This will be the only week in July with less than twenty new releases. July has already been a busy month for new books. Enjoy a lighter week because I assure you, July will end with yet another big list next week.
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.
Girl From Above: Escape (The 1000 Revolution #2), by Pippa DaCosta, (July 18, Amazon Digital)
Caleb Shepperd knows Fran has her own motives for helping him escape prison. He’s not about to let a little thing like past betrayal stand in the way of his next paycheck. Until he’s forced to meet with the pirate, Adelina Cande. They’ve met before. When he seduced her, cleared out her credit account, and left her for dead in the black. Caleb figures Adelina holds a grudge when she plants a bomb on his ship and demands he steal a fleet freighter for her. He has to balance his own greed, with the needs of a vengeful pirate and the scheming of his second-in-command, Fran. In the heart of Chitec headquarters, the synth known as #1001 enlists a young technician to aid in her escape. But it’s not freedom she wants. It’s revenge. She believes she killed Caleb, now she’s targeting Chitec CEO Chen Hung, and not even the hopeful technician can dissuade her. Synthetics don’t make mistakes. She thought she knew the truth. She was wrong. (ebook only)
Ether & Elephants (Gaslight Chronicles #8), by Cindy Spencer Pape, (July 20, Carina Press)
Sir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives, but sometimes love doesn’t conquer all. Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom’s hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide. Tom claims he hasn’t seen his wife since the day of their marriage, yet he fears the missing student could be his son. The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers, including a second chance at love, but only if all of British Society isn’t destroyed first. (ebook only)
A Cure for Suicide, by Jesse Ball, (July 21, Pantheon)
A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an “examiner,” the man, her “claimant.” The examiner is both doctor and guide, charged with teaching the claimant a series of simple functions: this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. She makes notes in her journal about his progress: he is showing improvement, yet his dreams are troubling. One day, the examiner brings him to a party, and here he meets Hilda, a charismatic but volatile woman whose surprising assertions throw everything the claimant has learned into question. What is this village? Why is he here? And who is Hilda? A fascinating novel of love, illness, despair, and betrayal.
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse (The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy #2), by Wayne Gladstone, (July 21, Thomas Dunne Books)
Gladstone, the so-called “Internet Messiah,” has not only failed to bring back the Web, but his search has landed him in a New York City psychiatric ward. The economy continues to suffer, further stoking the discontent of frenzied former Internet users still looking for a fix. The government has ramped up its draconian NET Recovery Act, interrogating and detaining anyone deemed a “person of interest.” For Gladstone, finding the Net has taken a backseat to winning over his ex-wife. Even though he follows her to Los Angeles, he still can’t shake the demands of his followers when his former account of the Internet Apocalypse goes “paper viral.” This newfound celebrity makes him a target for desperate online addicts, anarchic members of Anonymous, and shadowy government agents who have their own plans for him.
Bound in Black (The Vessel Trilogy #3), by Juliette Cross, (July 21, Samhain)
Genevieve Drake is on a dangerous mission to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter the deepest, darkest level of the underworld. No one has ever returned alive from the belly of a soul collector, but she will let nothing stop her from going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her. As she is tested against demon spawn and foul creatures of the underworld, each triumph strengthens her Vessel power, and drags her closer to a breaking point that could forever doom her to the abyss. The Dominus Daemonum strategize for the day Gen will battle Prince Bamal’s Vessel to the death, when the Great War between heaven and hell will begin. Bamal has a secret weapon. When he reveals it, Gen may not have the strength to resist the temptation to fall into darkness, forsaking the fate of the world for her broken heart. (ebook only)
Resonance (Dissonance #2), by Erica O’Rourke, (July 21, Simon & Schuster BYR)
As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life, and the fate of millions. Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him. She’s back at the Consort, training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon. In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice.
Return to the Dark House (Dark House #2), by Laurie Faria Stolarz, (July 21, Disney-Hyperion)
Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there, somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him. When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?
Stormbringer (The Wyrd #2), by Alis Franklin, (July 21, Hydra)
Ragnarok, aka the end of the world, was supposed to doom the gods as well. Instead, it was a cosmic rebooting. IT tech and comic-book geek Sigmund Sussman finds himself an avatar of a Norse goddess. His boyfriend, the wealthy entrepreneur Lain Laufeyjarson, is channeling none other than Loki, the trickster god. His best friends, Em and Wayne, harbor the spirits of slain Valkyries. The children of Thor are hellbent on reclaiming their scattered birthright. The dwarves are scheming, the giants are pissed, and the goddess of the dead is demanding sanctuary for herself and her entire realm. Caught in the coils of the Wyrd, the ancient force that governs gods and mortals alike, Sigmund and his crew are facing a second Ragnarok. All that stands in the way are four nerds bound by divine powers, and an encyclopedic knowledge of gaming lore. (U.S. Release) (ebook only)
The Dead Man’s Reach (Thieftaker Chronicles #4), by D.B. Jackson, (July 21, Tor)
Boston, 1770. The city is a powder keg as tensions between rebels and loyalist Tories approach a breaking point. One man is willing to light the match to ensure that he has his revenge. The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Tories from Patriot mobs. When one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. More troubling is the fact that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble. Ethan discovers that some enemies don’t stay buried, and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan’s life. Even if that means risking the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most.
The Deliverer (The Sword of Lyric #4), by Sharon Hinck, (July 21, Enclave Publishing)
Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened. In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away, to the place they least expect. Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?
The Devil’s Bag Man (Jess Galvan #2), by Adam Mansbach, (July 21, Harper Voyager)
Locked in a Mexican jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Jess Galvan made a devil’s bargain to escape and make it back home. He’s trapped in his own personal hell, his mind and body inhabited by the soul of Cucuy, a five-hundred-year-old Aztec priest and major crime kingpin determined to bring about hell on earth. Galvan’s every moment is a battle to keep the evil priest at bay. Cucuy’s presence has endowed Galvan with superhuman strength and endurance. In the bowels of Ojos Negros prison, Cucuy’s second-in-command, Domingo Valentine, is trying to run the empire Cucuy left behind. The drug cartels they once controlled are at war. Valentine springs the imprisoned leader of a deadly biker gang and now they’re on the hunt for Galvan, who must find a way to exorcise his inner demon and save the world from annihilation.
The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus #1), by Terry Goodkind, (July 21, Tor)
Married to the powerful leader of her people, Magda Searus is protected from a distant world descending into war. When her husband unexpectedly commits suicide, she suddenly finds herself alone. She is ungifted herself. Without her husband she no longer has standing among her people. She is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would do such a thing. She begins to discover that there may be more to her husband’s suicide than anyone knew. She must embark on a mission to find a mysterious spiritist so that she may speak with the dead. She discovers along the way that the war is going far worse than she had known, and that the consequences of defeat will be more terrifying than she could have imagined. As mortal peril begin to close in around her, Magda learns that she is somehow the key to her people’s salvation.
The Flicker Men, by Ted Kosmatka, (July 21, Henry Holt & Co.)
Out of a job and struggling with depression and alcohol abuse after a breakdown, the brilliant quantum physicist Eric Angus is given a second chance after he’s hired by an old friend a research lab. Eric stumbles upon old equipment used for Feynman’s double-slit experiment and decides to re-create the test in order to see the results for himself. Eric probes deeper into Feynman’s theory, with the help of fellow scientists Satish and Mi Chang. After extensive tests. Eric and his team establish a link between conscious observation and an evolutionary trait that is distinctly human: the soul. Mass chaos ensues after they publish the results of their experiment. Questions arise when certain people appear to be “soulless,” and after Satish mysteriously disappears, Eric risks everything to answer them.
The New Order (The Young World Trilogy #2), by Chris Weitz, (July 21, Little, Brown BYR)
They thought they were the only ones left. They were wrong. After the unexpected revelation at the end of the first book, Donna and Jefferson are separated. Jefferson returns to NYC and tries to bring a cure to the Sickness back to the Washington Square tribe, while Donna finds herself in England, facing an unimaginable new world. Can the two reunite and prevent an even greater disaster than the Sickness?
The Obsidian Temple (Desert Rising #2), by Kelley Grant, (July 21, Harper Voyager Impulse)
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple, the site of an ancient divine battle, Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. They join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the fabric of the universe. The fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome. Returning to Illian, Sulis’s twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah’s side. When he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste’s uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her, or let the world spin out of control. (ebook only)
The Wars of Atlantis (Dark), by Phil Masters, (July 21, Osprey Publishing)
On the very edge of recorded history, the fabled island of Atlantis formed the center of a vast and powerful empire. From there, the divinely-descended lords of the western ocean made war on the rest of the world, until a brave resistance drove them back, and the gods punished them for their hubris. In that last cataclysmic struggle, between gods and mortals, the whole island continent was cast into the sea. This book reconstructs the fact and fiction of that lost age of gods and heroes, including the political organization of the Atlantean Empire, the equipment and tactics of the armies of Atlantis and their enemies, and the stories of the great wars themselves, from the early struggles between Atlantean colonies and the Amazons of North Africa to the final and catastrophic counter-invasion of Atlantis by the peoples of Europe and Asia.
Torn (The Feuds #2), by Avery Hastings, (July 21, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Determined to escape from TOR-N, a corrupt Narxis research center, Davis meets another recovered patient, Mercer, whose smile and sense of humor give her hope in humanity again. As they make a journey seeking clues that could lead to a cure, Davis and Mercer’s friendship begins to evolve into something more. She’s still struggling to let go of her feelings for Cole, whom she believes is dead. Cole has plans to change his identity in order to compete in the Olympiads, where Imps have now been invited to compete against Priors. He begins training with Mari, the daughter of a retired fighter, but through trials and tests that are both exhausting and exhilarating, he finds himself in over his head. Will both Davis and Cole have the strength to resist temptation? Will they have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking? Will their love survive across the divide?
Lament for the Afterlife, by Lisa L. Hannett, (July 22, ChiZine)
Spanning decades, this story follows one man as he negotiates the hostile territory of life after combat. Peytr Borysson comes from a long line of soldiers, but isn’t born for fighting. His ‘wind is better shaped for poetry than bullets. Even so, at sixteen he follows the local boys into battle – and never quite leaves. Interweaving Peytr’s struggles with those of his family, this book takes readers to the frontlines and far beyond, telling a story of ordinary people persisting in extraordinary circumstances. A novel of human survival, guilt, and the devastating power of memory, it examines the physical and psychological distances we travel when beliefs are threatened, or held too tightly.
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!