Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review | Die Trying (Jack Reacher #2) by Lee Child

Die Trying is the second installment in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.
When a woman is kidnapped, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Now he has to save them both.

In my review of the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor, I mentioned expecting these books to be more military in nature. Die Trying was closer to what I was expecting but still very much in the thriller genre which I enjoy.

Some things I was happy about in this sequel: multiple POVs, better developed characters, continued fast pacing, very stand alone for a series.

I do hope there is a lot more diversity in the bad guys going forward, though. So far all of the bad guys are exactly alike. Despite that complaint, I’m really enjoying this series. I love page turners so this series is perfect to continue any time I need some suspense.

If you enjoy fast paced thrillers, too, you should join me in reading this series!

6/10: Good Read

Have you read any of the Jack Reacher series? Have you seen the movie yet? Are you a fan of Tom Cruise? I must admit to being a big fan of Tom Cruise. He's clearly nuts, but he's such a great actor. A Few Good Men is one of my top favorite movies of all time.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday | Joyland by Stephen King

This post is being shared as part of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday.

I am waiting for Joyland by Stephen King so hard core. First of all, crime fiction + Stephen King = made of awesome. To top that off, we get ghosts and an amusement park. Can.not.wait.

Joyland by Stephen King
June 4th 2013
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." – Stephen King

It doesn't come out until June, but I have mine pre-ordered already in hopes it will help with the waiting!

Are you a Stephen King fan? Will you be reading Joyland? Are you dying to read any books that aren't out yet? What books are you pining for this week? Let me know in the comments (or leave me a link!).


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review | 14 by Peter Clines

I normally start out my review by classifying the book in some fashion, but I have no clue how to classify 14!

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate's new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn't perfect, it's livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don't nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela's apartment. And Tim's. And Veek's.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything...

What the heck did I just read? 14 was a crazy read, and I loved it. I don't think one single assumption I made turned out to be correct. I'm scared to even say much about it so you guys will stay as clueless as I was about what was going to happen next. The mystery and the crazy turns are what made 14 such a fun read for me.

I will say that 14 is about a strange apartment building. A very strange apartment building.

If you are a fan of speculative fiction, I highly recommend you dive into 14. I'm an instant fan of Peter Clines, and I already have my hands on his superhero/zombie book Ex Heroes.

8/10: Great Read

Have you read 14 or Peter Clines's Ex Heroes series? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Are you a fan of speculative fiction? 14 rolls a lot of genres into one fun ride. Will you be reading?


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Currently Reading | Ex Heroes by Peter Clines

My Currently Reading posts are shared as part of Book Journey's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Peter Cline - Ex Heroes Lauren Oliver - The SpindlersI had a great reading week last week! After finishing Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers, I read 14 by Peter Clines and Sever by Lauren DeStefano. The Spindlers and 14 were both really great reads. I'll be sure to put reviews up for those. I won't be reviewing Sever, though. The Chemical Garden series was not for me. I'm ready to let that one go.

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I say "last night", but I'm actually writing this post while watching them (Sunday night). If I'm not up too late tonight, I hope to start Ex Heroes. After reading 14 last week, I'm dying to see what Peter Clines does with zombies!

What are you reading this week? Be sure to let me know in the comments (or leave me a link!). Also let me know what you thought of the Oscars if you were watching!


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Notable Nebula and Andre Norton Award Nominees

I normally post about new releases on Saturday, but this was not an exciting release week for me. What I am excited about, though, are the Nebula Award nominees. from Girlxoxo

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year’s most anticipated fantasy debuts: THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time—and struggle against their own misgivings—to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess' name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh's alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill - or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe's deity, who will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious--and sure that it is Liyana's fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice--she must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate--or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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.

Railsea by China MiƩville

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

From China MiƩville comes a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years."

You can view all of the nominees and categories here.

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with the nominations? If you saw the full list, did they leave anyone out you thought should have been nominated?


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review | Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is the first book in Robert Gray's The Nightmare series.

For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters.

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is a really cute read. Eve is a human living in the monster world, but after a string of murders takes place, Eve's monster family has to move to our world. Eve has been taught humans are terrible, but now she has to figure out how to fit in with them. This is a great twist to the classic new girl at school trope.

I'm not sure I would recommend this series to many adults, but I certainly recommend it to middle grade readers. It is full of humor, full of adventuresome horrors, and full of friendship.

If you have a middle grade reader in your life who loves ghoulish fun, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks would make an excellent addition to their library.

8/10: Great read for a younger audience


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday | Requiem by Lauren Oliver

This post is being shared as part of Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday.

Reading Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers this week reminded me just how close we are to the publication of Requiem! Requiem is the last book in Lauren Oliver's Delirium series.

I loved the first book, and I really loved the ending of the second book. I have no idea what's going to happen next!

Requiem will be released on March 5th. I have some serious plans to find out what happens next!

I hear they are making a Delirium movie. I love the fact that Hollywood is turning to popular books for movies right now. That is way better than more remakes. Update: You guys are so sweet not to correct me. It will be a Delirium TV show - not a movie!

What upcoming releases are you pining for this week? Let me know in the comments (or leave me a link!).

Ugh! Seeing that cover of Delirium makes me so mad all over again that they changed the covers for this series.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Currently Reading | The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

My Currently Reading posts are shared as part of Book Journey's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It was a very busy week last week especially around Valentine's Day so I'm still working on the tome that is A Game of Thrones. It started out as a pretty fast read, but it has slowed down for me. I wonder if that happened because I got past the part I've seen of the show? I'm still enjoying it, though!

I also picked up Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers. I love it so far. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, but I like Liza more than I like Alice.

What are you reading this week? I hope it's a new favorite for you!


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Storybook Sunday | Valentine's Edition

Storybook Sunday is where I talk about what I'm reading with my kids. It's the lighter side of Book Den.

A couple of years ago I was shopping in Toys 'R Us for some Christmas gift exchanges including a book exchange. As I was perusing the books, I came across I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and Illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. It's one of those mommy tear jerker I Love You books, and I fell in love with it crying right there in the aisle. Needless to say it came home with me, and I gave it to my son for Christmas. I still love reading it to my kids, and I've gotten a lot better about not crying while I read it.

I Love You Through and Through is a great book to read for Valentine's, but I was so excited to also stumble upon at Target this week!

*gasp* It's another I Love You book from the same illustrator (who is now also the author)! It went straight into the cart for Valentine's Day. There are so many things I love about this book. The tiny toddler boy is now older, and it feels exactly as though he has grown with my boys who share the same bedtime routine as the boy in the book. There is a little girl in this book, too, so it is perfect for any family whether you have boys or girls. (More on THAT in a minute!)

I love bedtime stories like Goodnight Moon and Guess How Much I Love You that end with characters saying goodnight and going to sleep. It just feels right. Good Night, I Love You isn't as epic as those two, but it's another great save-for-last read (since my kids won't allow me to read Goodnight Moon every single night like I would like).

Once I got home with Goodnight, I Love You, I noticed something else on the back cover:

Another one! How Do I Love You? And that's the little girl from Goodnight, I Love You. I'm so excited! I need to get my hands on it.

Some other books we read this past week specifically for Valentine's:

If you have any recommendations for next Valentine's Day (or general I Love You recommendations for the rest of the year), I'd love to hear them!

Additional Topics of Interest:
Storybook Sunday | Halloween Books


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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Notable New Book Releases | Feb. 10 - Feb. 16

I'm really excited about a few books that were released last week. I look forward to reading each one of them. The new releases that caught my eye this week are:

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
February 12th 2013 by Candlewick

In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.

What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers." So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big...One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting.

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
February 12th 2013 by Knopf

Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he’s still alive, he’s in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal’s criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.

From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack’s refined and peculiar world—and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
February 12th 2013 by Orbit

Some places are too good to be true.

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map.

In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things.

After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different ...

From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.

Did any of these books make it on to your shelf this week? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday | Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill


Dreams and Shadows sounds like the dark, fantastical stuff I just love to read.

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
February 26th 2013 by Harper Voyager
Amazon | Goodreads

There is another world than our own, as close and intimate as a kiss, as terrifying and haunting as nightmares, a realm where fairies and djinns, changelings and angels, all the stuff of which dreams are made is real...and where magic awaits in the shadows, just a hidden step away. Between this realm and that other lies a veil, a gossamer web that muddles the vision of mortal man and keeps him from seeing what is all around him. Sometimes, someone pierces that protective veil. But one glimpse of this world can forever transform lives. Just ask Ewan and Colby...

Once upon the time, the pair were once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, until they left that world behind them. Now, Ewan is a musician living in Austin, and has just met the girl he wants to marry. Colby is still coping with the consequences of an innocent childhood wish that haunts him all these years later. While their time in the Limestone Kingdom is little more than a distant memory, this supernatural world has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue metaphysics, and monsters in the dark feed on fear, both will learn that fate can never be outrun.

The many fans of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern, and Kim Harrison will love this fabulous debut tale of the magic and monsters in our world...and in ourselves.

Dreams and Shadows sounds awesome. I look forward to reading this in a couple of weeks!
What upcoming releases are you pining for this week? Let me know in the comments (or leave me a link!).

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review | The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez

Someone please explain this book to me. It is so bizarre!

My son brought this book home from his school library yesterday. When I opened it and saw there were no words I thought "Oh cool, we can make up the story as we go along". We used to love reading Good Night, Gorilla. So I "read" it to myself, and I realized I had no idea what was supposed to be happening in this crazytown book.

When it came time to read this book with my son I told him there were no words so he could just look at the pictures and tell me what he thinks is happening. My son: "I don't know what is happening". I don't either.

So I tell my son the very disturbing story that is The Chicken Thief. A fox comes into a backyard gathering of animal friends and nabs a chicken. The fox goes running through the woods with the hen all the while closing her beak so she can't scream out. The chicken's friends go off chasing after the fox to save the chicken. A couple of days go by (and pages of increasing weirdness) until the chicken and the fox wind up falling in love in the oddest display of children's literature what the fuckery I've seen since reading Love You Forever.

I tried to make this story cute for my kid last night, but today I feel the overwhelming urge to make double sure my son knows it is not OK to be abducted. What kind of picture book is this?

1/10: Hated it


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Currently Reading | A Game of Thrones

At some point I will catch up on reviews, but in the mean time I am loving my no-plan year of reading. I'm just picking up whatever sounds great at the time. Last week I enjoyed an Urban Fantasy book called The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. I really didn't know what it was all about going into it, but when The Man Eating Bookworm says to read something, I've been known to read it.

Now I'm about a third of the way through A Game of Thrones. I'm surprised how good it is. I was worried everyone loved it just because they love the show, but it really is a great read so far. I imagine I will get sucked into the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Have you read A Game of Thrones? Do you watch the show? A friend gave us the first season on DVD but we've only had time to watch a few episodes. It's definitely not one I can watch with my three little munchkins around.

I have no idea what I'll pick up next, but I'm in the mood for something scary. I tried to read Gretchen McNeil's Ten, but it was not for me. I think I'd be better off picking up the Agatha Christie original instead.

Have a great week! Be sure to let me know what you are reading this week (or leave me a link so I can visit!).

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Notable New Release | City of a Thousand Dolls by Mirian Forster


Only one new release caught my eye last week. It was City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster. It first caught my eye because the cover reminds me of the Southern Oracle from The Neverending Story. Man I love that movie. (I should say book, but I haven't read it.) After losing myself in my memories of Atreyu, the description for City of a Thousand Dolls sounded pretty awesome, too.

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
February 5th 2013

The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. She makes her way as Matron's errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city's handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls' deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but also her life.

What did I miss last week? Are there any other new releases I should know about? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this past week.


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Notable New Book Releases | Jan. 27 - Feb. 2

These are the new book releases that caught my eye this week:

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
January 29th 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Lilith by Toby Tate
January 29th 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

Before evil had a name, there was LILITH.

Something has come aboard the U.S. Navy’s newest state-of-the-art super carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, something supernatural and as ancient as time itself.  And it’s taking over the crew one by one.

Reporter Hunter Singleton and his wife Lisa, guests invited aboard to witness a routine training mission off the coast of North Carolina, soon learn that the CIA is onboard as well, and that some of the ship’s crew are acting irrationally, even violently.  When an unexpected monster hurricane slams New York, the ship rushes to assist in the aftermath, and Hunter, Lisa and the crew are faced with the terrifying realization that whatever has come aboard the Ford must be stopped before it is set free on the streets of Manhattan.

But how do they fight something beyond human comprehension?  How do they kill something that may not even be alive? 

The clock is ticking…and Time itself is running out.

Clockwork Dolls by William Meikle
January 29th 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

Does all human passion, all memory, all imagination come merely from the chemistry in our brains, like the movements of a clock follow from the arrangement of its cogs and wheels?

Are we just clockwork dolls?

Or is there an organizing principle at work, something we can ask for answers to the important questions of existence... something that might answer?

Dave Burns has asked.

Now he, and his friends, might not live long enough to understand the reply.

Did any of these books make it on to your shelves this week? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week.


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