Daily Archives: 8 August, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (1): Wednesday 08 August 2012

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Waiting on Wednesday!!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. You can click on the picture at the top of this post to take you to the host’s blog.

Here are some upcoming books from Strange Chemistry, a relatively new imprint specialising in YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy.



PoltergeeksPoltergeeks by Sean Cummings

15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection.

In fact, there’s a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie’s high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it’s a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won’t just lose her mother’s soul, she’ll lose her mother’s life.


I have been approved for the NetGalley ARC of Poltergeeks and will be reading it this week, with the review to follow on.

Poltergeeks is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 04 October 2012 in the UK and 02 October 2012 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.


The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.


I have the NetGalley ARC for The Assassin’s Curse and plan to read it in the next fortnight, so watch out for my review.

The Assassin’s Curse is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 04 October 2012 in the UK and 02 October 2012 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.


Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard

Katya's WorldKatya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard

The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent.

Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career.

There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.


I hope to get hold of an early copy of Katya’s World; any book combining SF/F and submarines is a winner in my eyes!

Katya’s World is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 08 November 2012 in the UK and 06 November 2012 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.


Three exciting books to look forward to seeing in the shops.  If you want to know more, the links at the top will take you to the Goodreads pages and the links under “Strange Chemistry” will take you to their pages about the books in question where you can find links to your favourite online shops – and can pre-order.