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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Recent YA Bookish News

Check out some of the most recent YA bookish news. With it being Summer and having kiddos out of school, I know I've missed some news. Here's the news I've found over the past couple of weeks. If I missed anything big, please let me know in the comments below.

Bookish News

Have you joined the #ReadIsla campaign yet? Check out how you can help spread the world and be apart of it, here!

  • Penguin Teen Australia has been teasing fans with the Silver Shadows teasers and the book trailer. Now they're sharing the first 3 chapters of the books! Read more here
  • Speaking of Penguin Teen, join their #IfIStay chat happening on their #PenguinLovesYA book club happening over on Goodreads, here.

  • Jennifer L. Armentrout posted on Facebook that Stone Cold Touch will be releasing a week early! The book will now be out on October 21st. Read more here
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout also shared some exciting news about her March 2015 YA release- THE DEAD LIST, a YA thriller/romantic suspense published by Disney Hyperion. Read the blurb and find out more about the book here & here.

Epic Reads shared two awesome lists recently. 

Just in case you've been hiding under a rock, check out the latest gift J.K. Rowling gave to Harry Potter fans, a HP short story! Get more info here.

Cover Reveals

  • Bloomsbury Kids/YA shared the reveal for the back cover of Heir of Fire via twitter, here.
  • Sophie Jordan revealed the cover to Unleashed, here.
  • Random House revealed the covers for their The Maze Runner movie tie-in edition, here.
  • Claire Legrand shared her cover for her novella WINTERSPELL. Find out more about it and enter her pre-order giveaway here.
  • Walker Books UK revealed the cover for Katy Moran The Hidden Princess, here.
  • Epic Reads revealed the cover for Moriah McStay's Everything That Makes You, here
  • Epic Reads revealed the cover for Alice Oseman's SOLITAIRE, here.

Books to Movie News

  • Becca Fitzpatrick gave fans an update on the Hush, Hush movie. Read more about where the movie stands here.
  • The Giver movie poster was recently revealed, here.

Enter To Win

Enter to win this awesome prize pack from Fierce reads's #Spring2014 books! 5 winners will each win SIGNED books of all 8 of Fierce Reads's Spring 2014 releases (pictured here). Enter to win HERE.

Enter to win Simon Teen's / PulseIt's Sci-Fi sweepstakes happening HERE! 10 lucky winners will each receive copies of all 8 books shown above. 

Guest Post With Author WALTER JURY, Co-Author of SCAN

Welcome to today's SCAN blog tour. I'm so thrilled to have co-author, Walter Jury on the blog today. Before I share his guest post, here's a little bit about his newest book, which he co-wrote with Sarah Fine, SCAN. 

About The Book

Published by: Penguin / G.P. Putnam's Son 
Released on: May 1, 2014
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans. 

All Tate knows--like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid--may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

Check out my review for SCAN here. Now I'm thrilled to have Walter Jury talk about his newest release:

Walter Jury talks about how he kept the action going in this nonstop thriller, with never a dull moment:
The action certainly comes fast and furious in SCAN.  We always appreciate the compliment that it is non-stop and satisfying to be on such a thrill ride.  It was very important to us as writers to not force any action into the plot.  Everything should feel organic, as it is a coming of age story for our protagonist, Tate, and he does not have a choice but to survive and fulfill the mission laid out in front of him during the course of the events that follow our catalytic beginning (no spoilers here!).  
In telling the story, the set up begets the action because the events that launch our story are so explosive to the security and ingenuity that Tate's father has built around his family legacy.  Because of that explosion of trouble, Tate must go on the run with his girlfriend, Christina, and avoid any potential pitfalls that could happen as they avoid the pursuers who’ve instigated the trouble.  It's from there that we observe and learn of Tate's various skills—skills that his father insisted he develop, much to his unknowing chagrin at the time.  It's Tate's ability, and Christina's complementary skill and patience, that help them avoid situation after situation where they could be compromised—but it also adds up to a thrilling action-packed journey for our protagonist.
In FIRST BLOOD, both the book and film, there is an undercurrent of understand and learning about the plight of our protagonist—but there is also a fantastic element of non-stop action that surrounds our hero, John Rambo.  Rambo doesn't ask to be put in his predicament, but he fights through it—as a result, I feel like that story has very organic action.  Hopefully, we can leave our readers feeling the same ambitious but organic instinct with SCAN.
About The Authors

Walter Jury was born in London, has a background in the film industry, is a big fan of the New York Giants, and enthusiast of Jamba Juice’s Protein Berry Workout smoothie only with soy, never whey. “Scan” is his first book for teens. Oh, and under his real name, he’s a producer of one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters. Let’s just say he “diverges” in his career from film to literature quite well. 

Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author (as Sarah Fine) of several young adult books, and when she's not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. 

Check out the Authors on

About Penguin Group (USA) LLC is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group ( is a Penguin Random House company. 

Thank your Walter Jury and Penguin Teen!

The Giver Music Video/ New Movie Trailer

On August 15th, Lois Lowry's beloved book classic The Giver, will be hitting the big screens. Earlier this week a new music trailer featuring One Republic's 'Ordinary Human', along with new movie footage was shared. Now you can check it out here:

About the Movie
THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.  You can read her new foreword for THE GIVER, and learn how she looks back on her groundbreaking novel and its influence 20 years later: more here.

The Cast
THE GIVER, starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, and Taylor Swift, will be in theaters everywhere August 15th

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

More Movie Info
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