New Releases June 1—June 7 and Reader’s Choice C*ntest

The first week of June brings us a virtual tsunami of new releases. How many? Why, that would be 49. Yikes! So many choices, so many ways to blow your book budget out of the water. But pace yourself, because June is just beginning….And might I say there are some smokin’-hot covers this month? Seriously! 
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Paladins of Shannara: The Black Irix (Paladins of Shannara #3), by Terry Brooks, (June 3, Del Rey)
Shea Ohmsford has had quite enough of quests. A year after surviving a harrowing odyssey, he is still plagued by troubling memories and dreams. A mysterious trafficker in spells and potions provides a restorative nostrum for the stricken Shea, along with a warning: Shea will break his vow to never again leave Shady Vale. A thief, adventurer, and notoriously charismatic rogue, Panamon Creel unexpectedly appears in the Vale with a request for his long-time friend, Shea. Journey into the untamed Northland, infiltrate the stronghold of a sinister dealer in stolen goods, and capture a precious artifact: the sacred Black Irix. Creel wishes to return this treasure to its rightful owners. What lies behind the black castle walls they must breach? And will this quest truly be their last? (ebook only) 
A Captain and a Corset (Steam Guardians #2), by Mary Wine, (June 4, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Airship Captain Bion Donkova has devoted his life to enhancing his navigational powers. When he discovers Sophia Stevenson has inadvertently received the gift of every captain’s dreams, the rare and powerful root crystal, he is just about ready to throw her overboard. Sophia’s not so enchanted with her newfound powers, especially when she becomes the target of a corrupt airship deadset on using her powers for evil. When Sophia goes missing, Captain Bion drops his grudge and thunders to her rescue. Once the two are free of danger, it doesn’t take long before old grudges return, tempers flare, and red-hot passion ignites. 
Abaddon’s Gate (Expanse #3), by James S.A. Corey, (June 4, Orbit)
For generations, the solar system, Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt, was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus’s orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them. 
Abandon: A Possession Novel (Possession #3), by Elana Johnson, (June 4, Simon Pulse)
The fight for independent thought becomes a matter of life or death in this sizzling and intense conclusion to the Possession trilogy. Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there’s more at stake than a few broken hearts. But there is a traitor among them, and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for. Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers’ reign. Their success means everything, and their failure means death. 
Angel City (The Angelus Trilogy), by Jon Steele, (June 4, Blue Rider Press)
It’s been almost three years since we left Detective Jay Harper and high-priced escort Katherine Taylor on the esplanade of Lausanne Cathedral, bruised and battered from a biblical showdown with the Nephilim. Katherine has retreated to small-town life in the woods of Washington State with her son, Max, and a close protection detail of heavily-armed, elite members of the Swiss Guard. Harper is living in Paris, haunted by voices in his head and bone-tired after what turns out to be two and a half million years on Earth. Though Katherine and Harper have been prevented from remembering each other, baby Max has unwittingly stirred the interest of vengeful spirits, and only a worldwide (and cosmic) effort to save his life will bring Harper and Katherine together again. Meanwhile, from the shadows steps a defrocked priest named Astruc, whose face looks as if it has been clawed by some terrible beast and who hides his eyes behind blue lenses. He and his brilliant young ward, Goose, have discovered something unfathomable in the Catacombs under Paris, something that will confirm that “the time of the prophecy” is at hand. 
Bled and Breakfast (Immortality Bites Mysteries #2), by Michelle Rowen, (June 4, Signet)
Right after their wedding in Las Vegas, Sarah and Thierry get their next assignment: Three vampires have gone missing in Salem, Massachusetts, and they need to find out why. Their contact in Salem turns out to be a local lothario with a penchant for witches, but before he can help them, he suddenly goes up in smoke, leaving behind nothing but a stain on the ground and a seemingly impossible mystery. Did a witchy ex-mistress cast a deadly spell, or is there something even more sinister happening to the vampires of Salem? Getting to the truth may require raising the undead, with a little help from the owners of a vampire-friendly bed and breakfast. But uncovering Salem’s darkest secrets may drag some of Thierry’s own past into the light. 
Breath of Fire (Rena Drake), by Liliana Hart, (June 4, Samhain)
Since the Banishment, Rena has become the Drakan Enforcer, cleaning up the messes her dragon brethren make in order to keep their presence in the human world hidden. When a group of rogue Drakan begins killing dragons who refuse to join the army of the Destroyer, the dragon they believe will become their true king, Rena has no choice but to take action. Special Agent Noah Ford appears to offer his assistance and protection. Something about him draws her hypnotically, erotically close. Every clue Rena uncovers indicates Julian, leader of one of the five clans, is the Destroyer. Burning with need for two very different men, Rena must choose to kill the one destined to be her mate. Or see her people s dreams of home turned to a pile of ashes.  (ebook only) 
Burdens of the Dead (Heirs of Alexandria #4), by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer, (June 4, Baen)
In an alternate 15th century where magic still is part of life, the Holy Roman Empire rules Europe. Constantinople is under siege by the Venetians and their allies.  Hekate, Goddess of Crossroads, presides over the conflict and carnage. Italian captain Benito Valdosta must deal with the powerful magical manifestation of the Weeping Woman, a disguised Hekate,  in order to save his daughter and to destroy the fleets of the Chernobog assembling in the Black Sea. With land battle, naval action, cunning assassinations, and the ongoing conflict between Lord of the Dead Aidonus and Benito for the love of a woman, civilization is at the crossroads and choices must be made that will bring victory and freedom for centuries to come, or a new Dark Age. 
Casino Infernale: A Secret Histories Novel (Secret Histories #7), by Simon R. Green, (June 4, Roc)
My name is Drood, Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond. For generations my family has protected you ordinary mortals against things that lurk in the darkness, just out of sight, but not at all out of mind. Unfortunately, I’ve had a falling out with my near and dear (some of whom were trying to kill me), so my true love, and powerful witch, Molly Metcalf and I are now in the employ of The Department of the Uncanny. We’ve been given an Extremely Important Assignment: attend Casino Infernale, an annual event held by the Shadow Bank, financiers of all global supernatural crime. Our mission: rig the game and bring down the Shadow Bank. But at Casino Infernale, the stakes are high indeed, winner takes all and losers give up their souls. 

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables, edited by Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, (June 4, Roc Trade)

Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader. Includes stories from K.W. Jeter, Jay Lake, Kat Richardson, Paul Di Filippo, Steven Harper, Nancy A. Collins, G.K. Hayes, Gregory Nicoll and Pip Ballantine. 

Cobra Slave (Cobra Rebellion #1), by Timothy Zahn, (June 4, Baen)

Cobras: technologically-enhanced warriors bred to fight an alien menace no ordinary human can withstand. At the center of action on Cobra world Aventine: the legendary Moreau clan. In times of war, the Cobras are necessary, yet in times of peace they are often reviled by those they have saved. Now the Cobras have resisted a second invasion of the alien Troft forces, and forced the Troft to a stalemate, and even converted some thoughtful Troft into uneasy allies against their kin. Yet all is not well in the human sector of the galaxy. A supposed sister empire, the Dominion of Man, threatens the Cobra worlds with what is, in effect, enslavement, as it moves to consolidate power over all the Cobra worlds. Rebellion is at hand, and once again, Cobras lead the fight for freedom. 

Crescent(Helium-3, #2), by Homer Hickam, (June 4, Thomas Nelson)

A seemingly endless war against the insurgent Crowhoppers keeps the people of Moontown fighting when they’d rather be mining valuable Helium-3. Crater Trueblood’s valiant efforts against the genetically-manipulated beings weighs heavily on his mind. Crater captures an enemy Crowhopper. “It” is genetically more human than not and its gender seems to be female. She calls herself Crescent. Crater takes her to Moontown as a prisoner of war. At the hands of Moontown residents Crescent experiences prejudice and even cruelty. Crescent is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit. Crater comes to her aid, and the two become fugitives. For Crater, it turns out the cause most worth fighting for may be right by his side. 

Darkness Unmasked (Dark Angles #5), by Keri Arthur, (June 4, Signet Select)

Shortly after her fight on the astral plane, Risa receives a phone call from Madeline Hunter, the leader of the vampire council, ordering her to investigate the death of Hunter’s close friend and lover, Wolfgang Schmidt. His body has been discovered wrapped in a web-like substance and has been completely drained. As the body count continues to grow, Risa must summon her gifts to find the dark spirit before it strikes again. Meanwhile, as the search for the keys that keep the gate to Hell closed grows more intense, Risa begins to unravel mysteries that will have startling consequences for her. 

Earth Afire (The First Formic War #2), by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, (June 4, Tor)

One hundred years before Ender’s Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat. 

Eight Million Gods, by Wen Spencer, (June 4, Baen)

Nikki Delany is a horror novelist.  Her choice of career is dictated by an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that forces her to write stories of death and destruction.  She can’t control it, doesn’t understand it, but can use it to make money anywhere in the world. Currently “anywhere” is in Japan, hiding from her mother who sees Nikki’s OCD as proof she’s mentally unstable.  Nikki’s fragile peace starts to fall apart when the police arrest her for the murder of an American expatriate. She’s attacked by a raccoon in a business suit.  She’s accompanied by a boy that no one else can see, who claims to be a god.  What Nikki does know is that the bodies are piling up, her mother has arrived in Japan to lock her up for the rest of her life, and her novels always end with everyone dead. 

Elegy(Hereafter #3), by Tara Hudson, (June 4, Harper Teen)

A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths, Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does. Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again. Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands, and fight back. 

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1), by Richelle Mead, (June 4, Dutton Adult)

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders. They soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. Unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board. 

Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12), by Nalini Singh, (June 4, Berkley)

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained blood red. A woman whose very existence has been erased. A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself. A deadly price that must be paid. The day of reckoning is here. A story that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead. 

His Clockwork Canary (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #2), by Beth Ciotta, (June 4, Signet)

For engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride, and redemption. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it. His plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London’s sensationalist reporter. Simon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future, as long as he can put their history behind him. 

In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles (The Fall of Llael #1), by Ari Marmell, (June 4, Pyr)

The Iron Kingdoms are at war, a war fought with machine guns and magic, knights of valor, and earth-shaking titans of steam and steel. And now that war may hinge entirely on nothing more than a sheaf of papers. An alchemical formula, stolen by an ally they thought they could trust, could cost the brave soldiers of Cygnar everything. Their only hope: a cunning spy, a knight out of her element, and a frighteningly small unit of the best that Cygnar has to offer. Arrayed against them is not only a single, devious enemy, but the combined intelligence apparatus, and possibly the full military might, of the most brutal martial power Cygnar has ever known. 

Keeping Secret (Secret McQueen #4), by Sierra Dean, (June 4, Samhain)

It’s a nice day for a white wedding. That’s what Secret McQueen is hoping for, with her poofy-princess-dress marriage to a werewolf king looming closer. Nothing can be that easy for a vampire/werewolf hybrid for whom someone still harbors a death wish. Summoned to the south by her werewolf uncle, Secret learns her furry heritage looks more like a tangled vine than a family tree. Getting her royal uncle’s blessing hinges on finding one of the missing twigs. Even with vampire sentry Holden Chancery at her side, she manages to land up to her neck in a swamp of trouble. As an assassin’s scope zeroes in, family dramas boil up and a fast-collapsing love square threatens to bury her alive, making it to the church on time could be the least of Secret’s problems. 

Lupus Rex, by John Carter Cash, (June 4, Ravenstone)

Ysill and Cormo are two quail who must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by crows. The crow king is dead, and in the field below all the creatures tremble as the Murder gathers to choose a new king from the rival sons Sintus, Milus and Nascus. The crows drive everyone from the field to keep the reckoning secret. When the crows turn against each other, the forest becomes full of danger. In the confusion the last wolf, Asmod, shucks off his isolation and begins to raise an army to claim the kingdom for his own. As hidden truths are brought to light and enormous sacrifices are made, Ysil and his friends must make an epic journey and an unthinkable alliance if the lesser animals are to survive. 

Midnight’s Kiss (Dark Warriors #5), by Donna Grant, (June 4, St. Martin’s)

Dr. Veronica Reid is a world-renowned archeologist whose Druid abilities help her to unearth ancient magical items. The arrival of Arran MacCarrick puts her on the defensive when he begins to question how she really finds her artifacts, until an unknown foe attacks and Ronnie discovers that Arran has a secret as great as her own. Together, they unleash an all-consuming passion that won’t be denied. Immortal Warrior Arran is on a mission to find the spell to bind the god within him. One look at the beautiful Ronnie and he knows there is more to her than meets the eye. With danger lurking around every corner, Arran must reveal who he is to keep Ronnie from his nemesis. Now he is left with no choice but to fight, or fall, for the woman he loves. 

Phoenix(Black City #2), by Elizabeth Richards, (June 4, Putnam Juvenile)

Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law, a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs. Elijah may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good, a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. The quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others. 

Reanimators, by Pete Rawlik, (June 4, Night Shade)

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments. The two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life, and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world, and create monsters of them both. 

Rolling in the Deep (Hawaiian Heroes #2), by Cathryn Cade, (June 4, Samhain)

Daniel Ho’omalu’s intimidating physique, tribal tattoos and mane of black braids frighten most women before they get close enough to discover he likes to play rough. Pile on his perilous vocation as one of a secret society of island guardians, and he’s painfully aware he may never find a mate. One look at Daniel, and Claire Hunter knows she’s found the man of her dreams.  Daniel is certain the beautiful haole is too young and innocent to handle his dark sexual needs. When Daniel must leave her side and dive to the depths of the sea to foil a gang of drug smugglers, Claire trusts that their powerful bond will bring her lover back safely to her arms. But his vow of honor to protect his people could be the one thing that breaks her heart. 

Shapeshifted(Edie Spence #3), by Cassie Alexander, (June 4, St. Martin’s)

When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. With the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it, without losing her own life in the process? Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene. What should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? All hell is about to break loose, literally, and time is running out. 

Sleeping With the Entity (Entity #1), by Cat Devon, (June 4, St. Martin’s)

Meet Daniella Delaney. She’s all ready to open her shop, Heavenly Cupcakes, in one of Chicago’s sleepier districts. But she’s having a hard time convincing the local business association, namely Nick St. George, that she’s a good addition to the neighborhood. Daniella hopes that her famous red velvet cupcakes will be enough to melt any man’s heart. But Nick is no ordinary man. He’s got fangs. As leader of the Vamptown clan, Nick has no intention of letting Daniella breathe new life into his old haunts. But something about her leaves Nick hungry…for more. He can’t control her mind like other humans, a trait that makes Daniella irresistible. Could it be that, for the first time in centuries, Nick has met his match? 

Smoking Hot/Where There’s Heat (Good Girl Series #3), by Karen Kelley, (June 4, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Working the graveyard shift at the sheriff’s office is hard work. And Deputy Rain McCandless is busy keeping her dog-napping grandfather out of trouble all day. So when a sexy intruder claims to be an angel then warns her she’s going to die, Rain starts to wonder if she’s going off the deep end. Dillon Taylor isn’t exactly an angel, he’s a nephilim. He doesn’t live by the same rules as angels or humans, but there is on rule he doesn’t like to break: never get involved with mortals. But the old man’s granddaughter is in danger and it couldn’t hurt to change fate just this once, could it? 

Soul Bound (Dark Souls #1), by Anne Hope, (June 4, Samhain)

Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson. Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. She’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories. When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who, and what, he is. 

Starbounders, by Adam Jay Epsteinand Andrew Jacobson, (June 4, HarperCollins)

Zachary Night is finally headed to Indigo 8, a top secret training center where future Starbounders gain skills to protect the galaxy. But being a Starbounder is no walk on the moon. No sooner has Zachary mastered the warp glove basics than a mission into space goes wrong and a plot to destroy Indigo 8 comes to light. Suddenly Zachary and his new friends are right in the line of fire. Starbounders is an outerverse adventure full of unforgettable aliens, richly imagined planets, and the kind of strong friendship that Earth kids will know well. 

Steadfast(Elemental Masters #9), by Mercedes Lackey, (June 4, DAW)

Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician, and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal? 

Stormbringers(The Order of Darkness #2), by Philippa Gregory, (June 4, Simon Pulse)

Italy, 1453. Luca and Isolde grow more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout Christendom. But their travels are delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that threatens the balance of the civilized world. Death lingers in the air as war ravages on, but this religious conflict is nothing compared to the arrival of an intense and deadly storm. Caught in the midst of unimaginable chaos, Luca and Isolde must rely on one another in order to survive. The second in Philippa Gregory’s four-book series delves further into a forbidden romance and an epic quest. And the tension builds as secrets about The Order of Darkness are finally revealed. 

The Apprentices, by Maile Meloy, (June 4, Putnam Juvenile)

Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary’s defiant son who stole her heart. On the other side of the world, Benjamin and his father are treating the sick and wounded in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. But Benjamin has also been experimenting with a magical new formula that allows him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When Benjamin discovers that she’s in trouble, he calls on their friend Pip for help. The three friends are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while unraveling the mystery of what threatens them all. 

The Beautiful Land, by Alan Averill, (June 4, Ace Trade)

Takahiro O’Leary has a very special job working for the Axon Corporation as an explorer of parallel timelines. Information he brought back gave Axon the means to maximize profits by changing the past, present, and future of this world. If Axon succeeds, Tak will lose Samira Moheb, the woman he has loved since high school. A veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Samira can barely function in her everyday life. The only way to save her is for Tak to use the time travel device he “borrowed” to transport them both to an alternate timeline. The inventor of the device is searching for a timeline called the Beautiful Land, and he intends to destroy every other possible present and future to find it. Tak realizes that to save Sam, he must save the entire world. 

The City, by Stella Gemmell, (June 4, Ace)

The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds. In the center of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old. A small number have come to the conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor’s unnaturally long life. From the mazelike sewers below the City to the blood-soaked fields of battle, the rebels pin their hopes on one man, Shuskara. The emperor’s former general. But he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from his immortal foe. The time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.(U.S. Release) 

The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation #2), by Avery Williams, (June 4, Simon & Schuster)

Seraphina has been living for centuries, thanks to a method of alchemy, but only recently has she really felt alive. She’s broken free from her controlling boyfriend, Cyrus. After years of swapping bodies to preserve her immortality, is happily settled into a life worth sticking with. Because in this life, she has Noah. But Noah might not be as trustworthy as he seems. After he delivers an ominous message that could only come from Cyrus, Sera is worried that her new friends and family will find out her secret. As her suspicions extend beyond Noah, Sera is forced to wonder about her new friends as well: Could her old coven be disguising themselves right under her nose? Will Sera have to move to another body, and take another life, or can she find a way to keep what she’s got, forever? 

The Magic of “I Do” (Faerie #2), by Tammy Falkner, (June 4, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Claire Thorne is a faerie on a mission. When the governing body of her world puts a prohibition on magic, she escapes to the human world and straight into the arms of Lord Phineas Tremble. When he insists on being her crime-solving partner, she does everything she can to get rid of him, until she realizes his gift for smooth talking might come in handy when tracking down a killer. Before long, Finn has his hands full keeping Claire out of trouble, because the two of them together create more sparks than her faerie dust ever could. 

The Pirate’s Wish (The Assassin’s Curse #2), by Cassandra Rose Clarke, (June 4, Strange Chemistry)

After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach. Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies, and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction. 

The Quirks: Welcome to Normal, by Erin Soderberg, (June 4, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

Molly and her family have moved around for years. Every time they think they’ve found a home, one of the Quirks slips up and sends them packing, because the Quirk family is a bit, well, quirky. Each family member has a magical power that makes them unique, and highly unusual. Mom can control minds; Grandpa twists time; Molly’s twin sister Penelope has an all-too-real imagination; and Finn is the pesky kid brother, who happens to be invisible. Molly is completely, utterly normal. Molly’s greatest desire is to fit in, and she’s found the perfect spot: Normal, Michigan. With its cookie cutter houses, welcoming committees, and all-town competitions, it seems like just the place for an ordinary new life. But the Quirks aren’t known for fitting in, especially in a place like Normal. 

The Seven-Petaled Shield, by Deborah J. Ross, (June 4, DAW)

Eons ago, a great king used a magical device, the Seven-Petaled Shield, to defeat the forces of primal chaos. When an ambitious emperor conquers the city that safeguards the Shield, the newly-widowed young Queen, guardian of the heart-stone of the Shield, flees for her life, along with her adolescent son. As one land after another falls to the empire, they become separated and her son fears the emperor has executed his mother. Consumed with grief and vengeance, he transforms himself into the agent of chaos, a ravening destroyer. The only ones standing in the way of annihilation are the mother he thinks is dead, a dispossessed enemy prince, a demented prophet, and the nomadic horsewoman whose love alone can heal the heart of the heir to the magical Shield. 

The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes, (June 4, Mulholland)

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times. At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives. Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth.  (U.S. Release) 

The Too-Clever Fox: A Tor.Com Original, by Leigh Bardugo, (June 4, Tor)

In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn’t mean you’ll escape the next. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s upcoming novel, Siege and Storm, the second book in the Grisha Trilogy.  (ebook only) 

Tidal(Watersong #3), by Amanda Hocking, (June 4, St. Martin’s Griffin)

With Penn and Lexi determined to kill Gemma and replace her with another siren, Gemma’s life is in grave danger, unless she can break the curse before it’s too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she’ll delve deep into her enemies’ mythical past, and their darkest secrets. It’s her only hope of saving everything she holds dear: her family, her life, and her relationship with Alex, the only guy she’s ever loved. 

Tiger Magic (Shifters Unbound #5), by Jennifer Ashley, (June 4, Berkley)

He doesn’t have a name. He doesn’t have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for forty years have taken them away. He knew nothing but captivity until nearly a year ago, when he was released into the light. Now Tiger lives in the Austin Shiftertown, where he struggles to belong and searches for an identity. Carly Randal thinks her fabulous life is complete, until her car breaks down on the side of the road, and a wild-looking Shifter is the only one to help her. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly, she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into his Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love. 

Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard #2), by Melissa F. Olson, (June 4, 47North)

As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. She has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. After LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett’s secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent. Two dead witches are found a few days before Christmas, and Scarlett is again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She finds a connection between the murders and her own former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire. Scarlett must revisit her past to find Olivia, unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first. 

Unbelievable, by Crystal Jordan, (June 4, Samhain)

When a homeless man predicts she’ll meet her soul mate today, Aubrey only laughs and points to the name of her coffee shop: “Bean There, Done That.” She’s sure sexy police chief Price Delacroix’s campaign to wear down her resistance is doomed to fail. Until her resident prophet spouts a new prediction: her soul mate’s life is in danger. Guardian angel Tori is holding up her end for her current client, but his soul mate’s angel is failing big time. Then a replacement steps in: Jericho, the man who broke her heart, and made her determined to never repeat her own guardian angel’s failures. Celia’s convinced there’ll be no “third time’s a charm” in the marriage department. Flirtatious firefighter Mason Delacroix is all wrong. Mason wants Celia, and he’s ready for something permanent. 

Wicked Memories (Castle of Dark Dreams #7), by Nina Bangs, (June 4, Berkley Trade)

Thorn Mackenzie was a young Viking when he met Sparkle Stardust. She used him and then abandoned him. Over a thousand years later, he has finally found a way to repay her. He assembles a team that can create the ultimate fantasies and illusions. The group will work together in Nirvana, the amazing amusement park Thorn has built, right across the street from Sparkle’s Castle of Dark Dreams. To fight back Sparkle must hire a spy. Kay Stanley agrees to do some sneaking and peeking for Sparkle. But as she gets closer to Thorn, she discovers they have a lot more in common. She finds it harder to see the gorgeous Viking as her enemy. With an evil force working to destroy their city, they may not survive long enough for her to help him overcome his Wicked Memories. 

A Window or a Small Box: A Tor.Com Original, by Jedediah Berry, (June 5, Tor)

A charming and weird contemporary novelette of magic realism about a couple about to get married who find themselves on the run from “goons” in an alternative United States.
Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, 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 the Book Horde list (see tab at the top of the page).

Now….go forth and comment! 

42 thoughts on “New Releases June 1—June 7 and Reader’s Choice C*ntest

  1. Darn, too many books! I added 5 titles I wasn’t aware of releasing this week to my TBR. But I’d love to win Keeping Secret (so I don’t have to BUY all of them! LOL!)

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  2. Holy Mackerel that’s a long list! Thank god I’m not an impulse buyer any more cuz I’d be sooo broke 🙂 I’m between Gameboard of the Gods and Heart of Obsidian. Thanks for the awesome givaway 🙂

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  3. Would love to read Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle mead! Thanks for the always awesome giveaways.

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  4. Oh man, as I was scrolling down I said, it’s got to be that one, and then another one came up that I loved even better, and then I got to Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander, and that has to be the one because this series is so freaking awesome. It sure was hard to choose this week! 😀

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  5. It’s too hard to choose this week. There are so many great books. I think I’ll pick Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Signh.

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  6. Always difficult to make a choice…erm, maybe The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke?

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  7. So many good books. As I have only read ARCs by Sierra Dean, I would like a paper book by her.
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