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[REVIEW] Captive – Aimée Carter

Aimée Carter
Captive (Blackcoat Rebellion, Book 2)
Harlequin Teen (US: 25th November 2014; AU: 1st December 2014; UK: January 2015)
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TRIGGER WARNING: Classism – it’s the world-building’s basis.

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I came to Pawn for the Masking, and stayed for Elsewhere. It was fine.

Captive starts off…well, boring, until Kitty goes to Elsewhere. Here’s where the story’s flashes of brilliance occur, namely the cage and the dollhouse. The latter is particularly fascinating, so the time spent in and about the dollhouse is far too short. Hopefully it makes an appearance in the upcoming third novel.

Then a particular character dies, and Kitty Doe does not deal with it in a healthy manner. Grief is devastating, and can affect people in a myriad of ways, so who’s to say what’s “right” and “wrong”? But I’m pretty sure that trying to bait people with firearms into killing you probably isn’t the best way to cope.

I sighed, and read on. But what happens next in the novel sent me into a rant.

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22nd October 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Rinda Elliott
Blood of an Ancient (Beri O’Dell, Book 2)
Samhain (US: 22nd October 2013)
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Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first – the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller. Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a travelling band of singing witches. That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem – a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it. But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.

Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt (eds.)
Rags & Bones (Anthology)
Hachette (US & UK: 22nd October 2013)
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In this collection, authors re-imagine their favourite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers. Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction. Sir Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” – Saladin Ahmed. W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black. “Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman. The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” – Melissa Marr. Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix. Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt. E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan. Horace Walpole’s “The Castle of Otranto” – Margaret Stohl. William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey. And six illustrations by Charles Vess.

Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3)
Penguin (US & CA: 22nd October 2013)
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realises that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood – or else she might be next.

A. D. Robertson
Captive (Forbidden Side of Nightshade, Book 1)
Penguin Dutton (US: 22nd October 2013)
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Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers – witches who have embraced dark magic – he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle. But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together – only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.

Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US, UK & CA: 22nd October 2013)
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of her – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

October 2013 Releases

Done with September 2013 Releases? Here are October 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Ilsa J. Bick: WHITE SPACE: 11th February 2014: Buy (US)
Kira Brady: HEARTS OF CHAOS: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)
Laurie Cinotto: ITTY BITTY KITTY COMMITTEE: 11th March 2014: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: UP FROM THE GRAVE: 28th January 2014: Buy (US)
Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam: ELUSION: 18th March 2014: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE UNDEAD POOL: 25th February 2014: Buy (US)
Jill Hathaway: IMPOSTOR (paperback): 25th February 2014: Buy (US)
Michele Lang: FADE AWAY AND RADIATE: 27th May 2013: Buy (US)
A. D. Robertson: CAPTIVE: 22nd October 2013: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: INTO THE STILL BLUE: 28th January 2013: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER (paperback): 23rd December 2013: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: HER DARK CURIOSITY: 28th January 2014: Buy (US)
Jeri Smith-Ready: THIS SIDE OF SALVATION: 1st April 2014: Buy (US)
Jenny Trout: SUCH SWEET SORROW: 4th February 2014: Buy (US)
Susan Vaught: ASYLUM: 18th February 2014: Buy (US)

4 New Covers (Robertson, Seles & LaRosa, Vaught, Wiggins)

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