The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor has a name! Days of Blood and Starlight! How awesome, huh? I love it! The image on the left is released from Little, Brown, the US publishers of the books, as is the following teaser:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
I am SO excited for this book, you have no idea! Check out Laini Taylor's post with the title reveal.
The blurb for The Golden Lily, the sequel to Richelle Mead's Bloodlines, has been released on the Bloodlines website.
The Golden Lily - Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
Another book I am terribly excited for! I cannot wait! :D
A Steve Jobs biography aimed specifically at teens is being released.
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal (released 16th February 2012)Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple and he was all of these things. Steve Jobs has been described as a showman, artist, tyrant, genius, jerk. Through his life he was loved, hated, admired and dismissed, yet he was a living legend; the genius who founded Apple in his parent's garage when he was just 20 years old, revolutionising the music world. He single-handedly introduced the first computer that could sit on your desk and founded and nurtured a company called Pixar bringing to life Oscar wining animations Toy Story and Finding Nemo. So how did the man, who was neither engineer nor computer geek change the world we live in, making us want every product he touched? On graduation day in 2005, a fifty-year-old Steve Jobs said: 'Today I want to tell you three stories from my life, That's it. Just three stories'. The first story is about connecting the dots. My second story is about love and loss. My third story is about death. This is his story...Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man, from his adoption and early years through to the pinnacles of his career, his dismissal from his duties at Apple (for being too disruptive and difficult) to the graduation where he gave the commencement speech just 6 years before his death, giving life to what were soon to become some of most famous quotes of his career, ending with the message: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you." "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
Egmont are launching a brand new YA imprint, Electric Monkey, creating a recognisable identity for its rapidly growing range of teen/YA fiction.
The imprint will launch in February 2012 with three books for teenagers: BZRK, the brand new series from Michael Grant, author of the bestselling GONE series; OLIVER TWISTED by JD Sharpe and CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein.
Approximately two books a month will be added to the imprint throughout the year and appropriate backlist titles will be incorporated at reprint.
The core readership for Electric Monkey will range from 12 –15, although with the current interest in YA fiction by adult readers and bloggers, some will inevitably extend to an older audience. The list is intentionally broad in focus, and isn’t led by one particular genre or gender.
For more, check out the press release.
Great news! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling has been nominated for Blue Peter's Vote for the "Best Children's Book of the Last 10 Years". You can cast your magical spell and vote here.