Where She Went

If I Stay was Mia’s story, and like her music, it was lilting, graceful, sometimes somber. But Where She Went is Adam’s story, and like his music, it’s to the point, angsty and hard. This book picks up three years after the first book. Adam is a famous rock star, Mia is graduating from Julliard, and they haven’t spoken in years. It took me a while to settle into this book since things are so different, but in the end I really loved it.

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‘Goliath’ Cover Art

It’s a double whammy of new cover art today! Scott Westerfeld has revealed the cover of the third book in his Leviathan trilogy today!

I absolutely love this series, but I have to say I don’t love the style of the new covers. (The new covers being the style Behemoth and Goliath have been done in, with the pseudo-photographic artwork.) For one thing, it’s just not as pretty as the original Leviathan cover. They also feel a little bit too young for me – the original Leviathan cover was great because it had widespread appeal, and lots of adults who were into steampunk picked it up in the bookstore. The new covers read much more “this is a kids’ book” and are just not my thing.

But on the bright side, we still have Keith Thompson’s amazing illustrations inside, and Scott gave us a preview of one illustration from the book. Check it out under the cut.

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Ally Condie Reveals ‘Matched’ Sequel

Today Ally Condie revealed the cover to Crossed, which is the sequel to last year’s Matched. I love the new cover art, and I’m excited to read part two in this trilogy. One of my criticisms of Matched was that it was slow-paced and there wasn’t enough action, but I have hope that this won’t be a problem in Crossed. Here’s the official summary:

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky— taken by the Society to his certain death—only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander—who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart—change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Crossed will be published on November 1, 2011.

Lauren Oliver’s ‘Delirium’ Giveaway

Lauren Oliver is giving away five finished, signed copies of her new book Delirium! You have until the end of the month, and you can enter by commenting on her blog post or Tweeting about the contest. She even made this sexy video to entice you:

Delirium hits bookstores on February 1st. Check out my review if you’ve forgotten how much I freaking loved this book.

More From Rae Mariz

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a story now that I jokingly refer to as “Juno set in the semi-post-apocalypse.” It’s about a really smart seventeen-year-old named Starlee Sanders who discovers how much she took people and things for granted after massive rainstorms cripple Seattle’s infrastructure and the survivors mob up to secure resources. The story is basically about figuring out how to move forward after it’s already too late to save the world… but not as dismal as that sounds, I promise.  It doesn’t have a set title yet, but I call it the Mudbook. It’ll come out sometime in 2012.

This is from the Q&A on author Rae Mariz’s website, which I was browsing after writing my review of The Unidentified.

AND THIS BOOK SOUNDS AWESOME, RIGHT? I will be all over this book when it comes out.