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Books I Read & Rated 5 Stars in 2015

A short list – only six books – but a good collection. Only one was published in 2015; the others are from previous years.

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[REVIEW] The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Fixer (The Fixer, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 7th July 2015)
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TRIGGER WARNINGS: Domestic violence, hostage situation.

This year I’d only read five five-star-worthy books, and none of them were published in 2015. That’s kind of a downer.

But along came Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Fixer, which has given me my very first five-star novel published in 2015, with only a couple of weeks to spare. But despite its high quality, it only seems to have been published in the US and the Netherlands. Very disappointing that a UK/Australian publisher hasn’t yet picked up the rights.

The longer you read The Fixer, the better it gets – more complex, more emotional, and with higher stakes. The themes of family and sacrifice are clear, whilst the biggest mystery of all seems to be how the author managed to write a story about politics without the story actually featuring politics. (I’m serious: there’s no mention of who’s Democrat, who’s Republican, or any bills, legislation, or policies. Pretty much just power games.)

In addition, The Fixer is somewhat of a rarity in that there’s no romance for the heroine, and she doesn’t lust after anyone. That doesn’t automatically make her asexual, but either way it’s refreshing. (If you choose to ship, I’d prefer Tess/Henry rather than Tess/Asher.)

The Fixer is a triumph with perfect pacing, intriguing interpersonal relationships, and a complicated mystery. Jennifer Lynn Barnes gets better with each book, which means The Long Game can’t come soon enough.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: DRIVEN: 31st January 2016: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: THE FIXER paperback: 10th May 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle et al: A FANTASY MEDLEY 3: 31st December 2015: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: untitled 3rd Dark Alchemy novel: 12th April 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Caine: MIDNIGHT BITES: 1st March 2016: Buy (US)
Rhiannon Held: WOLFSBANE: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Andrea Kleine: CALF: 13th October 2015: Buy (US)
Seanan McGuire: CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY: 1st March 2016: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: UNTIL THE BEGINNING (paperback): 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Tiffany Schmidt: HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH (paperback): 17th May 2016: Buy (US)
Tiffany Schmidt: BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE: 7th June 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Wasserman: GIRLS ON FIRE: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Brenna Yovanoff: PLACES NO ONE KNOWS: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)

7th July 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Keri Arthur
Wicked Embers (Souls of Fire, Book 2)
Penguin Signet (US: 7th July 2015); Hachette Piatkus (UK: 7th July 2015)
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Crimson Death, the plague-like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic. But their mission is jeopardised by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investigative knowledge to put an end to this entity’s brutal rampage – even if it means placing herself in harm’s way…

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Fixer (The Fixer, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 7th July 2015)
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When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.’s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians’ scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enrol at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister’s footsteps and becomes D.C.’s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens. Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life…until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy’s. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Amy Ewing
The House of the Stone (The Jewel, Novella)
HarperCollins Epic Reads Impulse (US: 7th July 2015); Walker (UK: 28th July 2015)
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When Raven is bought at the Auction, she knows immediately that things will not go well. And when she arrives at the Countess’s palace, Raven quickly discovers that the Countess is much less interested in having a baby than experimenting with Raven’s mind and body. Raven can only hope for an escape…and to see Violet again, all the while reminding herself that she is Raven Stirling, and she does matter.

Vicki Pettersson
Swerve
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 7th July 2015)
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It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait. Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.

Danielle Vega
Survive the Night
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 7th July 2015)
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Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse…until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy – no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone. Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone. They’re being hunted. Trapped underground with someone – or something – out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

July 2015 Releases

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8 New Covers (Barnes, Cunningham, Estes, Hart, Heathfield, Kneen, Mahoney, Ryan)

NOTE: Clicking the titles will take you to the source links, but they’re all at Goodreads this time, to make it easier for me to format these cover posts (which should help the formatting not be so shoddy if viewing via Feedly, too). Here’s a list (non-linked) of my sources (they’re all official publisher sites, except for Amazon), so check out those websites to confirm those posts:

AMAZON.COM: The Fixer, Vanilla
PENGUIN USA: Prize of Night, Daughter of Deep Silence
CURIOSITY QUILLS: Fifteen
ELECTRIC MONKEY TWITTER: Seed
TEXT PUBLISHING: The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine
RANDOM HOUSE UK: Hunting the Dark

P.S.: If you’re a publisher, agent, or author, and your cover isn’t up on Goodreads, I’m a Goodreads Librarian so I can upload your cover for you.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Jessica Alcott: EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME: 9th June 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: THE FIXER: 7th July 2015: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: SUDDEN BACKTRACK: 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Kristi Helvig: STRANGE SKIES: 9th June 2015: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: UNTIL THE BEGINNING: 5th May 2015: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE VIRGIN: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: CRASH: 9th June 2015: Buy (US)
Barbara Stewart: WHAT WE KNEW: 14th July 2015: Buy (US)
Leslie Tentler: FALLEN: 14th October 2014: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: THE STARS NEVER RISE: 9th June 2015: Buy (US)

5 New Deals (Barnes, DeStefano, Farley, Hirsch, Roux)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s The Fixer (2015) to Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal. A political thriller set against the backdrop of an elite Washington D.C. private school – pitched as part Veronica Mars, part Scandal – the younger sister of a powerful political fixer finds herself embroiled in high stakes and intrigue at her new school.

Lauren DeStefano‘s middle-grade Pram (2015) and an as-yet-untitled sequel to Bloomsbury (US, Canadian, and open market rights). It tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death.

Christina Farley‘s Silvern (2014) to Amazon Children’s Skyscape (World). Sequel to Gilded. A 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows battles a god of darkness seeking control of both Koreas.

Jeff Hirsch‘s Black River (2015) to Clarion Books (world rights). 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble.

Madeleine Roux‘s third book in the Asylum series to Harper Children’s. Illustrated with found photographs, it follows three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.