Only ten new releases on the schedule this week! If you are a fan of Hilary Duff, then you will be excited by the release of the conclusion of her Elixir series. My choice on this week’s tiny little list would be London Falling. Enjoy the lull… late April and early May will be a virtual bookmageddon. A great time to strain your book budget, add to your TBR pile and plan your summer reading.
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.
Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4), by Kimberly Derting, (April 16, HarperCollins)
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers, that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go. When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.
Fyre(Septimus Heap #7), by Angie Sage, (April 16, Katherine Tegen Books)
Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are fourteen years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle has become the Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna is waiting to be crowned Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Dark Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit, a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik, testing both his skills, and his loyalties to ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, and Alchemist Marcellus Pye. In a journey that encapsulates the entire series, Septimus will continue to discover the truth of who he is and expand upon his Magykal power and skills.
London Falling, by Paul Cornell, (April 16, Tor)
The dark is rising. Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drug bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. Nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law. Now, the team must find a ‘suspect’ who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again. They must hunt a supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game, and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it. (U.S. release)
Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage #1), by Brian McClellan, (April 16, Orbit)
Field Marshal Tamas’ coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. It also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy scramble for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. As attacks batter them, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should.
Taken(Taken #1), by Erin Bowman, (April 16, Harper Teen)
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys, but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends, and he’s gone. They call it the Heist. Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate, until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot, a structure that no one can cross and survive. Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken, or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
Freeman and Xavier Turner are two African-American men leading two very different lives. One is a failed academic with a family in turmoil, while the other is an ex-special forces soldier turned family man. They have never met, but they share a bloodline that traces back to African royalty. This bloodline also makes them susceptible to a condition called The Seven Days, which allows them to be possessed by the spirits of their ancestors who died in a rage. Through a series of unfortunate events, both men manage to lose everything, creating the circumstances needed for the Seven Days to take effect. One of them is strong enough to fight the possession, while the other falls victim to it, and the chaos that ensues threatens to engulf them both.
True(Elixir #3), by Hilary Duff, (April 16, Simon and Schuster)
Following the events of Elixir
, and the ceremony that almost killed Sage, Clea faces a new reality: With Sage’s soul in Nico’s body, the love of her life looks an awful lot like her best friend’s boyfriend. Can Clea and Sage really be happy under these circumstances? Clea wants to try to enjoy their new life together, but Sage is acting different, angry, and she struggles to keep her friends from finding out what has happened to him. Something is clearly haunting Sage, and Clea is losing control. Can she trust her friends with the dangerous truth, or will she have to risk losing Sage to madness?
Videssos Cycle: Volume 2: Legion of Videssos and Swords of the Legion, by Harry Turtledove, (April 16, Del Rey)
The Legion of Videssos:
Since the legion was mysteriously transported to this magical realm, Roman military tribune Marcus Aemilius Scaurus has valiantly served the rulers of the war-torn city of Videssos. Marcus is betrayed by a friend, seized as a traitor, and dragged before the Emperor. Only one person may be able to save him: the Emperor’s niece. Swords of the Legion:
As prisoner of the Emperor, Marcus Scaurus stands condemned for treason, unless he can reclaim a rebel province without the aid of his Romans. With one centurion by his side, Marcus sets out to once again do the impossible. The fates drive them toward the torture chambers of an evil, deathless wizard-prince. A last hope rallies behind them, the soldiers of the legion are on the march.
Wicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack #2), by Suzanne Wright, (April 16, Montlake)
Despite having been besotted with Dante Garcea since she was a child, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow figures that it’s time to move past the crush. Hiding her intense attraction to him isn’t easy, but with bigger issues to worry about and with the submissive wolf act to maintain, Jaime is resolute on moving forward. As the pack Beta, Dante doesn’t have the space or time in his life for a relationship. He ignores his intense hunger for the willful Jaime. When her flirtations abruptly end, Dante finds that he doesn’t like losing her attention. He finds something else too, Jaime’s hiding something. He sets out to break through her defenses, even though being around her intensifies his cravings for her. What he finds is a problem that Jaime is convinced not even a powerful Beta can solve.
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #18), by Nancy Atherton, (April 18, Viking Adult)
When a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in her thrift shop, Lori Shepherd recognizes it instantly. It was the object that mesmerized the sweet but very poor nine-year-old Daisy Pickering at Sproggton Manor, the bizarre Jacobean house-turned-museum Lori recently visited with her twin sons. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori decides to speak with the museum curator, who turns out to be oddly uninterested in the theft. There’s not much that could be done anyway for the Pickerings seem to have come into some money and moved to Australia. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori’s search for the sleigh’s owner leads her to a web of secrets stretching from the finest English estates to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.
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