It’s been a great cover month, hasn’t it?

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (plus an interview with the author)
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (plus an exclusive excerpt of the book)
Ally (Nemesis #2) by Anna Banks (plus an interview with the author)
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (plus an interview with the author)

To more pretty covers, forever and always.

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you hurdle down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Books: Whump Edition

first of all, holy heck… the response to my / anon’s request for whumpy books has been amazing (not to mention a little overwhelming)! thank you all for your suggestions; i can’t wait to read all these. ;) let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. Dick Francis books :

    “Dick Francis’s books are all wonderfully whumpy. They are murder mysteries set around the British horseracing world (Francis was a jockey before he became a writer) and despite being a bit formulaic they are wonderfully well written and fun to read. If I had to recommend one to start with, I’d say “Odds Against (Sid Halley #1)”, as it is the first of the Sid Halley books and he is my favourite Dick Francis character.” // submitted by @nemo-forever and @alipeeps​ 

  2. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen : 

    “The first book has some nice whump (the main character gets whipped and then is taken care of in a dungeon cell), and the second book has such good whump that I just open it sometimes and read the whumpy part when I need some good whump. (It involves a broken leg, climbing a wall and dueling on said leg, passing out, going into shock at some point and plenty of being taken care of.)” // submitted by @helpidkwhatmyusernameshouldbe and @aliciaaanne14​ 

  3. The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey : 

    “If you like fantasy books then Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage trilogy is fairly well-peppered with whump too, mainly for the main character Vanyel. There’s whump in all three of the books, from what I remember, but especially the first and the third ones.” // submitted by @alipeeps

  4. Doctor Who Tie-In Novels : 

    Some of the Doctor Who tie-in novels have some very nice whump (I’ve mostly only read the 10th Doctor ones personally).” // submitted by @alipeeps

  5. Stargate Atlantis Tie-In Novels by Martha Wells : 

    “Oooh ooh and while we’re talking tie-in novels, oh my, the Stargate Atlantis tie-in novels! Now quite a few of them are good for whump but the best ones are the ones by Martha Wells - now SHE knows her whump! Lovely lovely Sheppard whump in Reliquary in particular. :D” // submitted by @alipeeps 

  6. The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson : 

    “Basically there’s a lot of whump to go around for all the characters but Fang gets a fair share of it and boy, is it amazing. From passing out mid-flight (oh yeah, they can fly) from blood loss to being beaten up, there’s just a lot of it.” // submitted by @aliciaaanne14

  7. The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Claire : 

    “I know The Mortal Instruments is pretty big, but this prequel is amazing. Jem Carstairs is basically a cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at all costs because he’s genuinely such a sweetheart. But he’s got a condition where he became addicted to a drug (yin fey) by some demons and he needs the drug to survive. So you can imagine what happens. There’s so many great scenes in this book and lots of after-care, meaning caring from Will. <3″ // submitted by @aliciaaanne14 

  8. *edited* Parallel: The Secret Life of Jordan Mckay by Abra Ebner and Christina Corlett 

    “A guy who has the ability to time travel. He uses it to fix things, but every time he does, his body gets weaker and the stakes get higher. One of my fav books.” // submitted by @pumpkinpixel

  9. Acheron and Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon : 

    “They’re pretty much every whumper’s dream. The two main characters go through every torture and torment out there from the beginning to the end of the book, but not to the point that it becomes pointless. Their sense of enduring and survival makes it all the merrier.” // submitted by @pumpkinpixel

  10. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman : 

    “The main character has the uncontrollable ability of transforming every physical hurt from those he loves unto him. Need I say more?” (No, you needn’t. *heart eyes*) // submitted by @pumpkinpixel​ 

  11. The Scotland Yard Murder Squad by Alex Grecian : 

    “Starting with the book “The Yard”, these books have some pretty good whump, especially for Nevil Hammersmith. Plus, they are fun, quick read mysteries :)” // submitted by @lavoyageuse21​ 

  12. Blink Once by Cylin Busby : 

    “This book is from the perspective of a guy in a coma the whole book is his recovery and stuff it’s actually amazing and the plot is good.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  13. Fracture by Megan Miranda : 

    “This book is amazing; the main character almost drowns in the first few pages and she’s in hospital for ages then stuff happens and mystery things… it’s good as there’s a lot of whump.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  14. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater :

    Shiver is amazing for physical and emotional whump plus it’s my favourite book and I just love it so much please read it it’s so freaking amazing.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  15. The Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White : 

    “This series has some pretty good whump plus it’s just amazing. In the first book the main character and this other hot dude get zapped and batted around quite a bit, and then in the second book, I think, someone gets cursed so that the person they are in love with will fall asleep every time they come near each other, which is hilarious and they worry over him for ages. Yeah, just read it. It’s great. // Submitted by @wolfypuppypiles​ 

  16. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher : 

    “The books (not show) is extremely whumpy.” “Poor Harry. He gets kicked around a lot.” “It’s amazing that guy has survived 16 books.” // Submitted by @nothingimpossibleonlyimprobable and @lizzerbell and @vimesbootstheory​ and @estelkenobi​ 

  17. Cal Leandros Series by Rob Thurman // submitted by @bromanceandships

  18. The Books of the Raksura Series by Martha Wells // submitted by @bromanceandships

  19.  Books by authors Courtney Schafer and Carol Berg // submitted by @bromanceandships 

  20. Symphony of Ages Series by Elizabeth Haydon // submitted by @northernredwood 

  21. All For The Game Series by Nora Sakavic : 

    “It’s absolute whump heaven and the characters are amazing!” “Basically it’s a bunch of guys constantly getting hurt, especially the protagonist Neil <3″ // submitted by @quicksilver-1998​ and anonymous 

  22. Homelanders Series by Andrew Klavan : 

    AHHHH THERE’S THIS BOOK SERIES CALLED THE HOMELANDERS. ok no more caps for now. Anyway, it’s a super chill book series (4 books) and they’re amazing and full of whump from what I remember.” // submitted by anonymous

  23. Ashfall Trilogy by Mike Mullin : 

    This is a dystopian series with a decent amount of whump.” // submitted by anonymous

  24. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch // submitted by anonymous 

  25. The Monument 14 Series by Emmy Laybourne // submitted by anonymous 

sheesh. i think i covered all of them - for now! thank you again to everyone who submitted suggestions for this! now i just have to find the time to read these. ;D

*note: if anyone does NOT want their name on this list as the source, let me know and i will remove it. being a whumper isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but if you would prefer to remain anonymous - as i myself do, to some extent - i definitely understand. :)* 


ICYMI: Here’s the trailer for Emmy Laybourne’s MONUMENT 14 SAVAGE DRIFT! 


A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in May 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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