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18th December 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Jordan Dane
Indigo Awakening
Harlequin Teen (US: 18th December 2012)
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Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish. On her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy, even though he scares her. They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids – gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. Rayne’s only hope of saving her brother is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power – a force darker than either of them imagine – that could doom them all.

Laurie Faria Stolarz
Deadly Little Lessons (Touch, Book 5)
Hyperion (US: 18th December 2012)
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Camelia Hammond’s trying junior year of high school is finally over…but her troubles aren’t. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island. Determined to put family – and boyfriend – drama behind her, she throws herself into her artwork. At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who is missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. She finds a blog by someone named Neal Moche, a psychometric who might have clues to Sasha’s whereabouts. There is something familiar about Neal, and Camelia realises how much she misses Ben, despite being committed to Adam. But time is running out for Sasha, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she’s to save her. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?

December 2012 Releases

Done with November 2012 Releases? Here are December 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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5 New Covers (Dane, Ellison, Hoover, Kang, Spotswood)

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5 New Covers (Crane, Dane, Hart, Mitchell, Vincent)

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December 2011 Releases

Done with November 2011 Releases? Here are December 2011 Releases. To see future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] On a Dark Wing – Jordan Dane

Jordan Dane
On a Dark Wing
Harlequin Teen (US: 20th December 2011)
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Far and beyond, the best part of On a Dark Wing is the mountain trek: the preparations, climbing Denali, and the rescue. There’s nothing scarier than Mother Nature, and her storms create much trouble for the climbers: avalanches, and cerebral oedemas. It all makes for thrilling reading.

The realistic stuff is okay, such as the problems at school, and Abbey’s grief. But the paranormal elements just don’t work. At first, I just didn’t understand what was going on and why, but even after it was explained… Supernatural stuff requires suspension of disbelief, but in this case it calls for too much, which means I have to work to shut off logic, and I don’t like having to work when reading.

Stay for Denali, then make an early exit.

8 New Covers (Black, Dane, Despain, Duncan, Held, Mead, Peacock, Woolston)

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January Through June 2011 Reads – Star Ratings

Books I read in January through June this year. Separated into star ratings, then listed by order in which I read them. All up at GoodReads. Some reviews here on my WordPress. Does not include books that I didn’t finish, because I’ve deleted them from my catalogue, and likely my memory.

Let me know if you decide to read or not to read them, based on my ratings. Because yes, I am that egocentric 😉

5 STARS: Rage (Jackie Morse Kessler), American Vampire (Jennifer Armintrout), Project 17 (Laurie Faria Stolarz), The Gathering (Kelley Armstrong), The Repossession Mambo/Repo Men (Eric Garcia), Moongazer (Marianne Mancusi), Wither (Lauren DeStefano), Girl Hero (Carrie Jones)

4 STARS: Outside In (Maria V. Snyder), Stocking Full of Coal (Amanda Feral), The Walled Garden (Michele Lang), The Shadow Runners (Liz Maverick), The Vespertine (Saundra Mitchell), Linger (Maggie Stiefvater), Dark Life (Kat Falls), Demonized (Naomi Clark), The Reckoning (Kelley Armstrong), Midnight Alley (Rachel Caine), Feast of Fools (Rachel Caine), Lord of Misrule (Rachel Caine), Carpe Corpus (Rachel Caine), Fade Out (Rachel Caine), Coming Home (P. D. Martin), Kiss of Death (Rachel Caine), XVI (Julia Karr), Ghost Town (Rachel Caine), The Girl in the Steel Corset (Kady Cross), Matched (Ally Condie), Uninvited (Amanda Marrone), The Bradbury Report (Steven Polansky), Uninvited (Justine Musk), Exile (Rebecca Lim), Helper12 (Jack Blaine), Darkness Becomes Her (Kelly Keaton)

3 STARS: Jealousy (Lili St. Crow), Among the Betrayed (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Among the Barons (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Becoming (Kelley Armstrong), Shadow Days (Andrea Cremer), Day of Fire (Kathleen Nance), Dreaming Anastasia (Joy Preble), Things Bogans Like, Beyond Heaving Bosoms (Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan), Fugitives (Alexander Gordon Smith), The Power of Two (Patti O’Shea), Coming Undone (Lauren Dane), In the Arms of Stone Angels (Jordan Dane), The Iron Witch (Karen Mahoney), Damaged (Yolanda Sfetsos), Falling Freestyle (Vivian Arend), Jeweled (Anya Bast), Thyla (Kate Gordon), It Takes a Village Idiot and I Married One (Alex Borstein & Cherry Chevapravatdumrong), Burn Bright (Marianne de Pierres), A Touch Mortal (Leah Clifford), Night and Chaos (Naomi Clark), Savage Transformation (Lexxie Couper), The Official Illustrated Guide (Stephenie Meyer), Exit Strategy (Kelley Armstrong), Made to Be Broken (Kelley Armstrong), You Are So Undead to Me (Stacey Jay), Hereafter (Tara Hudson), Relentless (Lauren Dane), The Scarlet Empress (Susan Grant), Close Encounters (Katherine Allred), Perfect Cover (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), Killer Spirit (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), West End (Laura Van Wormer), Moon Sworn (Keri Arthur)

2 STARS: Defiance (Lili St. Crow)

March 2011 Releases

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[REVIEW] In the Arms of Stone Angels – Jordan Dane

Jordan Dane
In the Arms of Stone Angels
Harlequin Teen (US: 22nd March 2011)
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I almost gave up on this during the first chapter, and then again circa page eighty. I continued reading, if only to find out what happened, and I’m glad I did. But my word, these characters really angered me.

When we first meet Brenna Nash, she’s as emo as emo gets, wearing her misery like it’s something to be proud of. She reiterates that she doesn’t care what others think, but that she mentions it so often is like she’s protesting too much.

Then there are the stereotypical mean teens, who are clearly bad with no shades of grey. They assault Brenna. They vandalise her home. They lie to the police to protect themselves. And the motive for Heather Madsen’s murder? Flimsy at best, yet it’s usually the motive for other murderous teens in fiction. Then again, is there ever really a good enough motive for murder? Somehow I don’t think that last thought was the purpose of this story.

The real drawcards are the Native American elements, specifically involving the Euchee tribe. The line between spiritual and magical is blurred, which is fascinating, but doesn’t explain Brenna’s ability to connect with catatonic White Bird. And the identity of her father isn’t revealed, which leaves me to believe there’ll be a sequel. And if not, these dangling threads are rather annoying.

Still, I’m not sure I want to read another book set in Shawano, Oklahoma. The undercurrent of racism is uncomfortable, and the rampant drug and alcohol abuse, as well as assaults… These characters are difficult to like, to even tolerate. Joe and White Bird are rather perfect, though – where are their flaws? The sheriff is initially frustrating, but later develops into someone better. And Brenna…well, at least she’s not so emo anymore.

Stick with the novel, or at least skim-read until something captures your fancy. Brenna becomes more tolerable, but that first chapter and the points of view from the mean teens really bring this book down.