Booktopia YA Buzz
August 2014 | Edition 18
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WELCOME TO THE YOUNG ADULT BUZZ
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August is really overflowing with a great mix of awesome Young Adult reads!

We’ve got releases from international bestsellers like Richelle Mead and Pittacus Lore, stunning debuts from new talents, sparkling gems from Australian authors plus a whole range of exciting new titles across every subgenre.

In fact, there’s so much variety on offer this month, I can safely say there’s something to please every Young Adult reader. Don’t believe me? Just check out the newsletter and see if you can’t find something that grabs you.

Go on. I dare you!

Happy Reading!

Sarah McDuling
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Richelle Mead


When a book ends on a dramatic cliffhanger it can often seem like cruel and unusual torture to the poor reader, who is then left with no choice but to wait for the next book to be released.

Some people might say this is a prime example of a "First World Problem". Those people would be absolutely correct. But that doesn't change the fact that waiting for Silver Shadows has been very, very difficult for me. I have suffered agonies of impatience. It has been a long and grueling nine months, people. PITY ME!

I jumped on board the Bloodlines bandwagon late last year with the release of The Fiery Heart. In case you are in any doubt about my feelings vis-a-vis the Bloodlines series - I am now a hardcore fan.

Obviously I'm reeeaaaally looking forward to getting my hands Silver Shadows. At the same time I'm also a bit scared. This is the second last book in the Bloodlines series and I have no doubt whatsoever that it's going to end on yet another horrible cliffhanger. I'm not sure I'm strong enough to endure another session of dangling on tenterhooks. Maybe I should hold off for a while? Perhaps I could wait until the series is finished before reading any further? Yes. That would probably be the sensible thing to do.

BAHAHAHAAAA!

Yeah. I'm not doing that.

Blurb: In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive more...

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AUGUST PICKS
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by Adi Alsaid


I love a good road trip story and Let's Get Lost is no exception. Packed full of charm and whimsy, this is the story of a girl called Leila who is driving across country on a quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. 

We get to know Leila through the eyes of the people she encounters on her travels. The story unfolds in five parts, with a different character narrating each section. Through a series of quirky little adventures Leila manages to change the lives of everyone she meets while the circumstances of her own life remain something of a mystery... until she reaches the end of her journey.

Perfect for fans of John GreenSarah Dessen and David Levithan, Let's Get Lost is an impressive debut from a fresh new voice. Adi Alsaid's characters are both vividly drawn and endearingly sweet  - most especially the lovelorn Elliot with his flare for impromptu music performances and his obsession with 80s teen movies. I loved Elliot's section of the book. If Adi Alsaid ever decides to write a follow-up book about Elliot ... well, I'd be all over that.

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by Darren Groth


I absolutely adored this book. Mostly because Perry is such an incredibly lovable and original character but also because it was just so darn touching it made me cry tears of happiness.

Are you Seeing Me? follows the story of Justine and her disabled twin brother Perry as they travel through North America, in the wake of their father's death.

Perry is obsessed with earthquakes, Jackie Chan and deep sea monsters.  Meanwhile Justine has been keeping a secret from Perry. She has made contact with their mother, who ran out on them when they were four-years-old.

As each twin tells their side of the story, we are also given glimpses of the past through letters written by their father.

This is a powerful, beautifully written novel that explores the nature of love, the burden of grief and the challenges faced both by disabled people and their carers. But most of all, it's a novel about family.

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by Stephanie Perkins


Isla and the Happily Ever After is the long awaited third book from Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Stephanie Perkins is beloved by her fans, and with good reason. A Stephanie Perkins novel is rather like a sunrise wrapped in cotton candy and sprinkled with unicorn tears. And by that I mean she writes delightfully charming stories brimming with romance, humour and a touch of heartbreak. You know, those sneaky kind of books that seem all light and fluffy at first glance, but actually pack quite an emotional punch? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

If you like Maureen Johnson, Rainbow Rowell or Ann Brashares then you're going to love Stephenie Perkins.

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by Salla Simukka


Snow White meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this first book of a thrilling new series.

Named after Snow White, 17-year-old Finnish school girl, Lumikki Andersson stumbles across a mystery at her high school and soon finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.

As Red as Blood is a riveting read. Covering a wide spectrum of topics from peer pressure and bullying through to murder and drug dealing, this first book in The Snow White Trilogy reads almost like a dark, modern fairytale crossed with a gritty crime novel. 

Lumikki is tough, smart and haunted by a traumatic past. All things considered, it's no wonder she has been described as a teenaged Lisbeth Salander. As Red as Blood could well mark the  beginning of a new trend for crime/thrillers in Young Adult Fiction.

Perfect for fans of the Night School series by C. J. Daugherty.
 
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by Pittacus Lore


This is the second last book in the hugely popular Lorien Legacies series, which began with I Am Number Four.

An addictive, action-packed adventure series about about a group of alien teenagers with cool super powers (need I say more?) the Lorien Legacies is ideal for fans of Percy Jackson and Skulduggery Pleasant.

Blurb: The Garde have suffered an unbearable loss.

Number Five has betrayed them. Eight is gone forever. Ella has been kidnapped. The others are now scattered more...

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AT THE MOVIES
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THE GIVER
by LOIS LOWRY


Lois Lowry was writing Dystopian YA long before it became the coolest "new" genre on the block. Decades before The Hunger Games and Divergent came along there was The Giver. Originally published in 1993, it's an award-winning novel often studied in schools.

I remember reading The Giver when I was in Year Seven. At the time I had been going through a regrettable phase where I pretty much exclusively read Babysitter's Club books. I'm not proud of that phase, by the way. But it happened. I can't pretend like it didn't.

Anyway, the point is The Giver basically blew my young babysitting-obsessed mind wide open. I had never read anything like it before and when I finished I promptly went searching for similar books. This was a search that led me to discover books like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. It also brought authors like Isobelle Carmody and Ursula le Guin to my attention, for which I am very grateful as they remain some of my favourite authors to this day.

So the fact that The Giver is the latest Young Adult book to receive the Hollywood treatment fills me with delight ... and a touch of trepidation. On the one hand, I'm looking forward to seeing one of my childhood favourites up on the big screen. On the other hand I'm terrified that the movie version will get everything all wrong and end up infuriating me. After all, the book is always better than the movie. This is a fact proven by science. No matter how awesome the movie might be, it cannot possible be as good as the book.

So, if you haven't yet read The Giver I advise grabbing a copy as soon as possible. The movie is set to be released on the 15th of August so there is still time to get reading!

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CONTEMPORARY
Looking for a good dose of contemporary teen fiction? Look no further. We've got three awesome new releases out this month, including an illustrated "diary fiction" story from international best selling author, James Patterson!
HOMEROOM DIARIES
by James Patterson
  SOLITAIRE
by Alice Oseman
  AN ENGLISH BOY IN NEW YORK
by T.S. Easton
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NON FICTION
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by Malala Yousafzai


This is the Young Readers edition of the best selling memoir I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala's story is truly inspiring and this special edition for young readers includes exclusive photos and bonus material.

Blurb: Written in collaboration with critically acclaimed National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, Malala tells her story - from her childhood in the Swat Valley to the shooting, her recovery and new life in England. She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and
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PARANORMAL
If you're fond of ghosts and ghouls and all things uncanny (and really, who isn't?) you're going to love these new paranormal releases. From spooky hauntings through to extra-sensory powers (not to mention to the romantic woes of gods and goddesses) - looks like we've got all our supernatural bases covered!
THE ASTROLOGER'S DAUGHTER
by Rebecca Lim

THE MOMENT COLLECTOR
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing.

The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past more...


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There's a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn't know who she was, or why she's still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends - beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her. But the ghost isn't all that's lurking in Gill Creek more...

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KALONA'S FALL
P.C. and Kristin Cast

IREMONGER TRILOGY:
BOOK 2: FOULSHAM
by Edward Carey
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From the Sun and from the Moon, two winged brothers are born: golden Erebus, playmate and friend, and mysterious Kalona, Warrior and lover, companions of the Goddess Nyx.

From the first, Nyx loves them both deeply, but differently.

With Erebus, she can talk and laugh and dance and take joy in more...


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In the Iremonger family offices, Grandfather Umbitt Iremonger broods: in his misery and fury at the people of London, he has found a way of making everyday objects assume human shape, and turning real people into objects.

Abandoned in the depths of the Heaps, Lucy Pennant has been rescued by a terrifying creature, Binadit Iremonger - more animal than more...

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GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
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by Cassandra Clare


A net of shadows tightens around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy them. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

When Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to more...
 



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SCIENCE FICTION
Don't miss out on these three compelling Science Fiction titles out this month. Telepathic powers, aliens invasions and a boy brought back from the dead after a head transplant worthy of Doctor Frankenstein himself! Are you not intrigued?
IDOLS
by Margaret Stohl
  NOGGIN
by John Corey Whaley
  MULTIVERSUM
by Leonardo Patrignani
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WHAT I'M READING ...
What I just read: Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier. A deliciously addictive teen soap opera set in 16th century Venice. Think Gossip Girl meets Romeo and Juliet.

What I'm reading now: The Summer of Kicks by Dave Beckett. I'm only a few chapters in but I'm already hooked on this hilarious tale of a teenaged boy whose hippy parents saddled him with the name Starrphyre.

What I plan to read next:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. John Green described this book as "Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart". Yep. That's all I need to know!
MASQUERADE
by Kylie Fornasier
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by Dave Beckett
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by E. Lockhart
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NEW ADULT
Are you old enough to vote and (legally) drink alcohol? Do you like your YA fiction with a generous serving of romance? Are all of your friends swooning over someone called Travis Maddox and you're wondering what all the fuss is about? Well, the fuss is about New Adult Fiction. It's a whole big thing! Look into it.
NEW ADULT BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Colleen Hoover


Ugly Love has arrived! The highly anticipated new book from Colleen Hoover - author of Slammed and Hopeless. Colleen Hoover's one of the best authors in the New Adult genre - a must read for fans of Abbi Glines and Tammara Webber.

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When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.

He doesn't want love and she doesn't have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize
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SONG OF THE FIREFLIES
by J.A. Redmerski

ONE MORE CHANCE
by Abbi Glines
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Brayelle Bates has always been a force of nature. Even as a child, Bray's wild and carefree spirit intimidated everyone around her, and the only person who has ever truly understood her is her best friend, Elias Kline.

As they grew up together, their friendship turned into something more, but Bray was always desperate to hide the truth of her agonising past from Elias. She did everything she could to keep him at arm's length, including moving away. But unable to survive without him, she returned home to Elias, and things never felt more right - until one night changed everything.

Elias vowed never to be separated from Bray again. So when she decides to more...

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The unforgettable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this brand-new novel in the Rosemary Beach series from #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Abbi Glines.

She was "it. "His one." "His only." "Then he made the mistake of letting her go. After fighting his way into Harlow Manning's heart--and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before--Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he's stuck in a miserable routine.

Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend Rush for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to more...

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At the Movies: The Giver

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Non Fiction: Malala

Paranormal

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