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[REVIEW] Salvage – Alexandra Duncan

Alexandra Duncan
Salvage
HarperCollins Greenwillow (CA: 24th March 2014; US: 1st April 2014)
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How the mighty have fallen. On the night before her wedding, Parastrata Ava makes a major mistake that throws the merchant spaceship crewes of Parastrata and Æther into chaos. Left to freeze to death, Ava begins freeing herself the only way she knows how – by “fixes”.

Salvage stands out in many ways from the pack. Although sci-fi, don’t go in expecting uprises against governments or battle scenes. Instead, it unfurls slowly, taking the time to explore a new location and way of life, but moving on to something else before you can get bored. Also, it’s a stand-alone novel, though in the hands of a different author it could’ve been dragged out to a trilogy and stuffed with filler. Thankfully, this 520-page tome is self-contained, and though theoretically there could be other stories set in this world worth telling, Ava’s seems done for now, and that feels right. Another rare thing in its favour is that I actually cheered for Ava’s romance with Rushil.

Alexandra Duncan depicts beautiful, dangerous settings with colour and depth. From the austere life on merchant ships, to house-boating in Haiti, to the humidity of the Salt, and to a more luxurious life in Mumbai… But as much as Ava may wish for independence, she can’t make it alone. If Perpétue, Rushil, and Soraya have taught her anything, it’s that sometimes you can rely on the kindness of strangers. Ava does seem rather too stupid to live when she has to be rescued in each new location, but by the final chapter she seems capable, and maybe even confident.

Salvage is not just a pretty cover – there’s also an extraordinary story inside.

1st April 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Rachel Caine
Daylighters (Morganville Vampires, Book 15)
Penguin NAL Signet (US & CA: 1st April 2014)
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While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place – a deadly one… Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated – vampires from humans – they realise that the changes definitely aren’t for the better. It seems that an organisation called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation – even for the vampires themselves – the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

Alexandra Duncan
Salvage
HarperCollins Greenwillow (US: 1st April 2014)
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Her life is a shadow of a life. Her future is not her own to fashion. Her family is a tangle of secrets. She cannot read. She cannot write. But she is Parastrata Ava, the Captain’s eldest daughter, the so girl of a long-range crewe – her obligations are grave and many. And when she makes a mistake, in a fragrant orchard of lemons, the consequences are deadly. There are some who would say, there but for the Mercies go I. There are some who would say Parastrata Ava is just a silly earthstruck girl who got what was coming to her. But they don’t know the half of it.

Rinda Elliott
Foretold (Sisters of Fate, Book 1)
Harlequin Teen (US: 1st April 2014)
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The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun. Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice. Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire. Or even from something else…

Katie McGarry
Red at Night
Harlequin Teen More than Words (US: 1st April 2014)
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Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He’s a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favourite refuge…the local cemetery. Stella knows she should keep her distance – after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah’s friends. Once he’s sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won’t have time for her anymore. Too bad she’s already fallen for him…

Jeri Smith-Ready
This Side of Salvation
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US, UK, & CA: 1st April 2014)
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Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: The closer he gets to Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels. Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in preparation for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. He likes living in the moment, and isn’t sure about giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey – especially Bailey – in hope of salvation. But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined…

April 2014 Releases

Done with March 2014 Releases? Here are April 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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