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For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger. But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each other in their dreams, but they can’t escape the darkening shadows. Amid spontaneous explosions, friends turned enemies and dangerous secrets revealed, there’s still a demon who has Natalie’s scent, and someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil.

London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

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The title was what originally drew me to The Theatre of Curious Acts by Cate Gardner. I enjoy books set in this era, but what really intrigues me is the part about the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse. It makes it sound like gender politics will come into play, and I’m curious to see what that’s about.

Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path with the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse. Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in the greatest battle of all.

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The cover of Breathless by Cole Gibsen is simply gorgeous. I added it to my TBR list almost immediately based on great design — and the synopsis looks amazing too.

Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken – the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn’t fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather’s rules long enough to make it to graduation day.

But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school.

Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren’t about to let her forget.

After meeting Bastin – a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes – on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning.

In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can’t survive past the shore.

 

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I’m really looking forward to reading Something Like Normal by Trish Doller when it comes out in June. It’s been on my TBR list since November and though I’ve tried to get ahold of an advance copy, so far I’ve had no luck.

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

 

 

 

 

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I just found out that one of my favourite Canadian authors, Steven Heighton, will be publishing a new book soon. Knopf Canada will be releasing The Dead Are More Visible in trade paperback on May 1st, 2012.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Heighton in 2008, when he was the writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa. A reading was held in the Arts building, where he shared samples of his work from AfterlandsThe Shadow Boxer, and others. As an aspiring author, I was both awed and intimidated. I immediately bought a copy of Afterlands, a fascinating, brutal, and occasionally funny story involving a group of arctic explorers stranded on an ice floe.

An astoundingly original and tightly curated collection of stories from the award-winning author of Every Lost Country and Afterlands.
 
It is remarkably easy to accept Al Purdy’s assertion that Steven Heighton–renowned for his craftsmanship, risk-taking, insight and range–”is one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best.” The Dead Are More Visible highlights his strengths at writing fiction that does not sacrifice humour, depth and emotion for the sake of brevity. These 11 profoundly moving and finely crafted stories encapsulate wildly divergent themes of love and loss, containment and exclusion. In the title story, a parks & rec worker faces an assailant who does not leave the altercation intact. A medical researcher and his claustrophobic fiancée are locked in the trunk of their car after a failed carjacking (the thief can’t drive standard). A young woman enters a pharmaceutical trial in the outer reaches of suburbia and slips between sleeping and waking with increasingly alarming ease. Pairing the cultural acuity ofLost in Translation with the compassion and reach of The World According to Garp, Heighton breathes new life into the short story, a genre that is finally coming into its own.

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