Pick of the Week: Stormdancer!

Pick of the Week: Stormdancer!

"As the iron war club scythed toward her head, Yukiko couldn't help wishing she'd listened to her father."

So starts STORMDANCER, Jay Kristoff's action-packed steampunk dystopian fantasy debut that takes place in a feudal Japan-like world. 

When 16-year-old Yukiko and her father are sent to capture the last of the griffins for a murderous Shogun, disaster befalls their mission and Yukiko finds herself stranded in the wilderness with a crippled griffin. Now it's up to Yokiko to heal the griffin and save her homelands from the evil Shogun.

"The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon." -Publishers Weekly (starred review, Pick of the Week)

potw"Debut author Kristoff's steampunk adventure whisks readers to a Japanese dystopia where some mythological beings still exist, a few people have fantastical gifts, and all people live under tyranny." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal selected STORMDANCER for her "Barbara's Picks" column and said, "Japanese steampunk? You bet. [...] This first in The Lotus War series has five-star early reviews, and nearly 1000 folks have lined up on Goodreads to crack the covers. Get it."

Sound good?

We have 10 galleys left to giveaway to interested librarians! The first ten librarians to leave a comment below will each receive a copy! This giveaway is open to current librarians in the U.S. only. Go!

STORMDANCER will be available in September from St. Martin's Press. [...]


Pick of the Week: Dead Scared!

Pick of the Week: Dead Scared!

In the March 19th issue, Publishers Weekly selected S. J. Bolton's latest psychological thriller, DEAD SCARED, as their Pick of the Week!

When a rash of suspicious suicides tears through Cambridge University, Detective Lacey Flint goes undercover as a student to investigate. The London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone; they believe that someone might be preying on insecure students. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but with her fragile past, is she drawing out a killer, or being drawn into a deadly game in which she’s the perfect victim?

"Bolton (winner of two Mary Higgins Clark Awards) never eases up the tension; her tightly coiled plot and heroine on the edge work perfectly in tandem. " -Publishers Weekly (starred review, pick of the week)

I also just recommended this book during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz! See the full list of titles I talked up in this post.