Friday 15 November 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Cat Clarke, Stephanie Perkins, The Divergent Movie & 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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A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke || Release date: April 2014

When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.

Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.

Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive…

But one of them is hiding a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives.

Book Deals, Book Deals, Book Deals....

Anna, Lola & Isla in the UK (Just in case you missed it!)

Usborne has signed three novels from US author Stephanie Perkins. 

Rebecca Hill, Usborne fiction director, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Donne Forrest, subsidiary rights director at Penguin US for three YA contemporary romance titles.

Anna and the French Kiss will be published in the UK in January 2014, with Lola and the Boy Next Door following in June. Perkins' new novel, Isla and the Happy Ever After will be published simultaneously in the UK and US on autumn 2014.

Hill said: "Stephanie’s glorious writing has always had me sobbing, swooning and smiling from the bottom of my heart."

Perkins previously worked as a bookseller and librarian before becoming a novelist. The three books revolve around friends Anna and Lola, and are set in locations including Paris and San Francisco.


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

T.S. Ferguson at Harlequin Teen has acquired Daughters Unto Devils, a horror novel set in the 1800s, by debut author Amy Lukavics. Coping with a secret pregnancy and her family's move to the prairie, 16-year-old Amanda must figure out whether she's being haunted by an evil presence that is tainting the land or if she's simply losing her mind. Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the two-book deal. 

A History of What Happened by Juliana Romano

Stacey Friedberg at Dial has bought Juliana Romano's debut novel, A History of What Happened. Pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The Summer I Turned Pretty, the YA novel takes place during one year of high school, as an introspective 15-year-old grows distant from her childhood best friend and closer to her friend's longtime crush. Publication is scheduled for 2015; Logan Garrison at the Gernert Company negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights. 


I'll Believe You When You're Gone by Jessica Alcott

Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired I’ll Believe You When You’re Gone and an untitled YA novel by pseudonymous novelist Jessica Alcott. Charlie, who thinks of herself as an ugly duckling, is bracing herself for another year of not fitting in at high school. Enter her charismatic English teacher, and the mutual crush that ensues, leading up to the fateful night of Charlie's 18th birthday when boundaries are crossed. The author currently works for a children's publisher. Publication is set for spring 2015; David Dunton of Harvey Klinger negotiated the deal for world rights. 

Shoes in the Street by Suzanne Nelson 

Michelle Frey at Knopf has acquired Suzanne Nelson's Shoes in the Street, a YA novel that follows a variety of characters from Nazi Germany to present-day New York, as their lives are interwoven through their contact with a special pair of pink high heels. Publication is set for fall 2015; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights. 


More Book Covers of Awesome...

UK Cover
 Far From You by Tess Sharpe || Release date: March 2014

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.


The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings || Release date: June 2014

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is-although he doesn't know it-one of the MC's programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family? Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn || Release date: June 2014 

Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor's fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know this one simple truth: she’s not the crazy one and never has been.

He is.


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae || Release date: May 2014 

When seventeen-year-old Pippa Preston ditches her summer art program abroad, she sets out on her own in hopes of falling in love with an Italian, but the road to amore gets detoured when she's torn between a sexy local and a hunky American archaeology student. As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa must sort out her feelings before her parents figure out where she really is, ending her short-lived dream of independence. 


From Book to Screen...Divergent Movie Post & Full Length Trailer.


Eeek! A new book from Cat Clarke! Excitement! Cat Clarke's Undone is one of the best books I've read this year, and so I'm really looking forward to this new release from her. Wish You Were Italian sounds really cute. I love books with European settings - can't go far wrong with Italy!

And the Divergent movie trailer - I thin it looks pretty awesome! Can't wait to watch this movie! 

What do you think of the latest round up of book deals and cover reveals?  Let me know in comments!

Please note that book covers may not be final and may be subject to change.  Additional sources:  PW Children's Bookshelf, The Bookseller, Amazon UK, Entertainment Weekly, Youtube.


  1. I don't know about you, but Tess Sharpe's Far From You sounds exactly like Laura Jarratt's novels Skin Deep and By Any Other Name - it's an exact combination of the two! E.g "The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars" is very Jenna in Skin Deep; "The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky" is very Holly in By Any Other Name; and the rest of it is kind the kind of plot that features in both! The "chilly new reality", the "no one is looking in the right places", and especially the "with every step, [she] comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about [her friend] and about the secret they shared".

    Maybe it'll turn out to be an amazing book, but I think the similarities are a bit much for me. I don't like reading books with the same plots and themes at the same time - it's probably why I never fell for the vampire craze!

    Great post, Leanna :)

  2. ChristinaBookAddict15 November 2013 at 19:31

    I love the sound of Wish You Were sounds like such a fun read and Italy (Rome in particular) should make for a great setting. I also am so pumped for Divergent. I wasn't disappointed by the trailer (unlike Vampire Academy) and can't wait to see it in theaters. I also added History of What Happened to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing all this info!

  3. Oooh! Very interesting, Arianne. If I get a copy of this one I'll pass it on to you when I'm done and you can see for yourself. I haven't read Jaratt's novels, so didn't pick up on similarities in the synopsis.

  4. Yes - I think the Divergent movie looks great! I love the sound of Wish You Were Italian; the cover is a little younger than I thought it would be, but still looks fun all the same!

  5. Liz @ Planet Print16 November 2013 at 23:00

    So, so, so happy Stephanie Perkins's books are being published in the UK! I loved Anna so much, and happy that people will be able to buy it from a shop! :) I'm not too impressed with the Divergent trailer though...I think I'm still not sold on the actors. Plus I think it would make little sense to someone who hasn't read the book...

  6. Jess Hearts Books17 November 2013 at 12:37

    I'm so excited for Cat Clarke's new book! And you've got me really curious about Far From You, The Murder Complex and Complicit! I've added them to my wishlist :)

  7. Cat Clarke's covers are so good! I haven't read any of her books, but it would be nice to try one out to see what the insides are like. The Murder Complex looks like an interesting read. I may have to try that one when it comes out as well.

  8. I need to watch the trailer again and see if I'd get it if I hadn't read the book. I never thought of it like that! I still think Four is hotter than the boys they cast for THG!

  9. I know! I can't wait for Cat's new book.Very high on my wish list! :)

  10. Cat Clarke's Undone is one of my favourite books of 2013. So good!


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