Category Archives: Melissa West

Book Releases: 1st June 2020 – Onward

Think I stopped sharing pre-order links at some stage, but don’t know when. So I’ll just go through the alphabet, and post books released on or after 1st June 2020.

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8 New Covers (Bao, Cline, Jones, Larbalestier, Pettersson, Reisz, West)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SAGE’S EYES: 26 January 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: EMPIRE OF NIGHT (paperback): 8th March 2016: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: REV: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Jenna Black: NIGHTSTRUCK: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Liz Coley: MISTAKEN: 1st July 2015: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: BURNING: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Gena Showalter: FIRSTLIFE: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: OF MONSTERS & MADNESS (revamped edition): 16th June 2015: Buy (US)
Melissa West: SURGE: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)

9th February 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Melissa West
Collide (The Taking, Book 3)
Entangled Teen (US: 9th February 2015)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson – the only boy she’s ever let herself care about – to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender. To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens – half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever. Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

February 2015 Releases

Done with January 2015 Releases? Here are February 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. If you’re reading this on a feed-reader, the formatting likely isn’t right, so go to my WordPress.

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December 2014 Releases

Done with November 2014 Releases? Here are December 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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[COVER REVEAL] Collide – Melissa West

Tez Says: This post is part of the official cover reveal for Melissa West’s Collide (and it continues in the awesome art trend that the earlier covers in the series has). I’ve also included info about the author’s other books.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Jenna Black: REVOLUTION: 11th November 2014: Buy (US)
Amanda Grace: NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW: 8th September 2014: Buy (US)
Erica Hayes: HUNTER’S HEART: 12th February 2014: Buy (US)
Mary Miller: THE LAST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA (paperback): 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)
Diana Peterfreund: ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA (paperback): 14th October 2014: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: MISBEHAVING: 11th February 2014: Buy (US)
M. J. Scott: THE WOLF WITHIN: Buy (US)
Melanie Scott: THE DEVIL IN DENIM: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Gena Showalter: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS: 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: FLESH WHICH IS NOT FLESH: 5th March 2014: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: MENAGERIE: 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
Melissa West: SURGE: 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Abigail Barnette: THE BOSS: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE GIRLFRIEND: Buy (US)
Máire Claremont: THE DARK AFFAIR: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)
Naomi Clark: SILVER KISS: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: FLYING: 29th April 2014: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: HALF-OFF RAGNAROK: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)
Dawn Metcalf: INVISIBLE: 29th April 2014: Buy (US)
William Campbell Powell: EXPIRATION DAY: 22nd April 2014: Buy (US)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: CITY OF RUINS: Buy (US)
Melissa West: HOVER: Buy (US)
Susanne Winnacker: THE LIFE BEYOND: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Gravity – Melissa West

Melissa West
Gravity (The Taking, Book 1)
Entangled Teen (US: 18th December 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Bollocks! A brilliant cover can make you pick up a book you otherwise might’ve ignored. I am superficial – the art first attracted me to Melissa West’s Taking series. Look at them! Seriously some of the most beautiful photos out there. Admittedly the scene from Gravity‘s cover doesn’t occur in the novel, but the image is so awesome that I’ll accept any reason to show it off.

The Taking itself (after which the series is named) is pretty darn creepy. Ancients can’t survive on Earth without some sort of antibodies that they can only get from humans. So each Ancient is assigned a human. At midnight, the humans don a “patch”, which is a mask that suctions to the face, covering the eyes, so the human can’t see their Ancient. From the trees, the Ancients emerge, climb in through bedroom windows, and “Take” from their humans. Okay, I’m somewhat fuzzy on the details, because I find the whole concept of Taking rather scary and perhaps a bit rapey.

Another thing I’m foggy on: the Ancients themselves. They’re supposedly really distinguishable by their golden skin and blue-green eyes. But if they’re easily recognisable as Ancient, how come people don’t seem to have cottoned on that [name redacted] is Ancient? I need a closer read or a better explanation.

The Australian Trinity has since been dissolved, thanks to the last leader being unable to have children to continue the legacy of the founding Australian leader. That region is now controlled by the African Trinity. What, they couldn’t hold an election? Why does there have to be nepotism? Also, it’s more likely that we’d be controlled by Asia. Think of soccer – we’re in the Asian group. This is just nitpicking on my account, though – this probably won’t bother non-Australian readers.

Gravity is my favourite kind of sci-fi – it’s set on Earth. Albeit, I’ve heard Book 2, Hover is set elsewhere, but I still plan to give it a go. Melissa West’s debut is big on action, low on romance (but still present), and abounds in science and technology that I’d love to learn more about. I’ve never read anything from Entangled Publishing before, but if Gravity is any example, they must be doing well. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Melissa West.