Monday 16 April 2012

News Roundup: Cover Reveal, Teaser Trailer & J.K. Rowling's adult book

It's been a couple of weeks since I last did a news roundup so I thought it was about time to schedule another one! Either I've not been paying as much attention as usual or there has been less news in the last couple of weeks but at least that means this is a shorter post than usual!

First I want to share the UK cover for the paperback version of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This is being published by Hodder & Stoughton on the 16th of August. I absolutely love this book (read my review here) so if you haven't already read it you should add it to your wish list! Anyway here is the new paperback cover:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone UK Paperback Cover

What do you think? If you've read the book already you'll know just how well it fits in with the story which I really like but I have to admit that I think I still prefer the hardback cover because it's so pretty:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone UK Hardback Cover

Which of these covers do you like best? If you haven't already read the book which one would you be more likely to pick up if you saw it in the book store?


Did you see the first teaser trailer for The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead yet? I love the Vampire Academy series so it's no surprise that I was looking forward to Bloodlines (the first book in the spin off series) when it came out last year. Although I missed having Rose and Dimitri as main characters I still really enjoyed Bloodlines (read my review here) and can't wait for the second book The Golden Lily to come out in June. This teaser has just made me even more excited!

So who else is looking forward to this one as much as I am?


Finally I thought I'd quickly mention the announcement about J.K. Rowling's first adult novel that was posted on the Waterstones website here. I am a massive fan of the Harry Potter books (although I do still need to finish my series reread so I can post reviews for the rest of the books) so when I first heard that Jo would be writing an adult book I was really excited about it. We now know that book is called The Casual Vacancy and will be published in the UK on the 27th of September.

Here is the blurb:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

I'm not sure what I expected but I have to confess that this is about as far from it as you can get. In fact if I'm really honest the blurb doesn't sound like my kind of book at all so I'm feeling a bit disappointed! I'm pretty sure I'll end up trying it anyway but I don't think it's going to be a book that I would actually queue up at a midnight release for like I did with the last few Harry Potter books. In fact I will probably wait until it comes out in paperback since I'm not really a hardback fan anyway. What do you all think of The Casual Vacancy? Is this one you're dying to get your hands on or one you think you'll give it a miss? Are you a fan of the Harry Potter books and do you think that will effect your decision to read Jo's adult book?


So that's all the news I have to share today and you've probably already come across most of it elsewhere but I'll be interested to know what you think of it all!


  1. Both cover are pretty but if i have to choose I love the paper back cover more but unfortunately I already have the hardcover which i will be reading after my current reading ... Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Hi Lily, I do like the paperback but I love the hardback one. I never normally buy hardbacks though as I prefer to read paperback. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did - it's really an awesome book!



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