Antici…..pation – November 2014

November, cooler temperatures, shorter days (so much shorter) – it means evenings spent reading. Summaries come from edelweiss.

Cover artwork for Mortal Heart The book:  Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Publisher & date:  HMH Books for Young Readers, Nov. 4
Publisher description: “In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

“She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.”

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Cover artwork for The Walled CityThe book:  The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Publisher & date:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nov. 4
Publisher description: The Maze Runner meets Legend in this realistic race against the clock to escape a lawless labyrinth

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.

18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

“DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….
“JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….
“MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..
“In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.”
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The book:  Tainted Blood: A Generation V Novel by M. L. Brennan
Publisher & date:  Roc, Nov. 4
Publisher description: “When the leader of a powerful shifter group is murdered, it’s up to Fortitude Scott to navigate dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas to track down a killer. And even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to find the paranormal assassin…”
(Me: Thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 of this urban fantasy – will be reading 3 shortly!)
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The book:  Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne
Publisher & date:  Harper Voyager Impulse, November
Publisher description: “Everybody in Chicago has a “superhero sighting” story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she’s rescued by superhero Blaze, it’s a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again. Now the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just her boyfriend, Jeremy, in disguise.

“Gail’s not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she’s probably doomed. Who will save her now?

“Yet, miraculously, the villains lose interest. Gail is able to return to her life … until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn’t read the news. After escaping—now more than human herself—she’s drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She’ll have to come to terms with her powers (and weaknesses) to make it in the new society, and it’s not easy. After all, there’s a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.”

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The book: Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrathlike water on stone
Publisher & date: Delacorte Press, Nov. 11
Publisher description: “It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.
“Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen’s way. But when the Ottoman pashas set in motion their plans to eliminate all Armenians, neither twin has a choice.
“After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, they flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. But the children are not alone. An eagle watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.”
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citizen simThe book:  Citizen Sim: Cradle of the Stars by Michael Solana
Publisher & date:  Prospecta Press, November
Publisher description: “Johnny Clark is an ordinary, teenaged slacker from an ordinary family in an ordinary town. But when he wakes up on his fifteenth birthday with memories and abilities that don’t belong to him, he’s strangely compelled to build a machine that turns him invisible and erases his entire life. Now, with the help of Layla Storm, a rambunctious, teenaged girl with a taste for trouble and a secret that could end the world, he must escape demonic creatures and a lethal band of interstellar assassins as he races to uncover the extraordinary truth about his past.

“The duo’s only hope for survival lies in the mysterious clues left by the enigmatic Citizen Sim, a rogue hacker who will either save Johnny’s life or be his end, but not before pushing him head first into a kaleidoscopic future world that is as dazzling as it is dangerous.”