It’s Monday, so it must be time to ask: What’s new on the shelves this week? Well….not a lot, actually. The third week of the month is generally the release week for Young Adult titles—I have no idea why. So the adult titles are thin…but with some interesting releases (Ilona Andrews, anyone?).
Here’s what I considered the most interesting from among the new books releasing this week. See what you’d most like to read and leave a comment to be eligible to win it. Your mileage may vary.
Sept. 18-24 Releases
The Gender Game, by Bella Forrest, Sept. 24. A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the death of her mother, Violet’s life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, now she has been sentenced to death. But one decision could save her life. One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet’s identity, but she must sacrifice many things if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom… including forbidden love. In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive.
Blood Sacrifice (Blood Sisters #3), by Jill Cooper, Sept. 21. Lourdes has been slain and the new queen of the underworld has been chosen. It was the day the Blood sisters had been striving for. The day where they would be free of Lourdes and could go back to living normal lives, but with the underworld’s throne empty, the Earth plunges into chaos. Rivers turn black, demons run amok, with more chaos is about to be unleashed. All the while demon hunter, Duncan Jasper, is prisoner of the enemy. Jessica will stop at nothing to free him from Vain, a bounty hunter who trades in the lives of humans. Getting into her stronghold won’t be easy, and Vain will be expecting a fight, but what she won’t be expecting is Jessica’s secret weapon. The newly crowned queen of the underworld, her very own sister. Jessica hopes Amanda can resist the dark magic now surging through her veins long enough for a special artifact—The Ruby Heart—to be found, the one thing that can purify Amanda’s heart and break the awful curse. But Amanda has other plans. If she sacrifices herself to the underworld, she hopes to do one better. Kill the demons from the inside and free the trapped souls being tormented for an eternity. One way or another, it will surely come to sister vs sister in a full-scale war. All in the name of Blood.
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9), by Ilona Andrews, Sept. 20, Ace. Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead…The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24), by Lynsay Sands, Sept. 20. Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch. Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…
Blood Red Kiss (MoonBound Clan Vampires #2.5), by Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Larissa Ione, Sept. 20, Pocket. Get ready for a collection chock full of vamps, demons, aliens, and plenty of sizzle! In Kresley Cole’s story “The Warlord Wants Forever,” the first in her scorching Immortals After Dark series, vampire warlord Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to claim his Bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. But can beautiful Myst the Coveted accept an enemy vampire as her own?…Tehya has spent the last twelve years as an accidental wolf, but is truly a vampire at heart. When she gets injured, Lobo sneaks her inside MoonBound’s headquarters and nurses her back to health…with potentially deadly consequences. Desire collides with danger in “Forsaken by Night,” a MoonBound Clan novella from Larissa Ione!…In Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassins novella, Dark Swan, Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both. She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bond her life to his…effectively wedding him. But without consummation, the bond will fade. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?
The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest, Sept. 20, Tor. Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project….The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. And then there’s the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn’t know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone….But Dahlia’s concerns about the corpse and Augusta’s disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realize that she and her crew are not alone, and they’re not welcome at the Withrow estate. They have no idea how much danger they’re in, but they’re starting to get an idea. On the crew’s third night in the house, a storm shuts down the only road to the property. The power goes out. Cell signals are iffy. There’s nowhere to go and no one Dahlia can call for help, even if anyone would believe that she and her crew are being stalked by a murderous phantom. Something at the Withrow mansion is angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. And it seems to be seeking permanent company.
Ink Witch (Kat Dubois Chronicles #1), by Lindsey Fairleigh, Sept. 20. Kat Dubois is immortal, and she’s retired. She’s long since hung up her sword and left assassinating immortals to someone else…anyone else. She’s now a hard drinking, sass-flinging Seattle tattoo artist with the innate ability to read people’s fortunes using her charmed deck of tarot cards. Her days of bloodshed are over, and she has nothing but time–an eternity, in fact–to hide from her past….Until someone from her past shows up on her doorstep with news that her beloved older brother and mentor, Dominic, has gone missing. Kat may be the only person with the right skills–and access to the right magic–to track him down. She must confront her past if she’s to have any chance of finding and saving her brother. She must fight her demons. She must embrace the power within her. She must become the Ink Witch….A new series set in the world of the Echo Trilogy.
The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia #1), by Sarah Beth Durst, Sept. 20, Harper Voyager. An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure….Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms. …With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.
The Warren, by Brian Evenson, Sept. 20, tor.com. X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X….He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be….But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.
Warp, by Lev Grossman, Sept. 20, St. Martin’s. The story of a modern day Ulysses — with the reality of post-graduation haze vollying off of Star Trek rerunsHollis lives in an area not too far from where he graduated from college. His friends do too. They all sleep late, talk about jobs they might get, girls they might see, money their parents might send them. All of these lives are seemingly on hold. Everything is going to happen. But Hollis has more than this: Another reality is running constantly in his head, one that leads him to believe that maybe, just maybe, it’s time to get serious….Unlike other self-indulgent, whiny narratives of postgraduation angst, Warp is a lucid and immediate novel of what and where a twenty-something’s mind is when it isn’t even made up yet.
Afterlife (Second Eden #1), by Aaron Burdett, Sept. 20. A shadow fell over Amber Blackwood’s life the day her brother died, and only on the night he returned did she think it could be lifted. Unfortunately for Amber, Toby’s mysterious reappearance doesn’t give her the peace she sought. It does gift her with a curse, bestowing powers on Amber no mortal should ever have. But like all curses, this one carries a heavy price, and soon Amber realizes the power she has may cost her dearly….Chased from the mortal world by a madman in a mask and suit, Amber discovers a land beyond life, an immortal city called Afterlife so vast and ancient it spans eternity. Three factions vie for power in the sprawling metropolis, each one with their sights set on the mortal girl and the powerful curse she bears, while Amber just wants to find her brother and learn why he brought this curse only to abandon his sister to it. She has no friends in Afterlife and nowhere to run, and despite the dubious help of an infuriatingly charming rebel named Dino Cardona, her survival is anything but guaranteed. Amber’s enemies will do anything and kill anyone to harness her power, and if she can’t find her brother before the curse awakens, she could be the spark that will make both worlds burn.
The Iscariot Sanction (Lazarus Gate #2), by Mark Latham, Sept. 20, Titan Books. In an alternate reality, the world is in peril. Young Apollo Lycea agent Lillian Hardwick, and her Majestic partner Sir Arthur Furnival, are sent to expose a plot to seize power of the Empire. They must overcome supernatural foes and unlock the secret of the Iscariot Sanction to discover a danger unlike anything they have faced before; a threat that will leave them—and the Empire—changed forever.
The Bloodsworn (Bloodbound #3), by Erin Lindsey, Sept. 27, Ace. The bonds of family, love, and loyalty are pushed to their limits in this thrilling conclusion to the epic saga started in The Bloodbound… As the war between Alden and Oridia draws to its conclusion, the fates of both kingdoms rest on the actions of a select group of individuals—and, of course, the unbreakable bonds of blood…Unbeknownst to most of Alden, King Erik, in thrall to a cruel bloodbinder, is locked away in his own palace, plotting revenge. To save her king, Lady Alix must journey behind enemy lines to destroy the bloodbinder. But her quest will demand sacrifices that may be more than she can bear. Meanwhile, as the Warlord of Oridia tightens his grip on Alden, the men Alix loves face equally deadly tasks: her husband, Liam, must run a country at war while her brother, Rig, fights a losing battle on the front lines. If any one of them fails, Alden could be lost—and, even if they succeed, their efforts may be too late to save everyone Alix holds dear…
Redemption (Becoming #5), by Jessica Meigs, Sept. 22, Permuted Press. When Woodside fell, Remy and her companions barely escaped. Now they’re scrambling to recover their shattered lives and find a new place to call home. But their friend Brandt Evans is still missing. Desperate to recover Brandt from the military’s grasp, Remy and her friends set out on a mission to find him–or die trying. Their search takes them back into the heart of Atlanta. What they find there are the seeds of a betrayal they didn’t expect and a world wholly different than what it had been when the Michaluk Virus struck. With the entire world turned on its head, the group finds themselves dealing with the biggest challenge of their lives. In this exciting conclusion to The Becoming Series, the survivors of Woodside navigate birth, death, and everything in between as they fight against impossible odds.
You probably know the drill, but if you’re new ’round these parts, leave a comment as to which one of these you’d most like to read and one person will win it (or another book of their choice). International, as always. You also can pick any of my books if you wish except those that haven’t yet been released.