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Whew! I’m back from BEA with a HUGE Hot New Titles post because it encompasses two weeks worth of bookish goodies. Big new releases from the past two weeks include Dare You To, Spirit, Wild Awake, Siege and Storm, Insomnia and The Moon and More. Cover reveals include the UK cover for Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein and Dangerous by Shannon Hale, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (am I the only one who is missing the ARC cover?) and the Cuddlebuggery Fav of the Week: Infinite by Jodi Meadows.

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!

BWN

Buzz Worthy News

This week in Buzz Worthy News: Iain Banks has passed away two months after he announces his struggle with gall bladder cancer, Jonah Lehrer is back to his old tricks, The Lambda Awards happened, and Jean Rabe steps down as editor for SFWA.  All this and more so come check it out!

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: How New Titles.


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Iain Banks Passed Away

This is really tragic news.  59 year old Iain Banks, Scottish author, passed away.  Only three weeks ago Banks was talking about possible medical options to attempt after returning from his honeymoon.  However, he passed away in the early hours of the 9th. 

LBBA

Over the past few weeks, Little Blogger, Big Ambitions has been under construction so we can make donating and entering the raffles as easy as possible. Thanks to the amazing Ashely from Nose Graze, this is now a reality! Seriously, guys, she’s AMAZING!

The only downside is that entrants will have to re-register. But with this new plugin you get a lot more features and control:

  • You now get your very own login
  • The plugin will keep track of how many raffles you have entered
  • You get automatic notifications if you win
  • You have the option of getting notifications of new donations
  • The raffle page for each book is completely redone and now features the book’s cover and blurb so you don’t have to go looking for it on Goodreads
  • You’ll be able to see when and if the donator has shipped the book if you’ve won
  • All raffles will be hosted on Cuddlebuggery and NOT Rafflecopter

For donators:

You guys are so amazing and generous!

Ink

I actually thought it was illegal for a novel with a cover this good to be so painful.  Illegal!  But when I checked with my lawyer, she said I should get out unless I was going to pay her – and I am definitely not going to pay her!  Pfft. So I’m still not sure about that.  But what I am sure about is that Amanda Sun has a lot of potential as a writer, even if this book was a painful mess for me.  I know that doesn’t seem to make sense.  Even I can’t explain it.

It’s redeeming feature is that, once the relationship between Katie and Tomo was underway, the story did pick up considerably due to the not-insignificant sexual chemistry between the two.  No points if you’re able to guess the reason for that!

Okay, I lie.  I never really got Katie’s Tomo obsession.  I can tell Amanda Sun has a talent and knack for manufacturing a sweet and tender relationship.  When Tomo and Katie were together, it was the only time I really liked them.  Individually, though, meeeeehhhhhh.  Tomo was more like the paper drawings he made – just a bunch of ink on the page.

Siege and Storm

I always go into a second book in a series with fears that it will have the dreaded “Second Book Syndrome”. I worry that the characters will regress, the plot will stall and surmount to overall ridiculousness, and in the end, become boring and lathered in disappointment. So even though The Grisha series is a new favorite for me, I still had these concerns. You cannot even imagine my glee when I discovered Siege and Storm did NOT suffer from any of these things. On the contrary, it was even better than its predecessor. If you loved Shadow and Bone, be prepared to be blown away!

There are so many things I want mention and squeal about in this review, but OH THE SPOILERS. And anyway, Kat did such a great job with reviewing in code already. So I’ve decided to just write letters.

 

Dear Darkling,

You’re so evil, but I can’t seem to conjure up any feelings of dislike for you.

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