There’s an intriguing mix of new releases this week–not quite a budget-breaker, but some interesting stuff. I’ve recently gotten Quintessence and Pandemonium and *happy dances* Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, which just looks awesome. So stay tuned for those coming up in a new feature I’m planning to roll out this Thursday, “Drive-By Reviews.” Mostly, it’s a way for me to start passing along some of my ginormous TBR mountain to you.
Oh, and hey…that second book looks awfully familiar….
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.
Goldenland Past Dark, by Chandler Klang Smith, (March 18, ChiZine Publications)
A hostile stranger is hunting Dr. Show’s ramshackle traveling circus across 1960s America. His target: the ringmaster himself. Dr. Show scraps his ambitious itinerary, ticket sales plummet, and nothing but disaster looms. The troupe’s hopes fall on their latest recruit, Webern Bell, a sixteen-year-old hunchbacked midget devoted to perfecting the surreal clown performances that come to him in his dreams. Webern’s bizarre past starts to pursue him. Along the way, we meet Nepenthe, the seductive Lizard Girl; Brunhilde, a shell-shocked bearded lady; Marzipan, a world-weary chimp; a cabal of drunken, backstabbing clowns; Webern’s uncanny sisters; and his childhood friend, Wags, who may or may not be real, and whose motives are more sinister than they seem.
Storm Force, by Susannah Sandlin (March 19, Montlake Romance)
As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine. …Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target? NOTE: This book is being released as a Kindle Serial. Episode 1 will be available on Tuesday, March 19, with an additional episode automatically delivered each week. Cost for the entire book is $1.99. It will be released as a complete novel at a higher price on July 9 and will be available in all formats.
Everafter(Kissed by an Angel #6), by Elizabeth Chandler, (March 19, Simon Pulse)
It seems the odds are forever against Ivy and her fallen angel. Tristan is still trapped in the body of an accused murderer, and as the two star-crossed lovers try to clear his name, they must battle the dark forces that would keep them apart and destroy them both. The danger is especially great for Tristan since, as a fallen angel, death would mean losing his soul. It’s up to Ivy to save the one she loves and, hopefully, find a way for the two of them to be together, for all eternity.
Grave Secret (Secret McQueen #5), by Sierra Dean, (March 19, Samhain)
It’s been a hell of a year for Secret McQueen, and the last thing in the world she wants is to get caught up in werewolf drama. When her former fiance Lucas Rain shows up asking for her help, she knows there’s no easy way out. Secret agrees to help find Lucas’s sister Kellen. How much trouble could one socialite get into in the city that never sleeps? Unless that socialite has been spirited away by fairies. Trying to track down a missing girl in an alternate reality is just the start of Secret’s problems. Someone appears to be killing teenagers, and the MO looks eerily similar to something for which the half-fairy oracle, Calliope, might be responsible. Throw in a rogue wolf pack claiming allegiance to Secret’s mother, Mercy, and she’ll have miles to go before she rests.
Halo: Silentium (The Forerunner Saga #3), by Greg Bear, March 19, Tor)
In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood, a horrifying shape-changing parasite, has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both
Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact. Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian, husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict, hold the keys to a solution. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time, to prevent an insane evil from dominating the entire universe.
Inferno: Chronicles of Nick (Chronicles of Nick #4), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (March 19, St. Martin’s)
Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. His only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him. Life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. Those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. If Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. Sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?
Pandemonium, by Warren Fahy, (March 19, Tor)
In an underground city carved out by slave labor during the Cold War, ancient caverns hold exotic and dangerous life-forms that have evolved in isolation for countless millennia. Cut off from the surface world, an entire ecosystem of bizarre subterranean species has survived undetected. Biologists Nell and Geoffrey Binswanger barely survived their last encounter with terrifying, invasive creatures that threatened to engulf the planet. They think the danger is over until a ruthless Russian tycoon lures them to his underground metropolis, where they find themselves confronted by a vicious menagerie of biological horrors from their past, and by entirely new breeds of voracious predators. They’re rising up from the bowels of the Earth to consume the world as we know it.
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslight Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, (March 19, Tor)
An anthology for everyone who loves works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic.
Quintessence, by David Walton, (March 19, Tor)
Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.
Relentless(Lodestone Trilogy #3), by Cherry Adair, (March 19, Pocket Books)
Ex-MI5 agent Connor Thorne had a near death experience in Afghanistan five years ago. There, love and duty collided, leaving him bitter, disillusioned, and with a special talent for finding lost things. Now working for Lodestone, he uses his uncanny sixth sense to find lost or stolen objects, which makes him the perfect operative to help Isis McGee find her father’s lost tomb. But Conner hates deserts, and the last thing he wants is a beautiful woman tagging along while he does his job. From Seattle, to London and Cairo, they are in a race to find the clues before the sands of time run out. Red-hot passion ignites in the desert heat as Connor and Isis must outwit a faceless enemy more powerful, more ruthless, than either can imagine.
Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky #2), by Elizabeth Bear, (March 19, Tor)
Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.
The Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3), by Cassandra Clare, (March 19, Margaret K. McElderry)
If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
The Curve of the Earth, by Simon Morden, (March 19, Orbit)
Welcome to the Metrozone – post-apocalyptic London of the Future, full of homeless refugees, street gangs, crooked cops and mad cults. Enter Samuil Petrovitch: a Russian émigré with a smart mouth, a dodgy heart and a dodgier past. He’s brilliant, selfish, cocky and might just be most unlikely champion a city has ever had. Armed with a genius-level intellect, extensive cybernetic replacements, a built-in AI with god-like capabilities and a plethora of Russian swearwords, he’s saved this city from ruin more than once. He’s also made a few enemies in the process, Reconstruction America being one of them. So when his adopted daughter Lucy goes missing, he’s got a clue who’s responsible. And there’s no way he can let them get away with it.
The Gate Thief (Mithermages #2), by Orson Scott Card, (March 19, Tor)
Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him, and they can’t control him. He is far too powerful. And on Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless, he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he still must somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North. For when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took the responsibility for the Great Gates. And when he comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will come to understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.
The Lost (Celestial Blues #2), by Vicki Pettersson, (March 19, Harper Voyager)
Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death, if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost. Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. As Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets propels her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive and choose their own fate, before it’s chosen for them.
The Hanging Game: A Tor.Com Original, by Helen Marshall, (March 20, Tor)
Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far-reaching consequences. In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions that came before her and will most likely continue long after she is gone.
17 & Gone, by Nova Ren Suma, (March 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common, they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And, is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
B.U.G.(Big Ugly Guy), by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, (March 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Sammy Greenberg would rather talk back to The Boyz–a gang of bullies at his school–and get his head stuck in the toilet than constantly be afraid. But when his friend Skink gets beaten up so badly that he has to go to the hospital, Sammy thinks he may be in over his head. He decides to build a golem, a mythical protector from Jewish folklore, made of clay and animated by the ineffable name of God. But this monster doesn’t just protect him and Skink from The Boyz, he is also a great drummer for their rock-jazz-klezmer fusion band! But golems come with warnings. They will protect you until they don’t.
Bot Wars (Bot Wars #1), by J.V. Kade, (March 21, Dial)
Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been searching for his missing father for the last two years, after his dad disappeared while fighting in the Bot Wars. The Bot Wars began after robots became so advanced that they revolted and demanded more workers’ rights, causing the government to declare all robots terrorists and ban them from the Districts. Trout never questioned anything the government told him, even when his own nanny bot was banished, until a vid he posts about his missing dad goes viral and new information pops up. At first Trout is wrenched his dad might be alive, but when his brother disappears, Trout learns nothing is what it seems, not even his own father.
The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing #1), by Lindsay Ribar, (March 21, Dial)
He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life. Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else’s hands? But Oliver is more than just a genie, he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.
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