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18th August 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Deceptions (Cainsville, Book 3)
Penguin Dutton (US: 18th August 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK & AU: 18th August 2015); Random House (CA: 18th August 2015)
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When Olivia’s life exploded – after she found out she was not the only child of a privileged Chicago family, but of a notorious pair of serial killers – she found a refuge in the oddly secluded but welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a precociously successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she managed to partially clear her parents’ name in an investigation that also revealed darker forces at work in the town that had offered her a haven. Fleeing Cainsville after she is almost killed, Olivia finds herself not only the target of the Cainsville elders and of the Huntsmen, but also of her ex-fiancé, James, who stalks her and even tries to have her kidnapped. All this as her feelings for Ricky deepen, and confusingly her feelings for Gabriel too. Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, and holds out in her palm a black stone and a white stone that swirl together to create a balance of light and dark. Death stalks them all, as Olivia desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that links her to Gabriel and Ricky, or whether she has the power to change the tragic outcome.

Phoebe North
Starbreak (Starglass, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 18th August 2015)
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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.

Alexandra Sirowy
The Creeping
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA, & AU: 18th August 2015)
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Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery – and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy – but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hook-up with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: DRIVEN: 31st January 2016: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: THE FIXER paperback: 10th May 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle et al: A FANTASY MEDLEY 3: 31st December 2015: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: untitled 3rd Dark Alchemy novel: 12th April 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Caine: MIDNIGHT BITES: 1st March 2016: Buy (US)
Rhiannon Held: WOLFSBANE: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Andrea Kleine: CALF: 13th October 2015: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY: 1st March 2016: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: UNTIL THE BEGINNING (paperback): 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Tiffany Schmidt: HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH (paperback): 17th May 2016: Buy (US)
Tiffany Schmidt: BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE: 7th June 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Wasserman: GIRLS ON FIRE: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Brenna Yovanoff: PLACES NO ONE KNOWS: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Deceptions – Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong
Deceptions (Cainsville, Book 3)
Penguin Dutton (US: 18th August 2015); Random House (CA: 18th August 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (AU: 18th August 2015; UK: 20th August 2015)
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Some booksellers have mistakenly listed Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series as a trilogy, but rest assured that Books 4 and 5 are scheduled for publication. Being the third book, Deceptions has a bit of Middle Book Syndrome – it answers some questions, but others dangle.

We find out how Ricky Gallagher is linked to the plot, which is a relief because I wondered in Visions if he was just included as a love rival. (Bikers being all the rage in romance at the moment…) Mind you, the motorcycle club element is the weakest part of the novel. Olivia Taylor-Jones notes the sexist nature, yet submits to going along to the club and being “handed off” to minders while Ricky has a meeting. Olivia (*cringe*) gets into a girl-fight, and then has to fight off a guy. In other words, that “alpha-hole” environment is just as stereotypically bad as I expected.

Another questionable plot element involves “roles”. Some people may enjoy fate as a trope, but it doesn’t work for me, and it reinforces the love triangle.

Also, the paparazzi are included just to create more trouble at the funeral, but are conveniently absent during the outdoor sex scenes. (There are a few. Seriously, I expected the paparazzi to follow Olivia all the time.)

Even though these are my quibbles, Deceptions is a high-quality page-turner that may be slow to start but builds to a big finale (with a rather convenient rescue that I didn’t quite believe). The characterisation is thorough, the psychiatric care facility is fascinating, and the piece-by-piece reveals are handled well. It’s a solid read, and I’m very much looking forward to Book 4.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SAGE’S EYES (mass market paperback): 26th January 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: FOREST OF RUIN: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Bridges: DREAMING OF ANTIGONE: 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Janet Edwards: EARTH 2788: THE EARTH GIRL SHORT STORIES: 4th July 2015: Buy (US)
Rinda Elliott: RAISONNE CURSE (paperback): 14th July 2015: Buy (US)
Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam: ETHERWORLD (paperback): 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Francesca Haig: THE REFUGE SONG: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE DRAFTER (mass market paperback): 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall: SISTERS OF SHILOH (paperback): 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: STORMS OF LAZARUS: 29th July 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: CLOCKWORK MENAGERIE: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: DOWN WITH THE SHINE: 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Jessica Spotswood: WILD SWANS: 1st April 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: MENAGERIE: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SAGE’S EYES: 26 January 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: EMPIRE OF NIGHT (paperback): 8th March 2016: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: REV: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Jenna Black: NIGHTSTRUCK: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Liz Coley: MISTAKEN: 1st July 2015: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: BURNING: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: THE ASYLUM NOVELLAS (THE SCARLETS, THE BONE ARTISTS, & THE WARDEN): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Gena Showalter: FIRSTLIFE: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: OF MONSTERS & MADNESS (revamped edition): 16th June 2015: Buy (US)
Melissa West: SURGE: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)