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December 21, 2010 posted by Ivy

Pubsicle #7 and Giveaway

Flavor of the week : Orange Penguin Delight

Pubsicle is a weekly meme that combines our two favorite things – ice cream and books. We hand the reigns over to some of our awesome publishers as they highlight what upcoming releases they’re excited about.

Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

The Romanov family have been ousted from the imperial palace by the Bolsheviks and exiled to Siberia. Life as a privileged member of the Russian Royalty has come to a shattering end.

As the debate about their future rages within the ranks of the newly empowered, Anastasia, youngest daughter of the Tsar Nicholas, discovers love – and with it all the secrets and danger this brings into her strange new life.

Will the strength of that love be enough to save Anastasia from her tragic fate? What happened in the last days of the Romanov family? And did Russia’s last princess live in love after all?

Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap’s new novel is a haunting vision of the life – and imagined love story – of Russia’s last princess.

Australian Release Date: Oct. 29, 2010

Susanne Dunlap is an American author well known for her historical fiction. She is a graduate of Smith College and Yale University where she majored in music history, and happily confesses to using music as her escape mechanism when times got tough; and at one point had her sights set on a career as a professional musician.

The musical world’s loss is the literary world’s gain. Susanne weaves a compelling and fascinating story which clearly mirrors her love for the craft of writing as well as all things historical. Her first foray into writing for the young adult market was The Musician’s Daughter, a story that combines her deep depth of knowledge of music with her love of conveying another world to the reader.

Anastasia’s Secret is her second novel for the YA audience and transports the reader into the time of the Russian revolution; and the mystery of the Romanov family and their demise.

Susanne divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Northampton, MA.



by Rebecca

by Bookfoolery and Babble

Where to buy:

Angus & Robertson for Aussies

Book Depository

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6) by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

Release date: Dec. 12, 2010

Richelle Mead lives in Seattle and is the author of the bestselling Vampire Academy series which includes Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise and Spirit Bound. The sixth and final book, Last Sacrifice, is due for release in December 2010. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, inventing recipes, and buying far too many dresses.



by Christina

Where to buy:

Angus & Robertson for Aussies

Book Depository

Matched by Ally Condie



In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.

But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.

And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel . . .

Australian Release date: December 7, 2010

American Release date: November 30, 2010

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.



by Christina

Where to buy:

Angus & Robertson for Aussies

Book Depository


Thanks to Penguin Australia, we’re giving away 3 prize packs!

Included in the prize pack is a copy of Anastasia’s Secret, Last Sacrifice, and Matched.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Simply fill out the form below with your name, email, and mailing address. We randomly draw the winners using
  • Two winners from Australia and one international winner.
  • Ends on January 03, 2011.

Visit Penguin Australia’s online space for Teens at Between the Lines.

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