This week we see the smallest number of new releases for any week this May. Still, there are more than twenty-five books on the list this week.
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A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1), by Kathleen Baldwin, (May 19, Tor Teen)
It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, has plans for the young ladies, plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war. Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. She plans to escape as soon as possible, until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads, or their hearts.
Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson, (May 19, Orbit)
Tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now, we approach our destination. A new home. AURORA.
Chantress Fury (Chantress Trilogy #3), by Amy Butler Greenfield, (May 19, Margaret K. McElderry Books)
With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close as he’s rebuilt England. He’s called her to investigate attempted murder: His men claim they were almost killed on the Thames, by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all. Then the floods begin. People scramble to defend themselves against the water, and the monsters, that are flooding their streets. The king relies on Nat, Lucy’s great love, to guide them through the storm. Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, and now he calls her “stranger.” Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. Then she hears an eerie song within the water, can it mean that she’s not the last Chantress after all?
Crossfades: A Dystopian Novella, by William Todd Rose, (May 19, Hydra)
Some men fear their own deaths. Others dream of peace and heaven. Albert knows exactly what he wants: to be the lord of his own private hell, where his eternal reward will be torturing the souls of his victims. And he knows how to get it. While Chuck’s dream of a promotion may be ordinary, his career is anything but. As a Recon and Enforcement Technician, Level II, at a mysterious organization known as the Institute, Chuck spends his days rescuing souls that get trapped between this life and the next, caught in mini-hells known as crossfades. Lydia has no dreams, only nightmares. There will be no awakening from the impossible realm of terror and pain where she’s trapped, unless Chuck tracks her down. This rescue will not be easy for a mere Level II technician. In this place, Albert is god. He’s determined that none shall escape his wrath. (ebook only)
Dangerous Deception (Dangerous Creatures #2), by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, (May 19, Little, Brown BYR)
Some loves are cursed. Others are dangerous. Especially the love between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, and Dark Caster, Siren, and bonafide bad girl, Ridley Duchannes. But now Ridley is missing, and Link was with her-right up until she vanished. Determined to find her, Link reunites with his New York bandmates and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wants Rid for himself. Together they travel to the deep south, find the crossroads where blues guitarist Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil, discover a menagerie of Casters locked in cages, and uncover an evil in New Orleans that threatens to destroy them all. This time, love might not be enough.
Dead Shift (Rho Agenda Inception Series #3), by Richard Phillips, (May 19, 47North)
The NSA’s most brilliant hacker is abducted and the world stands on the brink of cyberwar. The Ripper and his ghost team commandos are called to action, battling a host of enemies ranging from a genius tech-billionaire and the Chinese government to an emerging superintelligence capable of bringing the world to its knees. With every threat in play, Jack must confront his alien passenger and regain some semblance of self-control. As the origins of the Rho Agenda come to light, Jack struggles to embrace his destiny. But how can even one such as he prevail against an existential threat to humanity?
Devil in the Wires: A Field Ops Novel, by Tim Lees, (May 19, Harper Voyager Impulse)
After the perilous retrieval of a long-dormant god from Iraq, Chris Copeland, professional god hunter and company troubleshooter, is about ready to quit his job. But his employers at the Registry have other plans, plans to build a power facility on the shores of Lake Michigan. Adam Shailer, a rising star at the Registry, thinks he can cage the god, drain its energy, and power the city. It’s Chris’s job to make sure nothing goes wrong. And at first, everything seems fine. Great, even. But when ecstatic devotees start leaving human sacrifices on the beach near the god-house, it quickly becomes clear that the god is not as contained as the Registry would have everyone believe. The devil’s in the wires, and there’s no turning back now. (ebook only)
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8), by Darynda Jones, (May 19, St. Martin’s Press)
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge on the grounds of an abandoned convent. A new case has captured her attention. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. Reyes grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine. While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. The mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her. The good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life.
Eternity’s Wheel (InterWorld #3), by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves, (May 19, HarperTeen)
Joey Harker never wanted to be a leader. But he’s the one everyone is looking to now that FrostNight looms, and he’ll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between. Eternity’s Wheel is the heart-pounding conclusion to the InterWorld series, full of time and space travel, magic, science, and the bravery of a young boy who must now face his destiny as a young man.
Illusionarium, by Heather Dixon, (May 19, Greenwillow)
What if the world holds more dangers, and more wonders, than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? A brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations. Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then, as every good adventure begins, the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations, or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path.
Lion Heart (Scarlet #3), by A.C. Gaughen, (May 19, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief. Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate, and her heart, won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Radiant State (Wolfhound Century #3), by Peter Higgins, (May 19, Orbit)
The Vlast stands two hundred feet tall, four thousand tons of steel ready to be flung upwards on the fire of atom bombs. Ready to take the dream of President-Commander of the New Vlast General, Osip Rizhin, beyond the bounds of this world. But not everyone shares this vision. Vissarion Lom and Maroussia Shaumian have not reached the end of their story, and in Mirgorod a woman in a shabby dress carefully unwraps a sniper rifle. And all the while the Pollandore dreams its own dreams.
Revive (Redzone #1), by Tracey Martin, (May 19, Samhain)
Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted. The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing memory of something far more dangerous? As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn’t know she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies. Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human. (ebook only)
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson, (May 19, William Morrow)
What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain. Five thousand years later, their progeny, seven distinct races now three billion strong, embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
Talking Dirty (Pax Arcana) by Elliott James, (May 19, Orbit)
John Charming. Ex knight. Current monster hunter. While trying to deal with a monster he can’t bring himself to kill, John Charming soon runs into another problem: Magic and technology don’t mix, so how is a phone sex operation enchanting men through their cell phones? This is a short story from within the Pax Arcana world. (ebook only)
The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan, (May 19, Crown)
As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance. In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives, offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.
The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1), by P.N. Elrod, (May 19, Tor)
On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed, after the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up. Turning to some choice allies, Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gaslamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.
The Neptune Challenge (The Neptune Project #2), by Polly Holyoke, (May 19, Disney-Hyperion)
Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their treacherous journey to Safety Harbor, an undersea refuge founded by the scientists of the Neptune Project. Plenty of enemies prowl just outside the colony’s boundaries, and when two of the children are kidnapped, Nere, her loyal dolphins, and the other Neptune kids must set out on an expedition even more perilous than their first. Tasked with infiltrating the kidnapper’s high-tech undersea base, Nere soon discovers that rescuing the missing Neptune kids isn’t all there is to her mission: the secret to saving the world’s oceans is hidden somewhere deep inside this vast fortress, and she and her friends will have to risk everything to find it. Will Nere and her companions find a way to save their friends, themselves, and their underwater world?
The Orphan Army (The Nightsiders #1), by Jonathan Maberry, (May 19 Simon & Schuster BYR)
In a world filled with Bugs, monsters that ceaselessly ravage the Earth, Milo Silk has a hard time keeping his dreams separate from reality. So he keeps them locked up in his dream journal and hopes they’ll never come to pass. But too often, they do, like when his father disappeared three years ago. Lately, the Witch of the World has been haunting his dreams, saying he is destined to be the hero who saves everyone. But all Milo can think about is how he fears the Bugs will attack his own camp, and bring something even more terrible than ever before. What Milo doesn’t know is that the Earth is already fighting back with its own natural power in the form of Nightsiders, magical creatures who prefer shadows to sunlight and who reside in trees, caves, and rivers. And the Nightsiders are ready to find an ally in Milo.
The Scarlet Gospels, by Clive Barker, (May 19, St. Martin’s Press)
Takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker’s most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by this epic, visionary tale. Barker’s horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?
The Shadow of Elysium (The Shadow Campaigns #2.5), by Django Wexler, (May 19, Penguin InterMix)
The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelry in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham. Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal, and to kill. But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation. (ebook only)
Thor’s Serpents (The Blackwell Pages #3), by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, (May 19, Little, Brown BYR)
Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse. But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can’t take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another, with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, (May 19, Del Rey)
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows, everyone knows, that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
When the Heavens Fall, by Marc Turner, (May 19, Tor)
A book that gives its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact. The god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince, and a young girl of great power, whose past prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.
Witches Be Burned (Magic & Mayhem #2), by Stacey Kennedy, (May 19, Loveswept)
Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. Just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. She and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer, and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test. Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles but his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. At their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst, all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath. (ebook only)
Among Wolves (Wolves of Llise #1), by Nancy K. Wallace, (May 21, Harper Voyager)
Devin Roche, the sixth and youngest son of the Chancellor Elite of Llise, has trained as an archivist in Vienne’s prestigious Academie. When the Master Bard of Perouse dies without passing on the oral Chronicle of his province, Devin embarks on a quest to collect and preserve all of the provinces’ Chronicles with his best friend, Gaspard, and his bodyguard, Marcus. But as the trio travel through the empire they discover that vicious wolf packs are not the only danger to be faced. Rumors are rife of entire communities disappearing and of Master Bards being picked off by assassins. Devin fears that these terrible circumstances are directly related to his endeavor, but what could his father’s government possibly have to hide? (ebook only; print available November, 2015)
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