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March 2016 Reads

Yes, this is coming a week late, but it took time to summon up the brainpower to even write a single paragraph about a book. In the end, I reviewed six books, and wrote a paragraph for a seventh.

Megan Shepherd: Her Dark Curiosity: 5 stars
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: 3 stars: Review
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 5 stars: Review
Carrie Mesrobian: Cut Both Ways: 3 stars: Review
Megan Hart: Hold Me Close: 4 stars: Review
Robin Bridges: Dreaming of Antigone: 3 stars: Review
Sophie Littlefield: The Guilty One: 3 stars: Review

HER DARK CURIOSITY
When Book 1 in a series is worth five stars, you may hesitate to pick up Book 2. What if the sequel can’t live up to the quality of its predecessor? I needn’t have worried, because Her Dark Curiosity is another smashing read from Megan Shepherd. The novel opens with science, which bodes well for the rest of the story, a battle not to cure but to perhaps manage a violent condition. I’m not sure why Juliet shags Edward, but otherwise it’s a fabulous read that I definitely recommend. (NOTE TO ANIMAL LOVERS: There’s a dog character, and he’s alive for the entire book. There are thoughts against him, though thankfully none of them turn into action.)

[REVIEW] Hold Me Close – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira (US & UK: 24th November 2015; AU: 1st December 2015)
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CONTENT WARNINGS: Abduction, child abuse, sexual abuse, statutory rape, miscarriage.

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers. If reading on Goodreads, they’re behind a cut. If reading elsewhere, they’re out in the open.

Until now, I didn’t realise how much I include publishers as part of an author’s brand. But in the case of Megan Hart, I automatically add her Harlequin Mira (and before that, Harlequin Spice) titles to my wishlist. I’m not interested in her Harlequin Nocturnes, and her Penguin Berkley books weren’t for me.

The author has upcoming publications scheduled with Chaos Publishing (her self-publishing arm), Samhain, Macmillan Swerve, and Montlake. So I’m hesitant to add those to my wishlist, because I kind of only want to read the ones in the vein of her Mira books. Which probably makes me a terrible person, picking and choosing instead of wanting it ALL😉

So for the unforeseen future, Hold Me Close may be the last Megan Hart book with Harlequin Mira. And this is a heart-wrenching number. In case the content warnings don’t give it away, this book is DARK. With a happy ending, though, so romance fans will be fine unless you don’t like to read about soulmates rooting other people.

It’s the attention to detail that makes Hold Me Close so good, namely Effie’s issues with food. Because of various things being put into her meals and drinks during the three years she was imprisoned, Effie’s reluctant to eat anything that she or a loved one hasn’t prepared, or food she can’t see through. She drinks a lot of “clear cola”, which I’ve never seen in real life but I don’t live in the US.

Yet with all the grim stuff going on, the ending seems relatively…easy? The kidnapper conveniently dies, so there’s no big final confrontation. The kidnapper’s child fills in the details as to why Effie and Heath were taken, and why Heath was forced to do sexual stuff and Effie wasn’t. (Which seems bollocks, because if you want a teenage girl to remain “pure”, it doesn’t make sense to trap her in the basement/cellar with a slightly older guy for three whole years.)

So had they not been through such trauma together, would they still have had such a strong bond? Would they find better matches with other people? Effie and Heath each try to have relationships with others, but they end up together, so hooking up with other people was…time-wasting? Delaying the inevitable? It just isn’t a satisfying answer for me. Maybe because of the statutory rape. (If you want to argue that statutory rape “isn’t really rape”, please take your monologue elsewhere. It’s at the very least creepy, and an abuse of power.)

Even though I don’t agree with…well, a lot of things in this novel, I heartily recommend it.

2nd February 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Meg Cabot
Remembrance (Mediator, Book 7)
HarperCollins William Morrow (US & CA: 2nd February 2016)
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All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counsellor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. From a sophomore haunted by the murderous spectre of a child to ghosts of a very different kind – including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself – Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past – including one she found nearly impossible to resist – strike first?

Megan Hart
Little Secrets
Samhain (US: 2nd February 2016)
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With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep Ginny and Sean stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house’s former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who…or what…is it?

Melissa Landers
Invaded (Alienated, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her. Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side. Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life. The Way clearly needs humans’ help…but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

Melissa Landers
Starflight
Disney-Hyperion (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it’s not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn’t come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school. The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara’s heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe. It’s been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee’s dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home – and the eccentric crew that feels like family.

Marissa Meyer
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 2nd February 2016)
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Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told…until now.

Marissa Meyer
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles, Anthology)
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 2nd February 2016)
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How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? Nine stories – five of which have never before been published.

Madeleine Roux
The Asylum Novellas (Asylum, Anthology)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 2nd February 2016)
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In The Scarlets, Cal is drawn into New Hampshire College’s twisted secret society – one with a deadly initiation. In The Bone Artists, Oliver tries to make a little extra money for college by working for a seedy organization that traffics in human bones. In The Warden, a young nurse starts a new job at the Brookline asylum but soon becomes suspicious of its unorthodox procedures…

February 2016 Releases

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

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Josephine Angelini: FIREWALKER (paperback): 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
Josephine Angelini: WITCH’S PYRE: 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
S. A. Bodeen: THE DETOUR (paperback): 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Bridges: THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN: 30th August 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: CHIMERA (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: LITTLE SECRETS (paperback): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
J. M. Kelly: SPEED OF LIFE: 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Herman Koch: DEAR MR. M: 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Liggett: THE LAST HARVEST: 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR: 30th August 2016: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: A MADNESS SO DISCREET (paperback): 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: METALTOWN: 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: THE FLAME NEVER DIES: 16th August 2016: Buy (US)
Cecily von Ziegesar: DARK HORSES: 13th September 2016: Buy (US)

December 2015 Releases

Done with November 2015 Releases? Here are December 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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24th November 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin MIRA (US & UK: 24th November 2015)
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Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both – and Effie’s not about to let that happen. She knows it’s time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he’s convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he’s the one she needs. Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Holly Black
Black Heart (The Curse Workers, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Saga (US & CA: 24th November 2015)
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Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the government is the right choice, even though he’s been raised to believe they are the enemy of all curse workers. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and all new secrets coming to light, what’s right and what’s wrong become increasingly hard to tell apart. When the Feds ask him to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he starts to wonder if they really are the good guys, or if it’s all a con. And if it is, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet – on love.

Mira Grant
Chimera (Parasitology, Book 3)
Hachette Orbit (US & AU: 24th November 2015)
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The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built…including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal make it home?

J. Kenner
Unwrap Me (Stark Ever After, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 24th November 2015); Hachette Headline Eternal (UK & AU: 24th November 2015)
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Damien Stark is my greatest Christmas wish come true. Immensely powerful and devastatingly sexy, he can undo me with the slightest touch, and with just one glance, he can see straight into my soul. We both have dark secrets, twisted pieces of our pasts that only the other one understands. Though our fierce love and passion keeps me alive, sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if Damien and I hadn’t met in exactly the way we did. How would my life have been different? Would another man have laid claim to my body and my heart? Or were Damien and I destined to be together no matter the cost?