Booktopia YA Buzz
May 2014 | Edition 15
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WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ADULT BUZZ
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Have I got some books for you! (HINT: The answer is yes.) May brings us new titles from a whole host of beloved authors such as Cassandra Clare, Kiera Cass, Julie Kagawa, Wendy Higgins, Abbi Glines and....

.... well I could keep going but then I'd be listing names for paragraphs and that would be very boring for everyone.

Just trust me when I tell you May is JAM-PACKED full of  awesome.
 

Happy reading!

Sarah McDuling
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by
Cassandra Clare

Sarah says: It's been a long time coming but the wait is finally over. The Mortal Instruments series will reach a dramatic conclusion this month with City of Heavenly Fire. This insanely addictive bestselling series is overflowing with action, drama and romance - not to mention  plenty of the light humour and snappy dialogue that has earned Cassandra Clare her legions of devoted fans.

City of Ashes will be the next installment in the film franchise and it's due for release later this year. In the meantime, the first Mortal Instruments movie is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Mortal Instruments series is the perfect indulgence for lovers of paranormal romance and a must read for fans of 
Richelle Mead and Jessica Shirvington.
 

Blurb: In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris-but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned . . .

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!


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MAY HIGHLIGHTS
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by Ava Dellaira


Sarah says: This is hands down, 100% the absolute most amazing young adult novel I have read in a very, very, very long time. If that seems like high praise then that's probably because I cannot praise this gorgeous novel enough. It deserves the highest praise possible.

Beautifully written and boasting a cast of expertly drawn characters that seem to leap from the page, Love Letters to the Dead is a touching coming of age novel. This is a story that will grab hold of your heart and soul, drawing you into the narrator's world so completely that you may experience a slight identity crisis once you've finished reading.

Perfect for ... well ... everyone! I'd recommend this book to anyone who can read but most especially fans of John Green, Stephen Chbosky and Sarah Dessen.

Blurb: It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person - any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain - he died young, and so did Laurel's sister May - so maybe he'll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through.

Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people - Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart ...it's like she can't stop. And she'd certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it's like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time - and how her family has more...

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Click here to orderDANGEROUS CREATURES
by Kim Garcia & Margaret Stohl


Dangerous Creatures is a new series set in the world of the number 1 bestselling Beautiful Creatures series (Now a Major film) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Some loves are cursed ...others are dangerous.

Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she's a bad girl. She's Dark. She's a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she's around. Lucky for her, Wesley 'Link' Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley.

When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride - and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn't hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

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Click here to orderTHE ONE
by Kiera Cass


For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they've formed, rivalries they've struggled with and dangers they've faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives. Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

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Click here to orderSWEET RECKONING
by Wendy Higgins


Beloved YA author Wendy Higgins delivers the explosive conclusion to the Sweet Evil trilogy. In this dramatic finale to the epic love story between Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all.

But as Anna and her Nephilim allies prepare for the evil brewing, the powerful Dukes use Anna's love for bad boy Kaidan Rowe against her, and her strength is put to the ultimate test.

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Click here to orderTHE BREAK-UP ARTIST
by Philip Siegel


Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the mall. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back-for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

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CONTEMPORARY READS
This month is practically overflowing with great new contemporary reads from popular authors like E. Lockhart, Jennifer Echolls and Sarah Manning, as well as  debuts novels from exciting new talents. 
TROUBLE
by Non Pratt

THE YEAR OF THE RAT
by Clare Furniss
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A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.

This is a smart, touching, funny novel from an extraordinary new talent.

Hannah's smart and funny...she's also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn't want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah's unborn baby?

Growing up can be trouble but that's how you find out what really matters.


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The world can tip at any moment ... a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister.

Told across the year following her mother's death, Pearl's story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister - The Rat - is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around....


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BIGGEST FLIRTS
by Jennifer Echolls
  WE WERE LIARS
by E. Lockhart
  THE WORST GIRLFRIEND IN THE WORLD
by Sarra Manning
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CURRENTLY READING
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by Diane Sweeney


Sarah says: I'm totally enthralled by this little treasure. Narrated by a enchantingly whimsical and yet painfully matter-of-fact young girl who is trying her best to comes to terms with devastating loss, The Minnow is a very touching and thought-provoking read that is best savoured slowly - although, good luck with that because I'm finding it very hard to put down.

Blurb: Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it's time to move out - Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby.

Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings. And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.


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PARANORMAL TALES
Be sure not to miss this amazing selection of new paranormal reads out this month. In particular, I highly recommend The Blood Eden series by Julie Kagawa, which comes to a spectacular end this month with the final book in the trilogy, The Forever Song.
THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
  SLEEP NO MORE
by Aprilynne Pike
  FERAL CURSE
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
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THE LOVELY AND THE LOST
by Page Morgan
  THE EYE OF ZOLTAR by Jasper Fforde
  OF NEPTUNE
by Anna Banks
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GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
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by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki


Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening.

It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.


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DYSTOPIAN ADVENTURES
Be sure to check out these three awesome dystopian reads. With such a great  selection of grim post-apocalyptic worlds to choose from, the only real question is which one shall you enter first?
 
RAGING STAR
by Moira Young
  SAVAGE DRIFT
by Emma Laybourne
  CROSSING
by Catherine Norton
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ACTION-PACKED THRILLERS
Murder, mayhem and mystery are just a few clicks away! If you're a fan of spine chilling mystery, and nail biting suspense don't miss out on these three thrilling reads!
 
RIOT
by Sarah Mussi
  RUN
by Gregg Olsen
  THE OTHER SIDE OF NOWHERE
by Steve Johnston
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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 a very eventful month in New Adult fiction with new releases from four of the most popular authors in the genre.
NEW ADULT BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Tammara Webber


Sarah says: For those of you who fell in love with the story of Lucas and Jacqueline in Tammara Webber's best selling New Adult romance, Easy, prepare yourself for a treat. Breakable is a companion novel which gives us Lucas's side of the story.

You have my permission to start swooning.

Blurb:
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind.

When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy ... As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.


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THE TEMPTATION OF LILA AND ETHAN
by Jessica Sorensen
  RUSH TOO FAR
by Abbi Glines
  ALL LINED UP
by Cora Carmack
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