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April 2016 Reads

Took me 11 days into May, but I managed to review every book bar one, of which I only wrote a paragraph (see below).

Francesca Haig: The Map of Bones: 4 stars: Review
Cyn Balog: Dead River: 3 stars
Kelley Armstrong: Forsaken: 3 stars: Review
Meg Cabot: Proposal: 3 stars: Review
Cassie Alexander: Bloodshifted: 4 stars: Review
Sara Zarr: Story of a Girl: 3 stars: Review
Lisa Tucker: The Promised World: 3 stars: Review
Sylvia Day: One with You: 2 stars: Review

DEAD RIVER
CONTENT WARNING: Suicide and suicidal attempts. Grief. Drowning. Murder. I’d forgot this was paranormal, and went in expecting a contemporary thriller. A teen girl hates camping and the outdoors, yet still agrees to on a white water rafting weekend with her boyfriend, her best friend, and a tag-along. It does not go well. She falls out, drowns, but is rescued by a guy who’s…a ghost or something. And there’s this other ghost, and it’s all very confusing and nonsensical. But the only way the girl can access the ghostworld – namely the ghost of her dead mother – is by drowning. Yes, it gets a bit suicidal. The rafting is interesting, and the grief regarding her mother is relatable, but the paranormal element is a fail, and that epilogue is ugh.

[REVIEW] Forsaken – Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong
Forsaken (Otherworld, Novella)
Subterranean (US: 31st January 2015)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK Kindle Edition) Buy (UK Hardcover) Buy (CA Kindle Edition) Buy (CA Hardcover) Buy (Worldwide)

I kind of don’t think of these novellas as canon. Subterranean Press geo-blocks Australia from the eBooks and the print editions are so expensive that I’ve only been able to read a few of them via the library. Thus I’ve skipped some novellas, and obviously missed important events (such as involving the Australian Pack). And a continuing plotline is still not over by the end of Forsaken.

Elena and Clay have twins that are growing up, and I’m happy for them, but why do kids in fiction always have to be so precocious? The first half of the novella is about a kid in peril, and the second half is about kids helping to save the day. Forsaken just didn’t work for me. Maybe readers with kids will enjoy it more.

January 2015 Releases

Done with December 2014 Releases? Here are January 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. NOTE: If reading this in a feed-reader, please go to my WordPress (click this blog post’s title) in order for the formatting to show up correctly.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: FORSAKEN: 31st January 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: DECEPTIONS: 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: UNLEASHED: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
Sharon Cameron: ROOK (hardcover): 28th April 2015: Buy (US)
Margaret Fortune: NOVA: 2nd June 2015: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: ROLLING IN THE DEEP: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Nancy Holzner: FIRESTORM: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Caitlin Kittredge: GRIM TIDINGS: 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: NOWHERE BUT HERE: 26th May 2015: Buy (US)
Richelle Mead: THE IMMORTAL CROWN (paperback): 2nd June 2015: Buy (US)
Phoebe North: STARBREAK (paperback): 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
Amanda Panitch: DAMAGE DONE: 21st July 2015: Buy (US)
Cherie Priest: I AM PRINCESS X: 26th May 2015: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE CREEPING (hardcover): 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: RISE: 26th October 2014: Buy (US)

10 New Covers (Armstrong, Hoover & Fisher, Kenner, Leicht & Neal, Martin, McGarry, Nazzaro, Shepherd, Zappia)

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