You were warned. The last full week of August will be one of two consecutive mammoth weeks for new releases. There are almost fifty new titles being released this week for you to choose from.
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The Freezer (The Tanner Sequence #2), by Timothy S. Johnston, (August 25, Carina Press)
2402 AD CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out first. The mystery is a strange one, one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Tanner’s ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first clue. The clock is ticking. He has four days. A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter’s moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds. (ebook only)
Accidentally…Over? (Accidentally Yours #5), by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, (August 26, Forever)
When it comes to Máax, the God of Truth, there’s more to him than meets the eye. Maáx is invisible. Which is why, after seventy-thousand years, he’s still unable to find a mate. Ashli Rosewood was never meant to die. Her death might be the reason the gods are now faced with stopping the doomsday right around the corner. Cue Máax, charged with saving Ashli. With a little help from an ancient Mayan tablet, Máax will travel back in time and set things right. Máax has one challenge. He’s invisible. Every time he gets near Ashli, he spooks her into harm’s way. Meaning, she dies, and he has to start all over again. What will Máax do when he begins to suspect that not only is Ashli the key to stopping the apocalypse, but she may be “the one” he’s been waiting for. How will he save the woman the Universe insists on killing and who wants nothing to do with him?
Amity, by Micol Ostow, (August 26, EgmontUSA)
Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break. But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her? Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.
Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles #2), by Lenore Appelhans, (August 26, Simon & Schuster)
Felicia and Neil have arrived in Level 3 and are supposed to prepare for their divine vocations. But during Felicia and Neil’s training period, a series of explosions rips through Level 3. Tension is high, and casualties are mounting. A rift forms between the pair, one that grows wider when Felicia receives memories from the Morati. The memories cast doubt on the people she loves the most, but Felicia can’t stop her curiosity. She has to know the truth about her life, even if it means putting at risk everything she’s worked for in her death.
Deliverance (Defiance #3), by C.J. Redwine, (August 26, Balzer + Bray)
Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan is unable to leave Lankenshire. Each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One. Rachel learns a secret that changes everything, and realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option. Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. Securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Logan may be the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One. As Rowansmark bears down and alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the odds against them?
Echopraxia (Blindsight), by Peter Watts, (August 26, Tor)
Daniel Bruks is a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he’s turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. He awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn history inside out. He’s trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she’s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. Dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.” Their pilgrimage brings Dan Bruks face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.
Evernight (Darkest London #5), by Kristen Callihan, (August 26, Forever)
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him, until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight. Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable, and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead, or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Faces of the Dead, by Suzanne Weyn, (August 26, Scholastic Press)
When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. The princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife. One boy, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding. Henri brings her to the workshop of Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. The princess discovers there’s much more to the outside world, and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures, than meets the eye.
Feral, by Holly Schindler, (August 26, Harper Teen)
It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. When her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew. When she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it. The closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley.
Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1), by Alexandra Adornetto, (August 26, Harlequin Teen)
After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger. Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. The bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. She will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her. Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever, and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.
Greenglass House, by Kate Milford, (August 26, Clarion)
It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House, and themselves.
Havoc (Dred Chronicles #2), by Ann Aguirre, (August 26, Ace)
Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility, and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission. Dresdemona “Dred” Devos hasn’t survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate’s armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down.
Her Last Whisper (Dr. Charlotte Stone #3), by Karen Robards, (August 26, Ballantine)
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. When dangerous duty calls, she can’t refuse. And there’s no greater danger than the Cinderella Killer, a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie’s unique skills before it’s too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane, and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland, Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena’s sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. It’s Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal Lothario decides she’s just his type.
I will Hold My Death Close (The Zombie Bible), by Stant Litore, (August 26, 47North)
Marked for sacrifice by her own father, a young woman must rely on only her wits and troubled memories of her mother’s faith to survive. She flees to the hills, knowing her father and his stone blade may appear at any time to claim her, while the unburied dead of her people also hunt her in the low ravines. But she remembers how her mother once stood bravely against the dead. And now, in her long flight in the dark, Jepthah’s daughter will hold her own death close so that no one can take it from her. The centuries to come will not remember her name. But generations of young women will climb the hills to remember her. (ebook only)
Lock In, by John Scalzi, (August 26, Tor)
A new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. One percent find themselvs “locked in”, fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. Two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse.
Memory Zero (Spook Squad #1), by Keri Arthur, (August 26, Dell)
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire, and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Sam is charged with murder. Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals secrets. Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. Someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past, someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. Sam must unravel the threads of her past, and find out who she is and what she is.
Mercy Mode (Contaminated #2), by Em Garner, (August 26, EgmontUSA)
A survival story of a strong girl rebuilding her life in a post-apocalyptic society where a contaminated drink makes victims act like zombies. Seventeen-year-old Velvet, her little sister, Opal, their mom, who is recovering from the Contamination, and Velvet’s sweet boyfriend, Dillon, are attempting to build a new life amid the rationing and regulations of the post-outbreak nation. But the outbreak isn’t over: more people turning into “Connies,” more madness erupting, more killings occurring. And what they are being told is not the truth; the truth is far darker and more threatening.
Mr. Tall: A Novella and Stories, by Tony Earley, (August 26, Little, Brown and Co.)
These stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but to the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. Whether it’s Appalachia, Nashville, the Carolina Coast, or a make-believe land of talking dogs, each world Earley creates is indelible.
Once Upon a Rhyme (Charming Tales #1), by Jack Heckel, (August 26, Harper Voyager Impulse)
The dragon is dead. The princess has been saved. There is but one problem: Prince Charming had nothing to do with it. In order to save his royal reputation, Prince Charming must begrudgingly enlist the help of accidental hero William Pickett. The two set out on an adventure that has them fighting trolls, outwitting a scoundrel, and drinking the foulest ale ever, collecting bruises to both body and pride along the way. Meanwhile, the rescued princess, Gwendolyn, turns out to be one dangerously distressed damsel, and an evil presence takes over Castle White in Charming’s absence. Enter this rollicking world and discover just what happens when a fairytale leaves the well-trodden path of “once upon a time.” (ebook only)
Playing With Fire (Phoenix Fire #3), by Cynthia Eden, (August 26, Brava)
Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she’s determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He’s been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she’s been trying to ease his pain for almost as long. If only he remembered any of it. Dante doesn’t know what Cassie’s story is. He almost doesn’t care. The minute he sees her, all he can think is mine. There’s more to the pretty little doctor than meets the eye. And Dante isn’t the only one to notice. He can’t trust her, but he can’t stay away, and if he wants to learn her secrets, he’s going to have to fight to keep them both alive.
Sanctum (Asylum #2), by Madeleine Roux, (August 26, Harper Collins)
Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years. Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own, one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.
Slimy Underbelly (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. #4), by Kevin J. Anderson, (August 26, Kensington)
There’s something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten, even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah’Chulhu (to which the usual response is “Gesundheit!”). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys, former pets flushed down the toilet, Ah’Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets. While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time, before the whole stinking city goes down the drain.
Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ian Whates, (August 26, Solaris)
These stories are guaranteed to surprise, thrill and delight, and continue our mission to demonstrate why science fiction remains the most exiting, varied and inspiring of all fiction genres. In Solaris Rising 1 and 2 we showed both the quality and variety that modern science fiction can produce. In Solaris Rising 3, we’ll be taking SF into the outer reaches of the universe. Aliette de Bodard, Tony Ballantyne, Julie Czerneda, Ken Liu, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Gareth L Powell, Adam Roberts, Cat Sparks, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Ian Watson, and Sean Williams are just some of the exciting names set to appear.
Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles #2), by Christine Warren, (August 26, St. Martin’s)
A prominent art restorer, Felicity is more than game to help a friend track down an obscure statue in Montreal. But when “Fil” finds it, she’s taken by surprise at how drawn she is to this statue. Attracted to it in a way a girl shouldn’t lust for a stone gargoyle, she revists it at night, longing to feel its embrace. Little does Fil know, her desire for this stone cold beast is about to heat up a notch. Locked in stone for centuries, Spar has slept, waiting for when a human would need him. When he is awoken, Spar is taken aback to find that a human female needs his help. A very sexy woman who’s about to be the victim of a cultist attack. Saving and leaving her should be no problem. But as more questions arise, Spar knows that he cannot rest until Fil is safe in his arms.
The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1), by Jeaniene Frost, (August 26, Harlequin)
Since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. When her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is worse, her hallucinations are reanl, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. The one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. It will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between.
The Book of Bad Things, by Dan Poblocki, (August 26, Scholastic Press)
When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she’s disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. The townspeople are shocked to discover that Ursula was a hoarder: Cassidy watches as the people of Whitechapel descend upon Ursula’s farmhouse, claiming her abandoned treasures for their own. She listens as rumors spread that Ursula’s vengeful ghost is stalking the town with a warning from beyond the grave. And when Cassidy resolves to uncover the truth behind the strangeness, she learns there are more bad things in the world than she ever suspected.
The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3), by Brent Weeks, (August 26, Orbit)
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin no longer has the one thing that defined him: the ability to draft. Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins, The Broken Eye.
The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1), by Rod Duncan, (August 26, Angry Robot)
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life, as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better.
The Getaway God (Sandman Slim #6), by Richard Kadrey, (August 26, Harper Voyager)
Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude, not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer, James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya, the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark’s problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil, the Wildfire Ripper, is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He’s also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he’s also Stark’s worst enemy, the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.
The Highlander Next Door (Spellbound Falls #6), by Janet Chapman, (August 26, Jove)
Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother’s four marriages, Birch now runs a women’s shelter and doesn’t want a man in her life. But there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate, and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century. Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men. Yet he also knows she has a secret, something that drives her to place herself in harm’s way for the women of her shelter. Niall would gladly rush to Birch’s side to protect her from harm, but with their secrets standing between them, he’ll have to reveal his own truth if he wants to keep her.
The Hot Zone (Rainshadow #3), by Jayne Castle, (August 26, Jove)
Halloween, with its tricks and treats, is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow.
The Island of Excess Love (Love in the Time of Global Warming #2), by Francesca Lia Block, (August 26, Henry Holt and Co.)
Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. Now Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living in the pink house by the sea, getting by on hard work, companionship, and dreams. Until the day a foreboding ship appears in the harbor across from their home. As soon as the ship arrives, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. Trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles begin.
The Lore of the Evermen (Evermen Saga #4), by James Maxwell, (August 26, 47North)
Miro, high lord of Altura, is in the Imperial capital to prepare the Empire for the onslaught. He knows his homeland lies directly in the enemy’s path but struggles to form the alliances he needs. As the high lords bicker, Ella seeks the help of the newly crowned emperor, Killian. But, amid the growing tensions, their responsibilities drive them apart and, as emperor, Killian can’t be seen to favor Ella’s homeland. Against a backdrop of old hurts, guilty secrets, and shaky new allegiances, people of all nations and abilities must learn to trust one another again, and form a united front against a powerful enemy intent on destroying them once and for all.
The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga #1), by Kameron Hurley, (August 26, Angry Robot)
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress. The Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5), by Pittacus Lore, (August 26, Harper Collins)
In Chicago, John makes the unlikeliest of allies: Adam, a Mogadorian who turned his back on his people. He has invaluable information about Mog technology, battle strategies, and weaknesses. He knows where to hit them: their command base near Washington, DC. John and Adam learn the unimaginable truth: it is too late. The Mogadorians have commenced their ultimate invasion plans. Ella finds herself in the hands of the enemy. She’s more valuable to them alive, and they’ll stop at nothing to turn her. Six, Nine, and Marina make their way through the Florida Everglades, hot on the trail of the traitorous Five. With the development of a new Legacy, Marina finally has the power to fight back, if her thirst for revenge doesn’t consume her first.
The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2), by James Dashner, (August 26, Delacorte Press)
Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life, and the world, completely upside down. He barely survived. It was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine, and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. The truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears. Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality. The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun.
Unborn (Unborn #1), by Amber Lynn Natusch, (August 26, 47North)
Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld, except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is, secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel. Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her, those that seek the Unborn?
Voices From Beyond (Ghost Finders #5), by Simon R. Green, (August 26, Ace)
In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What, or who, ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells. Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students’ very souls. All in a day’s work, except the team doesn’t know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives, but the very existence of all humanity.
Wanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons #4), by Jessica Sims, (August 26, Pocket Books)
Ryder is hiding a dark secret from her coworkers at Midnight Liaisons. Every time she’s sexually attracted to a man, her dragon side breaks through. Not exactly man-bait! But she needs to lose her virginity before her twenty-fifth birthday, or she’ll become a dragon forever. Her solution? Big, hunky Hugh, the appointed guardian of her chastity. He’s clearly hot for her, but he has powerful reasons to resist Ryder. Can temptation, and love, possibly find a way?
Warriors Super Edition: Bramblestar’s Storm, by Erin Hunter, (August 26, Harper Collins)
What happened to the warrior Clans after the events of the fourth Warriors arc, Omen of the Stars? In this never-before-told story, readers will dive into ThunderClan’s continuing adventures under the leadership of Bramblestar. The Dark Forest has been defeated, and Bramblestar is now leader of ThunderClan. But the warrior cats must now weather a new kind of storm, or all four Clans will be swept away. Also includes an exclusive ten-page Warriors manga adventure.
World of Fire, by James Lovegrove, (August 26, Solaris)
Dev Harmer, reluctant agent of Interstellar Security Solutions, wakes up in a newly cloned host body on the planet Alighieri, ready for action. It’s an infernal world, so close to its sun that it surface is regularly baked to 1,000°C, hot enough to turn rock to lava. Deep underground there are networks of tunnels connecting colonies of miners who dig for the precious helium-3 regolith deposits in Alighieri’s crust. Polis+, the AI race who are humankind’s great galactic rivals, want to claim the fiery planet’s mineral wealth. All that stands between them is Dev. As well as Polis+’s agents, there are giant moleworms to contend with, and a spate of mysterious earthquakes, and the perils of the surface where a man can be burned to cinders if he gets caught unprotected on the day side.
Zomburbia, by Adam Gallardo, (August 26, K-Teen)
My name is Courtney Hart, and I’m here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I’d actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains. I’ve noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that’s even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing.
The Fire Prince (The Cursed Kingdoms #2), by Emily Gee, (August 27, Solaris)
The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is that man, whether he likes it or not. But the bounty on Harkeld’s head is high. He has outrun his father’s soldiers, but he can’t outrun the assassins who seek him, Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die. Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard’s gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaumé journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand.
Battle Angel (Immortal City #3), by Scott Speer, (August 28, Razorbill)
With Maddy torn between two loves, Guardian Jackson and heroic pilot Tom, and Angels and humans on the brink of an epic war, the Immortal City is more vulnerable than ever. When demons descend upon Angel City with the intent to destroy, the humans don’t stand a fighting chance without the Angels on their side. Will Jacks find the strength and forgiveness to enter the fray and fight the demons as a stronger-than-ever Battle Angel? Has the damage been so great that the Guardians will set off for the next place, abandoning Angel City in its darkest hour? It all comes down to love-wrecked half-Angel Maddy and the strength of her bond with Jackson in this game-changing, thrice-as-sultry series finale that blends beautiful themes of redemption and renewal with heart-pounding action scenes and jaw-dropping twists.
Circle of Stones, by Catherine Fisher, (August 28, Dial)
Suspense, mysticism, and history encircle three separate but related narratives in this fantasy novel. Today, Sulis, a teenage girl with a mysterious past, arrives in Bath with a new identity, trailed by the person she’s trying to outrun. In 1740, Zac is apprenticed to an architect obsessed with Druidic mysteries, but has his own secret, and destructive, agenda. In ancient England, a druid king discovers the healing waters of a magical spring, where he founds a great city. Through each voice, the mysteries are revealed, linking Sulis, Zac, and the king through the circles of time. (U.S. Release)
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume Five, by Philip K. Dick, (August 28, Subterranean Press)
This fifth and final deluxe collection of Dick’s short stories contains numerous examples of why he continues to rank as one of the most influential authors of SF. Written between 1963 and 1981, the stories bridge the cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1970s, which provide lush terrain for forceful tales. In “Faith of Our Fathers,” Dick blends together hallucinogenic drugs, the Cold War, God, orgies, and alien invasions in a feverish storm of imagery, while the haunting “Electric Ant,” in which an android discovers it is not human, reworks his familiar theme of reality vs. unreality with a melancholy loveliness and an unnerving conclusion. “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts” reverberates with disillusionment in a time-loop story that is as sad as it is inventive. “The Pre-Persons,” a viciously misogynistic anti-abortion fable, manages to be distressingly successful.
The Millennium Express: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine, by Robert Silverberg, (August 28, Subterranean Press)
The ninth (and possibly last) book in this career-spanning series delivers 14 passable stories. Silverberg’s somewhat grumpy introduction cites “a certain drying-up of inspiration” and energy in his later years, which may explain why this very typical mix of far-future, fantasy, and alternate history tales is so heavily reliant on classical characters and settings. Deeply textured but uninvolving stories such as “The Church at Monte Saturno” and “Against the Current” have little plot to underpin the fine descriptions. Other stories, including the dryly humorous “Hanosz Prime Goes to Old Earth,” are “extracted” from unsold novels. Homages to Rudyard Kipling (“Smithers and the Ghosts of Thar”), Roger Zelazny (“Call Me Titan”), and Jack Vance (“The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale”) display Silverberg’s talent for pastiche.
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