From FableCroft, the Aussie small press, I received review copies of One Small Step, an upcoming anthology of Australian speculative fiction edited by Tehani Wessely, and The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, a collection of short stories by Jo Anderton (author of Debris and Suited).
Via NetGalley, I got:
- Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior by PJ Tierney from Harper Collins AU (it doesn't have a cover yet), about Kung Fu and China and magic — a winning combination from a new Australian author.
- Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near from Random House AU. A YA which has been described as "dark bubblegum-gothic" by the publisher and as a "pulp-fable about grunge girls, the occult, and slightly sinister talking rabbits" by the début author, another Australian.
- Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon from Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot). It's about a girl who wants to be an exoveterinarian, yes a vet for alien creatures. Sounds cool, right?
- School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins from Hyperion (Disney Book Group). It's set in the same world as the Hex Hall series, which I quite enjoyed, so I'm looking forward to returning. (Hex Hall reviews) And I'm quite glad the US covers are continuing the theme from Hex Hall, because those were rad. (Pity the UK/Aus covers were a bit boring.)