News for one of our fave authors… Ilsa J. Bick! Release dates, upcoming titles, and more!

Ilsa Bick

Photo from, where Vonna posted about Bick’s visit to a local bookstore in 2011.

Seriously. We should just give Ilsa her own segment on AtLP since we adore her so much.

So to show our adoration, we’d like to share some exciting news about her new and upcoming books!

First off, I’m uber excited for the release of Monsters, the third and final book in the Ashes trilogy. And we finally have a release date! SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 IS THE DAY, PEOPLE! Mark your calendars! No cover art yet, but rest assured – as soon as we see it, we’ll make sure you do, too!

The Sin Eater's ConfessionNextly, Bick is known in the YA community for her very provocative writing. Along with the Ashes books, Draw the Dark and Drowning Instinct are powerful and thought-provoking novels. She has a way of delving deep into the minds of her characters and pulling out each and every intricate aspect of their true nature so we get a full understanding into the character’s personality. (And, if you’re reading the Ashes books, very often those minds end up splattered all over walls. But that’s neither here nor there.) Being a child psychologist, Bick has keen insight into the ins and outs of young minds, and uses that knowledge to create very real and well rounded  characters.

Expanding on her other stand-alone novels, on January 1 The Sin Eater’s Confession was released by Carolrhoda Lab (which is a publishing imprint known for putting out edgy and “boundary-pushing” novels). I can’t believe I didn’t know about this book until today!

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

People in Merit, Wisconsin, always said Jimmy was . . . you know. But people said all sorts of stupid stuff. Nobody really knew anything. Nobody really knew Jimmy.

I guess you could say I knew Jimmy as well as anyone (which was not very well). I knew what scared him. And I knew he had dreams—even if I didn’t understand them. Even if he nearly ruined my life to pursue them.

Jimmy’s dead now, and I definitely know that better than anyone. I know about blood and bone and how bodies decompose. I know about shadows and stones and hatchets. I know what a last cry for help sounds like. I know what blood looks like on my own hands.

What I don’t know is if I can trust my own eyes. I don’t know who threw the stone. Who swung the hatchet? Who are the shadows? What do the living owe the dead?

I know nothing about this novel, except that it sounds good and I’m going to try to get my hands on a copy as soon as I can.

Lastly, next on tap for Bick after the Ashes trilogy is a two-book venture called Dark Passages. Book 1 will be titled White Space and it slated for release in 2014, followed by The Dickens Mirror (book 2 in the series, date undetermined). Both books will be published by Egmont.

The series is being pitched as “The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe” (from Bick’s website). Bick said as of right now it is a two-book series, but could potentially stretch to a trilogy.

The only thing left to say is ROCK ON, ILSA!


More book tour news!

If you’re in the Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio area (yes, I realize that those four states comprise more of a large portion of the country than an “area”), we’ve got book tour news for you…

Lara Zielin, Rhonda Stapleton, Christine Johnson and Saundra Mitchell will be struttin’ their stuff on their Girls Taking Over the World book tour. Julie Kagawa, Aimee Carter, and Sara Bennett Wealer will also be joining on various stops throughout the tour. Teens will have the chance to “meet and greet” the authors, and can purchase books to have signed at each event.

Check out their website to get all the details and locations!

I love me a good book tour…


Check out the From Ash to Nash book tour! Beth Revis, Victoria Schwab, and Myra McEntire are making the rounds starting in Asheville, NC and ending in Nashville, TN. They’ll be visiting bookstores and other landmarks in between the two cities and picking up some other fabulous YA authors along the way. Since they won’t be able to reach everyone, they’re bringing a Virtual Tour to us!  Check out their site to see how you can win prize packs, including signed copies of their books!

Entrants must be 13 or older. Contest closes on August 13, 2011.

YA Book & Author News

Got some good stuff to tell you about today, folks… let’s get into it.

  • Veronica Roth has announced the title to book 2 of the Divergent trilogy! Secretively called “D2” up until now, Roth posted the new book’s title on her blog early last week. The sequel will be awesomely titled…. *drumroll please*…. INSURGENT. I haven’t read Divergent yet, but it’s got first dibs in my TBR pile.
  • Megan McCafferty tweeted a story about a set of triplets who all gave birth to sons within two weeks of each other. She hinted that it reminded her of one of the plot points in Thumped, the sequel to Bumped. I’m not sure if I’m intrigued or disturbed.
  • Aimee Carter, author of The Goddess Test, has a new dystopian series on the way. Book 1 (titled Masked) will be released in late September/October 2011. Unfortunately, the release date of Goddess Interrupted, sequel to The Goddess Test, has been pushed back to April 2012.
  • Melissa Marr will be releasing a YA short story collection in February 2012 called “Fairy Tales and Nightmares.” FYI, the cover art is jaw-droppingly awesome.
  • For those of you aching for more from Kelley Armstrong, the first chapter of her online novella was posted on her blog for you all to read and enjoy.
  • Cassandra Clare is in the habit of posting teasers on her website for her upcoming books. This month’s teasers include one from Clockwork Prince, and a bonus teaser of a few lines of dialogue from City of Lost Souls. The CoLS bit has got me giddy for more spectacular Jace/Clary drama.
  • For you Iron Fey series lovers out there, Julie Kagawa revealed the front and back cover art for The Iron Knight. I admit, I’m not much of a paranormal/fantasy reader, but those covers intrigue me enough to make me want to read this series.
  • And in other uber exciting non-author related news, Lionsgate is having a contest in which one lucky fan can win a trip to the set of The Hunger Games! Head over to The Hunger Games Facebook page to enter, or read the article with the deets here. The contest started June 24. Winners will be announced the week of July 25.

Author News! Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series

Big news everyone!  Ally Carter told us at BEA 2011 that there most definitely was going to be a 5th Gallagher Girls book released in 2012.  In her e-newsletter today she gave us an official date!

Gallagher Girls #5 will be available in the US & Canada on March 20, 2012.

Let the speculation begin:  What do you think will happen in GG5?