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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

  • I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

    Hey everybody! How are you fine people doing today?

    ​I want to take a momentary break from reviewing and bookish shenanigans to talk about words. Specifically commonly used words that are also slurs.

    Trigger warning: I’m talking about slurs so assume this post will be full of words you may find offensive. I’m using them in a way I hope is constructive, educational and will ultimately make us all (slightly) better people. However, if you can’t handle that, you may want to click out of this window and go look up kitten videos or whatever floats your boat. You have been warned.

    The intention of this post is not to rehash and complain about known problem words (I mean, we all know that if you call someone retarded/faggot/cunt you’re probably going to cause a problem, right?) Same goes for profanity. I understand that some people find it offensive, but being crass is not the same as being hurtful.

Unbreakable

Welcome to Hot New Titles! This week’s new releases include anticipated tittles like MILA 2.0, Poison and Deep Betrayal! Looks like publishers decided to give us a breather from all the awesome they’ve been smothering us with as far as cover reveals. I don’t know about you, but I’m expecting an explosion of sorts in the upcoming weeks. Bring it. Covers that stand out this week are David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing, the paperback edition of Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama and Unbreakable by Kami Garcia!

Hover over the images for the synopsis (if available). New releases now have purchase links that takes you to Good Books, who has free world-wide shipping and donates all profits to Oxfram, or The Book Depository (depending on availability).

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.

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Welcome to In 10 Lines.  Ever wanted to know what happens in a book, but couldn’t be assed reading it for yourself?  Cuddlebuggery comes to the rescue with In 10 Lines.  In 10 Lines we will tell you everything you need to know about the featured book so that you can cheerfully move on with your life, or choose to read it should your attention be piqued.  So sit back, relax, and try not to clench as we proceed.

Today we’ll be reforming The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a book that I really am quite fond of. The eternal question of who to ship, Gale or Peeta still haunts the fandoms and the debate comparing it to Battle Royale is intensely interesting to all hipster.  So, without further ado, we present to you: The Hunger Games In 10 Lines.

Katniss: Don’t worry, Prim.  You have an infinitesimal chance of winning this random lottery that decides which children will fight to the death for the country’s amusement.

Exiled

I put off reading this book for a long time and I’m not sure why.  I asked Matt if there was any sexy times in it, and he said not really.  That may have had something to do with it.  But if he’d told me that there was so much chemistry between Chase and Rayna,  I might have checked it out faster.  Because it kind of had the potential to stroll into bow chica wow wow territory, and probably would have more if they hadn’t all been so busy fighting to survive.  Also, Merrick, what are you doing wasting all that potential sexual chemistry?!  And have you ever considered writing romances?

Exiled is like a diamond in the rough.  I see so much of Merrick’s potential as an author.  I think given time, attention, and hardwork – his books are going to be pretty damn great.  Exiled itself was a difficult book to me to rate. 

Sins & Needles

Before we even get this par-TAY started, I’m going to throw something out there: This was not a bad book. I’m saying this now because I know I’m about to be the black sheep when it comes to Sins & Needles. So before everyone in my Goodreads friends list comes out with their torches and pitch forks, guys, I can totally see why you all love this book.

Alright, now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, strap in because I’m about to light it up. BTW, yeah, spoilers ’cause that’s how I roll.

Sins & Needles started off very strong for me. The main character, Ellie Watt, has a great presence and voice. She’s someone I’d even consider badass… at first. Obviously, her profession demands nothing less with her being a con artist and all. But for once in her life, Ellie feels like she’s had enough and goes home to Palm Valley.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds, or ItSoB as I shall refer to it from now on, is not a happy book. However, it’s dark themes and setting do not stop this brilliantly written book from lifting its wings and soaring. See what I did there?

I have two major bones to pick with this book before I sing its praise, the first being the paranormal aspect. A properly mixed Historical/Paranormal leaves the muscles of my reader arms (super buff, from the book holding) turning to mush with all the excited feels. The combination can sometimes go awry, however. In ItSoB, I was enthralled from the beginning to the end, but there were some moments along the way that grew muddled and seemed slightly ridiculous, which can really shake you from the scene. But anything Paranormal is always hit or miss in its believability, and for the most part, ItSoB was right on target.

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