Category Archives: Stephenie Meyer

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

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Rachel Caine: STILLHOUSE LAKE: 27th June 2017: Buy (US)
Alexandra Duncan: BLIGHT: 1st August 2017: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: FEEDBACK (paperback): 30th May 2017: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: THREE STRIKES: 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Katie Khan: HOLD BACK THE STARS: 23rd May 2017: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR (paperback): 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Stephenie Meyer: THE CHEMIST (paperback): 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 5th September 2017: Buy (US)
Alissa Nutting: MADE FOR LOVE: 4th July 2017: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (paperback): 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: BRAVE NEW GIRL: 9th May 2017: Buy (US)
Mary Weber: THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW: 6th June 2017: Buy (US)

8th November 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kate Kessler
Two Can Play (Audrey Harte, Book 2)
Hachette Redhook (US & AU: 8th November 2016)
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Halloween is approaching, and criminal psychologist Audrey Harte has been hired by the prosecution to help prepare for the trial of 19-year-old serial killer Ian “Boy Scout” Monroe. His one surviving victim, Tori Scott, is the star witness, but when someone begins killing with Monroe’s M.O., the authorities – and Audrey – begin to wonder if Monroe had a partner. Keeping Tori safe is the main concern, but Audrey has also attracted the copy-cat’s attention. Audrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and when someone close to her is abducted by the killer, Audrey has no choice but to play…

Marissa Meyer
Heartless
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US & AU: 8th November 2016)
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Stephenie Meyer
The Chemist
Hachette Little, Brown (US, UK, & AU: 8th November 2016)
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She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

November 2016 Releases

Done with October 2016 Releases? Here are November 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: Broken Glass: 28th February 2017: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: reV: 2nd May 2017: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: REDEMPTION (paperback): 25th April 2017: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: RISE (paperback): 31st January 2017: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE TURN: 7th February 2017: Buy (US)
S. F. Henson: DEVILS WITHIN: 7th March 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: STARS ABOVE (paperback): 2nd May 2017: Buy (US)
Stephenie Meyer: THE CHEMIST: 15th November 2016: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM (paperback): 25th April 2017: Buy (US)
Diana Rowland: WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE UNCHAINED: 4th April 2017: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: THE HUNT (paperback): 25th April 2017: Buy (US)

5 New Covers (Armstrong, Howrey, Jones, Meyer, Vincent)

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[REVIEW] Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (The Twilight Saga)
Hachette (US & US: 6th October 2015; AU: 7th October 2015)
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NOTE: Though Life and Death is currently only available as part of the “dual edition” of Twilight‘s tenth anniversary special, this review only covers the reimagining.

All the Twilight Saga books are worth three stars each. While I don’t love them, I’ve grown more respectful and supportive of their author over the years.

It’s fine to write fan fiction and share it with a community. It’s fine to even have it published and be paid for it if it’s officially licensed (e.g. Kindle Worlds, the many Star Trek novels, etc). But if it’s unofficial and monetised, then we have bad blood. It betrays the fan community, and it’s really shoddy treatment of the author whose work inspired you to write fan fiction based on their characters and their worlds. And even those “pull-to-publish” fan fic writers know they’re in the wrong, otherwise we’d never know the character names of Ana Steele and Christian Grey because they would still be Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

Stephenie Meyer has not yet brought court cases upon those P2P Twific authors. While I wish she would, I don’t blame or shame her for not doing so. IT SHOULD NEVER BE ON THE VICTIM TO BRING A STOP TO THE PERPETRATORS’ ACTIONS. If you want to blame someone consider the authors, publishers, and purchasers of P2P fan fiction.

And if you’re waiting for Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer’s retelling of Twilight through Edward’s point of view, it likely won’t eventuate. She started working on it again, but the very next day news broke of a male retelling of a P2P Twific. Ms Meyer described it understandably as a “flip the table” moment.

Many books’ reviewers have been accused of misunderstanding, or not taking into account, authors’ intentions, but in Life and Death they’re explained in the foreword and afterword. Addressing criticism of Bella being a “damsel in distress”, Ms Meyer wanted to prove Twilight is just a “human in distress” story, non-gendered. And so Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen were created…

Had the names and pronouns been the only things changed in the reimagining, the author’s point may have been clearer in the text. But she’s also made other changes, such as particular words or events. While they’re minor at first, the whole ending differs – as explained in the afterword to try a “what if” scenario, which she claims had nothing to do with Beau’s gender. It’s hard to tell which changes were made because of the gender-bend and which because the author didn’t like how she originally wrote them.

Then there’s the matter of the selective gender-bend. Renee and Charlie remain as Renee and Charlie, for the ridiculous excuse of it wouldn’t be “historically accurate” for a boy to grow up with his father instead of his mother. Uh, are vampires historically accurate? I don’t agree with the exception here, but it doesn’t really impact the story.

It’s been years since I read Twilight, so memories have faded. I read Life and Death by itself and here are my conclusions:

-I like Bella more than Beau.
-I like Edythe more than Edward.
-That “what if” scenario does seem gendered, because in the Life and Death world Renesmee won’t eventuate because Beau is not a human female.

Maybe because I’d read up on all the spoilers and compare-and-contrast reports before reading, but Life and Death is simply…boring. It’s not great, but it’s not particularly bad (i.e. it didn’t anger me), either. It’s essentially useless, though it does make you wonder how other pairs would’ve had their stories told; such as Bella with Edythe, or Bella with Jules, or Edythe with Jules.

I fully support Stephenie Meyer’s right to publish whatever she likes, though I’d love to read some non-Twilight stories from her. The Host proved she’s not a one-trick pony, so she’s bound to have other tales to tell.

Though if she doesn’t publish them, it would prevent unscrupulous P2P fan fic writers from capitalising on those works, too…