Monday, 14 February 2011

Bookish News!

Here's the news from over the past week.

Firstly some great news regarding the Vampire Academy spin off series by Richelle Mead. You may have heard about this already, but I hadn't, so here's the news! As Richelle says on her blog:

"Bloodlines is the spin-off series to Vampire Academy (it's the name of the first book and of the series). It's set in the VA world but will be about different characters: Sydney (our narrator), Jill, Eddie, and one of the love interests from VA. I'm not saying who that last guy is, but it's mostly to protect those who haven't read Last Sacrifice. If you have read it, then it should be pretty obvious who the other character is."

I am pretty happy with this! I liked Jill and Eddie, and the love interest that's in it... LOVE! And Sydney was pretty great too! I really can't wait until it's released, on 23rd August! And there's a countdown website for it, too!

ETA: I have just found the US cover for Bloodlines, too! Here it is:

bloodlines by richelle mead

Gorgeous, huh? Also on 23rd August, Vampire Academy will be available as a graphic novel! Have a lookie at this:

vampire academy graphic novel by richelle mead

Awesome, huh?

And I have a final bit of news about this favourite author of mine, that's more personal to her. Also in August, Richelle Mead will become a mother. Yes, she's pregnant! How amazing is that? Congrats to her and her husband!


Book club announcement from Orion:

by midnight by mia jamesFierce Fiction is proud to announce our new online book club and review programme!

Once a month we will host one of our titles – new, old but always fierce and offer a dedicated comment space for you all to discuss your thoughts with the rest of the FF family! We will also be planning to offer exclusive content, swag and even the odd author involvement throughout the year.

But that’s not all! As a special opt in you can also send us your reviews, which can be as short or long as you like, of the chosen book within one month to be automatically entered into a prize draw to win the following book club choice! Cool huh?

If you are 14 years or older then get ready to join the revolution. After all Fierce Fiction would be nothing without its Fierce Fiction fans!

Our Featured Title this Month is Mia James’ By Midnight

Forget everything you thought you knew about vampire lore and delve into the sinister world of Ravenwood.

A prestigious academy for gifted students - the school April Dunne’s whole life has been uprooted for – and frankly, she is not impressed. For most it couldn’t get any worse – but for April it’s about to – because there’s more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye...

Look out for a special giveaway to celebrate the Fierce Fiction Book Club, exclusive teasers from the book (and the upcoming sequel Darkness Falls), a Q&A with the author, and much more!

And if you have already read the book what are you waiting for? Head over to our dedicated tab and get chatting – all bookish topics are welcome!



The trailer for 0.4 by Mike Lancaster:

The trailer for Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson:


Publisher Aquisitions:

dear dylan by siohan curhamEgmont Press is delighted to announce las week the acquisition of two books by Siobhan Curham: Dear Dylan and Finding Cherokee Brown, both aimed at girls aged 10 – 15 years old.

Curham self-published Dear Dylan in March 2010 with a print run of just five hundred copies, and immediately won the prestigious Young Minds Award. The book is already receiving rave reviews on Amazon.

Egmont snapped up the books in an intense auction and plans to publish Dear Dylan in July 2011 and Finding Cherokee Brown the year after.

Dear Dylan tells the story of fourteen-year old Georgie Harris who is struggling to cope with her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand: Dylan Curtland, soap star and teen heart-throb. When Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie feels a tiny spark of hope. But in the faceless world of email all is not as it seems...


Books to check out:

in the sea there are crodiles by fabio gedaIn the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda - released 7th July 2011 - One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah’s mother tells him three things: don’t use drugs, don’t use weapons, don’t steal. The next day he wakes up to find she isn’t there. Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone in Pakistan to fend for himself.

In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah’s remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged fifteen. His ordeal took him through Iran, Turkey and Greece, working on building sites in order to pay people-traffickers, and enduring the physical misery of dangerous border crossings squeezed into the false bottoms of lorries or trekking across inhospitable mountains. A series of almost implausible strokes of fortune enabled him to get to Turin, find help from an Italian family and meet Fabio Geda, with whom he became friends.

The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah’s engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda’s subtly simple storytelling. In Geda’s hands, Enaiatollah’s journey becomes a universal story of stoicism in the face of fear, and the search for a place where life is liveable.
From Amazon UK

You can check out an extract from the book here.


From a press release about the Scottish protest against cuts to libraries:

Authors and illustrators from Scotland gathered at The Scottish Parliament on 5th Feb 2011 to protest against proposed cuts to the library service. Led by award-winning author, Theresa Breslin, the protest saw around 200 people gather including Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, on the day proclaimed National Save our Libraries Day.

Theresa Breslin, a former librarian, launched the campaign through a protest statement which, in the space of three days, gathered over 700 supporters including some of the most influential authors and illustrators living in Scotland.

Julia Donaldson, multi-award-winning author of The Gruffalo, attended the day and read out the protest statement and then delivered it to the Scottish Parliament. Theresa Breslin spoke about the importance of libraries for young people and families everywhere.

To find out more, and to add your name to the list of protesters, please visit Therea Breslin's website.


  1. Wow, what a lot of information to digest. Love the look of the graphic novel. Congrats to Richelle Mead on her announcement. Lovign the look of In The Sea There Are Crocodiles.

  2. I think I'll have to check out dear dylan

  3. Vivienne - I get quite a lot sent to me in a week! And then there are the bits and pieces I find. Saves you having to read lots of little posts throughout the week! Lol. The cover for the graphic novel is so cool! :)

    Liana - Dear Dylan does sound amazing! I really want to give it a go!