Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book launch for middle grade readers

Now available on store shelves, Diana’s first book for readers eight and up is a thrilling adventure story, perfect for people who like their books with a side of rocketships and hidden treasure. Find out what secrets are hidden beneath the Maryland countryside in…

Omega City

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth. 
But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever. 

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  • “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review 

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are."— Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!” — Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!” – Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman
Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about  popular children’s literature.  Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spiders on the rooftop... just follow the spiders

What a whirlwind spring it has been! With the huge gaps in sunshine and rain, I have had my hands full keeping up with the lawn. But those rainy days have given me a great chance to get some new ARCs.

Another new author and new category for me courtesy of Netgalley. I have really appreciated being able to open my reading horizons. This time around I tried to see what Urban Fantasy was all about. Figured it was time to move my reading timeline up from the age of Arthur and Victorian era to the age of technology. City of Fae will be released on May 7, 2015.

City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

The start of this novel was a little hard for me to really get pulled in to the story. The premise seemed to be pretty obvious and the characters had some disconnect for me. Like any good show, the pilot cannot judge the series. Actors need time to mold to each other before you can really decide if the show is any good. This novel had the same affect. Once the characters seemed to find their stride together, I was more invested in the reading.

I was a little disappointed with the overdrawn feel of writing points from most any other author on the shelf. The love story was overly obvious from the first second and cliche. The magic was not very developed or imaginative. Fairies coming out into open society is certainly nothing new. What all worked for this novel, is that every part was equally done before. You could take that fact at face value in the first few sentences and read the rest of the book from the aspect of just riding along for the entertainment.

An aspect I really took away from this book--the main girl. Her back story was incredibly refreshing when all the other aspects seemed worn out. There is truly the beginning of some philosophical virtues entering the plot line in the next novel. 

I recommend this novel to every urban fantasy fan with the disclaimer it is nothing new, but it is certainly exciting. The pace moves along wonderfully and there is plenty of action.

Visit Pippa's website for pre-order information and giveaways. Visit Bloomsbury Spark for other novels that you may want to consider.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back into the Anglo-Scotish Republic

I have been really impressed with my experience from Angry Robot Books. They certainly pick authors that fit my reading palate. Last year I was swept away with Rod Duncan's Gas-Lit Empire. You can catch my review here for The Bullet Catcher's Daughter to get introduced to this wonderful steampunk world. Coming May 7th is the second novel.

Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life – as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy!
There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world…
One of my favorite places on the web is Rod Duncan's interactive site for the Gas-Lit Empire. It has news and games! Visit Angry Robot Book's website for more information on Unseemly Science and other amazing authors.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Myths and fairy tales for the 20th century

I have been reading some excellent new books on Netgalley this month. Some have been new authors, others have been new avenues for old favorites. Like next month's release from Naomi Novik. While I have been eagerly awaiting the final novel in the Temeraire series, I must admit that I am not disappointed to have an in-between novel distraction. This way I do not have to let the amazing series go just yet. And let me just say, this standalone Polish fairy tale for modern storytelling, whew...

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Visit Naomi's website for ways to pre-order your copy and check out some advance praise from leading authors. My full review will follow later in the month, but I'll hint that it will be 5 stars and highly recommended for pre-order.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

My foray into urban fantasy

Yet another new category brought to me by Netgalley. I just finished up reading City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta. It releases on May 7th from Bloomsbury Spark. For now, here are some tidbits on the book with my full review to follow later this month.

Days to live. Hours to love. Seconds to kill. 

From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in. 
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love. 

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.

Not to leave you completely hanging for teasers... I was really impressed with the concept of the main character. For a first novel in the series, I am interested enough to move forward with the series. I can't claim it as an overwhelming favorite, but who knows where we are going from here--and I want to find out.

Visit Pippa's website for more information on this series and her previous publications. Ask your local bookshop to pre-order copies for May 7th.