We close out January and move into the first week of February with an incredible list of new releases. There are over fifty new books on the list this week.
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Forsaken (Otherworld Stories #13.4), by Kelley Armstrong, (January 31, Subterranean)
Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won’t get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind. One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they’ve been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can’t afford to ignore.
Jacaranda (The Clockwork Century #6), by Cherie Priest, (January 31, Subterranean Press)
On the island of Galveston lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The Rangers know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She sends a message that could save them all. Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished, but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: ”Deo, non Fortuna”, By God, not chance. The former gunslinger and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.
Midnight Hunter (Execution Underground #3), by Kait Ballenger, (February 2, HQN Books)
Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past, and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him. Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap. (ebook only)
Radio Silence (Off the Grid #1), by Alyssa Cole, (February 2, Carina Press)
Arden Highmore is majorly cynical, but even she wouldn’t have predicted the end of the world, or at least the world as she knew it. One winter day, everything modern society has grown to rely on, electricity, cell phones, and plumbing, stops working. Arden and her best friend, John, flee to his family’s cabin near the Canadian border. On the way there, they’re assaulted by scavengers, but saved by John’s hot brother, Gabriel, who takes an instant dislike to Arden. The duo think they’ve finally found refuge at the Seong’s cabin, but things aren’t quite as peaceful as they seem: John’s parents are missing. Maggie, their teenage sister, resents Gabriel for treating her like a child. No one knows what is going on in the outside world, and in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a thin line between love and hate, indeed. (ebook only)
A Shadow On the Wall, by Jonathan Aycliffe, (February 3, Night Shade)
In Victorian England, Edward Atherton, rector of Thornham St. Stephen, has taken on the task of restoring the ancient church. He should never have meddled with the tomb that lay beneath the church’s crumbling walls. The moment the workman raised the tomb lid, an unspeakable horror escaped. Atherton calls upon fellow antiquarian and Cambridge professor Richard Asquith to help investigate the strange events that began in the wake of the tomb’s disturbance. The two discover hints of whom and what may have been laid to rest in the tomb, but the unforeseen circumstances force Asquith to give up his inquiries and leave. Asquith tries to put the experiences behind him and focus on his new wife and family. Death and disappearances abound, and Robert Asquith soon has no choice but to confront the darkness that has followed him from that ancient church into his own home. (U.S. Release)
As Time Goes By, edited by Hank Davis, (February 3, Baen)
Time travel tales of love and the future, alternate realities, and the worlds of fantasy. “Love’s not time’s fool,” Shakespeare wrote, though he might have added that men and women can be both love and time’s fools. For time and love are universally experienced, yet mysterious and only dimly understood. Here’s a collection of stories with both transcendental mysteries in high gear, as lovers, happy and otherwise, are caught in bizarre twists of time. On hand to twist time into pretzel shapes, if not into Moebius strips, are authors such as Poul Anderson, John Wyndham, Christopher Priest, Richard McKenna, Michael Swanwick, Charlie Jane Anders, Tony Daniel, Sarah A. Hoyt, and more, as cupid hops aboard a time machine and the course of true love not only may not run smooth, but may run backwards and even sideways.
Bayonets, Balloons & Ironclads: Britain and France Take Sides with the South, by Peter G. Tsouras, (February 3, Skyhorse)
The winter of 1863 had rung down a white curtain on the desperate struggle for North America. The United States and Great Britain had fought each other to a bitter draw. British and French aid transformed the ragged Confederate armies and filled them with new confidence. The British strike suddenly at Hooker’s army in winter quarters in upstate New York. Besieged Portland shudders relentless assault. The French attack Fort Hudson on the Mississippi. At Lincoln’s direction, two great raids are launched at the United Kingdom itself as Russia enters the war on the side of the Union to raid the Irish Sea. Battle rages from Maine to northern Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, down to steamy Louisiana. Dublin stands siege as Russia cast eyes upon Constantinople. For Americans, blue and gray, Britons, Irish, Frenchmen, and Russians, the summer of 1864 is the crescendo battle of destinies and dreams.
Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen, (February 3, Henry Holt & Co. BYR)
Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from. When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents. Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast, unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
Castaway Planet (Boundary #4), by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor, (February 3, Baen)
Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien “Bemmie” nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets.
Casually Cursed (Southern Witch #5), by Kimberly Frost, (February 3, Berkley)
Tammy Jo rarely sets a toe outside Texas, but when she learns her mother is in trouble, Tammy is determined to save her. Fresh off her engagement to wizard Bryn Lyons, Tammy Jo is surprised to make another new family connection when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had. After being spirited away to the fae kingdom of Never as an infant, Kismet has finally escaped, and arrived in Duvall, Texas, with some terrible news: their mother, Marlee, is a prisoner of the Seelie fae. Crossing the ocean to battle the fae isn’t Tammy Jo’s idea of a romantic getaway, but Bryn refuses to let her go alone, as do her aunt Edie and her ex-husband Zach. Unfortunately, their plot to free Marlee is foiled when they are caught by the fae queen. And the only chance the queen gives them to save Marlee’s life may be an impossible quest.
Cherry Bomb (Siobhan Quinn #3), by Kathleen Tierney, (February 3, Roc Trade)
Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island’s seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. A dead girl who quarrels with the moon can’t catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. What do you do when you’re stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of an artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age? Especially when you’ve fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess, and you ain’t nobody’s hero.
City of Savages, by Lee Kelly, (February 3, Saga Press)
It’s been nearly t wo decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a POW camp, ruled by Rolladin and her warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage. For Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility. Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak. After a group of strangers arrives at the POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s secrets. The strangers hail from England, supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel. The sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.
Cobra Outlaw (Cobra Rebellion #2), by Timothy Zahn, (February 3, Baen)
The Broom clan of Cobra warriors finds itself pressed between two star empires headed for war. On the planet Aventine, the Broom’s homeworld, pater familia Paul Broom has been taken prisoner by Commodore Santeros, an operative of the Dominion of Man. Paul is due to have his memories sifted through by the dreaded and often destructive Dominion MindsEye. Santeros hopes to strike a deal with Qasama. Rebellion is brewing against Dominion atrocities and Dominion scheming, with outlaw Cobra warriors Lorne and Jody Broom in the vanguard. Cobra Jason Broom poses as an escaped slave on a secret Troft prison planet where humans are sent to gladiatorial combat to the death for Troft amusement and wagering. He is seeking information on Troft factions. If he can identify moderate elements, he may save the Cobra worlds, and head off an interstellar war in the bargain
Covenant’s End (Widdershins Adventures #4), by Ari Marmell, (February 3, Pyr)
The thief Widdershins and her own “personal god,” Olgun, return to their home city of Davillon after almost a year away. While Shins expects only to face the difficulty of making up with her friends, what she actually finds is far, far worse. Her nemesis, Lisette, has returned. Lisette has made a dark pact with supernatural powers that have granted her abilities far greater than anything Widdershins and Olgun can match. Widdershins and Olgun will face enemies on both sides of the law, for Lisette’s schemes have given her power in both Davillon’s government and its underworld. Shins must call on both old friends, some of whom haven’t yet forgiven her, and new allies. Even with their help, Widdershins may be required to make the hardest sacrifice of her life, if she is to rid Davillon, and herself, of Lisette once and for all.
Dark Intelligence (Transformation #1), by Neal Asher, (February 3, Night Shade)
Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he’s been brought back from the dead. What’s more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a world surrounded by hostile Prador forces, but Penny Royal, the AI inside the rescue ship sent to provide backup, turned rogue, annihilating friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction and killing Spear. One hundred years later the AI is still on the loose, and Spear vows for revenge. Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate, but after competitors attacked she needed power and protection. Negotiating with Penny Royal, she got more than she bargained for: Turning part-AI herself gave Isobel frightening power. Spear hires Isobel to track Penny Royal. He cheats her in the process and finds himself in her crosshairs. Will Spear finish his hunt before he himself becomes the hunted?
Daughter of Gods and Shadows, by Jayde Brooks, (February 3, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Eden Reid is twenty-four year old ancient god from Brooklyn, New York. She doesn’t know about the god part. What she does know is that she’s currently living a paralyzed life. The tall thin man across from her on the Staten Island ferry has a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth and has eyes like an owl. And the woman standing at the bow of the ferry has the face of a cat. The biggest problem is that when she looks at them, they look back, as if they know her. A powerful demon is gunning for her; a zombie-like pandemic is spreading across the country, creating creatures who are hungry for flesh. There is the handsome stranger with powers of his own who claims to have been her lover from a time and a life that Eden cannot remember. He promises to help awaken her powers for the upcoming war. A war where there is only one prize: survival.
Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3), by Alethea Kontis, (February 3, Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt BYR)
Some fine-feathered fairy tales that focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?
Doubleborn: A Dragonborn Novel (The Flaxfield Quartet #3), by Toby Forward, (February 3, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
For years, a cruel wizard named Ash has been trapped in a magical prison, but now, she is poised to escape and get her revenge by unleashing an army of vicious monsters. Only three stand in her way: Sam, the apprentice of the wizard who imprisoned her, Starback, Sam’s steadfast dragon companion, and Tamrin, a runaway wizard apprentice. Tamrin and Sam have only just met, but neither of them can deny the strange force that links them. They must discover the secret behind their connection in order to defeat Ash and protect everything they hold dear. But can two apprentices and a single dragon alone prevent the total destruction of the land they call home? (U.S. Release)
Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales, by Terry Pratchett, (February 3, Clarion)
This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises. Including more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations, the appealingly designed book celebrates Pratchett’s inimitable wordplay and irreverent approach to the conventions of storytelling. These accessible and mischievous tales are an ideal introduction for young readers to this author. Established fans of Pratchett’s work will savor the playful presentation of the themes and ideas that inform his best-selling novels. (U.S. Release)
Echo 8, by Sharon Lynn Fisher, (February 3, Tor)
As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. When doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that’s been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what’s to come. After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. When he drains life energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds, and creates a bond neither of them expected. Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. He and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it’s already too late. He’ll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.
Emissary (The Seven Eyes #2), by Betsy Dornbusch, (February 3, Night Shade)
Draken has seen too much blood: the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and the kingdom of Akrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants, not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth. Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.
Get in Trouble: Stories, by Kelly Link, (February 3, Random House)
In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In “I Can See Right Through You,” a onetime teen idol takes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, “The Wizard of Oz, ” superheroes, the Pyramids. As fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty, and the hidden strengths, of human beings.
Ghost Killer (Ghost Seer #3), by Robin D. Owens, (February 3, Berkley)
When her aunt died, level-headed accountant Clare Cermak inherited a fortune, as well as a phantom dog and the power to help ghosts move on. Her new gift led her to Zach Slade, a sexy private investigator with a unique psychic gift of his own, and the man who’s slowly opening her heart. But as they work toward building a future together, a sinister threat emerges. An evil ghost is ravaging Creede, Colorado, threatening to devour the spirit of an innocent boy. Inexperienced in facing such a powerful ghost, and knowing her spirit, too, could be ripped away, Clare still can’t refuse to help. With Zach’s support she uncovers the ghost’s identity, and the ancestral weapon required to slay it. But does Clare dare to use that weapon before the ghost destroys the man she loves, and her own spirit?
Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale, by David Duchovny, (February 3, Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Elsie Bovary is a cow. Her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture. Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. She sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God, and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core. There’s only one solution: escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Jerry, excuse me, Shalom, a cranky, Torah-reading pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave (in his own mind, at least) turkey who can’t fly, but who can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport.
Hunger’s Mate (The Shadow Shifters #5), by A.C. Arthur, (February 3, St. Martin’s)
A natural born hunter proud of his birthright, Ezra Preston agrees to hide his identity and pretend to be human, to learn what his enemies know of his kind. But even undercover, it’s not in his nature to play games with a woman. Especially when he discovers the beautiful creature has been keeping secrets of her own. Jewel Jenner has plotted and schemed for months, hiding her knowledge of a top-secret operation to save her ailing father. Captivated by her passion, skill, and courage, Ezra wants to help Jewel on her mission. But when he discovers how far she’s gone, sleeping with the enemy to steal a fortune in diamonds, he must decide if he can trust this enthralling woman with his secret, or trust his fiercest instincts when he’s near her.
Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter #5), by Katie Reus, (February 3, Signet)
Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. They’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is. It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him, and she wants out. He lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan, and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.
Impulse (Lightship Chronicles #1), by Dave Bara, (February 3, DAW)
Lieutenant Peter Cochrane of the Quantar Royal Navy believes he has his future clearly mapped out. Everything changes when Peter is summoned to the office of his father, Grand Admiral Nathan Cochrane, and given devastating news: the death of a loved one. In a distant solar system, an attack upon Lightship Impulse resulted in the deaths of Peter’s former girlfriend and many of her shipmates. Peter’s plans are torn asunder as he is transferred to a Unified Space Navy ship under foreign command. His superiors have given him secret orders that might force him to become a mutineer. The ship’s Historian leads Peter and his shipmates into a galaxy of the unknown. It’s an overwhelming responsibility for Peter, and one false step could plunge humanity into an apocalyptic interstellar war.
Invaded (Alienated #2), by Melissa Landers, (February 3, Disney-Hyperion)
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school. Things look up when Cara is appointed as representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. On Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the contamination in the water supply that human governments are hiding. The leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life. The Way clearly needs humans’ help, but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
It’s Up to Charlie Hardin, by Dean Ing, (February 3, Baen)
It is the summer of 1942, and young teen Charlie Hardin has been set loose on the streets of Austin, Texas with only one command from his parents: stay out of trouble. Sometimes in a boy’s life situations come up that he cannot ignore and still be true-blue to his own restless soul. Charlie understands that, no matter the cost, when danger arrives at his doorstep, to be brave, resolute, clever, and sometimes just a tiny bit nuts, is the only thing that counts, when all is said and done. For the one surefire ingredient every glorious summer adventure always requires is a willing and resolute adventurer. And in Austin, Texas, in the summer of 1942, that adventurer comes in the form of one unstoppable young teenager named Charlie Hardin.
Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear, (February 3, Tor)
A steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century, an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town, when airships plied the trade routes and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a “soiled dove,” a young woman on her own who is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. The next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap, a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.
Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel, by Judd Trichter, (February 3, Thomas Dunne)
Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That’s the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter, anywhere except the man-made island of Atlantis. Which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. Then one night Eliot knocks on Iris’s door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts. Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again, and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge. With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.
Master of Plagues (Nicolas Lenoir #2), by E.L. Tettensor, (February 3, Roc)
Having escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. His legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city, and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed. With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure. Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. Dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. When the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever.
Overcome (Breeds #6, 13, 15), by Lora Leigh, (February 3, Berkley Trade)
The Breed Next Door: Lyra thinks her new neighbor looks too good to be true. Tarek Jordan is even more than he seems: a Breed Enforcer on the run. And even though he wants her, Tarek knows Lyra could get burned, unless she embraces the danger that comes with loving a Breed. In a Wolf’s Embrace: Matthias and Grace are meant to mate, until he commits an act too shocking to ignore. Grace knew that the hot Breed was dangerous, but now, she fears for her own life. Yet she wonders: could it be part of some insidious plan? For there are forces determined to tear them apart and destroy what’s left of the man within. A Jaguar’s Kiss: Jaguar Breed Saban Broussard has a job to do: guard the first instructor chosen to teach Breed children. With just one kiss and his touch, the mating phenomena begins that will tie Natalie Ricci to him forever. Unless a shadow from her past gets them both killed.
Red Sands: An Orbs Prequel, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, (February 3, Simon & Schuster/Simon451)
Jeff and his little brother David are alone. Their parents have disappeared along with the rest of the world, replaced by glowing blue orbs and a terrifying army of aliens. But the boys are survivors. Living in the tunnels beneath the White Sands military base, escaping from hungry aliens, and searching for supplies, they hatch a plan. The boys will fight back, and before they’re through the white sands will run red with blood.
Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3), by Kristin Bailey, (February 3, Simon Pulse)
Meg has come a long way from her days as a lowly housemaid, driven to learn the truth behind her parents’ murder. She’s since discovered that they were part of the Secret Order of Modern Amusementists, an underground society of inventors. She joined the Amusementists as an apprentice, but that hasn’t brought her closer to the person responsible for the loss of her family: the man in the clockwork mask. Now he is coming for her. Meg is tired of being hunted and she intends to become the hunter. With help from Will, the boy who holds her heart, Meg embarks on an adventure that takes them far from the cold London winter and into the heart of France. There’s a plot afoot that could turn the tides of a terrible war, and cost the lives of millions, that is, if it doesn’t take the lives of everyone Meg holds dear, including her own.
Shutter, by Courtney Alameda, (February 3, Feiwel & Friends)
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before.
Soulprint, by Megan Miranda, (February 3, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
With the science of soul-fingerprinting a reality, Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned for the crimes her past-self committed. In an attempt to clear her name, Alina unintentionally trades one prison for another when she escapes, aided by a group of teens whose intentions and motivations are a mystery to her. As she gets to know one of the boys, sparks fly, and Alina believes she may finally be able to trust someone. But when she uncovers clues left behind from her past life that only she can decipher, secrets begin to unravel. Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat the past.
Terminal White (Outlanders #72), by James Axler, (February 3, Gold Eagle)
The Cerberus rebels remain vigilant, defending mankind’s sovereignty against the alien forces conspiring to gain control of the planet. Now a dark and deadly intelligence plots to eradicate what it means to be human: free will. In the northern wilderness, behind an artificial curtain of winter, the legacy of the deposed god kings lives on. An experimental testing ground, where computers have replaced independent choice, is turning citizens into docile, obedient sheep. The brainchild of a dedicated Magistrate of the old order, Terminal White promises to achieve the subjugation of the human race. As the Cerberus warriors infiltrate and get trapped in this mechanized web, humanity’s only salvation may be lost in a blinding white doom.
The Accidental Dragon (Accidentals #9), by Dakota Cassidy, (February 3, Berkley Trade)
Firefighter McAllister “Mick” Malone knows he has a protective streak, especially when it comes to his deceased best friend’s sister, Tessa. But after twenty-five years of verbal sparring, Mick can’t help but notice that their recent arguments have started to feel a lot like foreplay. And while Tessa knows exactly what to say to get him going, Mick is thrown for a loop when he actually starts breathing fire. Antique-store owner Tessa Preston has loved Mick Malone since she was ten years old, not that she’d ever admit it. Fighting with Mick is the only thing keeping her from an embarrassing romantic confession, but when the sexy firefighter accidentally ingests some ancient dragon scales masquerading as powdered aspirin, Tessa finds herself handling something much hotter than long-simmering sexual tension.
The Dead Hamlets, by Peter Roman, (February 3, ChiZine)
A deadly spirit is killing off the faerie, and it has mysterious ties to Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. The only one who can stop it is the immortal Cross, a charming rogue who also happens to be a drunk, a thief, and an angel killer. He is no friend of the faerie since they stole his daughter and made her one of their own. When it appears she may be the next victim of the haunting, he must race against time to save her. He encounters an eccentric and deadly cast of characters along the way: the real Witches of Macbeth, the undead playwright/demon hunter Christopher Marlowe, an eerie Alice from the Alice in Wonderland books, a deranged and magical scholar, and a very supernatural William Shakespeare. When Cross discovers a startling secret about the origins of “Hamlet” itself, he finds himself trapped in a ghost story even he may not be able to escape alive.
The Eterna Files, by Leanna Renee Hieber, (February 3, Tor)
London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes. Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped, and has a sample of Eterna. Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. She is determined that the Eterna Compound will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 6 (The Wheel of Time, Graphic Novels #6), by Robert Jordan and Chuck Dixon, (February 3, Tor)
Rand al’Thor and his companions have at last been reunited. Their journey in search of the Eye of the World nears its climax as they dare the otherworldly Ways, guided by an Ogier, Loial, and narrowly escape the menace of the soul-stealing Machin Shin. When the group reaches the realm of the Green Man, they believe themselves safe. Two of the Forsaken are waiting for them, ready to attack and to guide their dark lord, Ba’alzamon, to the ones he has been seeking. When the three young men left Emond’s Field, they were untried blades. Their long journey has stolen much of their innocence and made them seasoned warriors, given them powers and gifts they did not seek and are still learning to use. Not until the final moments are they sure which of them the Dark One intends to claim, and whether that one is strong enough to fight back and survive.
The Gabble and Other Stories (Polity), by Neal Asher, (February 3, Night Shade)
The Polity universe is home to some of the vilest alien creatures ever to exist. On the planet Myral, sheqs and octupals inhabit the land, waiting for unsuspecting prey to cross their paths. The surface of Masasa is littered with dracomen, tricones, mud snakes, and heroyne. The Gabble features ten stories that throw its characters into worlds that are fascinatingly alien, and often hostile. In the Polity, danger and death are seemingly looming around every corner. Infection, mutation, and infestation are constant threats as we follow our heroes, like Anders and Tholan in “Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck,” as they try to carry out their missions with their lives intact. (U.S. Release)
The Raven (The Florentine #1), by Sylvain Reynard, (February 3, Berkley Trade)
Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. She blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a figure who whispers to her. Cassita vulneratus. When Raven awakes, she is changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history. The police force identifies her as its prime suspect. Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets.
The Silence of Ghosts, by Jonathan Aycliffe, (February 3, Night Shade)
Dominic Lancaster hoped to prove himself to his family by excelling in the Navy during World War II. Instead he is wounded while serving as a gunner, and loses his leg. Dominic finds himself shuffled off to the countryside by his family, along with his partially deaf sister, Octavia. The crumbling family estate on the shores of Ullswater doesn’t seem to promise much in the way of happiness or recovery. Something more than a friendship begins to flourish between Dominic and his nurse Rose. Another thing that’s flourishing is Octavia’s hearing. Sinister forces seem to be materializing around Octavia, who is hearing voices of children. With Octavia’s help, Dominic sets out to find the truth behind the voices that have haunted his sister. In doing so, he uncovers an even older, darker evil that threatens not only Octavia, but Rose and himself. (U.S. Release)
The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine, by Marshall Ryan Maresca, (February 3, DAW)
Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down. With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere’s clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle. Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere’s side. So much so that soon not only Fenmere, but powerful mages, assassins, and street gangs all want a piece of “The Thorn.” With professors and prefects on the verge of discovering his secrets, Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of course, Fenmere puts an end to it first.
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman, (February 3, William Morrow)
Explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In “Adventure Story”, a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience “A Calendar of Tales” are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year, stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey”. And “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.
Under Different Stars (Kricket #1), by Amy A. Bartol, (February 3, 47North)
Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world. That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. He must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth. Kyon Ensin knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts, gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival, or a fight for love.
Under His Guard (Don’t Tell #3), by Rie Warren, (February 3, Forever Yours)
Rebel soldier Darke lost his lover during the early stages of the InterNations war. Only the flirtatious attentions of the gorgeous Leon Cheramie brought him back from heartbreak and grief. Darke has fought their undeniable attraction to one another. When Leon’s life is threatened, Darke cannot deny what’s been brewing between them. The brave and determined Leon has proven himself capable of fighting in the war. The only thing he hasn’t been able to do is capture the heart of the fearless warrior Darke. When a huge victory is won for the revolutionaries, Darke and Leon finally give in to their feelings for one another. The celebration is short-lived when Leon is infected with a deadly virus. The final endgame of the war is pitted against the rebels’ race to find a cure before Leon becomes a full-blown carrier and Darke loses the man who managed to win his love and bring him back to life.
Windburn (Nightwing #2), by Juliette Cross, (February 3, Kensington/Lyrical Press)
In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation. Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. Then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses, and warm her rebellious heart. The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?
The Human Engineer: A Tor.Com Original, by Jessica Brody, (February 4, Tor)
Ever since Diotech Corporation released the first artificial womb, a safe and convenient new way to birth human babies, controversy for the cutting-edge product has risen as swiftly as the demand. For Rickar Hallix, however, the biomedical engineer who invented the womb, life has become steadily worse. When Rickar stumbles upon a possible defect in the latest batch of product, he suddenly finds himself thrust into the center of the endless, cut-throat battle between corporate greed and the security of human life. (ebook only)
The Price of Blood (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy #2), by Patricia Bracewell, (February 5, Viking Adult)
Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. It’s 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder. As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men, even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.
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