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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] Proposal – Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot
Proposal (Mediator, Novella)
HarperCollins Avon Impulse (AU: 19th January 2016; US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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CONTENT WARNING: Contains the (possible) racial slur, “chola.” It’s spelled out, though the N-word later is only implied. Different people use these words, both of them antagonists. Still, two racist characters in one novella – I didn’t expect that.

I read the Mediator series back in my teens, and am almost 30 now. Needless to say, in regards to this series my recall is even worse than usual. How did Jesse go from a ghost to a “living” person?

Anyhoo, Suze now lives with quirky housemates, whilst trying to convince Jesse to shag her before marriage. She keeps looking at and talking about his crotch. Other readers may brush this off as “sexy banter”, but…no.

So the personal stuff is kind of faff, but the case Suze tries to solve is interesting. An interracial couple’s car goes off a cliff. The driver is blamed…but is it really his fault?

1st March 2016 Releases

Oops, it’s technically Wednesday now. Um, Belated Happy Release Day to:

Steve Bein
Disciple of the Wind (Fated Blades, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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After a deadly terrorist attack in Tokyo, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro urges her commanding officers to arrest an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge. Armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop the terrorist. But going rogue draws the attention of the Wind – an underground syndicate that has controlled Japanese politics for centuries, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends. Now, Mariko is left with a perilous choice: join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her…

Meg Cabot
Proposal (Mediator, Novella)
HarperCollins Avon Impulse (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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The last place Suze Simon expects to find herself during Valentine’s Day is a cemetery. But that’s what happens when you’re a mediator – cursed with the “gift” of communicating with the dead. That’s how Suze has ended up at the graves of a pair of tragic young lovers. They’re NCDPs – Non-Compliant Deceased Persons – whose drama didn’t end with death. It’s Suze’s job to make sure they move on – for good. But the NCDPs aren’t the only ones with problems. The reason Suze is spending her Valentine’s Day with the undead instead of her boyfriend, Jesse, is because he’s having so much trouble adjusting to life after death…not surprising, considering the fact that he used to be an NCDP himself, and now his girlfriend busts his former kind for a living. Can Suze use her mediating skills to propose a mutual resolution, and bring all these young lovers together, especially on the night Saint Valentine declared sacred to romance? Or will she end up alone – and possibly undead – herself?

Rachel Caine
Midnight Bites (Morganville Vampires, Anthology)
Penguin NAL (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control… In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell. Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales, and experience six new stories featuring Morganville residents – both human and vampire…

Lydia Kang
Catalyst (Control, Book 1)
Penguin Speak (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumoured haven in Chicago, Zel hears something – a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister’s safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There’s more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined…aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.

Seanan McGuire
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, Book 5)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 1st March 2016)
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Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her…or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure of a comeback impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two of her fellow contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find – and a couple she wasn’t looking for – in order to navigate the complicated steps of both the tango and a murder investigation without blowing her cover. It doesn’t help that her official family backup is her grandmother, Alice Price-Healy, who thinks “subtle” is something that happens to other people. Winning this competition may have just become a matter of life and death.

March 2016 Releases

Done with February 2016 Releases? Here are March 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Allie Brosh: SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PROBLEMS: 25th October 2016: Buy (US)
Meg Cabot: PROPOSAL (paperback): 1st March 2016: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: BLACK JADE: 27th September 2016: Buy (US)
Cat Clarke: THE LOST AND THE FOUND: 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Katelyn Detweiler: TRANSCENDENT: 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Alexandra Duncan: SOUND (paperback): 27th September 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: FEEDBACK: 27th September 2016: Buy (US)
Emiko Jean: WE’LL NEVER BE APART (paperback): 25th October 2016: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: IT TAKES ONE: 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Lauren Oliver: REPLICA: 27th September 2016: Buy (US)

19th January 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Meg Cabot
Proposal (Novella)
HarperCollins Avon Impulse (US & CA: 19th January 2016)
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The last place Suze Simon expects to find herself during Valentine’s Day is a cemetery. But that’s what happens when you’re a mediator – cursed with the “gift” of communicating with the dead. That’s how Suze has ended up at the graves of a pair of tragic young lovers. They’re NCDPs – Non-Compliant Deceased Persons – whose drama didn’t end with death. It’s Suze’s job to make sure they move on – for good. But the NCDPs aren’t the only ones with problems. The reason Suze is spending her Valentine’s Day with the undead instead of her boyfriend, Jesse, is because he’s having so much trouble adjusting to life after death…not surprising, considering the fact that he used to be an NCDP himself, and now his girlfriend busts his former kind for a living. Can Suze use her mediating skills to propose a mutual resolution, and bring all these young lovers together, especially on the night Saint Valentine declared sacred to romance? Or will she end up alone – and possibly undead – herself?

Jordana Frankel
The Ward (The Ward, Book 1)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 19th January 2016)
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A catastrophic flood has washed out Manhattan, leaving the rivers polluted and entire neighborhoods underwater. Some areas are quarantined because of an outbreak of a deadly disease. The illness, known as the Blight, is killing sixteen-year-old Ren’s sister. Desperate to save her sister’s life, Ren agrees to lead a secret mission from the government to search for a cure. But her quest leads to a confounding mystery beneath the water and an unlikely friendship with a passionate scientist.

Jordana Frankel
The Isle (The Ward, Book 2)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 19th January 2016)
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With the help of a scientist and a racing buddy, drag racer Ren has found a cure for the disease, and her sister, Aven, is on the mend. But Aven’s unexpected recovery has caught the eye of the evil Governor Voss. And when it comes to light that the cure, miraculous healing water, is the only freshwater source in the area, Governor Voss isn’t the only one after the sisters and their invaluable knowledge. Can they save themselves and their city?

Jennifer Longo
Up to This Pointe
Random House (US & CA: 19th January 2016)
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Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything – or anyone – get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to. Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing Amundsen and Shackleton to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station…in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting – apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart. It will take a visit from Shackleton’s ghost – the explorer who didn’t make it to the South Pole, but who got all of his men out alive – to teach Harper that success isn’t always what’s important, sometimes it’s more important to learn how to fail successfully.

Veronica Roth
Four (Anthology)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 19th January 2016)
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Includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view. The first three pieces in this volume – “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son” – follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty – and love – that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

January 2016 Releases

Done with December 2015 Releases? Here are January 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Bridges, Cabot, DeStefano, Wasserman)

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