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[REVIEW] Cherish – Tracey Garvis Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves
Cherish (Covet, sequel novella)
Tracey Garvis Graves (US: 28th October 2014)
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CONTENT WARNING: Grief after infant death.

Non-ranting part of the review first. Cherish has a HEA, so romance fans can read the novella without fear. And though I haven’t yet read Covet, I wasn’t lost at all here, and was really enjoying in the story.

WAS, past tense. Certain scenes probably won’t bother other readers but rather annoyed me.

Jessie goes out for a night at a restaurant with her sister and best friend. Daniel tries to police what she wears, says men will stare at her chest, and convinces her to bring a cardigan. Supposedly because it’s “chilly” – or just trying to get her to cover her chest. Way to perpetuate rape culture, Daniel.

Anyway, the three women drink four bottles of wine between them, and travel via taxi safely home. All good. Then Jessie comes home to Daniel – and she can’t stand without wobbling, and can’t undress herself, so Daniel has to do it for her. That’s not my issue. But Daniel finds Jessie’s behaviour while thoroughly intoxicated “cute” and “endearing”.

The author likely didn’t mean to romanticise binge-drinking; she just needed a scene wherein Daniel realises he wants to shag Jessie again. (He doesn’t do it until later, when she’s sober and can non-dubiously consent.) I get that. But having grown up with an alcoholic…”cute” and “endearing” definitely do not come to mind to describe their behaviour. Alcoholism is a disease, and it’s not funny.

People will defend the scene by claiming that Jessie isn’t an alcoholic, so lighten the hell up, Tez; don’t take your issues out on the book. (I’m not – I rate Cherish three stars, which means “it’s OK”.) But from then on, I couldn’t appreciate the novella as much.

It doesn’t help that the epilogue is… Look, epilogues are unnecessary. They’re usually cheesier than the rest of the book, and while that’s fine for other readers I can’t enjoy it. Daniel and Jessie have remarried; they have a child who’s alive, and Daniel’s completely recovered from his traumatic brain injury with no permanent damage. He does have PTSD, though, so he quits being a traffic cop. Luckily for him, he gets to become a crime scene investigator instead. Even with his criminology degree, it seems strange to jump from traffic cop to CSI in one move. It’s like a super-promotion, because dealing with the public is probably the worst job in the police biz.

And yes, people with traumatic brain injuries deserve to fully recover, and get remarried, and have another kid, and get a super-promotion. I just wonder how the story would’ve differed if Daniel did have permanent brain damage, and if they didn’t have another baby.

But I’m probably in the minority when it comes to my views on this novella, so thanks for letting me rant.

28th October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Secrets of Foxworth (Diaries, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, & CA: 28th October 2014)
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The horrors have become the stuff of local legend in Charlottesville, VA. Many are the tales told of Foxworth Hall, which has lain dormant for years, ever since it burned to the ground supposedly at the hands of Corrine, the high-strung mother of four children who were said to have been incarcerated in the attic of the mansion, the youngest boy deliberately poisoned with arsenic. Who killed him and where his body was buried remains a mystery. Kristin Masterwood is the sixteen-year-old daughter of a local construction magnate who is evaluating Foxworth for a potential buyer. On their visit to the estate, she finds a very peculiar diary, one belonging to the oldest boy trapped in the Foxworth attic: Christopher. Michael Masterwood is anxious about the effect the young man’s diary will have on his daughter, though he equally does not want to make it more compelling to her by forbidding it altogether. Not that it matters anyway. From the moment she starts reading about the events through Christopher’s eyes, she is hooked…

Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Nights (Otherworld, Anthology)
Penguin Plume (US: 28th October 2014)
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Rare and never-before published short stories. It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series, a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. But not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Concludes with a brand-new novella, “Vanishing Act.” This longer story is set after series finale 13, and features Savannah and Adam as they begin a new life – and a mysterious new case – together.

Ally Condie
Atlantia
Penguin Dutton (US: 28th October 2014)
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For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above – of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self – and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced – she has nothing left to lose. Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Megan Crewe
Earth & Sky (Sky, Book 1)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 28th October 2014); Penguin Razorbill (CA: 28th October 2014)
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Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Cherish (Covet, Novella)
Tracey Garvis Graves (US: 28th October 2014)
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When Daniel Rush wakes up in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is his ex-wife Jessica. Their marriage disintegrated after the death of their infant son Gabriel, and Daniel gave Jessie what he thought she wanted: the freedom to start over with someone else. But Daniel never updated his emergency contact information, and Jessie is the one who receives the call with the devastating news. Daniel was Jessie’s one true love. Together since college, Jessie had dreams of raising a family with Daniel, and growing old together. When Gabriel died, Jessie buried those dreams with her beloved son and shut everyone out, including Daniel. Daniel faces months of gruelling rehabilitation and he’s going to need some help. Jessie is the last person anyone expects to volunteer, but this is her one chance to make amends, giving her and Daniel a shot at getting things right this time. The road to recovery will be long and arduous. But with Jessie leading the way, Daniel just might be able to get his old life back. Daniel knows how to covet. But can Jessie help him remember how to cherish?

Kim Harrison
Sudden Backtrack (Hollows, short story)
HarperCollins Voyager Impulse (US: 28th October 2014)
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The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon’s point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall…and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

Megan Hart & Tiffany Reisz
Captivated (Anthology, Novellas)
Harlequin Cosmo Red-Hot Reads (US: 28th October 2014)
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LETTING GO by Megan Hart – Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn’t drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission – to show her one night is only the beginning… SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz – Five years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again – but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden…

Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog (Hellhound, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (US & CA: 28th October 2014)
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Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger…or die trying. But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava…

Katie McGarry
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 28th October 2014)
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The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life – that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker – a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense grey eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

October 2014 Releases

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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.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Madeline Ashby: reV: 5th May 2015: Buy (US)
Chris Beckett: MARCHER: 15th August 2014: Buy (US)
Chris Beckett: MOTHER OF EDEN: 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: THE RAVEN KING: 24th March 2015: Buy (US)
Jillian Cantor: SEARCHING FOR SKY (paperback): 5th May 2015: Buy (US)
Naomi Clark: THE BEAST OF BIRCH HILL: 21st August 2014: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (paperback): 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: SISTERS OF BLOOD AND SPIRIT: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Sean Cummings: THE NORTH: 6th October 2014: Buy (US)
Bree Despain: THE ETERNITY KEY: 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Kat Falls: INHUMAN (paperback): 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Tracey Garvis Graves: CHERISH (paperback): 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: VANILLA: 28th April 2015: Buy (US)
Lisa Heathfield: SEED: 10th March 2015: Buy (US)
Kristi Helvig: BURN OUT (paperback): 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY (paperback): 5th May 2015: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK: 19th May 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: STORMS OF LAZARUS (paperback): 12th August 2014): Buy (US)
Beth Revis: THE BODY ELECTRIC (standard edition only): 6th October 2014: Buy (US)
Jennifer Rush: BETRAYED: 26th August 2014: Buy (AU)
Carrie Ryan: A GAME OF FIRSTS: 19th August 2014: Buy (US)
Tiffany Schmidt: HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH: 19th May 2015: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: PUSH (paperback): 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Paul G. Tremblay: A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS: 12th May 2015: Buy (US)
Skyler White: STRONGEST CONJURATION: 27th August 2014: Buy (US)

September 2014 Releases

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