Monday, 1 February 2016

Book News: Teen Imprint Atom Gets a Whole New Look!





Teen imprint Atom (Twilight, Die For Me) has a whole new look and a host of great books coming your way in 2016. Want to skip to news of shiny new books? Scroll down...

But here's what the people at Atom have to say about their great new look which includes a new eye-catching logo and a new look website.


Publisher James Gurbutt said: "Last year marked the tenth anniversary of Twilight. A perfect time to celebrate how far Atom has come since then, and signal how we hope to develop in the future, with a newly designed logo. Our commissioning now has a clear focus on fresh, engaged, brave contemporary new voices, writing for young adults but telling stories for absolutely everyone, without exception."

Editor Sarah Castleton said: "Our new website – a Tumblr – is inherently more interactive because we want Atom to be at the heart of a community of YA readers, of all ages. We don’t just want to talk about ourselves; we want to make connections, explore conversations, and keep moving, developing, adapting in response. I am proud as punch of this year’s Atom list, which is really the result of our first year of commissioning for what we’ve been calling 'Atom 2.0'."




*****


Consumed by Abbie Rushton || Release date: April 2016


Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.

That was two years ago. Myla hasn't been down to the beach - or even left the house - since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online - until she meets Jamie.

Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it's so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.

Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets - and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good...

*****


My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger || Release date: June 2016

Published in the US as American Girls


Anna has had a miserable year. Everything feels wrong with her life. And rather than stay and face the mess, she steals a credit card and books herself a seat on the first flight out of town to Los Angeles, to crash with her sister. But soon after she lands, cold reality soon dawns on her: Hollywood isn't the escape she needs. She is trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes, with no friends, no cash and no return ticket.

When she's offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts - she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous . . .

This is not going to be the summer Anna had in mind.

*****


When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid || Release date: Feb. 2016

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire.

Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck!

But train wrecks always make the front page.
 

*****


2016 will also see new releases from UKYA faves Keren David and C.J. Daugherty. So much to look forward to!


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