New YA and science fiction books!

MORE BOOKS, this time our YOUNG ADULT & SCIENCE FICTION acquisitions that just came in.

STEELHEART, by Brandon Sanderson (trade paperback)

From the jacket: “Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.”

My husband read this in one sitting, proclaiming it to be one of the best reads he’d had in a long time, and you have to remember both of us have been in publishing, mostly as copyeditors and proofreaders, for over 30 years. So his praise lends weight. This is the first of a series, the second of which will be out in January in hardcover.

Readers = young adult – adult. Science fiction.


THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME, by Skylar Dorset. (trade paperback)

The highly anticipated sequel to THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS, this picks up just after the previous book leaves off. There is an intermediary novelette that’s available for free at Amazon if you search for Skylar’s name there—it’s worth the zero dollar purchase to fill in some gaps, but not necessary unless you’re a completist. This second book stands just find without it.

I was all ready to hate Skylar for making me wait so long for her second book (she’s my friend and wouldn’t let me read it! grrr!), but it was worth the wait, and then some. She paints the fairy realms and “real” Boston with a paintbrush that brings both the characters and landscapes together beautifully. I can’t/won’t give anything away, but you’ll love this book as much as I have, I can guarantee. It’s not just for girls or boys, it’s for all of us, and for all ages, really.

Reading: young adult – adult.

Boy with the hidden name

A bunch of Dr. Who books have come in, including some of the 12th Doctor:

BLOOD CELL (12th Doctor & Clara
THE COMING OF THE TERRAPHILES (by Michael Moorcock: 11th Doctor & Amy)
CRAWLING TERROR (12th Doctor & Clara)
ENGINES OF WAR (the only “War Doctor” book — see my previous review of this: highly recommended!)
SILHOUETTE (12th Doctor & Clara)

Reading: young adult – adult.

Engines of War

Crawling terror

Coming of the terraphiles

Blood cell


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