Monday again and the last week of February. Not a big week for new releases, but there are some interesting titles coming out this week. Enjoy this “light” week because the first week of March will bring an amazing number of new releases.
Now….What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Age of Voodoo, by James Lovegrove, (February 26, Solaris)
Lex Dove thought he was done with the killing game. A retired British wetwork specialist, he’s living the quiet life in the Caribbean, minding his own business. Then a call comes. One last mission: to lead an American black ops team into a disused Cold War bunker on a remote island. The money’s good, which means the risks are high. How high, Dove doesn’t discover until he and his team are a hundred feet below ground, facing the fruits of an experiment in science and voodoo witchcraft gone wrong. As if barely human monsters weren’t bad enough, a clock is ticking. Deep in the bowels of the earth, a god is waiting. And his anger, if roused, will be fearsome indeed.
Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1), by Emma Newman, (February 26, Angry Robot)
Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
Black City (Black Wings #5), by Christina Henry, (February 26, Ace)
Former Agent of death Madeline Black may have been stripped of her wings, but she hasn’t lost her purpose. When Maddy finally killed her father, Azazel, she thought his depraved experiment died with him. But now Chicago has been infested with vampires immune to the effects of the sun, and the bloodbath is worse than she could have ever imagined. While the Agency refuses to interfere with other supernatural courts, Maddy is determined to do everything within her power to save her city, wings or no wings. But when the leader of the vampires requests that she turn herself in or risk more deaths, Maddy becomes a target for the people she’s trying to save. She turns to Lucifer, the one creature who has the power to help her. Her grandfather’s aid has always come at a price
Dead Letter Day (Messenger #3), by Eileen Rendahl, (February 26, Ace)
Melina Markowitz, messenger for the underworld, delivers the goods for the supernatural beings in our midst, no questions asked. It’s more than a job; it’s a mission. Safety be damned. Melina’s missing friend, Paul, could just be taking a little werewolf “me time,” but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul’s wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn’t explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina’s nerves, or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing. The clues lead Melina to a mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer and patterns for Norwegian doilies, finally bringing her to the realization that she may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.
Dreams and Shadows: A Novel, by C. Robert Cargill, (February 26, Harper Voyager)
There is another world than our own. A realm where fairies and djinns, changelings and angels, the stuff of which dreams are made is real. Between this realm and that other lies a veil, a web that muddles the vision of mortal man and keeps him from seeing what is all around him. Sometimes, someone pierces that protective veil. One glimpse of this world can forever transform lives. Just ask Ewan and Colby. The pair were once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm. Now, Ewan is a musician living in Austin. Colby is coping with the consequences of a childhood wish that still haunts him. Their time in the Limestone Kingdom is little more than a distant memory, but this supernatural world has never forgotten them. Both will learn that fate can never be outrun.
Dualed(Dualed #1), by Elsie Chapman, (February 26, Random House)
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage, life. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love, though both have the power to destroy her.
Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed #11), by Lara Adrian, (February 26, Delacorte Press)
Twenty years after mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them, the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the harmony is the Order. Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears a personal cost. The one thing she desires most is Kellan Archer, a troubled Breed fighter. Mira once broke through his tough exterior during a night of rapture, but the next day he disappeared. He now leads a band of human rebels carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. A kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the woman he has tried to forget. Kellan and Mira must take sides, between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the passion that claims their hearts.
Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon #1), by Francis Knight, (February 26, Orbit)
From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala. It’s a city built upwards, not across, where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under. Rojan Dizon doesn’t mind staying in the shadows, because he’s got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can’t hide forever. Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan, this is going to hurt.
Froggy Style (F***ed-Up Fairytale #2), by J.A. Kazimer, (February 26, Kensington)
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He’s a prince. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. He also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he’s a free man. He’s going to be 30 in ten days. He’s pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. His best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. He may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie. (Suzanne sez: Okay, this title kind of freaked me out. I’m feeling quite prudish!)
Gideon’s Angel, by Clifford Beal, (February 26, Solaris)
1653: The long English Civil War is at an end. Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. He learns that his is not the only plot in motion. A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a descent into Hell. Treadwell needs allies fast. Black dogs and demons; religion and magic. It’s a dangerous new Republic for a cavalier coming home again.
Hell to Pay, by Matthew Hughes, (February 26, Angry Robot)
Meet Chesney Arnstruther. Once a mild-mannered insurance actuary, now a full-time crime-fighting superhero. Something is going on. Meet Xaphan, wise-cracking demon and the source of all of Chesney’s powers. He’s been asked by his infernal master to give Chesney whatever he needs. Something is definitely going on. Meet Arthur Wrigley, a modest yet charming older gentleman whose nasty little hobby is fleecing innocent widows. Meet Simon Magus, ancient mystic and magician from Biblical times now very much enamoured of Vegas. And pray you never meet the Chikkichikk, a proud and ancient race of, well, warrior dinosaurs, from the universe that God made then rejected before He started monkeying around with this one.
How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days (10 Days #3), by Saranna DeWylde, (February 26, Kensington)
Got Angel? Drusilla “Tally” Tallow does. She’s got ten days of Heavenly and Infernal Parole after knocking Falcon Cherrywood from his broom. All she wanted was to settle down with a nice warlock. She’s got a bad habit of falling for the wrong warlock. She blames Cupid. Too bad her Heavenly Parole Officer is the heart bandit himself, the newly appointed Cupid and current fixture in all her fantasies, Falcon Cherrywood. After smiting Cupid with a fireball, Falcon Cherrywood must now play the Diapered Archer. Archery was never his strong suit and Falcon doesn’t even believe in love. More troubling are the feelings his irresistible parolee sets off in him, for only Tally has the power to make him believe in things better left to fairy tales, like Happily Ever After.
Immortal Ever After (Argeneau #18), by Lynsay Sands, (February 26, Avon)
A kiss doesn’t mean eternity. Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires, until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath. After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate! Or does it? Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for.
Immortally Embraced (Monster M*A*S*H #2), by Angie Fox, (February 26, St. Martin’s)
Even during a truce, Dr. Petra Robichaud has her hands full as the M*A*S*H surgeon to an army of warring gods, especially when Medusa herself turns up pregnant. Petra has no idea what to expect when a gorgon’s expecting. As the healer-hero of an ancient prophesy, it’s Petra’s job to keep the peace. As the lover to a warrior demi-god, she knows how impossible some jobs can be. Commander Galen is sexy, strong, and sworn to lead his team to hell and back. When he announces to Petra that he can no longer risk her life for his love, the doctor is on her own. Until a mysterious new entity, in the form of a hot-blooded male, enters the picture. An oracle delivers another prophesy that places Petra on the frontlines with the man she may be bound to for eternity, in love, or in war
Night Resurrected (Envy Chronicles #6), by Joss Ware, (February 26, Avon)
His family lost forever in The Change, Wyatt is a man with nothing left to lose. Just when he thought he’d never feel anything again, Remington Truth came into his life. Knowing the she would face unimaginable dangers on her quest to safeguard the mysterious crystal in her possession, he joins her on her journey, never expecting her to find a way past the wall he’s built. Remy’s a woman with everything at stake. While protecting the powerful crystal that is her family’s secret legacy, she dares not trust anyone. Once she recognizes the ravaged heart beneath Wyatt’s stony facade, she’s willing to risk it all. Together they battle the forces of darkness. Until Remy is forced to make a terrible decision that could destroy them, and the rest of the world.
The Golden Age of Death (Calliope Reaper-Jones #5), by Amber Benson, (February 26, Ace)
My name is Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie to my friends). I’m Death’s Daughter and, as of very recently, the (reluctant) head of my father’s company, Death, Inc. I was gradually learning how to be a businesswoman. Had the power suits and shoes down, though the day to day was slow going. Then I was blindsided by Enemies Unknown and sent off to I-don’t-know-where. Not a good thing. Now not only must my friends and family be frantic, but without a CEO, Death, Inc., can’t function. With the newly deceased left free to roam the Earth, it’s the zombie apocalypse come true. I’ve got to get back, for my sake and the sake of, oh, all humanity.
The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2), by Maureen Johnson, (February 26, Putnam Juvenile)
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades, the city’s secret ghost-fighting police, are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.
Trickster (Ustari Cycle #1), by Jeff Somers, (February 26, Pocket Books)
Magic uses blood. The more that’s used, the more powerful the effect, so mages find “volunteers” to fuel their spells. Lem, however, is different. Long ago he set up a rule that lets him sleep at night: never use anyone’s blood but your own. He’s grifting through life as a Trickster. He and his sidekick, Mags, aren’t doing well, but they’re getting by. Until they find young Claire Mannice, bound and gagged, imprisoned in a car’s trunk, and covered with invisible rune tattoos. Lem turns to his estranged mentor for help, but what they’ve uncovered is more terrifying than anybody could have imagined. Mika Renar, the most dangerous Archmage in the world, is preparing to use an ocean of blood to cast her dreams into reality, and Lem just got in her way.
Superheroes, edited by Rich Horton, (February 27, Prime Books)
Superheroes: modern gods and goddesses, remote, revered, but like the pantheon of heroes and heroines of ancient myth, great power tempered with flaws. And now, find within these pages tales by gifted and award-winning authors who move superheroes from the four-color panels of comic books to fiction, reminding every adult of the child within, who ever wanted to wear a cape and cowl. Authors Peter S. Beagle and Kelly Link.
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, by Robin Hobb, (February 28, Subterranean)
One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep. With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father’s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever.
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