Thursday, February 24, 2011
I asked Julie why she chose to write about the Fey, what her influences were/are and how she continues to develop her Fey universe.
Faeries, the old, ancient fey, not the glittery winged sprites, have always fascinated me. But I wanted to write a book that was different than other faery books. So I began thinking: what are the fey afraid of? The answer, in most ancient mythos, is iron. Faeries can’t stand the touch of iron and steel. So, what if there was a new type of fey that had evolved with progress over the years? What if they weren’t only immune to iron, their existence was slowly poisoning and corrupting the lands of the traditional fey? And I realized we already have “monsters” in machines: gremlins, bugs, viruses, ect. And from that thought, the Iron fey were born.
Do you read in the YA genre and who do you recommend?
I do love reading YA, and some of my favourite authors are Maria V. Snyder, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Suzanne Collins.
many thanks for stopping by Julie and thank you MIRA Ink for arranging it.
At last count, there were 5 free copies of the e-book of The Iron King available from Mira Ink.
The Winter's Passage novella is available to download for free until 30 April from enterthefaeryworld.com.
The Iron Daughter is to be published in the UK on 15 April and The Iron Queen on 15 July.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Synopsis: When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight high school teenagers band together to fight. Seventeen-year-old Ellie Linton wants one final adventure with her friends before the school holidays are over. Packed in Ellie's parents' land rover they drive to the famously isolated rock pool Eden dubbed 'Hell' by the locals. Returning to their home town of Wirrawee, the seven teenagers realize that something is seriously wrong. Power to the houses has been cut, pets and livestock have been left dead or dying, and most alarmingly of all, everyone's family has vanished. When the hostile armed forces discover that the teenagers are lying low in the vicinity, Ellie and her friends must band together to escape, outwit and strike back against the mysterious enemy that has seized control of their town and imprisoned their friends and loved ones...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Stargazer by Claudia Gray
The second novel in the internationally bestselling EVERNIGHT series – a vampire romance with a shocking twist.
Evernight Academy is an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful and dangerous students of all… and Bianca has always been told it’s her destiny to be just like them.
But Bianca fell in love with Lucas – sworn enemy of her kind, and when his true identity was revealed he fled the school.
Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas cannot give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if that means coming face to face with the hunters of Black Cross or keeping secrets from those whom she loves the most.
However, Bianca isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when Evernight is attacked by an evil force she discovers that the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning…
Flip by Martyn Bedford (7 March, Walker)
Fourteen-year-old Alex Gray wakes up one morning to discover he's not in his own bedroom. More surprising is that he doesn't recognize his hands, or his legs... When he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life! How is it possible that Alex has become another boy – a boy who everyone calls Philip? And how have six whole months passed overnight? A riveting psychological thriller by a brilliant new voice in children's books.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright & David Leslie Johnson (24 Feb, ATOM)
Valerie is in love with the dangerous and unlikable Peter (a woodcutter, of course) but is betrothed to the rich hot blacksmith in town, Henry. Their town has been terrorized by a wolf - a wolf that appears only at the full moon - and when Valerie's sister is brutally murdered the message is clear: she's next.
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan (3rd March, ATOM) (2010 revised edition)
It was only an accident but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now, someone has learned the truth, and the horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror--or is he out for revenge? This summer, four friends are going to learn that some secrets just won't stay buried.
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe (3rd March, ATOM)
Jane is found, near death, in a rosebush - a victim of hit and run. But as she's convalescing she realizes that her friends' stories and her memories of what happened that night aren't adding up. And now the only thing she does know is that one of her friends isn't so friendly. One of them tried to kill her. Sometimes the truth is a very thorny thing...
Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland (2 June, Puffin)
‘YOU WANTED TO SEE SOME ACTION – WELL YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT NOW. YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT NOW ALL RIGHT.’ Friday 24th May, 1940 Private Johnny Hawke, aged sixteen, awakens to artillery fire. Hours later, Stukas scream down from the sky. Messerschmit fighters roar towards his regiment. Trucks burst into flames. Now men and mules lay dead and dying, severed limbs twisted grotesquely as blood soaks the cobbled streets. Young Private Hawke just wants to do his duty and serve his country. But as he – and his fellow soldiers – prepare to stop the German advance, there's only one question on everyone's lips. HOW WILL THEY SURVIVE?
plus these arrived after I'd been twittering that the Works hadn't got them where I live, thank you twitter fairy!
Soulless by Gail Carriger (out now, Orbit)
Alexia Tarabotti is labouring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Or will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
and the sequels Blameless and Changeless.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Notes: The following review is written by Amanda Gillies who reviews crime fiction on my Euro Crime website. You can read her crime reviews here and her YA reviews here.
Review: Gladiator is the first in a new series for boys and came out in hardback this month. It is a fabulous story, full of courage and heartache, and centres on the life of Marcus, a young boy who is one minute living very happily with his family on their farm, then suddenly has everything taken from him and winds up alone, in slavery.
Set in Roman times, before Julius Ceasar is made emperor and just after the slave uprising, led by the infamous Spartacus. Marcus’s father, Titus, has retired from being a centurion in the Roman army and settled for a quiet life with his wife and son. Life on their farm is good but times are hard and Titus has taken out a loan that he can’t repay. Decimus, an extremely unpleasant and impatient money-lender, sends his men to collect the money that Titus can’t pay and, before too long, blood is shed. Titus is murdered, while Marcus and his mother are captured, to be sold as slaves.
Marcus is only ten years old but full of determination to better his situation and get out of slavery. An escape attempt seems to work but he accidentally get caught while stowing away onboard a ship and is once more a slave in chains. This time Marcus has been bought by the owner of a gladiator school and, despite his young age, soon finds himself learning to fight for his life. Marcus is very much the hero and thinks constantly of two things: first, rescuing his mother and, second, avenging his father’s murder. Interestingly, things are not quite as he imagines them to be and a whispered conversation with an old gladiator in the kitchens of the school changes the very centre of Marcus’s entire world.
A fascinating and gripping story – full of vivid descriptions of life as a Roman slave and gladiator. You are there in the arena with Marcus and his fellow trainees, willing them on, yet wishing that they don’t kill each other, as, indeed, they must. The book sets the scene for what is definitely going to be an exciting new series. I am already hooked!
Usborne are delighted to announce the acquisition of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, a heart-warming story of loss and recovery, which won the US 2010 National Book Award.
Fiction Director, Rebecca Hill, has bought the UK rights to Mockingbird...[and] said of the acquisition:
"We are over the moon to be publishing Kathryn Erskine's prize-winning novel in the UK. Poignant, insightful and beautifully written: it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, but ultimately it gives you hope. Mockingbird can't fail to touch everyone who reads it."
Mockingbird tells the story of Caitlin, an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger's syndrome, and her widowed father as they try to deal with the aftermath of the tragic school shooting that led to the death of Caitlin's idolized older brother Devon. The story expertly and sensitively guides readers through Caitlin's world, so they can glimpse what life must be like when you need a chart just to understand facial expressions and a set of rules to even begin trying to interact with others. And beyond those struggles of daily life, it tackles a much deeper and more painful problem: how do you mourn your big brother when you don't understand emotions?
Mockingbird will be published in January 2012
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I've enjoyed his narration of Doctor Who audio books so I'm looking forward to this very much.
You can listen to the first three minutes here.
Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend.
Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumours and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons...
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Books to be discussed:
Synopsis from amazon:
For a millionth of a second the car grazed the drenched moorland. If it had come down on any other patch of ground Finn would simply have been another statistic. Death by dangerous driving. But the car hit the surface of the Earth at Exit 43. It slid through the membrane like a hot knife through butter, plunging into the darkness and catapulting Finn from its shattered windscreen as it fell. Finn Oliver knows he'll never come to terms with his father's death, but joy-riding over the moors in his mum's beat-up old car is a quick fix of freedom and forgetting. Until the accident happens - and Finn finds himself hurtling through the wafer-thin divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Synopsis from amazon:
Mel is a trainee time-travelling angel. She's feisty, witty, streetwise and...dead! Melanie Beeby, just thirteen, has been permanently removed from the late 20th Century by a speeding joy rider. She is elevated to another place, where she attends the Angel Academy. When she is asked to join an elite trouble-shooting group, Angels Unlimited, she is sent on a trial mission to London during the Blitz to help save another young person. Mel breaks the only rule -- she materialises to a human -- yet still manages to come out top of the class! She is given her angel name -- Helix -- and comes up with her perfect teen outfit. 'To me this look says committed, it says now, it says ready for action. I mean, I'm an angel, so I should look divine, right?' Hilarious, fast-moving, other-worldly adventure!
Having found The Ghost Writer a bit too scary, the group was not enthusiastic about my next choice of The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 by Harriet Godwin. Despite this being on the Blue Peter shortlist in the Book I Couldn't Put Down category, I had trouble getting them to pick it up. The cover was described as weird and scary and did I have another book instead...
So I unearthed a set of Winging It by Annie Dalton which I had been saving for Christmas, ie being about angels (and angels being a hot teen topic...). It was also shorter and more obviously girly (the group being all girls).
I enjoyed The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 quite a lot and though it had a serious underlying theme of grief and forgiving yourself, it also made me chuckle occasionally. It was also partly a quest story. I shall be looking out for Harriet Godwin's next book: Gravenhunger.
Whereas I was quite disappointed in Winging It and it didn't live up to the positive review I'd found in the book that recommended it. I do wonder if subsequent books in the series have the heroine going out on longer missions as this one was mostly covered her "training" at the Angel Academy.
The children who did read The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 found that the story jumped around a bit and asked me not to pick anything from the Blue Peter list ever again. Winging It didn't fair any better, angels not being popular with the group, so 0/2 this time round.
The Christmas books did fare better and I'll be including a review by one of the group in the next one of these posts.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Due to the instant success of Rise of the Wolf published on 6th January 2011, the first volume in the Wereworld series by British author and artist Curtis Jobling, Puffin is very excited to announce that they have moved fast and acquired a further two titles in the fantasy YA series.
As a result of the fantastic initial performance of the first book, shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, Puffin is moving the second volume from an early 2012 publication date to the summer of 2011. The two new novels will follow in 2012.
Following on from the initial two-book deal early in 2010, Shannon Park, Executive Editor at Puffin secured world rights for books three and four in the series from the John Jarrold Literary Agency, for a five figure sum.
Curtis Jobling says: 'I am absolutely thrilled at the support and the belief Puffin has in Wereworld and am delighted to see how well received the first book has been. With book two already written and book three plotted, I'm looking forward to the busy adventure that lies ahead!'
Shannon Park, Executive Editor, says: 'From the first moment I read Wereworld I was completely bowled over by the inventiveness of the world Curtis has created. To know that we have another two opportunities to explore it is an editor's dream come true. I can't wait!'
Please visit the Wereworld website at: http://www.wereworldbooks.com/site/home.php.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (#3 in series)
Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll
Immortal by P C Cast (ed) (anthology)
Pretty Twisted by Gina Blaxhill (looks great! Out in May from Macmillan Children's Books) British author & debut
Ros has a secret crush on Jonathan. Jonathan is massively hung up on Freya (even after she dumps him). And Freya? Well, Freya is a beautiful enigma. Even more so when she goes missing without a trace . . .
PRETTY TWISTED is narrated in alternating chapters by Jonathan (16) and Ros (14) who meet online at a time when things are going sour for Jonathan. His stunning girlfriend, Freya, is away at college and they are growing apart - consequently, he is struggling with his own sense of identity. Ros is also experiencing some problems - one of her friends is dating an older man whose strange behaviour gives Ros cause for concern.
Meanwhile, the local news has been reporting some kidnappings of teenage girls. So when Freya dumps Jonathan, then seems to disappear off the face of the earth, he enlists Ros' (somewhat reluctant) help in tracking down the girl he still loves. With danger lurking around every corner, their stories become inextricably linked in a way nobody could have predicted...
Theodore Boone by John Grisham (hardback edition reviewed here)
and the following which are all available now:
Friday, February 11, 2011
Fierce 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 month.
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!
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
It's 84 pages long and appears to be #2 in the Past Midnight series which began last September with Past Midnight.
You will need to register before you can download it. It's available in epub, pdf or microsoft ebook formats.
Charlotte Silver's world is like no one else's...
As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Trance by Linda Gerber (author of Death by Bikini)
Mercy by Rebecca Lim (I think it was Asamum's review that encouraged me to get this one)
December by Gabrielle Lord (I've just finished September so now I have the final 3 ready)
Gone by Lisa McMann (not read Fade yet but am a fan of her : Wake and Cryer's Cross)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (adult book about zombies)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Notes: The following review is written by Amanda Gillies who reviews crime fiction on my Euro Crime website. You can read her crime reviews here.
Review: What a simply awesome tale! Full to the brim of excitement and adventure, with just the right amount of magic thrown in to keep things interesting.
Winter's Knight is set around its hero, Andrew, an ordinary young man from a small English village. Andrew is bullied by the other village youths for being different. He was born in the twelfth century, during The Crusades, at a time when superstition ran rife amongst the common folk, and he is marked as suspect by being delivered by a warlock's wife and having webbed toes. Andrew is not content with life as it is and longs to be a Templar Knight. He wants to ride a fine horse, wear the white mantle and protect pilgrims in the Holy Land.
Not long after he sees the ghosts of two dead men, who foretell his future successes, trouble at the hands of his bullies forces Andrew to leave the village. He is saved from starvation by a group of players and with them he travels to London, where circumstances see him becoming a squire and starting out on a path that will lead to the realisation of his dreams. The path we follow alongside Andrew is full of highs - success in battle, being adopted by a noble, finally taking the Templar mantle - but, equally, has many lows - including more than one fall from grace and the death of a close friend.
Andrew is very ambitious but, over the course of the story, increasingly questions why he wanted to be a knight in the first place and then, when he becomes good friends with a young Saracen, you see him question why he should want to kill people that are not so different from him after all. His eventual return to England is both nail biting and suspense-ridden, but the ending, although perfect, is not at all what you are expecting.
Then, there is The Secret that the ghosts mention at the start - that is worth waiting for, too. When you find out what this Secret is, it brings a lump to your throat.
Winter's Knight is a well-written, awe inspiring novel about having dreams, realising ambitions and then discovering not everything is as you hoped it would be. It is extremely enjoyable from start to finish and I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Hodder Children's Books have acquired a new teen paranormal romance sequence to challenge the conventions of the genre. A WITCH IN WINTER by Ruth Warburton is the first of three books and will begin publishing in Spring 2012.
Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.
Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English.
Follow Ruth on twitter at @ruthwarburton
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monthly lists for 2010 can be found here.
I have tried to identify all the British authors which I hope will be useful to those doing the Bookette's excellent British Books Challenge.
Helen Bailey - Running in Heels (3rd, Hodder Children's Books, pb) British author
Lily Bass - Mumbai Story (10th, Urbantopia Books, pb) British author?
Alex Bell - Lex Trent: Fighting with Fire (3rd, Headline, pb) British author
Kit Berry - Magus of Stonewylde (3rd, Gollancz, pb) British author
James Black - Robin Hood vs the Plague Undead (3rd, Orchard, pb) British author
Sarah Blakely-Cartwright & Catherine Hardwicke - Red Riding Hood (24th, ATOM, pb)
Tim Bowler - Buried Thunder (3rd, OUP Oxford, pb) British author
Kate Brian - Private: The Book of Spells (3rd, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, pb)
Meg Cabot - Airhead: Runaway (4th, Macmillan Children's Books, pb)
Isobelle Carmody - Ashling (Obernewtyn Chronicles) (7th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb)
Jim Carrington - In the Bag (7th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb) British author
Anne Cassidy - Heart Burn (7th, Scholastic, pb) British author
Kate Cary - Bloodline: Reckoning (7th, Egmont Books Ltd, pb)
Lauren Conrad - L A Candy: Sugar & Spice (3rd, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, pb)
Denise Deegan - And by the Way... (3rd, Hachette Books Ireland, pb)
Ivy Devlin - Low Red Moon (7th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb)
Eve Edwards - Other Countess: The Queen's Lady (3rd, Puffin, pb) British author
Brian Falkner - Brainjack (7th, Walker, pb)
C T Furlong - Killer Genes (1st, Inside Pocket Publishing Ltd, pb) British author
Morris Gleitzman - Grace (3rd, Puffin, pb) British author
K M Grant - Belle's Song (3rd, Quercus, pb) British author
S M Hall - Circle of Fire (Maya Brown Missions) (3rd, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, pb) British author
Michelle Harrison - Thirteen Secrets (3rd, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, pb) British author
Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie The Cursed Ones (3rd, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, pb)
Mia James - By Midnight (3rd, Gollancz, pb) British author
Robin Jarvis - Dancing Jax (3rd, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, HB) British author
Catherine Jinks - The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group (3rd, Quercus Publishing Plc, pb)
Ally Kennen - Quarry (7th, Marion Lloyd Books, pb) British author
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Infinity (3rd, ATOM, pb)
Pittacus Lore - I am Number Four (3rd, Puffin, pb)
Sophia Lowell - Glee: Foreign Exchange (17th, Headline, pb)
Angela McAllister - The Double Life of Cora Parry (3rd, Orion Childrens, HB) British author
Abby McDonald - Boys, Bears and Serious Hiking Boots (7th, Walker, pb) British author
Ebony McKenna - Ondine: The Autumn Palace (7th, Egmont Books Ltd, pb)
Amy Meredith - Dark Touch: Fever (3rd, Red Fox, pb)
Jenny Moss - Taking Off (7th, Walker & C, HB)
Robert Muchamore - Grey Wolves (3rd, Hodder Children's Books, pb) British author
Alyson Noel - Radiance (4th, Macmillan Children's Books, pb)
Kate O'Hearn - Pegasus and the Flame (3rd, Hodder Children's Books, pb)
Lauren Oliver - Delirium (3rd, Hodder & Stoughton, HB)
Christopher Pike -Chain Letter Vol.1 (3rd, Hodder Children's Books, pb)
Sally Prue - Ice Maiden (3rd, OUP Oxford, pb) British author
Louise Rennison - Withering Tights (3rd, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, pb) British author
Alex Scarrow - TimeRiders: Doomsday Code (3rd, Puffin, pb) British author
Simon Scarrow - Gladiator: Fight for Freedom (3rd, Puffin, HB) British author
Sue Reid Sexton - Mavis's Show (17th, Waverley Books Ltd, pb) British author
Gena Showalter - Intertwined (18th, MIRA Ink, pb)
Rachel Vincent - My Soul to Save (18th, MIRA Ink, pb)
Sara Zarr - Once Was Lost (3rd, Little, Brown & Company, pb)