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  • Buzz Worthy News: All the Movie News for You 18/04/2014 BWN-bee-graphic

    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.

    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.

    Sue Townsend Passed Away

    This is a story from last week, but I hadn’t read up on this amazing author and didn’t realise that she was both a young adult author and such an incredible person. Sue Townsend was the author of the poplar Adrian Mole YA books which were adapted  for TV in the UK in 2001.

Latest Hot New Titles

  • Hot New Titles: April 13th 2014 Sabriel

    Welcome to Hot New Titles! New releases like Dreams of Gods and MonstersPlus One and Far From You. Cover reveals include the redesigns for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages publishing under Tor Teen; the gorgeous cover of debut author Fonda Lee’s Zeroboxer; and the Australian redesigns for Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix. They are stunning and, of course, our fav of the week!

    Did we miss a cover? Want your cover featured on HNT? Email us!

    Hot New Titles is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly post for YA releases and cover reveals. Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook for all the cover reveals throughout the week and more fun. Clicking the covers takes you to the book’s GoodReads page. As always, we thank Stories and Sweeties, who compiles great lists of new releases and hosts monthly New Releases Giveaways!

Latest Musings

  • Cuddlebuggery Swearing Style Guide tumblr_mp1hiviMLE1rxp0b7o1_500

    Meg posted last week about considering the words we use. It’s a post that Steph, Meg and I feel strongly about. That’s not to say people should or must listen to us, merely that we’ve made a personal choice about the vocabulary we use on this blog. And we also feel strongly that there should still be a lot of swear words on the blog, because swearing is an art form. If you don’t like swearing then you should probably back out of this post right now, because I’m about to style guide the hell out of swearing for all those who want help in steering away from ableist, sexist or homophobic slurs.  You’d be surprised how many you’re unconsciously using.

    Before I start — an ode to swearing. My mother has spent many years teaching me to be the kind of gentle, kind, forgiving, decorous soul that she is.

Taste of Darkness

Taste of Darkness is, so far, a huge improvement over Scent of Magic. I say so far because, I can’t bring myself to finish this book.  I got to about halfway through where one really tense thing happened and I had to put it down. I’m not ready to see how this story ends. I can’t handle the feels. I can’t take anymore heartbreak. Snyder is an evil, evil temptress who is stabbing me in the heart, seemingly for the fun of it.

Taste of Darkness picks up very immediately from where Scent of Magic leaves off, so you may want to do a quick refresher read of the series before you start it. Kerrick is gone but Avery isn’t one to sit on her butt and weep about it. Snyder throws you straight into the action with a fast-paced, high-stakes plot that never lets up.

The thing I kind of love about this series is what continually happens which is:

Random person: This is impossible.

The Book Thief

The subject matter of The Book Thief is heavy.  So, so heavy.  And so one has to wonder how best to address it.

Zusak has crafted a story of words, a tale of the weight that such innocuous shapes can have.  He writes with a love of the letter that the bibliophile can appreciate, and his characters, too, display an adoration and respect for the power of writing that readers can immediately relate to.

Letters in their endless permutations have almost a physical presence within this novel, and it’s a fascinating thing to witness.  These individuals do not simply say or whisper their dialogue.  Rather, they employ them as concrete objects to be handled with care.  Zusak repeatedly describes conversation as exchanges being flung, dropped, and placed.  Words are the world, and must be pieced together responsibility.  Because once they are let loose, there is no taking them back, and their impact is enduring.


That time has come to say goodbye to 2013 and embrace the new year. I think we can retroactively dub 2013 as the year that Steph and I burned out. Big time. It’s been a long slog to make it through the year intact. And we almost quit many, many times. Thankfully, we had some awesome blogging friends to help us through!

Kara and Lynn from Great Imaginations, Christina from Reader of Fictions, Wendy and Kate from The Midnight Garden, Renee and Sparky from Fangs for the Fantasy and many, many more. We also had Kate helping us out with Buzz Worthy News this year which was an amazing effort.

Steph and I are dubbing this 2014: Year of the Buggery. Cause damn. I mean DAMN do we have some things lined up for you!  But first a recap!

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Oh Avalon, Avalon, where did you go wrong? I was so excited for this book, it sounded like (and in many ways is) a mashup of some of my favorite things (Star Wars, Firefly, Mass Effect) laid out in literary form. I should have loved it. Alas, I didn’t.

I wish I weren’t giving this book 2 stars and in someone else’s hands it could easily be a 4 star read. Unfortunately for Avalon, this is my review and I did not engage in the slightest. Let me put it this way, I put down this book to clean my kitchen. I HATE cleaning my kitchen.

To understand my problems, you should know that I am an incredibly character driven reader. I get into a story by latching on to a character (preferably the MC, but not always) and living the story through them. It gives me a reason to feel things, to get excited, to give any kind of a shit about how it all turns out.


The Buzz for 30th December 2013 

The Ministry of Magic went live this week as a dedicated Muggle fan launched their impressive contribution to the online Harry Potter community, the popular series of books written by JK Rowling. Andy Brown scores all the Awesome Points for modelling the website on a Gov.UK and including news articles based on events from the books.  These hilariously included an article on an escaped dragon, the temporary closure of the Floo Network and the promotion of the new Minister for the Department of International Magical Cooperation. It seems Andy Brown couldn’t resist the urge to include himself as the Head of the Department for the Use of Muggle Technologies. Questions of whether he had to duel the previous Head for the position remain unanswered. Also remaining unanswered, whether we can give this guy a medal for reviving some much needed Harry Potter nostalgia in us.

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