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March 2018 Releases

Done with February 2018 Releases? Here are March 2018 Releases. Even though it’s already April. I didn’t get around to catching up on doing the monthly release compilation properly, so here’s an “express” edition: author, title, and purchase links. Click on them to find out about the books. And for future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Heather Davis: A Light So Cruel: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Claudia Gray: Defy the Stars: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Megan Hart: Forbidden Stranger: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Rhiannon Held: Death-Touched: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Obsidio: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Kate Kessler: Four of a Kind: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Paperback) Buy (Worldwide)

Seanan McGuire: Tricks for Free: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

An Na: The Place Between Breaths: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Dia Reeves: Dark Side of the Moon: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Dia Reeves: Miscreated: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Dia Reeves: Heartsick: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Kim Savage: Beautiful Broken Girls: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (US Paperback) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (UK Paperback) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide Paperback)

Kristen Simmons: Pacifica: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mary Weber: Reclaiming Shilo Snow: Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide)

[REVIEW] Artemis – Andy Weir

[NOTE: I originally published this at Speculative Chic.]

Andy Weir
Artemis
Penguin Random House (US & CA: 14th November 2017; UK: 5th July 2018; AU: 16th July 2018)
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This was one of my few new reads of the year. Fans of Mark Watney will love meeting Jazz Bashara and encountering life on the moon. In the domes of the city Artemis, Jazz dreams of getting rich, and a wealthy investor gives her an opportunity to make it happen. At first the plan seems to be going along swimmingly. But soon it’s not only Jazz’s life on the line.

Jazz’s vibrant personality may seem over the top at times, but it covers a deep pain. She’s a smart, skilled, and sassy heroine to cheer for, and the perfect person to form a team to tackle a major task. From mobsters to politicians to the problems of living on the moon itself, Artemis is always engaging with plenty of science and high stakes afoot.

[REVIEW] Love Is the Drug – Alaya Dawn Johnson

[NOTE: I originally posted this review on Speculative Chic]

Alaya Dawn Johnson
Love Is the Drug
Scholastic Arthur A. Levine (US & CA: 30th September 2014)
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Emily Bird is a scholarship student in a prestigious DC school, but her future is uncertain when she awakes in the hospital unable to remember why she’s there. But there’s more trouble to come: a deadly virus is spreading, putting the school in lockdown, and a Homeland Security agent is far too close for comfort. Bird’s only solace is the school’s conspiracy theorist and resident drug-dealer as they investigate what’s happening around them. But there are those who’d rather Bird NOT remember what she knows…

Love Is the Drug is like Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Fixer meets Malinda Lo’s Adaptation. I so hope Alaya Dawn Johnson writes more young adult novels, because this one and The Summer Prince are great reads. I particularly like her use of settings, which are thoroughly explored.

[REVIEW] The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Summer Prince
Scholastic Arthur A. Levine (US: 29th July 2014)
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[NOTE: I first published this at Speculative Chic.]

June lives in futuristic Brazil, where she creates amazing art – including installing lights under her skin. But her best work is a secret project she’s collaborating on with Enki. They’ve known from the start that their time together is fleeting, so their deadline is tight. Like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is scheduled to be sacrificed.

The vivid lights and imagery should inspire some awesome fan-art by readers. Art, life, death, and the future combine in this memorable setting, as their society grapples with deciding how far they should take technology…and how much they should pare it back.

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[REVIEW] Starfall – Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers
Starfall (Starflight, Book 2)
Hachette Disney Hyperion (US: 9th January 2018; AU: 27th February 2018)
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[NOTE: I first published this at Speculative Chic.]

I read four Melissa Landers novels in 2017, but this was my favourite. Book 2 in the Starflight duology, Starfall focuses on Cassia and Kane this time, though of course Solara and Doran are around. After years on the run, Cassia has been apprehended and dragged back to her home planet. Now the queen, she may lose the planet to war unless she can stop an uprising. Meanwhile, Kane’s mother is ill and it seems like a plague could be spreading. Kane plans a rescue effort and uncovers a massive secret. But one wrong decision could damn him for good.

Starfall genuinely surprised me, and the plot twist enriches the story tremendously. It’s a risky topic, but Melissa Landers writes it with respect and empathy. This could probably be read as a stand-alone, but you may want to read Starflight first.