The possibilities for your summer reading list abound with over twenty new releases this week. It’s already been a busy summer for new releases and it does not appear they will be slowing down anytime soon.
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Awaken (The Soulkeepers #2), by Lori Adams, (July 15, Flirt)
Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. Her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is too dangerous, and he won’t be able to protect her. Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring him into a deception that may get them both killed. Dante’s ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia’s saving grace or will the Awakening give her the power she needs to save herself? (ebook only)
Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2), by Sarah McCarry, (July 15, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she’s ever known, and Maia’s too happy to make a break for it. Cass didn’t reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who’d capture Maia’s heart as soon as Cass set her free, and Cass isn’t the only one who’s noticed Maia’s extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she’s unwittingly awakened, or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about?
Earthquake (Earthbound #2), by Aprilynne Pike, (July 15, Razorbill)
Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound, a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth, and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds. Tavia realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson, Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest, appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with.
Fortune’s Rising (Outer Bounds #1), by Sara King, (July 15, 47North)
Under the supertech Coalition government, Fortune’s colonists are enslaved to harvest the highly valuable brain-enhancing drug Yolk. The population is dying off and the planet is becoming a police state whose only purpose is to harvest Yolk. Anna Landborn, a brilliant, sociopathic child, and her quiet, lethally gifted sister, Magali; Runaway Joel, a virtuous military pilot turned smuggler; Milar Whitecliff, a chess-playing fugitive full of hatred and heart; Doberman, a robot in the throes of a transformation; and Tatiana Eyre, a captured Coalition soldier torn between loyalty and love. The battle to spark an uprising is violently challenged by the Nephyrs, the government’s elite army. The prophecies of a mad soothsayer have foretold the coming of a hero destined to turn the tide.
Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence #3), by Max Gladstone, (July 15, Tor)
On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods, perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured, then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear, which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.
Half a King (Shattered Sea #1), by Joe Abercrombie, (July 15, Del Rey)
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began, in twists, and traps, and tragedy.
Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones, (July 15, Little, Brown Books)
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. What if it wasn’t? The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a race against the government that could cost them their lives.
Knight Avenged (Circle of Seven #2), by Coreene Callahan, (July 15, Montlake Romance)
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. Just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill. Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. When the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them. Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Henrik is left with a terrible choice, protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.
Last Orders (The War That Came Early #6), by Harry Turtledove, (July 15, Del Rey)
Hitler’s Plan A was to win in a hurry, striking hard and deep into France. The Nazis fortify thin lines with Hungarian and Romanian troops. England, after the suspicious death of Winston Churchill and a coup d’état, fights back in Europe and on the seas of the North Atlantic. Jews fight on both sides of the war, in secret in German uniform, openly in Spain, France, and Russia. Japan prepares bombs filled with biological concoctions to be dropped on Hawaii. For the U.S., the only enemy is Japan. Hitler becomes desperate and declares war on the United States. His own people are rising up in revolt. The German military may have to put down the violence. A Czech sniper fighting with the Republicans in Spain changes the war almost single-handedly. In Philadelphia, an American woman meets a scientist who reveals a momentous secret.
MindWar: A Novel (MindWar #1), by Andrew Klavan, (July 15, Thomas Nelson)
Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. Rick’s high school football team couldn’t be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. Then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled. Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He is approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn’t just a game. Entering “The Realm” gives Rick the one thing he thought he’d never have again: a body that’s as fast and as strong as he ever was. The more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already? Is he the hero they think he is?
Overlord (Event Group #3), by David Lynn Golemon, (July 15, Thomas Dunne)
A time of war is upon humanity. The plans of a million years are ready for what has always been coming: Armageddon. The first move is set in motion and the assassinations begin. Only one element in the arsenal of the world can possibly give the Earth a fighting chance at survival, a tiny being that has already saved the world once in the Arizona desert is now called upon to outthink his former masters. The Event Group, is suffering from losses of military personnel and being torn apart by internal conflict. The Group also faces a threat that may be more dangerous to Earth’s survival than the attacks from deep space. Their old enemies have returned to take revenge and the worst fears of Department 5656 are realized. A breach in security allows intruders to get at the secrets inside the complex in Nevada. The fate of planet depends on a few men and women.
Seeders: A Novel, by A.J. Colucci, (July 15, Thomas Dunne)
George Brookes is a plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island. After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter Isabelle, her teenage children, and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. Jules, investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a scientific breakthrough: communication between plants and humans. The island begins to have strange effects on the group, especially Jules who becomes obsessed with George’s journal, the strange fungus growing on every plant and tree, and secrets that lay buried in the woods. Isabelle to realizes that her father may have unleashed something sinister on the island.
The Boleyn Reckoning (The Boleyn Trilogy #3), by Laura Andersen, (July 15, Ballantine)
Elizabeth Tudor is at a crossroads. The Duke of Northumberland has been executed for treason while his son, Robert Dudley, claims from the Tower that the true traitor has not yet been caught. And though her brother, William, has survived smallpox, scars linger in the king’s body and mind and his patience is at an end. William marches to the drumbeat of his own desires rather than his country’s welfare. Elizabeth assembles her own shadow court to protect England as best she can. Minuette and Dominic have married in secret, and after an ill-timed pregnancy, they take to flight. Faced with betrayal by the two he loved most, William’s need for vengeance pushes England to the brink of civil war and in the end, Elizabeth must choose: her brother, or her country?
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3), by Deborah Harkness, (July 15, Viking Adult)
Historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches, with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
The Causal Angel (The Jean le Flambeur Series #3), by Hannu Rajaniemi, (July 15, Tor)
With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterization and his unrivaled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi set a new benchmark for Science Fiction. Now, with his third novel, he completes the tale of the many lives, and minds, of gentleman rogue Jean de Flambeur. Influenced as much by the fin de siècle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of a wild future, and deep conjectures on the nature of reality and story. We will discover the ultimate fates of Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen, and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung throughout the solar system.
The House of Small Shadows, by Adam Nevill, (July 15, St. Martin’s Press)
Catherine’s last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a television production company saw her fired and forced to leave London. A new job and now things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself: to catalogue the late M H Mason’s eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. She’ll get to examine his displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting scenes from World War I. When Mason’s niece invites her to stay at the Red House itself, Catherine can’t believe her luck. Until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle’s ‘Art’. Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but M H Mason’s damaged visions raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she’d hoped had finally been erased. The barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge. Some truths seem too terrible to be real. (U.S. Release)
The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice, by Tom Holt, (July 15, Orbit)
A happy workforce, it is said, is a productive workforce. Mmmm. Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragons layer. Who is looking after their well-being? Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call “the Wizard.” Until now. Now, a perfectly good business model, based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe, is about to be disrupted by a man not entirely aware of what’s going on. There’s also a risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be careful with these things.
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, (July 15, Tachyon)
Fantasy & Science Fiction continues to showcase some of the most famous authors writing in any genre. The magazine jumpstarted the careers of bestselling authors such as Roger Zelazny, Bruce Sterling, and Jane Yolen and continues to champion bold new crossover talents including Paolo Bacigalupi and Ken Liu. Now drawing upon F&SF’s impressive history of classic and contemporary tales, this extraordinary companion anthology revisits and expands upon sixty-five years’ worth of top-notch fiction. These broad-ranging, award-winning tales appeal to readers of genre fiction and beyond, exploring alternate history, time travel, urban fantasy, virtual reality, modern myth, horror, interstellar travel, epic fantasy, mystery, and space opera.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection, edited by Gardner R. Dozois, (July 15, St. Martin’s Griffin)
In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. The very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year’s best short stories. This collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1), by Sebastien de Castell, (July 15, Jo Fletcher Books)
Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are traveling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their king’s head on a spike. Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters. All they have left is the promise they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the king’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn. (U.S. Release)
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3), by Ben H. Winters, (July 15, Quirk)
With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative, his sister Nico, isn’t safe. Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out, for everyone.
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.
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