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19th July 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Carrie Jones
Flying (Flying, Book 1)
Macmillan Tor (US: 19th July 2016)
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People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She’s used to being coddled, being an only child, but it’s hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother’s babying gets more stifling than ever, she’s looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while. But that night, Mana’s life goes haywire. First, the hot guy she’s been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she’s always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective. It turns out, Mana’s frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she’s missing – taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother – and maybe the world – and hope she’s up to the challenge.

Beth Revis
A World Without You
Penguin Razorbill (US: 19th July 2016)
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Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.” At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time – that he somehow left her in the past, and now it’s his job to save her.

Laurie Faria Stolarz
Return to the Dark House (Dark House, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 19th July 2016)
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Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time? Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there – somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him. When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

Rachel Vincent
The Stars Never Rise
Random House Ember (US & CA: 19th July 2016)
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When sixteen-year-old Nina Kane discovers that her sister, Mellie, is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble. To save her sister, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive and rogue exorcist with deep green eyes and a penchant for hoodies. What they’ll do together might just keep them all alive, stop the Church, and change the face of the world. Holy hellfire indeed.

[REVIEW] The Stars Never Rise – Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent
The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise, Book 1)
Random House Ember (US & CA: 19th July 2016); Harlequin MIRA Ink (UK: 18th June 2015)
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The front cover seems to have nothing to do with the contents. The title, the image, and the tagline don’t match the story. They’re good things, as is the tale told, but they don’t make sense together.

I think The Stars Never Rise was originally contracted to the publisher until the title Anathema, which would’ve fit better. Instead, there’s this poetic name that doesn’t belong – because the writing, while decent, isn’t poetic, and no stars are mentioned. The butterfly? Symbolic, maybe, but it’s not a motif. As for the tagline, nothing about flying and being free.

Based on the marketing, including the reference likening it to the works of Cassandra Clare (which is unfair because I dislike CC’s books), you’d be forgiven if you figured there’d be angels here. Instead we have demons, exorcists, and degenerates.

The Stars Never Rise is a rollicking good read, a thrill ride with a rag-tag group of teen exorcists fighting against the Unified Church. (Yes, the story’s kind of anti-faith, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to the faithful.) New Temperance is a town in which the church runs everything, including law enforcement. They may not burn you to death (except for when they do) if you’re guilty of pre-marital fornication and unlicensed pregnancy, but they may consecrate you into servitude for life.

I didn’t understand at first why we get Nina Kane’s first-person POV instead of Melanie’s, her sister who’s in a tougher predicament. But Melanie doesn’t have “powers” and she’s in a relationship – recent publication trends unfortunately wouldn’t allow a non-powerful teen already in a relationship to be the heroine of a paranormal novel.

The story takes place over only a few days, but Nina quickly becomes romantically linked. Problem: her boyfriend is a soul without a body. But he possesses people’s bodies, though he and his allies are quick to say he’s not a demon. So what is he? That better be resolved in the sequel. Finn asks his friends to temporarily take over their bodies, but he also inhabits other people without permission. This is where things get awkward. Would you like someone using your body without you knowing? You suddenly regain consciousness without knowing why you…”slept” in the back of your own brain and body while someone else drove it? Probably not the author’s intention, but Finn’s unsolicited body-hopping seems a bit rapey.

The Stars Never Rise is part one of two, leaving threads hanging and questions unanswered. But the snowballing action and danger doesn’t let up, and I sped through this because it’s just so damn good. Nonsensical at times, but as long as the plot-holes are patched up in The Flame Never Dies this should be a cracking duo.

P.S. The only WOC is characterised as a “bitch”, and the MOC is…tortured and burned to death. (Another MOC is mentioned briefly, but doesn’t take up much page time.) When it comes to diversity this story seems rather white, and the problematic trope of killing a person of colour to further a white person’s tale is unfortunately present. So be prepared for that.

July 2016 Releases

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Jessica Alcott: EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME (paperback): 7th June 2016: Buy (US)
V. C. Andrews: WHITEFERN: 26th July 2016: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: FLAMEOUT: 5th July 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: MERCURY RETROGRADE (paperback): 8th December 2015: Buy (US)
Tom Cox: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FURRED KIND: 16th August 2016: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: RENEGADE (paperback): 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: LITTLE SECRETS: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: IT ENDS WITH US: 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
J. Kenner: UNWRAP ME: 24th November 2015: Buy (US)
Katrina Leno: THE LOST & FOUND: 5th July 2016: Buy (US)
Richelle Mead: THE GLITTERING COURT: 12th April 2016: Buy (US)
Vicki Pettersson: SWERVE (paperback): 31st May 2016: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE BOURBON THIEF: 28th June 2016: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: PAPER HEARTS, VOLUME 1: SOME WRITING ADVICE: 1st November 2015: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: A WORLD WITHOUT YOU: 19th July 2016: Buy (US)
Carrie Ryan: DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE (paperback): 12th July 2016: Buy (US)
Holly Schindler: PLAY IT AGAIN: 18th October 2015: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: CRASH (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Danielle Vega: THE MERCILESS II: THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES: 5th July 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: THE STARS NEVER RISE (paperback): 19th July 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: MENAGERIE (paperback): 28th June 2016: Buy (US)

9th June 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Jessica Alcott
Even When You Lie to Me
Random House Crown (US & CA: 9th June 2015)
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Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favourite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom. But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her. She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

Stephanie Oakes
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Penguin Dial (US: 9th June 2015)
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The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something – but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of – if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Fleur Philips
Beautiful Girl
SparkPress (US: 9th June 2015)
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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can’t help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager – at least for a little while – away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won’t be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne’s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home’s owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows – he’s poor, his father’s a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible.

Eve Silver
Crash (The Game, Book 3)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 9th June 2015)
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As her dad and best friend lie in the hospital, Miki struggles to answer one gut-wrenching question: Was their accident bad luck or was the Committee trying to teach her a lesson? But Miki has no time to deal. The Game is glitching. The missions are more frequent – and more dangerous – and someone close to her is watching her every move, waiting for the right moment to betray her. Miki feels like she’s hanging on by a thread and the only thing keeping her tethered is Jackson’s hand in hers. But somehow, telling him how much she needs him, how much she loves him, feels like the biggest challenge of all. If she wants to make it to the next level alive and end the fighting once and for all, she’ll have to let go and be ready when the walls between the Game and reality come crashing down. Because if there’s one thing Miki’s learned from playing the Game, it’s that she’s got a whole lot left to lose.

Danielle Vega
The Merciless
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 9th June 2015)
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Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream. Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realise they believed Brooklyn was possessed. Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn – but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls…unless she wants to be next.

Rachel Vincent
The Stars Never Rise
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 9th June 2015)
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Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago. When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble. To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie? Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

June 2015 Releases

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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)

6 New Covers (Armstrong, Arthur, Diaz, Graves, Kern, Vincent)

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