It’s Monday and it’s September. Here at Preternatura, what that means is that it’s New Releases day and the list will be BIG. With the new releases today, there have already been more than one hundred new titles presented here this month. And September isn’t over!
What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
A Vault of Sins (Chaos Theory #2), by Sarah Harian, (September 16, Penguin/Intermix)
Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever. In her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail. When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see. The person who owns her heart (ebook only)
Bad Magic, by Pseudonymous Bosch, (September 16, Little, Brown Books)
Magic is BAD. As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. That’s what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks. When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. When the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there. At Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?
Black Water (Jane Yellowrock #6.3), by Faith Hunter, (September 16, Penguin/Intermix)
Three stories starring shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. In Snafu, a young Jane shows up for her internship with a securities firm. Before she even gets her foot in the door, she’s accosted by two street toughs and is forced to draw on her Beast-magic to defend herself. In Black Water, Jane encounters a dire situation involving an escaped prisoner and endangered hostages. With a helpful werewolf, Jane goes after the criminals, but can she stop them in time to bring the kidnapped women home alive? In Off the Grid, Jane goes on what looks like a simple mission for the Knoxville blood-master, finding a missing Mithran. Her search leads Jane to a young woman named Nell, a woman with a scarred past and a strange power, a woman who may hold the key to saving the missing vampire, if Jane can convince her to assist. (ebook only)
Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes, (September 16, Mulholland Books)
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. This one is unique even by Detroit’s standards; half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him “Bambi,” but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is tearing at its seams? If you’re Detective Versado’s teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you are the disgraced journalist, Jonno, you do whatever it takes to investigate what may become the most heinous crime story in memory. If you’re Thomas Keen, you’ll do what you can to keep clean, keep your head down, and try to help the broken and possibly visionary artist obsessed with setting loose The Dream, tearing reality, assembling the city anew. (U.S. Release)
Day 21 (The Hundred #2), by Kass Morgan, (September 16, Little, Brown Books)
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries, until now. It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries, or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself. Secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can, together.
Dragon Age: Last Flight (Dragon Age #5), by Liane Merciel, (September 16, Tor)
The Grey Wardens are heroes across Thedas once again: the Archdemon has been defeated with relative ease and the scattered darkspawn are being driven back underground. The Blight is over. Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena. Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to an encoded reference scrawled in the margins of an ancient map, and to the hidden diary of Issenya, one of the last of the fabled griffon riders. As the dark secrets buried in Isseyna’s story unfold, Valya begins to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens.
Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3), by Kat Zhang, (September 16, Harper Collins)
All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. In the Americas, to be hybrid, to share your body with a second soul, is not tolerated past childhood. Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. People are starting to question the hybrids’ mistreatment. Marion, a reporter, offers Eva and Addie a proposal: If they go undercover and film the conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she’ll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind. If she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom. They cling to each other and the hope of a better future. The price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.
Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3), by Ken Follett, (September 16, Dutton Adult)
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own. Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined. Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw, and into history.
Falls the Shadow, by Stefanie Gaither, (September 16, Simon & Schuster)
When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality, by cloning them at birth, which means this new Violet has the same smile, the same face. She even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced. She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school. That’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (Gideon Smith #2), by David Barnett, (September 16, Tor)
Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. The dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl, Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon, a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon. Gideon and his band take to the skies, hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the lawless lands south of the American colonies, to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally). Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall, (September 16, ChiZine)
Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup. A series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton. Death’s wife prepares for a very special funeral. Eighteen tales of love and loss that are dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.
Hook’s Revenge (Hook’s Revenge #1), by Heidi Schulz, (September 16, Disney-Hyperion)
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. She’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies. When Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate. Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. She’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey #4), by Richard Paul Evans, (September 16, Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink)
Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s, and Ostin’s. But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children. The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time.
Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection, by Jay Lake, (September 16, Tor)
The final and definitive short story collection of author Jay Lake. Long before he was a novelist, Jay Lake, was an acclaimed writer of short stories. Here are thirty-two of the best of them. Aliens and angels fill these pages, from the title story, a hard-edged and breathtaking look at how a real alien visitor might be received, to the savage truth of “The Cancer Catechisms.” More than thirty short stories written by a master of the form, science fiction and fantasy both. This collection features an original introduction by Gene Wolfe.
Legends of the Riftwar (Legends of the Riftwar #1-3), by Raymond E. Feist, (September 16, Harper Voyager)
Get all three fantasy novels in the Legends of the Riftwar series in one e-book, including: Honored Enemy, Murder in LaMut, and Jimmy the Hand. A part of the larger Riftwar Cycle, the exceptional Legends of the Riftwar series gives insight into events during key parts of the Riftwar. (ebook only)
Made For You, by Melissa Marr, (September 16, Harper Collins)
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused, who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends, and themselves, alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, by Margaret Atwood, (September 16, Nan A. Talese)
Nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. In “Stone Mattress,” a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.
The Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork Dagger Duology #1), by Beth Cato, (September 16, Harper Voyager)
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. The airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. She is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers, the Queen’s spies and assassins, and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.
The Golem of Hollywood, by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman, (September 16, Putnam Adult)
Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can’t remember anything about the encounter. This mystery pales in comparison to the one he’s called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad, he’s sent to a murder scene in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey, through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague and through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended, and his world, and the world itself, will be changed.
The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2), by Rick Yancey, (September 16, Putnam Juvenile)
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
The Magic Thief: Home (Magic Thief #4), by Sarah Prineas, (September 16, Harper Collins)
Conn has come a long way since the days when he was a thief and a wizard’s apprentice. He and the dragon Pip have saved the city of Wellmet from doom more than once, and now his best friend, Duchess Rowan, wants to make him the ducal magister, the city’s most important wizard. But the older wizards don’t trust Conn, especially now that their locus magicalicus stones are disappearing. Once a thief, always a thief, they think. To solve the mystery of the disappearing stones, Conn goes back to his beginnings, gutterboy, chimney sweep, mudlark, and, yes, thief. It’s the only way he can clear his name and find the culprit. But turning back is not easy, and old enemies don’t disappear. Can Conn pull himself out of the gutter one more time?
The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2), by Sherry Thomas, (September 16, Balzer + Bray)
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny, especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in. Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies, and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
The Vault of Dreamers, by Caragh M. O’Brien, (September 16, Roaring Brook Press)
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding, and what it truly means to dream there.
The Way Inn, by Will Wiles, (September 16, Harper Perennial)
Neil Double is a “conference surrogate,” hired by his clients to attend industry conferences so that they don’t have to. His latest job will radically transform him and everything he believes as it unexpectedly draws him into a bizarre and speculative mystery. In a brand new Way Inn, a global chain of identikit mid-budget motels, in an airport hinterland, he meets a woman he has seen before in strange and unsettling circumstances. She hints at a truth about this mundane world filled with fake smiles and piped muzak and then vanishes. He tries to find her, a search that will lead him down the rabbit hole, into an eerily familiar place where he will discover a dark and disturbing secret about the Way Inn. Caught on a metaphysical Mobius strip, Neil discovers that there may be no way out. (U.S. Release)
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2), by Jonathan Stroud, (September 16, Disney-Hyperion)
Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper. Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. The team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found. (U.S. Release)
They Do the Same Things Different There: The Best Weird Fantasy of Robert Shearman, by Robert Shearman, (September 16, ChiZine)
Robert Shearman visits worlds that are unsettling and strange. Sometimes they are just like ours, except landlocked countries may disappear overnight, marriages to camels are the norm, and the dead turn into musical instruments. Sometimes they are quite alien – where children carve their own tongues from trees, and magic shows are performed to amuse the troops in the war between demons and angels. There is horror, and dreams fulfilled and squandered, and of true love. They do the same things different there.
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, by P.J. Hoover, (September 16, Starscape)
You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself. Granted the gift of immortality by the gods, or is it a curse?, Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon, Set, the god of Chaos. The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut, and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive.
Vicki Pettersson/Signs of the Zodia Collection #1, by Vicki Pettersson, (September 16, Harper Voyager)
The first three urban fantasy novels from Vicki Pettersson’s the Signs of the Zodiac series in one e-book, including: The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, and The Touch of Twilight. An action-packed supernatural series featuring a young woman who discovers she has the ability to detect evil and a perilous destiny as a member of the enigmatic Zodiac. (ebook only)
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.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!