Saturday, September 22, 2012

Notable New Book Releases | Sept. 16 - Sept. 22

Don't forget to enter the release date giveaway of Incarnation by Emma Cornwall.

The month of September has been awesome for new releases. These are the new releases that caught my eye this week:

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[Obviously I have to read this.]

Shhhh!
Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party.
White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do not want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, which involve their school's most eligible bachelor, T. J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[I had the pleasure of reading Incarnation last week. Review to come! Don't forget to enter the Incarnation giveaway.]

In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.



The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[I first saw this on Bending the Spine, and I about died. It sounds so cute.]

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings—Peculiars—and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley—Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.



The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[I have fallen pray to all of the great reviews on this one.]

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.



Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[Oy, the reviews on this one. People either love it hard core or they hate it. I think I may read it just in case I'm one of the ones that love it hard core.]

The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium  verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.



The Diviners by Libba Bray
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[This is quickly going the way of The Raven Boys. Each new review is sucking me in.]

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.



What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

[I'm on the fence about this one, but it did catch my eye this week.]

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else--two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she's still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet...for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.



Bad Things by Tamara Thorne
Publication Date: September 20, 2012

[OK, this is technically a reprint. Bad Things has been out of print for years BUT it has been rereleased on Kindle, it is one of my favorites, and it is the perfect read for Halloween.]

The Piper clan emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name. . .

As a boy, Rick Piper discovered he had "the sight." It was supposed to be a family myth, but Rick could see the greenjacks--the tiny mischievous demons who taunted him throughout his childhood--and who stole the soul of his twin brother Robin one Halloween night.

Now a widower with two children of his own, Rick has returned home to build a new life. He wants to believe the greenjacks don't exist, that they were a figment of his own childish fears and the vicious torment he suffered at the hands of his brother. But he can still see and hear them, and they haven't forgotten that Rick escaped them so long ago. And this time, they don't just want Rick. This time they want his children. . .

Other Tamara Thorne books released on Kindle:





When We Join Jesus In Hell by Lee Thompson
Publication Date: September 25, 2012

The official release date isn't until next week, but you can snag an early copy of Lee Thompson's When We Join Jesus In Hell from Amazon if you don't want to wait!


Did any of these books make it on to your wishlist or bookshelf this week? Have you had a chance to read them yet? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week especially if they didn't make it onto this list!

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14 comments:

  1. I don't know how eager I am to read "The Peculiar", but I'll give it points for a cool cover and an intriguing setup.

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    1. :) I have a serious thing for imaginative stories. I'm sure that's why I read books of all ages. In fact that's probably why I love dark fiction so much, too.

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  2. I NEED to buy Ten. Everyone is going crazy over it and I love creepy books.

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  3. So many exciting ones! I'm glad to see Tamara Thorne is being rereleased. I really loved her books. I've preordered TEN and am trying to wait patiently for my copy to arrive -- I'm dying to read it!

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    1. I like Tamara Thorne, too. I'm so happy to see them available again. Hopefully Ten will arrive soon!

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  4. Wow, you picked a lot of really great looking books this week!

    About that Lee Thompson, are you sure that's not a renamed book? That cover looks sooooooo familiar, and I remember it having a less inflammatory title...

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    1. Nope. When We Join Jesus in Hell has always been called that. Are you maybe thinking of Down Here in the Dark? Daniele Serra does all of his Delirium/Darkfuse covers so they all have a similar style.

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  5. I'm reading Ten right now. And please read The Raven Boys...I need to know what you think and discuss it with you.

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    1. I can't wait to hear what you think of Ten. I started reading The Raven Boys today! I'd love to discuss it with you. I think I saw you had like 450 sticky notes on yours!

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  6. Someone mentioned Ten is suppose to be the modern Agatha C, And Then There were None.

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    1. I've heard that, too, Marce. I don't think I ever read And Then There Were None, though, so hopefully I won't know whodunit. I think it will probably be a different experience for those who have read Agatha Christie.

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  7. Both the Raven Boys and the Libba Bray novel has caught my eye.

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  8. First of all, thank you for the recent comments you have left me on my blog. I love your design and I am a new follower! I don't comment a lot but I will try to do the best I can.

    I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Incarnation and Ten. I know the reviews for Ten so far are not good, but it's one of those books you just have to read for yourself anyway. I also need a copy of What's Left of Me. Though I am not in a huge rush to read it.

    The Diviners and Stormdancer are two of the best books out this year. So glad I got to read them early. :)

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