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1st September 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Josephine Angelini
Firewalker (Worldwalker, Book 2)
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 1st September 2015)
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Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fuelled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good. Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make her come back.

Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle [also published as Vivian Versus America] (Vivian Apple, Book 2)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 1st September 2015)
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The predicted Rapture by Pastor Frick’s Church of America has come and gone, and three thousand Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Church’s diabolical power grab…and to locate Viv’s missing heartthrob, Peter Ivey.

Kim Harrison
The Drafter (Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 1st September 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 1st September 2015)
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Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

Karen Kincy
Clockwork Menagerie (Shadows of Asphodel, Book 2.5 – Novella)
Curiosity Quills (US: 1st September 2015)
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Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore. To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smouldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.

Carrie Mesrobian
Cut Both Ways
HarperCollins (US: 1st September 2015)
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Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s definitely not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted – he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy. Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too – which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly? Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after a series of half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help – unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between his mom and dad for years and neither one feels like home. Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live – whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself probably the most.

Devon Monk
Crucible Zero (House Immortal, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 1st September 2015)
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Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized – and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body – she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of travelling in time to do so. But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him. Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her – and any chance of saving everything she loves…

Cherie Priest
Chapelwood (Borden Dispatches, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens. This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life. Unless she stops it…

Madeleine Roux
Sanctum (Asylum, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. But someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival. Finally, Dan receives a list of coordinates pointing to abandoned houses in the town near Brookline, and he is convinced that the only way to end this nightmare once and for all is to follow the trail. But when Dan and his friends arrive under the guise of a prospective students’ weekend, they discover that the carnival from their photos isn’t just real, it’s here on campus. And that’s just where the terrors begin…

Madeleine Roux
Catacomb (Asylum, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that a black muscle car appears to be following them. Then Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again – someone who died last Halloween. As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate – a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister fascination with notorious killers of the past. Now Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

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September 2015 Releases

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[REVIEW] House Immortal – Devon Monk

Devon Monk
House Immortal (House Immortal, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd September 2014)
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With a section on her website dedicated to her knitting, it was inevitable that Devon Monk would write a series where craftwork is integral.

In 1910, an experiment killed most people in the region. Thirteen people survived – they are “galvanized”, seemingly immortal. They fell into comas, awakening later.

Matilda Case has been stitched together with “life thread”, and her grandmother is mostly seen knitting a lengthy scarf from “pocket sheep’s” wool with nano-whatever in it. Yes, this is confusing, but the scarf turns out to be very useful later on.

I came into this novel expecting a futuristic Frankenstein kind of tale, so the urban fantasy-esque creatures in the first chapter are surprising. With “immortal” in the title, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the novel discusses how to stop time, but I’m more interested in the surgical/medical aspects of the story.

The novel’s large cast gets confusing, with all the different House heads and their galvanized, and lengthy descriptions of what everyone looks like and what they’re wearing, but I still couldn’t keep track of everyone. Also, it’s never explained how stitches get coloured, because the life thread itself seems to be silvery.

I don’t fully understand what’s going on, but I’m firmly entrenched and along for the ride. Mix Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Amy Ewing’s The Jewel, and you get Devon Monk’s House Immortal: an intriguing blend of science, technology, politics, and who knows what else is in store.

3rd March 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 3rd March 2015)
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To save the empire, they must fight the shadows. In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls make their way to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court – one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Kathy & Becky Hepinstall
Sisters of Shiloh
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 3rd March 2015)
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In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle. Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers – except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters. Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden’s clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband’s ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.

Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst
Soho (US: 3rd March 2015)
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Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace – one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and living on the street, is blessed and cursed with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts, and she sees the cracks already forming. Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell. Dymphna is a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” for the trail of beaus who have died trying to protect her from Mr. Davidson’s assassins. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and as Gloriana’s hold crumbles one burly henchman at a time, the girls will need one another more than ever. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna is determined to not only survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side – and to save Kelpie from both the living and the dead.

Seanan McGuire
Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, Book 4)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
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Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family – no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much. Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex. Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

Devon Monk
Infinity Bell (House Immortal, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
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Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality – something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days. Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear. Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster…

Laura Ruby
Bone Gap
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps – gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

March 2015 Releases

Done with February 2015 Releases? Here are March 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. (NOTE: If reading via a feed-reader, the formatting may be wrong. Click the blog post’s title to take you to my WordPress, where it should show up fine.)

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9 New Covers (Anderson, Armstrong, Clarke, DeStefano, Duncan, McGarry, Monk)

SOURCES
Freaks Under Fire – MareeAnderson.com
Empire of Night – KelleyArmstrong.com
Led Astray – KelleyArmstrong.com
Otherworld Secrets – KelleyArmstrong.com
Our Lady of the Ice – CassandraRoseClarke.com
Heir Apparent – SimonAndSchuster.com
Sound – HarperCollins.com
Nowhere But Here – KatieLMcGarry.com
Crucible Zero – Penguin.com

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Gail Giles: GIRLS LIKE US (paperback): 13th October 2015: Buy (US)
Marie Lu: THE YOUNG ELITES (paperback): 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Devon Monk: CRUCIBLE ZERO (paperback): 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Cherie Priest: CHAPELWOOD: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: REVELATIONS (paperback): 17th November 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: REBELLION: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (paperback): 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: LION’S SHARE: 23rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 13th October 2015: Buy (US)