Monstrous Discoveries

Monstrous Discoveries is a feature that mentions books that I have discovered through my sidetracking excursions around the web. While my bookshelf really is not never ending, it is always exciting to share the books I would add if it was.

The Ghosts Of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty 
Releases: June 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Discovered on: Goodreads

This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They’ve been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can’t get enough of them. 

Everyone’s trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world.

But they don’t know that all Amelia can think about is her past — an idyllic time before she ran away from home. Riley thinks he’s losing her to the past, maybe even to a place further back in time. He turns to the students of Ashbury for help, and things get much, much worse. 

In the tradition of the gothic novel, this is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realize that the future’s come to get you.

Reason for Interest: I am in the mood for a nice story about ghosts. And I love the idea of childhood sweethearts. Sounds like a fun read.

Silversands by Gareth L. Powell
Released: April 10th 2010 by Pendragon Press, Maesteg
Discovered on: Goodreads

In an age where interstellar travel is dangerous and unpredictable, and no-one knows exactly where they’ll end up, Avril Bradley is a Communications Officer aboard a ship sent to re-contact as many lost souls as possible. But a mysterious explosion strands her in a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge; a world of retired cops, digital ghosts and corporate assassins – all fighting for possession of vital computer data that has lain hidden for almost a century. . .

Reason for Interest: Cool looking cover that reminds me of I, Robot.

The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments 2 by Arthur Slade
Releases:  September 14th 2010 by Wendy Lamb Books
Discovered on: Goodreads

While searching for the cause behind the sinking of several ships, Modo and Octavia sail to the exact coordinates of the attacks. Is it a sea monster? Or something else? They aren’t alone in their pursuit: the beautiful and mysterious French agent Colette has been researching this phenomenon for some time.

Upon reaching the site, Modo and Octavia’s ship is rammed, and Modo is plunged into the icy sea… and disappears from sight. As he faces certain death, Modo is saved by a most unlikely underwater rescuer and discovers the mechanical truth behind the attacks. But the Clockwork Guild closes in. How will he get back to the surface?

Reason for Interest: The first novel in this series had my interest piqued so I am excited to learn that there will be more. This is definitely a series I need to get my hands on.

Crossing Over by Anna Kendall 
Releases: October 14th 2010 by Viking Juvenile
Discovered on: Amazon

Whether it’s a curse, or a blessing, or an ability, the fact remains: whenever Roger is injured or in enough pain he crosses over to the land of the dead. Once there, there are rules: only the newly dead will talk, for example, and nothing will raise the longer dead from their tranquility.

There are rules in the land of the living as well; rules which would have Roger hanged for witchcraft if he was ever caught. But refusing to cross over isn’t an option. His uncle depends on Roger to hide under the table in their fairground act, listen to the recently bereaved asking questions of their dear departed, and then cross over to find the answers. It’s a hard way of life, made all the harder as his uncle’s fists usually provide the trigger for Roger to cross over.

It’s not the only way of life, though, and when Roger sees a chance to escape he fights for it – little knowing that love, loss, shocking revelations and, ultimately, war lie ahead of him.

Just because Roger can cross over into the land of the dead doesn’t mean he wants to. 

Reason for Interest: Looks like an interesting premise. Plus I do not read that many novels with male protagonists, so this might give me a chance to start changing that.

Echoes (Fingerprints, #1-3) by Melinda Metz
Releases:  July 27th 2010 by HarperCollins
Discovered on: Goodreads

From the author of the Roswell High books comes a series that combines everything that teens love—a relatable heroine struggling to fit in, a tension-filled friendship that develops into more, an overarching mystery to be solved, and a fresh supernatural twist. Originally published as the Fingerprints series, the first three books are combined here in an exciting, edgy package that introduces fans of Wake and Pretty Little Liars to these suspenseful and action-packed paranormal thrillers.

With one touch of an object, Rae can pick up what whoever touched it before her was thinking. What she hears freezes her blood: Someone close by is planning to hurt her…and she has no clue why. As Rae reluctantly teams up with Anthony to figure out who is behind these malicious thoughts, she stumbles upon a much larger secret. And this mystery from her past may hold the key to Rae’s future. 

Reason for Interest: Love this cover. And it is a three-in-one book. Sounds like a fun paranormalish read.


Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1) by Alan Campbell
Released: January 26th 2007 by Bantam Spectra
Discovered on: Amazon

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge – or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest….

The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city.

Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood.

But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis – and themselves – from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect. 

Reason for Interest: Angels and a really cool cover… need I say more?

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
Releases: October 5th 2010 by Balzer + Bray

Discovered on: Goodreads

Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn’t have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign. 

Reason for Interest: I am in need of an interesting science fiction novel right now, and this looks like it could be right up my alley. I cannot wait for this to release.

Shadow Grail #1: Legacies by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
Releases: July 6th 2010 by Tor Teen

Discovered on: Amazon

Spirit White has survived from a deadly car crash that has killed her mother and father and her sister. She has been discovered by a school with special talents, called magic. A couple of months after staying, people begin to disappear, some vanish to be never seen again, so Spirit and her new friends begin the investigation. But will they find out the truth of what is going on? Or will Spirit and her friends suffer a terrible fate from which they don’t know about yet? 

Reason for Interest: Love me some Mercedes Lackey. She is a wonderful writer so I am very excited about this novel.


Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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7 responses to “Monstrous Discoveries

  1. NotNessie @ Today's Adventure

    Crossing Over sounds interesting, I’m curious to hear what you think.

  2. -k

    Some of these look amazing, but The Unidentified reminds me of The Barcode Tattoo/Rebellion books mixed with the old Jessica Alba tv show Dark Angel… Maybe that’s just me though.

  3. Ryan G

    Crossing Over has to have one of the best covers I’ve seen in a long time. Can’t wait to read that one myself. And anytime Mercedes Lackey puts out a new book, I’m right there getting my eager little hands on it.

  4. Ladybug

    Oh, no! My wishlist just grew a mile longer. I especially thought The Unidentified by Rae Mariz sounded interesting.

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