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Where the Magic Happens…

Today, as a treat for a Friday, we thought it would be a great idea to show you the Strange Chemistry offices, where we decide on which books to publish and sign up tremendous new authors!

Here is the external shot of the office:

As you walk into the offices, you’re greeted with this view:

This is where we have our lunch:

This is my office area:

This is the view from the window:

And this is where we keep our books:

Umm, okay…… You’ve worked it out. We might be fibbing just a tiny bit, but we all can dream, right? *grins*

Happy Friday!

All About the Books Meme – with Julianna Scott

Another Wednesday and another fab edition of All About the Books, this time introducing the picks of Julianna Scott. This is the author bringing you a wonderful novel called The Holders in April 2013.

1) One Book That Changed My Life

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

Not a profound book in and of itself, but it was the first romance I ever read. Until that point, I had no idea book like that even existed, and I about cried for all the wasted years! I had always thought that romance novels were all cheesy, Fabio-style covered, rubbish, but I was so wrong, and I have Ms. Balogh–who is still one of my favorite authors–to thank for enlightening me.

2) One Book I’ve HAD to Read More Than Once

Anything I own!

I never read a book only once. If I like it I will reread my favorite parts, and if I love it I will wear it out. When I love a book enough to buy it, I will get it in hardback whenever I can because I will read paperbacks till they fall apart! Specific books I have HAD to by second copies of because of this issue are, Something Dangerous by Mary Balogh, Dark Lover by JR Ward, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

3) One Book I’d Want on a Desert Island

Jane Eyre

Favorite, favorite, favorite. Love, love, love. If you haven’t read it, you need to get on that. Like right now. Go.

4) One Book That Made Me Laugh

I Am A Genius Of Unspeakable Evil And I Want To Be Your Class President by Josh Leib

Picture Cartman of South Park writing a book, and that is pretty much it. That one I read for book club, and I don’t tend to read humor, though if I had to pick another, recently a friend of mine recommended a light paranormal romance that is about a Vampire who suffers from ED. That one was pretty hilarious–and a really good story, oddly enough. Don’t judge me. :)

5) One Book That Has Made Me Cry


Going to have to come out and admit that a book had never made me cry. Nor has a movie or a TV show for that matter. It’s not that I’m heartless, it’s just that deep down, I know it isn’t real. I appreciate the performance, (and writing is, in essence, a performance art) and I enjoy it thoroughly, but I have never been able to invest enough to cry, because deep down I know it is not really happening. (I should probably mention, I do not read non-fiction)

6) One Book I Wish I’d Written


The only books I can think of that I wish I had written, I wish that because I was absolutely loving the story and then it took what I felt a was wrong turn, and I wanted to fix it so the story went the way I wanted. So in respect to the authors–who of course have the right to write what ever they please–I don’t have an answer for this one. Though, I will say that most of the time, if it’s a story I like, I am happy I didn’t write it myself, because if I had, I wouldn’t have gotten the same enjoyment out of it.

7) One Book I Am Currently Reading

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

It’s a YA Paranormal about Mermaids that has come out recently, and was actually written by a ‘virtual’ friend of mine I met back when we were both querying.

8) One Book I Am Intending to Read

Rapture by Lauren Kate

The woman has been frustrating me for three years, and it is almost over!

Thanks Julianna!

Well, what d’you think? Anything here that resonates with you? Give some love in the comments!

How Many YA Series?

We all know just how many YA series there are kicking around, just how many worlds we are able to immerse ourselves into! So have you have totalled up the amount of series you’re currently working through? We have – and we’re astonished by the number that we’re invested in (and the number that we still need to get to!)

Here is our list:

1) Chronicles of Nick – Sherrilyn Kenyon (read 1)
2) Theodore Boone – John Grisham (read 1)
3) The Vampire Diaries – L J Smith (read 5)
4) Wintercraft – Jenna Burtenshaw (read 1)
5) Tales of the Ketty Jay – Chris Wooding (read 1)
6) Ghostgirl – Tonya Hurley (read 2)
7) Blue Bloods – Melissa de la Cruz (read 1)
8) Beka Cooper – Tamora Pierce (read 1)
9) Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy (read 1)
10) Ravenwood Mystery – Mia James (read 1)
11) Misadventures of Tallulah Casey – Louise Rennison (read 1)
12) Vampirates – Justin Somper (read 1)
13) 13 Treasures – Michelle Harrison (read 1)
14) Stonewylde – Kit Berry (read 1)
15) Eddie Savage – Peter Cocks (read 1)
16) Department 19 – Will Hill (read 1)
17) The Poison Diaries – Maryrose Wood (read 1)
18) The Nowhere Chronicles – Sarah Silverwood (read 1)
19) Miss Peregrine – Ransom Riggs (read 1)
20) Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor (read 1)
21) Mickey Bolitar – Harlan Coben (read 1)
22) Numbers – Rachel Ward (read 1)
23) Night School – C J Daugherty (read 1)
24) Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi (read 1)
25) Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (read 1)
26) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (read 1)
27) Bumped – Megan McCafferty (read 1)
28) Fever – Dee Shulman (read 1)
29) The Skyscraper Throne – Tom Pollock (read 1)
30) Caster Chronicles – Kami Garcia (read 3)
31) Revenants – Amy Plum (read 2)
32) House of Night – PC & Kristin Cast (read 2)
33) Graceling – Kristin Cashore (read 2)
34) Wolves of Mercy Falls – Mercy Stiefvater (read 2)
35) Divergent – Veronica Roth (read 1)
36) The Immortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare (read 1)

36 YA series! And that doesn’t include our adult series that we’re reading, which would add about the same number of series again!

What we want to know from you are:

– Which series are you reading? How many?
– Which of the above series should we make finishing a priority?
– Do you prefer series, trilogies, standalones?
– Which series should we be starting? (Morganville Vampires, Vampire Academy, etc)

All About the Books Meme – with Laura Lam

Once more we turn the spotlight on one of our wonderful authors and grill them about the books they adore! This time it is the turn of Laura Lam, the wonderful author of Pantomime, which we can’t wait to release in February 2013.

1) One Book That Changed My Life

I read this book when I was 15 and it totally changed the way I thought of books. It has a fantastic first line–“He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead.” I loved the far-future neo-Victorian feel of this Count of Monte Cristo retelling and the integration of the Tiger! Tiger! poem by William Blake. It’s a mishmash of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. The main character is unsympathetic and unreliable yet goes through a complete transformation. Near the end, a character is hit on the head and suffers synaesthesia (which I found so cool I wrote a sestina about synaesthesia and won $100 in a contest at university), and Bester had fun mixing the senses with wonderful phrases like “Indigo undulated with sickening speed like a slithering snake,” which I just love. This was definitely one of the books that turned me from a reader to a reader who wanted to write.

2) One Book I’ve HAD to Read More Than Once

This was another life-changing book, but also the book I’ve probably read the most number of times. I am really fond of the character Fitz and all the trouble he gets into. When I’m ill or really stressed, I come back to the Farseer trilogy again and again. I love the world-building, the prose, the magic and political systems, and how all of the characters find a way to get under your skin.

3) One Book I’d Want on a Desert Island

A Kindle would be nice, but the power source and internet connection might be a problem. Also: sand.

Can I cheat and choose a fictional book? The Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer from Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age would prove really useful to getting me off the desert island alive. I think it also has its own power source and is probably impervious to sand.

4) One Book That Made Me Laugh

I’m reading this book now and it’s hysterical. I love Mary Roach’s books—she’s an insatiably curious woman. She fixates on somewhat odd subjects—sex (Bonk), human corpses (Stiff), life in space (Packing for Mars)—and in Spook she investigates the human soul and the afterlife. She researches reincarnation in India, how much the soul might weigh, the ectoplasm specimen at Cambridge, et cetera. She’s witty and her personality peppers her prose. She loves adding footnotes of all the strange things she finds as she’s researching, from the decidedly odd to the humorous names that made her giggle.

5) One Book That Made me Cry

I challenge anyone to read this book and not cry. Seriously, Patrick Ness, you broke my heart. It’s the story of a young boy whose mother is sick with cancer, and at night, a monster hidden in his yew tree calls on him. It’s so gorgeously written and so powerful and moving. When I closed the book after reading the book, I was sobbing my heart out. Damn you/thank you, Patrick Ness.

6) One Book I Wish I’d Written

It’s more that I wish I had gotten to this premise first rather than writing this particular book. My writing style is nothing like Riggs, but I love the combination of creepy old photos, a grandfather with a mysterious past, and a hidden world tucked into a corner of Wales. I had some reservations about the book, but overall I thought the premise and atmosphere was so creepily fantastic. Plus, it’s sold really well and he’s gotten a movie deal—that’s nothing to sniff at, either!

7) One Book I’m Currently Reading

I’ve been meandering my way through the Gemma Doyle trilogy for the past few months. I keep wanting to rush but I’m savouring it. Again, I love the atmosphere and I’m a sucker for boarding school narratives, especially ones set in the Victorian era. Bray’s prose is lush and lovely, and she captures the friend-enemy relationships girls can have with each other very well. Going to be reading this book for a while yet though—it’s gigantic!

8) One Book I’m Intending to Read

This has been on my list for a few weeks, and slowly but surely I’m inching my way toward it. I’m interested in Victorian medicine, and so I’m really looking forward to this YA novel of a young boy from the slums of Edinburgh stumbling on the even darker underbelly of the city—Burke and Hare, the bodysnatchers, and their relationship to John Knox. I have a feeling it’ll be a really good read.

Thanks Laura!

How’s that? Any books here which catch your eye and make you want to read?

YA New Releases for June 2012

Woefully late on this, as per usual, but we honestly have a good excuse (y’know, apart from the whole ‘we’re getting fabulous books ready for publishing’ reason!) The first week of June we spent over in New York and pretty much offline! Although, yes, that doesn’t really provide the excuse for *this* week….. Well, better late than never – here are the 50 books we’ve found being published in June. Some real corkers amongst them, we think you’ll agree! Give us some comment love and let us know what you’re looking forward to most!

1) A Bad Day for Voodoo – Jeff Strand

In this hilariously bloody comedy, sixteen-year-old Tyler has never had a meaner teacher than Mr. Click. So when Mr. Click falsely accuses him of cheating on a test, Tyler lets his best friend Adam convince him that a bit of revenge is in order, using a voodoo doll.

Of course, Tyler doesn’t believe in voodoo. He’s just humoring his friend. But after he jabs the doll with a pin during class, he becomes an immediate believer. Not only does the doll work, it’s more powerful than he could have ever imagined, and now Tyler has a dead history teacher.

Then, due to circumstances a bit too convoluted to get into here (but trust us, they’re extremely entertaining), Tyler ends up with a voodoo doll of himself. Which gets stolen. And now Tyler, his girlfriend Kelley, and Adam must race across the city to get the doll back…before Tyler shares Mr. Click’s gruesome fate!

2) Blazing the Trail – Deborah Cooke

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Zoë Sorensson’s love life is heating up. Cute, loyal, and understanding, wolf shifter Derek is pretty much the perfect guy. He likes Zoë, and he knows what it’s like to have to keep a secret. Yet, Zoë can’t help but wish it was rebel rocker Jared asking her to the Valentine’s dance instead. But Jared’s too busy playing hot and cold with her heart, calling Zoë his dragon girl one minute and then taking special interest in her best friend the next.

Zoë is just about ready to breathe fire, especially once she uncovers a new threat that targets her friends. Although Zoë thought the Mages were defeated, they’re back and have invoked an old spell to give them new power—they plan to eliminate all shape shifters on the night of the big dance. Now, Zoë must lead an alliance of young shifters to battle the Mages and figure out exactly what—and who—she wants, before it all goes up in smoke…

3) Burn Mark – Laura Powell

Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .

4) The Circle – Sara B Elfgren

One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone – except them.

In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed. They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches, bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all. But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them.

High school is now a matter of life and death. Because the killing has only just begun.

5) Dark Frost – Jennifer Estep

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

6) Dust Girl – Sarah Zettel

Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in “the golden hills of the west”: California.

Along the way she meets Jack, a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company — there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.

7) False Covenant – Ari Marmell

A creature of the other world, an unnatural entity bent on chaos and carnage, has come to stalk the nighttime streets of the Galicien city of Davillon. There’s never a good time for murder and panic, but for a community already in the midst of its own inner turmoil, this couldn’t possibly have come at a worse one.

Not for Davillon, and not for a young thief who calls herself Widdershins.

It’s been over half a year since the brutal murder of Archbishop Wil­liam de Laurent during his pilgrimage to Davillon. And in all that time, Widdershins has truly tried her best. She has tried to take care of Genevieve’s tavern and tried to make a semihonest living in a city slowly stagnating under the weight of an angry and disapproving Church. She has tried to keep out of trouble, away from the attentions of the Davillon Guard and above the secrets and schemes of the city’s new bishop.

But she’s in way over her head, with no idea which way to turn. The Guard doesn’t trust her. The Church doesn’t trust her. Her own Thieves’ Guild doesn’t trust her.

Too bad for everyone, then, that she and her personal god, Olgun, may be their only real weapon against a new evil like nothing the city has ever seen.

8) Serpent’s Kiss – Melissa de la Cruz

Just as things have settled down in the off-the-map Long Island town of North Hampton for the magical Beauchamp family, everything gets turned upside down once more when Freya’s twin brother Fryr, or “Freddie” as he’s called now, returns from Limbo with shocking news – that it was none other than Freya’s fiancé, Killian Gardiner, who set up his downfall.

He begs Freya to keep his presence a secret, even from their own family, but somehow the irascible Freddie is still able to conduct many affairs with the town’s young lovelies from his self-imposed exile. Until he falls for the wrong girl.

While Freya tries to keep her brother from exacting revenge on the man she loves, Ingrid has her own problems. Her human boyfriend, Matt Noble, becomes entangled in a complicated investigation, and when the magical creatures at the center of it come to Ingrid for help, she has a difficult choice to make.

To top it off, a dead spirit is trying to make contact with Joanna – but does it mean to harm or warn the witches? All hell breaks loose at the family reunion over Thanksgiving, and much mayhem ensues, but when the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment is finally revealed, it may already be too late to staunch the poison that’s been released by the serpent’s kiss.

9) Silver – Rhiannon Held

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

10) Transcendence – C J Omololu

When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.

As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.

11) Rapture – Lauren Kate

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

12) Blood Moon – Alyxandra Harvey

When the vampire tribes convene for the rare Blood Moon ceremonies, Solange’s fight with her feral nature, a mysterious stranger, family secrets and forbidden magic put all of the Drakes in danger.

13) Arise – Tara Hudson

Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life…a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

14) Stunning – Sara Shepard

Full of darker secrets, juicier scandals, and deadlier plot twists, the latest arc of the #1 New York Times bestselling series continues to deliver fast-paced, tension-ridden drama.

After Alison DiLaurentis tried to kill them, Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna tried to get their lives back on track. But these girls just can’t stay out of trouble. First there was their disastrous trip to Jamaica, and their summer breaks were no less eventful. Now a new A is stalking them, taunting them with the very secrets these pretty little liars have been trying to forget. But this A doesn’t just want to blackmail the girls—this A is out for blood.

15) Flirting in Italian – Lauren Henderson

Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!

16) For Darkness Shows the Stars – Diana Peterfreund

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

17) The Reckoning – Alma Katsu

I turned to Luke and reached for him. My blood felt as though it had seized up in my veins.
“Lanny, what is it?” Luke asked.
I clutched his lapel desperately.
“It’s Adair. He’s free.”


He gave her immortality.
She tried to destroy him.
Now he is searching for her.
They must not meet.

Or there will be a RECKONING

18) Timepiece – Myra McEntire

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

19) Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

20) A Want so Wicked – Suzanne Young

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

21) My Life in Black and White – Natasha Friend

What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?

Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi’s face goes through a windshield. Now she’s not sure what’s worse: the scars she’ll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than just a pretty face.

22) Lies Beneath – Anne Greenwood Brown

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

23) One Moment – Kristina McBride

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

24) It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) – Julie Anne Peters

When Azure’s principal gives her the chance to turn the school’s traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders, she jumps at the opportunity. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends, Luke and Radhika, to join the prom committee as well.

Facing heavy opposition and admittedly clueless about prom logistics, the three friends are nonetheless determined to succeed — if Luke’s and Azure’s secret crushes on Radhika don’t push the committee members, and their friendships, to the breaking point first.

25) Surrender – Elana Johnson

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque…

26) All These Lives – Sarah Wylie

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

27) Unraveling – Elizabeth Norris

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her reincarnation, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

28) The Selection – Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

29) The Golden Lily – Richelle Mead

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

30) Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

31) Taken by Storm – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She’s prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting – though for what, Bryn doesn’t know. Still human, she must take her place in the werewolf Senate, the precarious democracy that rules the North American packs. Standing side by side with werewolves who were ancient long before she was ever born is enough of a challenge, but Bryn soon learns that the Senate has been called to deal with a problem: the kind of problem that involves human bodies, a Rabid werewolf, and memories that Bryn, Chase, and the rest of their pack would rather forget. With bodies stacking up and political pressure closing in from all sides, Bryn and her pack are going to have to turn to old enemies and even older friends for help – especially when it starts to look like this time, the monster might be one of their own.

32) Something Deadly This Way Comes – Kim Harrison

Technically dead 17-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

33) Storm – Brigid Kemmerer

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

34) Scarlet – A C Gaughen

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

35) Shine – Jeri Smith-Ready

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

36) Last Rite – Lisa DesRochers

With the help of the powerful angel Gabe and demon-turned-mortal Luc, Frannie has been able to stay one step ahead of the forces of Hell. But when the demons killed Frannie’s best friend and destroyed her brother, they raised the stakes. If Frannie wants to keep her family and friends safe, she knows she has no choice but to go on the run.

Their best defense is the power Frannie has been struggling to master, but her attempts to hone her skill go horribly awry. If Frannie doesn’t learn fast, the consequences could be devastating–even apocalyptic.

What happens when you can’t outrun Hell…or trust the ones you love?

37) After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall – Nancy Kress

The year is 2035. After ecological disasters nearly destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors—the last of humanity—are trapped by an alien race in a sterile enclosure known as the Shell. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six—children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one by one, the survivors grow sick and die, Pete and the Six struggle to put aside their anger at the alien Tesslies in order to find the means to rebuild the earth together. Their only hope lies within brief time-portals into the recent past, where they bring back children to replenish their disappearing gene pool. Meanwhile, in 2013, brilliant mathematician Julie Kahn works with the FBI to solve a series of inexplicable kidnappings. Suddenly her predictive algorithms begin to reveal more than just criminal activity. As she begins to realize her role in the impending catastrophe, simultaneously affecting the Earth and the Shell, Julie closes in on the truth. She and Pete are converging in time upon the future of humanity—a future which might never unfold. Weaving three consecutive time lines to unravel both the mystery of the Earth’s destruction and the key to its salvation, this taut adventure offers a topical message with a satisfying twist.

38) The Highgate Vampire – Asa Bailey

Kathy is an innocent, an outsider who longs to belong somewhere. Anywhere. Dreams of her half-sister Amber and of the centuries old Highgate Vampire are taking her to places she doesn’t want to go. Kathy can’t stop the sequence of events. If her nightmares and reality collide, the Highgate Vampire will come to take her soul…

39) What Boys Really Want – Pete Hautman

Lita is the writer. Adam is the entrepreneur. They are JUST FRIENDS.

So Adam would never sell copies of a self-help book before he’d even written it. And Lita would never try to break up Adam’s relationship with Blair, the skankiest girl at school. They’d never sabotage their friends Emily and Dennis. Lita would never date a guy related to a girl she can’t stand. They’d never steal each other’s blog posts. And Adam would never end up in a fist fight with Lita’s boyfriend. Nope, never.

Adam and Lita might never agree on what happened, but in this hilarious story from Pete Hautman, they manage to give the world a little more insight into what boys and girls are really looking for.

40) Tokyo Heist – Diana Renn

Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.

Her father’s newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone’s lives are in danger — including Violet’s and her father’s.

Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery — before it’s too late.

41) The False Prince – Jennifer Nielsen

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

42) Emma Hearts LA – Keris Stainton

Emma’s not sure that LA’s for her, but when she accompanies her sister Jane to an audition, a chance meeting with a teen TV star starts to change her new sunshine lifestyle for the better… But what about Oscar, so far her only friend in LA, who’s turning out NOT to be the idiot she thought he was?

Soon Emma begins to find herself torn between two boys and reconsidering her entire future.

Maybe LA’s not that bad after all.

43) Hollyweird – Terri Clark

My best friend, Des, and I totally freaked when we won the contest to meet THE Dakota Danvers in Hollywood. But now we’re finding out he’s SO not the angel everyone believes him to be. In fact, Dakota is the son of Satan, wreaking havoc on Hollywood and creating an evil army hellbent on world domination.

Lucky for us, Dakota’s super-cute personal assistant, Jameson, is a fallen angel trying to get his wings back, and he’s working undercover to squash his demon boss’s plan. If Jameson hadn’t taken me under his wing I’d be in serious trouble, because I’m a total newb when it comes to conquering evil. But, truth be told, that sexy angel’s got me all aflutter and may be one temptation I can’t resist.

44) Temptation – Karen Ann Hopkins

Your heart misleads you. That’s what my friends and family say. But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

45) Geekhood – Andy Robb

If you haven’t worked it out yet, girls don’t do this. They don’t come to the Hovel. They don’t like goblins and dragons. They don’t paint miniatures. They don’t play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don’t talk to Geeks like me especially if they’re pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you’re a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you… For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover … run for the hills … buy a new model elf… Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it’s time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl’s heart and shake off his Geekhood for good…

46) A Brighter Fear – Kerry Drewery

An impossible love story set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, A Brighter Fear will appeal to everyone who loved a gathering light.

This debut novel is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad, and it starts as the bombs fall in 2003. It is a love story: for a country, and for a person too. There is an object that is lost, but may yet be found again.

We can’t say much more without giving away what happens in this
beautiful, contemporary fairytale. Suffice it to say that it will break your heart… but then will put it back together again.

47) Before I Wake – Rachel Vincent

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school… Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…

48) Clarity – Kim Harrington

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother—who has supernatural gifts of his own—becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

49) Mirage – Kristi Cook

Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.

50) My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

So there you have it! A quick canter through the biggest and best releases of June – are there any that have caught your eye?

All About the Books Meme – with Kim Curran

Y’all know Kim, right? She’s the fabulously talented author of SHIFT, coming out oh-so-soon in September 2012. Here are her book choices for All About the Books. As always, give some love!

1) One Book That Changed My Life

The book that changed my life was Terry Pratchett’s Sourcery. Not because of some profound, doors of perception type moment. But because it was the first book to introduce me to the world of modern fantasy. I was 12, maybe 13, and spent most of my time reading Celtic, Greek and Norse Myths. I happily read Beowulf in old English (I’m not saying I understood it!) devoured The Morte D’Arthur, read and re-read The Odyssey (not in the original, obviously.) I was, in short, a right precocious brat. Then, I was chatting with a school friend, Louise Oliver, about myths and monsters she said, “You’ll love this.” And gave me my first Pratchett. It was like a light had been switched on. Tales of adventure and heroes and magic could not only be easy and enjoyable to read, they could be funny! Laugh out loud funny. And that was it. Reading went from being a mission to a joy.

Reading that book also, in a very real way, led to me meeting a handsome, charming 15-year-old boy, who is now my still charming, even more handsome 38-year-old husband.

2) One Book I’ve Had to Read More Than One

Give how aggressive that HAD looks, I instantly thoughts of books I was forced to read at school. Like Jane Sodding Eyre, which, I’m sorry to say, I’ve never liked. But if you mean I HAD to read it because it was just so utterly amazing then that would have to be The Rebel by Camus. It blew my mind when I read it at university and totally changed my worldview. A book I have read over and over, just because I loved it, is Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt. It’s about what happens when the Ring of the Nibelung is found by a less-than-average man in middle England and all the Norse gods turn up to get it back. It’s the book I turn to when I’m having a bad day, and I’ve read it so many times now it’s falling apart.

3) One Book I’d Want on a Desert Island

I would pick the SAS Survival Guide. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t last long enough to finish any other books I might have thought to bring. Either that or something very thick with really thin, soft paper, that I really didn’t like. As I doubt there would be much access to toilet roll on a desert island. ;-)

4) One Book That Made Me Laugh

Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman made me laugh so much that I actually did that snort coffee out of my nose thing that I didn’t really think was real. It was on a bus and I snorted it over the woman in front of me. She tutted and turned around. But when she saw what I was reading she shrugged and smiled and went back to her day.

5) One Book That Made Me Cry

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. That man is a master of making me cry. And I don’t cry easily. He did it to me in A Knife of Never Letting Go. But nothing like when reading A Monster Calls. That book broke me. I sobbed so hard on finishing it that I had to curl up in a ball and just hug the book, as if I was hugging Conor. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and I’m tearing up even thinking about it now.

6) One Book I Wish I’d Written

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. As far as I’m concerned it’s the most perfect book in the world. He’s put absolutely everything I could ever ask of a story in there: excitement, adventure, philosophical examinations on the nature of truth, some of the best female characters I’ve ever read, clockwork! There are even elephants! And for a book that is so long (and it really is huge – I warn you, don’t drop it on your foot) it doesn’t feel like there’s a unnecessary word or a line out of place.

7) One Book I am Currently Reading

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher which is turbo-charged fun. Rampaging superheroes – what’s not to love? One of the best things about being a writer is becoming amazing friends with other writers who will then give you their books to read. For FREE! (Don’t worry, Adam. I’ll buy your book when it comes out.)

8) One Book I am Intending to Read

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers. I’ve had so many people recommend this to me and I can’t wait to read it. I believe there are similar themes to my book, Shift, although handled in a very different way. And I’m really excited about that one.

Thanks Kim!

What do you think of these choices? Any you would like to pick up after what you’ve read here?

A Katya’s World Book Trailer!

So my lovelies! We’re currently recovering from a week away at the madness that is New York and Book Expo. It was a wonderful experience, meeting agents, bloggers and various other peeps from across the pond.

We arrived back to a full inbox that included this delight – our first book trailer! The wonderful cover artist for Katya’s World, Lee Gibbons, put this together, and we think it’s wonderfully clever.

What do you think?

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you SO much for all the lovely comments relating to the following giveaway:

I’m delighted to announce that, thanks to the very scientific method of asking the Angry Robot boss to pick a random number, the winner is READING MIND!

Look out for more entertaining giveaways in the future – there may even be books involved *winks*

All About the Books Meme – with Cassandra Rose Clarke

Here is your next regular instalment of All About the Books, this time round with Cassandra whose novel The Assassin’s Curse is being released in October 2012. As always, please give some love in the comments!

1) One Book That Changed My Life

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Garcia Márquez has said that when he read the first sentence of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, he hadn’t until that moment understood that you could write sentences like that – which pretty much sums up exactly how I felt when I read One Hundred Years of Solitude for the first time. I loved the way the magical was treated as ordinary and the ordinary (or what my American self would call “ordinary”) was treated as magical. It was mindblowing to me that someone could write a book that did that.

2) One Book I’ve HAD to Read More Than Once

This is a toughie! As an adult I almost never reread books, but as a kid I had a stable of books that I’d reread about once a year. My favorite was Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, because I loved reading the notes that Harriet takes over all her neighbors (I remember times when I would go through the book and just read the notes!) However, even as an adult I still love one of my perennial childhood rereads: Weetzie Bat, by Francesa Lia Block. This book is so strange and magical and I want to move to Los Angeles every time I read it.

3) One Book I’d Want on a Desert Island

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George. When I read this book in fifth grade I was convinced I now had all of the knowledge necessary to survive alone in the wilderness. Might as well put it to the test.

4) One Book That Made Me Laugh

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson. I know this book has the reputation of being read and enjoyed largely by fifteen year old boys, which I am not and never have been. Still, I found my myself frequently laughing out loud in public while I read it. Certainly that should count as a testament to its hilarity.

5) One Book That Made Me Cry

A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin, specifically the scene during the Battle of Blackwater when Sansa Stark sings for Sandor Clegane. The sheer amount of pathos in those few pages – Sandor’s terror at the fire, the way that Sansa shows how kindness does have a place in that world – completely undid me.

6) One Book I Wish I’d Written

I’ve never really come across a book that I flat-out wish I’d written, though I have come across books that I admire partially because I don’t think I have the skills to ever have written them. I feel this way about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John LeCarre. The way LeCarre managed to seamlessly blend together the espionage plot and George Smiley’s troubled personal life was pretty astounding to me. Plus, the plot revolves around a retiree research something, and it’s still the most gripping spy novel I’ve ever read.

7) One Book I am Currently Reading

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Well, technically, I’m listening to it. I have a long driving commute to my day job, and I used to absolutely dread it. I decided to start listening to audio book instead of depending on the radio to entertain me, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the first one on my list. I love it! It has a lot of the usual tropes, but it presents them in interesting, unique ways, which is the sort of thing that’ll get me every time.

8) One Book I am Intending to Read

I bought Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, at a used book the other day. It’s one of those famous books that I’ve never read before, and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a plane trip this weekend, so I should get a lot of reading done!

Thanks Cassandra!

Any of these picks resonate with you? Have you read these books?

A Rather Unusual Giveaway

Okay, so I am a little bit nervous about this giveaway and about whether there will be any interest for it – but I thought I’d let you have at it! See, as well as having this awesome editorial gig, I enjoy a little bit of knitting in my spare time (yes, I am just *that* cool!)

The other day I decided to design a bookmark – a Strange Chemistry bookmark. Take a look at the pictures:

And the reverse:

This is absolutely one of a kind (considering I haven’t knitted anymore of these!)

And I am giving it away to a random commenter – leave a comment below, including the best way to get hold of you, and I’ll pick someone to send this unique bookmark to. (Please don’t leave me hanging!)