Strange Chemistry: Where are they now?

I thought I would do a follow-up post as it’s been three months since my original post on Strange Chemistry when the publisher Angry Robot decided to discontinue the imprint suddenly.

Where are these books now? Have they found homes? Let’s see!

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Has been picked up! Expect a cover change, but now Skyscape is picking up Some Fine Day for a November 2014 release date.

SomeFineDaySixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.

She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…

My review can be found here.

 

Delete by Kim Curran (#3 Shift Series)

No news yet, but there is this blog post. It may be self published.

Delete-144dpiThe country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy – Scott Tyler.

In this ravaged alternative world, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country’s frail defences from crumbling.

But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the reality he knew – without losing the girl he loves.

With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust – not even himself – how much is he willing to risk to get home?

Book #1: Shift

Book #2: Control

 

Crushed by Eliza Crewe (#2 Soul Eaters Series)

To be self published! Details are here. To be released September 22nd 2014!

Crushed-144dpiMeda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

Book #1: Cracked

 

 

Rabble by Rosie Best (#2 Skulk Series)

No news yet, but there is this blog post.

Rabble-144dpiMeg Banks is the metashifter, the only person in the world who can shapeshift into any one of the five creatures that guard London’s deepest magical secrets: fox, rat, spider, butterfly and raven. But with great power comes… well, you know the rest.

To gain control of the five weard stones, the sorceress Victoria will stop at nothing, including using Meg’s own estranged mother against her.

Will Meg choose to use the stones’ power herself or keep them safely hidden? And can she work for peace, or must she destroy those who stand in her way?

Book #1: Skulk

 

 

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The following books don’t seem to have received cover art, but were due to come out from September onwards:

A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris

Has been picked up by Curiosity Quills Press! No news yet for a release date, but follow the author here to be kept updated.

Eleanor Banneker is under a spell, bewitched and enslaved by her evil stepmother. Her long-lost childhood friend, Benjamin Grimm, is the only person immune to the magic that binds her. Even if he doesn’t believe in real magic, he cannot abandon her and must find a way to breach the spell – but time is running short.

If he doesn’t succeed before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ellie will be bound forever…

~

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

No news yet, but there is this blog post.

When RJ’s soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.

Eventually RJ is presented with two options: she can remain in the Lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires; or replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will produce a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel. Will she ever find redemption and walk amongst the living again?

~

An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes

No news yet, but there is this small note on her site.

Imagine if vampires, werewolves, angels and zombies were merely humans with a genetic mutation . . . could Norms and Differents ever get along?

Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with teeny-tiny genetic anomalies. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything. At least that’s what Carrie has always believed.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks.

Then, Carrie stumbles on a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

~

The Fallen Prince by Amalie Howard (#2 The Almost Girl)

Can’t seem to find any mention of it on her blog/site. Disappointing. Amalie has other books coming out however.

Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

When she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat. To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most – her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender to him.

Riven will have to choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Book #1: The Almost Girl

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The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

No news yet, but there is this small note on her site.

In a future when being overweight means additional taxation, an innovative weight-loss clinic comes up with a ground-breaking system. Trainers have their brain waves downloaded into an overweight clients so that they can lose the weight for them. Seventeen year-old Morgan Dey jumps at the chance to earn credits to help pay off some family bills.

While Reducing for a client, Morgan begins to experience stray memories from her host, causing her to question her own identity and whether she really is the same Morgan now that she’s in someone else’s body, house, and family. And when the clinic begins to face violent protests from an anti-Reducer group that questions the ethics involved in the Reducer program, Morgan realizes she stands to lose much more than the weight she’d originally signed up for.

~

Pure Magic by Rachel Neumeier (#2 Black Dog)

No news yet, but there is this blog post. It may be self published.

Following the defeat of their deadly enemy Malvern Vonhausel, Alejandro and Natividad – and their human brother, Miguel – have begun to feel that, against all odds, they may have succeeded in making a new home for themselves among the black dogs of Dimilioc.

But keeping that home safe involves challenges they never anticipated. It’s bad enough that stray black dogs, taking advantage of Dimilioc’s weakness, are appearing everywhere; much worse are powerful rivals who would tear Dimilioc down entirely and claim Dimilioc’s authority for their own.

Book #1: Black Dog

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Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (#2 The Malediction Trilogy)

Going to be published by Angry Robot after all! Read the happy news here. To be published Spring 2015.

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Book 1: The Stolen Songbird

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Four confirmed so far, two may be self-published!

As for the rest that have not yet found homes? Keep them in mind, champion for them, tell the world you still want a chance to read them. Write down their titles and authors, because it’s possible that when they’re picked up elsewhere or self published, the cover design could change entirely.

Incidentally – how has this event left Angry Robot in your mind? Has it influenced your thoughts on them? If you’ve bought from them in the past, do you still do that now? I’m curious as to how this has gone for them, image-wise.

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Strange Chemistry book list

Here are some books that were due to come out from Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A but have now sadly been dropped at Angry Robot’s sudden discontinuation of their imprints.

Keep them in mind, champion for them, tell the world you still want a chance to read them. Write down their titles and authors, because it’s possible that when they’re picked up elsewhere or self published, the cover design could change entirely.

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

SomeFineDaySixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.

She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…

My review can be found here.

 

Delete by Kim Curran (#3 Shift Series)

Delete-144dpiThe country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy – Scott Tyler.

In this ravaged alternative world, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country’s frail defences from crumbling.

But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the reality he knew – without losing the girl he loves.

With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust – not even himself – how much is he willing to risk to get home?

Book #1: Shift

Book #2: Control

 

Crushed by Eliza Crewe (#2 Soul Eaters Series)

Crushed-144dpiMeda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

Book #1: Cracked

 

 

Rabble by Rosie Best (#2 Skulk Series)

Rabble-144dpiMeg Banks is the metashifter, the only person in the world who can shapeshift into any one of the five creatures that guard London’s deepest magical secrets: fox, rat, spider, butterfly and raven. But with great power comes… well, you know the rest.

To gain control of the five weard stones, the sorceress Victoria will stop at nothing, including using Meg’s own estranged mother against her.

Will Meg choose to use the stones’ power herself or keep them safely hidden? And can she work for peace, or must she destroy those who stand in her way?

Book #1: Skulk

 

 

The following books don’t seem to have received cover art, but were due to come out from September onwards:

A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris

Eleanor Banneker is under a spell, bewitched and enslaved by her evil stepmother. Her long-lost childhood friend, Benjamin Grimm, is the only person immune to the magic that binds her. Even if he doesn’t believe in real magic, he cannot abandon her and must find a way to breach the spell – but time is running short.

If he doesn’t succeed before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ellie will be bound forever…

~

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

When RJ’s soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.

Eventually RJ is presented with two options: she can remain in the Lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires; or replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will produce a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel. Will she ever find redemption and walk amongst the living again?

~

An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes

Imagine if vampires, werewolves, angels and zombies were merely humans with a genetic mutation . . . could Norms and Differents ever get along?

Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with teeny-tiny genetic anomalies. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything. At least that’s what Carrie has always believed.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks.

Then, Carrie stumbles on a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

~

The Fallen Prince by Amalie Howard (#2 The Almost Girl)

Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

When she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat. To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most – her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender to him.

Riven will have to choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Book #1: The Almost Girl

~

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

In a future when being overweight means additional taxation, an innovative weight-loss clinic comes up with a ground-breaking system. Trainers have their brain waves downloaded into an overweight clients so that they can lose the weight for them. Seventeen year-old Morgan Dey jumps at the chance to earn credits to help pay off some family bills.

While Reducing for a client, Morgan begins to experience stray memories from her host, causing her to question her own identity and whether she really is the same Morgan now that she’s in someone else’s body, house, and family. And when the clinic begins to face violent protests from an anti-Reducer group that questions the ethics involved in the Reducer program, Morgan realizes she stands to lose much more than the weight she’d originally signed up for.

~

Pure Magic by Rachel Neumeier (#2 Black Dog)

Following the defeat of their deadly enemy Malvern Vonhausel, Alejandro and Natividad – and their human brother, Miguel – have begun to feel that, against all odds, they may have succeeded in making a new home for themselves among the black dogs of Dimilioc.

But keeping that home safe involves challenges they never anticipated. It’s bad enough that stray black dogs, taking advantage of Dimilioc’s weakness, are appearing everywhere; much worse are powerful rivals who would tear Dimilioc down entirely and claim Dimilioc’s authority for their own.

Book #1: Black Dog

~

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (#2 The Malediction Trilogy)

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Book 1: The Stolen Songbird

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As a reminder, I’m currently running a giveaway for Laura Lam books! Which books above have caught your interest? Personally I’m interested in A Curse of Ash and Iron that was due to come out on my birthday!

Laura Lam Giveaway

Sad publishing news reigns with the announcement that Angry Robot‘s two imprints, Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A, have ceased, effective immediately.

I loved Strange Chemistry especially because without fail – every book I picked up from that imprint, I loved. They had a level of quality I could depend on, where I didn’t have to worry when picking up a book whether or not it was going to resonate with me.

But it goes deeper than this – it’s upsetting because it impacts on one of my favourite authors, Laura Lam. I loved the books she had out so far, and I find her thoughtful and well spoken (as well as simply interesting to follow on social media). She also happened to attend Scott Lynch’s cafe meet-up in Brighton in 2013 during World Fantasy Con, and was really lovely when I kinda shyly slunk up to her to see if it really was her to say how much I loved her books.

So far she has two books out in a trilogy, and now the third book is up in the air. This series needs a third book, so I’m going to do what little I can to help:

pantomime-shadowplay

I’ll be giving away the following:

  • One set of her two books, Pantomime and Shadowplay, in paperback to one lucky person
  • One copy of her first book, Pantomime, in paperback, to one lucky person
  • One copy of her second book Shadowplay, in paperback, to one lucky person

This is to spread her books as far as I can assist at this time. I hope the books go to people who haven’t yet read her, or in the case of the third option, who’ve started to read her but haven’t got their hands on the second yet. I’m also partial to those who have read her, but need physical copies of the books to flail around and share with friends :)

The winners shall have to be willing to share a postal address with me (obviously) and the giveaway is open world-wide.

As there are three prizes, there shall be three winners.

If this goes well, there may be bonuses of her short fiction that’s currently available on kindle – we shall see!

Please click below for the rafflecopter giveaway – unfortunately it doesn’t seem they can be embedded in wordpress sites:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Apologies if the giveaway goes a little shaky – this is my first time using rafflecopter so I hope it runs smoothly! If you have any issues using it, just let me know and we’ll figure out a manual way to include you.

Any questions, leave a comment below!

ETA: My friend Sam is also running a giveaway! Click here to see her post about what you can win from here :)

 

This giveaway is now closed!

The winners have been contacted. Congratulations! 

Review: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

SomeFineDayPublished by: Strange Chemistry
ISBN: 1783450177
ISBN 13: 9781783450176
Published: July 2014
Pages: 275
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘Some Fine Day’ by Kat Ross is a standalone dystopian, featuring a strong female character as our lead – Jansin Nordqvist – daughter to a two-star general and about to graduate from the Academy – the Academy that trains up Black Ops fighters.

Bright things are in her future. She has an equally bright-future boyfriend who her parents approve of, and soon they’ll receive their assignments, and everything will change. To celebrate, her father has somehow wrangled a trip to the surface – because in the future, civilisation live underground, thanks to the hypercanes that tear apart the world above. Those that could be evacuated were, to a new life down below where everything is synthetic and artificial, whether it be views out the window or weather, and the concept of ‘day’ and ‘night’.

The trip to the surface is everything Jansin didn’t know she could dream of. Five-star accommodation on warm sand by actual surf – though of course it could be cancelled at any last moment due to unforeseen weather…

It’s a risk they’re willing to pay for and take. Though of course, that’s where everything changes…

I read this book within a day, I simply couldn’t put it down. It’s a quick read, ready to trick you at any corner as you find yourself rolicking through the situations Jansin is flung into and almost find yourself comfortable, before you realise you’re not even halfway through the book yet, which, yes, means more unrest, and more situations!

One of the more interesting parts of this novel, I found, were seeing how the world has progressed. We have Nu-London, an aspect I would have loved to see more of. I hope there’s another book in this series, as standalone as this is currently. There’s certainly room for another book to see what happens next.

The best part of this book is having a main character who can hold her own in many situations. She’s brawny but she’s also intelligent. She’s rough, but she’s also caring and careful of those around her.

This is a book lovers of Mira Grant’s work will enjoy. A series that takes science and disease into consideration, and gives us something thrilling.

Haul & News – 26 April 2014

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I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski (review) from Bloomsbury on NetGalley
  • Some Fine Day by Kat Ross (review) from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley

I first requested The Winner’s Curse on NetGalley, then was offered a copy from The Reading Room. Then I was approved on NG, so it seems I’ll receive it twice, which is a fun thing now that I’ve started it and really enjoying it so far. I’ll have a print copy to fling at friends to share it around! The blurb had me hooked: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married.

Some Fine Day was an instant request, because Strange Chemistry have such a good name – I don’t think they’ve released a single book I haven’t really enjoyed. It doesn’t hurt the blurb for this one is also attention-catching – which yes, is the point of blurbs entirely, but doesn’t mean they’re always good. This one, I think, is!

Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:
1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
3. There’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.

My reviews for both shall follow shortly.

News

In_Your_Eyes_Tribeca_poster

How come there’s been so little talk of Joss Whedon’s latest work, In Your Eyes? It’s currently available via vimeo, and recently aired at the Tribeca Film Festival. It tells of a telepathically linked couple who have been connected since very young, and then happen to meet randomly when older. A sci-fi romantic comedy, with Joss as the screenwriter and executive producer? Count me in.

Links of Notice:

  • With the drama that’s come from the announcement of the Hugo Shortlists, we have a response from Brandon Sanderson regarding the nomination of the entire Wheel of Time series, which is interesting and worth a read.
  • On the same topic, Mary Robinette Kowal has some very fine thoughts on this indeed.
  • Hugo-nominated podcast Galactic Suburbia have a Hugo Nominations 2014 episode, which is really worth listening to.
  • In non Hugo-news, J. K. Rowling‘s first book for adult’s The Casual Vacancy is to become a BBC miniseries, according to The Guardian. It was announced in 2012 that it would be adapted for television, and seems to be moving closer to this eventuality as a planned three-hour miniseries. Will you be able to watch it? The book, while I’m glad I read it, wasn’t exactly enjoyable (for me, at least) – a little too real, too heavy, too hard to read/watch and come to terms with the idea people live like that. My brand of tv is usually easier/more mindless to watch… such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and… well, Hannibal, which kind of throws my statement out the window.
  • Over on Diversity in YA, the author of Otherbound, Corinne Duyvis has a post about Defining Disability which is a very good read.
  • Another YA author, Malinda Lo, writes regarding whether white people should write about people of colour.

Cover Reveals:

FirefightFirefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Expected publication: Early 2015

They told David it was impossible–that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart–invincible, immortal, unconquerable–is dead. And he died by David’s hand. 
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. 
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic–Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.