Category Archives: Kristen Simmons

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SPINDRIFT: 24th September 2018: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: PORTENTS: 31st July 2018: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: as-yet-untitled 4th Rockton novel: 5th February 2019: Buy (US)
Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre: HONOR AMONG THIEVES (paperback): 15th January 2019: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE CERULEAN: 5th February 2019: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: KINGDOM OF NEEDLE AND BONE: 31st December 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: MOMENTS OF DISARRAY: 13th June 2018: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: UNEARTHED (paperback): 4th December 2018: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: UNDYING: 8th January 2019: Buy (US)
Krissy Kneen: WINTERING: 3rd September 2018: Buy (AU)
Marie Lu: WILDCARD: 18th September 2018: Buy (US)
Demitria Lunetta: THE FADE: 11th December 2018: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: BREATHE: 22nd January 2019: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: THIS DARKNESS MINE (paperback): 8th January 2019: Buy (US)
Cindy Pon: WANT (paperback): 22nd January 2019: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE: 25th September 2018: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: STOLEN TIME: 5th February 2019: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: PACIFICA (paperback): 5th February 2019: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: THE DECEIVERS: 5th February 2019: Buy (US)

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March 2018 Releases

Done with February 2018 Releases? Here are March 2018 Releases. Even though it’s already April. I didn’t get around to catching up on doing the monthly release compilation properly, so here’s an “express” edition: author, title, and purchase links. Click on them to find out about the books. And for future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Heather Davis: A Light So Cruel: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Claudia Gray: Defy the Stars: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Megan Hart: Forbidden Stranger: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Rhiannon Held: Death-Touched: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Obsidio: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Kate Kessler: Four of a Kind: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Seanan McGuire: Tricks for Free: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

An Na: The Place Between Breaths: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Dia Reeves: Dark Side of the Moon: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Dia Reeves: Miscreated: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Dia Reeves: Heartsick: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Kim Savage: Beautiful Broken Girls: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Kristen Simmons: Pacifica: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mary Weber: Reclaiming Shilo Snow: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide)

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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