It’s Monday, and you know what that means! This week’s new releases will make your head rotate like the kid in “The Exorcist“—more than forty of them in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, epic fantasy, science fiction, and YA paranormal. Holy credit-card debt, Batman.
So, here’s the plan. We’ll cover half today and half tomorrow, and I will sponsor Reader’s Choice giveaways both days. Double the books, double the fun, right? So…let’s get to it. The usual giveaway info at the end of the post and—and as usual, international entries welcome.
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group,
by Catherine Jinks (April 4, Harcourt Children’s)
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him he was found unconscious. At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen. He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous “condition.” Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It’s not until he’s kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them—and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.
Alien in the Family, by Gini Koch (April 5, Daw)
Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt and the Alpha Centaurian she loves, Jeff Martini, should be finalizing their wedding plans. But that was before she discovers Jeff is in line to become Emperor back on his home world. Kitty knows she is everything a royal family wouldn’t approve of, and is bracing herself for the worst. As it turns out, the royal family is just the beginning. Especially when extraterrestrial Amazonian terrorists are determined to start and end the nuptial festivities with a bang. Third in the series following Alien Tango and Touched by an Alien.
Among Thieves, by Douglas Hulick (April 5, Roc)
Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors—a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.
Angels & Demons, by Tarra Blaize,
Victoria Davies and Madelyn Ford (April 5, Samhain)
Forget what you think you know about who is pure and who is pure evil. These three sexy stories will turn all preconceived notions inside out. Break by Tarra Blaize To save her brother, Layla is forced to use her computer-hacking skills to go after Gethin, a powerful blood demon who pushes all her buttons. Deals With Demons by Victoria Davies Talia’s inborn ability makes her the perfect demon hunter. Yet there’s one demon she can’t banish from her heart—despite the humiliation he caused. My Avenging Angel by Madelyn Ford Victoria should be celebrating her birthday. Instead, she’s using her newly emerged powers to summon an angel to protect her from a demon out to kill her. No mere spell can hold an archangel as powerful as Michael, but the fact she’s his destined mate has him shaking in his heavenly combat boots.
Betrayer, by C.J. Cherryh (April 5, Daw)
The civil war among the alien atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri his son and heir, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the Bujavid, their seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over. Twelfth in Cherryh’s Foreigner series.
Blood Sin, by Marie Treanor (April 5, NAL)
Months after her dangerous encounter with the vampire overlord Saloman, Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is still trying to cope with both the demands of her vampire-hunting bloodline—and the desire she feels for Saloman, the immortal she brought back from the grave. But when Saloman’s ancient sword becomes the object of a ruthless race between humans and vampires, Elizabeth must decide between unwanted loyalty or unholy love. Second in the Awakened by Blood series.
City of Fallen Angels,
by Cassandra Clare (April 5, McElderry)
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. A mysterious person is killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can: training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Fourth in The Mortal Instruments series.
by Anya Bast (April 5, Berkley)
Seduced in a dream by a handsome, rugged man, Charlotte Bennett decides to let pleasure and desire lead the way-only to discover her “safe night of passion has dangerous repercussions. Third in the Dark Magick series.
Deadworld, by J.N. Duncan (April 5, Kensington)
Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup. So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own.
The Demon and the Succubus,
by Cassie Ryan (April 5, Berkley)
Amalya has spent the centuries using her succubus skills to become one of the most sought-after escorts at a high-class brothel. Seducing and corrupting men to make her quota with her queen, Lilith, has left Amalya jaded about sex—until a handsome new client triggers her most forbidden desires and delivers an enticing surprise. Levi Spencer, Duke of Ashford, has been offered a deal he can’t refuse in exchange for safely slipping Amalya back into Lilith’s lair. But a demon with a vendetta is plotting something far more sinister than Amalya’s death. Second in the Sisters of Darkness series.
The Dragon’s Path,
by Daniel Abraham (April 7, Orbit)
Marcus’ hero days are behind him. He knows the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of battle requires unorthodox steps. Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone. She knows the secret life of commerce, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords. Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from history, fanning the flames that will sweep the region onto The Dragon’s Path—the path to war. First in The Dagger and Coin series.
Element Zero, by James Knapp (April 5, Roc)
Technologically reanimated corpses are frontline soldiers engaged in a neverending war. Agent Nico Wachalowski uncovered a conspiracy that allowed Samuel Fawkes, the scientist who created them, to control them beyond the grave. And now Fawkes has infected untold thousands with new technology, creating an undetectable army that will obey his every command-a living army that just might represent the future of humanity. Third in the Revivors series.
Eternal Kiss, by Laura Wright (April 5, Signet)
Raised by the Breed, Nicholas Roman wants to stop the Eternal Order of Vampires from controlling his life, and using other males from his bloodline–including possibly his son—for their vicious reign. Only a beautiful vampire stranger can help him. But what are her true motives? Second in the Mark of the Vampire series.
Faerie Winter, by Janni Lee Simner
(April 5, Random House)
Fans of Holly Black, Melissa Marr, and Cassandra Clare can return to Janni’s unique vision of a magic-infused postapocalyptic world where war between Faerie and humanity has left both realms devastated. The war has been over for 40 years, and finally Liza’s town is accepting children born with fairy talents. Then a nearby town is destroyed, and Liza discovers that the war might not be over after all. It seems some faeries survived and have crossed over into the human world to continue the fight. And the most powerful and merciless of them all—the Queen herself—may be among them. Sequel to Bones of Faerie.
A Hard Day’s Fright, by Casey Daniels (April 5, Berkley)
What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again—until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy’s spirit can’t rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years? Seventh in the Pepper Martin mystery series.
Haunting Desire, by Erin Quinn (April 5, Berkley)
Shealy O’Leary thought the ancient Book of Fennore a myth until she and her father were sucked into the past—and into the cursed no-man’s land called Fennore. There, Shealy learns she has a rare power that their enemy seeks. Aided by the dangerous and compelling warrior, Tiarnan, Shealy must find her father and learn how to wield her gift to save those she loves or die in this waking nightmare… After failing both his land and people, Tiarnan was damned to spend eternity in the black heart of Fennore. His only hope comes in the shape of a beautiful, frightened woman from the future. For she possesses a gift she is unaware of. A gift with the power to save …or destroy them all.
Hidden Embers, by Tessa Adams (April 5, NAL)
In the New Mexico desert there is a secret race on the brink of extinction-the pure-blood shapeshifters of the Dragonstar clan. Their last hope for survival lies in the hands of Quinn Maguire, the desperate clan healer lost in love with a human female.Second in the Dragon’s Heat series.
Huntress, by Malinda Lo (April 5, Little, Brown)
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it.
Magic on the Hunt, by Devon Monk (April 5, Roc)
In the secret lockup of the Authority, the council that decides what can and can’t be done with magic, an undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners. He wants his freedom—and then some. Now Allie Beckstrom and her lover, Zayvion, are the first line of defense against the chaos he’s about to unleash on the city of Portland. Sixth in the Allie Beckstrom series.
Whew, I’m exhausted! That’s it for today. Which one do you most want to win? Just leave a comment for one entry, extra entries for blog follow +1, Twitter follow +1 @Suzanne_Johnson, and a Tweet or RT of the contest. Start picking!