Last Friday was like Christmas all over again. It always feels like Christmas when new books arrive in the mail. Yayyyy!!!! I pre-ordered four books at the end of December and chose the “wait to ship until the last one is released so you get free shipping” option, which meant that they all arrived on the same day. The funny thing is that the last one was supposed to come out on February 10th and it arrived over a week early. Score! I thought I would share my book haul with you (along with the synopses from Goodreads) because some of you may enjoy these authors as much as I do:
1) The Damned by Andrew Pyper – Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won’t let him. In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson. Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?
2) The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (Book 2 of the Bone Season series) -Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.
3) The Deep by Nick Cutter – A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
4) Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Book 2 of The Red Rising Trilogy) – Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart.
I dove into The Damned right away and finished it in just a few sittings, and it was totally creepy and awesome like I knew it would be. Andrew Pyper is an incredibly talented author, and I’m also proud to say he’s Canadian! Then I immediately lost myself in The Mime Order, and I am even more impressed with this new young author than I was when I read her first book. This is a series that I can easily lose myself in. The world building is incredible.
My wonderful books are calling, so let’s get on with the matter at hand. It’s mystery photo day. Show me what you’ve got, oh smart ones. Ok, ready, set, go….