One more fairly light week before the new releases really begin picking up the pace. Not quite twenty books on the list this week which should make it easier for you to make your choice.
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.
A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1), by Morgan Rhodes, (June 23, Razorbill)
Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language. Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home. Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself. Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.
A Girl Undone (A Girl Called Fearless #2), by Catherine Linka, (June 23, St. Martin’s Griffin)
On the run with deadly government secrets, Avie must decide if she can live up to her name and truly become fearless for the cause or if it’s better to just give in. Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party. Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie’s worst fears are about to come true.
Bengal’s Quest (Breeds #30), by Lora Leigh, (June 23, Berkley)
He was a shadow, ever shifting and insinuating, able to blend in everywhere and anywhere. The elusive ideal conceived and created by the Genetics Council, he went by just as many names as he had identities, the last one being Gideon. Now calling himself Graeme, he hides in plain sight, terrifyingly close to his goal. A rogue Bengal Breed, he has loyalties to no one but himself. And he has a need for vengeance that surges hot and swift through his veins. Graeme plans to exact an extreme and ruthless vendetta against those who wronged him, Breed and human alike. All will suffer his wrath: those who created him, those who pretended to love him, and those who betrayed him. That includes the one at the center of it all: a seductive, enigmatic woman helpless against the man whose desire is just as desperate as his need to destroy. And he’s on her scent.
In Midnight’s Silence (Los Nefilim #1), by T. Frohock, (June 23, Harper Voyager Impulse)
The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind. Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can’t get to him directly, they do the one thing he’s always feared. They go after Miquel. In order to save his lover’s life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world’s next war. The mission is fraught with danger and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed. (ebook only)
Tangled Webs (Tangled Webs #1), by Lee Bross, (June 23, Disney-Hyperion)
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. She sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London, secrets. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General. Arista partners with Wild in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London. Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae loves Arista for who she is, not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. Can you ever truly escape the past?
The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler, (June 23, St. Martin’s Press)
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. An old book arrives on Simon’s doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned, always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon’s family? Can he stop it in time to save Enola?
The End of All Things #3: Can Long Endure: The End of All Things, by John Scalzi, (June 23, Tor)
They signed up to defend humans from hostile aliens, but this group of Colonial Union soldiers finds themselves, instead, repeatedly sent to squelch rebellious human colonies that want to leave the CU. It’s not a sustainable situation. Something has to give. (ebook only)
The Forever Man (W.A.R.P. #3), by Eoin Colfer, (June 23, Disney-Hyperion)
Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, has achieved his dream of becoming a renowned magician, the Great Savano. He owes much of his success to Chevie, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent who traveled from the future in a time pod and helped him defeat his murderous master, Albert Garrick. Riley has always believed in his heart of hearts that Garrick will someday, somehow, return to seek vengeance. Chevie has assured Riley on numerous occasions that Garrick was sucked into a temporal wormhole, never to emerge. Just as a human body will reject an unsuitable transplant, the wormhole eventually spat him out. By the time Garrick makes it back to Victorian London, he has been planning his revenge on Riley for half a century. When the assassin decides to include Chevie in his retaliation, the three are tossed once more into the wormhole with no idea where, or when, they will end up. (ebook only; print available September 2015)
The Leveller (The Leveller #1), by Julia Durango, (June 23, Harper Teen)
Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. She’s a bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world, and she’s frequently hired by irritated parents to pull kids out of the mazelike MEEP universe. When the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. He’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding, he’s being held inside the game against his will. Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. When the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?
The Long Utopia (The Long Earth #4), by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, (June 23, Harper)
2045-2059. Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth, its battered and weary origin planet, as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang, now an elderly and complex AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human attempts to live a “normal” life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, now in his fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history. The super-intelligent post-humans known as “the Next” continue to adapt to life among “lesser” humans. An alarming new challenge looms. An alien planet has somehow become “entangled” with one of the Long Earth worlds and, as Lobsang and Joshua learn, its denizens intend to capture, conquer, and colonize the new universe, the Long Earth, they have inadvertently discovered.
The Stellow Project, by Shari Becker, (June 23, Skyscape)
When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism. As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain they’re being watched. In her search for answers, Lilah is thrown into the center of a mystery involving an off-the-grid research facility and finds herself drawn in by Daniel, an intriguing boy who is the son of the lead scientist. As she dares to seek answers, Lilah slowly realizes that even the best intentions can go horribly wrong.
Tin Men, by Christopher Golden, (June 23, Ballantine)
In the near future, the U.S. has deployed the Remote Infantry Corps: thousands of robots remote-piloted by soldiers whose bodies lie hidden in underground bases. But the worst occurs when anarchists set off a global pulse that shorts out electrical connections. In Damascus, Private Danny Kelso, Corporal Kate Wade, and their platoon realize they are trapped inside the Tin Men, something the government never warned them could happen. In Athens, the G20 Summit comes under fire, and a band of security soldiers and advisors risk everything in an effort to shepherd the President to safety. With anarchist Bot Killers on their trail, the Tin Men must survive a gauntlet of violence on the road from Damascus to the heart of Europe, half of them determined to stay true to their mission and save their president, half of them hellbent to save themselves.
Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1), by Lilith Saintcrow, (June 23, Orbit)
Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae, by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose. Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding.
Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel #3), by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton, (June 23, Bantam)
Murdered and mummified more than ninety years ago, bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle once found and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. The bounty contains the Stone of Avarice, the very item reluctant treasure seeker, Lizzy Tucker, and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. This hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas. Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. There are people who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it, and are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil for it. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
The Blood Curse (The Cursed Kingdoms #3), by Emily Gee, (June 24, Solaris)
A blood curse is ravaging the Seven Kingdoms. Fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is the one person who can destroy it. Guarded by Sentinel mages, pursued by Fithian assassins, he begins the final, and most dangerous, stage of his quest: entering the cursed kingdom of Sault, where drinking even one drop of water means madness and death. But the mages aren’t the only travelers heading east. Princess Brigitta, abducted by Fithian assassins, is also bound for Sault, unless she can escape. And in close pursuit is her loyal armsman, Karel. Young orphan, Jaumé, is also headed for Sault, where he will be forced to make decisions that will change the fate of the Seven Kingdoms forever.
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition, edited by Paula Guran, (June 24, Prime Books)
The darkness creeps upon us and we shudder, or it suddenly startles and we scream. There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark, but if there are, they are just as often human and as supernatural. Join us in this outstanding annual exploration of the year’s best dark fiction that includes stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures. Featuring tales from masterful authors and talented new writers sure to make you reconsider walking in the shadows alone. Authors include: Kelley Armstrong, Dale Bailey, Laird Barron, Elizabeth Bear, Richard Bowes, Nadia Bulkin, Gemma Files, S.L. Gilbow, Maria Dahvana Headley, Stephen Graham Jones, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Brandon Sanderson, Jeff VanderMeer and many more.
The Lord and the Mermaid, by Bernadette Rowley, (June 25, Momentum)
Mermaid Merielle has fled the sea, disgusted at the actions of her people and desperate to build a life for herself on land. But to truly live as a woman, she must find a human man to fall in love with her. Years ago, Lord Nikolas Cosara lost his brother at sea, and is driven to discover whether his sibling has died at the dangerously seductive hands of a mermaid. But when Nik finds Merielle washed up on the beach, he reluctantly saves her. Despite his antipathy for her kind, Nik is increasingly drawn to Meri, who is slowly working her way into his damaged heart. Can Nik surrender to his love for Meri before her hopes of a human life are lost forever? Or will a devastating secret bring all her efforts to naught? (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!