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. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well!

On Ana’s Radar:

Doing my usual GoodReads rounds, I saw this upcoming book by R.J.Anderson. I don’t know what is it about but since I really enjoyed her Knife, I am intrigued:

And this one….I love this cover:

Brainy Tess Smith is the younger sibling of the beautiful, popular, volleyball-scholarship-bound Kristina. When Kristina is diagnosed with bone cancer, it drastically changes both sisters’ lives.

Sometimes the things that annoy us the most about our siblings are the ones we’d miss the most if we lost them.

In this YA literary coming-of-age novel that will appeal to readers who love Jodi Picoult and Sarah Dessen, sisters Tess and Kristina discover not only who they are, but who they can become.

And LOOKIE! The next book by Michael Northrop. I LOVED his Gentlemen, can’t wait for this one:

The Breakfast Club meets The Blizzard of the Century: A young adult suspense novel from PW Flying Start author Michael Northrop.

Scotty and his friends Pete and Tommy are among the last kids waiting to get picked up at their high school. The snow has been coming down for hours, and it’s starting to look like no one is coming for them. As the snow piles higher, their teacher Mr. Gossell leaves them behind to seek help–and disappears into the drifts outside. Now the seven remaining students are on their own, with no food and no electricity, facing a night of sleeping on classroom floors. Will their friendships survive the night . . . and will THEY?

And finally, I can’t remember where I saw this one (sorry!) but look. at.this.cover:

It is a story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah.

Seventeen-year-old Luke lives and works at the Moonflower Motel in Moab, having fled New York City where his father Frank drowns his sorrows after the death of Luke’s mother. Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava meets Frank at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When these lost souls converge in Moab, what happens transforms them all.

On Thea’s Radar:

From my recommendations at Amazon (which usually suck, but have been pretty decent as of late!):

The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability–the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called “sentients”—”humans,” they called themselves—were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.

Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.

Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance—putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?

On the face of it, Buchevsky’s and Dvorak’s chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth…

This one is from blog perusal (I can’t quite remember from where exactly, but I thought the cover was gorgeous):

The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance—between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world’s distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.

Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells….

The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers—an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far—come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey. Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upon mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him—his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world.

Aaaaand more goodreads crack. The synopsis sounds somewhat derivative, but I’m a sucker for the dystopian goodies.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen.

But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

I’ve seen this book and really, really want it. I’m in the mood for regency-ish romantic fantasy! (The copy is terrible though – who the hell approved this?)

The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written

Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

That’s it from us! What books are on your radar?

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  • Gerd D.
    October 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

    “Trapped” sounds great!

    “He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson” is on my list, love the idea of some of today’s greats giving some of his stories a different spin.

  • Paul Yokota
    October 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Not to judge the books by their proverbial covers, but several of these look like they could be posters for decent summer blockbuster films.

  • Yvonne
    October 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I love the cover on ‘The Weight Of Bones’, there is just something really captivating about it.

    It is not an author I am familiar with, but I shall be on the look out for this book definitely.

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention


  • Carolyn Crane
    October 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Wow, what a list! I’ll be so interested to see what you think of some of these, esp. SHADES!!

  • April (Good Books & Wine)
    October 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I really like the sound of Trapped, hello Breakfast Club reference. That is one way to get a book on my own radar!

  • Nikki Egerton
    October 11, 2010 at 6:28 am

    The cover of Ultraviolet grabbed me immeadiately, and a google search turned this up: “Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her”. Thats me totally hooked, will definitley look out for that one. Am also looking forward to Divergent, that has been on my radar for a while. Trapped sounds great too, I need to get hold of Gentlemen I think.

  • Sarah Neely
    October 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Divergent looks tantalizing- I’m desperately looking forward to the review on that one!

  • MaryK
    October 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    😈 Something for your radar:


  • Michelle
    October 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Divergent sounds like it’s going to be right up my alley!

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