Monday, 11 March 2013

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Sarah Alderson, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, Jessica Shirvington & 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 Sound by Hunting Lila author Sarah Alderson is one of my most anticipated titles of the next while. Cannot wait to read this one! Doesn't it sound so good?!

 The Sound by Sarah Alderson || Release date: August 2013.

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...


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

New YA Series from Rebecca Serle

Farrin Jacobs at Little, Brown's Poppy imprint has preempted North American rights for When You Were Mine author Rebecca Serle's currently untitled new YA series, about a young actress who gets cast in the role of a lifetime, and the two very different boys she encounters in her new life. Publication is set for fall 2014. Mollie Glick at Foundry Literary + Media and manager Dan Farah of Farah Films & Management did the deal. 

And Yet More Cover Reveals....

Love the sound of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington and I'm super excited for both Just One Year and ISLA.  I'm not so happy that my copies of ANNA, LOLA and ISLA will be mismatched now.  Mid-series cover changes -- especially when they happen on the final book of the series are so not cool!

 Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington || Release date: May 2013

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her 'other' life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she's a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she's considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted...But just what - and who - is she really risking? 

 Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman || Release date: October 2013

Companion to JUST ONE DAY. It will be in Willem's POV.

"Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself."


 Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins || Release date: September 2013

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone || Release date: October 2013.

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller || Release date: September 2013

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

 From Book to Screen.... 
Delirium Casting News 

Daren Kagasoff as Alex Sheathes

 Gregg Sulkin as Julian Fineman

Jeanine Mason as Hana Tate

What do you think of the latest casting choices for the Delirium pilot? I'm fine with the boys. The guy they picked for Alex is pretty much how I pictured Alex. But Hana? Um. Could they have picked an actress who looked less like the character of Hana? I mean, sure, she can dye her hair, but still, Jeanine is nothing like I pictured Hana.

See further Delirium casting choices: here.

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. *sigh* all those pretty covers! 
    And .. Between the Lives sounds amazing! 
    I'm being honest, I do not like the new ISLA cover., yes it's more mature and very likely also targets differnet readers. But the original concept was cute and cheesy, and perfect for these books. The new covers are just dull ;( 

  2. daisychainbooks11 March 2013 at 12:12

     I know! I'm so excited for Between the Lives! I agree with you on the new ISLA cover. It doesn't do anything for me. I'm also not happy that I'll now have a mis-matched set. I hate when publishers go for a whole new look with the final book. It seems to be happening more and more. :(

  3. The Sound sounds amazing as does Between the Lives. I added both to my TBR list.  I love the cover of Trish Doller's book, too. I still need to read Something Like Normal!  Thanks for sharing all of this bookish info with us!

  4. I'm not all that into the Isla cover. I agree with Danny - it's boring. And it does match the other copies I own. That Sarah Alderson cover is gorgeous and the book sounds great.

  5. Oh I love the covers to Where the Stars Still Shine and The Sound, they are books that I can't wait to get my hands on! I also hate it when they decide to change covers in the middle of a series, my Unearthy series totally mismatches now! Between the Lives sounds like a fantastic book, I will definitely be adding it to the tbr! :)

  6. Is that the Jeanine who won So You Think You Can Dance? I think it is. I had no idea she was going into acting! It will be interesting to see how she does with Hana:) I'm so excited about ISLA! Like you, I don't love the mid-series redesign, but I cannot wait to get my hands on that book:)

  7. *Rubs hands together* Where to begin!? I love the cover and synopsis of The Sound - I knew that Sarah was releasing a new book but didn't know what it was about *adds to wishlist.* Hurray! For more from Rebecca Serle LOVED When You Were Mine. So looking forward to Just One Year and Isla...although you know what I think about that cover change! I'm really excited for Time After Time I really enjoyed Time Between Us and had no idea that there was going to be a sequel. Where The Stars Still Shine looks and sounds incredible although I still have to read Something Like Normal must get on to that! I like the guy playing Alex but Hana? Looks nothing like I imagined but if she's the best Hana then I guess I can get used to it and deal.

  8. Such fabulous books and the covers are gorgeous - I think my wish-list just collapsed under the weight of the books I added to it ;) 

  9. daisychainbooks14 March 2013 at 11:54

     I haven't read Something Like Normal yet, but I've heard a lot of good things! I can't wait to read The Sound and Between the Lives -- I also need to read that angel series of hers that you so love! :)

  10. daisychainbooks14 March 2013 at 11:55

     Same here on the Isla cover - I hate when a favourite series ends up mismatched on my bookshelf.

  11. daisychainbooks14 March 2013 at 11:56

     My Unearthly series is all mismatched too - yay to the UK publisher for not going with the final book. Argh!

  12. daisychainbooks14 March 2013 at 11:57

     I'm not familiar with Jeanine at all, but I hope she makes a good Hana - even though she looks nothing like the character. Hana is a favourite of mine in the books! I also can't wait to get my hands on Isla!

  13. daisychainbooks14 March 2013 at 11:58

     I'm super excited for The Sound and the new Rebecca Serle -- I read that it's based on a girl plucked from obscurity to star in a Twilight-style franchise complete with hot boys of course. Fun! I loved the guy they picked to play Alex too, but just like Rosalie in the Twilight movies, I can't figure out the Hana choice.


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