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Kirkus April SF picks!

We're so excited to see so many of our titles included in Kirkus Reviews's April Best Bets for Speculative Fiction!


STELES OF THE SKY
by Elizabeth Bear
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Having amassed an army of warriors and teamed with a wizard, an exiled heir to the Great Khan finally stakes his claim to the rule the Khaganate and defeat the evil that threatens all the lands with war.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: The previous books in The Eternal Sky trilogy, RANGE OF GHOSTS and SHATTERED PILLARS, were met with wide acclaim and deservedly so. Its depiction of magic, politics and war set amongst diverse cultures makes for great reading.

SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford & Larry Nevin
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Human space exploration is thrown into uncertainty when a massive artifact—an enormous bowl-shaped object that encompasses a star and contains a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths—is found to be headed toward the same system that Humans are trying to colonize.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Two science fiction masters team up for a classic space story filled with sense of wonder? A better question would be: Why wouldn't you read it?

TRANSHUMAN by Ben Bova
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A brilliant cellular biologist named Luke Abramson abducts his granddaughter from the hospital to circumvent the red tape that would allow him to cure her brain tumor with a new experimental enzyme. But the clock is ticking: Abramson has lung cancer and it's spreading rapidly, despite injecting himself with another experimental enzyme that reverses his aging.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Bova's premise is enticing and his books are grounded in realistic science.

THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Set amongst spiritualist and occult societies of 1893 London, a young journalist-turned-accountant fights to save his fiance, who is fighting for her own survival somewhere in the vicinity of Mars.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: This standalone Victorian science fiction story is a throwback to planetary romances of yesteryear where the emphasis is on adventure and fun.

AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Technology meets Big Pharma in a story where anybody with an Internet connection can download recipes and print their own drugs—even if those drugs turn out to be deadly.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Science fiction excels at asking "What if?" questions and this merging of mind-altering drugs with easily accessible technology is a great platform that does just that.

VALOUR AND VANITY by Mary Robinette Kowal
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Set in a world where illusionary magic is possible, a couple who fell victim to a scam that cleaned them out of all their money devise a scheme to get it all back. Think: old-fashioned heist with magic.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Unlike sprawling epic fantasies where the fate of the word is at stake, Mary Robinette Kowal's quaint Regency stories are more intimate and personal, and thus quite refreshing.

THE FOREVER WATCH by David Ramirez
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The last survivors of humanity—on a 1,000-year journey across the stars to find a new planet to call home—are all aboard one generation starship...and one of them is a dangerous serial killer.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: This mystery-in-space story features a woman who is a gifted psychic and finds purpose in her life again after she serves her society-mandated Breeding Duty.

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Friday Reads - Fractured Fairy Tales

Happy Friday! Today's #FridayReads are two fractured fairy tales:
Talia is enchanted by Kate Forsyth's BITTER GREENS
Bitter Greens jacket

This historical novel gorgeously interweaves the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force. This sumptuous novel holds the stories of three women, braided together to create a compelling tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love.

“Kate Forsyth’s BITTER GREENS is an enthralling concoction of history and magic, an absorbing, richly detailed, and heart-wrenching reimagining of a timeless fairytale.” — Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of MRS LINCOLN'S RIVAL


Anne's looking for Neverland after reading ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen

Alias Hook jacketIn this retelling of the Captain Hook story, the pirate from Peter Pan is cursed to be the villain. Hook’s one hope for redemption comes in the form of Stella Parrish, a grown woman who dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. It's perfect for fans of Gregory Maguire and Paula Brackston.

“Jensen’s wonderful imagination and devotion to history and myth allow the reader to fly with her through this outstanding adventure—no fairy dust required.” — Publishers Weekly


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Library Journal's 2014 Mystery Preview

We loooove mysteries (the bloodier the better) and your patrons do, too! Our friend and Library Journal Mover & Shaker Kristi Chadwick recently wrote a mystery preview column for LJ and we're thrilled (pun intended) that it includes so many of our titles:

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie
On sale November 4, 2014
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, this Arizona-set debut mystery stars a Native American rodeo cowboy–turned–private investigator.

BOOTY BONES by Carolyn Haines
On sale May 20, 2014
In Haines's 14th charming Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, Sarah and her fiance Graf's island vacation goes disastrously awry when she's asked to solve the murder of a treasure-hunter.

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
On sale September 2, 2014
This brilliant novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy's killer in a quiet British seaside town.

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the next Will Rees mystery from Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America competition winner Kuhns, Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.

FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
On sale May 13, 2014
Thomas is an Oklahoma librarian whose Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following. His latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives.

FIVE by Ursula Archer
On sale December 9, 2014
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game.

FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
On sale August 12, 2014
A suspenseful and chilling murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées.

INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
On sale May 6, 2014
In Dahl's accomplished debut, young journalist Rebekah Roberts finds herself drawn into her mother's tight-knit world when she's assigned to cover the murder of an Hasidic Jew.

LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall
On sale June 10, 2014
Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton tries to connect a teen’s death with her own sister’s disappearance.

MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron
On sale October 28, 2014
A repo man's ordinary life is turned upside down when he starts hearing the voice of a dead realtor in his head.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver.

WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis
On sale November 18, 2014
The first woman to win the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition in over 10 years, Willis's debut features PI Gypsy Moran who gets roped into a case of murder and police corruption in Texas.


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Thriller Thursday & 2014 ThrillerFest Award Nominations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We've got three great mysteries AND fantastic news about ThrillerFest Award nominations!

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
An April 2014 LibraryReads pick! In Cotterill's third Jimm Juree mystery, the reporter's latest assignment is a profile of a writer who might also be a potential serial killer. “In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.” — Booklist, starred review

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
In the next installment in this Welsh police procedural series, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds several bodies at a remote site in the hills. His superior officers believe it's just a dumping ground, but Capaldi isn't convinced and sets out to learn who these dead people were and how they ended up there. “Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast.” — Booklist

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS by Hilary Davidson
“In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.” — Library Journal. Want to know more? Check out our feature.

Last week the ITW ThrillerFest Award finalists were announced and five were from Minotaur Books!

Best Hardcover Novel:
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo

Best First Novel:
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

Best Paperback Original:
COLD SNAP by Allison Brennan
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus

The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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Win a copy of AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH!

April may be halfway over (already?!), but it's still Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we're giving away three copies of AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH by Raun K. Kaufman to some lucky librarians.

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the autism community. So what happened?

Thanks to Son-Rise, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH, Kaufman presents the ground-breaking principles behind Son-Rise and shows how and why the program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. The book also includes clear, practical strategies for working with children that readers can apply immediately—in some cases, parents see a change in their children in as little as one day.

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Autism Breakthrough) by Wednesday, April 30. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

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Belated #BookBday (4/15/14 Edition)

We're a day late in wishing these books a Happy #BookBday, but it's only to keep the party going!

THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay
The internationally bestselling author of SARAH'S KEY returns with another absorbing novel about a young writer who, while digging into his family’s deeply buried secrets, finds the key to his future. A May 2014 Indie Next selection!
“...de Rosnay's fans and readers who enjoy contemporary interior novels will not be disappointed.” — Library Journal

A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable
An antique furniture appraiser finds a treasure trove—and secrets of its courtesan owner—in a Paris apartment in the ninth arrondissement. “With its well-developed, memorable characters and the author's skillful transitioning between story lines...this stunning and fascinating debut will capture the interest of a wide audience but particularly those interested in stories about women behind famous men like Melanie Benjamin's THE AVIATOR'S WIFE or Nancy Horan's UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE SEA HOUSE by Elisabeth Gifford
Set in Scotland's remote Outer Hebrides, THE SEA HOUSE is a beguiling tale of love and loss, a meditation on motherhood, and how we find our identity through the stories we tell. “Hints of magic abound in Gifford’s haunting fiction debut, which follows two story lines... Gifford has an ability to bring depth to her characters, whether they live in the 19th century or the 20th, and this helps hold together her sweeping tale.” — Publishers Weekly

'TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Lauren Francis-Sharma
This buzzed about debut novel is a glorious and moving multi-generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States. “Francis-Sharma’s spellbinding, intimately detailed, psychologically lush, and suspenseful tale of racial and sexual trauma, hard work, love, and family devotion makes personal the injustice people endured in the years leading up to the civil rights movement in both multicultural Trinidad and segregated America.” — Booklist, starred review

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Teen Talk Tuesday (4/15/14 Edition)

It's time to talk teen titles again! Read up on the latest and greatest titles from St. Martin's Griffin, then join us and @earlyword today at 5m EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag #ewyagc).

ILLUSION by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #5)
In the fifth novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series Nick Gautier gets sucked into an alternate reality where he realizes that every person has a specific place in the universe... Even the son of a hated demon.

INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #4, Trade Paperback Edition)
Sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you? Now available for the first time in trade paperback.

REBORN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #1)
New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter returns to Shadow Falls with this brand new spin-off series starring vampire Della Tsang.

IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch (Trade Paperback edition)
A deeply compelling mix of high school drama and page-turning mystery that asks profound questions about family, truth, and love. A 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, now available for the first time in trade paperback.

IN PRAISE OF HATRED by Khaled Khalifa
In this powerful novel famously banned in Syria, a young Muslim girl turns to extremism under a brutal dictatorship, set in 1980s Syria. Booklist recommends it “for mature teens interested in the politics of the Middle East as it affects the lives of women.”

Hope to see you later at #ewyagc!
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3 SECTIONS wins the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry!

This just in: Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 3 SECTIONS! Congratulations!!!


Click here to see all the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners.

For Your Consideration: June LibraryReads titles

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Since the weather is getting warmer, why not take your reading al fresco? We recommend these June 2014 titles to get you in a summer state of mind. Just don't forget to nominate your favorite books by May 1!


THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
A woman who was wrongly convicted of her sister's murder and served time in prison must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name. “Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption... A compelling, exceptional read.” — Library Journal, starred review

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A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
In the latest Lacey Flint mystery, the detective—now part of the marine police—finds a shrouded body in the river. And that's just the first one... “Bolton, who previously published using her initials rather than her first name, turns out dependably well-plotted, well-written crime novels that have actually made me miss my subway stop. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.” — Library Journal, Spring 2014 Editors' Picks

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SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews
Cara Kryzik is on the verge of becoming the go-to wedding florist in Savannah, even though she doesn't believe in love. But when the bride spirals into a crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she believes in. “Bestseller Andrews is at the top of her game, delivering a smart, funny perfect-for-summer read with a hopeful heart.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review on LADIES NIGHT

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THAT SUMMER
by Lauren Willig
From modern-day England to the early days of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, New York Times bestseller Willig takes readers on a journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past—and herself.

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THE GLASS KITCHEN
by Linda Francis Lee
Three sisters move from Texas to New York City to open a restaurant in this novel about food, family, and finding true love from the author of EMILY AND EINSTEIN.

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BRUTAL YOUTH
by Anthony Breznican
Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in this coming-of-age story that's Fight Club meets The Breakfast Club.

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THE ROMANOV SISTERS: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport
Historian Helen Rappaport brings the four Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, to life in their own words, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, to illuminate the opulence of their doomed world and their courage as they faced a terrible end.

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For more June LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!
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SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE is a May 2014 LibraryReads pick!

Break out the chocolate and coffee, it's time to celebrate! SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones is the #9 pick on the May 2014 LibraryReads list!

In the latest book in the Charley Davidson series, the part-time investigator and full-time Grim Reaper is engaged to Reyes Farrow. Sure he's the son of Satan, but he's dark, sultry, sexy, and everything Charley could hope for. So when the FBI file on Reyes's childhood ends up in Charley's hands she can't resist looking at it... and then the real fun begins.

First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed...

Also available in the Charley Davidson series:
FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT
FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET
THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD
SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

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