Holy cannoli, Batman—there are a ton of new books out this week in our favorite genres (for the uninitiated, that’s urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA paranormal, sci fi and fantasy). I have lots to get up on the blog this week so I’m going to try something different—more books, shorter descriptions. Since I would normally split this into two Reader’s Choice giveaways, I’ll do TWO giveaways off today’s comments. So, see what you think—take a deep breath and jump on in!
Abandon, by Meg Cabot (April 26, Point)
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
The Alchemist in the Shadows,
by Pierre Pevel (April 26, Pyr)
Welcome to 1633 Paris, where dragons menace the realm. Cardinal Richelieu, the most powerful and most feared man in France, is on his guard. He knows France is under threat, and that a secret society known as the Black Claw is conspiring against him. To counter, Richelieu has put his most trusted men into play: the Cardinal’s Blades, all of exceptional abilities and all ready to risk their lives. U.S. release. Pevel is one of the foremost writers of French fantasy.
Ascension, by Sable Grace (April 26, Avon)
The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed and mankind fight for survival. Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen, and the last of her kind. When the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission, she is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there.
As You Wish, by Gabi Stevens (April 26, Tor)
Born into a magical family, Reggie Scott is content to live her life as a normal human until the moment she’s informed that she’s a newly appointed fairy godmother. Jonathan Bastion is a man of power and wealth—and a dangerous secret. He desperately hopes Reggie’s new powers will hold the answer to his problem and he isn’t above using her to achieve his goals. What he doesn’t expect is how much Reggie will affect him.
Black Magic Woman,
by Christine Warren (April 26, St. Martin’s)
Daphanie Carter is thrilled that her sister Danice finally found her Prince Charming—even though he’s not quite, well, human. Daphanie is trying to keep an open mind. Which is why she jumps at the chance to enter the hidden world of The Others when a friendly imp invites her to a non-human nightclub. Enter Asher Grayson. As a Guardian, it’s his job to protect humans who get mixed up in the affairs of Others. Like Daphanie.
Born of Shadows, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
(April 26, Grand Central)
For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn’t a right, it’s a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Ichidaian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he’s forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised. Ferocious and determined, Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone.
Bound by Darkness,
by Alexis Morgan (April 26, Pocket Star)
As the daughter of a Regent, Sasha has long known about the secret underworld of the Paladins and their work protecting her kind from the dark forces on the other side of the energy barrier. So when she is sent on her first solo investigation, on the path to becoming the first female Regent, she is determined to get the Seattle Paladins in line. But when she meets Larem, she is inexorably drawn to a dark and valiant warrior who is not at all what he appears to be.
Bumped, by Megan McCafferty
(April 26, Balzer & Bray)
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children. Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Burn Down the Sky, by James Jaros
(April 26, Harper Voyager)
After the Wicca virus drove billions to madness and suicide, in the parched ruins of civilization, one commodity is more valuable than all others combined: female children. When well-armed marauders roll in at dusk to brutally attack a fiercely defended compound of survivors, Jessie is unable to halt the slaughter—and she can do nothing to prevent the ruthless abduction of innocents, including her youngest child. Now, along with her outraged teenage daughter, Bliss, Jessie must set out on a journey across a blasted landscape to storm the fortress of a dark and twisted religion and bring the children home.
Burning Skies, by Caris Roane
(April 26, St. Martin’s Trade)
A vampire warrior in exile, Marcus Amargi resists the call to return to the ranks of the Guardians who fight the death vamp armies. Here on Mortal Earth, Marcus has another battle on his hands—the seductive lure of Havily Morgan, a beautiful immortal with extraordinary powers,
Camera Obscura, by Lavie Tidhar
(April 26, Angry Robot)
Can’t find a rational explanation to a mystery? Call in the Quiet Council. The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city, and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself.
The Cold Kiss of Death, by Suzanne McLeod
(April 26, Ace)
When sidhe-blooded Genny Taylor’s friend is murdered and all evidence points to her, she goes on the run. But she’s being pursued by some of the most powerful supernaturals in town-and one of them is most certainly the killer. A Spellcrackers novel.
Dark Descendant, by Jenna Black (April 26, Pocket)
Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis, who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods.
Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman (April 26, Orbit)
The old ones will have their revenge. Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together—until her husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith.
Exile, by Anne Osterlund (April 28, Speak)
Crown Princess Aurelia stands in the face of exile. Behind her are the sister who tried to kill her and the father who ignored it. In front of her are the entire kingdom and Robert—the friend she can’t help but fall in love with. When Aurelia and Robert are betrayed by the guards assigned to protect them, their expedition becomes a fight for survival.
Future Imperfect, by K. Ryer Breese
(April 26, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Ade Patience can see the future and it’s destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade’s the best of Denver’s “divination” underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn’t see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he’s addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics.
Gods and Monsters, by Lyn Benedict (April 26, Ace)
Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual and unbelievable. When she finds the bodies of five women in the Florida Everglades, Sylvie believes them to be the work of a serial killer and passes the buck. But when the bodies wake and shift shape, killing the police, Sylvie finds herself at the head of a potentially lethal investigation.
Heaven’s Needle, by Liane Merciel (April 26, Pocket Star)
Unaware of the danger, two inexperienced Illuminers set out for the village of Carden Vale, at the foot of Duradh Mal, to minister to the people. The warrior Asharre, her face scarred with runes, her heart scarred by loss, is assigned to protect the young clerics. But in Carden Vale they find unspeakable horrors—the first hint of a terrifying ghost story come true.
The Hidden Goddess, by M.K. Hobson (April 26, Spectra)
In a mix of magic, history, and romance, M. K. Hobson moves her feisty young witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn-of-the-19th-century New York City. Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York warlock as irresistible as he is insufferable. Together they face confining couture, sinister Russian scientists, and a deathless Aztec goddess who dreams of plunging the world into apocalypse.
Hush, by Cherry Adair (April 26, Pocket Star)
Thrill-seekers Zakary and Gideon Stark travel the globe in search of extreme adventure, but a trip to Venezuela to jump off the world’s highest falls catapults them into a perilous game of life or death—where they don’t know the rules.
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier:
Dreadnaught, by Jack Campbell (April 26, Ace)
The Alliance woke Captain John “Black Jack” Geary from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet in the century-long conflict against the Syndicate Worlds. Now, Fleet Admiral Geary’s victory has earned him the adoration of the people-and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti,
by Genevieve Valentine and Kiri Moth (April 25, Prime)
The Mechanical Circus Tresaulti travels the landscape of a ruined country under the spectre of war, but when two of its performers become locked in a battle of wills, the circus’s own past may be the biggest threat of all.
Memento Nora, by Angie Smibert
A teen struggles to hold onto her memories—and her identity—in a world that wants everyone to forget—and keep on shopping.
The Noise Revealed, by Ian Whates (April 26, Solaris)
While mankind is adjusting to its first ever encounter with an alien civilization, black ops specialist Jim Leyton reluctantly allies himself with the mysterious habitat in order to rescue the woman he loves. This brings him into direct conflict with his former employers: the United League of Allied Worlds government. Truth is hidden beneath lies and there are games being played, deadly games with far reaching consequences.
Ocean of Blood, by Darren Shan (April 28, Little, Brown)
Before Larten Crepsley was a vampire general…Before he was Darren Shan’s master… Before the War of Scars…Larten Crepsley was a teenager. And he was sick of the pomp and circumstance of fusty old vampires telling him what to do. Taking off on his own with his blood brother, Wester, Larten takes off into the world to see what his newly blooded vampire status can get him in the human world.
Phoenix Rising, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
(April 26, Harper Voyager)
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. 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, into the perilous fray.
The President’s Vampire,
by Christopher Farnsworth (April 28, Putnam)
For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President’s Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade’s existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of. When a new outbreak of an ancient evil comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source.
Retribution Falls, by Chris Wooding (April 26, Spectra)
Sky piracy is a bit out of Darian Frey’s league. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the airship Ketty Jay—or his motley crew. So when an opportunity arises to steal a chest of gems from a vulnerable airship, Frey can’t pass it up. It’s an easy take—and the payoff will finally make him a rich man. But when the attack goes horribly wrong, Frey realizes that they’ve been set up to take a fall. And the ultimate answer may lie in the hidden pirate town of Retribution Falls.
Savage Nature, by Christine Feehan (April 26, Jove)
Danger lurks in the shadows and desire shimmers in the sultry heat as leopard shifter Drake Donovan is sent to a Louisiana bayou to investigate a murder. He’s ready for anything except the insatiable hunger that rocks him when he meets Saria Boudreaux, a woman with a compelling motive to distract him from the task at hand.
Tangled Threads, by Jennifer Estep (April 26, Pocket)
I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead.
Theories of Flight, by Simon Moren (April 26, Orbit)
Petrovitch has a lot of secrets. Secrets like how to make anti-gravity, for one. For another, he’s keeping a sentient computer program on a secret server farmthe same program that nearly destroyed the Metrozone a few months back. The people of the OutZone want what citizens of the Metrozone have. Someone is trying to kill Petrovitch and they’re willing to sink the whole city to do it.
Uncertain Allies, by Mark Del Franco (April 26, Ace)
After a night of riots and fires, the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird is in ruins. And when a body is found drained of its essence, ex- Guild investigator Connor Grey is drawn into the case against his will. And he has reason to be wary. Because the case will lead to an explosive secret that threatens to tear apart the city-and the world.
Untamed Highlander, by Donna Grant
(April 26, St. Martin’s Press)
Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation…Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past.
Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion (April 26, Atria)
R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend.
See anything you can’t live without? As much as I freak out over zombies, I’m hearing great things about Warm Bodies. But the one I want to read is The President’s Vampire. Because I love those undead bad boys. As always, four entries possible and please include your email: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow (click button below), and +1 for Tweet or Retweet about the contest. Now…go!