Category Archives: Imogen Howson

Now Available for US Pre-Order

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Cassandra Alexander: YEAR OF THE NURSE: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Naomi Clark: THE MORTAL TOUCH: Kindle Edition

Samantha Hayes: THE TRAPPED WIFE: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Imogen Howson: A GIRL OF STONE & SMOKE: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Carrie Jones: SAINT: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Carrie Jones: INCHWORMS: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

PRE-ORDER

Kelley Armstrong: A TWIST OF FATE: 5th/31st October 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Kelley Armstrong: HIGH JINX: 7th December 2021: Kindle Edition

Kelley Armstrong: A RIP THROUGH TIME: 31st May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Keri Arthur: SORROW’S SONG: 28th June 2022: Kindle Edition

Claire Askew: A MATTER OF TIME: 10th March 2022/31st May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Darcey Bell: ALL I WANT: 11th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

A. R. Capetta: THE LOST COAST: 3rd May 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Kim Harrison: TROUBLE WITH THE CURSED: 14th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Karen Ann Hopkins: THE FORTUNA COIN: 12th October 2021: Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: THE OFFERING: 30th November 2021: Kindle Edition

Greg Iles: SOUTHERN MAN: 24th May 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Emiko Jean: TOKYO DREAMING: 31st May 2022: Hardcover

Carrie Jones: ALMOST DEAD: 1st November 2021: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: WHEN YOU BRING THEM BACK: 1st December 2021: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: THE PEOPLE WHO LEAVE: 15th January 2022: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: THE GREED THAT KILLS: 1st February 2022: Kindle Edition

Lydia Kang: THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING: 5th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

L. A. Larkin: THE SAFE PLACE: 9th November 2021: (Kindle Edition)

Janelle Monáe: THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN: AND OTHER STORIES OF DIRTY COMPUTER: 19th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tara Moss: THE GHOSTS OF PARIS: 7th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Andrew Neiderman: THE WOMAN BEYOND THE ATTIC: 1st February 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tom Perrotta: TRACY FLICK CAN’T WIN: 7th June 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Tiffany Reisz: WRAPPED IN BLACK: 1st December 2021: Kindle Edition

Maria V. Snyder: THE KING OF KORAHA: 22nd November 2021: Kindle Edition

Victoria Helen Stone: AT THE QUIET EDGE: 19th April 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Cristin Terrill: THE STARS BETWEEN US: 2nd August 2022: Kindle Edition

Rachel Vincent: EVERY SINGLE LIE: 12th July 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Rachel Vincent: NO ONE IS ALONE: 12th July 2022: Hardcover

Mary Weber: RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW: 12th October 2021 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Scott Westerfeld: YOUNGBLOODS: 1st March 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

30th April 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Imogen Howson
Fire and Shadow (Anthology)
Dragonwell (US: 30th April 2016)
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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.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: OTHERWORLD CHILLS: 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: WINTER HALO: 6th December 2016: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: reV: 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: NINE OF STARS: 27th December 2016: Buy (US)
Jennifer Bosworth: THE KILLING JAR (paperback): 10th January 2017: Buy (US)
Katie Coyle: VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE (paperback): 3rd January 2017: Buy (US)
Imogen Howson: FIRE AND SHADOW: 30th April 2016: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT (paperback): 6th December 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Liggett: THE LAST HARVEST: 10th January 2017: Buy (US)
John Ajvide Lindqvist: I AM BEHIND YOU: 27th June 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER (paperback): 1st January 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: STARS ABOVE (paperback): 31st January 2017: Buy (US)

April 2016 Releases

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

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Space-set Stories Appeal to Me. Have Yet to Identify WHY Exactly.

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NOTE: Though there are discussions about specific films and books, there are no spoilers.

Had a bout of unexpected melancholy this afternoon, which was a bit troubling since I couldn’t identify a definite trigger. So I tried to think of what I’d done differently today…which was going to the local cinema to see Interstellar.

When it comes to commenting on films, I always feel the need to qualify my opinion with, “I rarely watch films – maybe once or twice a year at most.” Which is true. (2013 was an anomaly, because not only did I watch two films, but I watched the second movie the very next day after watching the first. As a result, I may have used all up all my emotions – I cried – during Rush, so when I watched Gravity the next day I…felt kind of blank in comparison.)

Generally speaking, film is not an easy medium for me to connect with. The circumstances have to be right: I have to watch alone, in a half-full cinema at most, so I can properly immerse. I have to really want to see a particular film at the cinema, or else I just won’t see it. (DVDs at home just aren’t immersive.)

So about the melancholy: I wasn’t sure if it was because of the film. Others may (and will) disagree, but the last third of Interstellar is schmaltz. It’s laughable, and I heard someone else in the cinema laugh, so it can’t have just been my opinion. I did rather enjoy the film overall, especially the first two acts, but the final part…I think it required too much suspension of disbelief, and that’s something that pulled me out of the immersive experience.

So why the melancholy? Maybe I wasn’t quite ready to leave the world of Interstellar. It goes for almost three hours, which is long enough, but I found myself more interested in Amelia Brand’s story, from that glimpse at the very end. And maybe that sparked my belated melancholy – there were still more stories to be told. I wanted to remain immersed.

And I think it’s good to analyse why we like what we like, because that may help us find more things to enjoy. Here are all the films I remember seeing in recent-ish years (the order may be incorrect):

Lars and the Real Girl
Black Swan
Melancholia
Rush
Gravity
Interstellar

If you see a pattern there, you’re not alone. Rush is an obvious anomaly, but you can see my tastes change from psychological to…space? Melancholia is the perfect bridge – weird, fascinating science with psychological trauma to make it relatable.

Also, Melancholia, Gravity, and Interstellar have another factor that makes them appeal: interpersonal relationships that aren’t romantic. In film, storytelling is more condensed, so it makes sense that there’s no romantic subplot. Interstellar easily could’ve forced a romantic relationship, but it didn’t and I’m glad it didn’t.

So while I didn’t love Interstellar, I certainly got value from it. Even though the last third is ridiculous 😉

My reading also tends toward science fiction. It may have been Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox that taught me that sci-fi isn’t always military battleships in space against aliens (which was the stereotype of sci-fi that I had, for better or worse). My first book set in space was Tess Gerritsen’s Gravity (have you heard about the legal action?), and I absolutely loved it – reading it anywhere and everywhere, because I didn’t want to NOT read it. Albeit, that was in the days of dial-up Internet, so I had fewer distractions, but still…an immersive experience.

And Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Glow that taught me that stories set solely in space can work for me, too. Since then, I’ve read and enjoyed more space-set books (Maria V. Snyder’s Inside Out duology, Imogen Howson’s Linked duology, and Alexandra Duncan’s Salvage), with many more on my wishlist. (Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, to name just one.)

But why space? Why is it calling me? I know nothing about physics or quantum mechanics, or whatnot. Is it because I like the pretty photos taken by the Hubble telescope? Because shiny coloured lights appeal to me? Because I like science, even though I don’t necessarily understand it? Because it’s “other”?

But maybe I don’t NEED to understand why I like what I like. So I’ll just go with it, and see where my tastes might lead me to in the future…

8th July 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Imogen Howson
Unravel (Linked, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
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After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia – only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares…

Alex Mallory
Wild
HarperCollins Teen (CA: 8th July 2014)
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The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving – that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger… Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy – he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion. Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realisation that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it. As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

Phoebe North
Starglass (Starglass, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
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For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava – which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown. Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A bitchy boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany. But after Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she’s been sent to assassinate…

Phoebe North
Starbreak (Starglass, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
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The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe – Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. As Terra and Aleksandra lock horns about how best to reach the alien city, they encounter violent beasts – and dangerous hunters. It’s only when they’re taken to the city as prisoners that Terra finally discovers Vadix, the boy who has haunted her dreams. But Vadix has a dark past of his own, and Aleksandra is intent on using violence to lead their tiny band to freedom. When the rebel leader gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people – and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.

Veronica Roth
Four (Divergent, Novella Collection)
HarperCollins (US, UK, CA & AU: 8th July 2014)
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Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child. Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future – and the future of the entire faction system. Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

July 2014 Releases

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Done with June 2014 Releases? Here are July 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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2 New Covers (Howson, McGinnis)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Keri Arthur: FIREBORN: 1st July 2014: Buy (US)
Ilsa J. Bick: MONSTERS (paperback): 9th September 2014: Buy (US)
Máire Claremont: THE TWELVE DAYS OF SEDUCTION: 30th December 2013: Buy (US)
Lauren DeStefano: INTERNMENT NOVELLA 1: 29th July 2014: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Teri Hall: THE ISLAND: 17th December 2013: Buy (US)
Avery Hastings: FEUDS: 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: UGLY LOVE: 5th August 2014: Buy (US)
Imogen Howson: UNRAVEL: 8th July 2014: Buy (US)
J. Kenner: TAME ME: 11th March 2014: Buy (US)
Kat Richardson: POSSESSION: (paperback): 1st July 2014: Buy (US)
Veronica Roth: FOUR: 8th July 2014: Buy (US)
Diana Rowland: HOW THE WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GOT HER GROOVE BACK: 1st July 2014: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS: 9th September 2014: Buy (US)