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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 20th 2014 Clariel (Australian Redesign)

    Welcome to Hot New Titles! New releases like The Forever SongDon’t Look Back and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Hot New Titles is also now covering Book Deals for hot titles to put on your radar. We’re most excited for Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, Shut-In by Marisa Reichardt and Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman.  Cover reveals include The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Talon by Julie Kagawa, and the Australian cover for Clariel by Garth Nix. Badass.

    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.

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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 Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, a recommendation by one of our readers that I simply couldn’t pass up if I expected to take myself seriously as a random blogger who fooled around on the internet once too often.  So, without further ado, we present to you: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling in 10 Lines!

Vernon  Dudley: There’s no mail on Sundays! 

How to Lead a Life of Crime

This is the first novel that I’ve read from this author and I have to say that I am very impressed. I don’t usually seek out crime, mystery or thriller/suspense novels, but I’m really glad I had an opportunity to read this one. There aren’t many books where I can say I have almost nothing to complain about. And even though I’ve finished the book weeks ago, I still have nothing but high praises for it. Simply put, How to Lead a Life of Crime had fantastic writing, realistic characters and old fashion, damn good plotting.

When I first read the blurb for this book, I’ll admit to having pretty low expectations. I thought it would take on more of a humor angle, though I’m not exactly sure why I initially thought it would. The blurb took on a lot of serious topics that I thought, “Surely, this must be from a comic standpoint?” And I’d be wrong.

Lies

I approached the third installment in Michael Grant’s series with caution.  From the reviews that I’ve glanced at, it seems that, for many fans, Lies is the weakest book in the series thus far.  Since I tend to agree with the majority opinion when it concerns YA fiction, I was fully prepared to enjoy Lies, but perhaps not to the extent that I did Gone and Hunger.

And, as it was to be expected, I had several issues with this installment.  Certain things that frustrated and annoyed me a great deal.  While I’ve loved this series from the beginning, I’ve had to wrestle with varying degrees of disappointment since my rereading of Gone and beyond.  To put it bluntly, I’ve had to get over the fact that these books aren’t perfect.  They’re flawed in many ways, and after being so eager to read them for so long, this fact came as a fairly significant letdown. 

Prophecy Girl

Some people are really going to like Prophecy Girl.  People who like a very distinctive protagonist voice littered with pop culture references.  Fans of Vampire Academy, who are looking for something similar, will also probably at least be interested – if not enjoy it.  I don’t think it’s unfair to state that Prophecy Girl is highly derivative of Vampire Academy.  Non Academic, rough and tumble protagonist with an intelligent best friend, falls in love with hot young tutor, crazy shenanigans, magical world – it was all very highly reminiscent.  Derivative doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad, but in this case the comparison doesn’t favor Prophecy Girl.  In a Who Wrote It Better? competition, Mead comes out a clear victor.

The story is heavily focused on the romance between Amelie and Jack, which I felt was a misstep as it rarely managed to run anything but hot (fan yourself, dim the lights, spark some candles hot) and cold (wet, dead, stinky-fish cold).

Mortal Fire

I am not really certain what just happened, but I think I liked it! The first quarter of that book felt like trudging through sleet to get to a party. You know you want to be where you’re going but you’re feet feel so heavy. You’ve considered giving up and turning home more times than you can count, but every time you’ve just kept going.

It was clear from the beginning that Mortal Fire was a cut above most books, if not in the questions it was asking than in the terrifically dense plot. There was so much information, Knox left no details unexplored, but at a cost to the pacing of the story. It dragged often, with recounts of the past that droned on like a history lesson until even magic became a science that was weighted with confusion.

This book had one of the most bewildering magic systems I have ever read.

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