A quick housekeeping note. I’m participating in a chat about serial novels at My Book Addiction today, with a giveaway, and also at Paranormal Unbound, also with a giveaway. If you already have the giveaway books, I’ll substitute something else, so hop on over and join the discussion.
The new releases just keep on coming! This week, we have more then twenty books being published in our favorite genres, although has anyone else noticed that the third Tuesday of the month is heavy on YA? Not sure why that is…From this lot, I’m definitely going for Laura Kaye. Love the Anemoi series!
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.
In her role as Aegis, Zoey Donovan has rescued and cared for hundreds of monsters and mythical creatures. Now humans are the ones in need of her help. Someone with a personal vendetta against the Board of Hidden Affairs has kidnapped all the other Aegises in the country, including Zoey’s mother. With the Hidden government in shambles and a string of deadly clues to follow, Zoey and her reaper boyfriend set out on a cross-country chase to stop the kidnapper. Along the way, they pick up a miniature golem who’s on a quest to find his humanity, and may be the key to solving the grisly clues. If Zoey succeeds in defeating this new evil, she’ll finally be reunited with the mother she lost over twenty years ago. But if she fails, she’ll become the final victim. (ebook only)
Cat Crawford just wants to be normal, or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. It looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. Until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter. Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over. Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged. Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together, this time, it’s their own insecurities. Well, and the stalkerazzi. (ebook only)
It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.
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)
Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it’s her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father’s favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle, it’s easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom. Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she’s determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court’s deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father’s friends and enemies close, but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.
Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her painting dispels. The colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future. Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. He never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal. Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm. In the Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever.
by William Campbell Powell, (April 22, Tor Teen)
Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the collapse of society. She has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. If Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real? Everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted, never to be heard from again.
From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive. Now, with the captain missing and everyone, even her own government, determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy from a fight, and she’s getting mighty sick of running. It’s time to put this crisis on her terms and do what she knows is right. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay.
Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women are guardians of the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He realises that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself, and only he will be able to save it. (U.S. Release)
Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers, a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other. (U.S. Release)
It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong, sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon, and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Action, adventure, fantasy, and a re-imagining of popular dragon lore.
The Curse of the Brimstone Contract (The Steampunk Detectives)
by Corrina Lawson, (April 22, Samhain)
Magic existed at the fringes until Prince Albert discovered he was a mage. He and others like him are leading a revolution in steam technology that’s held tight in the grip of the upper classes. Gregor Sherringford lives in working-class London, investigating cases involving magic among the lower classes. He’s never met a client quite like Joan Krieger. Joan s dream was to lead a fashion revolution designing women s clothing. Her richest client mysteriously dies outside her shop, it deals a mortal blow to her dreams. She hopes the handsome, enigmatic detective can prove the death a magical murder. She never expected a dark plot would be woven right into the fabric of her family. Cracking the case will mean merging gifts, minds and hearts with the one man who could be her partner in every way. (ebook only)
When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it’s the zombie apocalypse. When he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he’s really in the eighth day, an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Jax and Riley are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who’s been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day. There’s a reason Evangeline’s hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.
All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer. As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered “mission critical.” After serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose. Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the investigation of his mentor’s violent death. The missing man has simply “Retired,” nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.
For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Ariel needs John’s help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the clan and their elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race. The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into an ingenious thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could indeed be possible.
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who, and what, she is and still wants to be part of her life. But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger. Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape, or even his own name, seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks. Set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.
Aileen comes from a long line of magic makers, and her Aunt Beck is the most powerful magician on Skarr. But Aileen’s magic has yet to reveal itself, even though she is old enough and it should have, by now. When Aileen is sent over the sea on a mission for the King, she worries that she’ll be useless and in the way. A powerful (but mostly invisible) cat changes all of that-and with every obstacle Aileen faces, she becomes stronger and more confident, until her magic blooms. The Islands of Chaldea is a new, stand-alone novel of magic and adventure by Diana Wynne Jones. Almost finished upon her death in 2011, the manuscript was completed by Diana’s sister Ursula Jones, an acclaimed novelist and actress. (U.S. Release)
Glain, Proctor of the Stewards and second to Alwen, Guardian of the Key to the Spiritual Realm and pro tempore Sovereign, must discover who threatens the safety of Fane Gramarye, the last bastion of magic standing against an evil mage, Machreth, who is bent on thwarting the prophecy of the Ancients and usurping the throne. Conspiracies, intrigues, and treachery present significant obstacles to finding and bringing together the four Guardians of the Keys to the Realms. Glain’s visionary powers are formidable; but can she trust those she calls her friends? Or her own heart, so set on sharing a life with Alwen’s son, Rhys, who must fulfill his own destiny? Glain guards a secret of her own that she must come to terms with before the prophecy of peace can be fulfilled.
Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal, Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters, the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago, have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia. Their invitation is bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn’t even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man, they have lured him to his death. This Fool is no fool, and he’s got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.
Sierra Fox knows better than to believe the demon-obsessed freakshow has given up on her. She s settled into a nice routine of living with her sister, enjoying her relationship with a sexy werewolf. Things start falling apart as she’s suddenly swamped with surprise visits and unwanted advances, and someone she despises wants her help. She encounters a man who s not quite as dead as she’d hoped. Mace is now more than human and still determined to get his hands on her. Not if Sierra accepts the strengthening gifts her grandmother bestowed at her birth. Sierra refuses to give up or give in. Even if it means exercising the last option on earth she wants. Claiming the ultimate power may not be enough to save the man she loves before his werewolf past destroys him. (ebook only)
Spirit White and her friends Burke, Loch, and Addie have escaped from Oakhurst Academy. Adear friend sacrificed her own life to save theirs. In the wake of Muirin’s death, they are also forced to deal with the terrifying truth behind the facade of Oakhurst Academy. Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table really had existed. With the magic of Merlin, they were able to imprison their greatest foe, Mordred, before he could plunge the world back into the Dark Ages. Mordred is now free, in charge of Oakhurst Academy, and determined to finish what he started so long ago. Spirit’s small band undertakes a quest to recover the Four Hallows, objects of immeasurable power. Memories resurface of a past life in which Spirit wields a legendary sword. She comes to realize that these memories are the true key to Mordred’s defeat.
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!