13th February 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Megan Hart
Little Secrets
Howling Unicorn Press (US: 13th February 2017)
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With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep the couple stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house’s former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who…or what…is it?

5 New Covers (Armstrong, Ashby, Cross, Reisz, Tims)

The Harlequin covers have been on Amazon for months, yet only appeared on the publisher’s website since I shared my last batch of covers. And the HarperCollins cover was on the publisher’s BLOG months ago, yet only appeared on their WEBSITE since my last batch. I’ve tried to do the right thing by waiting, since I’ve been told that even if a cover is on Amazon it’s not official. (Even if the publisher uploaded it onto Amazon, but OK.)

Anyway, the lesson here is that publisher websites should be as fully up-to-date as Amazon’s catalogue, if not ahead of the curve.

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[REVIEW] Metaltown – Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons
Metaltown
Macmillan Tor (US: 20th September 2016; AU: 11th October 2016)
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NOTE: I first published this review as part of the group “My Favorite Things” column on Speculative Chic, 6th February 2017.

Some stories have more resonance if you read them at a particular time.

I didn’t plan for Kristen Simmons’s Metaltown to be my first read of 2017, but that’s when my library copy arrived. The novel felt instantly familiar, as it fits the classic underdog plot. But instead of a feel-good story, Metaltown is dark and dystopian – and not everyone gets a happy ending.

Mostly the story rings true because it shows how to create change.

Ty and Colin work in the small parts section of a manufacturer. There are no health benefits, and they often aren’t paid in a timely manner, enough, or at all. A workplace accident leads to acid burns and a lost job. Ty has nothing left to lose – she’s now an unemployed, homeless orphan, and even her best friend Colin seems to be slipping away from her. And so Ty does what she can lead a “press”, a workers’ strike, against the manufacturer.

But she can’t do it alone. One person can’t be the entire movement in order to create real change. Ty needs the entire small parts section – and other sections, too – to band together in the press. If everyone stops work, the manufacturer will be forced to employ and train more workers. That will make it more difficult for the company to fill the order for their products. This will be bad for business, so the manufacturer has something to lose unless they agree to the workers’ demands.

Can one person make a difference? Maybe. But there’s strength in numbers, and we can’t expect one person to shoulder all the responsibility. We each need to find our personal tipping point; what we’re willing to risk for the greater good. We must PRESS BACK.

Metaltown is a timely read that I won’t soon forget.

7th February 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Minotaur (US: 7th February 2017); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK: 7th February 2017); Penguin Random House (CA: 7th February 2017)
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It’s winter in Rockton, a little town hidden deep in the wilds of the Yukon. The town exists for people who need to escape their pasts, though it’s not clear if those in hiding are victims or perpetrators. Or, when the lines gets blurred, maybe both. Ask Casey. She’s been used, betrayed, beaten. But she’s also killed someone. She moved to Rockton to help her best friend, Diana. Ex-best friend. Diana lied to get Casey to come with her; she used her and she almost got her killed. But Casey decided to stay anyway, to work as a detective alongside her new boyfriend and the town’s sheriff, Eric Dalton. Fresh off solving a series of grisly murders, Casey and Deputy Will Anders get stranded in a blizzard while they’re tracking a runner from the town. Seeking shelter in a cave, they stumble across a woman who’s been imprisoned in a deep well. Nicole Chavez – whom everybody thought had run away from town and died in the woods more than a year earlier – is alive. Barely. But she can’t identify her captor: she’s never seen his face. Was she taken by one of the hostiles who inhabit the wilderness around the town? Or is Casey facing something even worse? In a town where everyone lies about their past and lives under assumed identities, it’s very easy to hide your true nature…

Rhoda Belleza
Empress of a Thousand Skies
Penguin Random House Razorbill (US & CA: 7th February 2017)
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Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne. Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life. With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

Kim Harrison
The Turn
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 7th February 2017); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK: 7th February 2017)
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Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them. Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Melissa Landers
Starfall (Starflight, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 7th February 2017)
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When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits. Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics – she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia – and is certain she returns his feelings – but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen? When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

31st January 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Mira Grant
Rise (Newsflesh, Anthology)
Hachette Orbit (US: 31st January 2017)
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Collected here is every piece of short fiction from the Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print. America is paralysed with fear. No one leaves their houses and entire swaths of the country have been abandoned. And only the brave, the determined, or the very stupid, venture out into the wild… Contents: 1. Countdown; 2. Everglades; 3. San Diego 2014; 4. How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea; 5. The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell; 6. Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus; 7. All the Pretty Little Horses (Never Before Published); 8. Coming to You Live (Never Before Published).

Mur Lafferty
Six Wakes
Hachette Orbit (US: 31st January 2017)
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It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

Katie McGarry
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, Book 2)
Harlequin Teen (US: 31st January 2017)
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Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behaviour puts her into a vicious cyberbully’s line of fire – and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life. Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them – a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness – he knows it’s time to step outside the rules. And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him – one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

Katie McGarry
Long Way Home (Thunder Road, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 31st January 2017)
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Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving. It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club – including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life. But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends…and forgiveness. Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted – and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

February 2017 Releases

Done with January 2017 Releases? Here are February 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Lauren DeStefano: THE GLASS SPARE: 24th October 2017: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE BLACK KEY (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Heather Kaczynski: DARE MIGHTY THINGS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Lydia Kang: THE NOVEMBER GIRL: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: MY SISTER ROSA (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Marie Lu: WARCROSS: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: THIS DARKNESS MINE: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER (paperback): 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: Untitled Superhero #1: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Lauren Oliver: RINGER: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Leah Rhyne: SHAPELESS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Mary G. Thompson: AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Cecily von Ziegesar: DARK HORSES (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)