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[REVIEW] Rolling in the Deep – Mira Grant

Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep
Subterranean (US: 6th April 2015)
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NOTE: I first published this on Speculative Chic.

Climb aboard the SS Atargatis for a fantastic journey exploring the Mariana Trench. But beware of what lies beneath the surface…

The scientists want to research, but are forced to share the ship with a TV crew filming a pseudo-scientific documentary about possible sea monsters. The network has also sent along professional mermaids to swim in the shadows on camera.

Don’t get too attached, though. We’re warned upfront: no one returns home.

Mira Grant’s Rolling in the Deep is a killer adventure at sea – and below. The large cast of characters are sometimes hard to keep track of and their department, though my favourites are David and Jessica.

And good news, everyone! Into the Drowning Deep, a companion novel, will be published in November, so there’s more “aquatic horror” to anticipate.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: MISSING (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE STARS (paperback): 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE WORLDS: 3rd April 2018: Buy (US)
Meg Howrey: THE WANDERERS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: FOUR OF A KIND: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: DREAMFALL (paperback): 1st May 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: MICHAEL’S WINGS: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
K. R. Richardson: FIRST POLICEMEN AT THE END OF THE JUMPWAY: 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: HOUSE OF FURIES (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: THE GAUNTLET (paperback): 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: ORIGINS OF EVIL (paperback): 24th April 2018: Buy (US)

15th August 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Rituals (Cainsville, Book 5)
Penguin Random House (US & CA: 15th August 2017); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK & AU: 15th August 2017)
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When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn’t resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents’ crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were re-enacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize. Not only does Gabriel’s drug addict mother, who he thought was dead, make a surprise reappearance, but it turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity that has had its eye on Olivia since she was a baby and wants to win at any cost.

Carrie Jones
Flying (Flying, Book 1)
Macmillan Tor (US: 15th August 2017)
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People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She’s used to being coddled, being an only child, but it’s hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother’s babying gets more stifling than ever, she’s looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while. But that night, Mana’s life goes haywire. First, the hot guy she’s been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she’s always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective. It turns out, Mana’s frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she’s missing – taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother – and maybe the world – and hope she’s up to the challenge.

Laura Tims
The Art of Feeling
HarperCollins (US & CA: 15th August 2017)
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Samantha Herring has been in constant pain ever since the car accident that injured her leg and killed her mother. After pushing her friends away, Sam has receded into a fog of depression until she meets Eliot, a carefree, impulsive loner who is unable to feel any pain at all. At first, Sam is jealous. She would give anything to not feel the pain she’s felt for the past year. But the more she learns about Eliot’s medical condition, the more she notices his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything – except Sam. And as they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident, memories that hold a startling truth about what really happened that day.

8th August 2017 Releases

Wendy Walker
Emma in the Night
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 8th August 2017); HarperCollins HQ (UK & AU: 8th August 2017)
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One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

How the bloody hell am I?

“How the bloody hell are you, Tez?”

My laptop’s battery pack has carked it. It’s plugged in and beeping, beeping the little light won’t go on so it won’t charge. Darndiddly delightful. Laptop’s over ten years old, and this is its second battery pack, but this is an expense we just don’t need.

Oh, and that revenge hit-piece (which didn’t target me; don’t worry) on Vulture has spread to Mother Jones, and who knows where else. People are denigrated in the original piece for calling out stuff that perpetuates racism, sexism, and homophobia. (KR is a big fan of cultural appropriation and loves to use terms like “PC police” and “culture cops”.)

In my time going through Twitter yesterday, KR has been thanked and called “brave” for punching down on marginalised readers. The piece has been spoken fondly of G*merG*ters, anti-SJWs, Trump supporters, and white dudebros whose have profiles defending “Western civilisation”. (The last one is the kind of person who believes “diversity is a codeword for white-genocide”, “Defend the West”, and they object to white people producing offspring with POC. These are the kind of people I’ve pre-blocked – as many as I can – so if you’re subscribed to my BlockTogether list, you’ve pre-blocked them, too.) You know N*ck Spencer, the guy who made Captain America a Nazi? Yep, he was praising the piece.

Do I have any proof to back up my claims about all these people supporting KR and her revenge hit-piece? I’ve saved their Tweets in a Storify draft. Of course, they could change their profile information, but their Tweets stand for themselves.

And who knows who else has jumped onboard while I was offline sleeping?

Oh, and the review mentioned in the piece? The one with plenty of excerpts from the text to back up her claims? Because KR used her full name, people have tracked down the reader’s Facebook, which she’s now since had to go Private because of all the extra harassment she’s received since the Vulture piece was published.

People’s excuses? She commented on a Kirkus article using her Facebook account once, which therefore means (not!) consent forever to use both her first and surnames together for all time. Even though her full name is not on her Twitter or blog, which she’s best known for.

There’s more that the revenge hit-piece’s targets are going through, I’m sure. But who cares (me!), know that KR’s had her revenge on the mean (not!) POC and co. who disagreed with KR’s stance on cultural appropriation…

KR’s doing just fine, by the way. Thanking everyone for supporting her and her piece, and faking innocence when she “doesn’t understand” why people are objecting to her hit-piece.

So yeah. In short, the privileged punching down on the marginalised are commended and praised for their efforts. I don’t know how you parents do it, trying to raise children in a world where people have no compassion, and are gleeful to see your “petty tyrant” put in their place.

People are awful.

1st August 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Alexandra Duncan
Blight
HarperCollins Greenwillow (US & CA: 1st August 2017)
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Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta, Georgia, since she was found outside its gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers – people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the Company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path – including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight – and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again.

Lydia Kang
A Beautiful Poison
Amazon Lake Union (US: 1st August 2017)
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Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned – and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note. Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails. As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone – even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim.

Melissa Landers
United (Alienated, Book 3)
Elire Publishing (US: 1st August 2017)
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After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be – days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms. But the vacation is short-lived. The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin. With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever – not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.

J. A. Souders
Rebellion (Elysium Chronicles, Book 3)
Macmillan Tor (US: 1st August 2017)
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Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for the city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, Evie is determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing? Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force – with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.