Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Fiction

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel & Raven by Lauren Oliver
Delirium; Short Stories
Hana adds nuance to the life-changing summer before best friends Lena and Hana are to be cured – a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever. Annabel untangles the mysteries surrounding Lena’s mother, detailing her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state. And Raven crackles with the intensity of its title character, the fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds who plays an integral role in the resistance.” –Cover.

Of Flesh and Blood by Daniel Kalla
The Alfredson Medical Center in Seattle has operated since 1896 when lumber baron Marshall Alfredson built the hospital at the urging of surgeon, Evan McGrath. Present-day disasters, doomed relationships, and shocking family secrets come together to threaten not only the Alfredson and McGrath families, but the legendary hospital itself. –Summary.

Rift by Andrea Cremer
Nightshade; Prequel
Sixteen-year-old Lady Ember Morrow fulfills a family obligation by joining her friend Alistair in the Conatus Guard and begins training to help with the order’s true mission, to seek out and stop evildoers and their unnatural creations. –Summary.

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century, appears to be a fine place to raise a family. But something dark and dangerous lurks on the outskirts of town and it is affecting the town’s residents. Vampires and ghosts appear in dreams; the elite families of Princeton are cursed; daughters disappear. When a young bride is abducted, and a terrifying underworld revealed, paths cross and monstrous deeds prevail. Will any of Princeton’s residents live to see a day free from demon lovers, haunted houses and guilty secrets? –Summary.

The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted. In shock, she cannot speak. Her identity is a mystery. The girl's case is taken up by Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer working in Africa. A betrayal in her own past gives the girl's plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator and seek justice. –Summary.

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
"Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London, working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she's determined to find out if the accusations were true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father's new life. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius - and madness - in her own blood." –Cover.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan
Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters face an uncertain future. Without his wages, and with the miniscule money their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, they will soon be homeless. With little opportunity for work, Marie is sent to the Paris Opéra, where she trains to enter the famous Ballet and eventually meets Edgar Degas. Antoinette, the eldest sister, finds employment - and the love of a dangerous young man - at the local theatre. Set during a period of overwhelming artistic, cultural, and societal change, The Painted Girls is the story of two sisters struggling for existence in a world governed by society’s darker impulses. –Summary.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Sequel to: Shatter Me.
"Juliette has escaped to Omega Point, the headquarters of the rebel resistance and a safe haven for people with abilities like hers. She is finally free from The Reestablishment and their plans to use her as a weapon, but Warner, her former captor, won't let her go without a fight." – Publisher.