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Welcome back to Buzz Worthy News where the stories are awesome and not at all well-written. Need your YA industry news? Never fear, Kat and Kate are here to give it all to you. Just, ya know, not in any kinda sophisticated sense or nothing. Basically: book banning, author plagiarism, Eleanor & Park movie news and authors quitting left and right. All this and more is happening in this week’s Buzz Worthy News.

Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: Hot New Titles.

One Last April Fools Pranks!

Lemony Snicket and Malcolm Gladwell go head to head. Lemony Snicket, the author not the candy, claims that Gladwell plagiarised from him.

The Ring and the Crown

The Ring and the Crown. Huh. Huh.

This is…a tough book to review. Did I like it? Yes. A lot? No. But maybe? I’m not sure. So let’s dive into these unsure feelings, shall we? I found the book very put-down-able. I enjoyed reading while I was reading, but I didn’t think about the book throughout my day, nor was I ever itching to get back to it. But while reading, I’d think something like, “Oh, this is very pleasant. Why do I keep putting this down? Magic and gowns!

So let’s talk about what this book DOES have going for it. First: sexy times. While not explicit in any way, these characters don’t shy away from talking about or referencing their desire for sex. I found this refreshing for characters living in a society such as the one presented in TRATC.

There’s another plus for this book: the setting.

The Last Shot

Hi Buggerettes,

We have a giveaway for our Australian readers today! Allen and Unwin are spoiling Cuddlebuggery with five copies of Michael Adams’ second novel The Last Shot!  I read the first book, The Last Girl, and really enjoyed it. There’s details below, so please check it out and enter!


The Last Shot (The Last Trilogy #2) by Michael Adams

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Publication Date: March 2014

I glance at my fellow fugitives in the glow of the fire: black-streaked, white-eyed, faces fearful but fierce. Whoever any of us were a week ago, we’ve now become people we could never have imagined.

After facing the heartbreaking truth in Shadow Valley, Danby is determined to have her revenge on Jack.

With Jack dead, her little brother Evan and hundreds of other Minions will be free of his control. With Jack dead, she and her friend Nathan will be able to revive thousands more from the millions of catatonic Goners.

Far From You by Tess-Sharpe

Far From You is one of those books that kind of seeps in around the edges until you’ve been completely caught up in it without realizing. Though not perfect, it’s a solid book and the lacking bits probably wouldn’t have seemed as lacking if they weren’t juxtaposed by such brilliant bits. It’s haunting and powerful in a way that’s stayed with me since I closed it.

Let’s get the unpleasant out of the way first.

Things I Didn’t Like:

I understand the inclusion of the whole murder mystery aspect, it gave the plot an arc and the story momentum. For most of the book it was an interesting addition, though it definitely took a backseat to the brilliant character parts. However, when the end came and you found out whodunit, it felt so flat. Like, okay, really? That person? For those reasons? It technically wasn’t totally out of the blue, but it definitely felt that way.

Love Letters to the Dead

I asked for this book from the FSG catalogue because of its unusual writing style. The entire book is written by a young girl to dead icons. When the ARC came and I saw so many blurbs from so many authors I love I was doubly excited to read it. Then the hype monster took over. Even Emma Watson was crowing about the book on Twitter. I generally go against the grain when it comes to what I like. I was worried that Love Letters to the Dead would disappoint because of my odd tastes.

I couldn’t get away from hearing about it so I picked it up off the shelf. And it was amazing.

Ava Dellaira is a welcomed new voice to literary young adult contemporary. Her writing is lyrical and haunting and at points I found myself reading the same letter over and over trying to grasp how she came up with a string of words that could jerk my heartstrings so wonderfully.

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