cassandraclare

cassandraclare:

Come see me and Sarah poke at each other! Good times :)

I really love Seven Stories in Newcastle. (I went once for a school visit, then came back and told all my friends—‘KELLY!’ I said to Kelly Link. ‘They love you! They have a throne!’)

I came back with Holly Black in November, and we sat upon the throne together.

Also we saw the Enid Blyton exhibit, and I got super weird about my favourite Enid Blyton hero. A good time had by all!

So I am super happy at the thought of coming back to Newcastle with Cassie, and of course poking her repeatedly. In the game of thrones, you poke or you die.

Basically:

SARAH: I love you Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE (whispering): Will Sarah Rees Brennan NEVER LEAVE?

yainterrobang

yainterrobang:

Here’s a selection of some of new YA covers released in the past two weeks. For more cover releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: November 11th 2014
Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. Cassandra Clare has teamed up with acclaimed writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales. Edition includes artwork by Cassandra Jean.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release date: September 30th 2014
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
Publisher: October 14th 2014
Release date: Allen & Unwin
Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest. But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

Don’t Let Go (PERSEPHoNE #3) by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: August 26th 2014
After a devastating loss, Noa Torson is out of options. On the run with the three remaining teens of Persephone’s Army, she is up against immeasurable odds. The group is outnumbered, outsmarted, and outrun. But they are not giving up. When Noa and Peter realize they can’t run anymore, and that Noa’s health is failing, they know they must go back to where this began. But when they come face-to-face with the man who started it all, the question becomes, can they win?

Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: June 3rd 2014
Neutrality is the key to longevity. This motto has governed 17-year-old Autumn’s life in the mid-21st-century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death. But Autumn’s younger brother’s death casts her faith into question. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. She agrees to join his Community, a utopia of adrenaline junkies living in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park. Autumn learns about sex, drugs, and living life to the fullest. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes that this illusion of paradise could be shattered…

Harp’s Song by Cassie Shine
Publisher: self-published
Release date: March 2014
In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self. A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend. As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as she can remember?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: September 2014
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The first of a new set of U.K. editions illustrated by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle.

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: September 16th 2014
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant (ed.)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: September 9th 2014
Predatory kraken that sing with—and for—their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, M. T. Anderson, Nathan Ballingrud, Patrick Ness, Sarah Rees Brennan, Nalo Hopkinson, G. Carl Purcell, Dylan Horrocks, Nik Houser, Kathleen Jennings, Kelly Link, Joshua Lewis and Alice Sola Kim.

*casual hair flip* Just two of mah covers, chillaxin’ with Harry Potter and Garth Nix. No big deal.

smallbeerpress

smallbeerpress:

MONSTER COVER FOR MONSTER BOOK!

We made a book. It comes out in September. Candlewick Press are really the ones who made it. Because they make FAB PRETTY BOOKS. (See Steampunk! for example, he said, aware of how obnoxious it is for someone to be so proud of a book they worked on, but, art director, artist (Yuko Shimizu!), what a book they made!) ANYWAY. New book is monstrously full of monsters. Some of these stories are happy. Er, really. No? Maybe not. Monsters get monstery! Some of these writers you might know. Some you may not. You will not sleep at night! (Sorry, folks. It’s ok, maybe the next night you will. Or the next. Or the monsters will get you, wait, sorry, sorry!) Monsters!

Table of Contents:

Paolo Bacigalupi—Moriabe’s Children
Cassandra Clare—Old Souls
Holly Black—Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)
M. T. Anderson—Quick Hill
Nathan Ballingrud—The Diabolist
Patrick Ness—This Whole Demoning Thing
Sarah Rees Brennan—Wings in the Morning
Nalo Hopkinson—Left Foot, Right
G. Carl Purcell—The Mercurials
Dylan Horrocks—Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography
Nik Houser—Son of Abyss
Kathleen Jennings—A Small Wild Magic
Kelly Link—The New Boyfriend
Joshua Lewis—The Woods Hide in Plain Sight
Alice Sola Kim—Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying

Go click on the link because that is a beeeeeyotiful cover. One of my top favourite covers for anything. I am super pleased to be in this anthology, because Gavin Grant and Kelly Link are excellent peeps and this is an awesome lineup. I have read four of these stories and they are excellent—don’t ask me how into Holly Black’s super alien alien I am. (NO ASK ME, but you might be disturbed.) And I can’t wait to read lots of the others—Nalo Hopkinson’s, because obviously, and Alice Sola Kim’s for the title ALONE.

My behaviour about this anthology has been a little bit off in the deep blue sea, I admit.

SARAH: Uh you guys so I’m writing this story and I love it and I’m super excited and it’s *coughs* twenty thousand words.

KELLY & GAVIN: TWENTY THOUSAND!!!!!!!

SARAH: Maybe a little more.

KELLY & GAVIN: !!!!!!!!!

SARAH: I’ll cut it! Look, I’ll cut it!

I even chronicled some of this process on this very tumblr:

http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com/post/23313152043/this-friday-i-bring-to-you

http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com/post/23315699853/aw-you-are-all-my-boos

And then when I handed in the story (we did cut it) (it’s still very long) I might’ve started to write a prequel companion on my blog which is also… getting very long…

This story—though it can of course be read alone—follows the story of The Turn of the Story. 

http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/209287.html

Which means The Turn of the Story will be finished before September, pinky swear.

All of this overly long stories and strange blog prequels business is unusual behaviour which has I imagine led Kelly and Gavin to a dark place.

KELLY & GAVIN: We never predicted this.

KELLY AND GAVIN: … That Sarah Rees Brennan. She is not right.

ravimangla

Kelly Link

ravimangla:

Right now I want to be surprised, no matter what the medium is, TV or books or music. Surprised by language, by voice, by a break in the pattern. But there has an underlying coherence to what at first appears to be a break. If the writer hasn’t properly set up the new pattern, if it falls apart and it’s a mess, then sure, that’s a problem. But at this point, I probably value surprise and risk-taking over competency.

- Kelly Link (interviewed at Gigantic)

Nobody will ever understand how much I wish everyone in the world to read this interview. It is all the things I like: super smart, thoughtful about story, largely on the topic of the Vampire Diaries…

gwendabond

gwendabond:

smallbeerpress:

This is the first week since our daughter, Ursula, was born in February 2009 that we will not have any home nurses coming in to help look after. This is a huge milestone and I cannot resist writing about it. We are filled with all the glee of parents of a newborn coming home for the first time. Sure, it also means life is complicated, but, hey, we knew that when we signed up for this gig….

<3

<3 seconded.

catreadsbooks

catreadsbooks:

It certainly looks like Cassie, Sarah, Maureen and their other friends are having fun in Cornwall.

(Both pictures from Maureen’s twitter x x)

Also pictured: Kelly Link, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Josh Lewis.

I was sitting on the sofa writing a Bane Chronicle. (The Last Stand of the New York Institute.) I intended never to go outside again.

A seagull has pooped on my face twice in the last three days.

It’s not safe outside.

(Several theories: 1. Seagulls are soulgulls. They want my soul and 2. The wereseagull has marked me for his bride.)

Then Maureen came in, her face uplifted.

MAUREEN: I have recreated Stonehenge.

FRIENDS: Why would you do this?

MAUREEN: FOR ENGLAND!

FRIENDS: … oh.

MAUREEN: But… it is entirely made of spoons.

MAUREEN: I call it… Spoonhenge.

Reader, I went outside.

pageturnersblog
smartpopbooks:

We have two exciting Shadowhunters and Downworlders news items to share with you today:
1) The final front cover, with a full view of the rune!
2) The line-up of amazing YA authors who are contributing to the book:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman
See why we’re excited?
And don’t forget— if you sign up for our book mailing list here on our book page, we’ll send you an advance excerpt later this fall!

Look at it all pretty! Also there are some clever people in that line-up! I have already read Robin Wasserman&#8217;s essay and it is deep, yo.
&#8230; And there&#8217;s me. I&#8217;ll be honest with you in my essay I mostly air insane theories, write made-up dialogue between the characters, and call Cassie Clare a deviant wench.

smartpopbooks:

We have two exciting Shadowhunters and Downworlders news items to share with you today:

1) The final front cover, with a full view of the rune!

2) The line-up of amazing YA authors who are contributing to the book:

Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

See why we’re excited?

And don’t forget— if you sign up for our book mailing list here on our book page, we’ll send you an advance excerpt later this fall!

Look at it all pretty! Also there are some clever people in that line-up! I have already read Robin Wasserman’s essay and it is deep, yo.

… And there’s me. I’ll be honest with you in my essay I mostly air insane theories, write made-up dialogue between the characters, and call Cassie Clare a deviant wench.