Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New in Paperback (U.S.): Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant book 1)

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant book 1) by Derek Landy was just released in paperback in the U.S.

Description: Gordon Edgley recently died and young Stephanie, his niece, got a surprise when she came to the reading of his will, when almost his entire cast of possesions and property are left to HER rather then her weaselly uncle or her two delightfully snobbish and impolite cousins, or perhaps the odd friend of Gordon Edgley's, Skulduggery Pleasant who speaks in phrases like "Good luck with whatever you decide to do with your life." It was altogether shocking. Shortly afterward, chance brings her to her Uncle Gordon's house, a man breaks in with intent to kill, but is stopped by Skulduggery Pleasant, who appears to be a fire throwing skeleton. Soon, strange events begin to unfold around Stephanie and Skulduggery Pleasant, and in the end, they are the only ones that can stop a dark magic from being unleashed on the worlds.
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Just released (U.S.): The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 (The Softwire book 2)

The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 (The Softwire book 2) by PJ Haarsma was just released in the U.S.

Description: Johnny Turnbull - JT to his friends - is a softwire: he has the rare and highly prized ability to communicate mentally with computers. But JT and his friends are indentured servants. They were born from frozen embryos on a seed-ship, and their parents, who were already dead before the children were born, sent the children to the Rings of Orbis in hopes of a better life. JT and the other children will have to work off their parents' debt for the passage as servants on Orbis; when their term is ended, they will have the opportunity to apply to become citizens. In the first book, Virus on Orbis 1, JT had to solve the problem of a malfunction with the central computer, while trying to prove that he wasn't the once causing the problem. Now, JT, his sister Ketheria, and the other children in their group have other problems. Their guarantor, Weegin, is essentially bankrupt, and instead of turning the children over to the Keepers as directed, he takes them to Orbis 2 to sell them. JT ends up with a new job, communicating with the Samirans, huge aliens who live in the water and are responsible for cooling the crystals harvested on Orbis. Because of his softwire abilities, JT is the only one who can communicate directly with the Samirans. The Samirans are upset, and it's JT's job to find out why before the Samirans can disrupt the upcoming harvest of the critical Crystal of Life. If he succeeds, he'll be a hero on Orbis. If he fails, the consequences will be enormous. But JT learns that there are dirty secrets lurking under the surface of Orbis, and that there is more at stake than success or failure of the harvest.
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Forthcoming book (U.S.): Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi will be released on June 1, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: Above all, before everything. Balsa is a fighter. She protects children and adults, the rich and the poor, in a quest to redeem eight lives lost for her sake. She is a master of the short spear and expert in the martial arts, dazzling even her opponents with her fearlessness in combat. And she will need every one of her skills in her latest job: guarding the Second Prince, Chagum. For the prince is the Moribito - the Guardian of the Spirit - chosen to deliver the egg of the Water spirit to its home in the distant sea. If he fails, a drought will devastate the land of New Yogo. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster, Rarunga...and the prince's own father.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Just released (U.S.): The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride book 4)

The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride book 4) by James Patterson was just released in the U.S.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

New in paperback: Skulduggery Pleasant


Skulduggery Pleasant will be released in paperback on March 25. The new edition includes bonus extras: an interview with Skulduggery himself, and a new, humorous short story about him. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

New Book Review: Freewalker (The Longlight Legacy book 2)

New review of Freewalker (The Longlight Legacy book 2) by Dennis Foon posted by David.

Description: Roan's village was destroyed, everyone he knew killed. His sister was taken to the City, and he doesn't know what's happened to her. He underwent many trials and adventures, meeting up with a disease survivor called Lumpy and eventually reaching the town of Fairview, where he met one of the mysterious Dirt Eaters who had helped him through his journey by sending guidance. But Roan hasn't yet found peace- The children in Fairview have been meeting a terrible fate for years, sent away to The City to meet their certain doom. Roan, Lumpy, and the dirt eater, manage to escape with the children and start the seeds of a new town to shield the children and themselves. But Roan begins to become suspicious of his Dirt Eater friend, and it soon seems that everyone has ulterior motives... Meanwhile, his sister, Stowe, has been turned into a celebrity goddess in The City. But soon enough she discovers that she is being used, and plots to escape and wreak revenge on those who had fooled her. Roan and Stowe both struggle in different ways, but betrayal is all around, and both siblings soon discover something strange and horrible inside both of them...
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Forthcoming book (U.S.): Ink Exchange

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr will be released on April 29, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: On the surface, Leslie seems like a normal teen, but she hides the truth of her life from her friends. Ever since her mother left, Leslie's life has been difficult. Her father has basically abdicated responsibility for the family, and Leslie's drug-addicted brother controls the house. Leslie tries to pay the bills when she can, and stay out of the way of her brother's drug dealing cronies—especially since some of those cronies raped her with her brother's permission for payment of his debt. Leslie lives in fear, but she's determined to take control of her life. She decides to get a tattoo as a symbol, a promise to herself, and a way to reclaim her own body. One of Leslie's friends is Aislinn, the new Summer Queen of the faerie. But Aislinn is keeping her own secrets—she doesn't tell Leslie about her new faerie life, or that her new friends are not human. Aislinn wants Leslie to have as normal a life as possible, so she has forbidden any of the faerie to reveal themselves or their nature to Leslie. But keeping secrets can have unforeseen consequences. Leslie doesn't realize that her new tattoo will tie her to the faerie King of the Dark Court, Irial. Nor does she know that Aislinn's friend Niall, who appears to show an interest in her, is really a faerie whose powers are devastating to mortals. As Leslie becomes more closely tied to the Dark Court, she finds the darkness exhilarating and liberating. But the price that Leslie has to pay for freedom from fear may be more than she is willing to pay.
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New Book Review: Ink Exchange

New review of Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr posted by Sheila.

Description: On the surface, Leslie seems like a normal teen, but she hides the truth of her life from her friends. Ever since her mother left, Leslie's life has been difficult. Her father has basically abdicated responsibility for the family, and Leslie's drug-addicted brother controls the house. Leslie tries to pay the bills when she can, and stay out of the way of her brother's drug dealing cronies—especially since some of those cronies raped her with her brother's permission for payment of his debt. Leslie lives in fear, but she's determined to take control of her life. She decides to get a tattoo as a symbol, a promise to herself, and a way to reclaim her own body. One of Leslie's friends is Aislinn, the new Summer Queen of the faerie. But Aislinn is keeping her own secrets—she doesn't tell Leslie about her new faerie life, or that her new friends are not human. Aislinn wants Leslie to have as normal a life as possible, so she has forbidden any of the faerie to reveal themselves or their nature to Leslie. But keeping secrets can have unforeseen consequences. Leslie doesn't realize that her new tattoo will tie her to the faerie King of the Dark Court, Irial. Nor does she know that Aislinn's friend Niall, who appears to show an interest in her, is really a faerie whose powers are devastating to mortals. As Leslie becomes more closely tied to the Dark Court, she finds the darkness exhilarating and liberating. But the price that Leslie has to pay for freedom from fear may be more than she is willing to pay.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just released (U.S.): The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice book 4)

The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice book 4) by Joseph Delaney was just released in the U.S.

Description: The witches are rising, and the three most powerful witch clans are rumored to be uniting in order to conjure up unimaginable evil—in the form of the Devil himself. Tom Ward and Mr. Gregory (aka the Spook) set off to Pendle to avert the unthinkable. But before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home to collect the trunks his mother left behind for him. What dark family secrets are contained in the trunks? Will they place Tom's family in even greater danger? Or will Mrs. Ward's secrets save the Spook, Tom...and the day?
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Forthcoming book (U.S.): Queste (Septimus Heap book 4)

Queste (Septimus Heap book 4) by Angie Sage will be released on April 8, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans - they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?
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