The Seven Rays, by Jessica Bendinger (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Beth Michaels’ life is thrown into utter chaos when she starts receiving enigmatic gold envelopes containing cryptic messages, even as she starts seeing weird phenomena corresponding to peoples’ emotions and thoughts. Things only get worse as her quest for answers … Continue reading

Lockdown, by Alexander Gordon Smith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009)

Petty thief Alex’s latest heist turns tragic and life-altering when he’s interrupted by a set of mysterious men, who kill his best friend and frame him for the murder. Victim of Britain’s new zero-tolerance policy, he’s sentenced to life in … Continue reading

The Doom Machine, by Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2009)

When the rapacious aliens known as Skreeps land in the sleepy town of Vern Hollow in 1956 in search of an invention which will grant them unparalleled power, it’s the start of a surreal galaxy-spanning adventure for mechanically-gifted Jack Creedle … Continue reading

Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor and illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009)

Kissing is the underlying theme of these three novellas, as Taylor weaves a set of stories highly reminiscent of Tanith Lee‘s Flat Earth series. “Goblin Fruit” is a literal and metaphorical descendant of Christina Rosetti’s “Goblin Market”, in which a … Continue reading

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown and Company, 2009)

Although he’s never met her before, Ethan Wate instantly recognizes Lena Duchannes, the strange new girl in town, as the literal girl of his dreams. The two are drawn together, even as their respective families and the rest of the … Continue reading

Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst (McElderry Books, 2009)

Growing up in an Arctic research station with her father, Cassie can’t imagine living anywhere else. No wonder that, when she turns eighteen and is told it’s time to go off to college, she immediately rejects the idea, preferring to … Continue reading

Scheherazade's Facade Update

As people may have heard, last week, Vera Nazarian of Norilana Books announced that due to assorted personal reasons, many of the projects slated to come out this year have been pushed back. Yes, this includes Scheherazade’s Facade. Currently, the … Continue reading