21st October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Karen Ann Hopkins
Embers (Wings of War, Book 1)
Karen Ann Hopkins (US: 21st October 2014)
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Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the greyness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realises that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Darynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, Book 7)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 21st October 2014); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK: 21st October 2014)
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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out Charley Davidson’s jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and as she retraces his last steps she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments have forced her to become a responsible adult. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

Kelly Meade
Gray Bishop (Cornerstone Run, Book 2)
Penguin InterMix (US: 21st October 2014)
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With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular. After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him. Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult. When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts – and the true feelings they have for each other – if they are going to survive…

Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) [Collector's Edition]
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 21st October 2014)
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This deluxe package features: 72 pages of bonus content, including: -Two essays by Veronica Roth, including excerpts from early drafts of Divergent. -An essay about the psychology behind fear and the “exposure therapy” of Dauntless initiation. -Artistic renderings of the Choosing Ceremony Bowls. -An excerpt from the movie script. -Favourite quotes from Divergent, illustrated by fellow Initiates. -A map of the Dauntless compound. -Divergent discussion questions. Plus: -A four-colour fold-out poster. -A brilliant metallic book jacket. -A satin ribbon placeholder.

Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle, Book 3)
Scholastic (US: 21st October 2014)
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Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

#AuthorYes – But I’m Sticking with #HaleNo

“Blogger: Free Speech Zone” image made by Lou at The Book Pushers.

There’s suggestion of boycotting all HarperTeen/HarperCollins titles UNTIL the publisher comes out with a statement about Hale and where they stand with their privacy policy.

Others claim it’s unfair to other HC authors who’ve done nothing wrong. So the #AuthorYes hashtag came about.

And this bothers me, because people seem more concerned about HC authors than the fact that most of the blogging community feels UNSAFE.

So how can we make HC listen, acknowledge, and respond? Yes, we know #notallYAauthors, but I think #AuthorYes completely distracts from the fact that…

Well, that “no negativity; only positivity” attitude has never sat well with me.

Bloggers are literally SCARED, but some people are more concerned with authors’ possible hurt feelings that people may not want to buy/review/promote their HC-published books UNTIL their publisher speaks out.

The suggested boycott is NOT permanent – it’s temporary, ONLY UNTIL HarperTeen/HarperCollins speaks out on the matter. What is their privacy policy? We know Hale originally got the address from a book club, but she CONFIRMED it with a publishing contact to find out if books were regularly sent there. If they confirmed that address for Hale, who else’s addresses are up for grabs?

The longer HC remains silent, the more worried the blogging community becomes. We just NEED TO KNOW. (Not me, personally, since American publishers generally don’t snail-mail books out to Australia.)

If you choose to partake in #AuthorYes, that’s your decision. But I’m sticking with #HaleNo for the time being.


#AuthorYes may have been created to take the attention away from Hale, but it still sounds too much like ignoring the situation.

I will share my praise of the authors I like any time of the year. But now is not the time. I really don’t think we should be distracting from the major issue at hand.

So while theoretically I’m with #AuthorYes, I won’t be in practicality. I don’t “hate authors”, but now is not the time to say, “Hey, look elsewhere!” and encourage people to ignore the seriousness of the situation.

Eyes on the goal, people. Let’s not distract from what’s really important – EVERYONE’s safety, security, and privacy. #AuthorYes can be a year-round thing, but this issue of personal information being disclosed without the person’s permission is something that publishing really needs to address NOW. Praise of authors can wait.

US Calendar of Releases

Welcome to the US Calendar of Releases. The Kindle Edition links likely only work in the US, but the print links should work for everyone. As always, dates may change, but here’s what they are for the time being, so you can plan your purchases accordingly.

21st: Darynda Jones: Seventh Grave and No Body: Kindle Edition; Hardcover
21st: Kelly Meade: Gray Bishop: Kindle Edition
21st: Maggie Stiefvater: Blue Lily Lily Blue: Kindle Edition; Hardcover
21st: Karen Ann Hopkins: Embers: Kindle Edition
28th: V. C. Andrews: Secrets of Foxworth: Kindle Edition; Hardcover; Mass Market Paperback
28th: Kelley Armstrong: Otherworld Nights: Kindle Edition; Paperback
28th: Ally Condie: Atlantia: Kindle Edition; Hardcover
28th: Megan Crewe: Earth & Sky: Kindle Edition; Paperback
28th: Tracey Garvis Graves: Cherish: Kindle Edition; Paperback
28th: Kim Harrison: Sudden Backtrack: Kindle Edition
28th: Megan Hart & Tiffany Reisz: Captivated: Paperback
28th: Caitlin Kittredge: Black Dog: Kindle Edition; Paperback

1st: Megan Hart & Tiffany Reisz: Captivated: Kindle Edition
4th: Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Killer Instinct: Hardcover
4th: Amy Rose Capetta: Entangled: Paperback
4th: Andrea Cremer: Snakeroot: Paperback
4th: Karsten Knight: Afterglow: Paperback
11th: Jenna Black: Revolution: Kindle Edition; Paperback
18th: Sylvia Day: Captivated by You: Kindle Edition; Paperback
25th: Megan Hart: Lovely Wild: Paperback
25th: Tiffany Reisz: The King: Paperback

1st: Megan Hart: Lovely Wild: Kindle Edition
1st: Tiffany Reisz: The King: Kindle Edition
2nd: Keri Arthur: Darkness Falls: Kindle Edition; Mass Market Paperback
2nd: Rinda Elliott: Foresworn: Kindle Edition
2nd: Melissa West: Collide: Kindle Edition; Paperback
8th: Katie McGarry: Breaking the Rules: Kindle Edition
9th: Lauren DeStefano: No Intention of Dying: Kindle Edition
9th: Stacey Jay: Of Beast and Beauty: Paperback
9th: Stacey Jay: Princess of Thorns: Kindle Edition; Hardcover
16th: Avery Hastings: Rival: Kindle Edition
18th: Anna Sheehan: No Life But This: Paperback
23rd: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: This Shattered World: Kindle Edition; Hardcover
23rd: Megan Shepherd: Her Dark Curiosity: Paperback
30th: M. D. Waters: Prototype: Paperback
31st: Kelley Armstrong: Bounty Hunt: Hardcover

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

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Michele Lang: THE WITCH OF BUDAPEST: 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
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Anna Sheehan: NO LIFE BUT THIS: 18th December 2014: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE CREEPING: 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
Laurie Faria Stolarz: WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE (paperback): 23rd June 2015: Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: SIGNED SKYE HARPER (paperback): 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Brenna Yovanoff: FIENDISH (paperback): 11th August 2015: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA, & AU: 7th October 2014)
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Q. Who says the following in this novel? “…back when I had my chance, I would have kept her alive long enough to make sure you were present when I slit her throat.”
A. The guy the female lead loves, happily ever after.

That should help you decide if this romantic suspense is right for you.

This is a novel about sexism, whether internalised or otherwise. The women rely on men rescuing them. The men are full of violence and vengeance.

Britt is locked out of the lodge in the cold, on her own:

Q. How does Britt light a fire?
A. Using matches a man left outside.

Q. How does Britt get back inside the lodge?
A. By entering through a window that earlier a man broke in through and had cleared away all the glass before Britt came to it.

Britt chooses vacation spots based on where a guy she fancies will be, even in the epilogue set a year later.

The story pretends to be about the gaining of female independence, but it’s actually about falling in love with a criminal a girl aids and abets. The guy whom Britt loves, happily ever after? He holds a gun to Britt’s head within just thirty pages of the novel’s end.

The author writes the story’s snowy setting well, but anything relating to humans and their interpersonal relationships is just not good.

14th October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Julianna Baggott
Burn (Pure, Book 3)
Hachette Grand Central (US: 14th October 2014)
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With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father’s lies, taking down the rigid order of the Dome, and uniting its citizens with the disfigured Wretches on the outside. But from his new position of power, things are far more complex and potentially dangerous than he could have ever imagined. On the outside, a band of survivors faces a treacherous journey to Dome. Pressia carries with her the key to salvation. If she can get it to the Dome, the Wretches could one day be healed and everyone might be able to put the horrors of the past behind them. Bradwell, the revolutionary, cannot forgive so easily. Despite Pressia’s pleas, he is determined to bring down the Dome and hold its citizens accountable for leaving the rest of the world to burn. El Capitan, the former rebel leader, wants to help Pressia save as many lives as possible – but he’s struggling to reconcile his newfound compassion with his vicious past. As former allies become potential enemies, the fate of the world is more uncertain than ever. Will humanity fall to destruction? Or will a new world rise from the ashes?

R. C. Lewis
Stitching Snow
Disney-Hyperion (US: 14th October 2014)
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back – but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realises that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.

Sophie Littlefield
The Missing Place [also published as The Moon Pool]
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 14th October 2014)
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The booming North Dakota oil business is spawning “man camps,” shantytowns full of men hired to work on the rigs, in towns without enough housing to accommodate them. In such twilight spaces, it’s easy for a person to vanish. And when two young men in their first year on the job disappear without a trace, only their mothers believe there’s hope of finding them. Despite reassurances that the police are on the case, the two women think the oil company is covering up the disappearances – and maybe something more. Colleen, used to her decorous life in a wealthy Massachusetts suburb, is determined to find her son. And hard-bitten Shay, from the wrong side of the California tracks, is the only person in town even willing to deal with her – because she’s on the same mission. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, these two unlikely partners question each other’s methods and motivations, but must work together against the town of strangers if they want any chance of finding their lost boys. But what they uncover could destroy them both…

Diana Peterfreund
Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, Book 2)
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 14th October 2014)
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Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilisation, the islands of Galatea and Albion stand alone, a paradise where even the Reduction – the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars – is a distant memory. Yet on Galatea, an uprising against the aristocracy has turned deadly, and the only hope is a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy. On neighbouring Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous teenage aristocrat Persis Blake. Her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicised new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo…is her most dangerous mission ever. But when Persis discovers that Justen is keeping a secret that could plunge New Pacifica into another dark age, she realises she’s not just risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

Leslie Tentler
Left Field Press (US: 14th October 2014)
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Amid a sultry Atlanta summer, someone is targeting police… The investigation becomes personal for APD Detective Ryan Winter when a colleague, and friend, is shot dead, the second victim in just weeks. But even as he finds himself being drawn into the tense hunt for a serial cop killer, he is forced to re-examine his own shattering personal tragedy. An ER physician at Atlanta’s busy Mercy Hospital, Dr. Lydia Costa is no stranger to suffering. Still, the recent police slayings reopen barely healed wounds – and bring her face-to-face with her ex-husband, Ryan Winter. As the body count rises and paranoia tightens its grip on the police force, Lydia and Ryan are pulled together by circumstances and fate…causing old passions to reignite despite their painful shared past. But as Ryan moves closer to discovering the killer’s identity, someone is watching, placing both him and Lydia in mortal danger.

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