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May 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released May 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

MAY 2021 RELEASES

Kelley Armstrong: Cursed Luck: Buy
Naomi Clark: Hand of Fate: Buy
Merrie Destefano: Lost Girls: Buy
Katelyn Detweiler: The People We Choose: Buy
R. Z. Held: Idyllian: Buy
Emiko Jean: Tokyo Ever After: Buy
Krissy Kneen: The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen: Buy
Seanan McGuire: Angel of the Overpass: Buy
Kate McLaughlin (previously published as Kady Cross): The Girl with the Iron Touch: Buy
Marissa Meyer: The Lunar Chronicles: Books 1-4: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: Immersed in Pleasure & Submit to Desire: Buy
Maggie Stiefvater: Mister Impossible: Buy
Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary: Buy

Now Available for US Pre-Order

These are all the books I added to my wishlist from July 1st onwards. Because I’m so behind, some of these books have already been published. So click what takes your fancy, and maybe you’ll be in luck to buy and read straight away.

Tara Altebrando: TAKE ME WITH YOU: 1st June 2021: US Paperback

V. C. Andrews: THE UMBRELLA LADY: 2nd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Kelley Armstrong: CURSED LUCK: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition

Keri Arthur: MAGIC MISLED: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition

Claire Askew: NOVELISTA: 15th October 2020: US Kindle Edition

Chris Beckett: TWO TRIBES: US Kindle Edition

Oyinkan Braithwaite: TREASURE: US Kindle Edition

Kylie Chan: SCALES OF EMPIRE: 1st September 2020: US Paperback

Naomi Clark: THE WITCH’S GUIDE TO WEREWOLVES: US Kindle Edition

Katelyn Detweiler: THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Janet Edwards: EARTH PRIME: US Kindle Edition

Nicci French: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR: 27th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver: CHOOSE ME: 22nd June 2021: US Kindle Edition

R. Z. Held: UNJUST THEFT: US Kindle Edition

Kristi Helvig: STRANGE SKIES: US Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: BLOODY TIES: 22nd September 2020: US Kindle Edition

Emiko Jean: TOKYO EVER AFTER: 25th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Seanan McGuire: CALCULATED RISKS: 23rd February 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Seanan McGuire: ANGEL OF THE OVERPASS: 11th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Saundra Mitchell: ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK: 16th February 2021: US Paperback

Francine Pascal: LITTLE CREW OF BUTCHERS: 25th May 2021: US Paperback

Parker Peevyhouse: STRANGE EXIT: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: A WINTER SYMPHONY: 1st December 2020: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Tiffany Reisz: THE PEARL: 1st December 2020: US Paperback

Laura Ruby: THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL: 27th April 2021: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: EXPOSED: 29th December 2020: US Paperback

Lisa Scottoline: ETERNAL: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Andrew Shaffer: LOOK MOM I’M A POET (AND SO IS MY CAT): 11th May 2021: US Paperback

Lilja Sigurðardóttir: BETRAYAL: 1st May 2021: US Paperback

Karin Slaughter: THE SILENT WIFE: 20th April 2021: US Paperback

Maria V. Snyder: DEFENDING THE GALAXY: 2nd December 2020: Australian Kindle Edition

Victoria Helen Stone: THE LAST ONE HOME: 23rd March 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Amy Tintera: ALL THESE MONSTERS: 15th June 2021: US Paperback

Paul Tremblay: NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND: 20th April 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Paperback

Andy Weir: PROJECT HAIL MARY: 4th May 2021: US Kindle Edition & US Hardcover

Francesca Zappia: NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE: 13th April 2021: US Paperback

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Long time, no blog! I’ve been active daily on Twitter, though, as well as regularly posting on Facebook and Goodreads. I did have a backlog of covers to post, but I ended up deleting them, because I just could not summon up the energy to blog.

However, here I am with a backlog of pre-orders – 20 of them. They’ll have cover art when you visit the links, so consider that to make up for what I’ve lacked. Also, my Reading Wishlist will have a complete list of releases (past, present, and future) that I hope to read at some stage.

Tara Altebrando: TAKE ME WITH YOU: 23rd June 2020: Buy (US)
V. C. Andrews: OUT OF THE ATTIC: 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: WOLF’S BANE: 15th October 2019: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: WICKED WINGS: 8th October 2019: Buy (US)
Chris Beckett: BENEATH THE WORLD, A SEA (paperback): 1st April 2020: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Sky Without Stars (paperback): 24th March 2020: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Between Burning Worlds: 24th March 2020: Buy (US)
Suzanne Collins: untitled Panem novel: 19th May 2020: Buy (US)
Christina Dalcher: MASTER CLASS: 21st April 2020: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: DEFY THE FATES (paperback): 3rd March 2020: Buy (US)
S. F. Henson: DEVILS WITHIN (paperback): 4th February 2020: Buy (US)
Alaya Dawn Johnson: COUNT THE SAINTS: 26th May 2020: Buy (US)
Laura Lam: GOLDILOCKS: 30 April 2020: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn (eds.): Betty Bites Back: 16th September 2019: Buy (US)
Kate McLaughlin: WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE: 23rd June 2020: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: WINTER TALES: 19th November 2019: Buy (US)
Veronica Roth: ARK: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)
Veronica Roth: CHOSEN ONES: 6th April 2020: Buy (US)
Paul Tremblay: THE LAST CONVERSATION: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: RANDOMIZE: 17th September 2019: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Artemis – Andy Weir

[NOTE: I originally published this at Speculative Chic.]

Andy Weir
Artemis
Penguin Random House (US & CA: 14th November 2017; UK: 5th July 2018; AU: 16th July 2018)
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This was one of my few new reads of the year. Fans of Mark Watney will love meeting Jazz Bashara and encountering life on the moon. In the domes of the city Artemis, Jazz dreams of getting rich, and a wealthy investor gives her an opportunity to make it happen. At first the plan seems to be going along swimmingly. But soon it’s not only Jazz’s life on the line.

Jazz’s vibrant personality may seem over the top at times, but it covers a deep pain. She’s a smart, skilled, and sassy heroine to cheer for, and the perfect person to form a team to tackle a major task. From mobsters to politicians to the problems of living on the moon itself, Artemis is always engaging with plenty of science and high stakes afoot.

14th November 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
A Darkness Absolute (Rockton, Book 2)
Macmillan Minotaur St. Martin’s (US: 14th November 2017)
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When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that…before another victim goes missing.

Cassandra Rose Clarke
Star’s End
Simon & Schuster Saga (US & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Esme Coromina has always known that one day she would run the Four Sisters, the small planet system that her father grew into a corporate empire. Raised as the pampered heir to the company, Esme lived the best years of her life at Star’s End, the estate her father built on the terraformed moon where he began his empire. In the tropical sunlight and lush gardens, Esme helped raise her three motherless half-sisters. But as Esme is groomed to take over the family business of manufacturing weapons for the mercenary groups spread across the galaxy, she slowly uncovers the sinister truth at the heart of her father’s company. And when those secrets are finally revealed, Esme is sure that she’s lost her sisters – and part of her soul – for good. Now, after a lifetime of following her father’s orders, Esme has a second chance. For the first time, Esme is making her own decisions, and the impact of her decisions will reverberate throughout the Four Sisters. As Esme struggles to assemble her estranged sisters for one last goodbye with their dying father, she has to choose whether she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps – or blaze a daring new path.

Stefanie Gaither
Into the Abyss (Falls the Shadow, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Violet Benson used to know who she was: a dead girl’s clone, with a dead girl’s memories. But after Huxley’s attempt to take over the government left her memories and personality wiped all she has left is a mission: help the CCA fight back against the rest of Huxley’s deadly clones that are still at large. But when a group of clones infiltrate CCA headquarters, Violet is blamed. Already unsure of where her loyalties should lie, Violet finds herself running away with an unlikely ally: Seth, Jaxon’s unpredictable foster brother. With Seth at her side, Violet begins to learn about a whole new side of her city’s history – and her own. But when she learns the shocking truth about cloning, Violet will have to make a choice – and it may be one that takes her away from everyone she ever loved.

Mira Grant
Into the Drowning Deep
Hachette Orbit (US & AU: 14th November 2017)
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Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

Andy Weir
Artemis
Penguin Random House (US, UK & CA: 14th November 2017)
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Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

November 2017 Releases

Done with October 2017 Releases? Here are November 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist

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8 New Covers (Beckett, Caine & Aguirre, Chan, Davis, Kleine, McGarry, Weir)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: THIS FALLEN PREY: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Rhoda Belleza: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: STARFALL (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME: 30th January 2018: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: YOU WILL BE MINE: 1st February 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE LUCKY ONES: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: PACIFICA: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: ARTEMIS: 14th November 2017: Buy (US)

Books I Read & Rated 5 Stars in 2015

A short list – only six books – but a good collection. Only one was published in 2015; the others are from previous years.

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[REVIEW] The Martian – Andy Weir

Andy Weir
The Martian
Random House (US & CA: 18th August 2015; UK: 27th August 2015; AU: 16th September 2015))
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Believe the hype. This. Is. AWESOME.

Upon hearing that the lead character is “funny”, I was concerned. Hello, grave danger? Could die anytime? Mark Watney could’ve been very annoying. But he’s not – his sense of humour plays a big part of keeping him alive.

Imagine how different, and shorter, this novel could’ve been if Mark had depression, PTSD, or anxiety. You hear about a fight-or-flight response, but I reckon there’s a third response: freeze. When you can’t decide to fight or flee, because you can’t think at ALL. You FREEZE.

Considering his situation (being alone on Mars with supplies dwindling), Mark’s mental health is astonishingly good, so he’s able to think on his feet, which saves his life on several occasions.

Pretty much the entire book contains a bombardment of obstacles, which Mark (and the rest of the Ares 3 crew in space, and the staff on Earth) must overcome – and quickly. Not every plan works, but it’s amazing what can happen when everyone works together to save one guy.

(And then you get down when you think of real life, and how people die every day, and Earth’s people can’t all get their act together to help…)

Some have complained of “too much science” in the novel, but I very much appreciate every bit of it. Can I remember and relay any of it? No, but its inclusion means everything to me, because it proves how hard Andy Weir worked to make his story as plausible as possible. Would his plot points work in real life? I have no idea, but I was never pulled out of the story to think, “That wouldn’t work. Bad science! Go sit in the corner.” I read a lot of speculative fiction, and the stories that don’t work for me involve magic, wherein the character wishes something, says something, and then what they want to happen does. I can never truly get behind those stories, but The Martian? Hell yes!

From the affable characters, to the stunning ingenuity, the deadly location, and fascinating space scenes, The Martian excels on all accounts. But the real winner is the mind-blowing research Andy Weir undertook and used to make his story the best it can be.

(Though imagine the story Johanssen could’ve had if…)