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3 New Deals (Barnes, Bick, DeStefano)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s The Squad series (includes Perfect Cover & Killer Spirit) optioned by ABC Family. Toby, a computer hacker, gets drafted to become part of Bayport High School’s varsity cheer team, only to learn that the team is actually made up of government agents.

Ilsa J. Bick‘s White Space to Egmont (NA) in a 2-book deal. Pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books & into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternate universe.

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither to Prospect Park & Violet House (which is owned by Aly & AJ Michalka).

[REVIEW] Wither – Lauren DeStefano

Lauren DeStefano
Wither (Chemical Garden, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 22nd March 2011); HarperCollins Voyager (AU: 2nd May 2011; UK: 4th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A virus kills females at age twenty and males at age twenty-five. Grabbed from their homes and off the streets, teenage girls are gathered into vans. Some are sold to wealthy gentlemen, others into prostitution.

The rest are shot dead.

Still, sixteen-year-old orphan Rhine Ellery doesn’t feel lucky when she’s brought to a mansion where preparations are being made for her wedding. But she’s not alone.

Linden Ashby’s first wife, Rose, is on her deathbed, serving as a symbol for what’s ahead for the new wives. Rhine befriends her, but only much later learns the truth of a devastating event in Rose’s life.

It would’ve been easy to cast Linden as the villain, but instead he’s more of an innocent – despite that he consensually impregnates his youngest wife. Linden’s a broken-hearted pawn trying to find reasons to live, and with help he rediscovers his passion for architecture.

Eighteen-year-old Jenna has resigned herself to life in the mansion, in this marriage. At first she may not seem to leave much of an impression, but that soon changes. The strong bond she forms with her sister wives reinforces my theory that fiction’s most fascinating relationships are not those between lovers.

Thirteen-year-old Cecily is genuinely excited when it comes to her marriage, though she’s not keen sharing Linden with her sister wives. Though she’s always one for drama, she’s forced to grow up when she becomes pregnant, and it’s so sad when Cecily tries, and fails, to bond with her child. That she’s only a child herself makes it even harder to read.

Rhine only meant to earn the trust of her husband to aide an escape. She didn’t plan on loving him or forming a tight bond with her sister wives. She also didn’t expect the massive betrayal.

This future-Gothic novel has it all: polygamy, a wedding, deaths, a birth, a natural disaster, family secrets, betrayal, friendship, diabolical science, a spooky basement, and beautiful illusions. Interpersonal conflicts ensure the tension stays taut and the drama high. Horrors are inferred rather than described, and being Book 1 in a trilogy there’s a lot left unexplained – particularly the science. Though it seems it won’t be set at the mansion, hopefully Fever will be as hazardous and devastating in its own right. Clear your calendar for Lauren DeStefano’s first book – no need for TV when Wither‘s drama is this riveting!

[TEZ VLOGS] Wither – Lauren DeStefano

May 2011 Releases

Done with April 2011 Releases? Here are May 2011 Releases. To see further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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March 2011 Releases

Done with February 2011 Releases. Here are March’s. To see future titles and dates, check out Reading Wishlist.

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14 New Covers

Holly Black: Red Glove Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Lexxie Couper: Savage Transformation
Bree Despain: The Lost Saint Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Lauren DeStefano: Wither Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelly Keaton: Darkness Becomes Her Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Richelle Mead: Last Sacrifice Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yvonne Navarro: Highborn Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Michelle Rowen: Nightshade Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Carrie Ryan: The Dark and Hollow Places Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rachel Vincent: My Soul to Take Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rachel Vincent: My Soul to Save Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rachel Vincent: My Soul to Keep Buy (US) Buy (CA)
Brenna Yovanoff: The Replacement Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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December 2009 Releases

Done with November 2009 Releases? Time for December 2009 Releases, representing my wishlist from US, UK, Canada and Australia publications. For releases further into the future, Reading Wishlist has been freshly updated.

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Yolanda Sfetsos’s WITHER

Yolanda Sfetsos
Wither (Recast, Book 1)
Samhain (8th December 2009)

Wrangling is in Colt Marshall’s blood. He was known across the galaxy for his skill at roping horses and cattle, but found that the woman he loved wasn’t so easy to tie down. Now a mysterious client has him wrangling a man who may or may not be fully human. Colt doesn’t know and doesn’t care, as long as he gets paid. Until his pursuit of the escaped captive lands him on his former lover’s planet…and her request for help threatens to crack the armour around his heart. With Colt’s unexpected arrival, Brynn Wright’s problems could be solved…or multiplied a thousandfold. She doesn’t expect him to understand why she left him, but she sure could use his help ridding her planet of the feral creatures terrorising her town every night. It doesn’t help that he looks just as good as she remembers. Or that even after five years, their mutual lust is very much alive. Their desire rivals the heat of the planet’s skin-peeling sun, stripping away layers of secrets to expose the truth. And a secret that could be their death sentence…Warning: This book contains a space cowboy with an attitude, a female sheriff with a kick-ass past, an AI dressed like a deputy, feral creatures, and a planet scorched by its proximity to the sun – but still not as hot as the cowboy and sheriff are for each other.

[COVER ART] Wither – Yolanda Sfetsos

Yolanda Sfetsos
Wither (Recast, Book 1)
Samhain (8th December 2009)
Cover art by Kanaxa
Category-length Romantic SciFi-Futuristic