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Rachel Caine in Melbourne & 4 New Deals (Despain, Fitzpatrick, Verday)

Rachel Caine came to Dymocks Melbourne on Wednesday 14th November. Mainly here to promote her latest Morganville Vampires release, Bitter Blood, but reportedly her Revivalist series is full of science, so I need to get on it!

Bree Despain‘s Into the Dark trilogy to Egmont (NA). A reimagining of the Persephone myth, delivered in duelling narratives. In the myth, Persephone (daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest) is kidnapped by Hades; here, one thread follows a character named Daphne (based on Persephone), while the other narrative follows Haden (standing in for Hades). The first book in the series is scheduled for 2014.

Becca Fitzpatrick‘s Hush, Hush series optioned to LD Entertainment.

Jessica Verday‘s untitled stand-alone spinoff from her The Hollow series to Simon Pulse (NA) for publication in 2013. Featuring Cyn and Avian, one of the original Revenants.

Jessica Verday‘s Of Monsters and Madness to Egmont for publication in 2014. A series of romantic YA Gothic thrillers inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. As told by Annabel Lee, a young girl who moves to Philadelphia in 1826 to live with her father, and discovers that he may be implicated in a series of murders across the city, and only she can prove his innocence and protect him from the true evil he has created in his basement lab.

November 2009 Releases

Done with October 2009 Releases? Time for November 2009 Releases. And to see further into the future, check the freshly updated Reading Wishlist.

The following US/UK/CA/AU books will be released in November 2009. Release dates are subject to change, so it’s not my fault if I’m wrong ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, not EVERY November book is listed – just the ones I’ve both heard of AND are interested in. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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[REVIEW] Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 13th October 2009; UK: 29th October 2009; AU: 1st November 2009)
Cover by James Porto
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Patch Cipriano is freaking out Nora Grey, and not just because his behaviour borders on sexual harassment. Nora’s pretty sure that Patch is trying to get her to trust him, and then he’ll kill her. Whilst driving, she hits a man in a ski mask who tears off the door – only later there’s no evidence of the crash. Nora’s best friend is attacked. And Nora falls off the Archangel ride, but again there’s nothing to show for it.

Patch isn’t the only stranger in Nora’s life, and soon she can’t trust anyone or anything, not even what she thinks she sees. There’s some serious mind-bending going on, and too many people seem to want her dead. But how will she die, and who’ll be to blame?

This psychological thriller is a corker. More horror than romance, Hush, Hush has some genuinely scary moments, and it’s impossible not to feel frustrated about the characters and their actions. The setting of Coldwater, Maine, is easily imaginable, and the Delphic Seaport memorable. The characters…there are some really messed up people here, but some motives don’t seem completely explained. Indeed, there are a lot of unanswered questions, particularly relating to Nora’s murdered father’s family history. And I’m not sure if there’s some meaning behind Nora’s anaemia (other than an excuse to go snooping in the school office), or if it’s just to make her relatable to readers.

Stalker-as-romantic-lead isn’t a trope that works well for me, so Patch pisses me off – and Nora does, too, for fancying him even though she’s bloody suspicious of him. Vee Sky’s fun, but annoying at times. Marcie Millar is too much of a stereotypical mean girl, so she doesn’t seem quite realistic. But Rixon sounds like fun, and hopefully he’ll play a larger role in the sequel, Crescendo. And of course having all these new people in Nora’s life at once clearly means connections between them, which spoils some of the mystery.

As for the mind-bending…a four-letter R-word comes to mind. That’s not hot. That’s more than harassment – it’s assault.

Hush, Hush is totally a book to glom, no matter how much you want to yell at the characters. Becca Fitzpatrick has certainly mastered the art of creating a page-turner, solving enough mysteries but leaving the door open for many more questions to be answered. Expect this to be extremely popular with teenage girls, and whilst comparisons are likely to be made with The Series That Shalt Not Be Named, Hush, Hush stands above with its better writing and superior plotting. Clear your schedule, and get reading!

FTC Advisory: The Australian publisher provided me with an early copy of Hush, Hush in exchange for an unbiased review. No sponsorships or bribes were involved. If you click and order via the Buy links, I receive a tiny affiliate fee, and rarely generate enough to actually use the fee to spend on Amazon products. And not just because of the frightful cost of international postage.

October 2009 Releases

Done buying September 2009 Releases? Now time for October’s list, with books from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. As always, I don’t include anything – just the ones I’ve heard of and am interested in. Covers and release dates are subject to change, so if I’m wrong, blame my sources ๐Ÿ˜‰

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