tale has the feel of a fairytale retelling. Rich in historical detail and Chinese tradition, it paints a beautiful picture of Malaya in the late 19th century.

Dragons, ghosts and demons run amok in this hauntingly lovely tale - perfect for fans of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Eona by Alison Goodman.

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead.

After a fateful visit to the Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir. At night she is drawn into the Chinese afterlife - a world of ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, monstrous bureaucracy and vengeful spirits. Enlisting the help of mysterious Er Lang (a dragon turned clerk) Li Lan must uncover the secrets of the ghost world - before she becomes trapped there forever.

Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, The Ghost Bride is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of Empress Orchid and Memoirs Of A Geisha.

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DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: A thoroughly engrossing and somewhat deliciously twisted murder mystery with characters as fascinating as they are frightening.  Much like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl,  this book will leave you guessing right up to the last page.

Perfect for fans of The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales and Undone by Cat Clarke.


Blurb:
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...

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SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS by Robyn Schneider
Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: A quirky, witty and very touching novel that begins with a surprise decapitation at Disneyland and ends with a snowman made of tumbleweeds.
 
A must read for fans of John Green and Jay Asher.

Blurb:
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them - a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.

His own tragedy waited until he had everything to lose - in one night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his perfect life.

No longer part of the popular crowd, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters Cassidy Thorpe. Intelligent, effortless and wonderfully weird, she is unlike anyone Ezra's ever met before. Together they discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings and a poodle with a questionable history.

But as Ezra dives into new friendships and new love, he is forced to ask: if you've managed to survive disaster, what happens when it strikes again? Robyn Schneider's Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is a lyrical, witty and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

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THE 100 by Kass Morgan
Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: Imagine if one hundred delinquent teenagers were responsible for repopulating planet earth? Is that not the best premise for a book you have ever heard?

The 100 by Kass Morgan has already been adapted as a TV show, set to air in the US later this year. This is edge of your seat stuff! The tag line alone is enough grab me hook, line and sinker:

Liars. Thieves. Rebels. Heroes.

Watch the trailer here.


Blurb:
An epic journey from the depths of outer space to a wild, futuristic Earth.

In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts. In order to survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.

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AUGUST PICKS
Don't miss this awesome selection of August releases, all at great discounted prices!

This month is packed full of amazing Young Adult titles across a wide range of genres from Contemporary Romance through to Science Fiction and Fantasy.

A special shout out goes to Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (author of Silver Lining Playbook) - both of which I am very, very anxious to get my hands on.
SCIENCE FICTION

THE FALL
by Claire Merle
  RELOADED
by Michael Grant
  LINKED
by Imogen Howson
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CONTEMPORARY
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK
by Matthew Quick
  LITTLE WHITE LIES
by Katie Dale
  THE FIRST THIRD
by William Kostakis
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ROMANCE
THE SOUND
by Sarah Alderson
  THE CINDERELLA MOMENT
by Jennifer Kloester
  ALL I NEED
by Susane Colasanti
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FANTASY
ARMAGEDDON
by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
by Sarah J Maas
  THE UPRISING
by Lisa Stasse
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LAUREN KATE
Click here to visit Author PageLauren Kate's Fallen is set to become the next  Young Adult Paranormal series to be adapted as a movie, due for release next year!

The casting process has begun and filming is scheduled to begin in September.

Fallen
fans will also be overjoyed to hear that Lauren Kate has a new book coming out in October.

Teardrop is the first installment in an excited new series and is now available to Pre Order.



AT THE MOVIES
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by Rick Riordan


Sarah says:  The next Percy Jackson movie is almost upon us! To all those Rick Riordan fans out there - stay strong. The wait is almost over!

If you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming movie, click the trailer below.

Blurb: Half Boy. Half God. All Hero. You can't tell by looking at me that my dad is Poseidon, God of the Sea.

It's not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodgeball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants - and that was only the beginning.

Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack, and unless I can get my hands on the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones...

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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!

Meanwhile... It's a HUGE month in New Adult Fiction! We have new releases from three majorly popular authors, Abbie Glines, Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber.
HERE WITHOUT YOU by Tammara Webber
Click here for more details or to orderSarah says: Here without You is the final book in the addictive Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber - one of the leading authors in the New Adult genre. 

Blurb:
Everyone has secrets. Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten. But a secret never told can turn into a lie. And in love, a lie is one thing: Poison.

Reid's in love with Dori, though she hasn't told her parents that she's fallen hard for the guy they'd forbidden her to see. Now she's leaving for college, and Reid's promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can't - or won't - return those three important words he wants to hear.

Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating - but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it's about to do just that.

Here Without You is the fourth, final installment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good For You.

Perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines.


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NEVER TOO FAR
by Abbi Glines
  THIS GIRL
by Colleen Hoover
  PIECE OF CAKE
by Kate Forster
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TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS with Nicola Marsh
Click here to visit Nicola Marsh's author page 1. To begin with why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself - where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I'm a Melbourne girl through and through. Love living in this amazing cosmopolitan city. Went to a Catholic girls' high school, then completed a four year physiotherapy degree at Lincoln Institute/LaTrobe University. Worked as a physio for 13 years before finally following my dream to write!

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve I wanted to be a doctor or journalist. At eighteen I'd already chosen my university path as a physio. At thirty I wanted to be a writer, and that's the dream I followed.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
 
That every guy I dated/liked/lusted after was a potential life-long partner.

4. What were three works of art - book or painting or piece of music, etc - you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?
 
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton was my absolute favourite book as a child and it fostered my love for reading. I was voracious and would read 10 books a week.

In my teens, I got hooked on anything by Agatha Christie and would re-read my collection at will.

As an adult, I discovered Susan Elizabeth Phillips and she ignited my passion for amazing contemporary romances. Romances that are funny and sweet and sexy. I'd love to be SEP when I grow up!

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?
 
Because I adored writing in school and always said 'I'd love to write a book one day'. Thankfully, I eventually stopped saying it and actually did it!

6. Please tell us about your latest novel...

Banish is angsty and eerie and a tad spooky. It incorporates Wicca and spirits and murder! It's a young adult thriller with a supernatural twist. Incredibly fun to write and it took me in directions I least expected.

I think the blurb sums it up best....

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Alyssa faces a lot of angst for a teen. She's faced with numerous challenges yet she never gives up. She's determined and strong-willed, and that can be incredibly empowering at any age. I'd hope readers would take away a message of resilience after reading Banish.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I admire any writer who treats publishing like a business. Writers who are professional and who don't give in to a moody muse. Nora Roberts is an amazing woman who's prolific and dedicated. She's my heroine!

Click here to order9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I want to maintain a balanced career between traditional and indie publishing, with adult contemporary romance and young adult supernatural spooky stuff.

If I can continue to write four to six books a year, I'll be happy.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

A lot of writers get caught up in the technicalities of writing. The many 'how-to' resources, following rules, trying to write according to what they hear is right. My advice is to write, write, and write some more. The way to hone your writing voice is to do just that: write. And read widely in the genre you're targeting to get a feel for what's current.

Nicola, thank you for playing.
 
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Book of the Month

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All Our Yesterdays


The Ghost Bride

Dangerous Girls

Severed Heads & Broken Hearts

The 100

August Picks

Lauren Kate

At the Movies

New Adult

Ten Terrifying Questions with Nicola Marsh

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