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[REVIEW] House Immortal – Devon Monk

Devon Monk
House Immortal (House Immortal, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd September 2014)
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With a section on her website dedicated to her knitting, it was inevitable that Devon Monk would write a series where craftwork is integral.

In 1910, an experiment killed most people in the region. Thirteen people survived – they are “galvanized”, seemingly immortal. They fell into comas, awakening later.

Matilda Case has been stitched together with “life thread”, and her grandmother is mostly seen knitting a lengthy scarf from “pocket sheep’s” wool with nano-whatever in it. Yes, this is confusing, but the scarf turns out to be very useful later on.

I came into this novel expecting a futuristic Frankenstein kind of tale, so the urban fantasy-esque creatures in the first chapter are surprising. With “immortal” in the title, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the novel discusses how to stop time, but I’m more interested in the surgical/medical aspects of the story.

The novel’s large cast gets confusing, with all the different House heads and their galvanized, and lengthy descriptions of what everyone looks like and what they’re wearing, but I still couldn’t keep track of everyone. Also, it’s never explained how stitches get coloured, because the life thread itself seems to be silvery.

I don’t fully understand what’s going on, but I’m firmly entrenched and along for the ride. Mix Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Amy Ewing’s The Jewel, and you get Devon Monk’s House Immortal: an intriguing blend of science, technology, politics, and who knows what else is in store.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

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Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT: 1st December 2015: Buy (US)
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Marissa Meyer: FAIREST (paperback): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
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Dear RT Book Reviews Magazine: I Just Want to Buy THIS Issue; NOT a Subscription

I’m not really a magazine reader. But when I want to read an issue, I want to purchase it by itself – I do NOT want to subscribe. This shouldn’t be such a difficult thing to manage.

Enough of the vagueness: I specifically want to read June 2015, Issue 376 of RT Book Reviews. (Also known as Romantic Times.) Actually, I only want to read one article: “What’s in a Name?” Apparently, there are authors of other fiction who use pen names to write New Adult. So of course I want to know who is writing as whom. Why? Because I’m more likely to pay attention to a book if I better know the author under another name.

Now, of course authors shouldn’t “out” themselves if they don’t want to, but obviously they have – exclusively to RT. (I have thoughts about exclusivity…)

So, if you happen to run/own a magazine, here’s a list of reasonable demands:

The option for readers to purchase individual issues (rather than only subscription)
Digital editions, without geo-blocking
Readers able to pay via PayPal

Since I’m not in the magazine biz, I don’t know if my demands are ridiculous or not. I wish to spend money on your product. I just want this issue. Is that so extraordinary?

Meanwhile, I’ll try collecting names from the “What’s in a Name?” article. Thankfully, one author has already “outed” herself:

Jenna Black: “My Secret Life as Abby Lombard”

NOTE: I first became aware of this article due to Melissa Marr’s Tweet. I don’t think she’s shared her alter ego outside of the behind-a-subscription-paywall article.

[COVER REVEAL] Unleashed – Liz Coley

This post is part of the official cover reveal for Liz Coley’s Unleashed. Below you’ll find the author’s links, and information about her books.

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Tez News: April 8-14

Not much news this week, but there’ll be new Pre-Order and Covers posts coming shortly. But you have these books to look forward to:

Mindy McGinnis has signed a two-book deal with Putnam Children’s (NA). Given to the Sea is “the first of an epic, multiple-POV fantasy series set on an island of rising tides, where tribes battle for resources, unexpected alliances are forged, and love bends to the whims of war”. Expect the first book in 2017. Source

Rachel Caine has announced Midnight Bites, an anthology of Morganville Vampire stories. Not only does it include previously published tales, but there’ll also be about 50,000 words of new stories. More details to come later. Source

14th April 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Bree Despain
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, Book 1)
Random House Egmont (US & CA: 14th April 2015)
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Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world for six months in order to convince Daphne Raines to return with him to the land of the dead. The best way to do this, Haden is told, is to get Daphne to fall in love with him. But getting a teenage girl to fall in love with you isn’t easy, especially when Haden’s life and more depends on the success of his quest. Little does he know that the tenuous peace between the Greek god of the Underrealm and the Greek god of the Sky is breaking and war is imminent. If Haden succeeds, his honour and standing will be restored in the royal court, and Daphne will be sacrificed to save us all. The complication he didn’t see coming: he’s the one who falls in love. Now Haden must choose to either fulfil his sacred duty or to follow his heart and find a way to rewrite his and Daphne’s destinies.

Kristi Helvig
Burn Out (Burn Out, Book 1)
Random House Egmont (US: 14th April 2015)
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Some people want to save the world. Seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to stay alive long enough to escape it. Now that the sun’s become a “red giant,” burning out far faster than scientists could ever have predicted, Earth is barely habitable and almost everyone is gone. Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora’s only comforts are her dreams of a planet with a plentiful water supply and the bio-energetic weapons her father lost his life for. The ones that only she can fire. When family friend Markus arrives with mercenaries to take her weapons by force, Tora must decide if trading the guns for safe passage to a new liveable planet is worth the price of betraying her father’s wishes. But when she discovers the government’s true motives, her bargaining chip may be nothing more than smoke.

Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
The World Forgot (Ever-Expanding Universe, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 14th April 2015)
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After dealing with killer whales, evil scientists, the return of her long-lost mother and, certainly not least of all, the challenges of breastfeeding, Elvie Nara has just about had it. And then the Jin’Kai (along with the aforementioned estranged mom) kidnaps her baby. And before she knows it, another Jin’Kai attack puts her on the run again, but not before discovering that Olivia was implanted with a genetic tracking device. So along with Cole, Ducky, and her dad, Elvie goes back out into space to follow the signal. There she finds evil Dr. Marsden up to some evil tricks and realizes that Mars may hold the secret to defeating her enemies once and for all. So, off to Mars she goes. Because alien race war aside, Elvie really wants to be back with her daughter. For a kid she wasn’t even sure she wanted, Olivia has come to mean the world to Elvie – and she’ll search the universe to be with her again.

William Campbell Powell
Expiration Day
Macmillan Tor (US: 14th April 2015)
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It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society. Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real? Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted – never to be heard from again.