It’s New News | February 2016 : Part 1

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Hello everyone and welcome back to It’s New News


Film and Television

I couldn’t find any films that I was interested in this month, but here is a list of them if you want to go and have a look for yourself.


Books, Books and More Books!

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Yellow by Megan Jacobsen

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 21.20.51Yellow is a YA murder mystery with a slight supernatural edge, but at heart it’s about the redemptive power of kindness. It’s a beautifully written coming-of-age story about family, first love, finding your place and uncovering the secrets of the past.

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.

This sounds really intriguing and although I will not be buying it in February (I am only buying books I’m going to read really soon, because of my insane TBR pile) I do intend on picking it up later in the year.


 

2nd-

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 21.32.47The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

I wasn’t really super excited about this book until I read the synopsis of the different stories and now I am super intrigued, especially for the epilogue to Winter!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 21.41.29In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

This seems really cool. For some reason, I’m getting Throne of Glass vibes from this, maybe because Celaena was an assassin…. I have this one pre-ordered and it arrived yesterday.

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 22.06.58Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

This seems really interesting, although an eccentric crew on a spaceship kind of reminds of me the Lunar Chronicles (I’m kidding, although the Lunar Chronicles does have an amazing cast of characters).

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 15.05.50In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

I am really super excited for this one. I haven’t read anything by Ruta Sepetys yet, but both this and Between Shades of Grey seem really exciting and unique perspectives on World War II.

Pull by Anne Riley

 

25158339Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

22692740The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

I actually have a gender fluid friend, so this seems like it will be a read for me in a few months time!


 

9th-

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274*do not read this summary if you have not read Red Queen*

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

This is the second book in the Red Queen duology, trilogy??? I am honestly not sure whether I want to continue this series, because I thought the first book was only okay and I actually don’t care much about what happens next, so I’ll probably only read it if my library gets it.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

23688792England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

I don’t really have much to say about this one, beyond that it sounds absolutely incredible and I am really looking forward to it. It is sometimes compared to a mix of Jane Austen with X-Men.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

21936937Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

I have this one on pre-order and I am really excited (I pre-ordered it yesterday). I honestly can’t wait. I also want to mention again how much I hate when the worst reviews are at the top of the goodreads reviews…. this book has a 4 star average, which is pretty damn good, yet the first few reviews are 1 or 2 stars…. 44% of people gave this book a 5 star rating (based on excitement AND reading arcs), 27% of people gave it 4 stars. That makes 71% of people either incredibly excited or really, really impressed by this book. Then, another 18% liked it and only 9% of people didn’t like it………… WHY PUT THE NEGATIVITY FIRST, GOSH!

 


That is it for releases in the first half of the month. Expect a Part 2 of this coming soon. Usually I put it all in one, but it has been taking me ages to write (I started late) and I need to post this before it is irrelevant!

Happy reading,

Keira x

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny says:

    I got Stars Above in the mail 2 days ago, but refuse to start on it (as much as I want to) until I finish my other books! Haha. I surprisingly liked Red Queen more than I thought I would (about a 3 star read for me), so will probably pick up Glass Sword eventually. ^.^

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    1. Keira says:

      Yeah, it was about a 3 star read for me as well, I just don’t have the burning desire to read the next one just yet. I’m not buying Stars Above yet, because it is unclear how best to buy it on amazon yet (really confusing) so I’ll get it next month probably.

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      1. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny says:

        Oh, okay. 🙂

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