What’s new on the shelves this week? Well….not a lot, actually. As always, the second 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. And I’ll have Hayley Stone and Traci Douglass here on the blog this week, so stay tuned!
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!
Accelerant (Abiassa’s Fire #2), by Ronie Kendig, Oct. 14, Enclave. He’ll destroy the world. But first he has to save it. The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth’s devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another? The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine and fight for his people. But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, who to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save his devastated world.
Alpha Beast (Southern Shifters #8), by Eliza Gayle, Oct. 11, Gypsy Ink. He thought he’d been careful… Bhric has an obsession he doesn’t want anyone to know about. A weakness that could take him down if it were found out. There’s also the problem of what he is. He rarely shifts because he doesn’t have to. The beast inside him already has control. When he learns that the rogue Blackwood Pack knows more than they should, he’ll have to choose between an obsession and the good of the Clan. The Clan doesn’t stand a chance… Ever since Marcy woke up one morning unable to remember the previous two days, she’s been on edge. Her head hurts all the time, her body burns for something she can’t identify and the idea of sex with any of her usual friends with benefits repulses her. She’s gone from a well adjusted, although possibly sex addicted, damned good nurse to a writhing mass of contradictions who struggles to get through her day. Oh, and she’s pretty sure she has a stalker too. A big, bad and very scary tattooed beast of a man who doesn’t repulse her.
Blood Bound (Blood Ravengers #1), by Traci Douglass, Oct. 10, Tule. Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality. But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?
Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light: A Tor.com Original, by Sarah McCarry, Oct. 12. Tor. Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light is about a lonely young woman, recently moved to the big city, who is looking for love. What she finds is a friend and confidante who is much older and wiser than she.
Conspiracy of Ravens (Shadow #2), by Lila Bowen, Oct. 11, Orbit. Nettie Lonesome made a leap — not knowing what she’d become. But now the destiny of the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And the Shadow must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn’t black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?
Counterpart (Machinations #2), by Hayley Stone, Oct. 11, Hydra. The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone….The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand. Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good. But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.
Crimson Death (Anita Blake #25), by Laurell K. Hamilton, Oct. 11, Berkley. Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from…a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.
Eden’s Deliverance (Eden #4), by Rhenna Morgan, Oct. 11. Captured as a child and forced into slavery by the Rebellion’s leader, Brenna Haven was raised in near isolation with the utmost cruelty. She knew nothing of kindness, or compassion, until Fate orchestrated her rescue. Finally free, she wants nothing more than to return to her home. To reconnect with her human family and live a simple, quiet life. But her newfound powers demand an entirely different future. One fraught with danger, and a terrifying role in an ancient Myren prophecy. A battle-hardened warrior and sworn bodyguard to the king, Ludan Forte wields a powerful, memory stealing gift. But his skill comes with a price. A torturous burden he’s hidden since his awakening over a hundred years ago. He never dreamed he’d find relief, let alone be tempted to forgo his vows to the king. Yet in Brenna’s sweet, beguiling presence, the weight he bears is lifted. And when her role in the prophecy threatens her life, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
Fantasy of Freedom (Tainted Accords #4), by Kelly St. Clare, Oct. 10. The Final Installment of Olina’s story; Fantasy of Freedom, Book Four of The Tainted Accords. A part of me knew when I was taken from Osolis. That when I returned—if I lived long enough to return—I would carry death and destruction to her doorstep. That is the irony of peace. It only comes after war.
Summoner’s Bond (Endless War #4), by D.K. Holmberg, Oct. 11, ASH. Those who fight the darkness have scattered as the ancient power grows stronger. When Ciara is abducted by summoners of dark power, they seduce her with lessons on how to summon the elementals, an education she never received in the barracks. Only a distant part of knows that she must find a way to escape before they manage to turn her to their side. Alena has gone to the Seat of the Order to help stop the threat uncovered there, but she discovers the threat goes deeper than any realize, and for her to succeed and free the order, she may have to destroy it first. In Hyaln, Jasn finds an old friend, but she is not the person he remembers. Hyaln offers to teach, and he discovers strength that he never believed he possessed, but it still might not be enough, as they discover they fight not only the threat of darkness, but those who seek to control it. The penultimate book in The Endless War series.
The Apothecary’s Curse, by Barbara Barnett, Oct. 11, Pyr. This genre-bending urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago….In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript. When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?
The Petrified Flesh (Reckless #1), by Cornelia Funke, Oct. 9, Pushkin. Enter the magical world behind the Mirrors…Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox – a beautiful, shapeshifting girl, who guides and guards him. But now Jacob’s younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever…
The Wraiths of War (Obsidian Heart #3), by Mark Morris, Oct. 11, Titan. In the final volume of the thrilling dark fantasy trilogy, Alex Locke is transported to World War One London – will he finally discover the truth about the Obsidian Heart?
Unhonored (Nightbirds #2), by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman, Oct. 11, Tor. Ellis Harkington is trapped in limbo between life and death, struggling to escape the domination of an evil force masquerading as her friend, Merrick. Only Ellis has ever escaped him, and now that she has discovered the truth, he wants to make sure she can never escape again. Merrick’s dark power has turned the seaside town of Gamin, Maine, into a place of nightmares. The town is transformed into a decaying succession of infinite rooms, bottomless stairwells, and boundless corridors filled with never-ending masquerades, balls, and banquets. Each pageant is about the life Ellis lived before her return—each revelation more terrifying than the last. Ellis is desperate to find her missing cousin and leave, but there is no exit from the House of Dreams except, perhaps, through a séance to contact the living.
Wolf Betrayed (Talon Pack #4), by Carrie Ann Ryan, Oct. 11. Charlotte Jamenson was born to the Pack that threatened the world, but grew up in the one that saved it. She’s spent her entire life repenting for lies and faults that were never hers to bear. When she falls for her best friend, Bram Devlin, she thinks she’s finally found forgiveness for the blood in her veins; only a mating bond never came. Bram knows there’s something missing within his mating with Charlotte, but there’s nothing he can do about it. Their Pack is in danger, and it’s his duty to protect their Alpha—even if it means sacrificing his life. When he’s put in charge of protecting a new member of the Talon Pack, he realizes he and Charlotte may just have a chance at something more than heartache. Shane Bruins sacrificed his life and his future to protect the Packs from the men he worked for. Now, thanks to circumstances beyond his control, he’s not quite who he was before, and his life is on the line yet again. Only this time, he isn’t alone, and the two wolves in his path might be the only things that can calm the beast inside. The war isn’t coming, it’s here, and the Talon Pack will have to rely on three souls who know they aren’t what each other wants—but exactly what they need—to win.
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.