Book ⇆ Movie Novelization/ Tie-In TBR

Novelization

Read Before After Movie~ It really depends on if I want to get spoiled on major plots

Since novelizations are written from the movie I cannot read them directly after watching the movie.

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Black Panther

One of the few novelizations with black people as main characters and it is Black Panther so…of course I want to read it.

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Thor: Ragnarok

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Hopefully, this catches the beats of the movie which captures awkward young adulthood. A lot of novels/movies (especially young adult fiction) don’t/can’t capture that magic.

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Alien: Covenant

For some reason I want to read this first then watch the movie.

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Kong Skull Island

This is one of those stories that feel like would be elevated by a novelization.

Tie-In

Read Before After Movie~ a long time after watching the movie not as long as novelizations though

Similar to novelizations  I have to watch the movie first then read the book a while afterwards. There is more leeway since a lot of the time tie-in books have more going on that the movie didn’t/couldn’t portray. Nonetheless, I’m hesitant with books that get turned into movies because that whole ‘this is not like the book’ feeling from reading the book before seeing the movie. Overall, there has to be this time of separation between reading the book and watching the movie.

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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

In my head this is going to be light fun teen book/movie like The Duff. Out of the books I have been wrestling hard on should I read this before seeing the movie. Since this seems light and fun I’ve been wanting to read this because I want that more than another issue y.a. fiction (as much as I enjoy them).

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Annihilation

Neutral on this one but probably not going to like it.

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Monster

This will be interesting especially coming out the same year as The Hate U Give. How are the two movies and books going to compare against each other? It is always good to have black books about the same subject because it leaves space for different opinions.  How is a 1999 book going to be different from current young adult literature? I have so many questions.

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The Darkest Minds

Is this the tie-in cover? Doubt I will like this because its pre-2015 young adult which usually is not for me. But black main character in y.a. movie so I’ll give it a try after I see the movie.

Tie-In

Read Before After Anytime~ since these are set in the universe but not the basis of the show/movie

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Snow Falling

There are not a lot of novelization or tie-in romance novels so this is welcome. Honestly, I don’t think I will like it. It seems like it will be very campy/traditional romance not new wave romance.

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Assassins Creed: Origin

It is Assassins Creed set in Egypt. Again, the novelization/tie-in market is so dry on diversity but the film industry is a desert.

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Charmed: The Power of Three

Using the image of the first book in the series but it can be any book in the series. I really want one of those omnibuses for some reason.

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Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox

I miss this series.

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Planet of the Apes: Revelations

Pretty much cool with reading any of the tie-in novels (even the old ones).

Currently Reading 

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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

If you listen to the audiobook for anything listen to it for the space/Star Wars sounds.

 

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Analyze Book Covers: Layers

*I could not find the cover artist for some of these so if you know it list them in the comments below and I will edit the post.

**Also, my analysis is based on seeing these covers online so there probably are so many elements that I am going to miss.

***have not read the synopsis or cover reveal (skimmed to find the cover designers) for most of these but know what they are vaguely about so there are obvious clues to the analysis that I may miss there too.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Cover Designer: Rich Deas

I already talked a bit about what I liked about the cover and reviewed first six chapters here.

Background: Completely black which I think is to emphasis the whiteness of the girl’s hair.

We have a view of the main character from her hair to middle of her face. One of the most striking parts of the cover is the darkness of the characters skin (the darkest that I have probably seen on a young adult book cover). Her skin has brown or yellow symbols (this is one of the elements that I think will be better analyzed in person). Her hair is bright white and her eyes are a light blue or grey.

The shadowing and the colors makes this feel very vibrant I would not be surprised if the cover is in that velvety cover material.

Her hair is straight bright white sticking up with a red, blue, and other colors head scarfs. There is a white chain thingy with beads on it and a blue jewel in the middle. There is white symbol  lines sitting on both sides of the jewel going down her forehead.  I can not tell if the jewel has something in it or not. The title is sitting in her hair (there are parts of the hair that is looping around the words).

Cover Reveal

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Tagline: The revolution is here

Author:  Dhonielle Clayton

Artist:

Point of view: We are shown the back of the girl with her looking back at us.

Background: light flashing like what usually is shown in glamour Hollywood book covers.

On side of  her of her hair  we can see her hair is sticking up in a fohawk, with an assortment of different color and type of flowers covering a large portion of her ear. Her dress is pink with a white top. Out of all the book covers I think her face looks the softest because of how she is sitting her mouth. Her mouth is slightly open showing a bit of her teeth, a look that a lot of models have in photos. Her facial expression does not have the determined/serious look the others have she is looking more  in wonderment (I wonder if that says something about who she is as a character?).

The title words seem to be breaking apart. There are black swiveling lines that are breaking apart the word “Belles”

Cover Reveal

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Tagline: Rise Up.

Author: Justina Ireland

Cover Designer: David Curtis

Background: There is a big dingy, probably more because color of photo than anything, American flag in the background laying like it has fallen the rest is black

Point of view:  full back of girl in front of American flag

She has braids which make sense if she is fighting zombies but they are long so the zombies could grab one of the braids (but also it makes me think of action scenes where the character is fighting with their hair flying in the wind, I like it) Did you not notice that she is holding a bloody curved knife looks like a shortened sickle or hook? Is she wearing a long coat or a long dress? The outfit signifies this is in the pre/post-civil war. The cover is very dark, background and characters clothes are black. The character has a somber or serious facial expression looking off into the distance, makes sense for someone who has just fought zombies.

Overall look makes me think of an old photo.

Cover Reveal

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A Blade So Black

Author: L.L. McKinney

Cover Designer:

Background: white and crème rhombus checked pattern, author name is in red on top of cover

Words: A blade is in white so black is in black it feels like the image is siting on top of the white, the K on black is elongated

Image: black girl with naturel hair (afro) holding two small knives, inside queen of spades silhouette with red and pink roses in the background (notice that the spade has paint splatter imagery  reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland where Queen of Hearts has her guards, if I remember correctly, painting white flowers red). Also, it looks as if the girl is bursting out of the card because the painted image inside the spade is painting over the white and crème patterned background (bringing color).   The girls gaze is off in the distance not looking at the viewer. Is she looking at the queen of hearts? preparing for a fight? She is obviously in a fighter stance.

The image of the girl with the two knives makes me think of those pictures/videos of someone playing the drums with paint. The paint is splashing out  like she is sounding the revolution.

Cover Reveal

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Undead Girl Gang

Author: Lily Anderson

Cover Designer:

Background: Blue jean jacket

Point of view: focus is on one of the shoulder pockets 

There are pins throughout the jacket (7 in total)

Top

(1) pink stone (diamond?)

(2) partially spread deck of black cards, showing only the face of one card which shows a gold crescent moon

Bottom

(3) zombie green  hand with pink nails (decaying) pinky swearing with a brown hand with black nail polish and pink bracelet with star (occult?) in the middle

(4) author name in cursive pink with black outline with gold stars on certain parts around it

(5) sword with black hilt with pink or silver blade, black outlined

(6) little black banner off to the side that has in white lettering a novel by

(7) Biggest pin is pink heart with “Undead” in black (horror font) “Girl Gang” in black lettering in gold banner at bottom

Cover Reveal

 

5 Books I Could Not Be Bothered To Read 1st & 5 More Books I Will Not Be Bothered To Read 1st (TBR)

An idea has been forming in my head for a while about reading the second book in a series before the first. The idea has resurfaced because I have been reading Not Now, Not Ever which is the second book in a series by Lily Anderson.

Books That I read out of order

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Not Now, Not Ever (2nd, currently reading, honestly I wanted to skip to black characters)

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A Storm of Swords (3rd, saw the show up to season two before I started the book series. So I decided to read the third book since that was where the show was going the next year. Also, I think I had an itch to be more into the ASOIAF world)

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Princess In Spotlight (2nd, didn’t know it was the 2nd book)

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Most Likely to Succeed (3rd, skip to black main character)

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Lagoona Blue and the Big Sea Scarecation (3rd, skipped others because I do not like Frankie or Draculaura)

5 Books I Desire To Read Out of  Order

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Winds of Salem (3rd, own it, found for cheap, saw bit of first season of show so not super invested in series to go about getting the first)

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Whichwood (2nd, it is actually a companion novel, skip to poc main character)

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Monster High: Monster Rescue: Operation Find Cleo! (3rd, can be read as standalone I think which is kinda cheating, skip to poc/character I like)

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Day 21 (2nd, own, another one of those I don’t care about series that much but found it for cheap)

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The Crown of the Conqueror  (2nd,own, first book is not at any of my libraries and I just wanted to try read second book in series like it’s a experiment or something)

 

What books do you want to read out-of-order? What books have you read out of order? What is your opinion about reading books out of order?

Some Books I’m Looking Forward For Rest of 2017

In my quest to not do so many book reviews here is a tbr for future me. This TBR was  unintentionally science fiction and fantasy heavy.

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Miles Morales

August 1st

Genre(s)= science fiction, fantasy, ya

“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.

But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It’s time for Miles to suit up.

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Calling My Name

October 24th

Genre(s)= contemporary, ya,

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

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Black Beauty

September 15th 2015

Genre(s)= fantasy

At Vista Apartment Complex, life drastically changes for few of its residents when they decide to do business with Crazy Jade—the supposed voodoo witch that can grant your wish, for a price.

Shemeya wants the confidence to stand up against the girls bullying her at school, but she soon has to choose between keeping her dreadlocs or living a normal life. After catching her boyfriend cheating, Latreece just wants to have the same curves as all the other girls. Ashley will do whatever she can to have “White Girl Flow”, but takes her pursuit too far when she steals from Crazy Jade.

Everyone who comes into contact with Crazy Jade soon learns the true price of her magic—and how horribly wrong it can go.

BLACK BEAUTY takes the reader on a journey through the point of view of five residents of Vista Apartment Complex, and how each of their horrors crash together in ways they could never have expected.

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An Excess Male

September 12th

Genre(s)= science fiction

From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classic The Handmaid’s Tale and When She Woke.

Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.

Now 40 million of them can’t find wives. China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritatian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband—the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family—one harboring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything—walls, streetlights, garbage cans—are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.

In Maggie Shen King’s startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all too plausible future.

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Valley of Terror

August 29th

Genre(s)= horror

A mysterious “fear disease” is scaring to death the citizens of Longzhou, China. Literally. Victims go insane or die frozen in terror, while survivors rant maniacally about demons infiltrating the city. But what’s really behind the sudden epidemic? To find the answer, Chief Inspector Luo Fei teams up with a controversial historian and a brilliant psychologist to track down the true source of the illness and halt the wave of horror that threatens the metropolis.

As the trio ventures to the primitive jungles and mountains of Yunnan, they’re haunted by tales of a seventeenth-century general whose demonic soul, said to have been sealed away in a vial of his blood, has been unleashed on the modern world. Now, trekking deep into the legendary Valley of Terror, they find themselves being stalked by someone—or something—daring them to uncover the truth. And as superstition, science, and history collide, their discovery could be as heart-stopping as fear itself.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

October 10th

Genre(s)= fantasy

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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Talon of God

July 25th (already out)

Genre(s)= fantasy, horror

The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation

Imagine that everyone you have ever known or loved was forced against their will into a state of demonic possession and spiritual slavery. Imagine an unholy cabal of the world’s richest and most powerful men directing this sinister plan in order to cement their unbridled control of the planet.

Imagine two heroes emerging from that darkness to do battle with the forces of evil.

Set in the mean streets of Chicago, Talon of God is the action-packed adventure centered around the Lauryn Jefferson, a beautiful young doctor who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth.

But Lauryn is a skeptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior by the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if they fail, millions could die. And rivers of blood would flow throughout the land.

Imagine such horror. Such pain. And imagine what it would take to fight against it. For only the strongest and most faithful will survive?

Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.

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The Tiger’s Daughter

October 3rd

Genre(s)= fantasy

Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

 

Top Ten Novelizations/Media-Tie Ins Added To My TBR

 

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Currently reading Spartacus: Morituri

I randomly decided to sample Morituri while in the store then I was hooked. What I like about novelizations is at their best they can feed a persons love of a series.

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Man of Steel

Do not know how this one will go but I found it for cheap with Spartacus.

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Haunting of Barry Allen

I have no idea what this book is about but I like the Flash and thus want to read it.

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Ever After

From my research of novelizations romance is not done that much so this is a must get.

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Wonder Woman (5/6/17)

I saw the movie already so I am ready to read more in the universe. I am more interested in exploring Themyscira so I really need a comic series that explores there (if you know one recommend please).

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Mean Girls (9/12/17)

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Miles Morales (8/1/17)

I like Miles Morales and wanted to read Jason Reynolds work so this is perfect.

 

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Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin (fall 2017)

Enjoying the increase of  people of color characters and writers for novelizations/tie-in novels.

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Star Wars: Phasma (8/29/17)

I want to get into Star Wars but I feel I will not like the books. It is the perfect series to get into too since there are a lot of books.

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Rise of the Isle of the Lost  by Melissa De La Cruz

I am here for Ursula (who is probably one of the most slept on villains ever) and Uma. Yes, thank you that there are more Ursula/Sea Witch books coming out.

Waiting To Exhale: Comics TBR (TP)

In 2017 my family plans to not go out as much (acquiring books) so that we can save money and finish books I own.

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  1. Black Panther

I got this for Christmas so I will be reading this soon.

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2. Saga vol. 2

I am so far behind in this series.

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3.Virgil

I heard it is about machismo thus masculinity and homosexuality.

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4. Nighthawk

It starts off already with the main character beating up racists in the first page which was very funny. I need to fully get into this so I can finish it.

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5. Cold Space

It is good to find some sci-fi so I can wean myself off of reading so much science fiction novels. I’m always in want of sci-fi and fantasy novels even though I do not like majority of them.

Goals

  • Read indie (some artsy)  comics
  • Own books~ read way more
  • Get up to date on series currently reading (making tbr for this soon)
  • Do one post at least a month about comics
  • Read more own voices and diversely

 

Psychological Thrillers TBR

While I was in the store recently I saw Second Life by S.J. Watson which I forgot about. All I remember is someone or some people saying that it was a disappointment next to Before I Go To Sleep. Seeing this book got me excited about the idea of reading a thriller novel.

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Having her own detective agency would give her
the independence she had always longed for. It
would also give her the chance to show those people
who shunned her that she could be successful. People
were getting rich. They owned property, money,
business, and cars. With new freedom and opportunities
came new crimes. There would be much that
she could do.”

Present day, Beijing. Mei Wang is a modern, independent woman. She has her own apartment. She owns a car. She has her own business with that most modern of commodities — a male secretary. Her short career with China’s prestigious Ministry for Public Security has given her intimate insight into the complicated and arbitrary world of Beijing’s law enforcement. But it is her intuition, curiosity, and her uncanny knack for listening to things said — and unsaid — that make Mei Beijing’s first successful female private investigator.

Mei is no stranger to the dark side of China. She was six years old when she last saw her father behind the wire fence of one of Mao’s remote labor camps. Perhaps as a result, Mei eschews the power plays and cultural mores — guanxi — her sister and mother live by…for better and for worse.

Mei’s family friend “Uncle” Chen hires her to find a Han dynasty jade of great value: he believes the piece was looted from the Luoyang Museum during the Cultural Revolution — when the Red Guards swarmed the streets, destroying so many traces of the past — and that it’s currently for sale on the black market. The hunt for the eye of jade leads Mei through banquet halls and back alleys, seedy gambling dens and cheap noodle bars near the Forbidden City. Given the jade’s provenance and its journey, Mei knows to treat the investigation as a most delicate matter; she cannot know, however, that this case will force her to delve not only into China’s brutal history, but also into her family’s dark secrets and into her own tragic separation from the man she loved in equal parts.

The first novel in an exhilarating new detective series, The Eye of Jade is both a thrilling mystery and a sensual and fascinating journey through modern China.

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On a normal day in provincial China, a bored high-school student goes about his regular business. But he’s planning the brutal murder of his only friend, a talented violinist. He invites her round, strangles her, stuffs her body into a washing machine and flees town. On the run, he is initially anxious, but soon he alerts the police to his whereabouts, surrenders to undercover agents in a pool bar, and sabotages all efforts by China’s judiciary system, a steady stream of psychologists and his family to overturn the death penalty, all without ever showing a shred of remorse.

A Perfect Crime is both a vision of China’s heart of darkness — the despair that traps the rural poor and the incoherent rage lurking behind their phlegmatic front — and a technically brilliant excursion into the claustrophobic realm of classic horror and suspense. With exceptional tonal control, A Yi steadily reveals the psychological backstory that enables us to make sense of the story’s dramatic violence and provides chillingly apt insights into the psychology behind a murder committed simply as an intellectual challenge to relieve the daily tedium of existence.

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Like the bestselling novels of Gillian Flynn and S. J. Watson, The Book of You—an utterly original fiction debut—is a sophisticated psychological thriller that will haunt you long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.

Most people dread the prospect of jury duty, but university administrator Clarissa wants nothing more than to be selected for a trial. Every day she serves means a day away from her job and, more important, the unwanted attentions of her colleague Rafe. An academic expert on the darker side of folk tales, he has always unnerved Clarissa. She spent one drunken night with him while mourning the demise of a previous relationship, an inexplicable decision she can only attribute to her break-up. Rafe, however, sees things differently. The encounter, which may not have been as consensual as Clarissa originally believes, only serves to fuel his growing obsession with her—and he is not about to let her slip away.

The Book of You is a visceral, riveting portrait of a woman terrorized—emotionally and physically—by a man bent on possessing her completely. It is a chilling saga of predator and prey; as a disturbingly violent crime unfolds in front of her in court, Clarissa finds herself experiencing a different, but equally harrowing, nightmare in real life. Rafe’s taunts become more sinister by the day, but each carefully calibrated assault is designed to devastate her without ever crossing the line of the law. Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa knows she is powerless unless she can hold out long enough to amass sufficient evidence against him. Piece by piece, she uncovers the twisted, macabre fairytale Rafe has spun around them both, discovering that the happy ending he envisions is more awful than she could have ever imagined.

Deftly constructed around an achingly convincing narrative, The Book of You explores the darkest corners of the human heart, where the lines between love and suffocation, fantasy and reality, can become dangerously blurred. A riveting story about Clarissa’s desperate attempts to escape the nightmare in which Rafe traps her, it is also a profoundly moving story about one woman’s will to survive.

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What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

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The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep.

She loves her husband. She’s obsessed by a stranger.

She’s a devoted mother. She’s prepared to lose everything.

She knows what she’s doing. She’s out of control.

She’s innocent. She’s guilty as sin.

She’s living two lives. She might lose both . . .