Booktopia YA Buzz
April 2014| Edition 14
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Want to hear something wonderful and amazing? Yes? Okay, here we go...

Paper Towns by John Green is being adapted for the big screen. And what's even more wonderful and amazing is that the movie will be made by the same magical team behind the upcoming film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.
 
Are you crying tears of joy? Because I am!

In other news, I'm devastated to report there are no new Young Adult books being published this month. That's right. You heard me. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Sorry guys.  There just aren't any amazing new books for me to talk about this month. See you next month, I guess? Sadface.
 
APRIL FOOLS!!

Hahahaaa! I'm sorry (I'm not sorry). I hope I didn't scare you too much with my hilarious prank. The truth is there are loads of exciting new books coming out this month. Stacks! Tons! I strongly recommend that you buy them all, especially the the ones with pages. They're the best.


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Sarah McDuling
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
Click here to orderDREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
by Laini Taylor


I've been waiting desperately to get my hands on this book since that magical weekend back in 2012 when I lost myself in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight - forgoing sleep and food and all human interaction in a whirlwind of wide-eyed binge-reading. Since then, I have actually re-read both books.

Twice!

In case you don't grasp how serious this is, let me explain. I hardly ever re-read books. The haunting siren call of my "To Be Read" pile tends to drag me away from re-reading my favourites.  I mean, there are just soooooo many books in the world - way too many to read in a single lifetime.  So if I ever feel myself succumbing to that need... the need to re-read... well, then I know I've found a book that I truly love. And if I ever read a book more than twice? Well then it's gone beyond true love and into scary obsession.

So yes. It's safe to say I'm scarily obsessed with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I've got my copy of Dreams of Gods of Monsters on pre-order (look how pretty it is!) and when it arrives I will be putting my life on hold until I have read every last word. I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends!

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Blurb
: The book that everyone has been waiting for... the much anticipated final novel in Laini Taylor's breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
 
Common enemy, common cause...

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her - if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But Jael's army is not the greatest threat they must face. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva; and something strange is happening in the skies of Eretz. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling; and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. 


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APRIL PICKS
Click here to orderTHE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME
by Jennifer E. Smith


Jennifer E. Smith excels at writing perfect teen romance. Her previous novels The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happiness Looks Like are both completely adorable stories about young love that I gobbled up like sweet, sweet candy.  And I'm happy to report The Geography of You and Me is more of the same!

The story line here is the kind of standard Boy-meets-Girl stuff we've seen before in any given romantic comedy.  But Jennifer E. Smith breathes new life in old clichés, walking that very thin line between cute and cheesy with the greatest of ease.  This is an author who knows how to tug your heart strings in just the right way to ensure much sighing, swooning and goofy grinning.

Ideal for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman

Blurb: A compelling, heartbreaking story of first love.

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a broken lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.

And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.

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BATTLE OF THE BEASTS
by Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini


The second book in the major new House of Secrets series. It's going to be epic!

Just when the Walker kids thought they were safe, the Wind Witch blasts Kristoff House into a crazy world of battles, beasts and cyborgs. From the searing heat and clashing swords of the Colosseum, to the snow-capped Tibetan mountains and some seriously freaky monks - the stakes have never been higher!

Can the Walkers save the world? Again? Brendan, Cordelia and Nell better be prepared to fight for their lives...

Get ready for another action-packed adventure!

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by Jessica Shirvington


An exciting new book from Jessica Shirvington - the author of the wildly popular Violet Eden Chapters!

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life.

Instead, they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan.

But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

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by Kelley Armstrong


From the author of the Darkest Powers trilogy comes the first volume in an exciting new fantasy trilogy.

They hear the spirits. They must obey.

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed by an ancient evil, Moria and Ashyn must race to warn the empire of a terrifying threat. Accompanied by a dashing thief and a warrior with a dark history, the sisters battle their way across a wasteland filled with reawakened monsters of legend. But there are more sinister enemies waiting for them at court - and a secret that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Sea of Shadows is a thrilling dark fantasy where evil hides in every shadow and the deadliest monsters of all come in human form ...

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by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Fifth in the gripping YA spin-off series of Sherrilyn Kenyon's No. 1 New York Times bestselling Dark-Hunter series. Illusion is the compelling, thrilling and unputdownable tale of one boy's journey towards his ultimate destiny

Be careful what you wish for...

You just might get it.

Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn't want to be the son of a demon who's fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

But normality isn't all it's cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that more...

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AT THE MOVIES
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by
James Dashner

The trailer for The Maze Runner movie has arrived and it looks amazing! Sadly the movie is not due for release until August, however, this means there's still plenty of time for people who aren't familiar with the series to crack some spines and get reading!

(Just to be clear, I'm referring to the spines of books, not human beings. Please do not crack any human spines.)

This movie looks intense. And Dylan O'Brien looks like he's going to be awesome in the the lead role. If you haven't seen Dylan O'Brien in action then I can only recommend that you hit YouTube immediately because this kid is about to shoot to stardom. Teen Wolf fans will know (and love) him as Stiles Stilinski. But soon the whole world will know him as Thomas from The Maze Runner movie!    

Also starring is Kaya Scodelario, AKA Effy Stonem from Skins, and Thomas Sangster AKA Jojen Reed from Game of Thrones ... known to many as "The Kid from Love Actually". So basically, it's the coolest cast in the history of film making!

Blurb: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.


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SCIENCE FICTION
Don't miss these two amazing new releases, set to hit shelves this month.

While We Run
is the sequel to When We Wake - a gripping futuristic adventure that spans centuries. Meanwhile, Enmity is an intense page-turner about kids surviving in a dangerous, post apocalyptic world, ideal for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games.
 

ENMITY
by E. J. Andrews

WHILE WE RUN
by Karen Healey
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After a solar flare wipes out most of the world's inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives.

The world has become a dangerous place. Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia - two victims of the new world order - are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow more...
 

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It's 2127, and the future is at stake. But Abdi and Tegan must save themselves before they can save the world.

Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later.

Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled more...

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THRILLERS
Crime fighting and mystery solving abound this month with this great selection of thrilling reads!

With offerings from popular authors like Cat Clarke and Jennifer L. Armentrout, not to mention the first book in a new series of Veronica Mars mysteries by showrunner Rob Thomas, there is plenty here for fans of teenage sleuthing.

VERONICA MARS
by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
  A KISS IN THE DARK by Cat Clarke
  FAR FROM YOU
by Tess Sharpe
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DON'T LOOK BACK
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  SPLIT SECOND
by Sophie McKenzie
  THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS
by Michelle Madow
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CURRENTLY READING
Click here to orderARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Originally published in 2012, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is now available in paperback! 

I'm only a few chapters into this critically acclamied novel but I'm thoroughly spellbound. The writing is lovely - intimate and evocative and almost poetic at times.  And even though I'm just getting to know Ari and Dante I can already  tell that these guys are characters I'm going to love.

Perfect for fans of The Perks of being a Wallflower and Eleanor & Park , this book has won numerous awards, including the
Michael L. Printz Award honor for Young Adult fiction and the Stonewall Book Award for LGBT fiction.

Blurb: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship-the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


CONTEMPORARY
Be sure to check out these amazing new contemporary reads! 

Amy and Matthew is a heartbreaking love story from Cammie McGovern. FUN FACT: Cammie is the sister of actress Elizabeth McGovern who plays Cora in Downton Abbey!

Dead Ends is the new novel from Erin Lange, author of last year's critically acclaimed Butter.

The Summer I Wasn't Me is touching and heartfelt read from the author of My Life After Now.
AMY & MATTHEW
by Cammie McGovern
  DEAD ENDS
by Erin Lange
  THE SUMMER I WASN'T ME
by Jessica Verdi
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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: Movie Tie-In Edition
Click here to orderHere it is! Feast your eyes on this beautiful Movie Tie-In edition of The Fault in our Stars.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely re-written.

Insightful, bold, irreverent and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award winning author John Green's most ambitions and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The movie opens in Australian Cinemas on June 5th.

 
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GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
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by Kiersten White, Jim Di B artolo


From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who've been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed.

Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can't say why, and doesn't even know if they can be saved.


Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world. Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.

Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, In the Shadows collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.

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GONE SERIES by Michael Grant
Looking for a fix of dystopian YA? The Gone series by Michael Grant might be just what you're looking for. All six books are being re-released this month in new special editions with stunning new cover art!

If you can imagine a cross between X-Men and Lord of the Flies , then you'll have an idea what to expect from this addictive series. Perfect for fans of The Lorien Legacies and the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, these books are packed full of action, adventure and kids with awesome super powers!
BOOK 1: GONE
  BOOK 2: HUNGER
  BOOK 3: LIES
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  BOOK 5: FEAR
  BOOK 6: LIGHT
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ROMANCE
For lovers of young love and high school heartbreak, don't miss out on these three gorgeous tales of teen romance! 

A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE
by Kody Keplinger
  DON'T CALL ME BABY
by Gwendolyn Heasley
  LOVE IS THE NEW BLACK
by Chrissie Keighery
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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. Move along! Nothing to see here!
NEW ADULT BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Abbi Glines


Get ready for another steamy summer fling from bestselling author and international sensation, Abbi Glines.

Remember rock-star Jax Stone's brother Jason from Breathe? Well now he's got his own story to tell...

Jason's had enough of living in his rock star brother's shadow. So when he sets off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he's looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow of some envious steam. But falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. And as the two enjoy some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that though Jax is the musician in the family, he too can just as easily rock someone's world.


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A NEW ADULT ANTHOLOGY


For New Adult and Young Adult fans, nineteen stories ... fifty unforgettable experiences. Nineteen fabulous tales of first kisses, first loves, first ... everythings.

With scorching-hot stories from popular authors of New Adult fiction including Jennifer L. Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn), Sophie Jordan, Molly McAdams, Carrie Ryan and Julie Cross.

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TRUE
by Erin McCarthy
  FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE
by K. A. Tucker
  NASH
by Jay Crownover
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