June 2016 Releases

Done with May 2016 Releases? Here are June 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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24th May 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Megan Shepherd
The Cage (The Cage, Book 1)
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 24th May 2016)
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When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments – tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears – a handsome young guard called Cassian – they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo – where the exhibits are humans.

Megan Shepherd
The Hunt (The Cage, Book 2)
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 24th May 2016)
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After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide – and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders. The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts – and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities – to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet – she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

Danielle Vega
Survive the Night
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 24th May 2016)
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Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse…until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy – no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone. Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone. They’re being hunted. Trapped underground with someone – or something – out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

23rd May 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Tara Moss
Speaking Out
HarperCollins (AU: 23rd May 2016)
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A short, accessible and practical handbook for women on speaking out safely and confidently. Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female, and men outnumber women in parliament by four to one. If half of humanity’s experiences, perspectives and possible solutions to world problems are under-represented, or entirely unheard, all of us lose out. Tara Moss has spent 20 years in the public sphere and has had to face down nerves, critics and backlash. She has become a leader in speaking out. In this handbook she offers advice on preparation, speaking out and negotiating public spaces. With a special focus on public speaking, social media and online safety, she offers tips on how to research, form arguments, find support and handle criticism. This is a guide for women young and old that not only helps them find their voice, but argues passionately for why it matters.

On Abuse of the Power Dynamic Authors Have Over Readers/Bloggers

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I was amused when I initially posted the status update of the author who dissed bloggers getting a two-book deal.

But then I saw the reaction to the deal announcement. So much support and congratulations from authors, agents, editors, and publicists. And they supported her in her comments against bloggers, too.

That’s when I felt flat, realising that maybe it’s not just her against bloggers, but other authors, etc, don’t respect us, either.

I did see a blogger saying she probably would have read and promoted the duology, if the author was someone else.

But on the whole, the industry seems right behind this author. It’s like a secret society for the publishing elite. They look after their own. They don’t welcome outsiders, such as those who don’t get paid to talk about books.

I’m OK with bloggers disagreeing with bloggers, and authors disagreeing with authors. But when I see the paid industry folks punch down on those who don’t get paid to talk about books…it’s an abuse of power and platform.

And it’s not the first time. I’ve seen authors target people on Tumblr. This very author advised all her followers to avoid a friend of mine the other month. I’ve seen former bestselling authors complain on Facebook when their new book doesn’t reach the bestseller lists.

The author who dissed bloggers? She’s said very smart things about gender and race in publishing before. But then she does this punching down stuff, and it’s so disheartening to see all the enable her in that.

I know there are good people in the publishing industry – those of you reading this post of mine, for a start. *hugs* It’s just hard not to get disappointed sometimes.

Just needed to get this out of my system. Thanks for reading. And if you ever need me to name names about the stuff I blog about, message me privately. Cliques can be dangerous when authors sic all their follows on, and blacklist, readers, so I’m not comfortable naming names publicly.

*hugs to you all*

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17th May 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Madeline Ashby
Company Town
Macmillan Tor (US: 17th May 2016)
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New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig – making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defence and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline? Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa’s front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be – but now, the danger is personal.

Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst
Random House Soho (US: 17th May 2016)
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Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighbourhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace – one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell secrets that the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce. Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, Gloriana’s prize moll, over the body of the latest of Dymphna’s beaus to meet an untimely end – a string that’s earned her the nickname the “Angel of Death.” Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she knows that Gloriana’s hold is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the two girls at every turn, Dymphna is determined to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.

Jenny Martin
Marked (Tracked, Book 2)
Penguin Dial (US & CA: 17th May 2016)
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Cash, the prince of Bisera and leader of the rebellion, is missing. Phee’s uncle James is dead. And Charles Benroyal, once again, is behind it all. Caught between grief, thoughts of revenge, and traumatizing flashbacks of battle, Phee struggles to aid the resistance and prove her worth, even as she attempts to reconcile her growing romantic feelings for Bear with her loyalty to Cash. But when Benroyal’s attacks grow bolder, no one is prepared for the sacrifices Phee will have to make to win this war once and for all.

Tiffany Schmidt
Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 17th May 2016)
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In Penelope Landlow’s world, almost anything can be bought or sold. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families controlling the black market for organ transplants. Because of an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise easily, Penny is considered too “delicate” to handle the family business, or even to step foot outside their estate. All Penelope has ever wanted is independence – until she’s suddenly thrust into the dangerous world all alone, forced to stay one step ahead of her family’s enemies. As she struggles to survive the power plays of rival crime families, she learns dreams come with casualties, betrayal hurts worse than bruises, and there’s nothing she won’t risk for the people she loves.

Robin Wasserman
Girls on Fire
HarperCollins (US & CA: 17th May 2016)
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Hannah Dexter is nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki’s boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable. But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…

Brenna Yovanoff
Places No One Knows
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 17th May 2016)
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Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom – and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

April 2016 Reads

Took me 11 days into May, but I managed to review every book bar one, of which I only wrote a paragraph (see below).

Francesca Haig: The Map of Bones: 4 stars: Review
Cyn Balog: Dead River: 3 stars
Kelley Armstrong: Forsaken: 3 stars: Review
Meg Cabot: Proposal: 3 stars: Review
Cassie Alexander: Bloodshifted: 4 stars: Review
Sara Zarr: Story of a Girl: 3 stars: Review
Lisa Tucker: The Promised World: 3 stars: Review
Sylvia Day: One with You: 2 stars: Review

DEAD RIVER
CONTENT WARNING: Suicide and suicidal attempts. Grief. Drowning. Murder. I’d forgot this was paranormal, and went in expecting a contemporary thriller. A teen girl hates camping and the outdoors, yet still agrees to on a white water rafting weekend with her boyfriend, her best friend, and a tag-along. It does not go well. She falls out, drowns, but is rescued by a guy who’s…a ghost or something. And there’s this other ghost, and it’s all very confusing and nonsensical. But the only way the girl can access the ghostworld – namely the ghost of her dead mother – is by drowning. Yes, it gets a bit suicidal. The rafting is interesting, and the grief regarding her mother is relatable, but the paranormal element is a fail, and that epilogue is ugh.