Double-Shot TBR Tuesday: New YA and Steampunk Releases

There’s YA and Steampunk on the menu today!
First, a little business. For those of you who are interested, in January I’m starting a newsletter to keep you up to date on my urban fantasy series that begins in April with Royal Street. If you’d like to get on my mailing list, email me at Suzanne.johnson.author@gmail.comand include the email address you’d like it sent to. I promise (really) not to bombard your email inbox—just want to be able to send you monthly updates on new books, upcoming appearances, special promotions, occasional swag opportunities, reviews of interest, and sneak peeks of new stories and chapters.

Tuesday is TBR day–where I share the love by passing along some books from my TBR pile. Today, I have a ‘double-shot’ of books from the folks at Pyr Books, who publish some of the most innovative books you’re going to find—including the two today.

First up is Planesrunner, the first in a new YA series by Irish science fiction author Ian McDonald that I guess you’d call “adventure fiction.”

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this fourteen-year-old has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They’ve got power, authority, and the might of ten planets—some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth—at their fingertips. He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking. To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his Dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner’s going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness. Can they rescue Everett’s father and get the Infundibulum to safety? First in the Everness series.

Can’t get enough of steampunk, or want to give it a try? Also up today is Andrew P. Mayer’s Hearts of Smoke and Steam.

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Sir Dennis Darby has been murdered, the Automaton has been destroyed, and Sarah Stanton has turned her back on a life of privilege and comfort to try and find her way in the unforgiving streets of Victorian-era New York. But Lord Eschaton, the villain behind all these events, isn’t finished with her. His plans to bring his apocalyptic vision of the future to the world are moving forward, but to complete his scheme he needs the clockwork heart that Sarah still holds.But she has her own plans for the Automaton’s clockwork heart—Sarah is trying rebuild her mechanical friend, and when she is attacked by The Children of Eschaton, the man comes to her rescue may be the one to make her dreams come true. Emelio Armando is a genius inventor who had hoped to leave his troubles behind when he and his sister left Italy for a life of anonymity in the New World. Now he finds himself falling in love with the fallen society girl, but he is rapidly discovering just how powerful the forces of villainy aligned against her are, and that fulfilling her desires means opening the door to a world of danger that could destroy everything he has built.

THE GIVEAWAY: Want to win Planesrunnerand Hearts of Smoke and Steam? Have you read any of the new spate of YA sci-fi novels (Across the Universe, anyone)? What do you think? Four entries possible:  +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Go!

15 thoughts on “Double-Shot TBR Tuesday: New YA and Steampunk Releases

  1. I want to win Planesrunner!!! Ian McDonald is one of my favourite authors!!!

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  2. I have not tried those new books yet, but Planesrunner looks like my kind of read.

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  3. I haven’t read any of teh new YA sci-fi, but the Hearts of Smoke and Steam looks really good to me!
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  4. I haven’t read the new sci fi books yet but I am looking forward to Cinder!

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  5. i would love to win heart of smoke and steam!!
    unfortunately i havent read any YA scifi.. but i do love YA paranormals (CC Hunter, Jennifer Estep..), so i think that would be an awesome variation!

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  6. Frankly I’m somewhat apprehensive when it comes to YA books…I’ve read a few and most of them felt like truncated versions of adult books or even if they didn’t they had young heroes that were either way too mature for their age (a smaller problem),or they were proper, none too bright (or at least inexperienced), teenagers who infuriated me to no end with their teenage antics.
    Not to say there are no good YA books, some of them are incredibly fun reads, e.g. Horatio Lyle adventures by Catherine Webb come to mind, but most of them feel (to me) like an attempt to exploit a new, and increasingly more powerful in the market sense, readership without really working hard (a recent episode of the Simpsons, with Neil Gaiman guest starring, parodied this situation in a very funny manner).

    And now that I’ve vented some of my spleen 🙂 thank you for an another awesome giveaway!

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  7. I’ve read (and loved) across the Universe. I’m starting Glow just these days and I find YA sci-fi very interesting! I’m used to the ‘adult’ sci-fi but I think there are good authors doing a pretty good job!

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