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March 2016 Reads

Yes, this is coming a week late, but it took time to summon up the brainpower to even write a single paragraph about a book. In the end, I reviewed six books, and wrote a paragraph for a seventh.

Megan Shepherd: Her Dark Curiosity: 5 stars
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: 3 stars: Review
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 5 stars: Review
Carrie Mesrobian: Cut Both Ways: 3 stars: Review
Megan Hart: Hold Me Close: 4 stars: Review
Robin Bridges: Dreaming of Antigone: 3 stars: Review
Sophie Littlefield: The Guilty One: 3 stars: Review

HER DARK CURIOSITY
When Book 1 in a series is worth five stars, you may hesitate to pick up Book 2. What if the sequel can’t live up to the quality of its predecessor? I needn’t have worried, because Her Dark Curiosity is another smashing read from Megan Shepherd. The novel opens with science, which bodes well for the rest of the story, a battle not to cure but to perhaps manage a violent condition. I’m not sure why Juliet shags Edward, but otherwise it’s a fabulous read that I definitely recommend. (NOTE TO ANIMAL LOVERS: There’s a dog character, and he’s alive for the entire book. There are thoughts against him, though thankfully none of them turn into action.)

[REVIEW] MARTians – Blythe Woolston

Blythe Woolston
MARTians
Candlewick (US & CA: 13th October 2015; UK: 7th January 2016; AU: 1st March 2016)
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Read it and weep. Blythe Woolston’s MARTians hurts to read because though it’s labelled dystopian/futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.

Zoë’s mother abandons her, and her school closes down. She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat. But it’s clear she’s living day by day, and doesn’t really have a future. There’s never a chance to “make money” because she’ll be forever in debt to AllMART.

But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it’s possible to purchase a firearm and ammunition from a mega-mart. This may be commonplace to some, but it’s far from normal where I live. Yes, the future is terrifying. But knowing that acquiring weapons can be so easy for some RIGHT NOW in real life? That’s even worse, and the incident in the novel is chilling enough.

But throughout this terribly bleak AllMART existence is a thread of hope: Always look for the ones who need help. Zoë’s one of the lucky people, and now it’s on her to spread help around. While the book’s ending may seem inconclusive, I get the feeling that as long as she has friends she’ll be OK.

March 2016 Releases

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13th October 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
The Masked Truth
Random House Doubleday (US & CA: 13th October 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK & AU: 13th October 2015)
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A few months ago, Riley Vasquez was caught up in a horrific murder. Now everyone around her thinks she’s a hero. Riley isn’t so sure. Meanwhile British army brat Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal. The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues”. But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage. The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree. Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next. They’ll have to work together – but first they’ll have to trust each other with their deepest secrets.

Megan Crewe
A Sky Unbroken (Earth & Sky, Book 3)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 13th October 2015)
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The rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum – a human zoo – on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people – but giving in means losing any hope of freedom. Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed – even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers. Neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy – one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

Gail Giles
Girls Like Us
Random House Candlewick (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed. program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realise that they might have more in common than they thought – and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

Mira Grant
Symbiont (Parasitology, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (US: 13th October 2015)
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The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

J. Kenner
Seduce Me (Stark Ever After, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 13th October 2015); Hachette Headline Eternal (UK: 13th October 2015)
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I’ve never felt as close to anyone as I have with Damien Stark. I know every line of his body, every secret within his soul. There’s nothing I crave more than his touch, and with his kiss, he seals his claim. Las Vegas is the perfect place for us, where we can indulge every desire and fantasy. But when someone from my past resurfaces, I can’t ignore my instinct that I have to make things right. With Damien by my side, I feel safe no matter the danger. Our passion protects us, drives us, makes us whole. His pleasure is an exquisite game, and one that I’ll play forever.

Andrea Kleine
Calf
Perseus Soft Skull Press (US: 13th October 2015)
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The year was 1981. The US was entering a deep recession, Russia was our enemy, and John Hinckley, Jr.’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan shocked the nation. It was also the year author Andrea Kleine learned her close childhood friend had been violently murdered by her socialite mother, Leslie DeVeau. Both events took place in Washington, DC. Hinckley and Deveau were both sent to St. Elizabeth’s hospital, guilty by reason of insanity. It was there that they met, and later became lovers. These two real-life and ultimately converging events inspired Kleine’s novel, Calf. Made up of dual narratives and told over the course of one year, Kleine’s account follows a fictionalised John Hinckley Jr. as he stalks a young actress in the lead-up to the assassination attempt, and eleven-year-old Tammy, whose friend is murdered in her sleep.

Marie Lu
The Rose Society (The Young Elites, Book 2)
Penguin (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Adelina Amouteru’s heart is set on revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. The leader of the Inquisition wants her dead, and her former friends at the Dagger Society want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Richelle Mead
The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, Book 6)
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian become enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Blythe Woolston
MARTians
Random House Candlewick (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where “your smile is the AllMART welcome mat.” Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means “life”, and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

October 2015 Releases

Done with September 2015 Releases? Here are October 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

TRIGGER WARNING: The cover image for Andrea Kleine’s Calf (13th October) is confronting.

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5 New Covers (Kaufman & Kristoff, Littlefield, Panitch, Woolston, Zhang)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Gail Giles: GIRLS LIKE US (paperback): 13th October 2015: Buy (US)
Marie Lu: THE YOUNG ELITES (paperback): 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Devon Monk: CRUCIBLE ZERO (paperback): 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Cherie Priest: CHAPELWOOD: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: REVELATIONS (paperback): 17th November 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: REBELLION: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (paperback): 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: LION’S SHARE: 23rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 13th October 2015: Buy (US)

7 New Deals (Arthur, Bao, Heathfield, Hoover, Landers, Rollins, Woolston)

Keri Arthur‘s new genetically-engineered courtesan assassin urban fantasy series to NAL. The first book, City of Light, is due out in 2015.

Karen Bao‘s sci-fi trilogy set on the Moon to Viking Children’s (World English rights). The first novel, Dove Arising, is about introvert Phaet Theta, a model citizen whose mettle, faith, and beliefs are tested when she’s forced to confront disturbing truths about her society and its government in order to save her family.

Lisa Heathfield’s Seed (2015), plus a sequel, to Egmont UK (world English rights). 15-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life within the small community at Seed, which worships Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. However when outsiders arrive in the community, Pearl begins to realise that there is darkness at heart of the community.

Colleen Hoover‘s next new adult novel, to Atria (world rights).

Melissa Landers‘s Starflight to Disney-Hyperion. Pitched as “Overboard meets Firefly“, in which an orphan indentures herself to a wealthy, arrogant man in exchange for passage to a new world; but when an accident erases his memory, she convinces him that their roles are reversed and leads him on a series of intergalactic misadventures.

Danielle Rollins‘s Burning in a two-book deal to Bloomsbury (world English rights). A YA horror novel pitched as “Orange Is the New Black meets Carrie“. In a juvenile detention facility, Angela is a girl just weeks from being released when she gets a new cellmate – a tiny, yet dangerous, 10-year-old who may be starting fires with her mind.

Blythe Woolston‘s two new YA novels to Candlewick (North American rights). MARTians (2016) is a dark comedy about a girl left to fend for herself in a world of urban decay studded with big box stores and mosquito-infested swimming pools. Hacking Texanna (2017) is a love story about a genius boy hacker, on the autistic spectrum, who decides to “hack” the personality of a mesmerising girl in his class, with unforeseen consequences.