If you like having a ton of books from which to choose, then this week and next week will make you happy. This week, there are just over forty new books. Next week, there will be more than fifty. So get ready to begin planning your spring reading.
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Mantle of Malice (The Tudor Enigma #3), by April Taylor, (February 23, Carina Press)
Luke Ballard has dedicated his talents to protecting the throne. As Henry IX’s Privy Inquirer and Dominus Elemancer, his loyalty is no longer in question. When Queen Madeline’s coronation is interrupted with the news that Arthur, the baby Prince of Wales, has been abducted, Luke is given an ultimatum: retrieve the royal heir and prevent future threats to the royal family or lose his head. The evil sorcerers of Custodes Tenebris will not rest until they hold power in England with Catholic Mary as a puppet Queen. Luke has bested them before, but he’s never needed to defeat evil while falling in love, Arthur’s nursemaid, the beautiful Blanche Oliver, has won him over with her seductive charms. As Luke’s investigation leads into the dark recesses of his own family’s past, Blanche’s hold on him deepens. Luke will need to draw upon untested strength and sort truth from feminine fiction, for the enemy’s reach is long and time is running out. (ebook only)
The Shape of Temptation (Spellcraft #2), by Eleri Stone, (February 23, Carina Press)
Living in a village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is a gifted but untrained mage with an affinity for stone. She believes herself well beyond the reach of the guild that controls all magic until Benim, an unwilling guild soldier, appears at her door. She’s part of his quest to assemble gifted citizens for entrance to University. As Kailey struggles to navigate the society of the Sarian upper class, she’s tasked by a guild master to create a masterpiece for the emperor. When Benim is commissioned as her model, Kailey comes to crave the hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting inch by intimate inch. Benim cannot resist the warmth of Kailey’s spirit nor the comforts found within her body, though he knows that a poor soldier has no place in a mage’s world. He and Kailey will have to overcome more than just class differences in order to remain together. Someone has made Kailey a pawn in her mentor’s ambitious play for power.
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1), by V.E. Schwab, (February 24, Tor)
Kell is one of the last Travelers, rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back. Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive.
A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1), by Rhiannon Thomas, (February 24, Harper Teen)
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale. Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2), by J.C. Nelson, (February 24, Ace)
Marissa is due for a little happily ever after. She did kill the evil Fairy Godmother, end a war, and snag a promotion within the Fairy Godfather’s magical-problem-solving Agency. Between maintaining a relationship with someone whose amorous advances can cause third-degree burns, dealing with a killer-poodle infestation, and helping her best friend, Princess Ari, learn to wield spells more powerful than curing a hangover, she’s not getting much peace and quiet. When an enemy from her past appears to exact a terrible revenge, Marissa’s life goes from hectic to hell on earth. Marissa decides to fight fire with hellfire, and accidentally begins a countdown to the apocalypse. Marissa will have to master royal politics, demonic law, and biblical plagues in a hurry, because even the end of the world can’t keep the Agency from opening for business.
Canary, by Duane Swierczynski, (February 24, Mulholland)
Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Sarie has no choice but to become a “CI”, a confidential informant. Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he’s found the key in Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with ties to the major drug gangs. Sarie turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the nineteen-year-old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her, except what she’s learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant. Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a very quick study.
Cursed by Fire (Immortal Brothers #1), by Jacquelyn Frank, (February 24, Ballantine)
Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope, until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment, if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods. Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda, heir to the throne of Hexis. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed, and her body, with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all, even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict, for a chance to make Selinda his forever.
Demon Child (Celestial Battle #2), by Kylie Chan, (February 24, Harper Voyager)
Follows the story of John Chen and Emma Donohoe. They have just found out that Emma has Demon blood and they have suffered the miscarriage of their first child. The Sidhe, or Shining folk, who defeated the Western Shen a thousand years ago, are prepared to do battle against the Western Shen to retain their dominance. Emma’s allegiance is torn: to fight for her kind, the Western demons she is descended from, or to stand alongside her beloved Xuan Wu. (U.S. Release)
Dorothy Parker Drank Here (Dorothy Parker #2), by Ellen Meister, (February 24, Putnam Adult)
Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. She thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a plagiarism scandal. He hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted rejects her proposal outright. When TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. She and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.
Dove Arising (Dove Chronicles #1), by Karen Bao, (February 24, Viking Juvenile)
Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar. Then her mother is arrested. The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider. Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble.
Dreamfire, by Kit Alloway, (February 24, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. For her, an evening at home usually means entering people’s dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world’s general anxiety, which only leads to war and strife in the waking world, their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far. By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?
Empire (The Chronicles of the Invaders #2), by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard, (February 24, Atria/Emily Bestler)
Earth has been conquered and occupied. The Resistance still fights the invaders, but they are nothing more than an annoyance to the Illyri, an alien race of superior technology and military strength. When caught, the young rebels are conscripted. They join the Brigades, sent to fight at the edges of the growing Illyri Empire. Paul Kerr is one such soldier, torn from his home and his beloved Syl Hellais. She is the first alien child born on Earth, and a being possessed of powers beyond imagining. Both must endure the terrible exile that Syl’s race has deemed punishment for their love. There is another species involved, known only as the Others, and the Illyri will kill to keep their existence secret. Paul and Syl must find a way to reveal the truth behind the Empire, and save all that they hold dear from the hunger of the Others. Even at the cost of their own lives. (U.S. Release)
Fields of Wrath: A Renshai Novel, by Mickey Zucker Reichert, (February 24 DAW)
With the Great War over, the Renshai have won back the Fields of Wrath. Tae Kahn, Subikahn’s father, becomes ever more certain that a far larger and fiercer wave of enemy soldiers is headed toward them. One Kjempemagiska and an army of their man-sized servants nearly defeated the continent. Tae is certain the ranks will include hundreds of these strong, magical, Island-dwelling giants. The only hope for the peoples of the continent is to re-gather their war-weary troops and find a way to convince the few magical beings of their own world to assist them. It becomes a race against time as Tae and his friends struggle to convince the Continental generals of the danger, attempt to turn antagonistic mages and elves into allies, spy on the giant Kjempemagiska sorcerers, and seek some means to defeat an enemy powerful beyond contemplation.
Grave Matters (Night Owls #2), by Lauren M. Roy, (February 24, Ace)
Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge, especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual. Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices, until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army.
Haterz, by James Goss, (February 24, Solaris)
Is there someone online who really grates on you? That friend who’s always bragging about their awesome life and endlessly sharing tired memes, and who just doesn’t get jokes? Look at your Twitter feed: don’t you get cross at the endless rage, the thoughtless bigotry and the pleading for celebrity retweets? Meet Dave, a street fundraiser and fan of cat pictures. He’s decided that unfollowing isn’t enough. He’s determined to make the internet a nicer place. When he killed his best friend’s girlfriend, he wasn’t planning on changing the world. She was just really annoying on Facebook. Someone saw, and made him an offer. Someone who knows what he’s capable of, and wants to use him to take control of the darkness at the heart of the internet. The bodies, the comment trolls, the sexual predators, the obnoxious pop stars, are starting to mount up.
Haunted (The Arnaud Legacy #1), by Lynn Carthage, (February 24, Kensington Teen)
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Irving has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. From the moment she crosses the threshold into the ancient estate, Phoebe senses something ominous. Then again, she’s a little sensitive lately, not surprising when her parents are oblivious to her, her old life is six thousand miles away, and the only guy around is completely gorgeous but giving her mixed messages. But at least Miles doesn’t laugh at Phoebe’s growing fears. And she can trust him, maybe. The locals whisper about the manor’s infamous original owner, Madame Arnaud, and tell grim stories of missing children and vengeful spirits. Phoebe is determined to protect her loved ones, especially her little sister, Tabby. But even amidst the manor’s dark shadows, the deepest mysteries may involve Phoebe herself.
I Am Radar: A Novel, by Reif Larsen, (February 24, Penguin Press)
The moment just before Radar Radmanovic is born, all of the hospital’s electricity mysteriously fails. Lights back on, the staff sees a healthy baby boy, with pitch-black skin, born to the stunned white parents. No one understands the uncanny electrical event or the unexpected skin color. Deep in arctic Norway, Norwegian schoolteachers are imprisoned during the Second World War. Founding a radical secret society that will hover on the margins of history for decades to come, these schoolteachers steal radioactive material from a Nazi nuclear reactor and use it to stage a surreal art performance. This society appears again in the aftermath of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, when another performance takes place but goes horrifically wrong. All of these stories are linked by Radar, now a gifted radio operator living in New Jersey, who struggles with love, a set of hapless parents, and a medical affliction that he has only just begun to comprehend.
Kalahari (Corpus #3), by Jessica Khoury, (February 24, Razorbill)
When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together. Soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area, and eliminate life as they know it. Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.
Lucky Alan: And Other Stories, by Jonathan Lethem, (February 24, Doubleday)
This third collection of stories uncovers a father’s nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in “Pending Vegan”; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in “Traveler Home”; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in “Procedure in Plain Air”; and a crumbling, haunted “blog” on a seaside cliff in “The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear.” Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in “The King of Sentences”; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in “The Porn Critic”; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in “Their Back Pages.” As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious.
Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1), by Jennifer A. Nielsen, (February 24, Scholastic Press)
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods, magic some Romans would kill for. With the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. He finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each desperate to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.
Of Shadow and Stone, by Michelle Muto, (February 24, Skyscape)
Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Only the sentinel, a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts, stands between them and their human prey. When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also to Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all. As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?
Poisonwell (Whispers From Mirrowen #3), by Jeff Wheeler, (February 24, 47North)
If there is anything more dangerous than the Plague itself, it is the journey that awaits those sworn to stop it. Tyrus, the magic-wielder exiled from Kenatos, knows this firsthand. His original mission through the Scourgelands met a tragic end, leaving him as the sole survivor. All hope lies with his daughter, Phae, the gifted Dryad-born who can not only steal memories but also summon the power of the fireblood, and who alone has the power to breach the lost gate of Mirrowen. Phae and the comrades who have come to her aid must survive the most dangerous place on earth: the Scourgelands. The woods prove as treacherous as reputed. Murder, sacrifice, deception, and an epic battle with a beast ensue. Will Phae reach the land beyond the grasp of the deadly Plague, or will the quest through the Scourgelands end in tragedy once again? (ebook only, print available April 21)
Quake (Pulse #3), by Patrick Carman, (February 24, Katherine Tegen Books)
Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore are in love, and they have a special ability called a pulse: they can move things with their minds. They’re caught in the middle of a deadly war with two other pulses: Clara and Wade Quinn, who have joined forces with Hotspur Chance, the most wanted man in the world. Faith and Dylan are holed up in a mountain lodge and their Intel friend Hawk leaves them in the middle of the night. Hawk’s plan is to penetrate the Western State and make contact with a sleeper cell working on the inside that will give them valuable information about Hotspur’s violent plan. Faith and Dylan are still fighting on the outside. In a series of hair-raising battles, the second pulses duel it out. Faith and Dylan discover an even greater strength: the power of their combined love. Faith and Dylan might just be able to save the world with a quake that is big enough to change the course of history.
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood #2), by Victoria Scott, (February 24, Scholastic Press)
Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race. How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another? The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, forty-one are left, and only one can win.
Shadow (Pendulum #2), by Will Elliott, (February 24, Tor)
Eric Albright was a luckless journalist living in London. He had a so-so life, until the day he opened a battered red door that appeared on the wall of a local bridge, and entered Levaal, a magical world between worlds. A place populated by power damaged mages, stone giants, pit devils, and dragons, Levaal’s possible creators, who are imprisoned in a sky prison. The mad Lord Vous rules with an iron fist and is working on a scheme to turn himself into a god. Vous has been defeated so far because Levaal has been contained by the great Wall at World’s End. The Wall at World’s End has been brought down and war is coming to the land. Eric and his newfound friends are forced to flee from the Tormentors, dreadful creatures that have poured through the breach. A mysterious being called Shadow is wandering Levaal with great power but no purpose it yet understands. The end might be coming faster than anyone thinks. (U.S. Release)
Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1), by Maria V. Snyder, (February 24, Mira)
Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job, and his life, are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret, or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is, while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers. Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous.
Soulbound (Darkest London #6), by Kristen Callihan, (February 24, Forever)
When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled, and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone. No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted, by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken.
Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2), by Cecil Castellucci, (February 24, Roaring Brook Press)
Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky. After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray, the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in, including Tula’s worst enemy.
The Cipher, by John C. Ford, (February 24, Viking Juvenile)
Robert “Smiles” Smylie is not a genius. He feels like he’s surrounded by them, though, from his software mogul dad to his brainy girlfriend to his oddball neighbor Ben, a math prodigy. When Ben cracks an ancient, real-life riddle central to modern data encryption systems, he suddenly holds the power to unlock every electronic secret in the world, and Smiles finally has a chance to prove his own worth. Smiles hatches a plan to protect Ben from the government agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on his discovery. But as he races from a Connecticut casino to the streets of Boston, enlisting the help of an alluring girl, Smiles comes to realize the most explosive secrets don’t lie between the covers of Ben’s notebook, they’re buried in his own past.
The Doomsday Equation: A Novel, by Matt Richtel, (February 24, William Morrow)
Computer genius Jeremy Stillwater has designed a machine that can predict global conflicts and ultimately head them off. But he’s a stubborn guy, very sure of his own genius, and has wound up making enemies, and even seen his brilliant invention discredited. There’s nowhere for him to turn when the most remarkable thing happens: his computer beeps with warning that the outbreak of World War III is imminent, three days and counting. Alone, armed with nothing but his own ingenuity, he embarks on quest to find the mysterious and powerful nemesis determined to destroy mankind. But enemies lurk in the shadows waiting to strike. Could they have figured out how to use Jeremy, and his invention, for their own evil ends? Before he can save billions of lives, Jeremy has to figure out how to save his own.
The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau #21), by Lynsay Sands, (February 24, Avon)
A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas. Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too, that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from, if she’ll just trust him, now and forever.
The Remaining: Allegiance, by D.J. Molles, (February 24, Orbit)
This is the fifth, never-before-published, novel in the series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde. Through an overwhelming storm of pain and adversity Captain Lee Harden has fought and survived. But his mission continues. Recovering from his wounds, mental and physical, he must rally his companions at Camp Ryder and push back against the still swarming hordes of the infected that threaten to extinguish an already devastated society.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1), by Melinda Salisbury, (February 24, Scholastic Press)
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. Although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company. Then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. He’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Twylla knows what happens to people who cross the queen. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows, edited by Marjorie Sandor, (February 24, St. Martin’s Griffin)
From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature, and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. Opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of dopplegangers and automatons. Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny, including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Shirley Jackson, form a foundation for sixteen contemporary authors whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown. Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Karen Russell, Namwali Serpell, Steve Stern and Karen Tidbeck.
The Violent Century, by Lavie Tidhar, (February 24, Thomas Dunne)
They never meant to be heroes. For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account, and the past has a habit of catching up to the present. Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism, a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields, to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?
Time Patrol (Area 51: The Nightstalkers #4), by Bob Mayer, (February 24, 47North)
Hidden deep beneath the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the Time Patrol, a secret agency charged with protecting the world’s timeline from the evil forces who wish to alter it. When the Patrol disappears without a trace, only twelve short hours are left before all life on Earth ceases to exist. Enter: the Nightstalkers. Summoned to find the Time Patrol, the Nightstalkers elite covert operatives begin to notice rifts in their own worlds. And when they realize one of their colleagues has vanished into thin air, the mission gets personal. From battling krakens and Valkyries to breaching the mythical Bermuda Triangle, the Nightstalkers must risk everything to defeat the malicious forces manipulating time itself. But if they lose, it won’t just mean the end of the world it will mean the total destruction of the past, the present, and the future.
Touch, by Claire North, (February 24, Orbit)
Kepler had never meant to die this way, viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place. Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley. Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person’s skin and see through their eyes, live their life, be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime. Kepler means these host bodies no harm, and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth, and avenge Josephine’s death.
Unchanged (Unremembered #3), by Jessica Brody, (February 24, Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
After returning to the Diotech compound and receiving a successful memory transplant, Seraphina is now living a happy life with another synthetically engineered human like herself, with whom she is deeply in love. She has no recollection of Zen. But the nagging feeling that something is missing from her life continues to plague her. Diotech’s newest product is about to be revealed, a line of genetic modifications that will allow people to live longer, fight disease, and change any unfavorable physical attribute they desire. As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera and Zen must find a way to destroy the company that created her, or they’ll be separated forever.
Unleashed (Uninvited #2), by Sophie Jordan, (February 24, Harper Teen)
Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her, but then she killed a man. Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she’ll be ruled by the kill gene or if she’ll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn’t even know if she can trust herself.
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #2), edited by John Joseph Adams, (February 24, Titan)
For decades, the apocalypse and its aftermath have yielded some of the most exciting short stories of all time. From David Brin’s seminal “The Postman” to Hugh Howey’s “Deep Blood Kettle” and Tananarive Due’s prescient “Patient Zero,” the end of the world continues to thrill. Thirty of the finest examples of post-apocalyptic short fiction, with works by: Ann Aguirre, Megan Arkenberg, Paolo Bacigalupi, Christopher Barzak,Lauren Beukes, David Brin, Orson Scott Card, Junot Díaz, Cory Doctorow, Tananarive Due, Toiya Kristen Finley, Milo James Fowler, Maria Dahvana Headley, Hugh Howey, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Jake Kerr, Nancy Kress, Joe R. Lansdale, George R. R. Martin, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, Maureen F. McHugh, D. Thomas Minton, Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling, Ramsey Shehadeh, Robert Silverberg, Rachel Swirsky, Genevieve Valentine, James Van Pelt and Christie Yant.
When My Heart Was Wicked, by Tricia Stirling, (February 24, Scholastic Press)
16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She’s a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. When her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out. Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter’s heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the “old” Lacy starts to resurface. But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?
Zom-B Bride (Zom-B #10), by Darren Shan, (February 24 Little, Brown BYR)
B Smith has been reunited with the murderous maniac clown, Mr. Dowling. To her shock and consternation, he’s desperate to make B his partner in crime. Mr. Dowling disgusts her, but B thinks she can see a way to control him and maybe even save the world. But it will involve a sacrifice far greater and more surreal than any she has contemplated before. (U.S. Release)
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