From The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences site:
Gentle readers and true believers in the fantastic and unknown, we at the Ministry have completed the official book trailer forPhoenix Rising, the first volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Harper Voyager.
These are dark days indeed in Victoria\\™s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences\\”the Crown\\™s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling\\”will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she\\™s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
Phoenix Rising from Harper Voyager, will be available in bookstores everywhere on April 26, 2011.
Wither – Book 1 of The Chemical Garden Trilogy, by Lauren DeStefano
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?