Friday, 22 November 2013

What's coming up!

It's coming to the end of November now (This year has flown by!) and it's nearly Christmas (yay!) so what a great time to give you a sneak peek roundup of what exciting things are coming up in the world of YA...


I don't know about you but I think one of the most anticipated December releases for me has to be Crash Into You. Katie McGarry's third book in the Pushing the Limits books.

For those of you that don't know what it's about, its the tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes, and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks—no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Why should you read it? Well if you've read Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, we've watched Isaiah from afar and now it is finally time to get your hands on him in his story. It is definitely as series worth investing yourself in! Plus if you loved the emotional rollercoaster of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (who doesn't?!) and Jenny Downham's You Against Me then you'll love Crash Into You.

Who's looking forward to Part 2 of The Hobbit? It was such a huge success last Christmas so do you think the second part will be as good? 

Here's what's happening in this film:
After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (IMDB)

What're your views on the films? Do you think they are good adaptations of the book, is it doing it justice? 

New year, new lovely long list of books to be released in 2014! What are you most looking forward to?

Pawn is the first book in a new series by Aimee Carter, The Blackcoat Rebellion Series released in January.
I've just started reading it and already at 70 pages in, my mind is blown! This is definitely one for the top of your new year lists.

What's it about?
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered. The same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

In my opinion, if you loved The Hunger Games, you'll love this, it's fresh and edgy in a dystopian world with a feisty girl having to make choices between life, death and what she believes in!

At the end of January is another very exciting film adaptation that is coming out... The Book Thief.
For those of you who haven't read/heard of it before, it is about a young girl in Germany during WWII who finds refuge in stealing books (that haven't been burned already) and reading them, as her family live on edge as they smuggle a Jew into their basement.
If you haven't read it, you should! It is a beautiful, but sad book from a different side of WWII that we're used to and captures the attachment that books can have in times of despair.

Check out the trailer:


Alice Through the Zombie Glass, book Two in the White Rabbit Chronicles is out in Feb! It's inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but with zombies! It also has a very hot boyfriend in it!

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.


The Secret Diamond Sisters - A new author with a new series - if you loved Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars this will be your new addiction! 
Here's what it is about:
Three sisters. Big secrets. Get ready to meet...
The three sisters grew up never knowing their father and never quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-last dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past--and holding on to the most important thing of all, sisterhood.

Some secrets grow too big to keep.

Intrigued? Sorry that you have to wait until March!

The Geography of You and Me  is out in April. I'm not sure how well known Jennifer E. Smith is, but I stumbled upon her book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight last year and thought it was really encapsulating. She has since written a few more books and has a new one coming out next year. Any thoughts?
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, book 2) - There is no official cover, or even a blurb yet but the second book following on from the hugely successful The Fifth Wave is out in May 2014 and deserves a mention. If it's anything like the big campaigns they did for the first book, I'm sure it will be all we hear about it the run up to the release, so keeps your eyes peeled on Penguin!


  1. The Secret Diamond Sisters sounds great, I read the authors first book and loved it so I'll definitely be checking this new one out. I have Pawn to read and it sounds so good, seen some really good reviews of it. The Geography of You & Me sounds cute but I found the authors first book a little disappointing after all the hype so hopefully I will like this one more.

  2. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the Hobbit because I love it so much, but it will never hold a candle to the book for me. Too much added stuff I'm afraid. Although Smaug's voice <3