On the Radar

On The Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a new feature for books that have caught our eye: books we heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. This is how the Smugglers’ Radar was born, and because there are far too many books that we want than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?) we thought we could make it into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well!

On Ana’s Radar:

I have yet to read a Courtney Summers book (*ducks*) as I hear they are really good. I just saw (over at this new blog called: That Cover Girl) the cover of her next book and I think it looks awesome:

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. He seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on… but some questions should be left unanswered.

and I love the cover for Nalini Singh’s next Guild Hunter novel:

I think the next cover looks great and I think the blurb sounds interesting too:

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:

What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got here.

As Grace’s pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?

A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction.

Look at this striking cover!

The playing field becomes a battlefield in a highly charged debut.

There’s an extraordinary price for victory at Anooka High. It is paid on—and off—the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy—including the most innocent bystanders. An unlikely friendship between Kurt, a talented but emotionally damaged fullback, and Danny, a promising gymnast, is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steroid-infused power struggle.

When the unthinkable happens, they must look to each other for salvation in a heart-pounding, gut-wrenching story that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes.

On Thea’s Radar:

Because I’m reading this right now and am excited for the review next week:

A steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality, artifacts, and intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn’t banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hell-bent on achieving immortality, not to mention a secret agent who isn’t quite what he seems….

So continues an adventure quite unlike any other, a thrilling steampunk mystery and the second in the series of Newbury & Hobbes investigations.

I cannot freakin’ WAIT for this one – I Am Not A Serial Killer totally took me by surprise (I was expecting a Dexter knockoff, but the paranormal bend completely made the book for me) – and I’ve had Mr. Monster sitting on my TBR for a while. Time to bust it out, methinks! (Also, this cover is MUCH better than the cartoony UK version)

killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.

Well, it stopped for a while.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon—the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster”—might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.

Really not crazy about this catalogue-looking cover, but I truly liked Impossible so I’m excited to read it:

What does it mean to be extraordinary? Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school. Soon the two girls are as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, appears. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.

Soon she’ll discover the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt they expect Phoebe to pay. Will she be strong enough to resist? Will she be special enough to save herself?

In the vein of Nancy Werlin’s previous novel Impossible, Extraordinary is a tale of friendship, romance, and the faerie realm.

And then there’s the rerelease of Norman Patridge’s classic horror novel, with a gorgeous new cover (I will definitely be rereading for our upcoming halloween celebration):

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.

Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He’s willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror–and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . .

Winner of the Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

In anticipation for Dreadnought, I really, really want this book.

Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn’t pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials—essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.

Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who’s been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.

And now it’s Maria’s job to go get him.

He’s dangerous quarry and she’s a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice.

And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.

Another book on my TBR that I am dying to rip into:

A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination-unknown. Its purpose-a mystery. Its history-lost.

Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home-a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms-he finds himself, wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

All he has are questions– Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to the woman he loved? What happened to Hull 03?

All will be answered, if he can survive. Uncover the mystery. Fix the ship. Find a way home.

HULL ZERO THREE is an edge of your seat thrill ride through the darkest reaches of space.

And that’s it from us today! What about you? Any books on your radar that we should know about?

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  • tymcon
    September 4, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Oh I listen to a podcast with Dan wells and Brandon Sanderson. Some of those books look pretty good:P Unfortunately i’ve got the leaving cert, no books after christmas. Only study:O

  • tymcon
    September 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Oh I listen to a podcast with Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson. Pretty good. Although it’s more focused towards writers than readers.

  • Leslee
    September 4, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I love your on the Smugglers Radar post but there is a problem. I never can see the covers so I read the blurb but I don’t know what the title or author is unless you mention it. I don’t know if it is a problem on my end or what. Could you mention the title and author above the blurb so that if it sounds good to me I can write it down? Thanks!!

  • Michelle
    September 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I’m starting to see Fall for Everything everywhere now. It looks fantastic! I’m so excited to have picked up a copy of Extraordinary at ALA a few months back. It looks great as well.

  • Celine
    September 4, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I’m after putting an order in for Dark Harvest – it just sounds waaaaayyy too Ray Bradbury to be passed over.

  • MaryK
    September 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Clementine sounds interesting. I like enemies to allies stories.

    For once, I actually have books on my radar. I heard about both at DearAuthor.com – one is a giveaway and one is in a sidebar ad. The Native Star by M.K. Hobson is a steampunk-ish book set in the American West with witches, wizards, zombies, and maybe a touch of romance. The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt is a fairy-tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty but the heroine is a commoner deprived of her livelihood by the destruction of all spinning wheels.

  • shabbygeek
    September 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks much for the shout out for That Cover Girl. =) Adele of Persnickety Snark told me about your post on Twitter and I’ve been a long-time subscriber/lurker to your blog.

    Re: Cohen’s Leverage cover – OMG. Look. At. Those. VEINS.

  • Doret
    September 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Love the cover of Leverage and it sounded really good until the part about steriods. I am so over football books that deal with steriods.

    The new Nancy Werlin is on my list. As is the next book in the Hundred Thousand Kingdom series

  • Erika (Jawas Read, Too)
    September 5, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I have Dark Harvest and was planning on reading it for Halloween as well! 😉

  • Christine
    September 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Fall for Anything sounds really good. Thanks for the heads up on that one.

  • Gerd D.
    September 10, 2010 at 9:33 am

    You noticed that the cover to “Leverage” is a direct copy of the poster artwork for the movie “Crank”, right?

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