Monday 24 September 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here's your bookish news from the past week.

First up, a couple of dramatic cover reveals for you.

Quercus has revealed the cover for Undone by Cat Clarke - which is highly anticipated by many, let me tell you!

Undone by Cat Clarke

Isn't it GORGEOUS?! If you don't know what this is about, click the link about and read about it on Goodreads, then come back. Go, right now! Back? HOW AWESOME DOES IT SOUND?! Oh my god, I am so excited, I can't even tell you!

The cover Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black has also been released by Bloomsbury.

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Isn't is also beautiful? It sounds amazing, but I'd want it simply for the cover!

And the cover for Opal, the third book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, has also been released.

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Gorgeous, huh? I'm yet to start this series, but it sounds amazing! I'm so looking forward to reading it!

And now some Karen Mahoney cover reveals! Karen revealed the UK cover and synopsis for The Stone Demon, the third and final book in The Iron Witch trilogy.

The Stone Demon by Karen Mahoney

In some ways, it's in keeping with the other books in the series, but, even with the mask, it's strange not to see Donna hiding or cowering. It may make sense in context with the story, but I am very far behind with this series - I've not yet started it. Bad Jo, I know! But still, it's a gorgeous cover!

Next, RHCB have released Moth, the short story about the main character in Falling to Ash, as an eBook, and here's the cover.

Moth by Karen Mahoney

About Moth, Karen has said:

"Although I have revised the story somewhat, to match some of the changes we made to Moth’s life and world while editing the novel (and also to improve some of my clunky writing, as it was my first ever published fiction!), I wouldn’t say you have to buy this if you’ve already read the original tale in The Eternal Kiss anthology. The plot (such as it is for a short story) is just the same. We are still introduced to Theo and Jason Murdoch, and of course to Moth herself.

Neither do you need to buy the short story to understand what happens in Falling to Ash, the novel. The novel definitely stands alone. In it, Moth mentions the first time she met Jason – so if you’re curious to see that first meeting then you can read the story."

I am very happy to hear this, as I don't have the anthology and would like to read the short story! Happy Jo! And I quite like the cover too. Simple, but effective!


Movie news next! The trailer for movie of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl has been released!

Beautiful Creatures Movie Poster

Ok, I have not yet read Beautiful Creatures (I know, I completely fail as a YA reader *hangs head in shame*), but this trailer? OH MY GOD, I NEED TO READ IT RIGHT NOW! That trailer looks epic! And, ooooh my god! Luckily, I already have this book at home, so yay! As the trailer shows, it's coming out on 13th February 2013! I AM EXCITED! And I love that Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson are in it!

Also, just so you're aware, some other YA novels have been made into movies too, and here are their trailers.

Now Is Good, the movie based on Jenny Downham's AMAZING Before I Die, came out last week on 19th September.

I shall be seeing it this week and I am EXCITED! Yes, I will be packing tissues.

Also, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been made into a movie, screenplay written by and directed by the author of the novel, Stephen Chbosky. The movie will be coming out on 3rd October.

Doesn't that just look awesome! Another book I need to read. In how many ways can I fail as a reader? :( But I will be reading this book! I will! Before I see the movie!


And now for some competitions!

Foyles are holding a competition for teens aged between 15 and 18 to win a chance to interview Chris Ould, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and YA crime author of Street Duty Case One: Knock Down and have your write up of the interview featured on the Foyles website. All you have to do is tell them why you love writing in 50 words or less by 8th October. For more details, check out the website.

A competition from Penguin and Movellas:

I wanted to let you know about a seriously exciting competition we're running with Movellas (the fan fiction site) which gives you the opportunity to be published by Penguin!! Yes, really published, as a real author!

All you have to do is use the video above as inspiration to write a deleted scene from Ali Cronin’s Girl Heart Boy (which you can now buy for 49p on the Apple iBookstore!).

Was your scene deleted because it was too dark? Too steamy? Because One Direction or Justin Bieber took it over? Because something wickedly surprising happened?

That is up to you, but once you’ve got your idea it is time to start writing!

Enter the competition here on the Movellas website.

How to win: A shortlist will be decided on by likes, comments, favourites and quality. So once you submit your entry, share it with the world – gather all the support from your friends, family, on Twitter and Facebook and get them to do the same for you!

The prize: Lunch with the editor of Girl Heart Boy for a critique of the writing and chat through the publishing process and… to have your deleted scene published as an ebook by Penguin!

10 runners-up will also receive signed copies of the first two books in the series.

Remember: you must enter the competition on the Movellas website

Closing date: 23rd November 2012

So, what are you waiting for... get writing and spread the word about this fantastic competition and amazing ebook price to all your friends.


An upcoming event:

Seeing the World Differently: A celebration of reading and dyslexia
Thu 11 Oct 2012, 7:00pm
Free Word Centre, London
Find out more here.

To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week, join award-winning author Sally Gardner, Times children's book critic, Amanda Craig and Booktrust’s books and disability consultant, Alexandra Strick for a fascinating discussion around Sally’s latest novel Maggot Moon and how Hot Key Books are using new technology to open up conversations about dyslexia.

This event will showcase the Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook version, built using dyslexia friendly fonts and backgrounds, featuring video interviews with Sally and dyslexia examples aiming to show people what it’s like to see the world as a dyslexic and how this can better inform our understanding of dyslexia.

This FREE event promises to be a fascinating debate around the key issues around reading, dyslexia and education.

Hosted by Hot Key Books and Booktrust, this event will be followed by a book signing and a drinks reception.


The World Book Day books for 2013 have been announced.

World Book Day Books 2013

The books that will go on sale on 7th March 2013 are:

Alfie's Shop by Shirley Hughes
Giraffes Can’t Dance: Colouring and Puzzle Fun from Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Horrid Henry’s Guide to Perfect Parents by Francesca Simon
Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions by Tony Robinson
Two of Diamonds by Anthony Horowitz
Best Book Day Ever! (so far) by Liz Pichon
Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child
Bittersweet by Cathy Cassidy

Click here to find out more.

The World Book Day App has also been updated with extracts from the following books:

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Obsidian Mirror by Cathrine Fisher
The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson
The Power of Five: Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Missing Me by Sophie McKenzie
Dodge by Terry Pratchett

Click here to find out more.


  1. I really must make Beautiful Creatures one of my next reads. That trailer looks awesome!

    1. It does, doesn't it? I'm reading Beauitful Creatures now because of it!

  2. Oooooo I'm so excited for the beautiful creatures movie!! Loved the books!

    1. I'm reading Beautiful Creatures right now, and it 's awesome! So looking forward to the movie! :D

    I am SO excited for this movie ♥


    1. I KNOW!!! As am I, and I'm barely halfway through the novel! This book is GOOD! Excited, excited!

      I want the first book, please! Lol. I've yet to start it :(

  4. That trailer does look epic and I definitely have to try Beautiful Creatures now! But if you fail as a YA reader I fail far harder as it took me til March this year to read The Hunger Games!

    1. Doesn't it?! I am SO excited to see it! And I'm loving the book! Ah, maybe we all fail in our own little ways! I don't feel so alone now :)