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Buzz Worthy News

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.

In this week’s Buzz Worthy News, Kat is drunk but stuff happened so come and read please.

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 Tuesday post: Hot New Titles.

 


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Awesome Book Store Gives Away Banned Book

Have you read The Miseducation of Cameron Post? Good. Neither have I. Maybe we should read it together on a moonlit night under the cover of clouds while angels sing?

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The problem is The Girl With All The Gifts is that it is amazing and I don’t want to tell you anything about it.

You see, one of the best parts of this book is how it unfolds. Each layer of the story is slowly revealed with as much intense build up as the human nervous system can take. You guys, this book is flat out creepy. Like my shoulders are tense, I kind of have goosebumps, WHAT’S THAT? NO DON’T TOUCH ME I’M SCARED creepy. I went in with zero idea of what to expect besides Ellen at Orbit was really excited about it, Joss Whedon and io9 loved it and I think maybe there are zombies or something. I think this approach is sort of key for getting the full effect of the narrative.

Unfortunately, this leaves me kind of at loose ends as far as reviewing goes.

Lies We Tell Ourselves (UK)

Welcome to Hot New Titles, the weekly feature that possesses the super power to make your wallet cry and your shelves burst into song and dance! There aren’t many new releases or cover reveals this week, but that’s never stopped us from making our TBRs scream, “MERCY!!”

New releases include Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, Illusive by Emily Llyod-Jones and Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry.

Book Deals to put on your radar: Nemesis by Anna Banks, Toya by Randi Park and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich.

Cover reveals include All Broke Down by Cara Carmack, the redesign for The Walled City by Ryan Graudin and the UK cover for Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, 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.

Falling Into Place

Reasons to read:

1. An unlikable main character

Hear me out. Liz is cruel, broken, and just plain toxic to those around her. The beauty about this book is that we get to experience her development. The different stages of her life–from childhood to the day she decides to end her life–are presented beautifully. While you might hate her decision, you also grow to understand them. Isn’t that awesome? Zhang created a very interesting and complex character and I love her for it.

2. The feels

As you can probably tell by the summary, this novel is an emotional sucker-punch to the heart. There’s something about it that makes it feel very personal. Reading about someone who is spiraling out of control is never easy.  I didn’t get emotional but I did feel like I had a sock down my throat. I wanted to change the outcome somehow but all I could do was read and enjoy the ride.

Disruption

Did you know this book is shiny? Just look at its cover! So shiny! Gloriously, gloriously shiny. You know how some people are beautiful on the inside and the outside? Well the great thing about this ponderously big tome is that it is shiny on the outside and the inside. Rather like a phosphorescent jellyfish, it shines even if you cut it open and play with its splayed tenders.

How is it shiny on the inside, Kat? You ask because you like things to make sense.

Cat scientists are only marginally more terrifying than real scientists.

Everything inside this book is just so good and pure and awesome. Maggie is one of those unusual YA protagonists who actually moves the storyline along herself. She doesn’t wait for anyone to strike. She’s beautifully flawed, fatally flawed but you just can’t help love her. She has a goal, a job to do and she’ll manoeuvre people into position to do it, even to her own detriment.

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