Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: DOUBLE PLAY: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE: 7th February 2017: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS: 24th January 2017: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: THE BRIDE WITH RED HAIR: 21st April 2016: Buy (US)
Merrie Destefano: LOST GIRLS: 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT: 24th January 2017: Buy (US)
Jennifer Longo: UP TO THIS POINTE (paperback): 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: CHASING IMPOSSIBLE: 1st July 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Savage: AFTER THE WOODS (paperback): 21st February 2017: Buy (US)
Kim Savage: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS: 21st February 2017: Buy (US)

4 New Covers (Andrews, Koch, Lafferty, Walker)

Continue reading

3rd May 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
City of the Lost (Casey Duncan, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Minotaur (US: 3rd May 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding – in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

Jessica Spotswood
Wild Swans
Sourcebooks Fire (US: 3rd May 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden – all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives – and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child? But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…

30th April 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Imogen Howson
Fire and Shadow (Anthology)
Dragonwell (US: 30th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

On Fern’s 18th birthday, she discovers she’s a fire-starter. To learn to control it, Fern travels to a place where other young people have gathered to learn how to manage their gifts. And that’s where she meets Nik, the enigmatic magician who seems to understand her and her gift better than she does herself. But can Nik be trusted? Or is he hiding dangerous secrets of his own? A collection of stories and novellas, spanning centuries and cultures, from the underworld of the ancient Greece to the dystopian future.

May 2016 Releases

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

Continue reading

26th April 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Debra Driza
Renegade (MILA 2.0, Book 2)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mila is back on the run – this time with potential boyfriend Hunter by her side. As they search for a man who might know more about her mysterious past, Mila must rely on her android abilities to protect them from the people who want her dead. But embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity, as well as Hunter’s true intentions.

Debra Driza
Redemption (MILA 2.0, Book 3)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her. That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with friend and tech expert Lucas, someplace secluded where she’ll never be found. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done. But then Mila discovers that General Holland – her ultimate enemy – is an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. His quest to reclaim Mila is only part of a larger mysterious endgame that will put people’s lives at stake. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got…or turn her back on the world forever.

Kate Kessler
It Takes One (Audrey Harte, Book 1)
Hachette Redhook (US: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She’ll have to face the whispers and the rumours that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie’s abusive father. Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Audrey can’t believe it can get worse. Then Maggie turns up dead.

Kate Karyus Quinn
Down with the Shine
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was. At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine – it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago. The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for – or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted a wish can’t be unmade…

Laura Ruby
Bone Gap
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King (Raven Cycle, Book 4)
Scholastic (US & CA: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Amanda Sun
Heir to the Sky
Harlequin Teen (US: 26th April 2016)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known – a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead

NOTE: This is not a review, because I didn’t finish the book. Instead, these are my notes. Thanks to Penguin Teen Australia for providing me with a copy.

Richelle Mead
The Glittering Court
Penguin Razorbill (US, CA, & AU: 5th April 2016)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

I’ve followed Richelle Mead’s career since the days of the Fangs, Fur, & Fey LiveJournal community, which was in action from 2006 through to 2011. (Yes, I’m old.) I bought her books, and they stayed in my TBR piles because I prioritise reading library copies.

When the announcement came of the author’s first, and so far only, official visit to Australia (to promote Blood Promise in 2009 – pics or it didn’t happen), I began catching up. Succubus Blues: 4 stars. Vampire Academy: 5 stars. And after her visit, I also read and enjoyed Gameboard of the Gods (4 stars) and Frostbite (5 stars).

But things took a turn with the author’s stand-alone, Soundless. “It’s diverse – lots of deaf characters,” I heard. So it was disappointing when I actually read the book, which is told from the point of view of a girl…who can HEAR. Which is pretty much the default for fiction, anyway. All these deaf characters, but the story is about the only person in the village who can hear. Think I gave Soundless 3 stars in the end.

Which brings me to the only Richelle Mead book that I’ve started but haven’t finished: The Glittering Court. Fantasy set in made-up lands – not really my thing. Supposedly inspired by Elizabethan times and the “frontier world” (early white days of the USA) – historicals aren’t my thing, either. Then the reviews came in from fellow readers I trust – all about dresses and romance. The dread built, yet I still tried the book.

And on the very first page – yes, Page 1 – of The Glittering Court is…a racial slur. I didn’t expect that; hadn’t been warned about it. And because I’d heard this was inspired by the “New World”, I figured this made-up land’s native people are POC, so calling them that slur…

I was already angry, but when the same slur turned up TWICE on Page 17 (said by the love interest, no less) I skimmed until circa page 40, when my library books arrived. I haven’t picked up the book since.

Not tempted to, either. Natalia and Rose both read much further, and their comprehensive reviews basically confirm all the bad impressions I had: that the novel is pro-colonialism and there’s racism aplenty, towards the native people of the land the white people are invading, and towards a refugee at the finishing school.

Oh, and there are reportedly problems with the world-building, plotting, and characters, too.

I’m all for authors starting new series in new worlds. But I think I’ll catch up on Richelle Mead’s backlist, rather than continue with The Glittering Court and its companion novels.