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The next couple of weeks are really going to challenge our book budgets. (Yes, I know I have the TBR version of Mount Everest, but one can never have too many books waiting when the zombie apocalypse arrives and one must barricade oneself inside.) The month of September ends with a 30-book bang, and you just don’t wanna know about next week yet.
Now…what do you want to read this week? Am I the only one who thinks a new series kickoff for Larissa Ione is a good thing? 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.
Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher. With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. Completing the mission is more difficult, and dangerous, than she could have imagined. Doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. It’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too. Both sides will do whatever it takes to win. Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will.
Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson and undercover operative Anna Johnson have a rocky beginning at their first meeting all to do with pantyhose and tying her to a bed after some heavy-duty sparring, and him declaring she has mighty fine killer knees. Christmas is coming but thoughts of sugar plum fairies and kissing under the mistletoe isn’t something these two gray werewolves have in mind when they’re tasked to be the newlyweds preparing for Christmas while investigating a SEAL’s murder at a Christmas Tree farm. As they battle each other as to what makes for the perfect newly married couple’s first Christmas, they learn that a little Christmas cheer can become so much more, especially if they can take down a SEAL’s killer before they become his next target.
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the empire. The most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines, something Evelina has secretly mastered. Rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out? Then there’s that murder. As Sherlock’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. The first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.
William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. Those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. An unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for. Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master?
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. My sister Menolly is a vampire married to a wildly hot werepuma. I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and Death Maiden. The Supe Community is in danger and now it’s up to us to unravel a mystery. When two vampiric software engineers approach us about a missing colleague, we don’t expect to find much. Then Grandmother Coyote steps in and our simple missing persons case rapidly devolves into a nightmare. We must infiltrate and destroy an underground organization of influential men, led by the mysterious Lowestar Radcliff. One misstep puts our whole operation and our lives in peril.
On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack. With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. She devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories, along with every bloodsucker on the planet. There’s one thing she cannot destroy: her undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most. A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. When he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession and perhaps his only salvation. A hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch or bury him forever.
Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father, a man who can change into a wolf. Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, a town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians. Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son and their reunion reignites the passion they once shared. Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? The fate of his tribe depends on it.
Charming(Pax Arcana #1)
, by Elliott James
, (September 24, Orbit)
John Charming isn’t your average Prince. He comes from a line of Charmings, an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is, until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt. That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn’t change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar. Right?
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it. Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.
Kidnapped by humans and raised in a research facility, Jett was taught to believe his own race of demons insidious and violent. A friendship with the archangel Raphael shatters Jett’s reality. His first months of freedom find him lingering on the fringes of his home colony, Sanctuary. When the human who stole Jett captures another demon youth from Sanctuary, Jett learns of the real plan, to steal Raphael’s archangel grandchildren. Jett wants to bring his captor to justice, but he must join forces with the demon Guardians, and the demon child’s older sister, Lexine. Attraction grows between Jett and Lexine, but Lexine’s prophetic dreams make her wary. If Jett goes through the process of becoming a Guardian, he may forfeit any chance they have of being together.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Dan has been drifting for decades. He settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. He becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
The Crown of Blood: He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn’t what it was. Could it be that everything he’s fought for all those years has been a lie? A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics. The Crown of the Conqueror: Ullsaard has won the crown. But when he is confronted with a truth too shocking to contemplate, he has to make the impossible choice between power and honour. And now the real battle has begun in this stunning sequel to The Crown of the Blood, packed with gargantuan battles, demonic magic and treacherous politics. The Crown of the Usurper: The stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood series.
England, 1191. Richard the Lionhearted has left the realm bankrupt and leaderless. Only Prince John seems willing to fight back the tide of chaos that threatens the heart of England. John has a secret weapon: Guy of Gisburne, outcast, mercenary, survivor of Hattin, and now knight, a man wronged by Hood. As an agent of John, he is sent to do his bidding and outwit enemy agents bent on England’s destruction. Gisburne’s first quest takes him to the hectic crusader port of Marseille, leading him into encounters with the man they call “The White Devil”. Relentlessly pursued on his way back to England, and aided by the beautiful Mélisande de Champagne, Gisburne battles his way. He hurtles towards the inevitable, bitter confrontation at the Castel de Mercheval.
The story of Byron, Fyn and Piro picks up immediately where the cliff-hanging ending of The Usurper let off. When Cobalt stole the Rolencian throne, Byren, Fyn and Piro were lucky to escape with their lives, now they’ve rallied and set out to avenge their parents’ murder. Byren is driven to defeat Cobalt and reclaim the crown, but at what cost? Fyn has sworn to serve Byren’s interests but his loyalty is tested when he realises he loves Byren’s betrothed. And Piro never wanted to win a throne, now she holds the fate of a people in her hands.
Once upon a timein a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.
As Dante Baptiste’s true identity as both True Blood and Fallen ripples throughout New Orleans, he and Heather struggle for their lives against different foes. To free herself from her father’s treachery, Heather accepts help from an ally. Dante, lost to his brutal past, wavers between his own sense of self and the Bad Seed-programmed S that lurks within, between the never-ending Road and the Great Destroyer. Lucien searches frantically for the lovers, all too aware that time is running out. Dark forces continue to gather, eager to possess and manipulate the young vampire for their own ends. The fate of mortals, nightkind, and the Fallen pivots around Dante as he struggles to piece together his shattered psyche and gain control of his power before he rips all three worlds asunder.
When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen, and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all. Who wouldn’t want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He’s barely had time to adjust to his new state before he’s roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he’ll put a stop to whoever’s targeting her. Then he’ll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.
Altapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is about to be besieged by its own king. Where else would somewhat reformed thief Easie Damasco be but trapped within the city’s walls? The Castovalian defenders are left with one desperate option. Far in the northern lands of Shoan, rebels have set up the young prince Malekrin as a figurehead. The prince must be persuaded to join forces. All hope lies with Damasco and his sticky-fingered approach to problem solving, along with his long suffering partner, the gentle giant Saltlick. This time it’s a human being that needs stealing, with his own desires and opinions, and events only grow more complicated as Damasco realizes that he and the rebellious young prince have more in common that either would admit.
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter the half-forgotten race who live there. It would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded. The people of Fellein have live with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there, and oft-rumored riches.
Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. When he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other, half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies. Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal, freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north. Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics, nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart, the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business, until she discovered her true legacy, a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. As her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. When a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear. With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry are faltering. She finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world. The question of Stanis’s fate haunts her, and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.
On both sides of the Mexican-American border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface, a epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he’s unequipped to handle. Sherry Nichols is one of those disappeared girls. She’s managed to escape. Freeing herself was the easy part. Lost and alone, she’s got to make it through the desert. In a Mexican jail, an unjustly-imprisoned man named Galvan is offered a devil’s bargain. Freedom and the beloved daughter from whom he is estranged if he successfully carries a sinister package across the border in twenty-four hours. But there are more than coyotes roaming the desert in search of prey. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone must face their deepest terrors.
When teenage Pen inherits the job of caretaker for a London building with no doors and only a secret entrance from the caretaker’s lodge, which she must never use, little does she know it will lead her into unbelievable danger. For Azmordis, also known as Satan, a spirit as old as Time and as powerful as the Dark, Immortality is running out. In the house with no front door, a group of teenagers are trapped in assorted dimensions of myth and history, undergoing the trials that will shape them to step into his cloven footwear, or destroy them. Assisted only by an aspiring teenage chef called Gavin and Jinx, a young witch with more face-piercing than fae-power, Pen must try to stop the Devil’s deadly game plan, before it’s too late.
The Incrementalists, a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste for most of the last four hundred years. Celeste, recently dead and very unstable, has changed the rules, not incrementally, and not for the better. The heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world.
The automated alien ship came and built us a space elevator, an impervious thread connecting Darwin, Australia to the heavens. We took advantage of the Builder’s gift and established orbital colonies along the cord. Then, years later, a plague almost completely obliterated the world’s population.
The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O’Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her. In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa’s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa’s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life, and heart, forever.
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much, family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, including her boyfriend, Cole, than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. When their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend, aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Eli is on a mission to eradicate every super-powered person. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge.
Meg Lytton has always known she is different, that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne. With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice. (U.S. Release)
In a magical land called Ellegandia, a young boy named Promi scrapes by, stealing pies, cakes and sweets to survive. But little does he know that his country is a pawn in an ages-old war between good and evil, battled both in the spirit realm and in the human world. Harboring secrets of his own, Promi teams up with a courageous girl named Atlanta and the two vow to save their land, and each other, no matter the cost. But their vow has greater repercussions than they ever could imagine, in fact, it may just bring about the creation of Atlantis, an island cut off from the rest of the world, where magic reigns supreme.
Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic. What are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago. Maggie meets a boy named Casimir. He’s from Oldworld too, and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know, until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. Although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.
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