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Australian Releases

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Psst. Want to see some books that people in Australia can pre-order now, but people in the U.S. can’t? Then you’ve come to the right place! While I’m in Oz, I usually have my book search functions set as American. But due to geoblocking and whatnot, sometimes we get access to stuff that internationals can’t (or they may be able to in the future, but not now).

These are my recent findings, all Kindle Editions:

Chris Beckett: Tomorrow
Theo Clare: The Book of Sand
Tess Gerritsen: Listen to Me
Francesca Haig: The Cookbook of Common Prayer
Lisa Heathfield: Such Pretty Things
Claire Kohda: Woman, Eating
John Ajvide Lindqvist: I Am the Tiger

6 New Covers (Abbott, Braithwaite, Lindqvist, Meding, Revis, Richardson)

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June 2016 Releases

Done with May 2016 Releases? Here are June 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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5 New Covers (Adams, Griffin, Kane, Lindqvist, Preston)

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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)

6th October 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Christopher Golden (ed.)
Seize the Night (Anthology)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction.

S. A. Bodeen
The Detour
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 6th October 2015)
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Livvy Flynn is a big deal – she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself. When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socialising with the other industry people at the conference. And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

Amy Ewing
The White Rose (The Lone City, Book 2)
HarperTeen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised – a mysterious house in the Farm. But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

Emiko Jean
We’ll Never Be Apart
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 6th October 2015)
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Murder. Fire. Revenge. That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths. Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story?

Darynda Jones
Brighter than the Sun (Charley Davidson, Novella)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 6th October 2015)
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All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see…

R. C. Lewis
Stitching Snow
Disney-Hyperion (US: 6th October 2015)
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back – but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realises that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.

R.C. Lewis
Spinning Starlight
Disney-Hyperion (US: 6th October 2015)
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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home – a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Mindy McGinnis
A Madness So Discreet
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of her – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. BONUS CONTENT: Excerpts from Natalie Prior’s journal. Two deleted scenes with commentary from Veronica Roth. Favourite quotes, illustrated by fellow Initiates. Discussion questions. A four-colour fold-out poster. A brilliant metallic book jacket. A satin ribbon placeholder.

Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild (White Trash Zombie, Book 5)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear – that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it. Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster. But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past – not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat – for real this time. Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

October 2015 Releases

Done with September 2015 Releases? Here are October 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

TRIGGER WARNING: The cover image for Andrea Kleine’s Calf (13th October) is confronting.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: ATONING: 25th March 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: DARKEST POWERS TALES: 26th March 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong, John Ajvide Lindqvist, et al: SEIZE THE NIGHT anthology: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: KILLER INSTINCT (paperback): 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: ALL IN: 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Bosworth: THE KILLING JAR: 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: UNMADE (paperback): 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: CHIMERA: 24th November 2015: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: HOLD ME CLOSE: 24th November 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher: NEVER NEVER: PART TWO (paperback): 17th May 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: NOVEMBER 9: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Dani Worth: ORIGIN (paperback): 7th April 2015: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Come Unto Me – John Ajvide Lindqvist

John Ajvide Lindqvist (translated by Marlaine Delargy)
Come Unto Me
Short story in Fearie Tales anthology, edited by Stephen Jones
Jo Fletcher Books (UK: 24th October 2013; AU: 1st November 2013)
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When I was younger and more patient, I’d read every story in an anthology. Now, as a grumpy old woman, I only read the stories by authors whose work I’ve enjoyed previously, or is on my wishlist. Such is the case with Fearie Tales

In Come Unto Me, John Ajvide Lindqvist has created a wonderfully Gothic, scary read, featuring a type of fairytale character I’ve never before encountered. There’s some freaky shiz going on here, and it’s fascinating stuff. Best of all, it tides us over until the author’s next novel is released in English, whatever and whenever that may be. Bring it on!

Top 10 Most Popular Reviews of 2012 (according to my WordPress stats)

The most popular posts on my blog are cover reveals first and foremost. Then deal announcements. But what about reviews? WordPress’ stats show the most popular (ie. most views) posts in the past year (16th January 2012 until today). I made note of the Top 10 (correct as of circa 5PM Tuesday, ie yesterday):

Equal 9th with 55 Views: Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. So close to giving this five stars. Marked it down because I don’t like when authors make their characters authors, too. And Nora doesn’t seem to have an agent πŸ˜‰

Equal 9th with 55 Views: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. Another close to five stars. Marked it down because it tries too hard to stick to the fairytale, with the prince and the ball. When it’s original with the cyborg and plague, it’s more awesome.

8th with 58 Views: Tiffany Reisz’s Seven-Day Loan. It’s since been retitled The Gift. Normally I don’t bother reviewing short stories, but Tiffany Reisz makes me want to tell the world. I have her second and third novels on shelf to be read. Now I wait for more short stories to be made free.

7th with 64 Views: Gabrielle Carey & Kathy Lette’s Puberty Blues. I just love this. It doesn’t pull any punches. It’s short, to the point, and doesn’t glamourise or romanticise teen relationships. It’s brutally honest, with a voice that can’t be matched. And it’s funny.

6th with 68 Views: John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Little Star. The author’s previous novel, Harbour, just didn’t work for me, and it’d been a few years since his glorious first two novels. But Little Star is a real return to form, and could be a morbid hit with teenage girls. I really enjoyed this, and the short story collection, Let the Old Dreams Die, that follows. Gotta love Lindqvist πŸ™‚

5th with 71 Views: Bleeding Ink Anthology. I have no idea why this rated so popular, considering it’s a self-published short story anthology edited by members of Kelley Armstrong’s forums. There are a few standouts, but overall I don’t think much of it.

4th with 98 Views: Fanny Merkin’s Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. The only book in the Top 10 that I gave five stars. I’ve never read, and don’t plan to read, E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, but I love this. I normally believe there’s a special hell for parody books, but Fanny Merkin’s is a special case. If you’re going to read a parody, you may as well read the best.

3rd with 126 Views: Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You. This trilogy annoys the shit out of me on so many levels, yet I’ve read the first two books in full. I share spoilers, and that’s probably what brings in the page views – you want someone to tell you what happens so you don’t have to read it for yourself πŸ˜‰

2nd with 863 Views: Sylvia Day’s Bared to You. Surprisingly, I actually gave this three stars, but that was back when actual conflict between a couple was something new and different. Until then, romance novels basically had no conflict at all between a couple – it was all external. This novel made me feel anger and frustration, and a bloody lot of both. It’s genuinely quite an achievement for a romance novel to make me feel something other than “meh”. I REALLY dislike these characters.

1st with 1884 Views: Sophie Morgan’s The Diary of a Submissive. I don’t read memoirs. Yet I saw this on NetGalley, and decided to give it a shot. Only worth three stars, yet the most popular with my blog visitors. Not my regular readers, mind you – I’m pretty sure most of the views came via Google searches. It’s a UK book, so probably didn’t get much US blog coverage. Mind you, I’m pretty sure a lot of my Crossfire review visitors came via Google searches, too, though those books got plenty of blog coverage all over the Internet. Huh.

what to conclude from the Top 10? They say more about my visitors than they do about me πŸ˜‰ 6 of the 10 heavily feature sex, so my visitors want me to review more erotica? (Though I certainly wouldn’t call Puberty Blues erotica.) I was expecting J. Kenner’s Release Me to be up there, but considering it was published only in the last month or so, it may not have had as much time to gather viewers. Plus, I cross-post all my reviews to Shelfari and Goodreads (and Amazon when they don’t ban them for using forbidden words), so chances are they’ve been read there instead of on my blog. That’s fine. I’m not one of those obnoxious self-promoters who say on Goodreads “full review at [insert blog link]”. I treat Goodreads users with more respect than that. Okay, I AM an obnoxious self-promoter, but not when it comes to reviews on Goodreads πŸ˜‰