Friday, 15 February 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from L.A. Weatherly, Lauren Kate, Gretchen McNeil, 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 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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The cover of Angel Fever, the final book in L.A. Weatherly's unmissable Angel trilogy has been revealed. There's still a wait to go for the book (October 2013), but if you've read the series so far, you'll already know that this one will be so worth the wait!

Also, check out this very cool Angel Fever competition from Usborne: 

Oh yeah - that's Seb on the cover, right? So he's STILL going to be a problem?! *sulks*

Also, this synopsis doesn't exactly fill me with hope for my boy Alex. Oh, don't go breaking my heart!

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in "refugee" camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

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

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington*

K.A. Harrington's FORGET ME, set in a dying town full of abandoned places, in which a 17-year-old uploads a photo of her dead boyfriend to a social media site and the facial recognition software tags him with someone else's name: a boy who lives two towns away and looks just like him, but is very much alive, to Shauna Rossano at Penguin Children's, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group. 
*Kim Harrington (Clarity, The Dead and Buried) writing as K. A. Harrington.

A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger

A Whispered Darkness is a YA Paranormal Romance in which a girl and her mother are haunted by spirits who inhabit their new home, and the only way to stop the spirits from possessing her mother is to become one of them. Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel did the deal for world rights. 

Tennis Star Monica Seles Writes YA Fiction For Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury will be publishing Game On, the first book in a series entitled The Academy, this June. A second book, No Pain, No Fame will follow in 2014. Both titles will be available in paperback and eBook format priced £6.99. Caroline Abbey acquired world rights, all languages for both books from John Steele at REXOF, INC.

Game On tells the story of Maya, a budding tennis star who has scored a scholarship at the hottest international sports school for teen athletes. The Academy is full of beautiful talented teens and of course, plenty of drama. Perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.


More Book Covers of Awesome....

Doesn't it seem like EVERY book cover was released this week?! Lovely new covers from Lauren Kate, Gretchen McNeil and more!

Teardrop by Lauren Kate || Publication date: October 2013.
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.


3:59 by Gretchen McNeil || Publication date: September 2013

Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne || Publication date: May 2013.

The sensationally good Tanya Byrne returns with her new novel - a dark, compulsive tale of obsession and betrayal.

When sixteen-year old Adamma Okonma, a Nigerian diplomat's daughter, arrives at exclusive Croften College in Wiltshire, she is immediately drawn to beautiful, impetuous, unpredictable Scarlett Milton. Adamma and Scarlett become inseperable - until Adamma falls for Scarlett's boyfriend Dominic. Soon the battle lines are drawn and Adamma is shunned by Scarlett and her priviledged peers. But then Scarlett goes missing and everything takes a darker turn. As Adamma begins to uncover a series of ugly scandals at the school, she realises there was more than one person who wanted Scarlett to disappear and indeed that Croften has its own disturbing secrets to hide...


The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White || Publication date: September 2013.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.


 The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater || Publication date: September 2013.

-- And I still haven't read The Raven Boys. Must get to it!!


Here's the cover of The Registry by Shannon Stoker -- this is the New Adult dystopian I was talking about in my Rise of New Adult Fiction post. 

The Registry by Shannon Stoker || Publication date: June 2013.

The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.


 And here's the cover for Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2). Super dooper excited to read this one!

Down London Road  (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young || Publication date: May 2013.

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.
From Book to Screen....
Delirium Casting News

Emma Roberts is to lead new Fox drama pilot Delirium.

The Scream 4 star will play teen heroine Lena Holoway in an adaptation of Lauren Oliver's novel series.

Delirium - from Prison Break producer Karyn Usher - is set in a future world where all feelings of love have been eradicated. Roberts's character rebels against the system when she falls for a young man.

The Killing‘s Billy Campbell has been cast in Fox’s dystopian drama pilot Delirium

.Campbell will play Thomas Fineman in the project, which is set in a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure.

Thomas is a wealthy lobbyist who supports the use of the procedure, which leads to a peaceful society free of the ups and downs of romantic entanglement. Despite his good looks and perfect image, though, Campbell’s character can be reduced to unbridled rage during times of trouble.


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 TV Line.


  1. Becky @ Stories & Sweeties15 February 2013 at 09:23

    So much amazing news, and WOW, yeah, it did seem like a ton of covers got release this week.  I can't wait for Lauren Kate's new series!  But even MORE excited to hear about Kim Harrington's new book!! It sounds really, really great, but I wonder why she decided to do this one under a different name?  

  2. Thanks for sharing all this awesome news with us. I added a few books to my TBR list. I love the cover and premise for The Chaos of Stars. Forget Me also sounds awesome.  I can't wait for Delirium. I think Emma Roberts should be good in that role!

  3.  She mentioned on her blog it was to differentiate this book from the paranormal books she writes for Scholastic. Teardrop sounds like an interesting and unusual premise -- I can't wait to find out all about it! :)

  4.  I heard they're doing the whole first book of the series in one episode - which should be interesting! I hope it's good! :)

  5. There's so much awesome in this post I don't even know where to begin Leanna! SO EXCITED for The Dream Thieves, I adored The Raven Boys even though the ending confounded me, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Maggie just writes such amazing characters. I couldn't love the NA genre anymore if I tried, so I'm also dying to get my hands on The Registry. SO MUCH BOOK WIN COMING UP!

  6. I always love your news posts! I'm no fan of the Angel trilogy covers (the US covers are MUCH better). Hope you can get your hands on a copy soon. I know that you are a great fan;) I've only read Fallen by Lauren Kate so far, have to finish the series soon. But I'm already very excited about Teardrop (isn't the cover pretty?!)!

  7. The Angel Fever cover looks so pretty - I can't wait to read the final in this series :)

  8. Angel Fever!!!! Can not WAIT for that book! I love the cover for Teardrop Lauren Kate really does have the best covers. And I'm so excited for a new one from Tanya Byrne. I'm pretty happy with Emma playing Lena I think she'll be brilliant although I'm not sold on the changes they're making to the plot yet but we'll see...thanks for the news! :)

  9. I love the cover for The Chaos of Stars and I love the title of The Dream Thieves! I'm excited for it, you should definitely check out The Raven Boys.

  10.  I so need to read The Raven Boys soon. I've heard a lot of good things.  The Registry sounds interesting -- I requested on Edelweiss, but haven't heard back yet.

  11.  Yes - the Teardrop cover is so pretty! :) I still need to finish the Fallen series! I'm not a huge fan of the UK or US covers for the Angel series - although I think the UK covers look better in reality than they do on screen (kind of weird, but they do!) -- the books are great though. I can't wait to read this one!

  12.  Me too! I'm not at all happy after reading the synopsis though. I want Alex around ALL THE TIME!!

  13.  I heard that first book is going to be cut down to one episode? It'll be interesting to see how that turns out.  That said, I find those books pretty slow moving, so I can understand why they'd do that. Can't wait for Angel Fever!!

  14.  I know! I really need to get to it soon! :)

  15. So many awesome book goodness - my wish-list just exploded I am totally blaming you :p


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