Category Archives: Jodi Picoult

January 2022 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released January 2022. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Amazon US. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

JANUARY 2022 RELEASES
Kelley Armstrong: Goddess of Summer Love: Kindle Edition
Darcey Bell: All I Want: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Eliza Jane Brazier: Good Rich People: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Simone Buchholz (translated by Rachel Ward): River Clyde: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Carrie Jones: The People Who Leave: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Carrie Jones: The Greed That Kills: Kindle Edition & Paperback
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Beyond the End of the World: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: Seven Mercies: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Katharine McGee: Majesty: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback: Goodreads
Mindy McGinnis: The Initial Insult: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback
Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige: The Monarchs: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback
Jodi Picoult: The Pact: Kindle Edition & Paperback & Goodreads
Kat Richardson: Through the Grey: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback
Danielle Rollins: Dark Stars: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback
P. J. Tracy: Desolation Canyon: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Now Available for US Pre-Order

(NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

NOW AVAILABLE

Carrie Jones: THE PEOPLE WHO LEAVE: Kindle Edition & Paperback

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Nicci French: THE FAVOR: 18th October 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Karen Ann Hopkins: FREE FROM SIN: 22nd February 2022: Kindle Edition

Karen Ann Hopkins: SERENITY: 10th May 2022: Kindle Edition

Carrie Jones: THE FEAR THAT RETURNS: 1st June 2022: Kindle Edition

Mur Lafferty: STATION ETERNITY: 4th October 2022: Kindle Edition & Paperback

Marissa Meyer: CURSED: 8th November 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan: MAD HONEY: 11th October 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover

Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons: RISE UP FROM THE ASHES: 4th October 2022 (KE & HC out now): Kindle Edition & Hardcover & Paperback

Veronica Roth: POSTER GIRL: 4th October 2022: Hardcover

[REVIEW] Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. Will warn again when they appear.

Jodi Picoult
Wish You Were Here
Ballantine Books (US: 30th November 2021); Hodder & Stoughton (UK: 25th November 2021); Random House Canada (CA: 30th November 2021); Allen & Unwin (AU: 25th November 2021)
US Kindle Edition US Hardcover UK Kindle Edition CA Kindle Edition Worldwide Hardcover Worldwide Paperback

There’s an early sign that this is not up to the author’s usual high quality writing: A character of Japanese ethnicity was married to an English musician who was shot dead. Too obviously inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. This is lazy writing, and even secondary characters don’t deserve that. I like Kitomi, but still… I expect more from Jodi Picoult.

It’s not a spoiler to say that this novel was inspired by, written, and published during the Covid-19 pandemic. The real life event plays a pretty major part of the story, and is mentioned in all the summaries and promo material: an American tourist is stranded in the Galápagos Islands during the pandemic.

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November 2021 Releases

Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released November 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.

NOVEMBER 2021 RELEASES
V. C. Andrews: Out of the Rain: Buy
Kelley Armstrong: Snowstorms & Sleigh Bells: Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: The Offering: Buy
Imogen Howson: A Girl of Dust & Death (previously published as Blood of the Volcano): Buy
Carrie Jones: Almost Dead: Buy
Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen: Patient Zero: Buy
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Aurora’s End: Buy
L. A. Larkin: The Safe Place: Buy
Marissa Meyer: Gilded: Buy
Diana Peterfreund: In the Ballroom with the Candlestick: Buy
Jodi Picoult: Wish You Were Here: Buy
Maria V. Snyder: The King of Koraha: Buy

Now Available for US Pre-Order

(NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

NOW AVAILABLE
Naomi Clark: Hand of Fate: Kindle Edition

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Kelley Armstrong: The Deepest of Secrets: 15th February 2022: Hardcover
Claire Askew: A Matter of Time: 11th January 2022: Hardcover
Jennifer Iacopelli: Finding Her Edge: 8th February 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Carrie Jones: The People Who Kill: 1st June 2021: Kindle Edition
Carrie Jones: The Things We Seek: 1st October 2021: Kindle Edition
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Beyond the End of the World: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: Seven Mercies: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Kate McLaughlin: Daughter: 8th March 2022: Kindle Edition
Tara Moss: The War Widow: 2nd November 2021: Paperback
Jodi Picoult: Wish You Were Here: 30th November 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Danielle Rollins: Dark Stars: 25th January 2022: Paperback
Madeleine Roux: The Book of Living Secrets: 1st March 2022: Hardcover
Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates): Cold as Hell: 28th August 2021: Kindle Edition
P. J. Tracy: Desolation Canyon: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition

[REWIND] September 2020 Releases

If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. 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.

SEPTEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Kelley Armstrong: Dreaming Darkness: Volume One: Buy
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Inheritance Games: Buy
Laura Bickle: Morrigan’s Blood: Buy
Allie Brosh: Solutions and Other Problems: Buy
Kylie Chan: Scales of Empire: Buy
Emma Cline: Daddy: Buy: Goodreads
Alyssa Cole: When No One is Watching: Buy
Megan Hart: The Mess You Choose (also published as Tempted): Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: Bloody Ties: Buy
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: The Other Side of the Sky: Buy
Marie Lu: Skyhunter: Buy
Katharine McGee: Majesty: Buy: Goodreads
Jodi Picoult: The Book of Two Ways: Buy
Jordan Summers: Raphael and Kane: Buy
Wendy Walker: Don’t Look for Me: Buy: Goodreads

Book Releases: 1st June 2020 – Onward

Think I stopped sharing pre-order links at some stage, but don’t know when. So I’ll just go through the alphabet, and post books released on or after 1st June 2020.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews’s WHISPERING HEARTS (6th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501162608?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s ALONE IN THE WILD paperback (17th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/125075349X?tag=tesa06-20
Kelley Armstrong’s WOLF’S CURSE paperback (31st March 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1989046169?tag=tesa06-20
Keri Arthur’s DEADLY VOWS (23rd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084P12125?tag=tesa06-20
Darcey Bell’s SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US (7th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062953931?tag=tesa06-20
Simone Buchholz’s MEXICO STREET paperback (1st October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1913193152?tag=tesa06-20
Mina Hardy’s AFTER ALL I’VE DONE (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1643854704?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Hart’s REASON ENOUGH (27th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084WTXSZB?tag=tesa06-20
Shirley Jackson’s MEN WITH THEIR BIG SHOES (2nd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250771536?tag=tesa06-20
Katharine McGee’s MAJESTY (1st September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198483021X?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE HALL WITH THE KNIFE paperback (15th September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1419746960?tag=tesa06-20
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH (13th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/141973976X?tag=tesa06-20
Jodi Picoult’s THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS (22nd September 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/198481835X?tag=tesa06-20
Madeleine Roux’s RECLAIMED (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0451491858?tag=tesa06-20
Andrew Shaffer’s SECRET SANTA (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1683692055?tag=tesa06-20
Megan Shepherd’s MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES paperback (3rd November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/0358434653?tag=tesa06-20
Maggie Stiefvater’s as-yet-untitled 2nd Dreamer novel (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1338188364?tag=tesa06-20
Cecily von Ziegesar’s COBBLE HILL (20th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982147032?tag=tesa06-20

5-Star Books I Read in 2014 (So Far!)

Sometime during the next month, you may have to shop – for yourself or someone else. I have some suggestions, so here are the books I rated 5 stars in 2014 (so far!). Of course, this by no means guarantees you or your people will find them worthy of 5 stars 😉 Listed in order from most recently read and working backward through time. The title links should take you to my reviews of the books:

Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time: A Bookworld Top Pick for Christmas. General/mainstream fiction.

Laura Wiess, Leftovers: YA suspense.

Laura Wiess, Such a Pretty Girl: YA suspense.

Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves: YA urban fantasy. (Book 2 in a series.)

Tiffany Reisz, The Mistress: Erotic fiction. (Book 4 in a series.)

M. D. Waters, Archetype: Futuristic.

Laura Wiess, Me Since You: YA general/mainstream fiction.

Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Illustrated memoirs.

This post was supported by Bookworld.

[REVIEW] Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time
Random House Ballantine (US & CA: 14th October 2014); Hachette Hodder & Stoughton (UK: 14th October 2014); Allen & Unwin (AU: 14th October 2014)
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At Melbourne Zoo in December 2013, elephant Num-Oi’s calf died in a tragic accident overnight. Details of the herd’s mourning weren’t shared with the public, but a week later another elephant mother gave birth. Whilst no child can replace another, the new arrival may have partially eased some of the group’s grief, or at least provided a new distraction.

In October 2014, it was announced that Num-Oi had undergone artificial insemination in August, as “her behaviour indicated…that she would benefit from being pregnant again sooner, rather than later.”

The latter news came during the week I began Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time. A major character is a scientist with a focus on grief in elephants, so the publication’s timing is ideal. It’s not surprising that the pachyderms stand out as my favourite parts of the novel – Maura’s story in particular really got to me, but every elephant scene is riveting.

Mind you, it’s not as if the human characters are boring, but they just didn’t appeal to me as much. When children are main, point-of-view characters in adult fiction they often don’t seem realistic, as though they’re too precocious to be fully relatable. Such is the case with Jenna Metcalf, who hires a psychic and a private investigator to find her mother who disappeared ten years ago.

Serenity Jones made me Fry-face on page 139 (Australian edition): “In fact, some of the best mediums I’ve ever met are gay, and I think it’s because they have that balance of masculine and feminine in them.” Uh, what? Gay men are not necessarily more “feminine” than straight men. That the old stereotype is hanging around even now means that society still has a long way to go when it comes to shedding prejudices.

And Alice Metcalf made me Fry-face on page 212 (Australian edition): “It made me think about the gross generalizations we made about humans from those two cultures, and how the elephants followed suit: In Asia you were more likely to find someone averting his eyes to be polite. In Africa, the head would be defiantly lifted and the gaze met directly – not to show aggression but because that was acceptable for the culture.”

It’s unsurprising that I prefer the elephants in this book. You would’ve thought these human characters would be above stereotyping cultures, but apparently not.

Anyway…

Science, memory, and elephants combine to tell a story with stunning heartache. Leaving Time is an immersive experience that you’ll want to devour quickly, and then re-read immediately. This is the best novel from Jodi Picoult in years, and that this one stands over so many high-quality reads from her is the hallmark of a brilliant career. I love Leaving Time, simple as that. Now I’m desperate to hear what new topic this amazing author is working on next.