Monday 10 January 2011

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Bookish News!

Various pieces of bookish news for you all.

The US cover for Passion by Lauren Kate has been unveiled!

passion by lauren kate
Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and fought immortals at Shoreline, they lived many lives... From Amazon US

What do you think? I think it looks a little like a piece of art, with the clouds. Very beautiful, but I think I prefer the other two covers. You had the dark woods for Fallen, the white sky for Torment, but I'm not a huge fan of this dark sky, though I am intrigued by the rose. The UK cover will be similar, but with different text. Thanks to Random House UK for the heads up.


The Imperial War Museum in London is opening a new literary based children's exhibition in February.

carrie's war by nina bawden the silver sword by ian serraillier war horse by michael morpurgo

The exhibition Once Upon a Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children, focuses on five war stories for children: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier, The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall and Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley.

The exhibition will be rich with original manuscripts, early sketches, interviews and photographs as well as stunning life-size sets, intricate scale models and interactive exhibits. Adults and children are invited to enter the imaginary worlds created in these children's stories: from the bleak landscape of no man's land in War Horse to the imposing tower blocks of London's gang warfare in Little Soldier, Once Upon A Wartime will take visitors on a journey through conflicts from the First World War to the present day.

For More information, check out the press release or visit


Check out the trailer for Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast

To celebrate the release of Awakened, St. Martin's Press is offering a fantastic once in a lifetime chance for a fan and their guest to fly to Tulsa to tour the sites from the books and have lunch with the authors! Find out more here.


On 3rd January, Scholastic Media debuted its first children’s storybook apps designed specifically for the iPad. Under the new brand of “Touch & Tilt” apps, this is Scholastic’s first foray into the exploding children’s iPad book app market. As the global leader in children’s publishing for more than 90 years, Scholastic’s entry is particularly significant. Find out more in the press release or the website


Some books to check out:

Long Reach by Peter CocksLong Reach by Peter Cocks - 3rd Jan 2011 - Seventeen-year-old Eddie Savage is shocked to learn that the body of his brother, Steve, has just been washed up in the Thames. But he soon discovers something even more disturbing: that Steve had actually been working undercover for the police – and was probably murdered in the line of duty. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Eddie relinquishes his old life and identity to take up where Steve left off, throwing himself headlong into his first mission – to infiltrate a tough south London gang. But as he becomes caught up in the world of crime, Eddie begins to question where his loyalties lie. Then he makes a terrible discovery... From Amazon UK

A Beautiful Lie by Irfan MasterA Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master - 4th Jan 2011 - An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family. The main character is Bilal, a boy determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition - news that he knows will break his father's heart. With great spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. All that Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth... From Amazon UK

You can read the first chapter here, and you can also find out more about Irfan via his facebook page, Twitter, and his website (which will be launched later this month)

the double life of cora parry by angela mcallisterThe Double Life of Cora Parry by Angela McAllister - 3rd Feb 2011 - Abandoned to the workhouse after the death of her guardians, Cora Parry refuses to accept her fate. Under the tuition of persuasive streetrat Fletch, Cora finds herself reluctantly drawn deep into the Victorian underworld. As she is gradually seduced into a life of crime, Cora creates a persona for herself - Carrie - allowing her to separate her uneasy conscience from her actions. But soon things are spiralling out of control. Carrie is committing acts of crime that Cora knows she can't possibly have done. Where does Carrie end and Cora begin? Who is really in control, and where will it end? An atmospheric page-turner from a talented storyteller. From Amazon UK


  1. I've heard good things about Long Reach, although I'm not sure its my kind of book.

    The cover of Passion is gorgeous! I like the stars in the corner of the sky.

  2. I'm not sure it's my kind of book either. Thriller's aren't really my kind of thing.
    I hadn't noticed the stars on the cover, great spotting. They are quite cool!

  3. I agree with what you said about the clouds, but I love the colors. The clouds just look a little out of place.

  4. I love the cover for Passion!!!

  5. I really enjoyed Long Reach, I've not written my review yet but it was a great story :o) Not sure you'll enjoy it if you're not a fan of thrillers though - it was kind of like a young James Bond going undercover with a London gang.

    I have to say I love the Passion cover, I think it's actually my favorite cover for the series. I love the stormy clouds in the background, the colouring and the red rose :o)

  6. I Came to Read - That's what it is! The clouds look out of place! Still a beautiful cover overall, though :)

    Kelly - I'm glad you like it! :)

    Sarah - Oh gosh, really sounds like it's not my cup of tea then. I'm not into undercover spying and stuff. Just not my thing.
    I'm glad you like it! I do think it's beautiful, but it's not my favourite. It looks slightly odd to me.