This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.
Jim's can't wait to read selection is:
Shift by Kim Curran
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Date: Sept. 4, 2012
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made.
At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed.
In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.
Sounds like a Sliders/superhero mix - I think this is going to wind up being the year of superhero-type books for me. I've had my eye on this since it was first announced, but the release date creap up on me while I wasn't looking.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:
Broken by A.E. Rought
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Date: January 8, 2013
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.
And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
I had to follow Jim's lead and post a Strange Chemistry title in honor of their launch last week. If you're not familiar with Strange Chemistry, they are the YA imprint of Angry Robot books. Angry Robot has has some fabulous releases (including Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig) and just looking at the books on this page I'd say Strange Chemistry is going to be just as good. "Frankenstein" is probably one of my favorite pieces of classic fiction and "Broken" looks like a terrific adaptation.