Sunday, May 26, 2013


In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

P.C. Cast - Revealed

Revealed (House of Night, #11)

Revealed (House of Night #11)

The spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series

Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night's halls.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Here's the title of Laini Taylor's third 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' novel. Plus, a special trailer! -- EXCLUSIVE

Daughter of Smoke & Bone blew us away; Days of Blood & Starlight didn’t disappoint; and now we’re anxiously awaiting Laini Taylor’s third and final installment of her celestial epic, which we’ve learned is called Dreams of Gods & Monsters (out Spring 2014).
Dreams starts where Days left off, with Karou and Akiva discovering each other alive — although Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known. And now, through an act of staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. When Jael’s brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves – maybe even toward love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
If you can’t wait for the conclusion, you’re absolutely not alone! Taylor’s fans are particularly vocal and involved, and to celebrate that enthusiasm, Taylor has hosted a contest for a fan-made trailer for Days of Blood & Starlight. See the winning video by Christine Tyler below, plus a few words from Taylor herself!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can fans expect from Dreams of Gods & Monsters?
LAINI TAYLOR: Dreams of Gods & Monsters picks up where Days of Blood & Starlight leaves off, and you can expect to see: seraphim in the human world (which will never be the same again), scientific excavation of “the pit”, enemy armies trying to fight side by side, the possibility of love rekindling, and … new threats that make Jael seem but a minor nuisance. At the barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of?
What inspired you to host a contest?
I was blown away by fan talent in the wake of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, when readers sent me extraordinary art and videos, and even a really good rap! With Days of Blood & Starlight coming out, I wanted to recognize that incredible pool of creativity. Days is a book about an otherworldly war, inborn hatred, rebel armies, and an unlikely spark of love that might change everything. There’s so much imagery to play with—chimaera and teeth, tattooed hands, a decrepit kasbah, Karou’s blue hair, seraph legions on the move — I couldn’t wait to see the visuals that people would come up with, and I’m thrilled with the results!
How did you choose?
First prize goes to the amazing entry by Christine Tyler, who created an entire resurrectionist’s workshop, along with a hauntingly lovely narration and chill-inducing ending. It’s gorgeous; I was agog the first time I saw it, and each time since. She captures the book’s balance of beauty and horror perfectly, and makes Karou’s workshop feel real. Thank you Christine! The humor prize goes to Lindsay Eager for imagining Zuzana’s resurrection of Mik. It’s adorable. Lastly, I was so impressed by the two Bitter Productions entries that I decided to add a second prize for their gorgeous and stark entry #2.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Veronica Roth's Allegiant: UK cover reveal!

It's finally here!
At long last, the UK cover of the final installment in Veronica roth's Divergent Series, Allegiant, has been revealed, and - no offence - but we love it SO MUCH MORE THAN THE U.S. VERSION *smug*.

allegiant uk cover veronica roth
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

is the explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 Edgar Awards honor best mystery writers

Last night, many of the country’s most famous mystery writers dressed to kill for the 2013 Edgar Awards, which honored the best writing in the crime genre of last year. Veteran Dennis Lehane and newcomer Chris Pavone won some of the biggest honors. Take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below:

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman
Sunset by Al Lamanda
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley

The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The 500 by Matthew Quirk
Black Fridays by Michael Sears

Complication by Isaac Adamson
Whiplash River by Lou Berney
Bloodland by Alan Glynn
Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis
Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O’Brien
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler

“Iphigenia in Aulis” – An Apple for the Creature by Mike Carey (Penguin Group USA – Ace Books)
“Hot Sugar Blues” – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Steve Liskow
“The Void it Often Brings With It” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tom Piccirilli
“The Unremarkable Heart” – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter
“Still Life No. 41″ – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Teresa Solana

Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger
13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau
The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
Crusher by Niall Leonard
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

“Pilot” – Longmire, Teleplay by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny
“Child Predator” – Elementary, Teleplay by Peter Blake
“Slaughterhouse” – Justified, Teleplay by Fred Golan
“A Scandal in Belgravia” – Sherlock, Teleplay by Steven Moffat
“New Car Smell” – Homeland, Teleplay by Meredith Stiehm

'Divergent' sequel 'Insurgent' has a screenwriter. Five scenes we can't wait to see

Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk
Now that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has found its screenwriter – Jane Got a Gun scribe Brian Duffield — it’s time we start talking about what we hope to see in the film. (Even though Divergent – which stars Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet — is currently in production and won’t be released until next March, it’s never too early for these discussions, right?)
Much like Divergent, it seems like Insurgent was designed to be a movie: with big action sequences and many different original locations your imagination has probably already created a perfect dystopian Chicago for you to think about. Note to Duffield: below are five scenes we already can’t wait to check out in the film version of Insurgent. [Obvious spoiler alert if you haven't yet read the book!]

Meeting Four’s Mother: It’s nerve-wracking enough meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time. Since she’s already not a fan of his abusive father, meeting Four’s back-from-the-dead mother, Evelyn — along with the rest of the Factionless — will be a great moment in Tris’ story. It’s also one of the first truly shocking revelations of the book.

Four and Tris together at Amity headquarters: It’s time to get all PG-13 up in this YA adaptation. On the run after the events of Divergent, Four and Tris find themselves together in a safety house of sorts in the Amity compound. They’ve both got a lot of emotional confessing to do…or they could bury their troubles and just make out a little bit. They pick that option. This is a good a time to mention that I hope this twosome, and their unique, surprisingly grown up relationship, translates well on the big screen. I like that there aren’t regular “I’ll love you forever” Romeo & Juliet-esque declarations on every other page. Let’s keep it that way for the movie.

The attack led by Eric: One of the most heart-pounding parts of the book is towards the beginning of the novel, when the Candor faction is attacked by Eric and other Dauntless traitors. Tris helps some people escape, and then goes to look for more of the Divergent among them. I hope the movie accurately shows the tense and thrilling scene where Tris, with help from a knife, confronts Eric and shows him that underestimating her is always a near-fatal mistake.

Scary Simulation: We’ll get to see people affected by the simulation in Divergent, but I’m looking forward to (and ready to be chilled to my core by) what Duffield and Co. decided to do with chapter 26, when Marlene and Hector are under the simulation and attempt to jump off the roof to their death. It’s a big turning point in the novel for Tris, who decides then and there that no one else will be dying because of her. Which leads to…

The interrogation with Jeannie: Admit it: The second you heard Kate Winslet was cast your mind jumped to Tris and Jeannie’s showdown. Once Tris goes to Erudite headquarters to find Jeannie, I can’t wait to see the two do mental battle with each other. They’ll be more simulations, sure, — and the ender with Tori will be spectacular — but I can’t wait for the back and forth between a scared-but-brave young woman and the woman obsessed with figuring her — and the other Divergent — out. You know Winslet is going to crush it.
What moments are you looking forward to seeing on the big screen?

'The Darkest Minds': See the cover for Alexandra Bracken's YA sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

Never Fade doesn’t hit shelves until Oct. 15, but Bracken will publish a bridge e-book, In Time, on July 16. “I hear all the time that readers are tired of dystopian novels—well, good news! This series has so much more to offer. It really is a near-future thriller with romance, sci-fi, and dystopian elements thrown in, and it’s meant to feel as though something like this could happen tomorrow,” Bracken says. “As intense as the action is, as ravaged as this version of America has become, and as terrifying as the kids’ abilities are, the true core of the story is the bond these kids form with one another as they desperately try to stay safe and alive.”
UP NEXT: Read an exclusive excerpt from Never Fade

Saturday, May 4, 2013