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Enhanced (Flying, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 17th October 2017)
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Seventeen-year-old Mana has found and rescued her mother, but her work isn’t done yet. Her mother may be out of alien hands, but she’s in a coma, unable to tell anyone what she knows. Mana is ready to take action. The only problem? Nobody will let her. Lyle, her best friend and almost-boyfriend (for a minute there, anyway), seems to want nothing to do with hunting aliens, despite his love of Doctor Who. Bestie Seppie is so desperate to stay out of it, she’s actually leaving town. And her mom’s hot but arrogant alien-hunting partner, China, is ignoring Mana’s texts, cutting her out of the mission entirely. They all know the alien threat won’t stay quiet for long. It’s up to Mana to fight her way back in.
A Line in the Dark
Penguin Random House Dutton (US & CA: 17th October 2017)
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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark. Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift. As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
Kelley Armstrong: LOST SOULS (hardcover): 31st March 2017: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE (paperback): 14th November 2017: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: RITUALS: 15th August 2017: Buy (US)
Cyn Balog: UNNATURAL DEEDS (paperback): 1st November 2017: Buy (US)
Melinda Braun: AVALANCHE (paperback): 28th November 2017: Buy (US)
Cat Clarke: THE LOST AND THE FOUND (paperback): 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Stefanie Gaither: INTO THE ABYSS (paperback): 14th November 2017: Buy (US)
Lisa Heathfield: PAPER BUTTERFLIES: 1st October 2017: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: ILLUMINAE (paperback): 25th April 2017: Buy (US)
Malinda Lo: A LINE IN THE DARK: 17th October 2017: Buy (US)
Posted in Amie Kaufman, Cat Clarke, Cyn Balog, Jay Kristoff, Kelley Armstrong, Lisa Heathfield, Malinda Lo, Melinda Braun, Stefanie Gaither
Tagged A Darkness Absolute, A Line in the Dark, Avalanche, Illuminae, Into the Abyss, Lost Souls, Paper Butterflies, Rituals, The Lost and the Found, Unnatural Deeds
Adaptation (Adaptation, Book 1)
Hachette (US: 3rd September 2013; UK: 3rd April 2014; AU: 27th May 2014)
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The summary on the book cover is rather vague. More telling is the praise inside likening it to The X-Files. That’s actually a pretty good way of describing this book: it has paranormal phenomenon, government cover-ups, and I think you can guess the third thing. (It’s a spoiler, so I’m not saying.)
I rather like the setting of San Francisco; it seems so underused in fiction. Reese and David are relatively level-headed teens in an extraordinary situation, though trespassing on secretive property to find answers in the real world probably would have got them killed.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, so it was a good surprise. And if there’s fan-art (particularly digital) of the painted-walls-with-cling-wrap, I’d love to see. Many unanswered questions, which justifies the need for a sequel (Inheritance), and overall it’s quite an intriguing read.