Thursday 23 May 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Veronica Roth, Bryony Pearce, Elizabeth Wein, Jenny Han, Kimberly Derting & More!

Here's a round up of the latest book news, deals and some cover reveals that I've discovered over the past few weeks!  It's also basically a digest of all the exciting news stories that come my way and which I've mostly already posted on my twitter and Facebook feeds, so if you want up-to-the-minute book news and you don't want to have to wait around for me to type this up, you can follow me on those sites!

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Last week saw the US and UK cover reveals for Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth.  I can't wait to see how this series ends and I'm also really excited for the movie! What do you think of the covers? And what cover look is your fave - US or UK?


The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Kari Sutherland at HarperTeen has bought North American rights to screenwriter Victoria Aveyard's debut novel, The Red Queen, which is set in a fantasy world where society is divided by the color of blood. It features a 17-year-old who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long-lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution. The novel was pitched as Graceling meets The Selection; it will be published in winter 2015. Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media was the agent.
Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins has acquired North American rights to Please Don't Tell, a YA debut by 20-year-old Laura Tims. The novel, a contemporary thriller, follows a girl who seeks revenge on the boy who ruined her sister's life, but who finds herself falling for the one guy who's off limits, and is blackmailed by a stalker who knows her secret. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Sarah Davies of the Greenhouse Literary Agency did the two-book deal. 

 Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little 

In a major acquisition, Alison Hennessey, Senior Crime Editor at Harvill Secker, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to two books by Elizabeth Little – an exciting new American voice in crime fiction. Pre-empted by foreign publishers across the world, Alison Hennessey secured a two-book deal for Harvill Secker with Hal Fessenden at Penguin US. The first book, Dear Daughter, will be one of Harvill Secker's major titles in early 2015 and will be published simultaneously with Viking in the US.

 What the publishers are saying:

'Dear Daughter is everything I've been looking for since I started at Harvill Secker – sharp, spiky, clever and enormously fun, with the kind of acerbic narrator that editors (and readers) dream of discovering. Dear Daughter is like a glorious combination of Gone Girl meets Mean Girls with a twist of Alice la Plante's award-winning Turn of Mind, but it has a freshness and vitality that's all its own. Elizabeth Little is a fiction star in the making, and I couldn't be more pleased that we'll be publishing her at Harvill Secker.' - Alison Hennessey - Senior Crime Editor, Harvill Secker. 

About Dear Daughter:

After a trial that transfixed America, teenager Janie Jenkins – rich, pretty and far too clever for her own good – was convicted of the murder of her mother, a reclusive philanthropist. Ten years later, Janie has been released on appeal but most of the country remains convinced she's guilty – and even Janie's not entirely sure what she did that fateful night. All she has to go on are the last words her mother spoke before she was killed, which send Janie on a mission to an odd little town in the very back of beyond but, with the whole of America's media on her tail, she has to do everything she can to find out the truth about her mother's death without revealing her true identity.


Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts || Release date: September 2013

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world. 


The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce || Release date: August 2013

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?


Soulmates by Holly Bourne || Release date: September 2013

Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.

Enter Poppy, the 17-year-old cynic with a serious addiction to banana milk, and Noah, the heart-throb guitarist; residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students, and…soulmates.

After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, (and a looming psychology coursework deadline), they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…


The Elites by Natasha Ngan || Release date: September 2013

'There is a rumour that the Elites don't bleed.'

Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures - and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She'd never dream of leaving - but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel's president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.

Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, THE ELITES is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.


Antigoddess by Kendare Blake || Release date: September 2013

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.


Uninvited by Sophie Jordan || Release date: March 2014 

You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.



The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors

Laura Arnold at Razorbill has bought The Lonesome Young, a novel by Alyssa Day writing as Lucy Connors, pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Justified. In the book, a Kentucky bad boy and a blue-blooded good girl fall for each other, reigniting the long-standing feud between their families now fueled by drug-running and financial backstabbing. It's the first in a series, and is scheduled for winter 2014. Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich did the two book-deal for world rights. 

Turnabout by Carrie Ryan 

 Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton has bought two books from The Forest of Hands and Teeth author Carrie Ryan. The first title, a YA romantic thriller, is called Turnabout, and follows a young woman who is thrust into a web of intrigue in a campaign to avenge her parents' murders. Publication is scheduled for early 2015. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, first in a YA zombie trilogy published by Delacorte Press, has been translated into more than 18 languages and is currently in feature film development. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House did the new deal for world English rights. 

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Sarah Landis at HarperTeen has bought a YA trilogy by Kimberly Derting, author of two previous trilogies (The Body Finder and The Pledge). The new series, tentatively called The Taking, is also the title of the first book; it tells the story of a 16-year-old who wakes up after one lost night to find that five years have passed and everything about the life she remembers has changed. Publication of book #1 is planned for summer 2014; Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Jenny Han has inked a deal for her “semi-autobiographical” young adult novel. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in April 2014.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…

New Series from Kiera Cass

Erica Sussman at HarperTeen has acquired a new series by Kiera Cass, author of The Selection. In the as-yet-untitled YA romance, which was pitched as Matched meets Never Let Me Go, children trained in academies to be perfect friends can be purchased by the wealthy as companions, and a forbidden romance ensues. Elana Roth of Red Tree Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

New Series from Ally Condie
Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton Children's Books has acquired two novels by Ally Condie, author of the Matched trilogy. The first book, set for fall 2014, will follow a girl named Rio living in an underwater city and waiting her chance to find out what lies beyond the sea; the second book is not yet scheduled. Jodi Reamer at Writers House brokered the deal for North American rights.


Fracture (Night School #3) by C.J. Daugherty || Release date: August 2013

** Not posting synopsis due to  possible spoilers - you can find it on Goodreads!**


Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn #2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian || Release date: Sept. 2013

** Not posting synopsis due to  possible spoilers - you can find it on Goodreads!**


UK Cover

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein || Release date: June 2013 (UK)

Companion to Code Name Verity

 ** Not posting synopsis due to  possible spoilers - you can find it on Goodreads!**

US Cover


UK Cover

 Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas || Release date: July 2013 (UK)

Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.

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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined...

US Cover


PHEW! That's what I call a bumper edition of book deals and cover reveals -- looks like there was a lot of exciting stuff going on during my six-week blog break! Lots of books I'm looking forward to here --A new series from Kimberly Derting (Yay!) and the new Jenny Han sounds fab! I'm also really looking forward to reading Dear Daughter, and also Dangerous Girls - I'm on the blog tour for that one! 

Let me know what books you are most looking forward to from this round up. I'd love to hear your thoughts on all these shiny new covers too!

Please note that book covers may not be final and may be subject to change.

Additional sources:  PW Children's Bookshelf,  Book Trade.Info,  Goodreads and Galley Cat.


  1. Wow! Lots of news. I love both of Veronica Roth's new covers. And I heard about The Red Queen and am excited to read it.

  2. So many new books coming out!!! I just added a bunch to my TBR list, so thanks for sharing these with us. I love the fact that Jenny Han is coming out with a new book! So excited! I am also looking forward to Kimberly Derting's....I hope it's better than The Pledge. And what about Sophie Jordan and Kiera Cass?! So many exciting books coming out!

  3. daisychainbooks23 May 2013 at 19:18

    I know - so much news! I had lots to catch up on! The Red Queen sounds like a good one. I'll be checking it out too!

  4. daisychainbooks23 May 2013 at 19:22

    I also can't wait for the new Jenny Han! The Pledge didn't work for me either, so I'm hoping I like her new series!

  5. daisychainbooks23 May 2013 at 19:24

    The US covers for the Divergent series are great - they really stand out. We had the same first cover as you guys for the first book, but then they changed them.

  6. Very excited about new books by Kimberly Derting! I am currently reading Dead Silence and don't want to say Goodbye to the characters yet. Read The Pledge, but wasn't that impressed.

    Finally Allegiant has got a cover. I like the US cover better, but why is there an airport on it? Let's just skip to October okay?

    Also I really want to read Dangerous Girls now after seeing various UK blogger reactions to it on Twitter!

  7. daisychainbooks24 May 2013 at 13:08

    I've been hearing good things about Dangerous Girls too! Looking forward to that one. I wasn't really impressed by The Pledge either, but I'm looking forward to this new series. I still have to read Dead Silence - must get to it!

  8. Much prefer the US cover of Allegiance to the UK! I wish it was out now so I could read it, releasing covers is such a tease, mean publishers.

  9. I love these posts thanks so much for putting the time and effort into the layout and information <3

  10. I love posts like this!I love when all the news is in one spot :0)

    Nat, I'd So Rather Be Reading

  11. I love the US covers from the Divergent series. They're so very colourful.

    I think I'm most excited to get my paws on THE ELITES (love love love the cover) and can't go wrong with Kendare Blake! :)

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