Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Genre: YA Sci fi
Select Books in NY
Summary from Goodreads:
In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything. Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back. When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all? When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.
I am officially an Audible addict, and books like this only add to my need to read, er, listen. Although there is a bit of a buildup, I didn’t find this too be too slowly paced for the greater part of the book. It wasn’t nearly as choppy as you might expect from a duo, although there were times when I think I could definitely hear one author over another. As a scifi story it stands up well to current YA offerings, but it’s also more than that. It’s a look into the sometimes painful part of realizing that you might not be like everyone else, and while not always, this can be a dangerous thing. Especially in an age when conformity is mandatory. Eerie and thought provoking, this makes for a thrilling listen and might not be best right before bed time if you actually want to get any sleep.
About the Authors
SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.
COLETTE FREEDMAN– An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musicalSerial Killer Barbie can be heard here.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences(Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.
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Queen of Chaos
(The Fourth Element #3)
Publication date: January 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Persepolae has fallen.
Karnopolis has burned.
As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius’s father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn’t understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…
A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?
And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer’s bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress’s plans?
As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas’ origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.
But, but, I don’t want it to be over! Well, if it had to end, I don’t think Ross could have given a more satisfying conclusion. The most emotionally draining and thrilling yet, Queen of Chaos took our beloved characters to their limits and beyond. Any fan of the series will understand that these are not for people seeking a light bubblegum read, and if you’re new to the series, now you know. I’m not going to ruin it for anyone, but I will say I had some really good guesses on a couple things, but never had imagined the true origins of the deavas I’m so glad that I found this series last year, and honestly am grateful we really didn’t have much of a wait between books. This should be your next binge read for sure!
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
Here we have a novel being compared to two of my all time favorite movies, so my first thought is, awesome. Second thought, completely ignore the comparison so you’re not let down if it doesn’t quite live up to such lofty expectations. Sometimes I’m really glad I listened to myself. This was certainly a compelling read and had some very tense moments, coupled with some very introspective times with the mc. However, I just didn’t quite find there to be enough explanation for most of the major plot points, nor was there much in the way of creating a believable atmosphere. I’m totally fine with character driven stories, and this would definitely be one. However, I really wanted to know more about Rachel’s year than the snippets we’re given. Perhaps the author had originally planned a series rather than a one off, and didn’t quite go back and fill in for what would have been explored later. If you’re looking for a quick thriller for your weekend, or in many people’s case, unexpected snow day, grab this one-sitting page turner!
CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.
With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.
Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.
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Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY – a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is 25 pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest – and only – real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.
Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.
Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.
I’m not going to pretend that I don’t already love this author, but I promise to be honest in my assessment of this audiobook. This was my first experience with Narrator Erin Spencer and honestly I was worried. Would she be able to impart Carlie’s youthful certainty, snark, and not quite cynical yet not quite optimistic disposition without becoming annoying? Answer: yes. Yes and more yes. She nailed the part and never veered into whiny teen territory, which is perfect for a book about a fairly self-assured young woman who comes from a long line of witches. I enjoyed the high production quality and sense of being part of the story even more so than reading the text versions. There weren’t any distracting effects or odd background noises, and I was able to fully immerse myself in the listening experience. If you enjoy books with mysteries to be solved, selves to discover, and deeply hidden truths to be told, with a touch of the supernatural, you’ll love Halfway Dead!
What was your favorite hobby as a child and do you still participate in this activity?
Let me explain this by way of a family tradition. Every time we went into a nice restaurant, my mom would look me over for fish scales. She usually found them. I fished, thought about fishing, swam and fished at the same time, and drew, painted, and collected art about fish. Other than that, I was reading. Between those two things, I’m not sure I slept until I was. . .fifteen, maybe?
How do you balance your writing, family and work time?
Okay, my son is eight. I was forty when he was born, and I discovered that among all the things I was meant to be, his father was one of them. My wife and I are soaking his childhood in, and loving it. To be candid, I would rather not sleep. I can write late at night, hang with the family during the day and evening, and feel like my heart if going to burst from joy. I waited all my life to feel this way, and writing is the dessert.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions, if so feel free to share one!
I started a complete nightmare this New Year’s– Terry’s Pushup Challenge. To my absolute horror, I’m winning.
Your lead character in the Halfway Witchy series, Carlie, is headstrong, witty, adventurous and well, witchy. Were any particular people in your life an inspiration for this character?
My mom was sick with breast cancer for sixteen years before she passed. After she died, I learned more about my mom as a person, and found that Suzy Grabowski was an interesting young woman. She grew up in a restaurant, loved pie, and was funny and honest. I found a lot in her to transfer, and Carlie will continue to grow as I do, and as her story grows. In that sense, I keep my family alive in my books.
I love the small town atmosphere of Halfway, and wonder if you grew up in a small town or live in one now?
Absolutely. I moved from South Florida to Upstate New York on December 27th of 1981. You cannot imagine my culture shock. I was a beach rat who found himself in the ultimate small town, and I loved it.The Diner is, of course, taken from my own life. Our family restaurant was named after my grandparents– Ted N Peg’s Pie Stand– and it’s a huge part of my writing. So is pie. As in, I love it. Seriously.
Where would you most like to set a story, somewhere you haven’t yet used?
I’m on my way with this one– nineteenth century Paris, during the Belle Epoque. It’s no secret I have a crush on Delphine, my character from The Fearless, and I’m going to dive into the gritty, flashy, gorgeous mess of Paris during the absolute height of fashion and beauty. It’s just before the utter horror of World War One, so it fits Delphine. She’s so many things, and Paris will be her playground.
Jan. 2: Dab of Darkness (Review)
Jan. 3: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Jan. 4: Que Sara Sera (Review & Spotlight)
Jan. 5: Terri Loves Books (Review & Author Interview)
Jan. 6: Guilty Indulgence Book Club (Review)
Jan. 7: The Owlery (Review)
Jan. 8: Ribbon Reviews (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Jan. 10: Chapter Break (Review & Author Interview)
Jan. 11: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Jan. 12: Smada’s Book Blog (Review & Audio Excerpt)
Jan. 13: Mama Reads (Review & Author Interview)
Jan. 14: Bound 4 Escape (Review & Audio Excerpt)
Jan. 15: Avid Book Collector (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
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This is your year of self-discovery, a journey to create a life filled with grace, meaning, zest, peace, and joy. With warmth and wisdom from a lifetime of spiritual seeking, inspirational force Agapi Stassinopoulos guides you through fifty-two weeks of letting go of what doesn’t work for you and finding what does. You’ll cultivate the building blocks of self-care (meditation, health, making time for yourself) and confront the common roadblocks we all face, like pouring your energy into other people or living in denial. You’ll explore your “conflict” areas, such as relationships, money, self-esteem, anxiety, and your childhood. And you’ll learn to trust your creativity, keep your heart open, and connect to the bigger spirit that lives inside you.
In my quest to find ways to ease my anxiety and depression, I often come across interesting books which sound as if they might be helpful. Wake Up to the Joy of You is one such book. Divided into 52 sections so that you can thoughtfully spend time meditating and learning about yourself each week for a year, it’s an easy introduction to the concept of Mindfulness, a philosophy and behavioral lifestyle gaining popularity in recent years, even though it’s an ancient practice. However, if you’re already well-versed in the concept of Mindfulness, and looking to explore the idea further and deepen your meditation practice, I’d recommend something else. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ll most likely appreciate the anecdotal style and guided meditations just as a beginner would. There are many wonderful quotes and stories to help explain the different ways in which you can be more present, and thus more joyful, and of course the design of the book is beautiful and calming too.
3.5 stars and my thanks to BloggingforBooks.com for the review opportunity!
Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker.
Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). Clinton delves into all these topics—and many more—in this thoroughly unabashedly frank and uproarious collection.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles nearer, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
By Elly Blake
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies–but together create a power that could change everything.
I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.
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Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Lucian Divine was actually the first Carlino book I’ve read and I’m now definitely open to checking out more of her work. That being said, there were some technical issues and personal pet peeves in this book that made it not quite stellar.
For one thing, there were several instances where the plot disappeared completely and no one (characters and readers included) knows what is going on. Maybe this is intentional but I think it shows a rushed hand.
Furthermore, the ending was, though not entirely surprising, rather confusing.
I’m not completely unsatisfied by any means.
In fact, I’d still recommend that people check out this book. I loved Evey, and sometimes I liked Lucian. Although, without giving any spoilers, there were certain things about him that made zero sense even within the context of the fiction of the story.
I can see that Carlino definitely has a way of making you want to find out what’s going to happen to the characters, and paints a steamy picture for new adult romance fans. I just wasn’t awed by this story. It might just be that I was super excited about the premise but found the actual execution to be a bit lacking.
Her strong points were the growth of the main character, the excitement of a forbidden romance, and the enduring spirit of one broken human being who gets put through some horrendous ordeals. So if you like books that take on this sort of slant, you’ll enjoy it!
I’ve got a new system this year with ratings every quarter mark from 1 stars through 5 stars, so this one gets 3.75 stars. My thanks to the publisher and tour host for the review opportunity!
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com