First, check out my discussion of “alpha males, beta males, and vampires
” today at author Kay Dee Royal’s blog. Comments on this week’s guest blog posts (see links here) will be entered for a $10 Amazon gift card (or whatever retailer you prefer)!
But for this site, it’s time for our weekly overview of new releases and, like is often the case with the third week of the month, the release list is heavy on YA, but still has some interesting titles. I have to admit, I read so much YA last year that I’m burned out on it, so it has to really pull at me to get me to try it. So this week, I’m going straight for the Amanda Carlson release.
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Arclight, by Josin L. McQuein, (April 23, Greenwillow)
The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. Between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She could be the catalyst for their final destruction. The Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade and Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, know it. When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?
Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5), by C.C. Hunter, (April 23, St. Martin’s)
When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie’s journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all…and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.
Diana’s Hound (Bloodhounds #4), by Moira Rogers, (April 23, Samhain)
Nate Powell lived one full life as a world-class inventor before a disaster born of magic and science returned him to his prime and turned him into a half-vampire, half-bloodhound abomination. Diana is another creature that shouldn t exist a female bloodhound. While the males of Iron Creek accept her as a fellow warrior, Nate seems torn between a desire to study her and a need to protect her. When they learn that a rogue hound is selling women across the border, Diana and Nate are chosen to infiltrate the vampires capital city. Before long, their inner bloodhounds feel the mating pull and a hound never outlives their mate for long. In a fight to keep each other alive, they could both end up worse than dead.
Grail of the Summer Stars (Aetherial Tales #3), by Freda Warrington, (April 23, Tor)
A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery’s curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows how they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.
Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain #2), by Amanda Carlson, (April 23, Orbit)
It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, but Jessica is playing for keeps. Because she’s the only female werewolf in town, it comes with its own set of rules, and powers. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means. All in a day’s work for a girl.
House of Secrets (House of Secrets #1), by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini, (April 23, Balzer + Bray)
The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games, but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult. Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents, and maybe even the world.
Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2), by Scott Speer, (April 23, Razorbill)
Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She’s trying to juggle her ordinary life, high school, family, friends, with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed’s girlfriend. And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She’s been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind, forever, and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war.
Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika #1), by Catherine Fisher, (April 23, Dial)
Jake’s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger. The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn’s estate: Sarah, a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne, who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. A tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.
Spirit’s Chosen (Spirit’s Princess #2), by Esther M. Friesner, (April 23, Random House)
Himiko’s world is falling apart. An attack by a rival clan, the Ookami, has left many from her tribe dead or enslaved. Amid the chaos and fear, Himiko hatches a plan to save her people. But just when it seems that she will outwit Ryu, the cruel Ookami leader, she is captured. Held against her will, Himiko starts to realize that not all of the Ookami are her enemies. Though she may not see her path as clearly as the spirits seem to, there’s more adventure (and even unexpected love) for this princess turned shaman-warrior.
Summerkin(Winterling #2), by Sarah Prineas, (April 23, Harper Collins)
In the Summerlands, time moves slowly, roots grow deeply, and change is not welcomed. But change is needed. After defeating the wicked Mor and freeing her kin from deadly oaths made to this false ruler, Fer is now the rightful Lady of the land. Yet her people don’t know what to make of their new Lady’s strange ways, and neither do the High Ones, the rulers of the magical realm, for Fer is an outsider, half human. To prove herself worthy of the Summerlands crown, Fer is summoned to compete in an epic contest where her strengths and skills will be tested and her loyalties challenged. Can she trust Rook, the puck she calls friend? Can she trust herself? If Fer fails, she will lose her land and the Way will be closed to her forever.
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel, by Rhonda Riley, (April 23, Ecco)
During WWII, teenager Evelyn Roe is sent to manage the family farm in rural North Carolina, where she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on their property. She rescues him, and it quickly becomes clear he is not a man, and not one of us. The rescued body recovers at an unnatural speed, and just as fast, Evelyn and Adam fall deeply in love. In The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, Rhonda Riley reveals the exhilarating, terrifying mystery inherent in all relationships: No matter how deeply we love someone, and no matter how much we will sacrifice for them, we can only know them so well.
The God Patent, by Ransom Stephens, (April 23, 47North)
The memo said they’d get bonuses for submitting patents. Concealed in engineering jargon, Ryan McNear submits a patent for the soul disguised as a software algorithm and his best friend Foster Reed rewrites Genesis and calls it a “power generator.” A few years later, amid the fallout of a ruptured technology bubble, his career ruined and family shredded, a desperate Ryan discovers that a company headed by Foster is developing his patent. Willing to try anything to rebuild his life, Ryan stakes a legal claim to the patent. He soon discovers a sinister undercurrent in the venture. Racing against time and aided by a motley group of assistants, Ryan gets caught in a battle between hard science and fundamentalist religion that threatens his sanity, his freedom and his son.
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel, by Helene Wecker, (April 23, Harper)
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Meeting by chance, the two creatures become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. A powerful menace will bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
The River of No Return, by Bee Ridgway, (April 23, Dutton Adult)
Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to find something called the Talisman. In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. When Nick returns home as if from the dead, Julia suspects that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Julia and Nick are caught in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.
The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1), by Stacey Kade, (April 23, Hyperion)
1. Never trust anyone. 2. Remember they are always searching. 3. Don’t get involved. 4. Keep your head down. 5. Don’t fall in love. Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival, and that of her adoptive father, depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost “project.” When a prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Ariane finds the attention frightening, and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.
The Silver Dream: An Interworld Novel (Interworld #2), by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves, (April 23, Harper Teen)
Sixteen-year-old Joey Harker has just saved the Altiverse, the dimension that contains all the myriad Earths, from complete destruction. After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey and his fellow InterWorld Freedom Fighters are on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds. When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld’s Base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she’s from, or how she knows so much about InterWorld. Dangerous times lie ahead, and Joey has no one to rely on but himself and his wits, and, just maybe, the mysterious Acacia Jones.
Through the Door (The Thin Veil #1), by Jodi McIsaac, (April 23, 47North)
It’s been seven years since the love of Cedar McLeod’s life left with no forwarding address. All she has left of him are heart-wrenching memories of happier times and a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Eden. Then, one day, Eden opens her bedroom door and unwittingly creates a portal that leads to anywhere she imagines. But they’re not the only ones who know of Eden’s gift, and soon the child mysteriously vanishes. Desperate for answers, Cedar digs into the past and finds herself thrust into a magical world of Celtic myths, fantastical creatures, and bloody rivalries. Teaming up with the unlikeliest of allies, Cedar must bridge the gap between two worlds and hold tight to the love in her heart, or lose everything to an ancient evil.
Unbreakable(Unraveling #2), by Elizabeth Norris
Elizabeth Norris, (April 23, Balzer + Bray)
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Someone from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring and Ben is the prime suspect. His family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself in within five days. When Janelle learns that someone from her own world has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay. Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. Janelle begins to realize that she’s in way over her head, and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought.
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman, edited by Neil Gaiman, (April 23, HarperCollins)
A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird. These are just some of the fantastical creatures you’ll encounter within these pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you. Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination. With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more, Unnatural Creatures
will benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.
Hammer of Angels (Shadowstorm #2), by G.T. Almasi, (April 26, Del Rey)
Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China. But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows, and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners, a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.
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