Time to regale you with my new bookish acquisitions once more. This time, I purchased two books and received two review copies.
From Harlequin AU and Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry via NetGalley, and Andrea K Höst I received the following review copies:
- Ink by Amanda Sun
- Hunting by Andrea K Höst — already reviewed
- iD by Madeline Ashby
- Playing Tyler by TL Costa
And I purchased
- Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik (in paperback! Gasp!)
- Tankborn by Karen Sandler
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I have been a little slow on the reviewing front of late. This is partly medical (I’m well enough to go to work, but not to do much else besides) and partly because I’ve been One Small Step which is a short story collection and it’s much harder to plough through several unrelated short stories by different authors than it is a novel.
But, that said, since my last New Booksies post, I’ve acquired a small number of exciting new books, all of which I’m really looking forward to.
From Simon Petrie and the lovely people at Peggy Bright Books, I received Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear, an anthology edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie, and filled with Aussie spec fic.
From Del Rey Spectra via NetGalley, I received Blood of Tyrants, the latest (upcoming-est?) instalment in Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, set around Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, I believe. I haven’t actually read the previous one, Crucible of Gold (set in South America), because Harper Collins UK/Aus seem to not have got the rights to it (yet?) but I’ve ordered the almost released paperback from Book Depository so I’ll have plenty of time to read it before Blood of Tyrants. And in case you haven’t heard of the Temeraire books, think Napoleonic Wars plus dragons.
And from Angry Robot, also via NetGalley, I received Any Other Name by Emma Newman, the sequel to Between Two Thorns which I reviewed quite recently (fast publication schedules and fairly advanced ARCs FTW). I’m excited to get back to this world, too.
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I went on a bit of a non-counting towards restrictions book buying spree over the weekend because I was sick and feeling sorry for myself and it was some sort of public holiday. I recovered from the sick the day after the purchase which strongly indicates to me that I should’ve bought all the books earlier. Obviously.
I bought Lab Rat One and Caszandra by Andrea K Höst, the rest of the Touchstone Trilogy that started with Stray. And because I saw it and half of it was Aurealis shortlisted, I also bought her Medair duology (in one volume with, sadly, a less nice cover than the separate novels).
I also bought Rare Unsigned Copy, a short story collection by Simon Petrie and Blood and Dust, the multi-award nominated novel by Jason Nahrung. And not part of my buying spree but bought as an achievement unlocked book, Valley of Shields by Duncan Lay, the sequel to Bridge of Swords.
I received two review copies this week: The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke, the sequel to The Assassin’s Curse, which I loved last year; and Awakening by Karen Sandler, the sequel to Tankborn which I’ve been meaning to get a hold of and haven’t gotten around to (and which has a prettier cover than the sequel).
On a related note, you might be interested in having a look at my speculative fiction round up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, over on their website.
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New books! This time I have two purchases and two review copies.
I received Rise of the Fallen by Teagan Chilcott, a young Indigenous Australian author, from the publisher. It’s urban fantasy and set in Australia (Brisbane I think) so I’m looking forward to reading it.
I also got the short story collection The Best of Connie Willis from the publisher via NetGalley. Need I really say more? All the stories included were award winners (Hugos, Nebulas, etc).
On the purchasing front, I got the latest collection in the Twelve Planets series from Twelve Planet Press thanks to my ebook subscription. The collection is Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer and I hadn’t read any of her stories before. If you saw my review of Asymmetry, you’ll know that I was thoroughly impressed with it.
I also pre-ordered some time ago (and spent a +1 achievement unlocked book purchase on) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Claire, the final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy. I’m excited to finish off this series, partly because the ending promises to be memorable. And also because I got one of the collectors editions with the (surprisingly glossy!) family tree at the back.
Yay for new books!
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I got a bunch of books for review this time around! I also bought one achievement unlocked book: Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott. It was originally a toss-up between it and her earlier book Madigan Mine, but I couldn’t find the latter in ebook form. Moral of this story? A large publisher lost a sale to a small press that was on the digital ball. Looking forward to reading Perfections and I’m in the mood for something dark.
From FableCroft, the Aussie small press, I received review copies of One Small Step, an upcoming anthology of Australian speculative fiction edited by Tehani Wessely, and The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, a collection of short stories by Jo Anderton (author of Debris and Suited).
Via NetGalley, I got:
- Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior by PJ Tierney from Harper Collins AU (it doesn’t have a cover yet), about Kung Fu and China and magic — a winning combination from a new Australian author.
- Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near from Random House AU. A YA which has been described as “dark bubblegum-gothic” by the publisher and as a “pulp-fable about grunge girls, the occult, and slightly sinister talking rabbits” by the début author, another Australian.
- Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon from Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot). It’s about a girl who wants to be an exoveterinarian, yes a vet for alien creatures. Sounds cool, right?
- School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins from Hyperion (Disney Book Group). It’s set in the same world as the Hex Hall series, which I quite enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to returning. (Hex Hall reviews) And I’m quite glad the US covers are continuing the theme from Hex Hall, because those were rad. (Pity the UK/Aus covers were a bit boring.)
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I’ve acquired some new books since my last New Booksies post, ergo, time for another!
From NetGalley I received Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Meade. I think this is her first foray into space opera (at least it sounds like space opera but I’m unclear as to whether there’s any actual space travel involved). It will be interesting to see how it turns out. I’ve enjoyed her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books a lot, but I haven’t read any of her other adult books. I am interested!
I have purchased The Opposite of Life by Narrelle M Harris because I couldn’t not read it immediately after reading Walking Shadows. Review forthcoming shortly.
I also purchased The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson, a science fictional story written in verse which is on the inaugural Stella Award longlist. I felt I should check it out because how often does science fiction get recognised by literary awards? And also because no one has yet reviewed as part of AWW. But what really got me was the Kobo sample. It was surprisingly engaging from the start.
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This time, I purchased some books and also received some ARCs from publishers. The purchased ones happened first so I’ll start there.
I decided to spend an achievement unlocked book on Unearthly by Cynthia Hand because it was on sale as part of a first book in the series is cheaper thing on iTunes. And also because, even though I haven’t had much luck with angel books, a couple friends whose opinions I trust have assured me it’s really good.
A while ago I pre-ordered Gail Carriger’s Etiquette and Espionage and now it’s out and I’m looking forward to reading it (just as soon as I catch up on my February ARCs because real life continues to be demanding). You may remember me mentioning it in my books most looked forward to post.
Then from the publishers via NetGalley I received Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells which is a Strange Chemistry book, so it must be good (if past experience is anything to go by). (Strange Chemistry being the YA imprint of Angry Robot.) And if you look carefully, you’ll see this isn’t quite the finished cover…
And I got The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa from Harlequin Teen (AU) which is the sequel to Blood of Eden, which was one of my favourite reads of 2012. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectations and continues to put an interesting spin on the vampire mythos. (And I’m not 100% sure if this is the final cover, but it’s the only one I could find that wasn’t definitely a place-holder.)
From Random House AU, I got The Asylum by John Harwood, a Tasmanian author. The blurb tells me it’s gothic suspense so I’m hoping I’ll be able to count it towards my horror reading challenge. From what I gathered he usually writes more Literary things, but I’m hoping the gothic suspense parts and the historical Britain aspect will prevent me flashing back to reading Tim Winton in high school.
And finally, I almost forgot, I’ve received the two most recent issues of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM) for review: issues 56 and 55. Which were published in that order due to a wormhole mix-up. I used to be an ASIM subscriber earlier on, but stopped due to Poor Student Syndrome and never got around to it again mostly because of my alarming TBR. But yay for reading more Aussie and international short fiction!
Yay, books and things!
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Ish because I’ve kind of already read them all, but it doesn’t seem fair to not include them in a New Booksies post. I have a couple of achievement unlocked book purchases which I haven’t spent yet… but I’ve been so slammed at work, I’m not even sure what I want to read tonight, let alone which books to move from my want list to my TBR.
But anyway, on to the books I acquired since my last new booksies post!
I got a review copy of Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski from the author. You can read my review here. It’s a YA werewolf story in a traditional fantasy setting. And, bonus, it’s a standalone. I think it would make a good transition book between YA and “grown-up” fantasy.
From Penguin Australia via NetGalley, I received review copies of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. You can read my review of The Fault in Our Stars here — a heartbreaking story about teenagers with cancer — but you’re going to have to wait until closer to the release date to read my review of The Indigo Spell. It’s out on February 12th (world wide, I believe). Both are worth a read.
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Time for another post filled with exciting new books. Have I mentioned I like books? I bet you couldn’t tell from this blog ;-p
From NetGalley I got:
- Hysteria by Megan Miranda thanks to Bloomsbury UK/ANZ
- The Holders by Julianna Scott thanks to Strange Chemistry
Because it was (temporarily, I think) free on iTunes, I downloaded Stray by Andrea K Höst, whose And All The Stars I loved last year. Stray is book one of her Touchstone trilogy, which is SF-y.
And then I spent my achievement unlocked books on a few pre-orders (which I’ll mention when they actually arrive) and two SF novellas by Aussies (if you’re curious, in my book buying system, two novellas = one novel/collection/anthology). Both will be counting towards by Aussie SF reading challenge and I’m rather looking forward to reading them.
- Rayessa and the Space Pirates by Donna Maree Hanson
- Flight 404 by Simon Petrie
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New Booksies: epic end of 2012 haul
It’s been a long time since I did a New Booksies post. So long, in fact, that I have acquired rather a lot of new books since my last post. I should have done an intermediate post but… I didn’t. There was business and laziness and travels, and now it’s Christmas. And since there are books to be had for Christmas, I decided to post this on New Year’s Eve, since only then can it be all inclusively end of 2012-ish.
I have a lot of books to report. In vaguely chronological order and by category, here it goes…
eARCs from NetGalley:
- Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Cassandra Clare
- Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (Bloomsbury UK/ANZ)
- Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (Angry Robot)
Books that flew here from Australia (with my mum):
- The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling - passed on to me by my mum
- Salvage by Jason Nahrung - free courtesy of Twelfth Planet Press, due to an issue with the print run (which took me a while to work out). Reviewed already.
Paper books bought from a Real Book Shop (while spending my accrued achievement unlocked books from my read-three-buy-one scheme):
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
- The Mermaid’s Madness by Jim C Hines
- Havenstar by Glenda Larke (writing as Glenda Noramly) - which I’ve already read in long-out of print paper form (acquired second hand thanks to a friend with a second hand book business). But I wanted to support the author, who is one of my favourites, and also to make my husband read it (since the paper book is on another continent). Also, I like this cover more than the old school cover of the original (which was indeed from the 90s, but still).
- Transgressions by Phillip Berrie - already reviewed
And then the actual Christmas haul:
- Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - already read and reviewed
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia
- Ash by Malinda Lo
And then I bought some more books, because they were cheap:
- After The Darkness by Honey Brown — Australian author and the book sounds like psychological horror, so that will fit nicely with my horror challenge
- The Penguin Thriller Trilogy — a pack of three books (which aren’t a trilogy!):
- I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore — seen the movie, was interested enough to read the book so I could read the sequel and find out what happens. Although, having started it, I can’t get the movie out of my head and I wish I’d read it first!
- Legend by Marie Lu — one I’ve seen around a lot but don’t know much about. Until I read the blurb I actually assumed it had a male lead because of the cover. Whoops!
- Matched by Ally Condi — which I’m not actually that keen on, given the premise (arranged marriage dystopia, overcome by LOVE), but might as well give it a go and decide for myself.
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