Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Books!

It has been crazy busy this week/weekend and I haven't had much time to read. I am locking myself in my room for the next three days to read. However, I do have a little update. I received some books to review. Check out these titles and see if any of them tickle your fancy. 

The Inevitable by Daniel Hope. Look at that cover. It is beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading this one. I'm a sucker for sentient robots!
Tuck is on his last legs, literally. He is the last functioning bot in the galaxy, a broken machine that used to look like a man. Now he wanders between planets, searching for spare parts that can keep him running for a few more years. But he's out of parts, and he's nearly out of time.

He's a valuable relic of a bygone era when bots were a luxury on Earth, back before they were hunted down and destroyed. More and more collectors want Tuck, damaged or not, as the centerpiece of their collections. They'll do anything to get him, but Tuck will do anything to stay free and functional.

The truth is, Tuck is afraid to die.

He was originally programmed to value human life, even if they don't value his, but he can't ignore his own need to survive, at any cost. That's why Tuck is haunted by memories of the sixteen people he has killed over the last 150 years.

After a particularly dangerous run-in with a collector, Tuck meets a mysterious man dressed in white who offers a solution. In exchange for some help in a less-than-legal business venture, he'll give Tuck what he really wants: immortality. It's a bad idea, and Tuck knows it, but he can't ignore it.

Even if it means killing again.

 The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez. I actually won this book in a giveaway, but Michael was kind enough to send me an eARC to review ahead of time. Release date is August 13!

Mars is supposed to be dead.…

Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl witha remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself

So, I started using netgalley.com. That site is addicting. The first time my request was approved I couldn't help but do a little dance. Here are a few of the books I received from the site. 

Parasite by Mira Grant. Expected publication: October 29th 2013.

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

Happy Hour in Hell by Tad Williams. This is the second book in the Bobby Dollar series. Released date: September 3rd.
I’ve been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I’m actually going.

My name’s Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn’t a great place for someone like me - I’m an angel. They don’t like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She’s being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld - Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he’d like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body.

But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pandemonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor’s burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity. And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I’m also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who’s been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can’t be killed?

So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions and make it back to the real world, I’ll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I’ll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right?

So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I’ve got somewhere to go.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Publication date: September 24th. I received the first 100 pages of this book.

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and
superpowers, set in a near-future world.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.

Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

I also bought a beautiful copy of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I've actually never read any of her work, but I saw this book and I thought the cover was beautiful. It'll be nice to take a break from my usual genres and read this. 

I have a few more to add to the list, but I will put them into next week's post. I'm pretty excited about all of these books. I've read some mean comments on other blogs that if you only receive eARCs to review then you're not a "real" reviewer, but you know what?

Alright, I'm off to read and then catch up on Under the Dome.


  1. Not a real reviewer? That's such an odd thing to say.

    I'm very jealous that you received Parasite. I was DECLINED! That rarely ever happens. I may have cried just a little ;-)

    Love the cover for The Inevitable!

  2. I thought so too. I wish I could remember the name of the blogs that said that but it is gone from my memory.

    Check net galley again because I didn't even have to request Parasite. I thought it was weird that I didn't, but I'm not complaining.

  3. I haven't used Netgalley yet but I want to start soon! I think you're a real reviewer regardless of format and I love that The 5th Element gif! Also, that Sense and Sensibility is gorgeous!

    1. You should definitely start using it! It is great!