Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: October New Releases (pt 1)


With the weather getting cooler, it is perfect time to curl up inside with a good book. And some favorite authors have you covered with new books coming out this month.

Night Terror
Sequel to the Amazon Bestseller Night Chill.

Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With help from her parents and Joseph Lonetree, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.

Available October 1
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Dreamscape
After years of protecting Dreamscape from the tyranny of the evil king, and fighting for their freedom, the rebellion’s last hope lies with the Golden Hero. When the enchantment brings Alexis Stone from the real world, both get more than they bargained for.

Alexis realizes too late that in this fantasy world, the consequences and enemies are real. When the stakes rise, surviving the dangerous game may be easier than facing her feelings. Can she help the rebellion’s cause, or will the difference between their worlds prove deadly?

And if she does succeed, who will rescue her?

Available October 1
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Forensics
Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.

The dead talk—to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.

Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It’s a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

Available October 2
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Immortal at the Edge of the World
“What I was currently doing with my time and money . . . didn’t really deserve anyone else’s attention. If I was feeling romantic about it, I’d call it a quest, but all I was really doing was trying to answer a question I’d been ignoring for a thousand years.”

In his very long life, Adam had encountered only one person who appeared to share his longevity: the mysterious red-haired woman. She appeared throughout history, usually from a distance, nearly always vanishing before he could speak to her.

In his last encounter, she actually did vanish—into thin air, right in front of him. The question was how did she do it? To answer, Adam will have to complete a quest he gave up on a thousand years earlier, for an object that may no longer exist.

If he can find it, he might be able to do what the red-haired woman did, and if he can do that, maybe he can find her again and ask her who she is . . . and why she seems to hate him.

“You are being watched. Move your loved ones to safety . . . trust nobody.”

But Adam isn’t the only one who wants the red-haired woman. There are other forces at work, and after a warning from one of the few men he trusts, Adam realizes how much danger everyone is in. To save his friends and finish his quest he may be forced to bankrupt himself, call in every favor he can, and ultimately trade the one thing he’d never been able to give up before: his life.

Available October 2
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The Body Electric
The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

Available October 6
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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Available October 7
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Perfect Girl
Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the "W" in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?

With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man's world.

Available October 14
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Winter Street
Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

Available October 14
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Anabel Unraveled by Amanda Romine Lynch

by Claire Rees

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Rules: Share the opening paragraph for a book you are reading or thinking of reading.



Anabel Unraveled

First Chapter, First Paragraph
My name is Anabel Martin, and I am an orphan.
I can't say that. I shook my head and sighed, pivoting slowly in front of the mirror, taking in my hair, my legs, my dress. My blue eyes looked sullen in the mirror, and I wondered if nineteen was too old to be considered an orphan. Does it count if you've never known your mother, and your father was emotionally unavailable for your whole life?




The Review

Anabel Unraveled by Amanda Romine Lynch is written from the viewpoint of two of the characters, Jared and Anabel, but really focuses on one – Anabel.

Anabel has grown up on a top secret government island all her life with little interaction with people her own age. Her father Jonathon is very over possessive and although it seems he does love Anabel, he rarely shows it.

This all changes when the president of the United States, also Annabel’s half brother, sends a lawyer called Jared over to check on things on the island. Anabel finally sees her chance of an escape and plans to make the lawyer tell her brother that the best thing for Anabel would be to leave the island. She does get her wish but only after her father is murdered and the whole thing becomes a problem for national security and a huge mystery. Anabel is taken to live with her brother Sam, and now has to sit through hearings to try to discover who killed her father and if her life is in danger. With her blatant honesty and sharp tongue not everybody likes Anabel but she also has a much softer and sweeter side that we do get to see and love.

The story was very addictive and Lynch adds in twists and turns that keeps you wanting to read more and know more about Anabel and this new life she is forced to lead. The main character Anabel is an incredibly strong woman and even though there are many events in her life that have taken her through hell and back she still manages to come out the other side of it stronger.

It was interesting to read the memories of what led them to where the characters are at present and both Jared and Anabel have to relive some awful things that have happened to them on the island and since leaving it, that can either make them or break them. Anabel Unraveled is an emotional rollercoaster and at times I felt so angry at more than one character and at other times I could have cried with them. They were so well written and thought out that it makes you want to know more about them. This book was very hard to put down.

If you enjoy murder and mystery with all of life’s hard choices, decisions and experiences with some love and romance thrown in then this is definitely a book you need to add to your ‘to be read’ pile.

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Book info:
Available formats: ebook & paperback (384 pages)
Published: December 2012 by eLectio Publishing
ISBN13: 9781611874891
Genres: chick-lit, mystery, new adult
Source: author
Read: September 2014


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: The Bleiberg Project by David S. Khara

by Donna Huber

The Bleiberg Project
In an effort to expand my reading horizons I have been trying out translated fiction. So far it is has been kind of hit and miss. I recently read the French thriller The Bleiberg Project by David S. Khara and I can tell you it was a hit.

Maybe it was an easier transition as the main character is an American and partially set in the States before jetting around Europe. Or perhaps it is because it flashed back to a time that I often read it about - World War II Nazi Germany. Or maybe it is because it had the same flavor as a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan novel. Maybe it was all those things, but whatever it was I really enjoyed it.

Jay Novacek is the golden boy of the financial world, but he's on a path of self-destruction. People who have a life altering experience while the under the influence of alcohol either forsake all alcohol or drown their guilt. Jay was in the latter group. The notification of his long absent father's death sets Jay on a new course, one that may lead to his ultimate death. As death looms near, Jay realizes that may not be what he really wants.

What about the WWII Nazi Germany part? Readers are ushered into the past and a web of conspiracy that began before Hitler rose to power, perhaps what actually put Hitler into power. The conspiracy is much larger than the Third Reich and survived long past its fall.

The Bleiberg Project is a great suspense novel and if I hadn't known it was translated, I would have assumed it was an American or perhaps British author. There was a section that felt off, like the author may not have done enough research on how the CIA works or how a former Air Force officer may write. The tone of words left by Jay's Dad felt elementary. Other than that, the writing was great, the pace was just right for a suspense novel.

If you are a fan of Tom Clancy, then you will want to check out The Bleiberg Project by David S. Khara.


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Book Info
Available formats: ebook, audio & print (280 pages)
Published: July 2014 by Le French Book (first published October 2010)
ISBN13: 9781939474063
Genres: Translated fiction, suspense
Source: Netgalley
Read: September 2014


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: The Tin Man by @NinaMasonAuthor

by Claire Rees

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Flip to page 56 or go to 56% on your eReader and share a few lines.

This week's selection comes from The Tin Man by Nina Mason


The Tin Man





The 56% tease:
Not only had the targets escaped, they had also ruined his clients custom van – failures for which he would be made to answer. Worst yet he had been bested by a woman- something his male ego refused to allow. Someday he would catch that Kurva and make her pay. No woman was going to make him look foolish.






The Review:

Alex Buchanan, reporter, finds getting a cup of coffee saves his life as the rest of his team gets assassinated when he visits the coffee shop on a floor below his office and just barely escapes from the killer himself. Forced into a web of conspiracy and lies Alex teams up with Thea, a woman from his past, the woman he calls the ‘ ball buster’.  Whilst police look for the killer more and more people in the newspaper world are being murdered and it seems the only person who can help Thea and Buchanan unravel this mystery and stop the murders is Thea’s Grandfather. After finding her grandfathers home empty they receive a mystery phone call off another man from Thea’s past claiming he knows something about her grandfather’s whereabouts and the plot thickens even more. Every person Buchanan and Thea met or spoke to on the telephone kept me wondering if that person was the killer. They find themselves travelling across country hoping to find Theas grandfather alive and well and able to help them find the murderer.

I really enjoyed this book and easily got swept away in all the fast paced action.  There is a lot of betrayal, mystery and lies that will keep the reader intrigued.  . A real page turner, I started this book one day and finished it the next.  I would recommend The Tin Man by Nina Mason to anyone who loves a political thriller with lots of action, murder and a little romance.

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Book Info
Available formats: ebook and paperback (316 pages)
Published: August 2014 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
ISBN13: 9781502396976
Genres: Fiction, Political Thriller, Crime
Source: Author
Read: September 2014



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Taking a Break

by Donna Huber

Everyone needs a break once in a while and I'm taking a break this week from my weekly tips post. See you next week!



Image is used with permission. Credit: Irene O'Garden

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Best of September's YA

Illusions of Fate
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

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Made for You
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves
In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

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Rites of Passage
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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Jackaby
"Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: The Bone Whistle by @KBHoyle_author

by Donna Huber

The Bone Whistle
All good things have to come to an end, right? So it is with The Gateway Chronicles. Last week the last book in this very much loved series came out. It is hard to believe that I was introduced to this series just a month into blogging (3.5 years ago). The first two books in the series were already available so I got to read them back to back. Then I had to wait several months for The White Thread. But then I had to wait a year between the next three. It was like the wait for Harry Potter!

If have been following along with the series, I highly recommend re-reading at least The Scroll, but if you have the time a re-read of the whole series won't hurt. The Bone Whistle jumps right into the story.

Darcy's family has moved to Tennessee and her parents don't want her to go to the camp with the gang. They think Sam, Amelia, Dean, Perry, and Lewis are made influences. In desperation to get back to camp, get back to Tellius, get back to Alitheia, Darcy tells her parents everything. Yeah, that goes over well. Locked in her room she finds an likely ally in her brother, but will she make it back before the gateway closes?

The Bone Whistle was as full of action and totally captivating as the previous 5 books in the series. Yet, there was a slightly different tone for this installment. We the readers know we have to say goodbye to the characters at the end, but with the stakes so high the characters themselves seem to know that goodbyes are coming too.

My only nit to pick with the story was the 8 weeks of wasted story while we waited for Darcy to recover. Don't worry the pages aren't blank, and we don't know until after the fact that 8 weeks past. But I still couldn't help thinking that we could have had 8 more "weeks" with the characters.

It was nice to get glimpse of past characters that had minor but important roles throughout the story. Even the fallen are remembered.

I have to say that KB Hoyle wrote one of the best closing books I have read in quite some time. She wrote it in a way that very much feels like the characters live on, yet the story is complete. Much like how we close a chapter of our lives - the end of high school, the end of college, etc.

If you haven't read this series, or just like to wait for the complete series to be available so you can binge read, now is the time. Forget that it is a Middle Grades/Young Adult series and just delve into this timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, growing up, doing what is right, and love. (If I was twenty years younger I would so be swooning over Tellius).

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Book info:
available formats: ebook and paperback (372 pages)
Published: September 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
ISBN13: 9781612132792
Genres: fantasy, coming of age, middle grades/young adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Read: August 2014



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