Another Monday and another very nice selection of new releases this week. March got off to a roaring start last week. This week, there are more than twenty new books for your reading pleasure.
What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
The Crimson Gate (The Violet Hour #2), by Whitney A. Miller, (March 8, Flux)
Harlow Wintergreen has just been named the new Matriarch of VisionCrest, the powerful religious organization previously led by her father. But there’s one big problem. The real Harlow is trapped inside a Cambodian temple, and her double, the evil Isiris, has escaped confinement and is masquerading as her. Now initiated as their leader, Isiris intends to unleash a killer super virus aimed at cleansing the planet of VisionCrest. In order to stop her, Harlow must find a way out of the temple and locate the Resistance, or the world will be destroyed.
Anti-Hero, by Jonathan Wood, (March 10, Titan)
When it rains it pours, monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI317, the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors, is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably, and oddly, assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world.
Bones & All, by Camille DeAngelis, (March 10, St. Martin’s Press)
Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call “an issue” with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds?
Breaking Sky, by Cori McCarthy, (March 10, Sourcebooks Fire)
Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky. But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
Burning Kingdoms (The Internment Chronicles #2), by Lauren DeStefano, (March 10, Simon & Schuster BYR)
After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home. The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park. It is also a land at war. Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?
Fall of the Fair Isle, by Rowena Cory Daniells, (March 10, Solaris)
600 years have passed since the events of The Outcast Chronicles occurred and much T’En knowledge has been lost, hidden or cloaked by lies. This is the story of Imoshen, named for her ancestor, Imoshen the First. The last pure T’En woman, she is a throwback to the mystics who settled Fair Isle. When the Ghebite invader, General Tulkhan, conquers her island she is torn between her duty to smooth the transition of power and her betrothal to Reothe, last throwback T’En male who leads the rebellion against Tulkhan.
Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman, (March 10, Wendy Lamb Books)
Twelve-year-old Twig’s town in the Berkshires is said to hide a winged beast, the Monster of Sidwell, and the rumors draw as many tourists as the town’s famed pink apple orchards. Twig lives in the orchard with her mysterious brother James and her reclusive mother, a baker of irresistible apple pies. Because of a family secret, an ancient curse, Twig has had to isolate herself from other kids. Then a family with two girls, Julia and Agate, moves into the cottage next door. They are descendants of the witch who put the spell on Twig’s family. But Julia turns out to be Twig’s first true friend, and her ally in trying to undo the curse and smooth the path to true love for Agate and James.
No Man’s World: Omnibus, by Pat Kelleher, (March 10, Abaddon)
On November 1st 1916, 900 men of the 13th Battalion of the Pennine Fusiliers vanish without trace from the battlefield only to find themselves on an alien planet. There they must learn to survive in a frightening and hostile environment, forced to rely on dwindling supplies of ammo and rations as the natives of this strange new world begin to take an interest. However, the aliens amongst them are only the first of their worries, as a sinister and arcane threat begins to take hold from within their own ranks. No Man’s World presents all three novels from this series , Black Hand Gang, Ironclad Prophecy and The Alleyman, in one collection.
Persona, by Genevieve Valentine, (March 10, Saga Press)
Set against the backdrop of a near-future world of celebrity ambassadors and assassins who manipulate the media to the point where the only truth seekers left are the paparazzi. When Suyana, Face of the United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, secretly meets Ethan of the United States for a date that can solidify a relationship for the struggling UARC, the last thing she expects is an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway-turned-paparazzi out for his big break, witnesses the first shot hit Suyana, and before he can think about it, he jumps into the fray, telling himself it’s not altruism, it’s the scoop. Just like that, Suyana and Daniel are now in the game of Faces. And if they lose, they’ll die.
Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2), by Rachel Hartman, (March 10, Random House BYR)
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. The most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny.
Tether (Many-Worlds Trilogy #2), by Anna Jarzab, (March 10, Delacorte Press)
Sasha expected things to go back to normal once she got back on Earth. Now that she knows parallel worlds are real, and that an alternate version of herself exists in a world called Aurora, her old life no longer seems to make sense, and her heart breaks daily for Thomas, the boy she left behind. Sasha makes the difficult decision to journey once more through the tandem. Thomas is waiting for her on the other side, and so is strange, otherworldly Selene, Sasha’s analog from a third universe. Sasha, Selene, and their other analog, Juliana, have a joint destiny, and a new remarkable power, one that could mean salvation for Selene’s dying planet. With Thomas’s help, Sasha and Selene search for the missing Juliana. Even if they can locate her, is Sasha willing to turn her back on love to pursue a fate she’s not sure she believes in?
The Alex Crow, by Andrew Smith, (March 10, Dutton Juvenile)
The story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century, and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.
The Dickens Mirror (Dark Passages #2), by Ilsa J. Bick, (March 10, EgmontUSA)
Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. She commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends, find Eric, again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up. In this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma to emerge as the dominant personality. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror. Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London will die with her.
The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, (March 10, Tor)
A treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls. Featuring everything from life-sized clockwork dolls to all-too-human Betsy Wetsy-type baby dolls, these stories play into the true creepiness of the doll trope, but avoid the clichés that often show up in stories of this type. A list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other doll collectors. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere.
The Exile (The Fae #1), by C.T. Adams, (March 10, Tor)
Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists, and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna’s apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds. A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn’t believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.
The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon #1), by Francesca Haig, (March 10, Gallery Books)
Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. For some reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha, physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega, burdened with deformity. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream a dangerous dream: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights. (U.S. Release)
The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1), by Ian Tregillis, (March 10, Orbit)
Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn’t long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world’s sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men, flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.
Krakens and Lies (Menagerie #3), by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari H. Sutherland, (March 10, HarperCollins)
Someone has been sabotaging the Menagerie, and Logan and Zoe are on the case. But their troubles only get worse when the basilisk escapes its enclosure and the merpeople go on strike, leaving the kraken to its own devices. The race is on to solve the mystery and save the Menagerie.
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1), by Jodi Meadows, (March 10, Katherine Tegen Books)
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom. Enemies fill the palace and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. Wil can’t trust anyone. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith. If the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
The Thickety: The Whispering Trees (The Thickety #2), by J.A. White, (March 10, Katherine Tegen Books)
After Kara Westfall’s village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won’t be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety’s only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path. And then Kara and Taff discover Mary Kettle, an infamous witch with an unspeakable past, she is everything their village fears about magic. When Mary shows them the path leading out of the Thickety guarded by Imogen, a creature more monster than human, Kara is hesitant to trust her. But then she offers to help Kara learn to cast magic without a grimoire, and this could be Kara and Taff’s only chance to escape. Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.
The Thyme Fiend: A Tor.Com Original, by Jeffrey Ford, (March 11, Tor)
A dark fantasy novelette about a young man who can only prevent seeing visions by eating or smoking thyme. When he finds the skeleton of a missing man the skeleton begins to haunt him. What does it want? (ebook only)
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!