After last week’s ginormous list of new releases, we have a somewhat smaller list this week. Still, nearly thirty more new books this week hardly qualifies as a small list.
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.
Daniel X: Lights Out Out (Daniel X #6), by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, (July 13, Little Brown & Co.)
The alien-hunting hero is finally ready to take on the biggest threat in the galaxy: The Prayer, the same beast that brutally murdered his parents long ago. But even with his incredible ability to create almost anything, Daniel will have to push his powers beyond the brink in order to bring down a monster that has the powers of a god. This epic showdown of good versus evil is a thrilling finale to this series.
About a Girl (Metamorphoses #3), by Sarah McCarry, (July 14, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Eighteen-year-old Tally is sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her world for heartbreak or uncertainty, or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. When a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past, and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger, and more complicated, than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family, and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?
Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1), by Scott Sigler, (July 14, Del Rey)
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief, she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no answers. She knows only one thing about herself, her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin, yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
Armada, by Ernest Cline, (July 14, Crown)
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. Then he sees the flying saucer. The alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada, in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. What he’s seeing is. His skills are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little, familiar?
Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, by Brian Falkner, (July 14, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR)
Did you know that beasts called “saurs” were a part of everyday life in 1815 Europe? Did you know that Napoleon won the battle of Waterloo? Did you know that he did so by using a terrible secret weapon against the British and Prussians? Did you know that only one boy, the son of a magician, knows how to foil the would-be Emperor’s plans at world-domination? It’s all true. At least according to this head-spinning historical fantasy just in time for the bicentennial of the battle that re-shaped Europe. (U.S. Release)
Bombs Away: The Hot War (The Hot War #1), by Harry Turtledove, (July 14, Del Rey)
President Harry Truman heeds the advice of General Douglas MacArthur, whose control of the ground war in Korea has slipped away. MacArthur recognizes a stark reality. The U.S. military has been cut to the bone after victory over the Nazis. The only way to stop the Communist surge into the Korean Peninsula is through a nuclear attack. Almost instantly, Stalin strikes U.S. allies in Europe and Great Britain. The two superpowers are caught in a horrifying face-off. The fateful global drama plays out through the experiences of ordinary people, from a British barmaid to a Ukrainian war veteran to a desperate American soldier alone behind enemy lines in Korea. For them, as well as Truman, Mao, and Stalin, the world has become a battleground. On a planet under siege, the sounds and sites of nuclear bombs become a grim harbinger of a new reality: the struggle to survive man’s greatest madness.
ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family, by Carlton Mellick III, (July 14, Hydra)
In a topsy-turvy world where clowns are killers and crooks, Little Bigtop is a three-ring circus of crime, and no syndicate is more dangerous than the Bozo family. The short-story collection ClownFellas, is an epic mob saga where life is cheap and the gags will slay you. For years, the hard-boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade. But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Mystère, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city. If that weren’t enough, they’ve got to deal with the cops, the Feds, the snitches, the carnies, the mysterious hit man Mr. Pogo, and the mutant clowns over in the Sideshow district. With the odds stacked against them, the Bozos must fight to survive, or die laughing. (ebook only)
Cold Iron (The Malorum Gates #1), by Stina Leicht, (July 14, Saga Press)
Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a fallen sword and defends himself. Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen had previously dismissed as barbarians. But Nels knows differently, and with the aid of Suvi, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.
Dark Embrace (Dark Paradise #4), by Angie Sandro, (July 14, Forever Yours)
Rescued from the brink of death by her cousin Mala, Dena Acker returns to the land of the living with a terrifying gift. Still connected to the darkness that almost claimed her, she can tell when someone’s about to die, but there’s nothing she can do to save them. Desperate to rid herself of this cursed ability, Dena has only one chance at peace, and it comes from an otherworldly stranger. For centuries, Ashmael has seen more souls than he can count but he’s never been drawn to anyone the way he is to fragile, beautiful Dena. She fills the dark void of his days with light, and he would do anything to ease her suffering. Even if it means sacrificing his only chance at a flesh-and-blood existence to truly be with her.
Dark Orbit, by Carolyn Ives Gilman, (July 14, Tor)
Reports of a new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate. Thora was once a member of the elite, but since her prophetic delusions helped mobilize a revolt on Orem, she’s been banished to the farthest reaches of space. The team finds a crystalline planet, laden with dark matter. The planet is home to a blind, sentient species whose members navigate their world with a bizarre vocabulary and extrasensory perceptions. Thora must battle her demons and learn to comprehend the native inhabitants in order to warn her crewmates of an impending danger. Her most difficult task may lie in persuading the crew that some powers lie beyond the boundaries of science.
Deceptive (Illusive #2), by Emily Lloyd-Jones, (July 14, Little, Brown BYR)
You don’t belong with us. These are the words that echo through the minds of all immune Americans, those suffering the so-called adverse effects of an experimental vaccine, including perfect recall, body manipulation, telepathy, precognition, levitation, mind-control, and the ability to change one’s appearance at will. When immune individuals begin to disappear, in great numbers, but seemingly at random, fear and tension mount, and unrest begins to brew across the country. Through separate channels, super-powered teenagers Ciere, Daniel, and Devon find themselves on the case; super criminals and government agents working side-by-side. It’s an effort that will ultimately define them all, for better or for worse.
Empress Game (The Empress Game Trilogy #1), by Rhonda Mason, (July 14, Titan)
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat is won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called. The females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reinumon, a supreme fighter, is called by a stranger to battle it out in the arena. The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances to determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.
Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor, (July 14, Saga Press)
It’s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity’s first contact with an alien ambassador, and prevent mass extinction, in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action. After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world’s fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. The military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. The earth’s political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed. (U.S. Release)
Last First Snow (Craft Sequence #4), by Max Gladstone, July 14, Tor)
Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation, especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods’ decaying edicts. As long as the gods’ wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm to fix the wards, but the Skittersill’s people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne’s work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city. As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace, or to save as many people as they can.
Nightborn (Thrones & Bones #2), by Lou Anders, (July 14, Crown BYR)
Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. “Not” a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves. Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand, the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be. Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly? The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers.
Outrage (The Singular Menace #2), by John Sandford and Michele Cook, (July 14, Knopf BYR)
Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay’s brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experimenting on her, trying to implant a U.S. senator’s memories into her brain, with partial success. Fenfang is now a girl who literally knows too much. Can the knowledge brought by ex-captives Odin and Fenfang help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation? Singular has already killed one of Shay’s band to protect their secrets. How many more will die before the truth is exposed?
Rebel Mechanics: All is Fair in Love and Revolution, by Shanna Swendson, (July 14, Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family, but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister, but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause, but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.
Retribution (Earthfall #2), by Mark Walden, (July 14, Simon & Schuster BYR)
After the harrowing events of Earthfall, twelve-year-old Sam and his fellow resistance members meet an enigmatic man named Mason who is slowly building an army to fight back against the invaders, the Voidborn. Sam and the others join Mason and his soldiers on a mission to disable Voidborn technology in Tokyo. But Sam soon discovers that Mason has an agenda beyond what he has already admitted: He isn’t content just to destroy the Voidborn’s machines; he plans to destroy the Voidborn once and for all with a plan that will cost the lives of millions of innocent people. But something is coming, something even worse than the Voidborn. Something very old and very evil. Something that might mean the end of them all.
Stone Rider, by David Hofmeyr, (July 14, Delacorte Press)
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive. The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury. And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.
The Blind Wish (The Jinni Wars #2), by Amber Lough, (July 14, Random House BYR)
The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever, and becoming far more treacherous. The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. Her new role comes at a price, she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. As Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. She’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her. The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.
The Executioner’s Daughter, by Jane Hardstaff, (July 14, EgmontUSA)
The crowds at the Tower of London love a good execution. As the basket girl, it’s Moss’s job to catch the heads that her father chops off. It’s a life she longs to leave behind, but she, too, is a prisoner and there’s no escaping the Tower walls. Or is there? A hidden tunnel takes her to the shores of the great River Thames, where she meets Salter, a river rat who teaches her how to survive with her wits, and the occasional theft. But there’s a reason Moss’s father insisted she never go near the river, a deal struck long ago, and now payment is due. (U.S. Release)
The Golden Specific (The Mapmakers Trilogy #2), by S.E. Grove, (July 14, Viking BYR)
It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents’ disappearance, combing archives and libraries. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country, but one after another proves to be a dead end. Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined. There is a city that holds all of the answers, but it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plague’s cure: The Golden Specific.
The Harvest (The Heartland Trilogy #3), by Chuck Wendig, (July 14, Skyscape)
It’s been a year since the Saranyu flotilla fell from the sky, and life in the Heartland has changed. Gone are the Obligations and the Harvest Home festivals. In their place is a spate of dead towns, the former inhabitants forced into mechanical bodies to serve the Empyrean, and crush the Heartland. When Cael awakens from a Blightborn sleep, miles away from the world he remembers, he sets out across the Heartland to gather his friends for one last mission. As the mechanicals, a war flotilla, and a pack of feral Empyrean girls begin to close in on the Heartland, there isn’t much time to make their next move. But if they can uncover a secret weapon in time, Cael and his friends might just find themselves with the power to save the world, or destroy it, resting in their hands.
The Key (The Englesfors #3), by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, (July 14, The Overlook Press)
The Chosen Ones are still coming to terms with their loss when evil strikes again, barely a month after the showdown in the school gym. They have no chance to recover, and no choice but to rally together to try to prevent the apocalypse, even while their personal dramas threaten to tear them apart. Time is running out for the Chosen Ones to fulfil the prophecy and save the world, but whether they succeed or not, one thing is certain: Everything will change. (U.S. Release)
The Oldest Trick (Saga of the Redeemed #1), by Auston Habershaw, (July 14, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Brings together the first two books in the Saga of the Redeemed. The Iron Ring: Tyvian Reldamar has just been betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. His mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing. On his quest to get even, Tyvian uncovers the plans of the ruthless warlord Banric Sahand running from a Mage-Defender determined to lock him up. Tyvian will need to use every dirty trick in the book to avoid a painful and ignominious end. Iron and Blood: Things are never simple for mastermind Tyvian, especially not after he uncovers a sinister plot: evil wizard Banric Sahand is planning to decimate the city of Freegate. Tyvian must learn to work with his crew of accomplices including a Mage Defender, who is also trying to get him arrested. Time is running out for Tyvian’s plan for revenge, while the fate of the city hangs in the balance.
The Suspicion at Sanditon (or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham) (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #7), by Carrie Bebris, (July 14, Tor)
In Sanditon, along with their friend Miss Charlotte Heywood, the Darcy’s encounter an array of eccentric inhabitants that includes: Mr. Thomas Parker, an enthusiast determined to develop the coastal village into a resort; Sir Edward Denham, an impoverished baronet; and Lady Denham, a childless, twice-widowed dowager with a fortune to bequeath. When Lady Denham goes missing, most assume one of her heirs has grown impatient. When other ladies disappear one by one, it seems that some resident menace threatens not merely an individual widow, but the entire village. Does a serial kidnapper lurk in Sanditon, or is an even more sinister force at work? Mr. and Mrs. Darcy find themselves drawn into a frantic effort to discover what has happened to the missing women, before Miss Heywood, or Elizabeth herself, becomes the next target.
The Two of Swords: Part Six (The Two of Swords #6), by K.J. Parker, (July 14, Orbit)
A soldier with a gift for archery. A woman who kills without care. Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no one knows how it will end. (ebook only)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley, (July 14, Bloomsbury USA)
London, 1884. When Thaniel Steepleton comes home to find a new watch on his pillow, he has bigger things to worry about than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, where he has just received a Fenian bomb threat. But six months later, the watch saves his life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, and at last, he goes in search of its maker. He meets Keita Mori, a Japanese immigrant who remembers the future. As Mori begins to tweak daily life in Thaniel’s favour, everything seems to be going well, until physicist Grace Carrow, attracted to Thaniel’s refreshingly direct, unstuffy nature, unwittingly interferes. Soon, events spiral beyond Thaniel’s control, and nothing is certain any more.
Trollhunters (Trollhunters #1), by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, (July 14, Disney-Hyperion)
Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino, one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named “Tubby” who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn’t know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.
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!