2nd February 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Meg Cabot
Remembrance (Mediator, Book 7)
HarperCollins William Morrow (US & CA: 2nd February 2016)
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All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counsellor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. From a sophomore haunted by the murderous spectre of a child to ghosts of a very different kind – including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself – Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past – including one she found nearly impossible to resist – strike first?

Megan Hart
Little Secrets
Samhain (US: 2nd February 2016)
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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 Ginny and Sean 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?

Melissa Landers
Invaded (Alienated, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her. Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side. Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life. The Way clearly needs humans’ help…but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

Melissa Landers
Starflight
Disney-Hyperion (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it’s not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn’t come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school. The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara’s heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe. It’s been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee’s dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home – and the eccentric crew that feels like family.

Marissa Meyer
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told…until now.

Marissa Meyer
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles, Anthology)
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 2nd February 2016)
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How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? Nine stories – five of which have never before been published.

Madeleine Roux
The Asylum Novellas (Asylum, Anthology)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 2nd February 2016)
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In The Scarlets, Cal is drawn into New Hampshire College’s twisted secret society – one with a deadly initiation. In The Bone Artists, Oliver tries to make a little extra money for college by working for a seedy organization that traffics in human bones. In The Warden, a young nurse starts a new job at the Brookline asylum but soon becomes suspicious of its unorthodox procedures…

January 2016 Reads

This new monthly feature has come about because January sucked, and I couldn’t get my brain together to review much. So what did I read, and what did I think of them? In case you haven’t been following my Goodreads, read on:

Tracey Garvis Graves: Covet: 3 stars: Review
Kelley Armstrong: The Masked Truth: 3 stars: Review
Amanda Panitch: Damage Done: 5 stars: Review
Alex Sanchez: Bait: 4 stars
Anna Sheehan: No Life But This: 3 stars: Review
Shirley Jackson: The Bird’s Nest: 3 stars

Wait, I only missed reviewing two books? Actually, I reviewed DAMAGE DONE and NO LIFE BUT THIS in a quick hurry overnight. I was only going to write a paragraph for each (like the two books below), but I went past a paragraph and gave them their own review posts.

BAIT
It’s obvious early on what’s happened to Diego, though he doesn’t say the words until much later. It’s a heart-wrencher of a story, but goes to show how much kids – everyone, really – need someone to be there for them, and help them through the hurt on the way to recovery. And it includes a romance I actually cheered for (and you know how rare that is for me). Highly recommended, though TRIGGER WARNING.

THE BIRD’S NEST
I think the correct term nowadays is Dissociative Identity Disorder, but this book is from the ’50s (I think) so Elizabeth’s condition is called something else. I can’t vouch for how accurate a portrayal it is. It kept me turning the pages, and I was expecting Morgen…I don’t know if she was a jealous sister, a fed-up guardian, or something else entirely, but she got rather verbose with long rants in the latter half of the book.

[REVIEW] No Life But This – Anna Sheehan

Anna Sheehan
No Life But This (A Long, Long Sleep, Book 2)
Hachette Orion Gollancz (UK: 18th December 2014; AU: 24th February 2015)
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I remembered nothing from A Long, Long Sleep, except that Rose had been put into stasis regularly throughout her life, such as when her parents wanted to go on holiday without her. (Yes, neglectful parents.)

This sequel had a tough publication, especially because it was originally printed with the wrong summary. (This may have been corrected in later printings.) Which is a shame, because ICE MOON is all readers need to motivate them to read No Life But This! Though it does take about six chapters or so to actually get going on the journey to Europa, an ice moon of Jupiter. Before that, there’s relationship drama and introducing all the characters, but keep reading.

When the characters arrive on the ice moon, things get more interesting, though also rather confusing. I often struggle reading about psi abilities, so this doesn’t surprise me. There’s a massive info-dump chapter near the end that explains everything, though, so that helps.

The ending won’t work for every reader, but it made the most sense to me, and I’m so pleased that the author went through with it.

[REVIEW] Damage Done – Amanda Panitch

Amanda Panitch
Damage Done
Random House (AU: 3rd August 2015; US & CA: 17th May 2016)
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The publisher’s summary for this book is rather vague, probably because this could’ve easily been brushed aside as “just another school shooting book”. But that event takes place BEFORE this story starts. Julia has a new name, and lives in a new town, but when she notices someone following her, her past life isn’t in the past for long.

Fewer than 300 pages, Damage Done is a short, snappy suspense with plenty of twists and turns. You’ll immediately want to re-read it after completion. This psychological thriller is a winner, and I’m keen to read more from Amanda Panitch.

February 2016 Releases

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31st January 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Driven (Novella)
Subterranean (US: 31st January 2016)
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Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals. When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn’t about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it. But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster – Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Amy Ewing: THE BLACK KEY: 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Sarah Maria Griffin: SPARE AND FOUND PARTS: 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Andrea Kleine: CALF (paperback): 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: UNITED: 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
Dawn Metcalf: INVINCIBLE: 26th July 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: HEARTLESS: 8th November 2016: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: THE CABIN: 1st September 2016: Buy (US)
Eileen Rendahl: COVER ME IN DARKNESS: 8th December 2016: Buy (US)
Mary G. Thompson: AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE: 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: SPECTACLE: 27th September 2016: Buy (US)