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6 New Covers (Bickle, Kang, Kaufman & Spooner, Oliver, Simmons, Thompson)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: THIS FALLEN PREY: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Rhoda Belleza: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Steven Brust & Skyler White: THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (paperback): 2nd January 2018: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: STARFALL (paperback): 9th January 2018: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME: 30th January 2018: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: YOU WILL BE MINE: 1st February 2018: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE LUCKY ONES: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: PACIFICA: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Andy Weir: ARTEMIS: 14th November 2017: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Metaltown – Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons
Metaltown
Macmillan Tor (US: 20th September 2016; AU: 11th October 2016)
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NOTE: I first published this review as part of the group “My Favorite Things” column on Speculative Chic, 6th February 2017.

Some stories have more resonance if you read them at a particular time.

I didn’t plan for Kristen Simmons’s Metaltown to be my first read of 2017, but that’s when my library copy arrived. The novel felt instantly familiar, as it fits the classic underdog plot. But instead of a feel-good story, Metaltown is dark and dystopian – and not everyone gets a happy ending.

Mostly the story rings true because it shows how to create change.

Ty and Colin work in the small parts section of a manufacturer. There are no health benefits, and they often aren’t paid in a timely manner, enough, or at all. A workplace accident leads to acid burns and a lost job. Ty has nothing left to lose – she’s now an unemployed, homeless orphan, and even her best friend Colin seems to be slipping away from her. And so Ty does what she can lead a “press”, a workers’ strike, against the manufacturer.

But she can’t do it alone. One person can’t be the entire movement in order to create real change. Ty needs the entire small parts section – and other sections, too – to band together in the press. If everyone stops work, the manufacturer will be forced to employ and train more workers. That will make it more difficult for the company to fill the order for their products. This will be bad for business, so the manufacturer has something to lose unless they agree to the workers’ demands.

Can one person make a difference? Maybe. But there’s strength in numbers, and we can’t expect one person to shoulder all the responsibility. We each need to find our personal tipping point; what we’re willing to risk for the greater good. We must PRESS BACK.

Metaltown is a timely read that I won’t soon forget.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Keri Arthur: ASHES REBORN: 5th September 2017: Buy (US)
Julianna Baggott: THE VIRTUAL SWALLOWS OF HOG ISLAND: 25th January 2017: Buy (US)
Claire Cameron: THE LAST NEANDERTHAL (paperback): 25th April 2017: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: FINAL GIRLS: 30th April 2017: Buy (US)
Lydia Kang: A BEAUTIFUL POISON: 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman: ONE SMALL STEP…: 24th April 2017: Buy (AU)
Mindy McGinnis: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES (paperback): 5th September 2017: Buy (US)
Stephanie Oakes: THE ARSONIST: 22nd August 2017: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: BLOOD AND TAR: 26th September 2017: Buy (US)
Wendy Walker: EMMA IN THE NIGHT: 29th August 2017: Buy (US)

October 2016 Releases

Done with September 2016 Releases? Here are October 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Claire Cameron: THE LAST NEANDERTHAL: 2nd May 2017: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT (paperback): 27th June 2017: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: ILLUMINAE (paperback): 4th April 2017: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE KEEP OF AGES: 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: A WORLD WITHOUT YOU (paperback): 13th June 2017: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: HOUSE OF FURIES: 30th May 2017: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: BURNED AWAY: 28th September 2016: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: THE MERCILESS II: THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES (paperback): 6th June 2017: Buy (US)
M. D. Waters: GEMINI’S EDGE: 21st October 2016: Buy (US)
Francesca Zappia: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS: 30th May 2017: Buy (US)

20th September 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Josephine Angelini
Firewalker (Worldwalker, Book 2)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 20th September 2016)
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Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fuelled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good. Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make her come back.

Josephine Angelini
Witch’s Pyre (Worldwalker, Book 3)
Macmillan (US: 20th September 2016)
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Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers – to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices…and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Mindy McGinnis
The Female of the Species
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 20th September 2016)
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Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence. While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways. But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her. So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for. Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker side breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Kristen Simmons
Metaltown
Macmillan Tor (US: 20th September 2016)
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The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does. Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right. In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.