New Releases April 12—April 18 and Readers Choice Contest

April has already been a very busy month for new releases.  This week, we have twenty more new titles for your reading pleasure… or for overwhelming your TBR Mountain, as the case may be. And it just keeps coming, so get ready. May is crazytown!

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 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 World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2), by Soman Chainani, (April 15, HarperCollins)

Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected. When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed. Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love, and this time, it comes from within.


Darkest Flame: Part Two, by Donna Grant, (April 15, St. Martin’s)

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up, as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny, and a desire, that could destroy them both. It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans, and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons, and the fiercest enemy of all.  (ebook only)


Earth Star (Earth Girl #2), by Janet Edwards, (April 15, Pyr)

Eighteen-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honors for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself, and her Ape status, in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an “ape”, a “throwback”, by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else. Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery, and specialist knowledge, will once again be at the center of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?  (U.S. Release)


Forbidden (The Soulkeepers #1), by Lori Adams, (April 15, Flirt)

When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. Haven Hurst is home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible Guardian who seems drawn to her too. As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death, unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.  (ebook only)


Frozen (Taken #2), by Erin Bowman, (April 15, Harper Teen)

The Heists were only the beginning. Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back. Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally, or enemy, is truly what they seem.


Fury of the Seventh Son (The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles #13), by Joseph Delaney, (April 15, Greenwillow)

Tom Ward has battled boggarts, ghasts, witches, dark gods, and the most terrifying creatures to roam the earth. He’s allied with the witch assassin Grimalkin, with a powerful boggart, and with Alice, the young witch who is also his true love. And he has kept one step ahead of the Fiend, the most evil being in the world. Now, he will vanquish the Fiend once and for all. It will require a terrible sacrifice: not everyone Tom cares about will survive the final battle.  (U.S. Release)


Hollow World, by Michael J. Sullivan, (April 15, Tachyon Publications)

The future is coming…for some, sooner than others. Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began, but only if he can survive Hollow World.


House of Ivy and Sorrow, by Natalie Whipple, (April 15, Harper Teen)

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.


Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow, (April 15, Tachyon Publications)

In the century since the master of horror, H. P. Lovecraft, published his first story, the monstrosities that crawled out of his brain have become legend: the massive, tentacled Cthulhu, the demon Sultan Azathoth, the Deep Ones, and the unspeakably-evil Hastur, whose very name brings death. This anthology celebrates Lovecraft’s most famous beasts in all their grotesque glory, with each story a gripping new take on a classic mythos creature and affectionately accompanied by an illuminating illustration. Something unnatural slouches from the sea into an all-night diner to meet the foolish young woman waiting for him, while the Hounds of Tindalos struggle to survive trapped in human bodies, haunting pool halls for men they can lure into the dark. Strange, haunting, and undeniably monstrous, this is Lovecraft as you have never seen him before.


Nightmare Ink (Living Ink #1), by Marcella Burnard, (April 15 Penguin InterMix)

With her art and magic, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create or destroy. In her tattoo shop, Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the power embedded in their Live Ink, the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists, including her former lover Daniel. When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. She works Live Ink, something she swore she’d never do again. The real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked with a Living Tattoo against her will. Saddled with a powerful, amoral entity willing to do anything to win his freedom, Isa must fight to keep her Living Tattoo from consuming her completely. (ebook only)


Pack of Strays (Fangborn #2), by Dana Cameron, (April 15, 47North)

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. She’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind. Zoe is also noticing disturbing changes in herself: new and unique abilities. In a world of dizzying shifts, who can Zoe trust? For while her former lover wants to turn her in, her former adversary seems dedicated to helping her mission succeed.


The Churn: An Expanse Novella (Expanse #3.5), by James S.A. Corey, (April 15, Orbit)

Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton’s was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate and the upcoming Cibola Burn, Beloved of Broken Things deepens James S. A. Corey’s acclaimed Expanse series.  (ebook only)


The First Book of Ore:  The Foundry’s Edge (The Book of Ore #1), by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, (April 15, Disney-Hyperion)

For Phoebe Plumm, life in affluent Meridian revolves around trading pranks with irksome servant Micah Tanner and waiting for her world-renowned father, Dr. Jules Plumm, to return home. Chief Surveyor for The Foundry, a global corporation with an absolute monopoly on technology, Phoebe’s father is often absent for months at a time. But when a sudden and unexpected reunion leads to father and daughter being abducted, Phoebe and would-be rescuer Micah find themselves stranded in a stunning yet volatile world of living metal, one that has been ruthlessly plundered by The Foundry for centuries and is the secret source of every comfort and innovation the two refugees have ever known.


The Forbidden Library, by Django Wexler, (April 15, Kathy Dawson Books)

Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That, along with everything else, changed the day she met her first fairy. When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon, an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within. It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.


The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3), by Julie Kagawa, (April 15, Harlequin Teen)

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions, her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost, the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


The Line of Polity: The Second Agent Cormac Novel (Agent Cormac #2), by Neal Asher, (April 15, Night Shade)

The outlink station of Miranda has been completely destroyed by a nanomycelium. All the signs of devastation point to Dragon, a gigantic bioconstructed creature. Agent Cormac is sent to the scene to investigate this disaster aboard the titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor. In the dangerous world of Masada, there is no breathable air and monstrous predatorial hooders and siluroynes lurk the planet. The planet houses the weird and terrible gabbleducks. The rebellion is trapped below-ground since the slave population is subjected to an arsenal of laser arrays controlled by a group known only as the Theocracy. Roaming the planet is the biophysicist, Skellor, who possesses something so powerful that Polity AIs will stop at nothing to acquire it. But just how powerful is it? And how does everything connect? Only Agent Cormac can find out.  (U.S. Release)


Transhuman, by Ben Bova, (April 15, Tor)

Luke Abramson, a cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life, his ten-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When he learns that Angela has an inoperable brain tumor, Abramson wants to try a new enzyme that he believes will kill Angela’s tumor. The hospital bureaucracy won’t let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved. Abramson abducts Angela from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon. Luke realizes he’s too old and decrepit to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, chased by the FBI. So he injects himself with a genetic factor that will stimulate his body’s production of telomerase, an enzyme that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests. Luke begins to grow physically younger, stronger. His lung cancer is not abating; the tumors are growing faster. And Angela is dying.


Unwrapped Sky (Caeli-Amur #1), by Rjurik Davidson, (April 15, Tor)

Caeli-Amur: a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours technology and hidden mysteries. Things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. Strikes break out in the factory district. A small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.


What Mario Scietto Says: A Tor.Com Original, by Emmy Laybourne, (April 15, Tor)

Despite all his disaster planning, and the bomb shelter he built under his shed, Mario Scietto was not prepared for the apocalypse that hit Monument, Colorado. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. “What Mario Says” is set in the world of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14.  (ebook only)


Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity #19), by Nancy Atherton, (April 17, Viking Adult)

When a young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. When Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking. After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos. Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

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!

33 thoughts on “New Releases April 12—April 18 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. This week i would love the first book in the blood of eden series ( it’s the immortal rules i think) or the first in teh fangborn series

    thank you a lot

  2. I’d like Lovecraft’s Monsters, to be read only during daylight hours, ’cause I’m a wimp 🙂

  3. I see at least four books I’d love to read! So hard to choose! I think I’ll toss my name in for Unwrapped Sky! Thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

  4. Crazytown it is, but we’re ready. I’m taking a step out of the box and requesting a book from a series I’ve only just heard of. Let’s try Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well. Thanks.

  5. I would like to read The House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. It sounds interesting. Thanks!

  6. It’s The Forever Song for me. I have been waiting for this book to find out the ending of The Blood of Eden series.