We finish off the month of June this week and nudge our way into July. There are nearly twenty-five books on the list this week. If you want more choices, make sure you check back next week for a really big list. In fact, the month of July will be quite busy!
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Artemis Invaded (Artemis Awakened #2), by Jane Lindskold, (June 30, Tor)
Stranded archaeologist Griffin is determined to make his way back to his home world with news of the Artemis discovery. He and his gene-modified native companion, the huntress Adara, and her psyche-linked puma Sand Shadow, set out to find another repository of the ancient technology in the hope that somehow Griffin will be able to contact his orbiting ship. In the midst of this, Adara wrestles with her complex feelings for Griffin, and with the consequences of her and Sand Shadow’s new bond with the planet Artemis. Focused on his own goals, Griffin is unaware that his arrival on Artemis has created unexpected consequences for those he is coming to hold dear. Unwittingly, he has left a trail, and Artemis is about to be invaded.
Ascendance: Dave vs. the Monsters (David Hooper #3), by John Birmingham, (June 30, Del Rey)
“Kids, there are no monsters under the bed. They’re in the front yard.” As a hardworking monster-slayer, Dave Hooper tries not to bring his work home with him. But nowadays it’s hard to keep them separate. Email, cellphones, empath daemons, they never let a guy rest. The Horde has been raising hell and leveling cities from New York to Los Angeles, keeping Dave and his fellow monster-killer, Russian spy Karin Varatschevsky, very busy. But when the legions of hell invade the small seaside town his boys call home, Dave has to make a call. Save the world? Or save his family? Not as easy a choice as you’d think, since Dave’s ex-wife expects to be saved too. And there’s no convincing her that the supersexy Russian spy isn’t his girlfriend. She’s just his sidekick, and an assassin. (U.S. Release)
Brothers in Valor (Man of War #3), by H. Paul Honsinger, (June 30, 47North)
Sometimes Captain Max Robichaux fights by the book, and sometimes he throws the book away. This makes him one of the Union Space Navy’s rising stars. It’s also what has kept him and his green crew alive, thus far. When Max and his ship, the twenty-fourth-century space destroyer USS Cumberland, are boxed in by eight enemy battleships, the odds are against them at a million to one. It takes all their skill and guts just to escape, and surviving won’t get easier. Sent on a covert mission behind enemy lines, Max and his crew are poised to strike a blow so hard that, if successful, it could turn the tide of the war. But if they fail, it will cost them their lives, and the lives of every human in the galaxy.
Heat of the Moment (Sisters of the Craft #2), by Lori Handeland, (June 30, St. Martin’s)
Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth, that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense, until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life, and the man she will always love.
Linesman, by S.K. Dunstall, (June 30, Ace)
The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen can work with them. Only Ean Lambert hears their song. Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten linesman like Ean. The other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, but he’s certified and working. Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that it has the familiar lines of energy, and a defense system that, once triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius. The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this alarming new force, and reconfiguring the relationship between humans and the ships that serve them, forever.
Prize of Night (Parallel Parks #3), by Bailey Cunningham, (June 30, Ace)
In the city of Regina, they’re graduate students. After midnight, in Wascana Park, they are transported to a land where they can be anything: bards and archers, heroes or monsters. In the nighttime world of Anfractus, the company of heroes has thwarted the basilissa’s plans to assassinate the queen of a neighboring city. Shelby learns that Anfractus isn’t what it seems. Wascana Park doesn’t take you to another realm; it just shows what’s beneath the surface of this one. Basilissa Latona is raising a new army, determined to create her own empire. If she succeeds, both worlds will be in danger. Shelby knows she must rally the company of heroes against her. In the dark streets of Anfractus, telling friend from foe becomes harder than ever. Especially when the person who could do the company the most harm may be one their own.
Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older, (June 30, Arthur A. Levine Books)
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep. Something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on. Sierra discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others. Sierra must dodge Wick’s creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.
Soul Scorched (Dark Kings #6), by Donna Grant, (June 30, St. Martin’s)
Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets, and desires, of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same. Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself, and his entire race, in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything, for eternity?
Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous #2), by Lexie Dunne, (June 30, Harper Voyager Impulse)
New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, someone close to her is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis. Outside, things aren’t going all that great either. There’s a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it’s affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it’s up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right? Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive, and you know what they say about supervillains. If you can’t beat them, join them. (ebook only)
The End of All Things #4: To Stand or Fall: The End of All Things, by John Scalzi
John Scalzi, (June 30, Tor)
Back on Earth, the beginning and end of all things. The nations of humanity’s home planet have parted ways with the starfaring Colonial Union, the human interstellar empire originally established to keep the home planet free. The Union needs to regain Earth’s trust. The alien races of the Conclave have their own hard choices to face. (ebook only)
The Fire Children, by Lauren M. Roy, (June 30, Ravenstone)
Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground. Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, while the Fire Children explore their world. It’s death to even look upon them, the stories say. Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. She sees the Witch Women, who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun, capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help. Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens’ plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.
The Hollow Queen (Symphony of Ages #8), by Elizabeth Haydon, (June 30, Tor)
Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages. Within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unraveling the full extent of Talquist’s machinations. Achmed journeys to the palace of Jierna Tal, to kill emperor Talquist, all the while knowing that even if he succeeds, it may not be enough to stop the momentum of the war. As they struggle to untangle the web of Talquist’s treachery, the leaders of the Cymrian alliance are met with obstacles.Rhapsody soon realizes that the end of this war will come at an unimaginable price: the lives of those she holds dearest.
The Map of Chaos (Map of Time Trilogy #3), by Felix J. Palma, (June 30, Atria)
When the person he loves most dies in tragic circumstances, the mysterious protagonist of The Map of Chaos does all he can to speak to her one last time and confess the secret he didn’t dare tell her while she was alive. A session with the most renowned medium of all time seems to offer the only solution, but the experience unleashes terrible forces that bring the world to the brink of disaster. Salvation can only be found in The Map of Chaos, an obscure book that he is desperate to find. In his search, he is given invaluable help by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, and of course by H.G. Wells, whose Invisible Man seems to have escaped from the pages of his famous novel to sow terror among mankind. They alone can discover the means to save the world and to find the path that will reunite the lovers separated by death. (U.S. Release)
The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly #2), by Jo Walton, (June 30, Tor)
The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as “Pythias” in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. A tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it’s evident, particularly to his daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus other volunteers, including the now aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence, Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find, possibly the man who may have caused his grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves “Greek.” What Apollo and his daughter will discover, will change everything.
The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2), by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith, (June 30, Del Rey)
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist Kate Anstruther. They struggle to understand clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart, as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the poetry of William Blake. Some very potent black magic is at work. This human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Simon, Kate, and Malcolm, along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf, track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and monstrous serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. When the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.
Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max, by J.L. Bourne, (June 30, Gallery Books)
In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed, a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity. In the midst of crisis, the population struggles to survive in a world short on vital resources. Inflation cripples the US economy and post-war armored military vehicles patrol the streets. One man stands up to push back the overwhelming wave of tyranny triggered by the onset of nationwide martial law. How can he possibly succeed against a high tech and tyrannical enemy that is hell-bent on ripping liberty from the pages of future history?
Weird Space: The Baba Yaga, by Una McCormack and Eric Brown, (June 30, Abaddon)
The growing threat of the Weird has driven the Expansion to paranoia and oppression. Mandatory testing for infection is introduced, and the colony Braun’s World, following reports of a new portal opening, is purged from orbit, at an unimaginable cost in lives. Delia Walker, a senior analyst in the Expansions’ intelligence bureau, protests the new policies and is drummed out. Desperate for a sign of hope, she charters the decrepit freighter the Baba Yaga and heads into Satan’s Reach, following rumors of a world where humans and the Weird live peacefully side by side. Hunted by the Bureau, Walker, her pilot Yershov, and Failt, a Vetch child stowaway, fleeing slavery, will uncover secrets about both the Weird and the Expansion; secrets that could prevent the seemingly inevitable war.
Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1), by Rachel A. Marks, (July 1, Skyscape)
Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Aidan has managed to protect h is sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer. Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. When he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had, and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness. With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?
Goddess of Fate, by Alexandra Sokoloff, (July 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
Fated To Fall In Love. Luke Mars doesn’t believe in fate. Especially when ‘Fate’ is supposedly a gorgeous goddess named Aurora who claims to be his guardian, assigned from birth to watch over him. Aurora is meant to protect her mortal charges, not fall in love with them. But when Luke is shot dead, her protective instincts are matched by a deeper need. To save his life, Aurora must convince Luke to believe who she is and trust her to help him. But with just one day to do so, time is running out for Aurora to prove that love really can alter fate. (ebook only)
Letters to Zell, by Camille Griep, (July 1, 47North)
Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty), until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates, and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?
Possessed by the Fallen (Horsemen #4), by Sharon Ashwood, (July 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
When his lover learned his darkest secret, she betrayed the elite vampire agent. Now the beautiful fey Jessica Lark is back in Jack Anderson’s life. With the fate of a royal wedding and a high-stakes mission depending on his complete attention, Jack has no room for distraction. Especially the sort this temptress poses. A fey spy who also seems to be guarding dangerous secrets that aren’t her own. The two agents don’t know if they can trust one another. But if they hope to unravel a dark plot and fight an evil queen, they’ll have to try. Their undeniable attraction might just save them, but first they’ll have to travel through a portal to a hidden, treacherous fairy-tale kingdom. (ebook only)
Pyrophobia, by Jack Lance, (July 1, Severn House)
Jason Evans confronts his fears and needs to know: “is he dead or alive?” Life has been nothing but smooth sailing for Jason Evans. He has a loving wife, Kayla, a good job, and plenty of friends. There’s nothing standing in the way of his happiness, until an unknown enemy starts sending him strange photographs, of a graveyard, with ominous and perplexing messages on the back of each: You are dead. You think you’re alive, but you don’t exist. Jason soon finds out that his life is not what he has always believed it to be. He embarks on an incredible search. A search for his own grave. (U.S. Release)
Darkhaven, by A.F.E. Smith, (July 2, Harper Voyager)
Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren, true heir to the throne, hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place. When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line? Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved. (ebook only; print available January 2016)
Tracer, by Rob Boffard, (July 2, Orbit)
Our planet is in ruins. Three hundred miles above its scarred surface orbits Outer Earth: a space station with a million souls on board. They are all that remain of the human race. Darnell is the head of the station’s biotech lab. He’s also a man with dark secrets. And he has ambitions for Outer Earth that no one will see coming. Prakesh is a scientist, and he has no idea what his boss Darnell is capable of. He’ll have to move fast if he doesn’t want to end up dead. And then there’s Riley. She’s a tracer, a courier. For her, speed is everything. But with her latest cargo, she’s taken on more than she bargained for. A chilling conspiracy connects them all. The countdown has begun for Outer Earth, and for mankind.
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