The last full week of August is upon us. The number of new releases jumps to over thirty new books being published this week. A very interesting mix from which to pick and choose.
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A Fairy-tale Ending (The Charming Tales #1), by Jack Heckel, (August 25, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Collected for the first time, A Fairy-tale Ending comprises two volumes of Charming Tales: Once Upon a Rhyme and Happily Never After. Prince Charming had one destiny: to slay the dragon and save the princess. Both have been achieved, except there’s a problem: Charming had nothing to do with either. A farmer named Will Pickett succeeded where royalty had failed, and this simply will not stand. Thus begins an epic adventure that has Prince Charming and Will Pickett vying with each other for the throne by challenging trolls, outwitting scoundrels, and facing all manner of fairy-tale creatures. A dark sorcery envelops Castle White, and Will’s sister Liz and her friend Lady Rapunzel uncover a threat to the kingdom. The fate of Royaume hangs in the balance as Charming tries to salvage his reputation, and the clock is ticking. (ebook only)
A Ghostly Demise (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #3), by Tonya Kappes, (August 25, Witness Impulse)
When she runs into her friend’s deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can’t wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he’s back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn’t disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he’s heard that Emma Lee’s been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky. Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny’s mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit, unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy’s not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival, and a killer who isn’t clowning around.
Black Tuesday (Area 51: Time Patrol #1), by Bob Mayer, (August 25, 47North)
When a mysterious force known only as the Shadow infiltrates history, it has a suspicious target: the date October 29 in six different years spanning 999 to 1980. The Time Patrol must send its highly skilled members into the past with only twenty-four hours to stop the destruction each time. Each targeted date features a significant event, including Sir Walter Raleigh’s beheading in 1618, the American stock market crash of 1929, and the first Internet message sent in 1969. The missions are never as clear-cut as they seem, leading the team straight into the dangerous paths of adversaries, such as yetis, krakens, and Vikings. The Time Patrol learns that no amount of training and experience can prepare them for the enemies they battle and the alternate realities they face. Six changes to history could lead to the ultimate catastrophe: the end of existence.
Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3), by Ann Aguirre, (August 25, Ace)
The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of Dred’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by Silence’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost, who is their only chance at escape, the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station. If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom, a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her grasp.
Darkest Misery (Miss Misery #4), by Tracey Martin, (August 25, Samhain)
Jessica Moore is about to lose her you-know-what. She did the impossible by convincing the Gryphons, the magi, the satyrs and the goblins to work together to stop an apocalyptic prophecy from coming true. She can’t make them trust each other, which means their plans are already falling apart. With Gryphons and satyrs making plays for her loyalty, Jess is ready to kill everyone herself. The tentative alliance disintegrates even faster when a key member is murdered and Jess’s allies turn on her. Grieving will have to wait. She’s forced to work with her least trusted coworker to flush out the culprit, even as she pushes Lucen away to keep him safe. Dangers that will test her powers await in the Alps, and this time Lucen isn’t there to guard her back. Even if she finds what she’s looking for, it’ll come with a fury-ous heap of trouble. (ebook only)
Dead Upon a Time, by Elizabeth Paulson, (August 25, Scholastic Press)
One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles, and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods, and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened. Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention, even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.
Diary of a Haunting, by M. Verano, (August 25, Simon Pulse)
When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. The drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about. It’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house. Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor. Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight. Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.
Dream Paris, by Tony Ballantyne, (August 25, Solaris)
The geography-warping invasion that took over London has been defeated, but thousands of Londonders are missing. Anna is doing her best: there are lots of other seventeen year olds who are living alone in the partially rebuilt ruins of London. She hopes that by keeping things clean and tidy and by studying hard she can keep the dreams away. But then a tall, dark stranger with eyes like a fly enters her life. He claims to know where the missing people of London have ended up. He might even know the location of Anna’s missing parents. Anna can help, but to do that she will have to let go of what little normality she has managed to gather around herself and begin the journey to Dream Paris.
End Time, by Keith Korman, (August 25, Tor)
A government bio-lab experiment goes hideously wrong, infecting people with scientifically-programmed madness. Random kidnappings of women and girls proliferate throughout the land. Some people suddenly succumb to horrifically virulent viruses while others become able to read minds. Mysteriously summoned to confront these frightening questions, three people are thrown together on a bizarre cross-country quest: Cheryl Gibson, an LA cop; Billy Howahkan, a Lakota Sioux with seeming supernatural gifts, and Bhakti Singh, a distinguished space scientist. They must track down a pair of children with extraordinary powers. These two young people will determine humanity’s fate, obliteration or salvation. As the three set out across America, the blood-dimmed tide is terminally unleashed. Anarchy, terror, and death stalk the land.
Eros Element (Aether Psychics #1), by Cecilia Dominic, (August 25, Samhain)
After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety. Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world-famous archeologist father. The two of them are to pose as Grand Tourists while they search for an element that will help harness the power of aether. Iris jumps at the opportunity to prove her worth as a scholar, and avoid an unwanted marriage proposal, while hiding the truth of her father’s whereabouts. If her secret gets out, the house of McTavish will fall into ruin. Edward and Iris discover a growing attraction as their journey takes them to Paris and Rome, where betrayal, blackmail and outright theft threaten to destroy what could be a revolutionary discovery, and break their hearts. (ebook only)
Even Vampires Get the Blues (Deadly Angels #6), by Sandra Hill, (August 25, Avon)
The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn’t make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she’s the mate Harek’s been seeking for centuries. The SEALs call her “Camo” for her ability to blend into a crowd, yet Harek’s intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda, besides Harek’s bold declaration that she’s his “destiny.” Just Camille’s luck that the sexiest man she’s ever met may also be, a vampire.
Extinction Biome: Invasion, by Malcolm Cross, (August 25, Abaddon)
Four years in the military, training for a war that never happened, left Alexander Miller disillusioned and apathetic. As second in command of COBALT, a corporate bodyguard unit for the biotech giant Schaeffer-Yeager, he’s little more than a glorified chauffeur to the wealthy elite. A threat from the ancient past has reawakened, and like a Biblical plague it threatens to consume every ecosystem on Earth. Hordes of parasite-infected humans riot against the increasingly powerless authorities as vast fungal blooms destroy crops and terrifying beasts stalk city streets. The last time this happened, T-Rex found itself on the menu. But mankind’s got more than teeth, it’s got guns. Miller and the men and women of COBALT are pressed into service to fight the onslaught, but they have no idea how cut-throat their corporate masters can be.
Forces from Beyond (Ghost Finders #6), by Simon R. Green, (August 25, Ace)
Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute: JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses. A threat to Humanity rests on the bottom of the North Sea: the interdimensional entity known as the Flesh Undying. It is a monstrous being of unimaginable power, way out of the Ghost Finders’ league, so the team has no choice but to accept an alliance with their evil counterpart, Project Crowley. Only the creature has already turned its eye upon the Ghost Finders, and dispatched an assassin with a deadly vendetta against them.
Guerilla (The Makaum War #2), by Mel Odom, (August 25, Harper Voyager)
In the jungles of Makaum, the Terran military is locked in a critical standoff over the planet’s resources with the hostile Phrenorians, even as both species maintain uneasy relations with the locals. Tensions could ignite at a moment’s notice. Master Sergeant Frank Sage has just stumbled upon the spark plug. Alongside trusted Makaum scouts, Sage is running recon on what is possibly an unsanctioned Phrenorian military base deep in the savage wilderness, Sage recognizes the renowned Phrenorian warrior arriving on-site: Zhoh GhiCemid. As Sage knows firsthand, Zhoh’s presence could mean trouble. A mysterious faction of Makaum insurgents breaks the fragile peace with a reckless attack on the Terran base. Before the situation devolves into chaos, Sage must learn to think like his adversaries, devious friends and deadly foes alike.
Keepers of the Labyrinth, by Erin E. Moulton, (August 25, Philomel)
Lilith Bennette runs at midnight. She scales walls in the dark and climbs without a harness. She hopes that if she follows exactly in the steps of her strong air force pilot mother, she’ll somehow figure out the mystery of her mother’s death, and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since. So when Lil is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, the same conference her mom attended years ago, she jumps at the chance to find some answers. But things in Melios Manor are not what they seem. Lil finds herself ensnared in an adventure of mythological proportions that leads her and her friends through the very labyrinth in which the real Minotaur was imprisoned. And they’re not in there alone. What secrets does the labyrinth hold, and will they help Lil find the truth about her mother?
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2), by Libba Bray, (August 25, Little, Brown BYR)
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities. Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?
Lies Ripped Open (Hellequin Chronicles #5), by Steve McHugh, (August 25, 47North)
Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure, souls were being stolen. Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believed. Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won’t come willingly, they’ll take those closest to him first. The battle begins again.
Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, (August 25, Clarion Books)
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there, and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules, be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
My Highland Bride (Highland Hearts #2), by Maeve Greyson, (August 25, Loveswept)
Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. She can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time, a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the Highlander has only one thing on his mind. After a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy. Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage, and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting, with a love that lasts a lifetime. (ebook only)
Night’s Surrender (Children of the Night #7), by Amanda Ashley, (August 25, Zebra)
Aspiring actress Abbey Marie Cordova knows more than most people do about vampires, she was born among them, the only human child in a centuries-old family of the undead, and determined to stay that way. But a chance encounter with dark, mysterious Niccola Desanto rocks her to the core. Nick is a vampire, and he’s the only man who has ever made her feel so beautiful, so cherished, and so passionately desired. Nick has spent hundreds of years on his own, and the decadent pleasures of the world have lost their appeal. Rumor has it the vampire who made him has regained her humanity, the temptation to find her and demand to know the secret is overwhelming. But one glance at innocently alluring Abbey changes everything. Drawn to her with dangerous, consuming passion, Nick will need more than a lifetime to love her.
Nightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers #5), by Jacquelyn Frank, (August 25, Loveswept)
Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. Kamen accepts a mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. No tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch. Kamen makes first contact with Geneviève, part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. They must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast, for Apep is ready for war. (ebook only)
On the Hunt (The Sentinels #2.5, Immortal Guardians #5.5), by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, (August 25, Zebra)
On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy: Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. His duty as a Sentinel clashed with her rebellious spirit. A dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it, but any chance of their being together again. Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti: While searching for a meteorite, Nora Mendina is arrested by her sheriff ex-husband. When the meteorite breaks open, the few survivors gain extraordinary powers, unleashing a crazed super genius killer. Can Nora and her ex stop the murders, while igniting a new love affair? Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall: Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon. Amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity. Stake Out by Hannah Jayne: Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate, just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. When dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible before the vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.
Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Island, by Tim Pratt, (August 25, Tor)
Rodrick is a con man as charming as he is cunning. Hrym is a talking sword of magical ice, with the soul and spells of an ancient dragon. Together, the two travel the world, parting the gullible from their gold and freezing their enemies in their tracks. But when the two get summoned to the mysterious island of Jalmeray by a king with genies and elementals at his command, they’ll need all their wits and charm if they’re going to escape with the greatest prize of all-their lives.
Randoms, by David Liss, (August 25, Simon & Schuster BYR)
Zeke Reynolds comes from a long line of proud science fiction geeks. So it’s a dream come true when he learns the science fiction he loves so much is based on reality, and that he’s been selected to spend a year on a massive space station. The Confederation of United Planets has hand picked three of Earth’s most talented young people, and then there’s Zeke. He’s the random. When he saves his transport ship from an enemy attack, he’s labeled a war criminal. Despised by the Confederation, rejected by his fellow humans, and pursued by a ruthless enemy, Zeke befriends the alien randoms: rejected by their own species, but loyal to each other. Their presence in the Confederation may not be so random after all. Zack’s knowledge of science fiction might be the only thing that can save himself, his friends, and Earth itself.
Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper #2), by Christopher Moore, (August 25, William Morrow)
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall “meat” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind.
Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians #6), by Dianne Duvall, (August 25, Zebra)
U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes. Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive.
Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine, by James Lovegrove, (August 25, Titan)
It is 1895, and Sherlock Holmes is settling back into life as a consulting detective at 221B Baker Street, when he and Watson learn of strange goings-on amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford. A Professor Quantock has built a wondrous computational device, which he claims is capable of analytical thought to rival the cleverest men alive. Naturally Sherlock Holmes cannot ignore this challenge. He and Watson travel to Oxford, where a battle of wits ensues between the great detective and his mechanical counterpart as they compete to see which of them can be first to solve a series of crimes, from a bloody murder to a missing athlete. But as man and machine vie for supremacy, it becomes clear that the Thinking Engine has its own agenda.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, by Katie Alender, (August 25, Point)
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females, an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. The house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls, truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free. She’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.
The House on Stone’s Throw Island, by Dan Poblocki, (August 25, Scholastic Press)
There is an island, far off the coast of Maine, where the ghosts of the past are restless. Josie Sandoval and Eli Barker are strangers when they board the ferry to Stone’s Throw, traveling to the isolated island for a wedding. Then an immense storm blows in, and the wedding party is left stranded with no way to contact the mainland, and no idea that they have been targeted for revenge by the undead. The only clues to the danger they’re in are a scrap of an old Nazi uniform, and an unfamiliar voice, crying out for help in German. Josie and Eli soon realize there’s much more to worry about than guest lists and flowers. It’s up to them to uncover the chilling history of Stone’s Throw Island and put its ghosts to rest, or this dream wedding will become an absolute nightmare.
The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4), by Karen Robards, (August 25, Ballantine)
Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick/ In the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover, convicted killer Michael Garland, is facing death yet again. It seems the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. She suspects that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name. A breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. Michael will move heaven and hell for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more, if only for the final time.
The Letter for the King, by Tonke Dragt, (August 25, David Fickling Books)
Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains, a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter. Tiuri’s journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. (U.S. Release)
The Path of Anger (The Book and the Sword #1), by Antoine Rouaud, (August 25, Thomas Dunne Books)
Dun-Cadal has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends, who turned their back on their ideals in favour of a new republic, and grief stricken at the loss of his apprentice, who saved his life on the battlefield and whom he trained as a knight in exchange, he’s done with politics, with adventure, and with people. But people aren’t finished with him, not yet. Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor’s sword, and her search not only brings her to Dun-Cadal, it’s also going to embroil them both in a series of assassinations. Because Dun-Cadal’s turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one, by someone who kills in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin. As Dun-Cadal comes to realize, none of these developments has been the result of chance. (U.S. Release)
Thirteen Days of Midnight, by Leo Hunt, (August 25, Candlewick Press)
When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes, a locked copy of The Book of Eight, and help from school outcast Elza Moss, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest, or join their ghostly ranks himself. (U.S. Release)
We Install: And Other Stories, by Harry Turtledove, (August 25, Open Road Media)
A showcase of styles, from humor, in “Father of the Groom,” a scientist with a penchant for wild experimentation helps his love-struck son by synthesizing a wedding ring out of two carrots, to classic science fiction, as in the Hugo Award–winning “Down in the Bottomlands” and “Hoxbomb,” in which a regular guy just trying to make a living selling scooters has to deal with some very odd competition. The alternate history tale “Drang von Osten” begins on a bloody battlefield in World War II and ends somewhere quite different. In the brand-new “Logan’s Law,” a man discovers that sometimes, second chances really do work out. The book’s three essays tackle the diverse subjects of how to write alternate history, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the history of Chanukah.
Wish Bound (Grimm Agency #3), by J.C. Nelson, (August 25, Ace)
Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. The problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake. This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who has claimed Marissa as her servant. As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. Her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past, ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of.
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