New Releases Jan. 23-20 and Reader’s Choice Contest

On to Reader’s Choice after a brief commercial interruption. Today’s issue of Publisher’s Weekly hit the stands with the magazine’s overview of Spring 2012 releases and guess what made their Top 10 in Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror? Yep, Royal Street, which they called a “powerful debut.” It all makes me very, very nervous….but in a good way 🙂

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If it’s Monday, it must be time to look at the new releases in speculative fiction this week—and you get to pick which one you’d like to win! As is usual for the third week of the month for some reason, this week is heavy on YAs, but if the teen scene isn’t your thing, there’s some paranormal romance and a steampunk or sci-fi thrown in for good measure.

What do you want to read? Leave a comment and tell me, and I’ll draw one name to win his or her choice. International, as always. And if the book is in a series you haven’t started, you can always pick the first one in the series instead.

Darker After Midnight, by Lara Adrian (Jan. 24, Delacorte)

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe. At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. Tenth in the Midnight Breed series. PNR

Everneath, by Brodi Ashton(Jan. 24, Balzer + Bray)

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen. As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s. YA

Pink Smog, by Francesca Lia Block (Jan. 24, HarperTeen)

The girl in the mirror wasn’t who I wanted to be, and her life wasn’t the one I wanted to have.  Despite how much Louise insists, no one will call her Weetzie. It’s her dad’s nickname for her, but it won’t stay put. Neither will her dad. Charlie left Louise and her mom and he took everything with him: her family, her home—and her understanding of who she’s meant to be. But Los Angeles is a city full of strange angels, and Louise embarks on a journey to sift through the smog of her heartbreak, to grow her own wings, to become Weetzie. This is the long-awaited prequel to Francesca Lia Block’s groundbreaking Weetzie Bat. YA

Bloodrose, by Andrea Cremer(Jan. 24, Philomel)

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy. YA

The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe(Jan. 21, Disney-Hyperion)

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back. Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest. Because how will she go on if there isn’t? YA

Against the Light, by Dave Duncan(Jan. 24, 47North)

The Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, has installed King Ethan as the monarchical figurehead, ruling both the magical kingdom of Albi and its predominant religion. Scattered throughout the land, worshippers in the old ways of the Earth Mother are persecuted as heretics. And when young missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns home to Albi, he is immediately arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that plunges the land into utter chaos. The Hierarchy has more treacherous motives, however, and when Rollo is rescued from jail, his family’s home is destroyed—but Rollo and his siblings are left alive. While Rollo tries diplomacy to end the religious and political conflict, his brother and sister swear vengeance. With the hours to deliverance counting down and their lives hanging in the balance, they must decide whether to stay and fight or leave Albi forever in the suspenseful, action-packed Against the Light.F

The Burned Tower, by Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko (Jan. 24, Tor digital)

A truck driver on a lonely stretch of road, a hitchiker, and an ancient curse— a brilliant and moving tale, steeped in folklore, by the masters of modern Fantasy. In 1999 “The Burned Tower” was awarded the “Interpresscon” as the best short story of the year on the international SF-convention in St-Petersburg. Now, for the first time, in English. Digital edition. UF

Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, by Mark Hodder (Jan. 24, Pyr)

It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he’ll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third. For the king’s agent, it’s a chance to return to the Mountains of the Moon to make a second attempt at locating the source of the Nile. But a rival expedition led by John Hanning Speke stands in his way, threatening a confrontation that could ignite the very war that Palmerston is trying to avoid! Caught in a tangled web of cause, effect, and inevitability, little does Burton realize that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects. A final confrontation comes in London, where, in the year 1840, Burton must face the man responsible for altering time—Spring Heeled Jack! Burton and Swinburne’s third adventure completes the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack andThe Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. Steampunk

Forbidden, by Syrie James and Ryan M. James (Jan. 24, HarperTeen)

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger. Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her? YA

Fallen in Love, by Lauren Kate(Jan. 24, Delacorte)

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story. And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate’s FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for. True love never says goodbye . Number “3.5” in the Fallen series. YA

Daughter of the Centaurs, by Kate Klimo (Jan. 24, Random House)

Malora knows what she was born to be: a horse wrangler and a hunter, just like her father. But when her people are massacred by batlike monsters called Leatherwings, Malora will need her horse skills just to survive. The last living human, Malora roams the wilderness at the head of a band of magnificent horses, relying only on her own wits, strength, and courage. When she is captured by a group of centaurs and taken to their city, Malora must decide whether the comforts of her new home and family are worth the parts of herself she must sacrifice to keep them. YA

Claimed by a Vampire, by Rachel Lee (Jan. 24, Nocturne)

Beautiful and independent, writer Yvonne Dupuis is used to taking care of herself. But when she moves into her new apartment and senses a demon watching her every move, stalking her at every turn, she has no choice but to put her life in the hands of a dangerously sexy vampire. From the first whiff of Yvonne’s intoxicating scent, Investigator Creed Preston knows his client has something to fear. Under Creed’s protection, she will be drawn irresistibly in by his secrets and experience the sheer force of immortal desire. And not a moment too soon. For the evil hunting her isn’t acting alone—and he won’t stop until he claims her for his very own. PNR

Horizon, by Sophie Littlefield(Jan. 24, Luna)

Cass Dollar is a survivor. She’s overcome the meltdown of civilization, humans turned mindless cannibals, and the many evils of man. But from beneath the devastated California landscape emerges a tendril of hope. A mysterious traveler arrives at New Eden with knowledge of a passageway North—a final escape from the increasingly cunning Beaters. Clutching this dream, Cass and many others decamp and follow him into the unknown. Journeying down valleys and over barren hills, Cass remains torn between two men. One—her beloved Smoke—is not so innocent as he once was. The other keeps a primal hold on her that feels like Fate itself. And beneath it all, Cass must confront the worst of what’s inside her—dark memories from when she was a Beater herself. But she, and all of the other survivors, will fight to the death for the promise of a new horizon. Third in the Aftertime series. YA

A Warrior’s Desire, by Pamela Palmer (Jan. 24, Nocturne)

Former navy SEAL Charlie Rand embarks on the most dangerous mission of his career when he dives through a portal to rescue the only person who knows how to seal the gates between the Esri faery land and the world. But meeting up with his guide and companion through the adventure, the beautiful Tarrys, turns out to be his true revelation. As the pair traverses the dangerous plains, the Forest of Nightmares and the crystal mines of Esria, they’re pursued by beings who seek to kill Charlie and enslave Tarrys. But the greatest danger of all becomes the love that grows between the couple, a love that threatens to doom their mission to save humanity. PNR

A Pehov Duet, by Alexey Pehov(Jan. 24, Tor)

Two original, exciting and engaging short stories from Alexey Pehov that feature master thief Shadow Harold, the protagonist of the Chronicles of Siala epic fantasy series. In “The Snake”, Harold, the most accomplished thief in the world (and reluctant hero of Alexey Pehov’s award-winning series, Chronicles of Siala) may have finally met his match in what could prove to be his most dangerous escapade. A stand-alone short story appearing for the very first time. “Battle of the Margend Horseshoe” is an additional scene from SHADOW BLIZZARD, Pehov’s upcoming conclusion to the Chronicles of Siala. Harold and friends, old and new, prepare for a spirited offensive attack after cleverly cornering the Orc army at the Margend Horsehoe river bend. An exciting taste of the masterful battle scenes that are Pehov’s forte. Digital edition. F

There is No Dog, by Meg Rosoff(Jan. 24, Putnam)

Meet your unforgettable protagonist: God, who, as it turns out, is a 19-year-old boy living in the present-day and sharing an apartment with his long-suffering fifty-something personal assistant. Unfortunately for the planet, God is lazy and, frankly, hopeless. He created all of the world’s species in six days because he couldn’t summon the energy to work for longer. He gets Africa and America mixed up. And his beleagured assistant has his work cut out for him when God creates a near-apolcalyptic flood, having fallen asleep without turning the bath off. GB-YA

Boneyards, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Jan. 24, Pyr)

A space opera filled with battles old and new, scientific dilemmas, and questions about the ethics of friendship, Boneyards looks at the influence of our past on our present and the risks we all take when we meddle in other people’s lives. SF

Havoc, by Jeff Sampson(Jan. 24, Balzer + Bray)

Emily Webb thought life would return to normal after the death of the man who attacked her and her fellow “Deviants.” Or as normal as it could be, after discovering that she has nighttime superpowers . . . and she’s a werewolf. But when Emily awakes one night to find an otherworldy Shadowman watching her, she knows the danger has only just begun. So Emily and her pack-mates set out to find the people who made them what they are, and why. But as they get closer to the truth, they realize they aren’t the only ones in town with special powers: The most popular girls in school might just have a secret of their own–and they might just have it out for Emily. Second in the Deviants series. YA

Life Eternal, by Yvonne Woon(Jan. 24, Hyperion)

Renée Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Renée can never reveal the truth: she died last May, and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin. Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul. Just when Renée has almost given up hope, she learns of the Nine Sisters—brilliant scholars who, according to legend, found a way to cheat death. Renée thought she knew the truth about life and death. But there is a secret woven through history that holds the only hope for Dante and Renée. YA

Decisions, decisions! As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment to tell me what book (any book) you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. This contest is international. Now….go!

70 thoughts on “New Releases Jan. 23-20 and Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. Happy Monday everyone. I would love to win Claimed by a Vampire. I adore Harlequin Nocturnes. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  2. I’d love a copy of Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer!

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    sauvadeavelle @

  3. Interesting, that they published two very good Russsian fantasy authors’ books at the same time 🙂 I’ve read them in Russian. I would love to win Forbidden though. Thank you for an awesome contest, Suzanne!
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    impy80 at hotmail dot com

  4. Whoa! congrats on the Pub Weekly mention…that is just awesome.

    As for this week’s releases…love those Nocturnes…Navy Seal and Fairy Portals? Just too many bad jokes come to mind on that one.

  5. Congrats on your “powerful debut.” So exciting!

    The Way We Fall looks fantastic. That’d be my pick this week.


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  6. Congrats!!! And thank you for the giveaway! 😀
    I would love to win a copy of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder.

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    +1 for Twitter follow (@hatshepsut0011)

    Total: 3

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. oh my God! I’m torn between Everneath and Bloodrose…hmmm but I think I’ll go with Everneath. Thank you!

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  8. I would love Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2)
    by Lara Adrian

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    +1 twitter follow @raelena85

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. My choice this week would be Everneath by Brodi Ashton.

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    +1 Twitter follower (@JoanneBalinski)


  10. Would love to win Bloodrose! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I’d love Darker After midnight by Lara Adrian.
    I have read all the rest of this brilliant series!
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  12. I would like to read Darker After Midnight, by Lara Adrian. Thank you for the chance to read it.

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  13. Daughter of the centaur or Darker after Midnight for me ( i’m waiting the result of a contest to be sure^^;;)

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    all the best and again thanks you for your generosity

  14. I’ll be reading Darker After Midnight – so that’s my pick!

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    jguldy at yahoo dot com

  15. I’d love to win a copy of Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian. I’m a couple of books behind, and I hear this is the end of the series.

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  16. My choice this week would be Everneath by Brodi Ashton.

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  17. Woohoo for the PW love, Suzanne! That seriously rocks!

    I’d love to win Horizon, pretty please… 😉

    rissatoo (ATgmail DOTcom)
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  18. I’d like to win the Pamela Palmer book, heard great things about her.

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    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I can’t actually remember having read a steampunk series so I find myself attracted to Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, by Mark Hodder.

    If I win can I have the first book though ?

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  20. There are a few that intrigue me, but I absolutely would love to read The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.

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    Thank you!

  21. I’ll have to go with Daughter of the Centaurs, by Kate Klimo. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  22. I’m very excited for Everneath this week! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  23. Would love to have Warrior’s Desire by Pamela Palmer

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. I would love to win Everneath, by Brodi Ashton thanks!

    leyser73 at gmail dot com

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  25. I’d love to win The Way We Fall!

    +1 GFC – Juan Roca
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    Thanks for the giveaway!


    Juan Roca,
    Geeks & Books

  26. I’d love Burton&Swinburne…hmmm, sounds funny…that is to say I’d love to win their new adventure Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (just so we’re clear :))


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  27. forbidden, everneath or there is no dog? That’s hard! Forbidden, I guess!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  28. I would soo love Bloodrose, thanks for the chance to win

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