Take a breath, kick your shoes off, and relax. It’s a short list this week after last week’s insanity. As always, I’ll do an international giveaway to one commenter—pick the book of your choice out of this week’s releases. Details at the end!
Okay, here’s the list for the week of new print releases in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, fantasy, and Young Adult paranormal!
Afterlife, by Claudia Gray (March 8, HarperTeen)
Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling. Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help: Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But a battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?
Dante Valentine: The Complete Series, by Lilith Saintcrow (March 7, Orbit)
Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer. Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn’t turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life—in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can’t die? The entire five-book series is included in this omnibus edition: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.
Dark Prince: Author’s Cut Special Edition,
by Christine Feehan (March 8, William Morrow)
The Author’s Cut Special Edition of the first novel in Christine Feehan’s bestselling Dark series offers a hundred pages of copy deleted from the original release and in hardback for the first time. A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail can’t resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these lifemates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.
Evercrossed, by Elizabeth Chandler (March 8, Simon Pulse)
It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends. But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life. As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love she lost. But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.
The Hunt of the Unicorn, by Chris Humphreys (March 8, Knopf)
Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she’s outgrown that kind of fantasy. Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world. Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn’t so clear. But the danger is real enough.
Human 4, by Mike A. Lancaster (March 8, Egmont)
At some unspecified point in the future, when technology is as advanced as possible and we are a race of super beings, some old audio tapes are discovered. On the tapes is the story of 14-year-old Kyle Straker. Hypnotized, Kyle missed the upgrade of humanity to 1.0. He isn’t compatible with our new technology. And through the recording, he narrates what the upgrades really mean. And it’s absolutely terrifying.
Immortal with a Kiss, by Jacqueline Lepore (March 8, Avon)
Born by blood to be Dhampir—a vampire hunter—Emma Andrews nearly lost her life and everyone she loves at Dulwich Manor. Now something evil is preying on students at a northern Lake District girls’ school, the same school Emma’s mother attended years ago. Drawn as much by the desire to learn more about her family’s secrets as the possibility of vampires, Emma finds the schoolgirls in the grip of a terrible legacy—the ageless evil of the Cyprian Queen, a dark goddess of ancient legend. Now Emma must tread a careful path deeper into the darkness to face her most paralyzing fears—and perhaps come one step closer to the Dracula himself.
One of our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde (March 8, Viking)
Jasper Fforde’s exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday. The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.
The Vespertine, by Saundra Mitchell (March 7, Harcourt Children’s)
It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
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