Up for Review: Strange Chemistry’s Debut

Strange Chemistry is the brand new YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, describing themselves as “a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern young adult science fiction, fantasy and everything in between.” They launch in September 2012 “with physical books across a wide variety of formats, e-books as standard, and with selected titles made available as audiobooks.”

Before I knew it, I’d managed to get myself review copies for each of their first five publications. It seems that Strange Chemistry will be in charge of almost all my YA reading for the next few months. Take a look at their two September publications, both of which I received via NetGalley:

Shift by Kim Curran

Blurb from Strange Chemistry:

When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made.

At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed.

In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

Add Shift on Goodreads
Read an extract
(Pre)Order Shift at The Book Depository
Kim Curran’s website


Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Ok yes, it’s got one of those uninspired YA-girl covers, but I’ve been trying to look past the lazy cliches at least long enough to read the blurb, and this looks interesting. I love creepy legends.

Blurb from Strange Chemistry:

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Add Blackwood on Goodreads
Read an extract
(Pre)Order Blackwood at The Book Depository
Gwenda Bond’s website

Both Shift and Blackwood will be released in the USA and Canada and in eBook format on 4 September 2012. The UK prints will be published on 6 September 2012, which is when I assume it will be made available to the rest of the world too.

If you’d like to see the Strange Chemistry’s current publishing schedule from September 2012 to May 2013, you can check it out here.

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