AUTHOR: LAUREN DESTEFANO
SLATED RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 12th 2013 (Simon & Schuster – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20.
In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by “the Gatherers” to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.
In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.
COMMENTS: Wow. I love how Rhine here has her wedding ring in her palm – and is she sneering or smiling? I really love this blurb, and it just makes me all the more excited for this book to finally come out. But I’m sad that this series is ending – and I’m glad we’re finally getting answers we’ve chased after all along throughout these books.
AUTHOR: TAHEREH MAFI
SLATED RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2013 (HarperTeen – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .
Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.
Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
COMMENTS: I LOVE the cover for book 2, “Unravel Me”, so I hope this ends up being the final cover for book 1.5. I love how this might or might not be Juliette’s skin, and how very superhero-y it feels! Kind of like Mystique from X-Men, actually, except the skin’s a lighter blue/green. This is such a wonderful series, and I hope this isn’t the last book. Luckily, I got a copy of “Unravel Me” at ALA this year, so I can’t wait to read it and see where things may be leaving toward this final book. I think this is one of the few series where I really like the cover redesign for book 2 forward.
COVER REVEALED!: “IRON’S PROPHECY (IRON FEY #4.5)”
AUTHOR: JULIE KAGAWA
SLATED RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 (HarlequinTeen – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…
COMMENTS: The final “Iron Fey” novella with Meghan and Ash as main characters, sad face. And omg, baby! I’m really excited for this release, since it’ll be actively leading into the sequel series with Meghan’s brother. This will be bundled with the paperback release of all of the novellas, so it looks like Harlequin is getting more of my money. Not that I mind, that is…
What do you think of these covers? Are you excited about these new books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!