Category Archives: Kat Zhang

Now Available for US Pre-Order

S. A. Bodeen: THE FALLOUT (paperback): 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: UNDISCOVERED: 14th February 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: ENTANGLED (paperback): 4th November 2014: Buy (US)
Becca Fitzpatrick: BLACK ICE (Kindle Edition): 7th October 2014: Buy (US)
Amelia Kahaney: THE INVISIBLE: 7th October 2014: Buy (US)
Kass Morgan: DAY 21: 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: SLEEP NO MORE: 16th September 2014: Buy (US)
Cristin Terrill: as-yet-untitled 2nd novel: 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)
Kat Zhang: ONCE WE WERE (paperback): 16th September 2014: Buy (US)
Kat Zhang: ECHOES OF US: 16th September 2014: Buy (US)

17th September 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, & Jonathan Maberry
Four Summoner’s Tales (Anthology)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 17th September 2013)
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What if the dead could be summoned from their graves – for a price? What if a quartet of storytellers took a stab at this deceptively simple idea – on a date? The answers lie here, as these writers accept the challenge and rise to the occasion – in four ways. It’s all in the execution…

Sean Cummings
Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, Book 2)
Strange Chemistry (US: 17th September 2013)
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Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity. After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über-genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates. If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Covet
Penguin Dutton (US: 17th September 2013)
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Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely. Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together. Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

Kelly Keaton
The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 17th September 2013)
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Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus – and Athena always gets what she wants. Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian – her life – depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumours an ancient power is on the rise that may not be her only concern…

Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle, Book 2)
Scholastic (US: 17th September 2013)
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Kat Zhang
Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US: 17th September 2013)
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Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away. Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion. Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

September 2013 Releases

Done with August 2013 Releases? Here are September 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Frost, Lu, Roth, Zhang)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Julianna Baggott: Fuse (paperback): 10th September 2013: Here
Holly Black: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: 17th September 2013: Here
Sarah Crossan: Resist: 8th October 2013: Here
Kim Harrison: Ever After (paperback): 24th September 2013: Here
Colleen Hoover: Hopeless (papberack): 7th May 2013: Here
Kelly Keaton: untiled 3rd Gods & Monsters novel: 17th September 2013: Here
Martin Leicht & Isla Neal: Mothership (paperback): 12th November 2013: Here
Martin Leicht & Isla Neal: A Stranger Thing: 12th November 2013: Here
Kate Locke: Long Live the Quen: 29th October 2013: Here
Kathleen Peacock: Thornhill: 9th September 2013: Here
Jackson Pearce: Cold Spell: 5th November 2013: Here
Diana Peterfreund: Across a Star-Swept Sea: 15th October 2013: Here
J. A. Souders: Renegade (paperback): 8th October 2013: Here
J. A. Souders: Revelations: 5th November 2013: Here
Jessica Verday: untitled novel: 1st October 2013: Here
Kat Zhang: Once We Were: 17th September 2013: Here

18th September 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Amy Garvey
Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, Book 2)
HarperCollins Teen (US: 18th September 2012)
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Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life. Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger – knows how easy it is to lose control – but she can’t resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do – what she has done – she finally feels free to be herself. But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realises that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.

Jay Kristoff
Stormdancer
Macmillan (US: 18th September 2012)
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Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu form a surprising and powerful bond. Meanwhile, the country verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shogun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko uneasy, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shogun’s crimes, both against her country and her family. Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu are determined to make the Shogun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?

Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys
Scholastic (US: 18th September 2012)
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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them – not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all – family money, good looks, devoted friends – but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Kat Zhang
What’s Left of Me
HarperCollins (CA: US: 18th September 2012)
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Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else – two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbours shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable – hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

[REVIEW] What’s Left of Me – Kat Zhang

Kat Zhang
What’s Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles, Book 1)
HarperCollins (CA: 4th September 2012; US: 18th September 2012; UK: 27th September 2012; AU: 1st October 2012)
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I was reluctant to start this novel, afraid it wouldn’t live up to its awesome premise. But the start of What’s Left of Me is the best: it grips readers straight away with its unusual narrative, eerie circumstances, and threat of medical intervention. A few years ago, I had a story idea involving “soul surgery”, and here Kat Zhang’s beaten me to it. I’m terribly jealous, of course, but great minds… 😉

Anyhoo, the threat of medical intervention is very much real. Addie and Eva Tamsyn are two souls in one body, though Addie is dominant and Eva the recessive. Taken to a facility, they’re subjected to injections, brain scans…and meeting the only body to have survived the removal surgery. I love this medical shiz, but I wanted more detail: what exact part of the brain contains the extra soul? The amygdale? The frontal lobe in general? How does the medication work to sedate one soul while the other takes over? Neuroscience is fascinating, and fiction needs more of it.

Albeit the whole “shipped off to a facility with other kids, plan to escape” plotline is far too common in fiction, and thus doesn’t work for me here.

Another problem is that in Eva and Addie’s world, “foreignness” is deemed bad. Hally “looks foreign”, so she doesn’t really have any friends, and the Americas have shut their doors to foreigners, because of supposed psychotic outbreaks of hybrids overseas. This pisses me off for so many reasons, as it’s easy to blame other countries than accept that one’s own may be at fault. The anti-foreign aspect of this futuristic/dystopian world is so racist and prejudiced, and I despise the Americas’ government who spreads that attitude to its citizens…

In short: I don’t like the setting in which these characters live, but I figure that’s the intended effect. Well played, dear author.

September 2012 Releases

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Common First Names of YA Authors

Rachel Vincent mentioned on her blog how numerous some first names of YA authors are. Sometimes they’re spelled differently, but I’ve made a little list. Most popular: Amanda, Amy, Jennifer, Jessica, Kate, Megan, Rachel, and Sara.

AMANDA – Amanda Grace, Amanda Marrone, Amanda Sun
AMY – Amy Garvey, Amy Christine Parker, Amy Kathleen Ryan
CARRIE – Carrie Jones, Carrie Ryan
HEATHER – Heather Brewer, Heather Davis
JENNIFER – Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jennifer Bosworth, Jennifer Rush
JESSICA – Jessica Brody, Jessica Spotswood, Jessica Verday
JUSTINE – Justine Larbalestier, Justine Musk
KAREN – Karen Kincy, Karen Mahoney
KAT – Kat Falls, Kat Zhang
KATE – Kate Ellison, Kate Gordon, Kate Karyus Quinn
KELLY – Kelley Armstrong, Kelly Keaton
LAURA – Laura Bickle, Laura Riken
MEGAN – Megan Crewe, Megan McCafferty, Megan Shepherd
MELISSA – Melissa Landers, Melissa Marr
RACHEL – Rachel Caine, Rachel Cohn, Rachel Vincent
SARA – Sarah Crossan, Sara Wilson Etienne, Sara Grant
SOPHIE – Sophie Littlefield, Sophie McKenzie
TARA – Tara Hudson, Tara Moss
VERONICA – Veronica Rossi, Veronica Roth

11 New Covers (Armstrong, Bridges, Crane, Garvey, Holzner, Knight, Lim, O’Brien, Stolarz, Vincent, Zhang)

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