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June 2011 Releases

Done with May 2011 Releases? Here are June 2011 Releases. To see further dates, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Hereafter – Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson
Hereafter (Hereafter, Book 1)
HarperCollins (CA: 27th May 2011; US: 7th June 2011; AU: 1st July 2011; UK: 7th July 2011)
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Amelia knows her name, and that she died at eighteen years, drowned in the river under the infamous High Bridge Road. As a ghost, she can’t feel things…until she finds Joshua Mayhew drowning in her river.

Amelia’s had twelve years of nothing, and though we understand why she can feel Joshua, their connection still has a whiff of “special snowflake” about it. Indeed, Joshua takes the news of Amelia being a ghost rather well.

Eli Rowland is a slave to his ego, but only because he’s lonely? He makes Amelia almost beg for information about their predicament, and claims he “owns” her. Of course, Amelia’s having none of that, but still the hereafter is confusing. And in a wasted opportunity, the coven provides only very mild tension.

Amelia doesn’t seem to practise using her newfound powers much, yet they work magnificently just when she needs them to. She even glows fiery colours. The story’s danger and conflicts aren’t as heavy as they could be, and they’re overcome far too easily.

The setting is gorgeous. Hereafter quietly sprawls with a Gothic menace, a pleasant read for a lazy afternoon. It may not push boundaries, but should find a nice audience with fans of Jessica Verday’s The Hollow.

2 Events, 1 News & 11 New Deals

On Thursday 24th February, Keri Arthur will be the star of Library Lovers’ Lunch at Belgrave Library in VIC. Starts at 12:30PM and costs $10, which includes lunch. You can book your place by phone on 9754 7266, or online. Hope to see you there!

Rachel Caine will come to Australia for the worldwide release of Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10) in May 2011. Stay tuned for more details.

Sara Creasy‘s sci-fi romance Song of Scarabaeus has been nominated for the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel, Children of Scarabaeus, will be published 29th March 2011.

Rachel Cohn‘s 4-book sci-fi/fantasy series to Disney-Hyperion (World English). The first book, Beta, will be published in 2012, the rest following in 1-year intervals. Set in the bioengineered tropical paradise of Annex, which is staffed by soul-less clones. In Beta, 2 teenage girls – 1 human & the other her clone – are both stranded in the Annex & fall in love with the same guy.

Film rights for Jack El-Hai‘s The Lobotomist sold to Realm Pictures producer Brad Fischer, working with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production shingle, Appian Way. A biography of Walkter J. Freeman, the brilliant doctor who found infamy instead of medical glory after he introduced the lobotomy as a treatment for mental illness.

Kat Falls’s dystopian YA romance trilogy, The Fetch, to Scholastic Press (world rights, exc. UK/Aus/NZ). 1st book scheduled for 2012. Set in a near future in which American has been literally separated – a wall has been erected – into East & West after a disease ravages the eastern half of the country. When a 16-year-old girls is forced to travel east into the “savage zone” on a dangerous mission, she winds up meeting a mysterious boy.

Kathy Hepinstall‘s The Blue Asylum to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NA). Madness, slavery & war are the backdrop to a love story set during the Civil War, at an insane asylum on remote Sanibel Island, as a plantation wife who has been committed by her husband falls in love with a fellow inmate & plots their escape.

Nancy Holzner‘s next 2 Deadtown novels will be released in 2011 & 2012 respectively.

UK rights for Tara Hudson‘s debut YA ghost romance Hereafter sold to HarperCollins Children’s for publication in July 2011.

Jay Kristoff‘s Stormdancer in a 3-book World English deal to Thomas Dunne Books, in association with Tor UK. A dystopian fantasy set in steampunk feudal Japan.

Screen rights for Marie Lu‘s futuristic Legend to CBS Films/Temple Hill. Takes place in a North America split into 2 warring nations, following a young Robin Hood & a teen prodigy hired to hunt him down who uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. Lu has planned the series as a trilogy & will be involved in the scripting phase as an exec producer.

Gena Showalter has sold Alice in Zombieland, the 1st in a series. A teenage girl loses her family in a crash, only to wake up to a world of zombies & zombie-slaying, as well as a bad boy who could save or destroy her.

Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (NA), scheduled for October 2011. Will riff on the original title that launched the popular YA line about a group of wealthy Upper East Side teenagers who attend a posh Manhattan private school. The book, which will be a mashup in the style of Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, is a serial killer version of the original Gossip Girl novel…or “Gossip Girl: Slasher Edition”. Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen become the “most fabulous, trendsetting serial killers” around.

Jill Williamson‘s YA novel Jason Farms to Zonderkids for publication in June 2012. A girl discovers an underground lab of clones – all of whom look suspiciously like a boy from school.

Jennifer Bosworth, Cole Gibsen, Tara Hudson, Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel, Bethany Wiggins, Cherry Cheva

Here’re some things I’ve added to my wishlist recently. Perhaps you’ll add them to yours, too 😉

Jennifer Bosworth’s debut YA, Struck, to Janine O’Malley at Farrar, Straus & Giroux (World English). After Los Angeles is devastated by an earthquake, Mia finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between 2 fanatical doomsday cults: 1 that wants to save the world & another that wants to destroy it.

Cole Gibsen‘s debut Katana to Brian Farrey at Flux, in a 2-book deal (NA). The captain of the pom squad learns she is a reincarnated samurai, meets a boy claiming to be her soul mate from another life, & must chose between continuing as the girl she’s always been & embracing the warrior inside her.

Tara Hudson‘s Hereafter trilogy to Barbara Lalicki at Harper Children’s for publication in 2011. 18-year-old Amelia’s afterlife is forever altered the night she saves a boy from drowning & suddenly finds herself haunting the all-too-willing boy, who not only sees her but is determined to reintroduce her to the world of the living.

Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel‘s Ghost Sickness (tentatively titled) to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury (World English) for publication in 2011. In the book, Aimee turns to the new kid in town (and romantic interest), Alan, for help in battling the evils of an ancient spirit.

Bethany Wiggins‘s The Hunted to Emily Easton at Walker, for publication in 2011 (World). A 17-year-old shapeshifter is being hunted by supernatural creatures, & her only hope for survival is found in Navajo legend.

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FILM/TV

From Variety: Fox 2000 has optioned Cherry Cheva‘s (a.k.a. Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) 2nd young adult novel, DupliKate, for Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy to produce. In the story, Kate Larson creates an avatar named Rina for a computer game, only Rina springs to life & demands equal time in the real world.