Category Archives: Malinda Lo

5 New Covers (Andrews, Lo, Lu, Meyer, Trout)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

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)

October 2014 Releases

Done with September 2014 Releases? Here are October 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. NOTE: The images and formatting don’t show up properly through Feedly, so click the title of this post to view it on WordPress.

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16th September 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Stefanie Gaither
Falls the Shadow
Simon & Schuster (US, UK & CA: 16th September 2014)
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When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality by cloning them at birth – which means this new Violet has the same face. The same perfect smile. She even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced. She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school. At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Every Time I Think of You
Tracey Garvis Graves (US: 16th September 2014)
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Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child. Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe. Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenceless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before. And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Malinda Lo
Inheritance (Adaptation, Book 2)
Hachette (US: 16th September 2014)
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Reese and David are not normal teens – not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens. Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend, Amber, an Imrian. But Reese’s choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

Kass Morgan
Day 21 (The 100, Book 2)
Hachette (US: 16th September 2014)
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It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

Caragh M. O’Brien
The Vault of Dreamers
Macmillan Roaring Brook (US: 16th September 2014)
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The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding – and what it truly means to dream there.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It, Book 4)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 16th Setember 2014)
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It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

Kat Zhang
Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 16th September 2014)
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As the recessive soul, Eva wasn’t supposed to survive this long, lingering in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away. Now fugitives, they take shelter with a hybrid resistance movement. Despite growing tensions between Eva and Addie, they both throw themselves into the cause. Soon they’ve joined a splinter group willing to resort to questionable methods…but as Addie and Eva fall ever deeper into their plans, the girls must decide how far they’re willing to go to fight for their new lives. What they thought was the solution to their problems just might be the thing that destroys everything – including their bond to each other.

Kat Zhang
Echoes of Us (Hybrid Chronicles, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 16th September 2014)
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All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid – to share your body with a second soul – is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids’ mistreatment. Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she’ll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It’s risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom. As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.

September 2014 Releases

Done with August 2014 Releases? Here are September 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Adaptation – Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo
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.