Booktopia YA Buzz
January 2014 | Edition 12
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WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ADULT BUZZ
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So 2013 is pretty much done. In two short weeks we will be ringing in the New Year and you know what that means, right? A new year means ... new books!

There are some great new titles hitting shelves in in 2014 so why not celebrate this special time of year with some binge reading? I know that's what I plan to do. Fireworks and champagne? Pfft! Please. Reading is way more fun.

What I've just read: Tape by Steven Camden (because there is time travel and time travel is my favourite thing.)

What I'm reading now: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (because Laurie Halse Anderson is amazing and come on! How cool is that title?)

What I plan to read next: Almost Dead by Kaz Delaney (because I recently read Dead Actually and I want more of the same please.)


Happy (binge) reading!

Sarah McDuling
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Skye Melki-Wegner

Sound the trumpets! Roll out the red carpet! Cue the chorus of angels because ... (drumroll please) ... it has arrived!  The sequel to Chasing the Valley is here at last!

On the off-chance that I've failed to clearly communicate my feelings, let me be plain:

I reeaaaaally love this series.

Skye Melki Wegner is an amazing new Australian talent and this series is a real treat. Refreshingly original, wildly imaginative and basically just really, really GREAT, the Chasing the Valley series is best described as steampunk-fanstasy-adventure. The first book was a magical rollercoaster ride and this one is ever better. 

Bound to appeal to fans of Kristin Cashore and Diana Wynne Jones - as well as anyone who appreciates a rollicking good adventure with a hint of romance and a rainbow of magical flavours.


You can check out my review of the first book here.

Blurb: The action-packed adventure continues in the second book of the Chasing the Valley trilogy!

Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley - and trying to evade Sharr Morrigan, the king's most lethal hunter. But the borderlands they must cross to reach the Valley are smugglers' territory: lawless, wild and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika turns to the smugglers for help - and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly.

It is Lukas, however, who hides the most dangerous secret. What has he seen through the eagle's eyes? The answer can be found in an alchemy charm and a smuggler's tale, and will lead Danika and her friends to an electrifying, unputdownable showdown.

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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson
 Click here for more details or to order Sarah says: I am currently half way through The Impossible Knife of Memory and I think it's safe to say I'm in love. This is the real thing, you guys. True love. This book and I are going to be together forever. I'm already picking out china patterns...

Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of Speak, one the most powerful  Young Adult novels of the last twenty years. She's a truly amazing writer and definitely worth checking out, especially for fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Sarah Dessen.

Blurb: For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq.

Now they are back in town where he grew up so Hayley can go to a proper school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?
 
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FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Click here for more details or to order Sarah says: Rainbow Rowell is sensational.  Mastermind behind the phenomenally successful Eleanor & Park, she has now gifted the world with Fangirl - a novel I devoured in one sitting and have since been recommending to anyone who will listen. 

Rainbow Rowell is an author I have come to trust implicitly. Her books are great. Read them all. The end.

Blurb: Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible...

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TAPE by Steven Camden
 Click here for more details or to order Sarah Says: This book kind of knocked my socks off. I generally will adore any book that involves time travel but this one is really special. Very romantic, often hilarious and a little bit heartbreaking, Tape is a beautifully written book that will play merry havoc with your emotions.

Blurb: Tape is set to be the outstanding teen debut of 2014. Told with cracking prose, shimmering with humour and devastatingly moving, it will haunt anyone who reads it

Record a voice and it lasts forever...

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

 Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.

 
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GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
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by Richelle Mead

What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever?

Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa - the last Dragomir princess - must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken . . .

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most . . . but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

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THE CALLER by Juliet Marillier
 Click here for more details or to order Sarah says: Juliet Marillier is one of my all time favourite fantasy writers. The Calling marks the conclusion to The Shadowfell series and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

A must read for fans of Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix.

Blurb: Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban's freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air.

For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will she be ready to play her role in toppling the tyrannical King Keldec. But the White Lady is not what she seems. Trapped with Whisper, her fey protector, Neryn is unable to send word to her beloved Flint, who is in danger of being exposed as a double agent. When a new threat looms and the rebellion is in jeopardy, Neryn must enter Keldec's court, where one false move could see her culled. She must stand up against forces more powerful than any she has confronted before, and face losses that could break her heart. The Caller is the thrilling conclusion to the Shadowfell trilogy.
 
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CAPTIVATE by Vanessa Garden
 Click here for more details or to orderIn a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents' death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret - a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda's grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. But before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she's dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she's being held captive in a dazzling underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation!

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There's only one problem: Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie - Marko's personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets... 

Check our interview with Vanessa Garden here.

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DYSTOPIAN
Two highly addictive dystopian series are continuing this month with new  installments from both  Lissa Price and Kimberley Derting.
ENDERS
by Lissa Price

THE OFFERING
by Kimberly Derting
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Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael - teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations -With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save more...

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Charlie has grown up in a world that is dark and violent. A land fiercely ruled by an old and bitter queen and where classes were strictly divided by the language they speak. Charlie may have become the sovereign of Ludania, but the old Queen Sabara and other enemies lurk, biding their time to strike. In the final chapter of the Pledge trilogy, the battle comes to an epic conclusion.

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PARANORMAL
HER DARK CURIOSITY  by Megan Shepherd
  DARKEST FEAR
by Cate Tiernan
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by Cynthia Hand
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Book of the Month

The Impossible Knife of Memory

Fangirl

Tape

Graphic Novel of the Month

The Caller


Captivate

Dystopian

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