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Move Over Vampires, Here Come the Angels

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Stephenie Meyer has some new competition.

While vampire books have been the lifeblood of the publishing industry during the recession, their hot status is being challenged by the latest publishing trend – fallen angel books.

Striking while the iron is hot,  first-time author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush-Hush, an angel-themed tale of forbidden love has had its release date bumped up to next month from next spring.   Going Bovine, Libba Bray’s book featuring a punk angel was released this month as was The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech.  And in time for the holiday shopping season, Fallen, the first in a planned four-book series by Lauren Kate, will come out in December.

“There’s still steam in vampires,” says Trevor Dayton, vice-president of Kids and Entertainment at Indigo Books. “But angels offer a more interesting palate, from the fallen all the way through guardian angels. They can be quirky and more human in their feelings.”

Who will win the battle of fangs vs. wings? I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the sales figures say…

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