Monday 28 January 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Michelle Hodkin, Lauren Oliver, Cat Patrick, Amy Plum & 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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Love this cover for The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  I don't know about you, but the ending of the last book pretty much ripped my heart right out -- (dramatic much?!)  -- and I can't wait to find out how things turn out for Mara, Noah and co. There doesn't seem to be an official synopsis for this one yet, and in any case we have a wait for the book - it releases October 2013. I want it now!  

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

Samantha Young Announces Down London Road:

On Dublin Street was one of my favourite books last year, so I'm super excited to read this companion novel!

Here's the synopsis: 

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) releases May 2013.


Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg 

David Levithan at Scholastic Press has acquired Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club and the forthcoming Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. Her new YA novel poses the question: can a guy and a girl be just friends? In the story, which spans five years, two continents, one BBC sitcom, and countless questions about their friendship; Macallan and Levi are put to the ultimate test when a relationship-changing secret is revealed. Publication is slated for spring 2014; Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal for North American rights.

The Executioner's Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

 THE EXECUTIONER'S DAUGHTER is a fast paced adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the banks of the Thames in Tudor times. Moss is a young girl who hates her life. She's a prisoner in the Tower of London, her father is the executioner, and it's Moss who has to catch the heads in her basket... But when she discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom she also unearths a terrifying secret, and discovers that her life isn't what she believes it to be. It's only when she runs away from the Tower and meets the mouthy rascal called Salter that she learns the true value of freedom and choice.
Paskins said, 'This is a rip-roaring adventure with characters that leap off the page. Moss and Slater's tempestuous relationship will particularly appeal, and there's a touch of darkness too, to make readers shiver.'

Stella Paskins, Publisher at Egmont Press, bought 2 books with World English Language rights, from Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander. The first book, THE EXECUTIONER'S DAUGHTER will publish in Spring 2014.


More Book Covers of Awesome....

Lots of lovely new covers this month including the new book by Cat Patrick (Sounds awesome!) and a Die for Me novella from Amy Plum. 

 The Originals by Cat Patrick || Publication date: May 2013.

A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.

17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...

Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created. 


By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt || Publication date: April 2013.

Nobody can know the truth - her life depends on it. I picked up the book and thumbed through the pages. Names in alphabetical order, names with meanings, names I knew, names I'd never heard of. How to pick? Nothing that would stand out, nothing that would link me to the past - those were the instructions. The past. As if everything that had gone before this moment was buried already. Holly is fifteen years old, but she's only been "Holly" for a matter of months. Because of something that happened, she and her family have had to enter witness protection and have all assumed new identities. All, that is, except her sister Katie, who is autistic. Starting at a new school mid-term is hard enough at the best of times, and Holly has no clue who she is any more. Lonely and angry, she reaches out to friends - new and old. But one wrong move will put all their lives in danger...


UK Cover

US Cover

 Parallel by Lauren Miller || Publication date: June 2013 (UK) || May 2013 (US). 

Abby Barnes had a plan. Get into a great college, major in journalism, and land her dream job at a major newspaper. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, she's stuck on a Hollywood movie set instead, wishing she could rewind her life. But the next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. A collision of parallel worlds has left Abby living a new reality every time her younger parallel self makes a new decision. Forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go on her plans for the future and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally in reach.


Die For Her (Revenants #2.5) by Amy Plum || Publication date: April 2013.  

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.


From Book to Screen....

Exciting news regarding Lauren Oliver's Delirium, the Divergent movie and more! 

 FOX orders Delirium Pilot:

From TV Line:

Delirium, penned by Karyn Usher (Prison Break), is based on a bestselling trilogy by Lauren Oliver about a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. But with 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, lead character Lena Holoway does the unthinkable and falls in love. Oops. Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope join Usher as EPs.

Lauren Oliver UK Event:  Lauren Oliver will be doing an event at Waterstones Piccadilly in London on Tuesday 19th March. Full details including ticket prices here: clicky


Slated by Teri Terry Optioned for Film:

Orchard Books are delighted to announce that the film rights for Slated by Teri Terry have been optioned by Altus Productions 4 Ltd. The film company is run by Paul Brett and Tim Smith who were executive producers on The King's Speech, staring Colin Firth.

Slated published in the UK in May 2012 to great critical acclaim. It is Terry's debut novel with the second book in the trilogy, Fractured, publishing in April 2013.

The Story

Kyla's memory has been erased - her personality wiped blank - her memories lost for ever.

She's been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla's mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems.

Who can she trust in her search for the truth?


Kate Winslet in talks for Divergent role:


EW has confirmed an earlier Variety report that Kate Winslet is in talks with Summit Entertainment to co-star in Divergent, the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the popular Veronica Roth novel that’s due in theaters March 2014.

Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has already been cast as heroine Beatrice Prior in the YA drama (and intended trilogy), that takes place in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago. The male lead–mysterious and alluring “Four” — has yet to be cast and the studio is mum on the role Winslet is close to taking. But a good guess would be the villainous and brilliant Jeanine Matthews.


Lots of exciting book to TV/Movie news this time round --   I'm not a huge fan of dystopian but Lauren Oliver's Delirium is one of the series I've stuck with, so I would probably check it out if it gets picked up.  I'm super excited for the Divergent movie and I think Kate Winslet is a great choice for Jeanine Matthews. I can't wait to see who they cast as Four. I hope they get it right! As for Slated -- I haven't read that book. It seems a little dark for my tastes but with all the positive reviews floating around (and now optioned for a movie!) maybe I should check it out. Have you read that one? I'd love to know what you thought of it!

Sources: PW Children's Bookshelf,  Book Trade.Info,  Goodreads, Amazon , TV Line and


  1. Oooh, I really like the sound of "Better off Friends".  I can only think of a couple of books where the main characters are friends, not dating, so I'm really interested to see how Eulburg writes it/where she takes it.
    Re Divergent - I wonder if Shailene will dye her hair blonde for playing Tris?  She's got the slightly-vulnerable-yet-tough look going for her.
    And I really love Mara Dyer's dress on the Mara Dyer covers.  I wants it.

  2. Love your news, as always they are full of interesting stuff. I'm especially interested in the book by Jane Hardstaff, it sounds great. 

  3.  I love the sound of Better off Friends too - sounds like a good one! I wants the 3rd Mara Dyer so bad!!

  4. I think I am the only one upset by the Kate Winslet news! I don't think she'd fit at all, but it seems I'm in the minority :P. Very excited about Delirium though, and loving the sound of The Originals and Parallel! Thanks for sharing :).

  5. I think Winslet could play that role pretty well. I dunno - as soon as I heard the news, I could totally see her playing that character. We'll see. I don't think she's signed on for sure yet. I can't wait to see who they cast as Four.  There are rumours it's going to be Alex Pettyfer. Hope it's not, though.

  6. I might die of anticipation waiting for The Retribution of Mara Dyer - CANNOT WAIT LEANNA! I adore the US cover of Parallel, it's so soft and pretty, and also a little off putting which I like:) The Cat Patrick story sounds AWESOME, I'm going to Goodreads right now to add it to my list. Thanks for this post full of book win!

  7. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)28 January 2013 at 18:24

    I can't really say that I enjoyed Cat Patrick's Revived all that much, but I'm willing to give her another chance and I agree that this looks very intriguing. I adored Slated and I'm glad the movie rights were sold, I'll keep my fingers crossed that it really does get turned into a movie. 
    And Die For Her is something I'm insanely excited about, I just love Amy Plum's books. 
    New follower. :)

  8. I just added a bunch of books to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing all of this bookish news. I had no idea Eulberg had a new one coming out and I love the sound of Executioner's Daughter and Parallel.  

  9. Heather@ The Flyleaf Review28 January 2013 at 20:00

    Those are some great books you have listed, and several I hadn't heard of (so thanks, Leanna:)

    And I am DYING to know who will get the part of Four in the Divergent movie! Love who they chose as Tris:)

  10. Wow, lots of wonderful news here! I LOVED On Dublin Street as well so I'm so excited book 2 will be out soon! I didn't know about the Die For Me novella. I've got to catch up with that series as I have book 3 now. :)

  11. Oh I adore this post Leanna, I'm always so out of the loop with what's going on, so it's cool how I can find out everything I'm behind on here! I adore the cover to The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Die For Her, they look so pretty! Also By Any Other Name sounds amazing! :)

  12. So. Much. Epic. News. I seriously can't wait for the last Mara Dyer book although it's going to be really bittersweet to read and I LOVE the cover. Cat Patrick really does have the best ideas and her latest book sounds brilliant! I'm really excited for the Delirium TV show and think it will work much better than a film. Really excited that Slated has been optioned as well as I really enjoyed that book. Thanks for the news! :)

  13. Thank you for sharing the big news with us! I adore the cover of By Any Other Name and am so excited for a potential tv series based on Lauren Oliver's books!

  14. They all look so awesome! I'm such a cover addict. lol. ;)

  15. Cool covers! Wow...awesome Divergent news. Kate Winslet! Love her!! Thanks for sharing the info :)

  16.  I haven't read Revived yet, but I loved her first book so here's hoping! :)

  17.  The Eulberg books sounds really good - love the sound of that one!

  18.  Me too re: Four. I hope they don't go with Pettyfer. I find him so blah!

  19.  Ah, lucky you, Rachel! The end of book 2 just about finished me off!

  20.  I'm thinking that I should maybe check out Slated. It kind of passed me by when it first released, but I've been hearing lots of good things. Still, knowing me I would probably buy a copy and then never get around to reading it. So many books, so little time!

  21.  Ha! Me too!

  22.  No problem. I think she'll be great in that role!


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