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Waiting on Wednesday (3): Wednesday 22 August 2012

Welcome to
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.

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Emilie and the hollow world by martha wells

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While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.

Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.

With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

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I think that Emilie and the Hollow World sounds like a cross between Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.  It sounds exciting and entertaining.

Emilie and the Hollow World is published by Strange Chemistry and is released in April 2013 in the UK and the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.

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zenn scarlett by christian schoon

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Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 15-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she’s specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back.

But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves.

Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery – and live to tell about it – Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be.

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Can’t wait to read all about the alien animals as Zenn Scarlett solves the mystery of how the animals are escaping.

Zenn Scarlett is published by Strange Chemistry and is released in May 2013 in the UK and the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.

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Two exciting books to look forward to seeing in the shops.  If you want to know more, 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.

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Waiting on Wednesday (2): Wednesday 15 August 2012

Welcome to
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.

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Broken by A. E. Rought

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.

And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

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Oooh! Spooky! I do love a paranormal mystery! Broken definitely looks to fit that particular penchant if mine. This will probably sound pedantic, however, I do think that last sentence of the blurb ought to read: “… creatures she surely knows should have died…” since in the first part of the sentence we’re told they are in fact living and the “… must have died …” implies they are dead.  Well, I did warn you!

Broken is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 03 January 2013 in the UK and 01 January 2013 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam

R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

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Pantomime sounds like an other world novel in the tradition of Ursula Le Guin and Andre Norton. Other world stories are my favourite style of sci-fi novel; I’ve devoured many of them in my time!

Pantomime is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 07 February 2013 in the UK and 05 February 2013 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.

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The Holders by Julianna Scott

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17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.

She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece find out information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

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I’m intrigued by the precis of The Holders and am looking forward to reading it.  Hidden potential stories are always peculiarly satisfying.

The Holders is published by Strange Chemistry and is released on 07 March 2013 in the UK and 05 March 2013 in the US/Canada and internationally as an ebook.

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Three exciting books to look forward to seeing in the shops.  If you want to know more, 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.

Waiting on Wednesday (1): Wednesday 08 August 2012

Welcome to
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.

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POLTERGEEKS by SEAN CUMMINGS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.