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Perfect Ruin

Welcome to Hot New Titles with new releases including Charm & Strange, Dance of the Red Death and Mortal Fire. Cover reveals include the UK covers for Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan (oh, did that scar you for life? You’re welcome.). US covers include Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd (sequel to The Madman’s Daughter), Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (sequel to Mind Games), Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (the conclusion to the Everbound series… GIMME!) and the Cuddlebuggery Fav of the Week: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano.

Hot New Titles is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly post for YA releases and cover reveals. Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook for all the cover reveals throughout the week and more fun. Clicking the covers takes you to the book’s GoodReads page. As always, we thank Stories and Sweeties, who compiles great lists of new releases and hosts monthly New Releases Giveaways!

A Storm of Swords

My, that was traumatic.

So here we are at last.  The third installment in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent series of blood and steel and general unhappiness.  I was assured long before I picked up A Storm of Swords that it was going to wreak havoc upon my heart, even more so than the previous books had done, and so I did my best to brace my tender emotions for the impending doom.

It didn’t work.

Because Martin, it seems, has absolutely no limits or provisions whatsoever when killing off his characters.  No matter what your importance to the story may be, no matter how big of a role you may have played thus far, you are vulnerable to the creator’s mighty pen.

And it’s just awful.

A lot of people die in A Storm of Swords.  This series has never been a stranger to death, of course, but it’s different here, because the killings don’t fall primarily upon the unnamed masses or small, secondary players this time. 

Neptune's Tears

This is going to be one of those rare times where my rating isn’t very indicative of my personal feelings of the quality of a novel. (Savor this moment because I don’t see it happening too often.) Here’s the thing about Neptune’s Tears: if you are a veteran Sci-Fi reader, chances are it will be lacking in complexity for you. However, if you are a noob to the genre or a younger reader or a reluctant reader, this novel may be perfect for you. Unfortunately, I don’t fall in the latter category and I don’t think I’m a part of the target audience for this book, but I can still see a lot of redeemable qualities for Neptune’s Tears.

The Good:

- The writing isn’t bad at all. Even though I mentioned I think this book would be great for younger readers, I didn’t ever feel like Waggoner was talking down to the reader.

Invisibility

This book wasn’t terrible. It began with a lot of good things and won me over initially, but then it quickly fell apart, and here’s why:

Cursecaster, Spellseeker: A Mess of Information
I want to know the cool deetz, yeah. I want to be hip with them kids, yo. As a reader it’s crucial for me to learn all the newfangled traits of the cool fantasy world where the characters live. So tell me and I’ll listen, and I’ll probably be really interested. But when the information just keeps building without stopping, the reading process feels a lot less like discovery and a lot more like I’m being spoon-fed. I really liked where the idea of the spellseeking stuff was going, but I became complacent when it just drawled on.

Return of the Unbelievable Insta-Love
Elizabeth and Stephen fell in love in a matter of what, days? It was kind of ridiculous, and while it’s understandable on Stephen’s part (the kid hadn’t spoken to a single female other than his mother all his life), the devotion component of their relationship, although prevalent in the plot, was incredibly difficult to get behind.

Infinite

Whew! I’m back from BEA with a HUGE Hot New Titles post because it encompasses two weeks worth of bookish goodies. Big new releases from the past two weeks include Dare You To, Spirit, Wild Awake, Siege and Storm, Insomnia and The Moon and More. Cover reveals include the UK cover for Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein and Dangerous by Shannon Hale, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (am I the only one who is missing the ARC cover?) and the Cuddlebuggery Fav of the Week: Infinite by Jodi Meadows.

Hot New Titles is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly post for YA releases and cover reveals. Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook for all the cover reveals throughout the week and more fun. Clicking the covers takes you to the book’s GoodReads page. As always, we thank Stories and Sweeties, who compiles great lists of new releases and hosts monthly New Releases Giveaways!

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