Wednesday 25 June 2014

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Stephanie Perkins, Leila Howland, Abigail Haas, Samantha Young & More!

Here's a round up of the latest book news, deals and some cover reveals that I've discovered over the past while.  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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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Ed: Stephanie Perkins
Release date: October 2014.

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love.


 Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
Release date: March 2015.

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.


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

[Untitled] by Leila Howland 

Emily Meehan at Hyperion has bought world English rights to Nantucket Blue author Leila Howland's new untitled YA novel, about a hardworking 18-year-old student at prestigious Carter Academy who is rejected from every college due to a misstep sophomore year. Knowing only a huge risk can save her, she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Publication is slated for 2016; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc. brokered the two-book deal. 

Fourteen Dreams by Brenna Yovanoff

Krista Marino at Delacorte Press has acquired North American rights to Fourteen Dreams by Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacements), in a preempt. Pitched as Say Anything meets Donnie Darko, the story is about a high-achieving girl who falls for the most imperfect boy in school through a series of mysterious dreams that change how she feels about herself, her future, and love. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency did the two-book deal. 

The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has bought The Remedy, a new YA novel by Suzanne Young, author of The Program and The Treatment. In the book, 17-year-old Quinn McKee has the unusual job of helping grieving families with their loss by playing the role of a recently deceased loved one, working alongside grief counselors. The line between work and life begins to blur, though, when Quinn begins acting the part of the girlfriend whom fellow teenager Isaac has just lost. Publication is set for spring 2015; Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich did the deal for world English rights. 

Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

Lisa Yoskowitz at Disney-Hyperion has bought world English rights to Rahul Kanakia's debut YA novel, Enter Title Here, at auction. Pitched as Gossip Girl meets House of Cards, the story follows overachiever Reshma Kapoor as she launches a Machiavellian campaign to reclaim her valedictorian status after being caught plagiarizing. Publication is set for fall 2015; John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary brokered the two-book deal.

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins acquired world English rights to Lindsey Klingele's debut YA novel, The Marked Girl. Klingele is a writers' assistant on the ABC Family show Twisted. The story, set in a medieval, Game of Thrones-esque world, centers on a group of royal teens who are dropped in modern-day Los Angeles. There, they befriend a street-smart girl who is torn about helping them find their way home, since she's fallen for the charming bad-boy prince of the group. Reiko Davis at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency did the three-book deal.

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Melissa Frain at Tor Teen has acquired Kim Liggett's YA horror thriller The Last Harvest at auction. Pitched as Friday Night Lights meets Rosemary's Baby, it's the story of 17-year-old former football star Clay Tate, who, as the one-year anniversary of a horrific slaughter approaches, is forced to come to terms with his family's – and his rural Oklahoma town's – role in a plot to deliver Satan back to earth. It's set for summer 2016 publication; Josh Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights. 

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Annie Berger at HarperTeen has bought Jen Malone's YA debut Wanderlost in a two-book deal. It tells the story of a teenage girl who agrees to impersonate her older sister to keep her from losing her summer job working as a tour guide for a senior-citizen bus trip through Europe. When their carefully constructed plan derails, she'll have to put her improv skills to the test to avoid causing an international incident. Publication is planned for summer 2016; Holly Root of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.


A Couple More Covers...

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas || Release date: August 2014

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…


If I Stay (Movie Tie-In) by Gayle Forman
Release date: July 2014

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen -year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.


US Cover

Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young
Release date: February 2015

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…


And, Finally, Some UKYA Updates...

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
Release date: August 2014

Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.


The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan || Release date: September 2014

"No one can take your memories from you... can they?"

Seven is a thief with a difference - he steals downloadable memories from banks and memoriums to sell onto London's black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to 'surf' himself though - it's the only real form of entertainment he can afford. But one night, as Seven is breaking into a private memorium in a wealthy part of London, he is caught in the act by one of its residents; Alba, the teenage daughter of London's most famous criminal prosecutor. Instead of giving him away, Alba promises to keep Seven's secret - as long as he allows her to go memory-surfing herself. In doing so, they discover a hidden memory about Seven's past, revealing a shocking secret about Seven's childhood, the government and a mysterious experiment known as The Memory Keepers...

Now Seven and Alba will have to race against time to unlock the maze of The Memory Keepers - but can they keep themselves out of harm's way before the London Guard - and Alba's father - catches up with them?


Girl Online by Zoe Sugg a.k.a Zoella

Penguin Children's has acquired the debut novel of YouTube vlogger (video blogger) Zoella. Zoella, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, is a beauty and fashion blogger with 4.9 million YouTube subscribers and two million Instagram followers. Her debut novel, Girl Online, is a YA title about a 15-year-old’s relationship with American pop star and what happens when her anonymous blog goes viral. Penguin fiction publisher Shannon Cullen acquired the world rights to the book in a two-book deal from Dominic Smales at Gleam Futures.

About the Book:

 I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.

What the Publishers Are Saying

Amy McCulloch, editorial director of Penguin Children’s, said: “Zoe has an incredible voice for teens and she drew on her wealth of experience dealing with real issues like anxiety and cyber-bullying to deliver a poignant, romantic and heart-warming debut novel. The whole team was bursting with excitement at the prospect of working withZoe, and we know her fans – and the rest of the world – are going to fall head-over-heels with her writing.”


And there you have it! I haven't done one of these posts since early May so there's quite a lot to get through! I've had to cut a number of deals that I wanted to include - but there were far too many to mention them all! I am noticing a bit of a trend in some of latest deals - YA Game of Thrones - it's a thing. Along with The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (mentioned above) Kiersten White also has a GoT-esque trilogy on the way!

I'm very excited about Leila Howland's as-yet-untitled new book! I loved her Nantucket books SO much! I'm excited too about the next instalment in Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series - although I was hoping that Cole would get to narrate! 

Oh, and I'm super excited to read Dangerous Boys. Loved Dangerous Girls when I read it last year!

Also, any Zoella fans read this blog? Did you know she has a book coming out? ^^ See above!

Let me know what you think of the latest covers and deals in comments!

Please note that book covers may not be final and may be subject to change.  Additional sources:  The Bookseller, PW Children's Bookshelf & Goodreads.


  1. Dangerous Boys sounds great, as does Everything That Makes You - love that cover!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  2. Oh wow there are so many great books to look forward to! I've just added The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting and Everything That Makes You to my to read pile! Also I definitely need a copy of the movie version of If I Stay!

  3. ChristinaBookAddict25 June 2014 at 14:38

    Thanks for sharing all of this info with us. All of the books sounds good, especially The Marked Girl and Wanderlost. I absolutely love the movie-tie-in cover for If I Stay and I can't wait to see the movie. Great post, Leanna!

  4. Yes! I loved that little unknown fact about the cover! I always love finding out 'book secrets'. :)

  5. Same! I've had of a copy My Life Next Door since last summer. Why haven't I read it yet? Open Road Summer is definitely worth checking out, Jenni. Very cute!

  6. I can't wait to read Dangerous Boys. Dangerous Girls is such a good read!

  7. Everything That Makes You sounds really good, I agree! :)

  8. Yes, I love the sound of Wanderlost too! And - a new book from Leila Howland! Yay! :)


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