Author: Robert L. Anderson
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
Dea and her mother can travel in people's dreams. However, there are rules that Dea has to abide by She can't visit the same persons dream more than once, she can't intervene, and she is never to be seen. Dea meets Conner and breaks these rules. Breaking the rules always has consequences!
I really liked the paranormal aspect of this title. I read a lot of this at night downstairs by myself. It will make you think twice about walking in front of a mirror.
I did have some issues staying engaged with certain parts of the story. Over all Dreamland is interesting and I look forward to more books from Robert L. Anderson.
She loved the way Connor's unconscious mind expended, reacted to their presence, pushed back and made things difficult. (Loc 737)
Sometimes she felt like a giant leech: she fed on other people's dreams. (Loc 752)
"Stop speaking in riddles." She was losing it. She no longer understood the rules; she didn't understand who these people were, and how Connor's dream could possible extend so far in so much detail. "You aren't real," she said, although without conviction. "None of this is real." (Loc 2688)
Do you know where your world comes from? Can you be sure it isn't somebody's dream? (Loc 3272)
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as Asylumand The Diviners as well as television's True Detective and American Horror Story.
When Grace Mae is sent to the insane asylum because of the bulge in her belly, she already knows about madness and family secrets. It is in the darkness that she may find a new lease on life when a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace's brilliant mind hiding beneath the fear and anger. Although the doctor insists that for Grace's safety she must continue to play insane while assisting him at crime scenes, she finds hope in a different, ethical asylum. But the gruesome nights when Grace and the doctor investigate a killer targeting young women bring Grace's shaky sanity, and the demons of her own past, dangerously close to the surface.
I have already started reading this title. Thank you Katherine Tegen Books for the ARC. I will post a review when finished. So far this book is good. It captures your attention right away. Who does not like a story that centers around an insane asylum.
Becoming: The Balance Bringer
by Debra Kristi
Release Date: March 9th 2015
Ghost Girl Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
Ana’s world is falling apart. What she thought were dreams start entering her waking life. Eerie shadows hunt her. Her dream guy becomes reality. And strange new abilities begin developing. Ana is becoming something other.
She is determined to find answers, but where to turn? Her mom and best friend are keeping secrets. Her older sister is dead and exists only in her dreams. And her younger sister thinks they are goddesses.
Above all else, dark forces will stop at nothing to crush Ana – to keep her from restoring balance. To keep her from…becoming.
Is love and blood and sisterhood enough to stop the dark secrets and power from destroying her?
About the Author
Live in reality. Play on the other side.
Debra Kristi is a paranormal and fantasy writer. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and and three schizophrenic cats. She’s a full-time kid chaser, video game maker's wife, and muse prompted writer. Unlike the characters she often writes, she is not immortal and her only super power is letting the dishes and laundry pile up. When not writing, Debra is hanging out creating priceless memories with her family, geeking out to science fiction and fantasy television, and tossing around movie quotes.
“She writes because the dead girl told her to.”
Tell us a little bit about your book.
What happens when a high-school senior discovers everything she knows about her life is a lie? As Ana Janssen’s true nature blossoms, the secrets and deceptions she’s lived under begin to fracture, sparking her quest for the truth. An outcast at school, she’ll need to rise to her calling―her destiny―and learn what it means to become the Balance Bringer. She’ll need to find a way to accept her new found responsibility, step away from the life she’s always known, and allow the becoming. Can she stay the course without getting distracted by life events, or worse yet, guys?
Have you published before?
I’ve had short stories published in collectives or anthologies, but my Mystic’s Carnival line, starting with The Moorigad Dragon, was the first venture I’ve made on my own. Becoming: The Balance Bringer is what started it all and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally have it available for readers.
What gets you in the mood to write?
Meditation, music, long walks, those all put me in the mood. The better question might be what yanks me out of the writing mood, things such as constant interruptions and insistent needy kitties.
Who is your favorite character and why?
That’s a tough question. On any given day my answer will be different. Today, I’m going to say Ana’s sister, Crystia. There’s something about her free spirit that I simply adore. I wish I could be a little more like her.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I’m glad you asked. At the moment I am closing out my Moorigad Dragon Collection, finishing the story and then putting all the individual novellas into one large bundle. The series is receiving a complete visual makeover in the process. Once that’s done all my focus will be on continuing the Balance Bringer Chronicles. Book Two, Awakening: The Balance Bringer is written and awaiting the next edit pass.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!
Because Becoming: The Balance Bringer is a twisty-curvy, page-turning, fantasy story inspired by a few true events and my sister’s non-stop pushing.
Great interview. Thanks for having me. I appreciate your time and help in getting the word out. And a massive thanks to the readers. You guys rock! We writers would be nothing without you!
Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra (The Dreamwielder Chronicles, #1)
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In a world shrouded by soot and smoke, young Makarria has literally been forbidden to dream.
Legend has foretold the demise of Emperor Thedric Guderian at the hands of a sorceress with royal blood, and the Emperor has made it his legacy to stamp out all magic from the Sargothian Empire in favor of primitive coal fired smelters and steam powered machines. When Guderian’s minions discover a Dreamwielder on a seaside farmstead, a chain of events forces Guderian’s new threat—the young Makarria—to flee from her home and embark upon an epic journey where her path intertwines with that of Princess Taera, her headstrong brother, Prince Caile, and the northman Siegbjorn, who captains a night-flying airship.
Dogging their every step is the part-wolf, part-raven sorcerer, Wulfram, and Emperor Guderian himself, a man who has the ability to stint magic and a vision to create a world where the laws of nature are beholden to men and machines. Only by learning to control the power she wields can Makarria save her newfound companions and stop the Emperor from irreversibly exterminating both the magic in humans and their bond with nature.
DREAMWIELDER will be available in eBook and print editions on SEPTEMBER 29, 2015.
Garrett Calcaterra is author of the epic fantasy novel DREAMWIELDER, available from Diversion Books. In addition, he is author of the horror collection UMBRAL VISIONS, and co-author of the mosaic fantasy novel THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN MOTTE. His humor titles include CODE BROWN and A GOOD BREW IS HARD TO FIND. When not writing, Garrett enjoys hiking with his two dogs and quaffing good beer. Learn more at www.garrettcalcaterra.com
Published by: Knopf
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America.The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.
This is the first book I have read in my new house! I was absent from the blog for awhile because we moved. We still live in Tennessee but we moved out of our tiny rental into a larger home. Pheww....we can all breath, relax and have our own space.
I did have some issues getting into this book. I don't know if it is because I am just getting back into my reading routine or I was not enjoying the beginning. However, that changed the further I read. I liked how the author focused the story around the Rivera and Toro family but included accounts of individuals that had moved to the United States from Latin America. It gives you a wide perspective of experiences.
I recommend this book to those who are interested in why people from Latin America want to live in the United States. I think this anyone who has endured difficult change in their life would appreciate their stories.
I held up the jar again, shook it a little. "Maybe it's good," Arturo said. "Do they think this is what we eat?' I asked. He took the jar from me and put it in the basket. "Of course not. I told you. It's American salsa."(8)
But one beach isn't every beach. And one home isn't every home. And I think we all sensed standing there, just how far we were from where we had come, in ways both good and bad. (86)
We're the unknown Americans, the ones no one even wants to know, because they've been told they're supposed to be scared of us and because maybe if they did take the time to get to know us, they might realize that we're not that bad, maybe even that we're a lot like them. And who would they hate then? (237)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 10, 2015(expected)
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
I need to do some serious catching up on the series but I do think the release of Winter is definitely going to motivate me. I loved Cinder! My copy is on pre-order and I can't wait until November.
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson - I love fantasy! A girl that can travel through dreams sounds fun!
2. Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis - Beautiful cover. Looks mysterious.