Welcome to Stocktake Saturday! This feature is where I share some bookish news with you and then show you all the bookish goodies I got over the week.
The cover reveals from the last week – (links to Goodreads pages)
- Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan – US paperback cover – Expected publication: 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
- Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan – Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers – seems like the UK cover will be the same
- The Severed Tower (Conquered Earth #2) by J. Barton Mitchell – Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
- The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda – Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin – US cover
- Horizon (The Soul Seekers #4) by Alyson Noel – Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
- Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders – Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Tor Teen
- After Eden (After Eden #1) by Helen Douglas – Expected publication: July 4th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
- Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2) by C.J. Hill – Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
- Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre – Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
- Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West – Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Entangled Teen
- Relic by Renee Collins – Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Entangled Teen
- Promised (Birthmarked #3) by Caragh M. O’Brien – UK ebook cover by Simon & Schuster, no news yet on a matching paperback
- Contagion (Toxic City #3) by Tim Lebbon – Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Pyr
- Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure (Widdershins Adventures #3) by Ari Marmell – Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Pyr
- Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa – Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Strange Chemistry
- Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2) by Juliet Marillier – Expected publication: July 1st 2013 by Pan Macmillan Australia
In Bookish News, the book trailer for Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage, #1) by Brian McClellan has been released by Tor Books. Have a look-see here – I’m very excited about this, I have a review copy and hope to read it soon!
Tor Books UK have signed Australian Fantasy author Ben Peek in a six-figure world-rights deal for a new trilogy after a hard-fought auction. The first novel, titled Immolation, will be published in spring 2014. The two sequels are Innocence and Incarnation, and Tor recommends the series, called Children, to fans of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie. About Immolation:
Immolation is set fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods. The bodies of the gods now lie across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on her home. With the help of the immortal Zaifyr, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. The saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, Immolation’s narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.
Australian electronics store JB Hifi has launched an e-book store. The store went live on 22 April, and is available through the retailer’s NOW platform, which also sells digital music. So far, the store boasts the following Aussie publishers: HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hachette, Lonely Planet, Pan Macmillan and Text Publishing.
Did you know that there is a prequel novella to David Levithan’s brilliant Every Day? I didn’t, until a link showed up on my Twitter Feed. Six Earlier Days gives us a glimpse into six days of that astronishing individual’s life, who wakes up in a different body every morning.
US and Canadian fans of Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer series are in for a treat: a prequel novella will be released in print for those who pre-order the second book of The Lotus War series, Kinslayer. Jay has posted about it here. The novella is entitled The Last Stormdancer. It’s set 100 years before events of the current trilogy. The rest of the world will still be able to read the novella, as it will be available as an e-book, but only US and CA residents can get the print version upon pre-ordering Kinslayer. The jacket copy reads:
Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before.
But I remember.
I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimson and steel, the fate of the Shima Shōgunate hanging in the poisoned sky between them.
I remember when a blind boy stood before a court of storms and talons, armed only with a thin sword and a muttered prophecy and a desperate dream of saving the world.
I remember when the skies above Shima were not red, but blue. Filled with thunder tigers. I remember when they left you. And I remember why.
Let me tell you, monkey-child.
Jay has made available a tentative timeline for the lead-up to the publication of Kinslayer:
May 17th: Kinslayer cover reveal
exact date TBD: Preorder promotion begins (probably the same day as the cover reveal)
August 6th: Stormdancer Trade Paperback on sale
August 12th: Last day to send in pre-order receipt to get novella (this date may change, but we’ll run with it for now)
August 13th: The Last Stormdancer e-novella on sale
September 17th: Kinslayer Hardcover on sale
PenguinTeen Australia has announced that the last book of Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles will no longer be published in late 2013 as planned. The book, tentatively being referred to as The Red Queen, now has an undetermined release date. Isobelle has said “Let me hone and polish and conclude this last book at my own pace, without furious pressure. I promise it will be a better book for it. And isn’t that what we all want, in the end? Not a book produced to fit a deadline, but a book that was worth waiting for.” Please note: The Red Queen refers to the unpublished final book in the Obernewtyn series. In North America, The Sending is published as two separate books, Part 1 titled The Sending and Part 2 titled The Red Queen.
Kristin Cashore’s bestselling Fantasy trilogy Graceling has been sold as a film franchise to India-based Reliance Entertainment. The producers are Deepak Nayar, of Paranoia and Bend it Like Beckham fame, and Tabrez Noorani (Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi). British screenwriter Piers Ashworth has signed on to write the script.
Finnish YA author Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy has been sold to UK and US markets. Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights, while the U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books. Simultaneous publication in many territories, including the U.S. and U.K., is expected for summer 2014. Quote from the article: “In Finland, book one in the trilogy, As Red as Blood, was published by Tammi Publishers in February 2013. Book two, As White as Snow, will publish in Finland in October 2013, and book three, As Black as Ebony, will be released in spring 2014“.
This week I have been Waiting On … Armageddon by Thomas E. Sniegoski.
Firstly, a physical review copy from PenguinTeen AU (link to Goodreads):
- Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2) by Scott Speer
Last time I was 2 books behind in my Read Three, Buy One scheme. This past week I bought a few books, including:
- Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano
- Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles #4) by Robin Hobb
- Tome of the Undergates (Aeons’ Gate, #1) by Sam Sykes
- Cloaked by Alex Flinn
- Dearly Departed (Gone With the Respiration #1) by Lia Habel
- White Horse (White Horse #1) by Alex Adams
They were all so cheap at allbooks4less, I couldn’t resist. I have already read and reviewed Dearly Departed, so that’s a score of -3×5 = -15. I reviewed the following books this week:
- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
- Song of the Slums by Richard Harland
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo
Which leaves me 13 books behind. Yeah … Oops.
I hope you have some goodies to share as well, leave your links below and I’ll be sure to visit 🙂