Another Monday and another very interesting list of new releases this week as the month of July moves toward its conclusion. Not quite twenty titles on the list this week, but hang in there, the next two weeks should be epic!
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Dissonance (Dissonance #1), by Erica O’Rourke, (July 22, Simon & Schuster)
Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony. Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. When a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. She secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane. As she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide, a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
Endless (Shadowlands #3), by Kate Brian, (July 22, Disney-Hyperion)
Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on. Like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil, sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.
Extraction (Extraction #1), by Stephanie Diaz, (July 22, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface. Life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, and that means Logan, too. Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. The planet leaders don’t want her running, they want her subdued.
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy (Lorien Legacies: The lost Files #7-9), by Pittacus Lore, (July 22, Harper Collins)
Originally published as the e-novellas Five’s Legacy, Return to Paradise, and Five’s Betrayal, now they are together in one print volume. Five’s Legacy tells the story of Five’s early years on Earth when he was just a young teen on the run, discovering his abilities and making the wrong kind of friends. Return to Paradise picks up in the aftermath of the Mog attack on Ohio and follows Mark James as he struggles between returning to a normal life and helping John Smith and the others. Five’s Betrayal is the exhilarating continuation of Five’s story, in which he joins the Mogadorian ranks and must demonstrate his allegiance to them by helping to destroy the other Lorien survivors. You know the truth about the Mogadorians’ invasion of Earth and the Garde who will do anything to defeat them, yet there is still so much to learn. The stories in Hidden Enemy will help you get the answers you seek, but they will not help you stop the coming war. Only the Garde can save our planet.(ebook only)
Lethal Code, by Thomas Waite, (July 22, 47North)
America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyberPearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid. Its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums and vow an apocalyptic reckoning. A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company and former top NSA operative who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren, including Lana’s daughter, and race toward a rendezvous with Armageddon. (ebook only. Print available Sept. 2014)
Marina, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, (July 22, Little, Brown Books)
In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his barding school in Barcelona. His story begins in an old quarter of the city, where he meets the strange Marina and her father, Germán Blau. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At ten o’clock in the morning, a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman, her face shrouded be a black velvet cloak. She walks to a gravestone that bears no name, only a mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings. Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, and begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten, postwar Barcelona and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the labyrinth beneath the city streets. (ebook only) (U.S. Release)
New Frontiers: A Collecton of Tales About the Past, the Present and the Future, by Ben Bova, (July 22, Tor)
Frontiers can be found in all directions. Frontiers of time and space, as well as frontiers of courage, devotion, love, hate, and the outer limits of the human spirit. This collection of stories spans the length and breadth of history and the universe, while exploring new ideas and dilemmas. From the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights to a vast interstellar empire thousands of years in the future, from the Vatican to a one-man vessel drifting in the vast emptiness of the Asteroid Belt, from virtual reality duels to the intricacies of time travel and a golf tournament on the Moon, here are tales of scoundrels and heroes, scientists and explorers, aliens and artificial intelligences, and even a young Albert Einstein. Each of them stands at the border of a new frontier and must venture out into unexplored territory.
One Past Midnight, by Jessica Shirvington, (July 22, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life, a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted. But just what, and who, is she really risking? (U.S. Release)
Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11), by Jennifer Estep, (July 22, Pocket Books)
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight.
Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3), by Susan Dennard, (July 22, Harper Teen)
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission. With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time, the effects of which will be irreversible. Only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
The Burnouts (Quarantine #3), by Lex Thomas, (July 22, Egmont USA)
When an explosion rocks David and Will’s suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs: The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity, and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it’s almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. The brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms.
The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars #1), by Amber Lough, (July 22, Random House)
A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad, which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form, as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered, enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.
Valor (The Faithful and the Fallen #2), by John Gwynne, (July 22, Orbit)
War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies. Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step. Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King’s side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him. Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way. Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on. Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose. (U.S. Release)
Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House #1), by Laurie Faria Stolarz, (July 22, Disney-Hyperion)
What’s your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. For seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group, the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing. By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.
The Queen of Faith (The Court of Lies #1), by Mark Teppo, (July 23, Fairwood Press)
These six stories dive deep into childhood fairy tales, swap spit with Lovecraftian monstrosities, rail against the world from atop a burning soapbox, offer a means to influence people and make friends via a plate of cookies, and warn of the danger that lies in inviting dreamers to sit at your table. These are stories of liars, heartbreakers, and fabulists; the way they see the world is undoubtedly the way it truly is. At least one sentence of the previous paragraph is true. Welcome to the Court of Lies. The Queen suggests you place your trust in her. (ebook only)
Prototype (Archetype #2), by M.D. Waters, (July 24, Dutton Adult)
Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past, both of them. With clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. The past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker. Emma returns to face what she’s done. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter. Emma battles for her life and her freedom. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.
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