Haul & News – 19 April 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • Illusion (Chronicles of Nick #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (review) from Hachette
  • Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz & The Fool #1) by Robin Hobb (review) from Del Ray on NetGalley
  • Otherbound by Connie Duyvis (review) from Amulet Books on NetGalley

The first arrived while I was away at a conference (ramble below) and I confess I haven’t yet read this series. I’m torn between whether I’ll go to the start and read the previous books first, or if I’ll try jump in to the fifth and review it how it goes as a stand alone. Either way, I’m interested to give it a go!

The second also arrived while I was away, or at least, the notification did. I think I squealed a little, tiny bit. I adore Robin Hobb’s work, and she was utterly lovely when I got to say hello at World Fantasy Con in Brighton. I was so excited to hear this series was coming out, and even moreso when I was approved for a review copy instead of waiting until August! I’m savouring this one, as I have a few months before it comes out, and so far I’m loving every minute of it.

Otherbound is a novel that caught my attention, basically because of these lines: ‘Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.’ That’s enough to win me over!


Things were pretty quiet here for the first half of April, as I was away for a week for the judges conference with seven other judges to decide on the winners of the Australian Children’s Book Council Awards – 370 books we read (picture books through to young adult novels) and it took us several days to discuss, vote, write reports and generally work to whittle those 370 books down into shortlists, notables and winners!

The shortlists and notables were announced the next morning after our decision, so we were all still together packing up and getting a few media notes together. You can see the details here! Winners and Honour Books shall be announced on August 15th 2014.

CBCA  Logo Hi Res Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014

During that time I also attended the Aurealis Awards night, as I was a judge and convener of the Fantasy Novel award – what a fantastic night, as it always is. The award for fantasy novel went to a self-published author, Mitchell Hogan. I highly recommend his book, A Crucible of Souls.


Speaking of the Aurealis Awards, the call for judges for this year has begun, and you have until the 30th April to apply. All judges must be Australian, and willing to read electronic submissions. As someone who has been a judge for three years now, I’m more than happy to answer any questions (though Tehani is probably the best person to ask as she’s in charge of the judges!)

If you’re interested, click here to read more information on how to apply. 


Twelfth Planet Press have excellent news, especially if you’re a fan of Isobelle Carmody – they’re to release a special thirteenth volume titled The Moth Cycle!


This time tomorrow, the shortlist for the Hugo Awards and the Retro Hugos of 1939 shall be announced! This begins at 8:30pm BST (British Summer Time) on Saturday 19 April, which is about 5am on Sunday my time. Still debating whether I’m waking early for that or not.

Other Links of Notice:

  • If you’re on Goodreads and want to sync your amazon purchases straight to your goodreads account, you now can! At least if you live in the US, Canada or Australia.
  • The lovely Tor have announced that Anthony Horowitz is coming out with another Sherlock Holmes book – it won’t be a sequel to his excellent ‘House of Silk’, but it will be called Moriarty. Currently due to come out late October!
  • Voyager Online has posted an Author Q&A of ten questions with Anne Bishop which is pretty dang nifty!
  • I really like the comic xkcd did regarding free speech.
  • As always, Tansy‘s links of the week are always excellent. Kristen Bell and Amy Adams as Harley and Ivy? Yes, please!
  • Who loves international competitions of geeky books? Silly question, isn’t it? RPGamer has a comp running regarding books that feature gaming. Details on how to enter, as well as an excellent write up of a few books in the genre, can be found here.

Cover Reveals:



Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Simon Pulse.

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

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