This week will be the quiet before the storm with regard to new releases. There are “only” eighteen on the list this week. But don’t despair, the end of August and the beginning of September will bring a massive amount of new releases.
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Dangerous Calling (The Shadowminds #2), by A.J. Larrieu, (August 18, Carina Press) Cass Weatherfield has finally accepted her telekinetic gifts. Living with her boyfriend, Shane, has given her the confidence to be herself. Knowing firsthand the hell of growing up without a mentor, she agrees to meet and help Diana, a young Shadowmind. When Cass shows up, the terrified woman changes her mind and flees. Cass and Shane track her across New Orleans, and discover that Diana is being held against her will by an illicit organization that’s selling her clairvoyant skills to the highest bidder. In charge is an ancient creature more powerful than any they’ve ever encountered. As Cass uses more and more power, in the fight against evil, she feels an addictive pull that challenges her control. Cass may be the greatest threat to those she loves the most. (ebook only)
Adultery: A Novel, by Paulo Coelho, ((August 19, Knopf)
A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
Confessions, by Kanae Minato, (August 19, Mulholland)
After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge. Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in harm’s way. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again. (U.S. Release)
False Future (False Memory #3), by Dan Krokos, (August 19, Disney-Hyperion)
True Earth has returned during a massive snowstorm in Manhattan, and this time they have an army. Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter know they don’t stand a chance against the enemy without Miranda. And once they revive her, she’s horrified to find her world in flames. The enemy occupation is brutal, but the director promises to release her hold on the city if Mr. East is turned in, and Miranda and her team are determined to find him. With her grief over the losses she has suffered fueling her spirit, Miranda knows that this time the sacrifices have to be worth it.
Our Broken Sky (Chaos Theory #1.5), by Sarah Harian, (August 19, Penguin/Intermix)
Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive and sensitive sister. At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val… Val never could manage her anger well. As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die, payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope (ebook only)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Book), by Rick Riordan, (August 19, Disney-Hyperion)
So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic, and sarcastic asides, to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”
Starlight’s Edge (Timedance #2), by Susan Waggoner, (August 19, Henry Holt)
Zee has given up her entire world to be with David on far-future Earth, confident that their love will overcome all obstacles. But beneath its lustrous surface and dazzling technology, New Earth is full of challenges, including the animosity of David’s wealthy and powerful family. As Zee struggles to find her place, David travels back to past Earth. Then, on a mission to Pompeii on the eve of the Vesuvius eruption, he vanishes. Zee knows he is in mortal danger, but will she be able to rescue him in time? (U.S. Release)
Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1), by Mary Weber, (August 19, Thomas Nelson)
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth. Standing on the auction block, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. When her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she s being prepared to fight, not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they ve all been waiting for?
Sweetness #9: A Novel, by Stephan Eirik Clark, (August 19, Little, Brown and Co.)
David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavor Chemist at one of the world’s leading flavor production houses. While testing Sweetness #9, he notices that the artificial sweetener causes unsettling side-effects in laboratory rats and monkeys. But with his career and family at risk, David keeps his suspicions to himself. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America’s most popular sweetener, and David’s family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his daughter is depressed, and his son has stopped using verbs. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David’s failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?
The Clockwork Sky, Volume 2, by Madeleine Rosca, (August 19, Tor)
Sally Peppers is the niece of steambot magnate Erasmus Croach, who has supplied Britain’s factories with an endless supply of near-perfect robot employees. Unemployed people have begun to demonstrate in the streets of London and more than one near-riot has been put down by Croach’s latest and greatest invention, the steambot police-boy, Sky. Sky is troubled by dreams where he, like Pinocchio, has become a “real boy.” He meets Sally, who has run away from home, and learns of the poverty and hardships faced by these workers. Sally and Sky venture into the tunnels beneath London in search of a missing child. Sally quickly figures out the terrifying truth about her uncle’s steambot factory. Erasmus Croach has new steambots ready to deploy, and they are bigger and stronger than the heroic Sky. Can Sally’s wits and Sky’s pure heart save the day?
The Family Unit and Other Fantasies, by Laurence Klavan, (August 19, ChiZiine)
A superb group of darkly comic, deeply compassionate, largely fantastical stories set in our jittery, polarized, increasingly impersonal age. Whether it’s the tale of a corporation that buys a man’s family, two supposed survivors of a super-storm who are given shelter by a gullible couple, an erotic adventure set during an urban terrorist alert, or a nightmare in which a man sees his neighborhood developed and disappearing at a truly alarming speed, these stories are by turn funny and frightening, odd and arousing, uncanny and unnerving.
The Godless (Children #1), by Ben Peek, (August 19, Thomas Dunne)
The Gods are dying. Their bodies can be found across the world. Men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. The saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.
The League of Seven (The League of Seven #1), by Alan Gratz, (August 19, Starscape)
Set in an alternate 1870s America, where electricity is a dangerous and forbidden science, Native Americans and Yankees live side-by-side as a United Nations, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows beyond the gaslights. Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job is protect humanity from giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been forgotten, but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of The Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.
The Ripper Affair (Bannon & Clare #3), by Lilith Saintcrow, (August 19, Orbit)
Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, is about his usual business, solving crimes and restoring public order until a shattering accident places him in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime, who once served, and now simply remains at home. What Clare needs now is time to recover and a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, stalking the Eastron End. Emma Bannon is pressed into service and Archibald Clare is determined to aid her. The secrets between these two old friends may give an ambitious sorcerer the means to bring down the Crown. There is still no way to reliably find a hansom when one needs it most.
The Scorched Earth (The Chaos Born #2), by Drew Karpyshyn, (August 19, Del Rey)
The Children of Fire, four mortals touched by the power of Chaos, each embody one aspect of a fallen and banished immortal champion: Keegan, the wizard; Scythe, the warrior; Cassandra, the prophet; Vaaler, the king. The Children are in search of the ancient Talismans that can stop the return of Daemron the Slayer, ancient enemy of the Old Gods. In acquiring Daemron’s Ring, they unleashed a flood of Chaos magic on the land, leaving death, destruction, and a vengeful queen in their wake. They realize that their strength and faith will be tested as never before. And their greatest trial will be finding Daemron’s Sword, the last of the ancient Talismans, before the entire mortal world is engulfed in the war and Chaos that will herald the return of the Slayer.
Vampires: A Hunters Guide, by Steve White, (August 19, Osprey)
Vampires have wandered the shadows: watching, stalking, preying. Thanks to a group of dedicated and powerful hunters, the vampire threat has remained largely suppressed. Covens across the world have grown weary. The undead are preparing to rise up and claim their rightful place in society. Here is all the information necessary to recognize and combat this threat. After an exploration into the origins of these undead creatures, it takes a look at the dozens of species existing around the world today. Focusing on the hunters’ weapons, tactics and skills, this book provides information on identifying and eliminating vampires by analyzing the best practices from hunters from around the world. This is the ultimate resource in the fight to save humanity from the undead.
Visions (Cainsville #2), by Kelley Armstrong, (August 19, Dutton Adult)
While Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer, Gabriel Walsh’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most. Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen. Then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago, the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.
We Will All Go Down Together, by Gemma Files, (August 19, ChiZine)
In the woods outside Overdeere, Ontario is a place most people usually know better than to go, at least locally, until tonight, when five bloodlines mired in ancient strife will finally converge once more. Devize, Glouwer, Rusk, Druir, Roke, these are the clans who make up the notorious Five-Family Coven. Four hundred years ago, this alliance of witches, changelings, and sorcerers sought to ruin and recreate the Earth in their own image, thwarted only by treachery that sent half of them to be burned alive. Their descendants have continued to feud, intermarry, and breed with each other throughout the centuries. Now, from downtown Toronto to the wilds beyond, where reality’s walls grow thin, dark forces are drawing the Coven’s last heirs to a final confrontation. All are haunted by a ghost beyond any one person’s power to exorcize unless they agree to stand together once more, at least long enough to wreak vengeance upon themselves.
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