This week won’t be quite as busy as last week, however there are still two dozen new releases on the list for this week.
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A Plunder of Souls (Thieftaker Chronicles #3), by D.B. Jackson, (July 8, Tor)
Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villans and defeated magic. A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible revenge on all who oppose him. Graves have been desecrated in a bizarre, ritualistic way. Reports of recently deceased citizens of Boston reappearing as grotesquely disfigured shades, seemingly having been disturbed from their eternal rest. Most troubling to Kaille is a terrible waning of his ability to conjure. Ethan discovers the source of this trouble and realizes that his conjure powers and those of his friends will not be enough to stop a madman from becoming all-powerful. Ethan must thwart the monster’s terrible plan and restore the restless souls of the dead to the peace of the grave.
California: A Novel, by Edan Lepucki, (July 8, Little, Brown and Company)
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. They seek comfort and solace in one other. The tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant. Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.
Demon Derby, by Carrie Harris, (July 8, Delacorte Press)
Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers. Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. After a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power. When she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Casey finds out that he’s not human. Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. The fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning.
Elements of Mind, by Walter Hunt, (July 8, Spence City)
In Victorian India, a Scottish doctor, Dr. James Esdaile, finds a way to use the power of mesmerism to aid him in performing surgeries, using a remarkable artifact that enhances his abilities. The revocation of the promise to bring the artifact to Rev. William Davey, the head of the secret Committee of English mesmerists leads him to commit suicide in the center of the Crystal Palace, but that is only the beginning of the story. Davey’s pursuit of the object leads him across two continents, unfolding the story that has its origins two decades before, and reveals the secret world of the -chthonoi-, the elemental spirits that were banished from human lands in antiquity, and now want to find a way to open the Glass Door and reassert themselves in the world of men.
Fiefdom: A Kingdom Novel, by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent, (July 8, Abaddon)
The last of humanity has taken refuge in hibernation at the poles, hiding from the giant invading insects that have conquered the Earth. The Masters voices have gone and a new peace has arrived in the northern hemisphere. In a not-too-distant future, amongst ruins in the ancient city of Berlin the Aux’s live in clans, fighting amongst themselves. Their ancient enemey, Them, giant marauding insects, are a folk memory. Evelyn War however will be the first to realize that this quiet is not what it seems, that the Auxs themselves, having been bred for hand to hand combat in a war long-thought to be over, and now idling violently in peace in the subways and collapsing buildings Evelyn is the only one to see the oncoming storm, but the clan leaders and her elders do not believe her warnings, and time is running short.
Idols (Icons #2), by Margaret Stohl, (July 8, Little, Brown Books)
The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us. Most of us. Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated, and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives, and stop one heart forever.
Landline, by Rainbow Rowell, (July 8, St. Martin’s Press)
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. Georgie doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally ruined everything. Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, exactly. She feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she’s supposed to do? Would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1), by Livia Blackburne, (July 8, Disney-Hyperion)
Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. When the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. He’s persistent, and darkly attractive, and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull. Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. He finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease. When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, they realize that their best chance at survival, and vengeance, might be to join forces. They learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
Out of the Black (Odyssey One #4), by Evan Currie, (July 8, 47North)
Deep in blackest space, the Drasin have watched humanity’s journey to the stars, and determined that a species as barbaric as ours has no place in the cosmos. The wreckage of the starship Odyssey lies strewn across New York City. Odyssey’s sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, alive thanks to the mysterious “Gaia,” he knows with the Drasin it’s kill or be killed. The Priminae have felt the brunt of Drasin aggression on their own home world, and they won’t leave humanity to face annihilation alone. Together with what’s left of the crews of the Odyssey and other starships, they race to join Weston and his group of Earth-bound survivors for a desperate last stand.
Starbreak (Starglass #2), by Phoebe North, (July 8, Simon & Schuster)
The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe, Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other, but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts, and alien hunters. Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival, but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people, and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.
The Defiant (The Forsaken #3), by Lisa M. Stasse, (July 8, Simon & Schuster)
Alenna’s loyalties are put to the ultimate test, and it’s one of life and death. Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. The plan is to dismantle it from the inside, and Alenna is one of the few people who can access the organization’s inner sanctum. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger. Knowing what is at stake for her and her friends, Alenna ventures into the heart of the treacherous UNA. She’s determined to bring them down, because freedom is the only choice. Or is it?
The High Druid’s Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1), by Terry Brooks, (July 8, Del Rey)
Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. Paxon leads a quiet life, until circumstances overturn his world, and rewrite his destiny. When his young sister is abducted by a stranger, Paxon races to her rescue. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him, and within his ancestors’ ancient blade. Paxon must master it quickly because his nearly fatal clash with the dark sorcerer Arcannen won’t be his last. He journeys to the keep of the fabled Druid order to learn the secrets of magic. Treachery is afoot deep in the Druids’ ranks. To halt an insidious plot that threatens not only the Druid order but all the Four Lands, Paxon Leah must summon the profound magic in his blood and the legendary mettle of his elders in the battle fate has chosen him to fight.
The Hunt for Pierre Jnr, by David M. Henley, (July 8, Harper Voyager)
He can make you forget. He can control you. And he is only eight years old. Pierre Jnr has a mind more powerful than any the world has encountered before. He can make you forget, he can control you and he is only eight years old. Three months after his birth he escaped. An hour later he was lost to surveillance. No one knows where he has been for the last eight years. Now Pierre Jnr is about to return. THE HUNT FOR PIERRE JNR follows the activities of an elite group dedicated to tracking down the eight-year-old boy who is currently the greatest threat humanity has ever known. It’s a pacy and gripping chase, and an impressive vision of our future. (U.S. Release)
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1), by Mary E. Pearson, (July 8, Henry Holt & Co.)
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight, but she doesn’t, and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom, to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive, and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets, even as she finds herself falling in love.
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, by Brian Herbert, (July 8, Tor)
A revolution has taken over the government of the United States and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It’s a bright, green new world. But this new world comes with a great cost. The United States is ruled by a dictatorship and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them are an increasing number of rebels angered by the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma. The Chairman’s power is absolute and appears strong, but cracks are beginning to show as new weapons are developed by the old corporate powers, foreign alliances begin to make inroads into America’s influence, and strange reports of mutants filter through the government’s censorship.
The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling #1), by Erika Johansen, (July 8, Harper)
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. The quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun.
The Return of the Discontinued Man (Burton & Swinburne #5), by Mark Hodder, (July 8, Pyr)
It’s 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire’s most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London’s Leicester Square. The strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton. Spring Heeled Jack isn’t alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he’s experiencing one hallucination after another, visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about, what? When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined. A voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire.
The Symmetry Teacher: A Novel, by Andrei Bitov, (July 8, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Teacher of Symmetry is the “echo” of a British novel that Andrei Bitov once read and is now trying to reconstruct through the moth holes of memory and the fog of a foreign tongue. We encounter a series of curious episodes: A man meets the devil on a park bench and the devil shows him photographs of the fall of Troy, Shakespeare’s legs, and a terrible event that will take place in his future. A king who reigns over all possible worlds and uses his power to remove stars from the sky turns out to be the compiler of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Villagers squabble over a self-proclaimed space alien, and a literary society decides that it will accept only new members whose works are unwritten.
The Wurms of Blearmouth (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach #5), by Steven Erikson, (July 8, Tor)
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village at the foot of a majestic castle. There they make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep. Spendrugle’s memorable residents, include the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. Hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord—Ah, but there lies this tale. (U.S. Release)
Unravel (Linked #2), by Imogen Howson, (July 8, Simon & Schuster)
After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments in Linked, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Wars of the Roses #1), by Conn Iggulden, (July 8, Putnam Adult)
In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named “The Lamb,” Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court. A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride, Margaret of Anjou, sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it not only opportunity in the monarch, but also their patriotic duty in ousting an ineffectual king. King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late? (U.S. Release)
Zom-B Clans (Zom-B #8), by Darren Shan, (July 8, Little, Brown Books)
B’s first mission with the Angels, sentient, do-gooder zombies, went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B’s oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties, to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old.
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel, by Tiphanie Yanique, (July 10, Riverhead)
In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them. Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. The story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Thomas Sweterlitsch, (July 10, Putnam Adult)
A decade has passed since the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash. Survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past. Grieving for his wife and unborn child who perished in the blast, Dominic relives his lost life by immersing in the Archive, a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh. Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cases long since grown cold.When he discovers glitches in the code surrounding a crime scene, the body of a beautiful woman abandoned in a muddy park that he’s convinced someone tried to delete from the Archive, his cycle of grief is shattered. Dominic tracks the murder through a web of deceit that takes him from the darkest corners of the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, leading him into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than anything he could have imagined.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!