New Releases June 22-28 and Readers Choice C*ntest

This week is really last week. While you’re pondering that conundrum, we have about 25 new releases that should have been listed last week had we run a Reader’s Choice contest. On Wednesday, we’ll have this week’s GINORMOUS list. I mean it. Ginormous. So enjoy this relatively quiet list before we hit the big one.
Now…what do you want to read this week? 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. 
A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2), by Pamela Palmer, (June 25, Avon)
One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox, vows to never return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world, and free the vampires trapped within. When the handsome, dangerous, and all too seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother’s fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love. 
After Daybreak (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #3), by J.A. London, (June 25, Harper Teen)
Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.
Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die. 
Aliens: Recent Encounters, by Alex Dally MacFarlane, editor (June 25, Prime Books)
Under the countless billions of stars in the universe, what forms will alien life take? How will they live? And what will happen when we meet them? Aliens: Recent Encounters collects answers to these questions from some of today’s best science fiction writers. From first encounters to life alongside aliens, and stories of the aliens’ own lives, here are many futures: violent and peaceful, star-spanning and personal. Only one thing is certain: alien life will defy our expectations.  Contributing authors include: Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Kress, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Liu, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed and Lavie Tidhar. 
Blade Reforged (Fallen Blade #4), by Kelly McCullough, (June 25, Ace)
After the fall of the goddess of justice, temple assassin Aral Kingslayer lost his purpose in life and turned to the bottle. That might have been the end of him if luck hadn’t given him a few people to help him get back on his feet, notably the irresistible Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon. Reluctant to resume the role of an assassin, he turned her down. Aral has learned that one of the few people willing to help him in his darkest days has been imprisoned by Maylien’s uncle, King Thauvik. Aral knows he can’t let an old friend die, but the alternative is to return to the life he left years ago. It was the death of Thauvik’s half brother that earned Aral the name Kingslayer, and now he is thrust into a war that will see no end until he lives up to his name. 
Caged Warrior (Dragon Kings #1), by Lindsey Piper, (June 25, Pocket Books)
Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments. Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. Leto is charged with her training. Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning. 
Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3), by Kate Elliott, (June 25, Orbit)
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother’s murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren’t even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets. Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue. Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them. 
Damn Him to Hell (Saturn’s Daughter #2), by Jamie Quaid, (June 25 Pocket Books)
Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent, and the sometimes not-so-innocent. Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny. 
Golden Girl (The American Fairy #2), by Sarah Zettel, (June 25, Random House)
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Seelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who’ve attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood, and they are all too aware that she’s within their reach. 
Hidden(Avena #1), by Marianne Curley, (June 25, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
For as long as Ebony can remember, she’s been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It’s as if she’s being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can’t be concealed. She’s growing more beautiful by the day, she’s freakishly strong, and then there’s the fact that she’s glowing. On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she’s intensely drawn to him. It’s as if something explodes inside of her–something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn’t know that she’s a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.  (U.S. Release) 
Hunted(The Iron Druid Chronicles #6), by Kevin Hearne, (June 25, Del Rey)
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt, Artemis and Diana, for messing with one of their own. Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so the game plan is, run like hell. Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok, AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living, and still have a world to live in. 
iD(The Machine Dynasty #2), by Madeline Ashby, (June 25, Angry Robot)
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption. Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation, or death. 
In the After (In the After #1), by Demitria Lunetta, (June 25, Harper Teen)
Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape, and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive, and avoid Them at all costs. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby, and much more. 
Ink(Paper Gods #1), by Amanda Sun, (June 25, Harlequin Teen)
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. There’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? When she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets. Katie never wanted to move to Japan, now she may not make it out of the country alive. 
Sea of Sorrows (Guild Wars #3), by Ree Soesbee and Steven Savile, (June 25, Pocket Books)
The lost kingdom of Orr lies beneath the ocean waves. For centuries, the depths have lain dormant. Until now. The Elder Dragon Zhaitan has risen. The drowned kingdom of Orr is reborn, and another destroyed. The city of Lion’s Arch, for generations a cornerstone of civilization in Tyria, is brutally swept beneath the waves, leaving nothing but ruins. Among the survivors is Cobiah Marriner. When he is rescued by a ferocious charr, Cobiah knows that he’s been plunged into a world forever changed. Zhaitan’s undead servants dominate the sea. Cobiah vows to see Lion’s Arch rebuilt. Cobiah must become a hero to his crew and an admiral to the pirate fleet, and face the ghosts of his past. Only then will he master the Sea of Sorrows and crush the armada of Orr. 
Sidekicked, by John David Anderson, (June 25, Walden Pond Press)
Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses, he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna, their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone. A supervillain long thought dead returned to Justicia, superheroes began disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threatened to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. What happens when that line starts to break down?  
Crash, by Guy Haley, (June 25, Solaris)
This thrilling novel lifts some of the fiercest contemporary concerns of stock-market crashes, overpolulation and who rules society. The Market rules all, plotting the rise and fall of fortunes without human intervention. The Market must expand without end. The Earth is finite, and cannot hold it. A bold venture to the stars is begun, offering a rare chance at freedom to a select few. When the colony fleet is sabotaged, a small group finds itself marooned upon the tidally locked world of Nychthemeron, a world where one hemisphere is bathed in perpetual daylight, the other hidden by eternal night. The stricken colony members must fight for survival on the hostile planet, while secrets about both the nature of their shipwreck and Nychthemeron threaten to tear their fragile society apart. 
The year is 2052 and Dr. Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. Glyer’s controversial nanites are living things, a new form of life, and they have more uses than just medical. They also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids, if he can control them. Unfortunately, as every parent learns, when you produce a new, thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. And when a two-hundredgigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs is hurtling toward Earth on a collision course, you don’t have time to argue. Will Glyer’s nanites be Earth’s salvation or destruction? 
The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter (Paranormal Investigator #3), by Jillian Stone, (June 25, Kensington Brava)
The Moonstone is having a destabilizing effect on the time/space membrane leaving Phaeton trapped in a parallel mirror world where everything is opposite or upside down, yet oddly the same. He is held captive by Domina Valour and tested sorely. Gaspar Sinclair can’t go after Phaeton. His physical body is unraveling before everyone’s eyes. America Jones is large with child, but only she has the preternatural ability to locate Phaeton and bring him back. And Doctor Exeter’s beautiful charge, Mia, has her claws in him. Quite literally. To accomplish Phaeton’s rescue, the doctor must let loose forces he hasn’t the foggiest clue how to control. Can America and Phaeton find a way to return together, or will this final test rip them apart forever? 
A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. When, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing …
A celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.  (U.S. Release) 
The World of the End, by Ofir Touche Gafla, (June 25, Tor)
As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. When that finale is the untimely demise of his beloved wife in a bizarre accident, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner. Ben is willing to end his own life and enter the beyond if it means any chance of getting her back. One bullet to the brain later, Ben is in the Other World, where he discovers an existence unlike anything he could have imagined, and where the deceased live an eternal second life. Ben finds everyone from his grandparents to Marilyn Monroe. He can’t find Marian. Ben hires an unconventional afterlife investigator to track her down. Evidence mounts that Marian is alive and living in Tel Aviv. Ben also uncovers unexpected truths that will haunt him throughout eternity. 
Winterveil(Wintercraft #3), by Jenna Burtenshaw, (June 25, Greenwillow)
Teen Kate Winters and her powers are unique. She alone can understand Wintercraft, a book of ancient secrets. In Winterveil, the veil between the living and the dead is crumbling, and only Kate can stop it. The pull of the veil is powerful, and part of Kate wants to let it fall, allowing the dead overrun the living. Her best friend Edgar Rill urges Kate to save the world of the living. But Silas Dane can influence Kate too. Silas, a merciless villain, has the potential to behave honorably, if he chooses.  (U.S. Release) 
Ashes on the Waves, by Mary Lindsey, (June 27, Philomel)
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him, until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever. With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial, and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed. 
The Feros (The Vindico #2), by Wesley King, (June 27, Putnam Juvenile)
After defeating their villain mentors, the Vindico, James, Hayden, Sam, Emily and Lana are finally ready to join the League of Heroes. But as their induction into the League draws near, they are framed by a group of rogue Heroes and given life sentences on the Perch.  Thunderbolt, the League’s leader, is the only one who can clear their names, but he is missing. To make matters worse, the Vindico are mysteriously let out of prison and a group of strange Shadow people start trailing the teens’ every move. Unsure of who to trust or where to go, the teens put their new skills to the test once more as they fight to save themselves, and their families, from an unknown foe. But how will they defeat an enemy they can not see? 
The Last Full Measure, by Jack Campbell, (June 28, Subterranean)
In a transformed mid-nineteenth century America dominated by plantation owners and kept in line by Southern military forces, an academic from Maine, Professor Joshua Chamberlain, stands accused of crimes against the nation. In court alongside him is Abraham Lincoln, whose fiery rhetoric brands him a “threat to the security of the United States of America.” Convicted, Chamberlain is sentenced to forty years hard labor, while Lincoln’s fate is detention at Fortress Monroe. Professor Chamberlain encounters military minds who understand the ideals upon which the country was founded and who want to foment revolution. They need a leader: Lincoln. they have to flawlessly execute a daring plan to rescue him from the darkest federal prison.
The small print: 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 a general giveaway pile.

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38 thoughts on “New Releases June 22-28 and Readers Choice C*ntest

  1. So many series I want to start reading! I would like the first Pamela Palmer book if I win. She told me that one is very dark and brutal, but necessary for the character growth in the series.

  2. LOL… half of these I already have and my mind is spinning on what to start first… but In the After and Ink made wish list 🙂

  3. oki many really interesting title this week so i can’t decide right now between: The Miss education of Dr exeter, caged warrior or vamp city book 1( or the first of the saturn daughter series)

    thank you a lot

  4. Oh, there are quite a few books I’d love to have, but I have to go with Hunted by Kevin Hearne. I love the Iron Druid series, and I’ve been waiting to read this one. 😀

  5. Oh my! There’s a lot on “this” week’s list that I want, so now I’m scared for Wednesday!
    But the book I want the very most is Kevin Hearne’s HUNTED. Live me sine Atticus!
    I’m crossing my fingers!! 🙂

  6. Um, once again, do I have to pick? I would say I’d hate to whine but that would be a lie and it’s storming so I won’t tempt fate (whiny can be such an art form). That said, I’d like Sidekicked-I’m a sidekick kinda girl (or at least that’s how I think of myself), I’m intrigued by the synopsis. Oh, I’ve thought of a great sidekick for Sentinels-a Clemson loving Librarian from the Upstate of South Carolina, lol. How about that?!

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