Category Archives: Ally Condie

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: WHEREVER SHE GOES: 25th June 2019: Buy (US)
Cyn Balog: THAT NIGHT: 4th June 2019: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: THE LOST COAST: 14th May 2019: Buy (US)
Ally Condie: THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE: 15th January 2019: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE FATES: 2nd April 2019: Buy (US)
Rhiannon Held: LADY’S CHILDREN: 6th November 2018: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: THE LOST: 2nd April 2019: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY: 5th November 2018: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: COURT OF SHADOWS (paperback): 23rd April 2019: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: TOMB OF ANCIENTS: 14th May 2019: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: LAST RITES (paperback): 7th May 2019: Buy (US)
Wendy Walker: THE NIGHT BEFORE: 14th May 2019: Buy (US)
Francesca Zappia: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS (paperback): 7th May 2019: Buy (US)

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[REVIEW] Atlantia – Ally Condie

Ally Condie
Atlantia
Penguin (US & CA: 28th October 2014; UK & AU: 6th November 2014)
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My suspension of disbelief can only be so strong for so long before it collapses. Atlantia is a mind-boggler. To the author’s credit, Ally Condie does try to describe the actual world-building: the city of Atlantia is underwater, inside giant, connected “bubbles”. But I can’t properly imagine the engineering and logistics required to build a city and move it into these “bubbles”, or bring the materials INTO the bubbles, and build them inside. What are these bubbles made of, and how are they connected?

Then there’s the matter of the “floodgates”: you go into the empty room, lie down the corpse, and then vacate. There’s some button or lever to use, and the room floods with water. The corpse rises, and…exits? Then somehow the water is drained, so the room is empty again. I CANNOT FIGURE THIS OUT. I can kind of picture it, but can’t understand the structure and drainage.

The book gets better, though, or at least more interesting. I gave up trying to understand, and the story picks up from thereon. There are mysteries to solve: why did the narrator’s sister choose to live Above, and who killed their mother? When revealed, the answers are anti-climactic, but at least the second half of the book is much better than the first.

Rio Conwy is an alright heroine, working towards her goal by breaking it down into components. While her swimming efforts are fabulous, a little knowledge of lungs and pressure would have cut out that plotline altogether. Albeit, her training isn’t for nothing in the end, though it does come across as a bit of a waste.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Maree Anderson: FREAKS UNDER FIRE: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
J. C. Carleson: PLACEBO JUNKIES: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Cassandra Rose Clarke: OUR LADY OF THE ICE (hardcover): 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Ally Condie: ATLANTIA (paperback): 20th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (mass market paperback): 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher: NEVER NEVER PART TWO: 17th May 2015: Buy (US)
Kelly Keaton: HEART OF STONE: 17th February 2015: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE QUEEN: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, & Tessa Gratton: THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY: 1st October 2015: Buy (US)

November 2014 Releases

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28th October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Secrets of Foxworth (Diaries, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, & CA: 28th October 2014)
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The horrors have become the stuff of local legend in Charlottesville, VA. Many are the tales told of Foxworth Hall, which has lain dormant for years, ever since it burned to the ground supposedly at the hands of Corrine, the high-strung mother of four children who were said to have been incarcerated in the attic of the mansion, the youngest boy deliberately poisoned with arsenic. Who killed him and where his body was buried remains a mystery. Kristin Masterwood is the sixteen-year-old daughter of a local construction magnate who is evaluating Foxworth for a potential buyer. On their visit to the estate, she finds a very peculiar diary, one belonging to the oldest boy trapped in the Foxworth attic: Christopher. Michael Masterwood is anxious about the effect the young man’s diary will have on his daughter, though he equally does not want to make it more compelling to her by forbidding it altogether. Not that it matters anyway. From the moment she starts reading about the events through Christopher’s eyes, she is hooked…

Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Nights (Otherworld, Anthology)
Penguin Plume (US: 28th October 2014)
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Rare and never-before published short stories. It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series, a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. But not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Concludes with a brand-new novella, “Vanishing Act.” This longer story is set after series finale 13, and features Savannah and Adam as they begin a new life – and a mysterious new case – together.

Ally Condie
Atlantia
Penguin Dutton (US: 28th October 2014)
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For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above – of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self – and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced – she has nothing left to lose. Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Megan Crewe
Earth & Sky (Sky, Book 1)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 28th October 2014); Penguin Razorbill (CA: 28th October 2014)
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Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Cherish (Covet, Novella)
Tracey Garvis Graves (US: 28th October 2014)
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When Daniel Rush wakes up in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is his ex-wife Jessica. Their marriage disintegrated after the death of their infant son Gabriel, and Daniel gave Jessie what he thought she wanted: the freedom to start over with someone else. But Daniel never updated his emergency contact information, and Jessie is the one who receives the call with the devastating news. Daniel was Jessie’s one true love. Together since college, Jessie had dreams of raising a family with Daniel, and growing old together. When Gabriel died, Jessie buried those dreams with her beloved son and shut everyone out, including Daniel. Daniel faces months of gruelling rehabilitation and he’s going to need some help. Jessie is the last person anyone expects to volunteer, but this is her one chance to make amends, giving her and Daniel a shot at getting things right this time. The road to recovery will be long and arduous. But with Jessie leading the way, Daniel just might be able to get his old life back. Daniel knows how to covet. But can Jessie help him remember how to cherish?

Kim Harrison
Sudden Backtrack (Hollows, short story)
HarperCollins Voyager Impulse (US: 28th October 2014)
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The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon’s point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall…and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

Megan Hart & Tiffany Reisz
Captivated (Anthology, Novellas)
Harlequin Cosmo Red-Hot Reads (US: 28th October 2014)
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LETTING GO by Megan Hart – Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn’t drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission – to show her one night is only the beginning… SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz – Five years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again – but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden…

Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog (Hellhound, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (US & CA: 28th October 2014)
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Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger…or die trying. But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava…

Katie McGarry
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 28th October 2014)
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The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life – that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker – a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense grey eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

October 2014 Releases

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5 New Covers (Angelini, Condie, Hoover, Mesrobian, Roux)

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