Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reading Reconnaissance: Down Under

As Ellie's dad in the Tomorrow series said: "Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted." And good thing, too.  We'd hate to think the countless hours spent hard at work, scouring Goodreads, searching blogs and updating our TBR spreadsheets (sad but true) were a waste of time.  Now we want to save you time by breaking down recent and future book releases.

By: Maggie

I am the worst at planning ahead. My friend wanted to arrange a group trip to Vegas and when she told me the weekend she had in mind -- in two months time, I hung up on her.
Meanwhile, I have a spreadsheet for upcoming book releases with certain high priority titles programmed into my phone calendar. With a reminder alert. I, the non-planner, am already worrying about April releases for these Australian titles because that means I have to rely on Fishpond, who I've ordered from generally without problem on more than a few occasions. Except this one time. Not only that, but their prices tend to fluctuate. (See, Hunger Games) However, you can't beat their free shipping. Seriously, I've looked.

Here are the three titles I'm most anticipating from our Antipodean friends, with current prices.

Preloved by Shirley Marr (Black Dog Books/Walker Books - April 1, 2012): Goodreads • Preorder at Fishpond (Current price $18.99)

If Fury is any indication, you best get this book while you can. BONUS: the main character is Asian! And there's a ghost! Needless to say, this is a high priority, set-a-reminder release. I cannot wait to read this.

Note: Fishpond had this listed at $15 a week ago. I'll update you if the price goes back down.

Love-shy by Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin - April 1, 2012): Goodreads • Preorder at Fishpond (Current price $17.10)

Confession: I've never read a Lili Wilkinson book before, but the concept of this one looks so cute. As Diana King once sang, "I don't want no fly guy. I just want a shy guy." And according to Wilkinson's blog, she just got engaged so I'm hoping this is infused with the same inspiration that fuels Adele's genius -- except in reverse.

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (Penguin Books Australia - April 26, 2012): Goodreads • Preorder at Fishpond (Current price $17.95)

I love Kirsty Eagar. I will read anything she writes, including a book about Saltwater Vampires. I usually scoff at book trailers, but this one... this one gave me chills. A gothic story about art, the ocean, and a guy. What more do you need?? I know, an American publishing company to come to their senses and get the rights to her books. I mean, seriously. Here is the book trailer. Get your preorders ready.


  1. Shirley Marr, we heart you!

    I'm so excited for Preloved. It's going to be spectacular.

    I read Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson and it was cute. :)

    Also.. omgomgomg Night Beach! That trailer looks amazing.

    Great post, Maggie.

    1. Thanks, Jo. :) I'm so excited for these to be released. Hmm, maybe I'll have to track down Pocketful of Eyes.

  2. You need to read Lili Wilkinson's Pink!

    1. I was planning to, but got scared off by the mixed reviews. :/ I have that and her other books, Scatterheart and The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend, though. Maybe I'll have another go at Pink.

  3. Oh my, I want Preloved so bad! I have not pre-ordered it yet because it's so expensive, but I know I will cave soon ;). I also like the sound of Love-shy, but I have Wilkinson's A Pocketful of Eyes, so I wanted to read that first and see how I like it.

  4. I have to confess I didn't love Pink by Lili Wilkinson, but the other books are! amazing!
    I pre-ordered Night Beach too on the freaking pond (I already threatened them with death by sushi if they don't deliver on time because I am, too, one of those unlucky victims of the Fury debacle) and The Nocturnal Library will be part of the Preloved Book Tour.
    Awesome post!

    Lisa O. @ The Nocturnal Library

    1. From what I hear, Fury has the worst luck. It got lost already twice on Wendy's book tour. It took you two forever to get your copies as well...

  5. I ordered Fury last week from Fishpond and I'm really hoping it shows up this week!

    I am really looking forward to Preloved and you know I loved Love-shy it was hilarious! And I should be getting a copy of Night Beach, that trailer have me chills too!


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