Cover Reveal: “Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)” by Maggie Stiefvater

Holy Mystical Forests, Batman!


 
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That’s an interesting departure from the pattern of the titles, by the way. And I wonder if this means the focus this time will be more on Blue’s part in the Cycle?

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: “Dreams of Gods and Monsters” by Laini Taylor

The Hollywood Reporter just unveiled the cover of “Dreams of Gods and Monsters”, the final book in Laini Taylor’s epic “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters“Dreams of Gods and Monsters” starts where “Days of Blood and Starlight” left off, with Karou and Akiva discovering each other alive — although Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known. And now, through an act of staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance.

When Jael’s brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves – maybe even toward love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy

There’s also a short excerpt at the link, in which we get to be a fly on the cave walls for a few lines of a Seraphim/Chimera war council. 😉

The book will be released in April 2014. (So. Far. Away. *sigh*)

Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Cover Launch at the Manila International Book Fair

Come to the 34th Manila International Book Fair on Sunday, September 15th and join Scholastic, National Book Store, and Hogwarts Philippines in celebrating the release of the new editions of the Harry Potter books! The cover art for the 15th anniversary editions were created by Eisner Award-nominated illustrator and author Kazu Kibuishi.

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There will be games and prizes and surprises!

And we’ll have cake. (Really.) Join us!

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Press Release: Here comes the Book Fair!

MIBF_logoThe country’s biggest book event is right around the corner: the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which heads back to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on Sept. 11-15, 2013.

Now on its 34th year, the MIBF still remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair. It showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from fiction bestsellers, to textbooks, to graphic novels, and even educational materials are all under one roof. Moreover, the MIBF is also the go-to venue for this year’s most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

After three decades, it has evolved from an event for the publishing industry and the academe to one of the most-awaited exhibitions for all sorts of readers. The MIBF has become a gathering of sorts for bookworms of all ages and walks of life to celebrate the joys of reading and the knowledge each book brings about. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Co-located events at the SMX Convention Center will also capture the interest of book fair visitors. The National Conference on Language and Literature is slated on Sept. 10-12, while Educare, a conference on early childhood education, is slated on Sept. 13-14. The Best of Anime 2013 is also slated on Sept. 14-15.

The MIBF runs from Sept. 11-15 at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. MIBF is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and the Overseas Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. For details, call 896-0661 or 896-0682, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com.

Branderson won a Hugo!

Caution: O.C. Fangirl Blogging

What do you do when your favorite author wins a Hugo? *squee!* *blog!*

Congrats, Brandon! Indeed, “The Emperor’s Soul” is worth it.

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Meanwhile, in the Hall of Justice on the Orion Publishing Group website

Dude, why are the UK edition covers so pretty? It’s a good thing I don’t have physical copies of these yet because my collection would have been messed up.

“Steelheart” is out this month! [Read the excerpt from Chapter 1]

“Ignite Me”: Fear will learn to fear me. (February 2014)

Hi guys!

I’m so so thrilled to be able to share this final cover with you all. The “Shatter Me” series is swiftly coming to a close, and though it’s a bittersweet feeling, I’m anxious for everyone to know how the story will end. Also I’m hoping we can still be friends after you finish reading. Ahem.

If you follow me around the internet, you know I’ve teased you a lot about what may or may not happen in book 3, but the truth is, most of the time I was just messing with you. What actually happens in the third book is probably almost definitely not what you think is going to happen. (Don’t let the title fool you! “Ignite” is so much more than it seems.)

Of this final book I can promise you this much, though: Juliette is back. She’s pissed. And she’s ready to kick some ass. No regrets.

And mom, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry I just said ass on the Internet. Twice.

-Tahereh Mafi

Source: MTV Hollywood Crush

It doesn’t sound as dramatic to me as the first two titles, but at least it’s less risqué than Tahereh’s mom’s suggestion: “Unshackle Me”. 😛 I really love these artistic eyes.  And I give the tagline an A+!

Scholastic and Award-Winning Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi Unveil New Cover for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

Harry Potter cover reveals continue August 1-7 with never-seen-before back covers of the seven new paperbacks by Kibuishi – books will be released on August 27, 2013

New York, NY — July 31, 2013 — Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today unveiled the new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – the seventh and final trade paperback edition with new covers illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi.

Kibuishi, along with Arthur Levine, Vice President and Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books and David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic, unveiled the new cover in New York, NY at a special event at The Scholastic Store. The complete series of newly jacketed books and a new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013, as part of Scholastic’s celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the original book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.

Following today’s unveiling, Scholastic will release the seven back covers of the new paperback trade editions illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, one each day from August 1st through 7th. Each day at 9 a.m. (EDT or eastern time), fans can see the amazing new Harry Potter art at www.oomscholasticblog.com.

In each of the new cover illustrations, Kibuishi perfectly captures a pivotal moment from that particular book. For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the illustration shows Harry, Ron and Hermione clinging to the back of a gigantic dragon, as they are carried ever closer to the pivotal battle which will determine the fate of the entire wizarding world.

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The artwork on the box set portrays a sweeping panorama of Hogsmeade, the picturesque village near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, as well as Dumbledore and Hagrid, walk through town, past Honeydukes Sweetshop, and Zonko’s Joke Shop. One special feature of the box set is the dramatic spine artwork which, as the volumes are placed in the order from one to seven, becomes a breathtaking view of Hogwarts at sunset. The entire box becomes an invitation to enter the enchanting world of the Harry Potter stories.

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Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in September 1998, there are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone and the series still hits bestseller lists regularly. The seven Harry Potter books are published in over 200 territories in 74 languages and have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

For more information about Harry Potter and the new paperback releases, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/harrypotter where downloadable images/movie files of the new covers for all seven Harry Potter books, the box set image, and new book-trailer video are available.

Courtesy: Scholastic Philippines

To Hell and Back Again: A Demigod’s Tale (or so we hope)

Rick Riordan has revealed the cover and synopsis for “The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)” at BEA. The book will be published on 8 October 2013.

house-of-hades-us-coverAt the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

The post at Hypable.com mentioned that Riordan said this is the book that Percy and Annabeth shippers (I refuse to call them by their ‘ship name even though I root for them being together) have been dying to see. I don’t know about you, but I prefer no dying.

The cover art and the synopsis definitely look and sound ominous, and I expected that. Or rather, I prefer that, but had second thoughts about Riordan going there. If he was willing to age people up for the romance, though, he should be willing to age them up in terms of the stakes and the sacrifices, so I’m not going to settle for anything less than Percy and Annabeth going through a more harrowing experience than they did in the other books. After all, Riordan IS putting them through Hell, right?

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I dread the “book that Percy and Annabeth (still refusing to use ‘ship name) shippers have been waiting for” part, to be honest, because damn it, does this mean we are going to get hit by the Relationship Anvil more times than we deserve?

Okay then, I’m buying a heavy-duty magically-reinforced helmet.

Cover Reveal: “Teardrop” by Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate is back with a new book, and it looks and sounds magical!

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Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Publication Date: 22 October 2013

Eureka’s name should have been Alice…who went to Wonderland and cried a lake into existence. (^_^)

And that cover is prettyyyyyyy.

Can’t wait!

Scholastic Unveils First of Seven New “Harry Potter” Covers

SCHOLASTIC UNVEILS FIRST OF SEVEN NEW COVERS FOR THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS IN CELEBRATION OF
THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FEATURING COVERS BY AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR KAZU KIBUISHI
COMING SEPTEMBER 2013

New York, NY (February 13, 2013) – Harry Potter fans and young readers just starting their journey through the world of Harry Potter will have something new and exciting to add to their bookshelves this September. Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today unveiled an all new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – the first of seven new covers to appear on U.S. trade paperback editions coming in September 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the original book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.

The stunning art for the new editions is by critically acclaimed artist Kazu Kibuishi, best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, Amulet. Kibuishi is a longtime Harry Potter fan who called this opportunity, “more than a little surreal.” Each of the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.

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“The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic,” said Kibuishi. “When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books – and they were like my own children – how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”

The inspired original art for the series, created by the talented Mary GrandPré will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.

According to Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade Publishing, “The brilliant artist Kazu Kibuishi offers his unique vision of the world of Harry Potter, making each cover an incredible adventure that will transport new readers just discovering Harry Potter for the first time directly into the rich world of J.K. Rowling’s imagination.”

Scholastic also announced that in November 2013, the company will release the first boxed set of the complete Hogwarts Library in the U.S., including Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Sales of the Hogwarts Library will support two charities selected by the author, J.K. Rowling: Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling which works to end the institutionalization of children, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.

Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in September 1998, there are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone and the series still hits bestseller lists regularly. The seven Harry Potter books are published in over 200 territories in 73 languages and have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

About Kazu Kibuishi: Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the on-going #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels, as well as the comic collection Copper, both published by Graphix/Scholastic. He is also the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series; and the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Alhambra, California with his family. Visit him at http://www.boltcity.com and on Twitter at @BoltCity.

For more information about Scholastic visit our media room.

For more information about Harry Potter and the new paperback releases, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/harrypotter, where a downloadable image of the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available.


Courtesy: Scholastic Philippines

From Cover to Cover: Thieves, Goddesses, and Sorcerers

There were a lot of cover reveals these past few days but these are my favorites.

First up: The much-anticipated sequel to Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Raven Boys”, called “The Dream Thieves”.

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There is no synopsis for this book yet, but Maggie announced that it will be published on 17 September 2013. And also, that’s Ronan on the cover, which is interesting, considering no particular character was featured on the cover of Book 1.

Next up: Mina V. Esguerra’s “Interim Goddess of Love” got a makeover for the release of its international print edition, as well as the 2nd installment, “Queen of the Clueless”.

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If you’ve been feeling neglected by the Goddess of Love lately, don’t worry — Hannah Maquiling, college sophomore, is in training to take over. The Original Goddess is missing, but Hannah is Interim Goddess now, and she should figure out how to solve humanity’s love problems soon. Quin (God of the Sun) is still her mentor, still really hot, but apparently isn’t as honest about his other earthly relationships as she thought. It’s frustrating, and enough to make her check out possibilities with Diego (God of the Sea) and Robbie (Cute Human).

In the meantime, she’s decided to spend some of her precious training time helping to break up a relationship, instead of putting one together. Why? Because the girl in question happens to be her best friend Sol, whose boyfriend is stealing not just from her, but from other people on campus. Sol didn’t exactly summon the Goddess, but this is what power over Love is for, right? Surely it’s not just about matchmaking, but ending doomed relationships too. (Even when it’s not what people want.)

The new covers were designed by the lovely Tania Arpa, and photographed/modeled by Rhea Bue. This is a great choice for the international editions because it immediately gives you that YA vibe, and it is rather eye-catching.

And this is the cover for IGoL’s Philippine print edition published by Summit Books:

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While this isn’t my favorite among the covers of IGoL released so far, it’s still cute, and when displayed with Mina’s other books that were released by Summit, this one blends in with the aesthetic of the others nicely.

This edition should hit the bookstore shelves today, while you can check buying info on the other editions here: click!

And last, but definitely not least: The 15th Anniversary Edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”! (But but but…I don’t even have the 10th Anniversary Edition yet!)

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This was designed by author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi. Scholastic plans to release a boxed set of trade paperbacks of all 7 books with covers designed by Kabuishi come September of this year. The hardcovers and digest paperbacks will still be published with Mary Grandpré’s art. Kibuishi talks about the covers here: click!

I like the look of Kibuishi’s art, and this actually makes me want to check out “Amulet”. I love that he picked the Diagon Alley scene to illustrate because it captures that sense of awe that Harry felt when he first set foot in the Wizarding World, which is what I felt when I read this book for the first time. The only thing that threw me off here is the color scheme, which immediately called to mind Grandpré’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” cover.

Cover Reveal: “Days of Blood and Starlight”

Oh wow! This is just… wow.

Entertainment Weekly just revealed the cover for the sequel to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone entitled Days of Blood and Starlight.


In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Publication Date: 6 November 2012

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Laini posted a teaser about the book when she revealed the title on her blog some time ago. You can read the teaser here.

I’m super excited for this book because I fell in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it made me an instant Laini Taylor fan. Daughter also ended with a sort of cliffhanger—the beginning of a new journey for Karou that may change the lives of all of the characters.

And I need more Akiva, please. 🙂