As usual, the middle weeks of the month are kind of slow in book-release land, and this week’s offerings are heavy on the YA. Still, some interesting titles here.
First, a few stops on the Susannah Sandlin Omega Tour today. We’re looking at the world through Will’s eyes at Tynga’s Reviews today, and I’m talking about “When Worlds Collide”—developing heroes and heroines—at BetweenDreams and Reality. Last but not least, I’m at the Savvy Authors blog today, talking about how to twist an old paranormal idea to make it your own.
Now….What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother’s past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different.
Young Adult. Following the brutal deaths of her sister and aunt, Rosa Alcantara has become what she never thought possible: the head of the Alcantara clan. Rosa must now conduct all business matters, legitimate and not, while negotiating among the greedy, bloodthirsty members of her own family. Not to mention convincing everyone that her blossoming relationship with enemy Alessandro Carnevare won’t put the family business in danger. As Rosa continues to fall for him, she discovers the dark secrets of his family’s dealings. How can she love someone whose family wants her dead? When Rosa and Alessandro uncover an ancient conspiracy intent on destroying both clans, they will do anything to stop it. The two teens must risk everything to love each other and survive.
Young Adult. After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed. Near-celebrities now for tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance, an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. The government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill. Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding, or fight back?
Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1), by Yelena Black(February 12, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Young Adult. Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly, and she must be very careful who she trusts. Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school, the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances, she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames. She attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird. She has no idea of the danger that lies ahead and the burning forces about to be unleashed.
Young Adult. Sexy, free-spirited werecat Yoshi tracks his sister, Ruby, to Austin and discovers that she is not only MIA, but also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Werepossum Clyde and human Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo pal Travis. All three seekers are snared in an underground kidnapping ring. They end up on a remote island inhabited by an unusual (even by shifter standards) species. Their hosts harbor a grim secret: staging high-profile safaris for wealthy patrons with evil pedigrees, meaning that at least one newcomer to the island is about to be hunted. As both wereprey and werepredator fight to stay alive, it’s up to mild-mannered Clyde to summon the hero within. Can he surprise even himself?
Young Adult. Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. When Addie’s parents decide to divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with, her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. One Search six weeks into the future, Addie is the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets cute, sensitive Trevor. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through, and who she can’t live without.
Young Adult. There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any map. Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a young lobsterman, befriends Delia. But it’s Jax who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. There are monsters here. No one ever leaves Trespass alive.
Young Adult. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood, or else she might be next.
Young Adult. Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor’s control. As Zoe’s team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.
Young Adult. With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them. Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. What she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future, and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain. Everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race, and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team, one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive, just may find in each other their own destinies, and a force that transcends all.
Young Adult. A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer, there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?
Silas Umber has finally come into his own as the Undertaker of Lichport when a mysterious invitation calls him beyond the marshes to Arvale, the ancestral manor of the Umbers. There, his extended family endures, waiting for a living Undertaker to return and preside over the Door Doom, an archaic rite that grants a terrible power to summon and bind the dead in judgment. As Silas assumes the mantle of Janus, the Watcher at the Threshold, deep below the earth in the catacombs and sunken towers, grim spirits grow restless at his arrival, hungry for freedom and eager for vengeance against a family with a long history of harsh judgments. Silas must right an ancient wrong and accept that even a house of ghosts can be haunted by its past, for in matters of family, we are who we were.
The demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity to destroy the demon corelings once and for all. Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are bitter rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all, those lurking in the human heart.
Young Adult. Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean, the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can’t do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. But Aoife is determined to find her way out. And she has no trouble if that means she has to kill Tremain and his queen to do it.
Young Adult. The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit, risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.
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