Monday, March 19, 2012

NEWS: In which I inform you about random book-related things #2

With the exams and schoolwork, I haven't posted about any exciting book-related news for ages?! Well, something super-awesome and mega-exciting is happening in just. Four. Days. Have you guessed yet?

Oh. Yes. Excuse me while I have a little fan-girl freak-out.

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On Friday, 9th March, Bloomsbury launched their new Facebook page: Hooked on Books. The page will feature lots of their Young Adult fiction titles, as well as other fun things such as events and giveaways.

And I must not forget to mention a book that I know has quite a lot of bloggers excited... Burn Mark by Laura Powell. It's been described as "The Sopranos meets Celia Rees' Witch Child and a touch of Spooks..."




Burn Mark by Laura Powell
Release Date: June 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Cleo is from a family of witches. She is desperate to develop the ‘Fae’ and become a witch herself.

Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition and his privileged life is very different to the world of witches that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, Cleo and Lucas both develop the Fae. In one fell stroke, Cleo and Lucas’s lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not...



Good stuff! Don't forget to 'like' Hooked on Books so you can read an extract from the book, and win a proof copy of Burn Mark. You can follow them on Twitter (@hooked_books) here.


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Next up, we have another Facebook page from another fabulous publisher: The Spark, brought to you by the fabulous Faber & Faber. The Spark is calling all young aspiring actors, writers, musicians, and film-makers to participate in "a new online community where books provide the inspiration for your talent." Doesn't that sound fantastic?

Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to post this until now, so I wasn't able to inform you about the first project that took place--a search was started to look for a young actor to play a character in a series of web films for debut YA novel, The Glimpse by Claire Merle. But don't worry if you didn't know or it wasn't your thing because there will be more projects going on over the next few months, including writers to submit stories, poems, or articles inspired by the themes of love or war for The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant (HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!), musicians, band-members and singer-songwriters to produce an original music track to feature in the book trailer of The Crewel by Gennifer Albin,  and filmmakers to make a book trailer for The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith.




The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: Faber & Faber


France: February, 1944.
Arianne knew Luc as a child, of course she did. Everyone in Samaroux knows each other. But he's been away, and five years really makes a difference to a boy. A young man.
As they fall headily into love their world starts to crumble around them. German forces are closing in, and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or putting up resistance and entering unknown danger.
Arianne will do anything to make Luc stay. Luc wants to prove he is a man. And Romy, who has loved Arianne all the time that Luc has been away, can see a way of removing his rival, at any cost.
How far will they go to protect what they believe in? And what will they do for love?


'Like' the The Spark on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter (@thesparkfeed) here.


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Click to embiggen.
On Thursday 29th March at Waterstones High Street Kensington, there will be a launch event for Will Hill's Department 19: The Rising, the second installment in a great series. I really enjoyed the first book, Department 19, and have a copy of The Rising to read soon, so watch out for my review soon! Tickets for the event are just £3--wish I lived in London so I could go! There are more details on the poster-y thing above.


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RJ Palacio, author of the gorgeous Wonder will be doing a live webchat today (Monday) at 6pm on the Wonder Facebook page. I haven't finished Wonder yet (I started it and stupidly put it at the bottom a massive pile of books and I'm too scared to get it), but what I read so far was beautiful. Head over here for the webchat and ask a few questions or two ;)

I cannot think of anything else you should know about. Hm. *disappears*

♥Iffath

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