Aftertime, by Sophie Littlefield (Feb. 15, Luna)
Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many weeks have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilization. Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters—people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong. In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety. For the Beaters are out there. And the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world.
Angel, by James Patterson (Feb. 14, Little, Brown)
In the seventh book in the bestselling YA series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they’re trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it. Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is “Save the Planet: Kill the Humans.” And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.
The Desert of Souls, by Howard Andrew Jones (Feb. 15, Thomas Dunne)
The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia in this debut novel from Howard Andrew Jones. In 8th-century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East. Stopping the thieves—a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magi—requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior, by Kresley Cole (Feb. 15, Pocket)
The ninth in the Immortals After Dark series. Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world. Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?Yummy cover award!
The Guardian, by Connie Hall (Feb. 15, Nocturne)
Although Fala Rainwater has been anointed the next tsmishian—a shape-shifter of unparalleled capacity—she can’t help getting in the way of her own destiny. When Tumsemeha is resurrected once more, a great and glorious evil comes to devour our world and now hides among the corrupted bodies of Washington’s elite. Yet only one man can get Fala close to her hidden enemy….As liaison to the government’s most secretive and supernatural sector, Agent Stephen Winter has just as much riding on Tumsemeha’s defeat. But who is Agent Winter really working for? With an unreadable aura, this enigmatic warlock holds too many secrets, and Fala will need to probe their depths if she is to become the earth’s Guardian and save mankind at its darkest hour.
Secrets and Shadows, by Shannon Delany (Feb. 15, St. Martin’s Griffin)
The second “13 to Life” YA novel. Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’ realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite to free their mother – and those who Jess thought to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.
The Truth About Vampires/Salvation of the Damned,
by Theresa Meyers (Feb. 15, Nocturne)
Pulling back the veil on a world shrouded in darkness, Theresa Meyers’ debut reveals a sinfully handsome vampire whose secret is about to exposed….All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she’d find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed–until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her….Dmitri and his clan’s true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn’t resist their story…or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.
So there ya have it! To win your choice, just tell me which one piques your interest–out of this group, the description for The Iron Witch caught my eye–and I’ll have reviews up for both The Iron Witch and Shadow Walkers–and ARC giveaways–later this week. As always +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Happy reading!