Sunday, August 12, 2012

No Post on Sundays: Stormdancer, The Dark Unwinding, Fang Girl

Welcome to another exciting edition of "No Post on Sunday," which is still subject to change if I am presented with a better and/or more clever name. As always I will introduce 3 ARCs that I have and their tentative review date.

1. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Length: 336 pages
Review Date: August 14, 2012

"Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.

But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she's determined to do something about it.

Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?"

2. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Release Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Length: 352 pages
Review Date: August 16, 2012

"A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance."

3. Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

Release Date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 352 pages
Review Date: August 22, 2012

"Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A pyschotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined....

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more."

That's it for this week, so which are you looking forward to most? Do you have any other ideas for what I should title these posts instead of No Post on Sunday? Be sure to leave your comment below, and, as always follow me by email with the widget in the sidebar, or on Twitter @FlyeZachary93! Also! Before you go, be sure to check out my review of Tiger's Destiny (see Index page at top for easy navigation) and enter my contest to win an Advanced copy of this wonderful fourth installment in the EPIC Tiger Saga!

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