After a couple of crazy weeks filled with new releases, it’s kinda quiet this week, mostly with YA paranormals. Seems like I’m kind of drawn to White Horse this week, mostly because of the fab cover. (Speaking of which, go over to The Quillery and vote for Royal Street as debut cover for the month!)
What do you want to read? Leave a comment and tell me, and I’ll draw one name to win his or her choice. International, as always. And if the book is in a series you haven’t started, you can always pick the first one in the series instead.
It is the year 2129, and fame is all that matters. Susan and her friends are celebutantes. Their lives are powered by media awareness, fed by engineered meals, and underscored by cynicism. Everyone has a rating; the more viewers who ID you, the better. So Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock cook up a surefire plan: the nine of them will visit a Mars-bound spaceship and stow away. Their survival will be a media sensation, boosting their ratings across the globe. There’s only one problem: Derlock is a sociopath. Young Adult.
After Meredith’s girlfriend commits suicide, she abandons art school and goes home to Washington, D.C., intending to kill herself. But a chance street encounter leads her to create a painting that acts as a magical passage through which the young, 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud emerges, and both their lives are changed. Young Adult.
Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tuscon. When she’s approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious. Young Adult.
Thirty-year-old Zoe wants to go back to college. That’s why she cleans cages and floors at GeneTech. If she can keep her head down, do her job, and avoid naming the mice she’ll be fine. Her life is calm—until the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species. Her boyfriend Nick, fearing he’s contracted the virus, leaves for Greece. When Zoe discovers she’s pregnant, she treks across the world to find Nick and reunite her growing family. On her journey, Zoe comes to see that humanity is defined not by genetic code, but by soulful actions and choices.
Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin (The Last Apprentice, Book 12), by Joseph Delaney (April 17, Greenwillow)
One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don’t stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin’s one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook’s apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin’s side, as she is hunted herself by creatures of darkness set on revenge. Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her? Young Adult.
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her boyfriend. Until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship,” and Violet may have caught his eye. Young Adult.
El Sombra’s final battle against the forces of the Ultimate Reich. The Locomotive Man in a showdown with cosmic science on the prairies of the Old West. Jackson Steele defends the 25th Century against the massed armies of the Space Satan. A duel of minds in the mystery palaces of One Million AD. This is steam-pulp sci-fi, from the Big Bang to the End Of Time—eleven tales from Pax Britannia’s past, present and distant future combine into one saga set to shake the universe to its foundations—or destroy it!
When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future. Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything. Young Adult.
Faustus Resurrectus, by Thomas Morrissey (April 17, Night Shade)
Donovan Graham, part-time bartender, full-time occult scholar, has just graduated college with a master’s in philosophical hermeneutics, having completed his thesis on the Faustus legend. Now, on the recommendation of a friend and mentor, Donovan has begun helping the NYPD investigate a particularly gruesome series of murders, in which the victims have been artfully arranged to resemble the signs of the Zodiac. Is it a serial killer Donovan and the NYPD seek, or is something deeper and more sinister taking place?
As always, four entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book (any book) you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. This contest is international. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S., and winners are announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into a general giveaway pile.