A few less titles on the list this week as compared to last, however there are still some interesting titles. I’ve had my eye on the Aaron Pogue release because I like the cover, which means I’ll take step two and download a sample!
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.
Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers, humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing, until a mysterious cowboy rides to her rescue. Jake has his own motives for helping Abby. He’s a Reaper. While he’s learned to wrest control of his mind from the parasite, the effects won’t last without a permanent cure. Abby and Jake are natural enemies and unlikely partners. When their search reveals a conspiracy between Reapers and the rich industrialists, they must work together to find the cure, or lose the border, and each other, forever. (ebook only)
Forced out of London’s coal-blackened streets, Cherry St. Croix is faced with her most difficult undertaking yet: sobriety. My guardian, the enigmatic Mr. Oliver Ashmore, has revealed himself, and his order is clear: I am to be dried out at once, regardless of my wishes. Footsteps follow me, voices call for me, and my sanity wavers. In my fevered dreams, I am haunted by those I failed, while waking proves no protection from the ghosts of my reckless past. To unravel the alchemical mysteries of my mother’s family, I must rely on Ashmore’s tutelage. I am lured to the art and drawn by the secrets my guardian possesses. Yet the deeper I delve, the more I believe that something dreadful disturbs these haunted corridors. In my madness, I fear that what it wants most, is me. (ebook only)
Mafia clan leader Rosa Alcantara’s life is falling apart: everyone she loves is dead and everything she’s ever known about her family is a lie. Rosa and her boyfriend, rival leader Alessandro Carnevare, refuse to give up on their love for each other. Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia. As the clock ticks down to their destruction, it’s a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead. The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all, but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her, but committed to interfering in her life,she took off. She hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would leave her with a burden rather than a mate. Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. He discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process, a side he’d never seen before. Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya, and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri. Syl Hellais is the oldest alien child on Earth, the first to reach sixteen years of age. Syl has hidden gifts, powers that even she does yet fully understand. The Illyri are at war among themselves, and the sinister Nairene Sisterhood has arrived on Earth, hungry for new blood. When Syl helps a pair of young Resistance fighters to escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death, pursued by her own kind, and risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human. Syl is about to learn, the real invasion has not yet begun. (U.S. Release)
Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people can prevent global chaos. Gary Morgan, a scientist who believes in a space elevator: a pillar to the sky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple and affordable. Eva Morgan, a scientist with a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky. Erich Rothenberg, the rocket-scientist who labored with von Braun to create the first rockets and continued on to build those of today. Franklin Smith, the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire who will champion their cause. The Goddard Space Flight Center, the pre-eminent hero, its army of scientists, engineers and astronauts will design, machine, and build the space elevator. The stakes could not be higher.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow time. When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance. There she meets Trevor. He’s a stranger to her, so why does her heart do funny flips every time she sees him? Her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories. Laila tries to manipulate Connor, but he’s the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. As Addie and Laila attempt to retrieve the memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot, and a future that could change everything.
Lucky and Alpha have finally reached an uneasy peace, but tensions are still high,and Alpha has made it clear that there are some dogs he will never fully accept. As the newly united Pack sets off in search of a home far away from the Fierce Dog camp, they discover that no territory is truly safe. When they encounter another group of dogs who survived the Big Growl, Lucky hopes that they can work together as allies,but this new Pack may be their most dangerous enemy yet.
After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a Victorian house they’ve inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he’s hit in the head by a toaster. That’s just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there. Nick figures out that the attic is a strange magnetic vortex, which attracts all sorts of trouble. Nick learns that the genius Nikola Tesla placed the items, his last inventions, in the attic as part of a larger plan that he mathematically predicted. The task is fraught with peril, in addition to the dangers inherent in Tesla’s mysterious and powerful creations, a secret society of physicists, the Accelerati, is determined to stop Nick and alter destiny to achieve its own devious ends.
Even for a charismatic pirate, three years is a long time to chase after an unimaginable treasure hidden in the ruins of an ancient city. But when the fabled riches turn out to be virtually worthless, the outraged crew mutinies and leaves their former captain for dead. He is rescued by a mysterious king and transported back to a time of dwarves, druids, and fairies. Enchanting as it is, though, his only wish is to return home and find justice. But only the king has the power to return him, for a price. Aided by a new and motley group of mystical creatures and misfits, he sets out on his quest, ultimately getting caught up in a war he wants nothing to do with and in the process changing the course of history itself.
The year is 10,515 AD. The Hyades Armada, traveling at near light speed, will reach Earth in just four centuries to assess humanity’s value as slaves. For the last 8,000 years, two opposing factions have labored to meet the alien threat in very different ways. One is Ximen del Azarchel, leader of the mutineers from the starship Hermetic and self-appointed Master of the World. The other is Menelaus Montrose, the posthuman Judge of Ages, whose cryonic Tombs beneath the surface of Earth have preserved survivors from each epoch created by the Hermeticists. del Azarchel and Montrose square off for what is to be their final showdown for the fate of Earth, a battle of gunfire and cliometric calculus; powered armor and posthuman intelligence.
We found ten men, red from blood and dead. At the center of an expanding mystery: a fabled Viking runestone left behind in the Minnesota woodland of ages past. St. Sunniva University’s Julia Olsen and Nate Kirkland find themselves hot on the trail of a fourteenth-century artifact, a missing runic specialist, and an all-too-familiar kidnapper who has used the time travel lab’s STEWie (SpaceTimE Warper) for a joyride deep into America’s past. Armed with nothing more than a hunch and a keen understanding of History’s rules, can Julia, Nate, and their teammates track down the kidnapper and the missing researcher before the inevitable, and perilous, clash with History?
Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds. All are born only once, but die many times, until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found. The City is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls, and one very confused New Yorker. Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing.
Ananias Dare and his expectant wife are among the pioneers who have come to brave an uncharted frontier. But conditions are harsh, and hostile natives have already spilled English blood. Only the peaceful Croatan Indians welcome the settlers. But when friend and guide Manteo has a haunting encounter deep in the woods, Ananias fears the colony faces a threat much darker than mortal enemies. As a brutal winter and an Indian massacre loom, Manteo and Ananias, and the dreadful secret they share, may be the settlers’ only hope of survival. But for the salvation they desperately seek, there will be hell to pay. (ebook only)
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. They have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence—only to find it destroyed. Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them, tracks leading away from the wreckage. They know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about. One that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run. Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!