The last full week of January bring us just over thirty more new releases. January has been a busy month, but hold onto your hats because February will be even busier.
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Transmuted (The St. Croix Chronicles #6), by Karina Cooper, (January 26, Carina Press)
All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie’s ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away. Above the foggy drift, a priceless diamond vanishes. In the dangerous Underground, a murderous rampage demands retribution. The hunt for the mastermind behind these misdeeds sends me back to Society, and into the unforgiving embrace of the world I’d left behind. Enemies, allies, and a man who struggles with a nature even devotion cannot tame. I must create balance in the world I have chosen, and with the people I have come to love. The game has changed; should the Veil achieve the immortality it craves, I will have nowhere left to run. (ebook only)
A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #3), by Megan Shepherd, (January 27, Balzer + Bray)
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet, along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward, has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls. Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation, and her own intended role in it, forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3), by Jeaniene Frost, (January 27, Avon)
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife-edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin. Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does, for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him, and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away, Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both.
Chaos (Fates #2), by Lanie Bross, (January 27, Delacorte Press)
They kissed only once, and it was electric, Corinthe and Luc broke the rules of the universe, and learned too late that their love would have consequences. Luc refuses to accept his destiny, if it means a life without Corinthe. As a fire rages through the Crossroads that connect worlds, Luc must find a way to turn back time and save Corinthe. Luc’s 15-year-old sister Jasmine starts to realize things are not as they seem when time begins stuttering, sending her life in San Francisco spinning into chaos. She’s thrown into the path of Ford, a troubled soul with a secret past, who helps her unravel the mysterious threads that connect them all. The story of what lies on the other side of Fate, as both Jas and Luc discover the incredible lengths they will go for love.
Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger (The Diaries #2), by V.C. Andrews, (January 27, Pocket Books)
Christopher Dollanganger was fourteen when he and his younger siblings, Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie, were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother’s greedy inheritance scheme. Seventeen-year-old Kristin Masterwood is thrilled when her father’s construction company is hired to inspect the Foxworth property for a buyer. Foxworth holds a special fascination for Kristin, who was too young when her mother died to learn much about her distant blood tie to the notorious family. They find a leather-bound book, its pages filled with the script of Christopher Dollanganger. The teen’s shattering account of temptation, heartache, courage, and betrayal overtakes Kristin’s every thought. Her obsession with the doomed boy crosses a dangerous line.
Deadeye (Mutant Files #1), by William C. Dietz, (January 27, Ace)
In the year 2038, an act of bioengineered terrorism decimated humanity. Those who survived were either completely unaffected or developed horrible mutations. Nations are now divided between areas populated by “norms” and lands run by “mutants”. Detective Cassandra Lee of Los Angeles’s Special Investigative Section has built a fierce reputation taking down some of the city’s most notorious criminals. The serial cop killer known as Bonebreaker, who murdered Lee’s father, is still at large. Duty calls when the daughter of Bishop Screed, head of the Church of Human Purity, is kidnapped by mutants and taken into the red zone. Lee must trust her new partner, mutant lawman Deputy Ras Omo, to guide her not only through the unfamiliar territory but through the prejudicial divisions between mutants and norms.
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.1), by Marissa Meyer, (January 27, Feiwel & Friends)
Queen Levana’s story is finally told. Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story, a story that has never been told, until now.
Gemini Cell (Shadow Ops #0.5), by Myke Cole, (January 27, Ace)
US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. When he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself, and his family, in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones. When the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down. Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty, as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark, especially about the fates of his wife and son.
Guardian: A Novel, by Erik Williams, (January 27, Harper Voyager Impulse)
A secret order at war with itself. A Syrian official who wants to set the Middle East ablaze. And all of them want nothing more than one unlucky CIA agent. CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn’t the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon’s escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules. Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction. (ebook only)
In for the Kill (McClouds & Friends #11), by Shannon McKenna, (January 27, Kensington)
The risks ex-cop Sam Petrie has taken have turned his life into a train wreck. So he has nothing to lose by doubling down as the elusive Svetlana Ardova’s unwanted bodyguard on a potentially deadly trip to Italy. Ever since the McClouds rescued Sveti from certain death, her crusade against modern slavery has blazoned a bulls-eye on her chest, but when one of the threats against her almost hits the mark, Sam’s protective instincts go into overdrive. Every lethal obstacle and trap they encounter ups the stakes, and the undeniable heat between them. Now they’re spiraling in on a deadly and explosive secret, one that could either redeem them or destroy them, and the closer they get, the shorter the fuse.
Inside a Silver Box, by Walter Mosley, (January 27, Tor)
Ages ago, the Laz created the Silver Box to inflict torture on other life forms, but the Silver Box rebelled and imprisoned the Laz within itself. In the present day, black thug Ronnie Bottoms kills white Columbia student Lorraine Fell in Central Park, above the Box’s resting place. Lorraine’s spirit draws Ronnie back to her body and he resurrects her using the artifact’s power, but a sliver of the Laz escapes, so the Silver Box calls upon the unlikely duo to “try to save the Earth” and sends them on a journey to gain superpowers.
Misery Loves Company (Miss Misery #3), by Tracey Martin, (January 27, Samhain)
Keep letting the Gryphons blackmail her? Or join a goblin for tea? Choices, choices. Furious at the Gryphons’ betrayal, former vigilante Jessica Moore is determined to cut the law enforcement agency from her life, and hopes doing so will solidify her rocky relationship with Lucen. When a friend’s soul is sucked dry by a goblin, Jess finds it’s not so easy to let go of her past. She puts aside her anger to work with the Gryphons and solve the case. Boston’s goblin leader is calling in the debt Jess owes. Jess must unearth information about a magic she never knew existed, testing Lucen’s patience and stirring the wrath of old enemies. What she discovers will reveal the terrifying truth behind the Gryphons’ treachery, and force her to choose where her loyalty, and her heart, truly lie. (ebook only)
Ourselves (Nahan #1), by S.G. Redling, (January 27, 47North)
They have always been among us. An ancient, nature-loving race, the Nahan have protected their secret world by cultivating the myths of fanged, bloodsucking monsters that haunt legends. Tomas wanders through his life with help from his friends and influential family on the ruling Council. He’s decided his future lies with the Nahan’s most elite class: the mysterious Storytellers. His family is troubled by his new girlfriend, Stell, a wild, beautiful, and deadly outcast from a fanatical Nahan sect. As Tomas descends into the the Nahan’s most powerful culture, Stell answers her own calling as an exceptional assassin. When a lethal conspiracy threatens their destinies, Tomas and Stell must unite their remarkable talents against the strongest, and most sinister, of their kind.
Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2), by Greg Van Eekhout, (January 27, Tor)
I’m Sam. I’m just this guy. Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. I might be able to wield magic myself. Not like Daniel Blackland can. Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. Daniel’s determined to protect me. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. Things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. They seem to be healing him. Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m on my way to LA. This may be the worst idea I ever had.
Panther Prowling (Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon #17), by Yasmine Galenorn, (January 27, Jove)
While waiting for Shadow Wing’s next move, I decide to revamp my ragtag PI agency into the Cat’s Eye Investigations firm. My first client turns out to be our cousin Daniel. During the grand reopening for the Wayfarer, he shows up while being chased by a rampaging ghost. Daniel has procured a rare and valuable sword, and a ring of ghostly warriors comes attached to it. Protectors of the soul trapped within it, the spirits are out to stop anybody who threatens the weapon. As my sisters and I unravel the history of the sword, we quickly realize that the entity locked within the blade is a dangerous king from times gone by, and he’s about to break free and try to recover his crown.
Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage), by Sarah Cross, (January 27, Egmont USA)
Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey. Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything, but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. Is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?
The Book of Storms, by Ruth Hatfield, (January 27, Henry Holt & Co BYR)
Eleven-year-old Danny O’Neill has never been what you’d call adventurous. But when he wakes the morning after a storm to find his house empty, his parents gone, and himself able to hear the thoughts of a dying tree, he has no choice but to set out to find answers. He soon learns that the enigmatic Book of Storms holds the key to what he seeks, but unraveling its mysteries won’t be easy. If he wants to find his family, he’ll have to face his worst fears and battle terrifyingly powerful enemies, including the demonic Sammael himself. Magic seamlessly intertwines with the everyday, nothing is black and white, and Danny is in a race against time to rescue everything he holds dear. (U.S. Release)
The Chosen Prince, by Diane Stanley, (January 27, Harper Collins)
On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene. It will be his task to restore the kingdom to the favor of the gods, but no one knows exactly how. Alexos grows up lonely in his greatness, conscious of all that is expected of him. But it soon becomes clear that being the chosen one is not about fame and glory. It’s all about sacrifice and courage, and he is being tested. Alexos follows the course of his destiny through war and loss on the borderlands and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its ultimate end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria, the girl he’s loved for years but has seen only in his dreams, and faces the greatest challenge of his life.
The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven #1), by Sam Sykes, (January 27, Orbit)
Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier’Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a priest who contracted them to eradicate demons, and then vanished before paying. Hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital’s cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows. Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world. All that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen. (U.S. Release)
The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files #2), by Lisa Shearin, (January 27, Ace)
A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan, and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs. In the right mage’s hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to “cure” the supernaturals of the tristate area, but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust. I’m Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie.
The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly, (January 27, Gallery Books)
It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t. (U.S. Release)
The Inquisitor’s Mark (Eighth Day #2), by Dianne K. Salerni, (January 27, Harper Collins)
After the all-out Eighth Day war in Mexico, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline have gone into hiding. There are still rogue Transitioners and evil Kin lords who want to use Riley, a descendant of King Arthur, and Evangeline, a powerful wizard with bloodlines to Merlin, to get control over the Eighth Day. When Finn Ambrose, a mysterious stranger, contacts Jax claiming to be his uncle, Jax’s defenses go up, especially when Finn tells Jax that he’s holding Jax’s best friend, Billy, hostage. Jax sneaks off to New York City on his own. He discovers a surprising truth: Finn is his uncle and Jax is closely related to the Dulacs, a corrupt and dangerous Transitioner clan who have been dying to get their hands on Riley and Evangeline. These people will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2), by Samantha Shannon, (January 27, Bloomsbury USA)
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. The Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
The Originals: The Rise (The Originals #1), by Julie Plec, (January 27 HQN Books)
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. The city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy, especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions, and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down, and tear them apart for good?
The Revolution Trade (The Merchant Princes #5-6), by Charles Stross, (January 27, Tor)
Miriam Beckstein has said good-bye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least. She discovered that her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. While civil war rages in her adopted home, she’s pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. Unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hadn’t foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds, with the US president in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional. But Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all: His government’s true intentions. (U.S. Release)
The Stolen Moon (Chase Garrety #2), by Rachel Searles, (January 27, Feiwel & Friends)
Chase has been reunited with his younger sister, Lilli. He doesn’t remember his past, but Lilli does. She remembers their parents, and life before their planet was destroyed. Chase and Lilli are different. Chase can “phase”, pass through objects, and Lilli can “transport”, send a copy of herself to other locations. There are only two people who may have the key to their abilities, and their purposes: Captain Lennard, who is harboring Chase and Lilli (and Chase’s friend, Parker) on his spaceship, and Asa Kaplan, who may be responsible for an interplanetary takeover meant to push Lennard out of power. Chase, Parker, Lilli, android Mina, and the solider Maurus are fighting for their lives, the lives of Lennard and his crew, and for the truth about what Asa has in store for the universe.
The Three Fates of Ryan Love (Beyond #2), by Erin Quinn, (January 27, Pocket Books)
Ryan Love’s life is about to go up in flames, when a mystical being named Sabelle appears, claiming to be from the Beyond, the realm of heaven, hell, and mysteries both awesome and terrifying. As Ryan’s family business and home are destroyed in a freak explosion, Sabelle saves him just in time. Sabelle is a Spinner, or agent of fate, whose sole purpose is to guide Ryan through his life choices. The time is coming when she must part with him and entrust her job to someone else. She can’t bear the thought, because each time Ryan touches her she falls more in love with him. She’s heard rumors, and no one knows for certain if it works. Sabelle must leave the Beyond and bind herself to Ryan. Are their destinies forever connected, or can Ryan still pave the path of his future?
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence (Zodiac #1), by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore, (January 27, Disney Press)
When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.
Viper Game (Ghost Walkers #11), by Christine Feehan, (January 27, Jove)
GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. He left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead, or to whom. The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined, where desire is the deadliest poison of all.
Wastelands–Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #1), edited by John Joseph Adams, (January 27, Titan)
Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon, these are our guides through the Wastelands. From the Book of Revelations to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction, including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King, Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon.
Woven, by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, (January 27, Scholastic Press)
All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown. That was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure. Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person, the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. As the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face. Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn. They have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.
Heir of the Dog (Black Dog #2), by Hailey Edwards, (January 30, Amazon Digital Services)
Faerie teeters on the brink of war and the mortal realm swells with fae refugees desperate to escape the bloodshed. As a half-blooded fae, Marshal Thierry Thackeray has a stake in the outcome of both realms and isn’t afraid to knock a few heads together if it keeps the peace. When her father goes missing, the only hope of negotiating a truce between the light and dark fae vanishes with him. Eager to avoid another Thousand Years War, the Faerie High Court reaches out to the one person they believe can track him down, the daughter who shares his curse. (ebook only)
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