As September ends and October begins, we find the number of new releases on the rise again. There are almost thirty new titles on the list this week. October promises to be a very interesting month for new releases.
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The End of the Sentence, by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard, (September 28, Subterranean Press)
It begins with a letter from a prisoner. As he attempts to rebuild his life in rural Oregon after a tragic accident, Malcolm Mays finds himself corresponding with Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, a mysterious entity who claims to be the owner of Malcolm’s house, jailed unjustly for 117 years. The prisoner demands that Malcolm perform a gory, bewildering task for him. As the clock ticks toward Dusha’s release, Malcolm must attempt to find out whether he’s assisting a murderer or an innocent. The End of the Sentence combines Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish and Norse mythology, with a dark imagined history of the hidden corners of the American West.
A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein, (September 30, Simon & Schuster)
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation. Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.
Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer, (September 30, Dutton Juvenile)
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
Burning Desire (Dark Kings #3), by Donna Grant, (September 30, St. Martin’s)
In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae, his nemesis, the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines and Kiril can’t stay away from her. Shara has one chance to make things right with her family, and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission, until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had, and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?
Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2), by Larissa Ione, (September 30, Pocket Books)
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction, or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans. But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?
Company Town, by Madeline Ashby, (September 30, Angry Robot)
They call it Company Town, a Family-owned city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes. Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats, seemingly from another timeline. Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability, serial killer? Or something much, much worse?
Consumed, by David Cronenberg, (September 30, Scribner)
Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors, nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity. Naomi is drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared. With the help of a graduate student named Hervé Blomqvist, Naomi sets off in pursuit of Aristide. Disturbing details emerge about their sex life, which included trysts with Hervé. Nathan is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár. Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe’s. Nathan travels to Toronto, to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret.
Dead Zone (Blackout #2), by Robison Wells, (September 30, Harper Teen)
It began with a virus. Then a series of attacks erupted across the nation. Now America is at war, and a handful of teens with impossible powers are its only defense. The invasion has begun, and a group of teens are caught in the crossfire. I volunteered to be a spy, not an assassin. I know this is war, but I just want to do what’s right. If you ask me, none of us should be here, but no one gave me a choice. And I won’t blindly follow orders. I am essential to the plan. And I will be a hero for my country. If I were normal, I wouldn’t be old enough to join the army. But I’m not normal. I’m a weapon. We’re a perfect match, on and off the battlefield. I hope that means we’ll both survive.
Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf (Ehrengraf for the Defense), by Lawrence Block, (September 30, Subterranean)
Martin H. Ehrengraf, dapper and diabolical, is the defense attorney who never sees the inside of a courtroom, because all his clients are innocent, no matter how guilty they may seem. Some even believe themselves to be guilty: they remember pulling the trigger, or wiring the dynamite to their spouse’s car, or holding the bloody blade. But things have a way of working out when Martin Ehrengraf is on the case. Evidence turns up, incriminating someone else. More murders occur, with the same M.O. And the gate of the jail cell opens, and the accused walks free. But be careful, hiring Martin Ehrengraf comes with a price. A high price, one that comes due even if he appears to have done nothing on your behalf. And you’d better be prepared to pay.
Die and Stay Dead (Trent #2), by Nicholas Kaufmann, (September 30, St. Martin’s Griffin)
A brutal murder in Greenwich Village puts Trent and the Five-Pointed Star on the trail of Erickson Arkwright, the last surviving member of a doomsday cult. The Aeternis Tenebris cult thought the world would end on New Year’s Eve of 2000. When it didn’t, they decided to end it themselves by summoning Nahash-Dred, a powerful demon known as the Destroyer of Worlds. The demon massacred the cult, leaving Arkwright the sole survivor. Hiding somewhere in New York City with a new identity, Arkwright plans to summon the demon again and finish the job he started over a decade ago. As Trent rushes to locate a long-lost magical artifact that may be the only way to stop him, the clues begin to mount. Trent’s past and Arkwright’s might be linked somehow. If they are, it means the truth of who Trent really is may lie buried in the twisted mind of a madman.
Fire Fall (Dark Star #3), by Bethany Frenette, (September 30, Disney-Hyperion) Audrey Whitticomb is faced with a tough decision: save her people from the demons known as Harrowers, or save her best friend from certain death? Audrey Whitticomb wants to be a Guardian like her superhero mom, Morning Star, and her superhot boyfriend, Leon. But at seventeen, Audrey still hasn’t been called, unlike reluctant Tink, who’d rather not deal with all those scaly-skinned, red-eyed demons. The truth: Audrey can no longer fight her fate. She has a different role to play. The Beneath is waking. Demons are rising. Friends are falling. And the future is waiting. Will Audrey stop the Harrowing in time to save the Kin? Or will she save her best friend, Gideon, from certain death? Can Audrey find the power and the courage to act before it’s too late? (ebook only, print available January 2015)
Generation 18 (Spook Squad #2), by Keri Arthur, (September 30, Dell)
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. These tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims, and a clue to her own mysterious origins. The stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. The one person who seems to hold all the answers, about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past, is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life. He may just be the greatest enemy humankind has known. (U.S. Release)
Goodhouse, by Peyton Marshall, (September 30, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
At the end of the twenty-first century, in a transformed America, the families of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state, removed from their homes and raised on Goodhouse campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses. Goodhouse is a feral place, part prison, part boarding school, and now a radical religious group, the Holy Redeemer’s Church of Purity, has begun to target these schools for attack, with purifying fire. James, a transfer student who watches the radicals set fire to his old Goodhouse and everyone he’d ever known. James now has to contend with Bethany, a wild tech genius with a heart defect who wants to save him. James realizes that the biggest threat might already be there, inside the fortified walls of Goodhouse. (U.S. Release)
Incarnate (The Spellmason Chronicles #3), by Anton Strout, (September 30, Ace)
When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City, a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right. The stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished. Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world, and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible.
Love is the Drug, by Alaya Dawn Johnson, (September 30, Arthur A. Levine Books)
Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. A chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night. The world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation. Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something she shouldn’t know. The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. He believes in Bird. As Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
Party Games: A Fear Street Novel (Fear Street), by R.L. Stine, (September 30, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party, the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn’t know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems on Fear Island.
Priestess Dreaming (Otherworld #16), by Yasmine Galenorn, (September 30, Jove)
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. I’m a Moon witch married to three husbands, and I’m about to journey through the veils to search for a long lost legend. With the war in Otherworld raging, the Queen of Shadow and Night summons me to her court. Aeval orders me to embark on a hunt through the mists to find an ancient ally. I must seek out The Merlin. Morgaine and Bran are along for the journey, and the pair pose a threat to both me and my quest. I must pray they are allies rather than enemies, as we undertake a perilous search through the labyrinth of time.
Sparkers, by Eleanor Glewwe, (September 30, Viking Juvenile)
Marah Levi is a promising violinist who excels at school and can read more languages than most librarians. Even so, she has little hope of a bright future: she is a sparker, a member of the oppressed lower class in a society run by magicians. Then a mysterious disease hits the city of Ashara, turning its victims’ eyes dark before ultimately killing them. As Marah watches those whom she loves most fall ill, she finds an unlikely friend in Azariah, a wealthy magician boy. Together they pursue a cure in secret, but more people are dying every day, and time is running out. Then Marah and Azariah make a shocking discovery that turns inside-out everything they thought they knew about magic and about Ashara, their home.
Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves #2), by Jan DeLima, (September 30, Ace)
Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians, the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons. Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him. When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined.
The Bloodbound, by Erin Lindsey, (September 30, Ace)
Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. The bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more, and so much worse. Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. When the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign. She is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords. The king and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. She may need to choose between the two men who need her most
The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal #4), by Jonathan L. Howard, (September 30, Thomas Dunne)
Horst Cabal has risen from the dead. Again. Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan: to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot fight them alone. What he really needs on his side is a sarcastic, amoral, heavily armed necromancer. As luck would have it, this exactly describes his brother. Join the brothers Cabal as they fearlessly lie quietly in bed, fight dreadful monsters from beyond reality, make soup, feel slightly sorry for zombies, banter lightly with secret societies that wish to destroy them, and, in passing, set out to save the world.
The Curse Defiers (Curse Keepers #3), by Denise Grover Swank, (September 30, 47North)
For centuries the gods have waited, for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. The gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it. Torn between two men, her heart belongs to David, yet her soul is bound to Collin’s, Ellie no longer knows who she can trust. Demons slipping through the gate are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, each death a chilling reminder of the power of the ancient spirits to bring humanity to its knees. Ellie realizes the time has come to turn her back on prophecy and choose her own destiny, even if it means defying the gods themselves.
The Only Thing to Fear, by Caroline Tung Richmond, (September 30, Scholastic Press)
It’s been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler’s genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and 16-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern America Territories. Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race. Zara dreams of the free America she’s only read about in banned books. A revolution is growing, and a rogue rebel group is plotting a deadly coup. Zara might hold the key to taking down the Führer for good, but it also might be the very thing that destroys her. Because what she has to offer the rebels is something she’s spent her entire life hiding, under threat of immediate execution by the Nazis. Zara must decide just how far she’ll go for freedom.
The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase #9), by Andy McDermott, (September 30, Dell)
In a Stockholm museum, thieves steal an enormous Norse runestone, but not before killing a security guard. When Nina Wilde, head of the International Heritage Agency (IHA), and her husband, ex-mercenary Eddie Chase, arrive to investigate, they are told a chilling story: A scholar has discovered that the stone may be one of two keys to finding the mythological site of Valhalla. The second stone lies at the bottom of a Norwegian lake. When Nina and Eddie race to the scene, they’re hit with a shocking surprise. Covert agents from around the world are drawn into a lethal game. A disturbing secret surfaces from Eddie’s past, involving a mission in Vietnam and a woman he tried to save. Nina cannot afford to stop the perilous search for the artifact. Two forces are about to converge: one that could save the world, and one that could destroy it. (U.S. Release)
Winterspell, by Claire Legrand, (September 30, Simon & Schuster)
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer. On Christmas Eve, disaster strikes. Her home is destroyed, her father abducted, by beings distinctly not human. Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets, and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed. A dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
Daughter of Necessity: A Tor.Com Original, by Marie Brennan, (October 1, Tor)
By day she crafts; by night she unmakes. Surely somewhere, in all the myriad crossings of the threads, there is a future in which all will be well. An intriguing new spin on a classic tale. (ebook only)
Girl on a Wire, by Gwenda Bond, (October 1, Skyscape)
Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. The presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. The two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies. Jules skyrockets to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. When she discovers a peacock feather, an infamous object of bad luck, planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She seeks help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque. Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. If they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.
Time Travel: Recent Trips, edited by Paula Guran, (October 1, Prime Books)
The idea of time travel has been with us since ancient times; now, the concept of time travel seems . . . almost . . . plausible. Today, tales of chrononauts are more imaginative and thought provoking than ever before: new views, cutting-edge concepts, radical notions of paradox and possibility-state-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future-get ready for a fascinating trip. Contributing authors include: Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, Sarah Monette, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Howard Waldrop, James P. Blaylock and more.
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