Category Archives: Lydia Kang

6 New Covers (Arthur, Baggott, Heathfield, Kang, von Ziegesar, Weber)

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Free 60-Day Trial of Kindle Unlimited, and the Books Available

On Facebook, a friend shared a Groupon for a Free 60-Day Kindle Unlimited Membership (US $19.98 Value). I know nothing about Kindle Unlimited. I’m hoping that “borrowing” books through is like the way my libraries work – download books, and they get automatically deleted after a certain number of days, or you return them earlier. I’m hoping it’s not the “read for free” thing that publishers sometimes do on their websites where you can only read web-based – no downloads.

You’ll need an Amazon account, and will need to make sure the settings have your location as the United States. You’ll also need a Groupon account, for which I used my Facebook, and make sure that you’re not signed up to any of their newsletters if you’re treating this Groupon as a one-off deal.

Group will ask you for “payment”, but I clicked the PayPal button, so I wasn’t charged – because the deal is free, after all. There’s also an option for credit card info.

Once you’ve got your Amazon organised, click here and input the code from your email, to activate the deal.

And now comes the part for why you’re here – borrowing books for free. I don’t know if there are expiry dates or what kind of borrowing system it is (see above about publishers vs. libraries). I’m on the wrong machine right now, but tomorrow on my laptop, I plan to investigate the following links. I systematically checked my reading wishlist, and here are the Kindle Unlimited-eligible books I’m interested in. Some are “pre-orders”, so I doubt you’ll be able to borrow them now. Be sure to check that the ones you’re interested in have Kindle Unlimited on the page, just in case I included a non-eligible title or if the authors/publishers decide to take them off the programme.

Vicki Hendricks: Miami Purity
Cyn Balog: Drowned
Chris Beckett: The Peacock Cloak
Jenna Black: Sealed with a Curse
Rachel Caine: Stillhouse Lake (pre-order)
Amy Rose Capetta: Entangled
Naomi Clark: The Ungrateful Dead; Wild; Gone to the Dogs; Ice Ice Baby; Stakeout
Liz Coley: The Captain’s Kid
Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay
Megan Crewe: Earth & Sky; A Clouded Sky; A Sky Unbroken
Deborah Halverson: Writing New Adult Fiction
Jen Estes: Fifteen; Sixteen
Christina Farley: Gilded; Silvern; Brazen
Megan Hart: The Resurrected Compendium; Clearwater; The Lies We Tell (pre-order); The Secrets We Keep (pre-order)
Erica Hayes: Hunter’s Heart
Anthology: Tick Tock
Karen Ann Hopkins: Lamb to the Slaughter; Embers; Whispers from the Dead; Rachel’s Deception; Gaia; Secrets from the Grave; Tempest; Hidden in Plain Sight
Lydia Kang: A Beautiful Poison (pre-order)
PD Martin: Coming Home; When Justice Fails; Missing; The Wanderer; Grounded Spirits
Liz Maverick: The Transporter (pre-order)
Seanan McGuire: Indexing; Reflections
Will McIntosh: Futures Near & Far
Tracey O’Hara: Once Upon a Moonlit Night
Jackson Pearce: Turn Here
Cheryl Rainfield: Stained; Parallel Visions
Dia Reeves: Rhymes with Vampire
Leah Rhyne: In the Land of the Blind
Carrie Ryan: A Game of Firsts
Holly Schindler: Fifth Avenue Fidos; Play It Again; Forever Finley
Jeri Smith-Ready: Bridge
Lila Veen: Burning for You
Jessica Verday: Flesh Which Is Not Flesh
M.D. Waters: Gemini’s Edge
Skyler White: Offerings
Susanne Winnacker: Between the Shadow & the Soul

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Lauren DeStefano: THE GLASS SPARE: 24th October 2017: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE BLACK KEY (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Heather Kaczynski: DARE MIGHTY THINGS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Lydia Kang: THE NOVEMBER GIRL: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: MY SISTER ROSA (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Marie Lu: WARCROSS: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: THIS DARKNESS MINE: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER (paperback): 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: Untitled Superhero #1: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Lauren Oliver: RINGER: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Leah Rhyne: SHAPELESS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Mary G. Thompson: AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Cecily von Ziegesar: DARK HORSES (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)

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)

1st March 2016 Releases

Oops, it’s technically Wednesday now. Um, Belated Happy Release Day to:

Steve Bein
Disciple of the Wind (Fated Blades, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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After a deadly terrorist attack in Tokyo, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro urges her commanding officers to arrest an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge. Armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop the terrorist. But going rogue draws the attention of the Wind – an underground syndicate that has controlled Japanese politics for centuries, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends. Now, Mariko is left with a perilous choice: join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her…

Meg Cabot
Proposal (Mediator, Novella)
HarperCollins Avon Impulse (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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The last place Suze Simon expects to find herself during Valentine’s Day is a cemetery. But that’s what happens when you’re a mediator – cursed with the “gift” of communicating with the dead. That’s how Suze has ended up at the graves of a pair of tragic young lovers. They’re NCDPs – Non-Compliant Deceased Persons – whose drama didn’t end with death. It’s Suze’s job to make sure they move on – for good. But the NCDPs aren’t the only ones with problems. The reason Suze is spending her Valentine’s Day with the undead instead of her boyfriend, Jesse, is because he’s having so much trouble adjusting to life after death…not surprising, considering the fact that he used to be an NCDP himself, and now his girlfriend busts his former kind for a living. Can Suze use her mediating skills to propose a mutual resolution, and bring all these young lovers together, especially on the night Saint Valentine declared sacred to romance? Or will she end up alone – and possibly undead – herself?

Rachel Caine
Midnight Bites (Morganville Vampires, Anthology)
Penguin NAL (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control… In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell. Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales, and experience six new stories featuring Morganville residents – both human and vampire…

Lydia Kang
Catalyst (Control, Book 1)
Penguin Speak (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumoured haven in Chicago, Zel hears something – a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister’s safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There’s more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined…aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.

Seanan McGuire
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, Book 5)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her…or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure of a comeback impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two of her fellow contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find – and a couple she wasn’t looking for – in order to navigate the complicated steps of both the tango and a murder investigation without blowing her cover. It doesn’t help that her official family backup is her grandmother, Alice Price-Healy, who thinks “subtle” is something that happens to other people. Winning this competition may have just become a matter of life and death.

March 2016 Releases

Done with February 2016 Releases? Here are March 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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14th September 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Demitria Lunetta et al
Among the Shadows (Anthology of short stories)
Demitria Lunetta (US: 14th September 2015)
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Even the lightest hearts have shaded corners to hide the black thoughts that come at night. Experience the darker side of YA as 13 authors explore the places that others prefer to leave among the shadows. You’ve been there. It’s dark and you’re comfortable. You’re just about to fall asleep when you can’t help but wonder if maybe tonight the thing you’ve always been sure exists will finally find you. The best short stories stick with you, and the stories in this book especially, are meant to cast long shadows. The authors who contributed to this anthology are not only familiar with what lurks among the shadows; we choose to spend time there. Our monsters all live in different places – under beds, beside peaceful streams, inside ourselves, down mine shafts, in the sky. The darkness you’ll find in these pages knows no boundaries, so it’s only fitting that these stories cover many genres. Reality can be just as terrifying as anything our imaginations conjure, which is why the darkness in these pages isn’t relegated just to flights of fancy or the paranormal. In choosing such a wide range of stories, our hope is that everyone will find something to make them clutch their bedcovers a little closer. In realistic contemporary stories from Joelle Charbonneau and Kelly Fiore, depression, addiction, obsession, and isolation are all the stuff of nightmares. Other stories by Justina Ireland, Phoebe North, and Geoffrey Girard straddle the line, making us question what is real and what is false. Mindy McGinnis explores the question of not knowing yourself, while Kate Karyus Quinn speculates on the effect of learning that every terrible thing that’s ever happened to you has been manufactured for the entertainment of others. Demitria Lunetta and Gretchen McNeil each take a closer, horrific look at human nature. Lenore Applehans delves into a post-apocalyptic future, while R.C. Lewis discovers the darkness that lurks on another planet in her science fiction narrative. Then of course there are the paranormal stories from Beth Revis and Lydia Kang, each digging into the many types of monsters that might wait for us in the dark. Overall, you’ll find a wide range of horrors represented, including demons, aliens, and one of the most frightening creatures ever – human beings. So set aside an hour or two, switch on some lights, and come join us…among the shadows.