Remember that insane list of new releases last week? Well, relax. This week is positively paltry in comparison. Note to publishers: spread out the love already, guys!
Still, see what’s here that you might find interesting. There are a few intriguing YAs (check out Timothy Carter’s The Cupid War) and the big release of the week, Lev Grossman’s The Magician King. As always, a Reader’s Choice giveaway, and it’s international. What do YOU want to read?
Blood & Moonlight, by Amanda Ashley, Barbara Monajem,
and Lisa Cach (Aug. 6, Dorchester)
Like dusk from dawn, like fire from frost, we are divided from you. From ancient Greece to small-town Louisiana, in Transylvania and the Night World, for eons we have wandered, alone. We live, and we sense you. Different, we are yet the same. We are nosferatu, dark ones, vampyr. We hunger as you mortals hunger. We lust are you mortals lust. And some of us love. PNR
The Cupid War, by Timothy Carter
(Aug. 8, Flux)
Ricky Fallon had decided against killing himself — just before slipping off a bridge to his death. Now he’s a Cupid in the afterlife, helping people fall in love. The job would be cool if it weren’t for the dorky pink bodysuits, his jerky boss, and attacks from joy-sucking shadowy entities called Suicides. When Fallon discovers a dangerous new breed of Suicide, a terrific battle erupts. To save the girl he’s falling for — oh, and prevent total world domination — Fallon uses a secret weapon to kick some serious Suicide butt. YA
Gryphon Unleashed, by Kathleen Nance
(Aug. 8, Dorchester)
It begins in a Chicago E.R., with a dark hero and a sacrifice. When Khalil and Dayna meet, the results are, literally, explosive. Of the Custos Magi, Khalil is the only Weaver to arise in over 500 years of written history. He is able to blend the powers of many casters, and he is their greatest field operative. But has the Council lost its way, too concerned with esoterica and not with rising evil? Dayna has been on the run for seven years. Since one night of death and betrayal, she’s changed names and faces, always afraid that once again she will be discovered. Now the intriguing, enigmatic Khalil is her sole hope for freedom. PNR
All You Desire, by Kirsten Miller
(Aug. 9, Razorbill)
Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven’s best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau’s whereabouts in one of her past lives. Second in the Eternal Ones series. YA
A Long, Long Sleep, by Anna Sheehan
(Aug. 9, Candlewick)
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, 16-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose—hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire—is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. YA
The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
(Aug. 9, Viking)
The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges. Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent’s house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. F
Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death, by Christopher Pike
(Aug. 9, Simon Pulse)
The conclusion to the successful Thirst series follows 5,000-year-old vampire Alisa Perne as she battles a new race of immortals: the Telar. The Telar are a challenging threat. But Alisa is hungry for blood—and thirsty for revenge. YA
See anything you want? So…International 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.) Your pick: ebook or print. 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!