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30th August 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Robin Bridges
The Form of Things Unknown
Kensington (US & CA: 30th August 2016)
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Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe a few scary stories backstage. And no one in the cast knows her backstory. Except for Lucas – he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who like horror movies and Ouija boards, who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theatre’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

Stefanie Gaither
Into the Abyss (Falls the Shadow, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA, & AU: 30th August 2016)
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Violet Benson used to know who she was: a dead girl’s clone, with a dead girl’s memories. But after Huxley’s attempt to take over the government left her memories and personality wiped all she has left is a mission: help the CCA fight back against the rest of Huxley’s deadly clones that are still at large. But when a group of clones infiltrate CCA headquarters, Violet is blamed. Already unsure of where her loyalties should lie, Violet finds herself running away with an unlikely ally: Seth, Jaxon’s unpredictable foster brother. With Seth at her side, Violet begins to learn about a whole new side of her city’s history – and her own. But when she learns the shocking truth about cloning, Violet will have to make a choice – and it may be one that takes her away from everyone she ever loved.

Stacia Kane
Made for Sin
Random House Loveswept (US & CA: 30th August 2016)
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A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay – literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly. But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster – minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm. What catches Speare’s attention, however, is that the missing appendage was severed clean by a demon-sword, a frighteningly powerful tool of the underworld. Speare’s out of his element, so he turns to a specialist: Ardeth Coyle, master thief, dealer in occult artefacts, and bona fide temptress. Ardeth’s hotter than a Las Vegas sidewalk on the Fourth of July, but she’s one sin Speare has to resist. The dismembered corpses are piling up, unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows, and if this odd couple hopes to beat the odds, Speare needs to keep his hands off Ardeth, and his head in the game.

Katharine McGee
The Thousandth Floor
HarperCollins (US, UK, & CA: 30th August 2016)
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A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction – to a drug she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched. Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart. Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world – and a romance – she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one? Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught in a complicated web of lies. And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have. Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

Richelle Mead
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, Book 5)
Kensington Zebra (US & CA: 30th August 2016)
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Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals – all child’s play to a succubus like her… Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend’s wedding is a different story. Georgina isn’t sure which is worse – that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina’s roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there’s Simone, the new succubus in town, who’s intent on corrupting Seth. But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t – and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity…

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August 2016 Releases

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Mario Acevedo: RESCUE FROM PLANET PLEASURE (paperback): 3rd May 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Bao: DOVE EXILED: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Meg Cabot: REMEMBRANCE: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: THE GRAVITY ENGINE (paperback): 1st May 2015: Buy (US)
Liz Coley: EMBEDDED: 1st June 2015: Buy (US)
Rinda Elliott: RAISONNE CURSE: 14th July 2015: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: THE SWEETEST BURN: 29th December 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Ann Hopkins: RACHEL’S DECEPTION: 8th May 2015: Buy (US)
Stacey Jay: PRINCESS OF THORNS (paperback): 9th February 2016: Buy (US)
Stacia Kane: untitled story: 16th February 2016: Buy (US)
Caitlin Kittredge: GRIM TIDINGS: 22nd March 2016: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: RAZORHUST (paperback): 16th February 2016: Buy (US)
Parker Peevyhouse: WHERE FUTURES END: 9th February 2016: Buy (US)

Notes on Not-Reviewed Books: April 2014

I never read a book twice. It has only one chance. And my brain’s not good at retaining information – even with my favourite books I struggle to remember the characters’ names.

These are the books I read in April that I didn’t review because I couldn’t be stuffed. Let’s see if they’re memorable.

Stacia Kane’s Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet: Everything in this book was originally published on the author’s blog. Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet does NOT contain new material. It is simply copied-and-pasted, formatted, printed, and bound. Which is a shame, because it needs a light copyedit, and maybe a content editor for when the author goes off on tangents. Also says stuff like, “On Monday I’ll be talking about…” which needs to be edited out. Also mentions that she hoped to have a guest post (which in book format I guess would be a chapter) on BDSM, but she “ran out of time”. As far as I know, all the content is still on her blog, so don’t bother buying this. Support the author by purchasing her other books instead, because this isn’t worth it. As for the content itself, I disagree with some of it, but as the author says, this is just how she writes, and others should feel free to do whatever works for them. 3 stars

Sarah Wendell’s Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels: Nowhere near as entertaining as Beyond Heaving Bosoms. Less laughs, and more…well, I think this is strictly for romance fans, to have their opinion reflected, because I doubt this will change non-believers’ minds. The only thing I got out of it was the piece about men holding women’s purses in the waiting rooms of cancer centres while the ladies have treatment. THAT is romantic, but that was from a real life article, and NOT in a romance novel, so… Yeah, this book didn’t work for me. (I still haven’t figured out how to answer the “favourite dictator” question.) 3 stars

Jeannie Holmes’s Flying is Faster: Short story in The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance anthology. A rarity: a story in which I actually WANT the characters to hook up. (It’s a romance anthology, so they do.) Reminds me of Avatar, in a good way. 4 stars

Karen Mahoney’s The Spirit Jar: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Stars vampire Moth. I just couldn’t focus on this; same for Moth’s novel (Falling to Ash). 3 stars

Justine Musk’s Lost: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. This author’s so amazing at enlivening her settings. 4 stars

Becca Fitzpatrick’s Dungeons of Langeais: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Historical France; character named Chauncey. That’s it: I’ve got nothing. 2 stars

Caitlin Kittredge’s Behind the Red Door: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Yeah, the lead character’s kind of stupid at first, but she wises up in the end. Delightfully creepy. 4 stars

Carrie Ryan’s Hare Moon: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Great setting, but I lost focus at times, and then didn’t understand what/why. 3 stars

Rachel Vincent’s Fearless: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Sabine’s always fun to read, and the setting and plot are quality stuff. Must finish reading Soul Screamers series! 4 stars

Daniel Marks’s Vermillion: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Interesting world, but I don’t understand the whole falling-through-a-crack-from-Purgatory-into-the-real-world thing. Also, a lot of slut-shaming. 3 stars

Maggie Stiefvater’s The Hounds of Ulster: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. I did not expect the twist. Or maybe it wasn’t a twist at all, and I was ignorant until it was made obvious in the end. Either way, a great story that even acknowledges how pretentious musicians can be. 4 stars

Rachel Vincent’s Hunt: Short story in the Chicks Kick Butt anthology. Must finish reading Shifters series! Not only is she a top novelist, but the author’s also fabulous at the short form, too. 4 stars

Jackson Pearce’s Purity: The reviews are mixed, and rightfully so – at times I really enjoyed it; others I got angry. The tone is pretty spot-on – had it been all serious or all fluffy, it wouldn’t have worked. Shelby’s kind of annoying, though, and downright rude when she steals her aunt’s car. And – SPOILER ALERT! – Continue reading

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Maree Anderson: LIMINAL: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: BRAZEN: 15th December 2013: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH (paperback): 25th March 2014: Buy (US)
Janet Edwards: EARTH STAR: 15th April 2014: Buy (US)
Tracey Garvis Graves: COVET (paperback): 29th April 2014: Buy (US)
Stacia Kane: WRONG WAYS DOWN: Buy (US)
Michele Lang: A WORK OF DARKNESS: Buy (US)
Sophie Littlefield: HOUSE OF GLASS: 25th February 2014: Buy (US)
Saundra Mitchell: THE ELEMENTALS (paperback): 8th April 2014: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE PRIEST: 25th March 2014: Buy (US)
Amanda Sun: RAIN: 25th March 2014: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Marta Acosta: MAKE IT CATCHY: THE QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WRITING QUERY LETTERS: Buy (US)
Jack Blaine: TWITCH: Buy (US)
Cecil Castellucci: TIN STAR: 25th February 2014: Buy (US)
Andrea Cremer: THE INVENTOR’S SECRET: 22nd April 2014: Buy (US)
Bailey Cunningham: PILE OF BONES: 30th July 2013: Buy (US)
Rinda Elliott: BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT: 22nd October 2013: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: MAYBE SOMEDAY: 18th March 2014: Buy (US)
Karen Ann Hopkins: FOREVER: 28th January 2014: Buy (US)
Stacia Kane: CLOSE TO YOU: 8th October 2013: Buy (US)
Gemma Malley: THE SYSTEM: 21st November 2013: Buy (US)
Diana Peterfreund: THE FIRST STAR TO FALL: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz (ed.): FELT TIPS (paperback): Buy (US)
Lila Veen: DROWNING IN A DREAM: Buy (US)