New Releases June 18-25 & Reader’s Choice Contest

We have a moderate-sized list of new releases in a variety of genres this week. New, to help you out, is a designation at the end: SF for sci-fi, F for traditional/epic fantasy; UF for urban fantasy; PR for paranormal romance; YA for young-adult paranormal. As always, comment at the end and tell me which one you’re most anxious to read. If I pick your name, you’ll win it! Details at the end. Here we go….

A Need So Beautiful, by Suzanne Young
(June 21, Balzer & Bray)
Her best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s wrong: She is a kind of angel who feels the Need, a powerful draw to help someone, usually a stranger. There have been others who’ve felt the Need, but they’re forgotten by everyone whose lives they touched. And as everyone begins to slowly forget her, Charlotte must decide if she’ll fight the Need in order to remain herself—no matter how dark the consequences. YA
Dead Rules, by Randy Russell
(June 21, HarperTeen)
Sometimes falling in love means you have to kill somebody. Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were destined to be together forever. But Jana just died in a bowling accident, and now she’s trapped in Dead School. Jana is certain that it won’t be long before Michael kills himself in order to spend eternity with her, but the days are passing and Michael is, inexplicably, still alive. So Jana decides to take matters into her own hands. YA
Fort Freak, edited by George R.R. Martin
(June 21, Tor)
In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed 90 percent of those it infected. Nine percent survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited by George R. R. Martin, is the tale of the history of the world since then. Now, in the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we meet the world of Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct, or “Fort Freak,” as everyone calls the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective and patrol officer is more than human. Featuring original work by Cherie Priest, Paul Cornell, David Anthony Durham, and many others. Twenty-first in the Wild Cards series. SF
Happily Ever After, anthology edited
by John Klima (June 21, Night Shade)
Happily Ever After is a star-studded book of fairy tales, featuring an introduction by Bill Willingham (Fables) and stories by Gregory Maguire, Susanna Clarke, Karen Joy Fowler, Charles de Lint, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Kelly Link, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Patricia Briggs and others. F
Haunting Violet, by Alyxandra Harvey
(June 21, Walker)
Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose. YA
The Plain Man, by Steve Englehart
(June 21, Tor)
Max August is not invulnerable, but he never ages, a gift he earned while studying alchemy. Now an alchemist, Max is using his abilities to fight the right-wing conspiracy known as the FRC. At the top of the FRC is a nine-member cabal, each member of which is a powerful force in one area of society. When Max learns two members of the cabal are en route to Wickr, a Burning Man-like festival in the American Southwest, he stages a plan to gather information and, he hopes, turn one member against the others. UF
Shadow’s Lure, by Jon Sprunk
(June 21, Pyr)
Caim left the assassin’s life behind when he helped an Empress claim her throne. But now his past is calling. Searching for the truth behind the murder and disappearance of his parents, he discovers a land in thrall to the Shadow. Haunted by temptations from the Other Side, he becomes mired in a war he does not want to fight. But there are some things a son of the Shadow cannot ignore, and some fights from which he cannot run. Second in the Shadow Saga series. F
The Slice, by Greg Taylor
(June 21, Feiwel and Friends)
Four months after they discover that their employer Killer Pizza was a front for an underground Monster Hunting Organization, Toby and his fellow rookie Monster Combat Officers have been invited to New York to tour KP Headquarters. But the exclusive tour is cut short when a monster emergency sends the trio on a mission to deliver Calanthe, a defecting monster with serpent-like abilities, into the Monster Protection Program. Second in the Killer Pizza series.  YA
Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Shultz
(June 21, Harlequin Teen)
What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death? Life hasn’t been easy on 16-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But friendly faces are few and far between, except for one she’s drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy who might be her very own white knight. But ever since she saw him, strange things have been happening. Like visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else. YA
Witches of East End, by Melissa de la Cruz
(June 21, Hyperion)
The Beauchamp girls live in the fictional town of North Hampton, and are struggling to stop an arch nemesis and restore the delicate balance between good and evil. De la Cruz weaves characters from her best-selling Blue Bloods young adult series into this new paranormal series for adults. UF
The Banshee’s Walk, by Frank Tuttle
(June 22, Samhain)
When Lady Erlorne Werewilk hires Markhat to identify who is stealthily mapping out the Lady’s estate by moonlight, Markhat anticipates the usual: greedy relatives or rapacious neighbors plotting a land grab. Before the first night is done, the house is visited by murder, mayhem, and the haunting wail of what may be a genuine banshee, come to herald not just one death, but the deaths of all within. Trapped in a house under siege, Markhat must gamble with an old enemy to unlock the secret that lies beneath the Lady’s lands. PR
See anything you want? So…Reader’s choice―you tell me. Just a note: if you like a title but it isn’t the first in a series, you can always request the first in that series instead. (That’s for Reader’s Choice contests only.) As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. Now….go!

53 thoughts on “New Releases June 18-25 & Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. I would love A Need So Beautiful, by Suzanne Young

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  2. Dead Rules, Dead Rules, DEAD RULES! I am DYING to read this one! I know people that have read it and loved it. I can’t wait….. I will get it one way or another…..

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  3. Either Haunting violet or A need so beautiful 🙂

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  4. I am a great fan of GRRN’s books so I am sure I would enjoy jis selections as we..

    Please enter me for Fort Freak, edited by George R.R. Martin.

    Thanks again.

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    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  5. Thanks for yet another great giveaway! I’d love to win Happily Ever After…it looks wonderful.

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    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  6. I’d love to win Haunting Violet
    by Alyxandra Harvey. The premise left me intrigued.

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  7. I would love a copy of Fort Freak, please! *crosses fingers*

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    Can be reached at anassa dot rhenisch at gmail dot com

  8. Wild Card series is a favorite of mine so I really have to say Fort Freak for me 🙂

    thank you for the giveaway!

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  9. Would love to read Spellbound.

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  10. I would love to win Dead Rules, by Randy Russell. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I’m going with Happily Ever After.

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  12. ohh Haunting Violet sounds like a great new read. I had no idea it was out. Thanx!
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  13. I love the sound of Haunting Violet also. There are a whole pile of great looking reads coming out this week.

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  14. So many good ones! Witches of East End would by my first choice. I’ve been waiting for that one!

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  15. Ooh! I would love to win Spellbound or Dead Rules! I have heard so many great comments about each! Thank you!
    SteeleReviews (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Lots of great choices! I would have to choose Witches of East End. Thanks!
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  17. I’m anxious to get my hands on Spellbound, thanks for the chance

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  18. I’m torn between A need so beautiful and Haunting violet!You choose!

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  19. I’d love to read Happily Ever After. Who could resist fairy tales?
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