New Releases January 23—January 29 and Readers Choice Contest

It is hard to believe that we are already in the last full week of January. This week brings us twenty-eight more new releases. I wonder what February holds…

What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe 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.

brackstonThe Case of the Fickle Mermaid (A Brothers Grimm Mystery #3), by P.J. Brackston, (January 25, Pegasus)
Gretel, yes, that Gretel, is now all grown up and working as a private investigator in 18th century Bavaria. Her professional interest is piqued when she begins to hear whispers of mysterious goings-on off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein: sailors are disappearing, and there are rumors of mermaids and sea creatures and all manner of slippery, sea-based happenings. Ordinarily, Gretel’s interest in sea-life does not extend beyond that which is edible and already on the plate before her. Funds are low, and the captain of the ship Arabella makes a tempting offer of good pay and a free cruise in return for her detective services. With a splendid new wig packed, Hans as her bodyguard on the journey north, and the promise of two weeks of fine dining and erudite company whilst sailing around the picturesque Friesian islands, what could possibly go wrong?

rockwell mariotte7 Sykos, by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeff Mariotte, (January 26, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Phoenix is one of the most populated cities in America, but not for long. With a mysterious sickness spreading through the streets, two things are becoming very clear: there’s no cure, and it doesn’t necessarily kill you. Instead, the so-called “Infecteds” have become a living plague, killing and eating everyone they come into contact with. Chaos is spreading, and no one is safe. No one, that is, except for a group of psychos. Somehow unaffected by the disease, and with promises of clemency for their monstrous pasts, a group of seven is sent downtown to hopefully find the cause of the disease, and therefore a cure. But when the asylum is the size of a city, it no longer matters who is running things. Not when everyone is running for their lives. (ebook only)

andersAll the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders, (January 26, Tor)
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. The development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families. Now they’re both adults, living in San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them is determined to bring them together, to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

woodBroken Hero, by Jonathan Wood, (January 26, Titan)
How’s a secret agent meant to catch a break? If it’s not a demi-god going through puberty, it’s a renegade Nazi clockwork army going senile. Or a death cult in Nepal. Or a battery-chewing wizard’s relationship problems. Arthur Wallace, agent of MI37, Britain’s agency for dealing with the supernatural, the extraterrestrial, and the generally odd, has to pull everything together, and he has to do it before a magical bomb tears reality apart.

bennettCity of Blades (The Divine Cities #2), by Robert Jackson Bennett, (January 26, Broadway Books)
A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. Now, the city’s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings. So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh, foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister, has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten. At least, it makes the perfect cover story. The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world, or destroy it. The trouble is that this old soldier isn’t sure she’s still got what it takes to be the hero.

dorseyCoconut Cowboy (Serge Storms #19), by Tim Dorsey, (January 26, William Morrow)
Serge A. Storms is hitting the road. Inspired by the classic biker flick Easy Rider, the irrepressible trivia buff and his drug-addled travel buddy, Coleman, head out on a motorcycle tour down the length of the Sunshine State. But going from small town to small town, they discover that some have lost much of their former charm, including one particular hamlet of skeezy rural politicos hell-bent on keeping prying eyes out of their ineptly corrupt style of local government. Traveling across the state, Serge and Coleman engage in some high-life hijinks, complete with the state’s trademark crop of jerks, lethal science experiments, drug kingpins, double-crosses, unearthed bodies, barbecue and groovy tunes. And when a few innocent newcomers stumble into the mix, the stakes are raised to new backwoods heights.

loweDaughter of Blood (Wall of Night #3), by Helen Lowe, (January 26, Harper Voyager)
Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night, but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising. Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family’s ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride’s honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out, for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth. (U.S. Release)

fallonFirst Kill: A Tor.Com Original, by Jennifer Fallon, ((January 26, Tor)
How do you kill with honor? When is murder not a murder? Assassin Kiam Miar will find out when his first assignment goes awry and he is faced with an ethical choice, as if assassins could have ethics. And if he makes the wrong choice, he could not only lose his life but throw a good chunk of his world into chaos. (ebook only)

grantFront Lines (Front Lines #1), by Michael Grant, (January 26, Katherine Tegen Books)
World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families, to go to war. These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

dietzGraveyard (The Mutant Files #3), by William C. Dietz, (January 26, Ace)
2069, Los Angeles. Decades after a bioterrorist attack decimated the population and left many of the survivors horribly mutated, the “norms” have forced mutants into dangerous areas known as red zones. The tensions between the two groups are threatening to boil over. LAPD detective Cassandra Lee is known for her single-mindedness, and right now, she’s got only one goal, track down the Bonebreaker, the man who murdered her father. Her quest for justice is derailed when LA comes under attack. The Aztec Empire, a Central American group determined to take back the U.S. territories that their Spanish ancestors once controlled, has led a mutant army into California. Lee must put all her energy into keeping her city safe while unearthing the political secrets of LA’s shady mayor. With the Bonebreaker hunting her down, losing focus even for a second could mean death.

wallaceLustlocked (Sin du Jour Affair #2), by Matt Wallace, January 26, (novella)
Love is in the air at Sin du Jour. The Goblin King (yes, that one) and his Queen are celebrating the marriage of their son to his human bride. Naturally the celebrations will be legendary. But when desire and magic mix, the results can be unpredictable. Our heroes are going to need more than passion for the job to survive the catering event of the decade.

zanettiMercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1), by Rebecca Zanetti, (January 26, Zebra)
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man, a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower, and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile, and vulnerable, creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury. Danger has never looked quite so delicious.

brozekNever Let Me: Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, Never Let Me Die (Melissa Allen Trilogy #1-3), by Jennifer Brozek, (January 26, Permuted Platinum) (Omnibus)
Melissa Allen, a troubled teen under house arrest, is the only person left alive in South Dakota. After discovering the mysterious deaths of her guardians and hearing of the massacre on the news, she realizes that there are monsters out there. They are pretending to be human, and they’ve have begun a door-to-door search, for her. Melissa is unable to leave the quarantine zone and has no help except for Homeland Security agent David Hood on the phone. Before the government takes drastic action, she must figure out what killed everyone and stop it from happening again. Or did Melissa herself, in a psychotic fit, murder her guardians–and the rest of the apocalypse is only happening inside her mind? This special edition features the first three books the Melissa Allen Series as well as a previously unpublished short story.

snyderNight Study (Soulfinders #2), by Maria V. Snyder, (January 26, Mira)
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. The recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear. Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek, secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

armstrongOtherworld Secrets (Otherworld Stories #4), by Kelley Armstrong, (January 26, Plume) (anthology)
Features fan-favorites such as Cassandra, Savannah, and Adam in rare and neverbefore- published short stories, plus a brand new novella. Fans old and new will flock to this mystery-themed volume to discover the deepest secrets of this captivating world. Anthology Contents: 1) Life After Theft – new Hope/Karl novella 2) Forbidden – Subterranean Press 2012 Elena/Clay novella 3) Angelic – Subterranean Press 2009 Eve/Kristof novella 4) Zen and the Art of Vampirism – Zoe novella from Subterranean Press’s long-sold out “A Fantasy Medley” 5) The Ungrateful Dead – Jaime short story from “Blood Lite” anthology 6) Counterfeit Magic – Subterranean Press 2010 Paige/Lucas novella. (U.S. Release)

nielsenRise of the Wolf (Mark of the Thief #2), by Jennifer A. Nielsen, (January 26, Scholastic Press)
Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War, the battle to destroy Rome from within, is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet. The Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear. When the Praetors capture Nic’s mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. If he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly destroy Rome and end his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome’s destruction?

saintcrowRoadside Magic (Gallow and Ragged #2), by Lilith Saintcrow, (January 26, Orbit)
The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both. But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged, and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life, and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh.

andrewsSage’s Eyes, by V.C. Andrews, (January 26, Pocket Books)
Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of, something. And maybe they’re right to, even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers, no adult, could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.

kali wallaceShallow Graves, by Kali Wallace, (January 26, Katherine Tegen Books)
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious, and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs, where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

feehanSpider Game (GhostWalkers #12), by Christine Feehan, (January 26, Jove)
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn’t exactly Trap Dawkins’ idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn’t there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It’s where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn’t want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It’s not Cayenne’s fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way, with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap’s greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what’s inside her is hard to control, especially when it’s aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.

hearneStaked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8), by Kevin Hearne, (January 26, Del Rey)
When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. His former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers, led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus, have become a huge problem. Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. His allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: When you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination, a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares. As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

sandersonThe Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), by Brandon Sanderson, (January 26, Tor)
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

shearinThe Brimstone Deception (SPI Files #3), by Lisa Shearin, (January 26, Ace)
The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug hits the streets. It’s called Brimstone. After the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff. I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. The collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I’d like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts, and souls. Because your local pusher doesn’t stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. Since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city. And when, not if, the cartel loses control of it, well, It’s going to be Hell on earth.

goodmanThe Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1), by Alison Goodman, (January 26, Viking BYR)
London, 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George III. When one of her family’s maids disappears, she is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons that has infiltrated all levels of society. Carlston is not a man she should be anywhere near, especially with the taint of scandal that surrounds him. He offers her help and the possibility of discovering the truth about the mysterious deaths of her parents. Soon the two of them are investigating a terrifying conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into darkness. Can Helen trust a man whose own life is built on lies? Does she have the strength to face the dangers of this hidden world and her family’s legacy?

lee mooreThe Dragon’s Return (The Zodiac Legacy #2), by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore, (January 26, Disney Press)
The dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier. And it all culminates in a major cliffhanger that readers won’t see coming.

cassThe Siren, by Kiera Cass, (January 26, Harper Teen)
Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again. Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude, until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

marrThe Maiden Thief: A Tor.Com Original, by Melissa Marr, (January 27, Tor)
A dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when one of her sisters is one of the taken.
(ebook only)

armstrong2Driven (Otherworld Stories #13.6), by Kelley Armstrong, (January 28, Subterranean) (Novella)
Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals. When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn’t about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it. But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster, Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him, and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.

The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.

Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!

New Releases January 16—January 22 and Readers Choice Contest

The month of January is breezing right along. For the next to the last full week of the month, we have twenty-four more new books for your reading pleasure.

What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe 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.

sussmanBurn (Stray #2), by Elissa Sussman, (January 19, Greenwillow)
After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away. With fellow rebels on her side, including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias, it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

sutcliffeConcentr8, by William Sutcliffe, (January 19, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
In a not-so-distant future London, riots have become the norm. But when the government suddenly stops distributing Concentr8, a behavioral modification “miracle” drug akin to Ritalin, the city’s residents rise up fiercer than they ever have before. Amidst the chaos, five teens pick a man seemingly at random and chain him up as a hostage in a warehouse. Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet sidekick, the only person he has ever trusted. But even Troy didn’t see this coming, and as their story unfolds over six tense days, one thing is clear, none of them will ever be the same again. (U.S. Release)

nuttallFalcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind #2), by Christopher G. Nuttall, (January 19, 47North)
Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning, and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive. The chances for success are slim, and for survival even slimmer. Armed with a fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail. Failure almost certainly means death, or worse, as the Theocracy does not treat prisoners kindly. Pitted against the defenses of her old nemesis Admiral Junayd, there is no room for error. With a spy hidden aboard her ship, Kat will need more than her wits to survive.

moningFeverborn (Fever #8), by Karen Marie Moning, (January 19, Delacorte Press)
When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making, a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself, can save the planet. Those who seek the mythic Song, Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada, must contend with old wounds and new enemies. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. The task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among, and within, themselves. Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

allanFuneral Games (Far Stars Trilogy #3), by Jay Allan, (January 19, Harper Voyager)
The Far Stars stands on the edge of a precipice. The forces of Governor Vos have surged forth, conquering worlds and imposing the emperor’s brutal rule over millions. Only one thing stands in the way of total victory: Marshal Augustin Lucerne’s newly created confederation. Vos has a simple plan: assassinate the marshal and manipulate his generals to fight over his legacy. Another threat lurks, Arkarin Blackhawk. The smuggler and mercenary has been the marshal’s ally, working in the shadows and unraveling Vos’s plans. Blackhawk’s past is a dark and dangerous one, and if he is put at the helm of the confederation armies, the brutal imperial general he once was may rise again. If Blackhawk survives, and can come to grips with the horror within him, he just might be able to save the Far Stars from the iron hand of the empire.

powersMedusa’s Web, by Tim Powers, (January 19, William Morrow)
In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and beautiful, bitter Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the childhood home they all shared. Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time, to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are puzzling and mesmerizing. As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the dangerous spiders himself. Will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s history and finally free them from the past, or be pulled deeper into the deadly web?

brondosOn the Meldon Plain (The Fourline Trilogy #2), by Pam Brondos, (January 19, Skyscape)
Natalie Barns is falling apart. Since returning from Fourline, she’s tried desperately to focus on the world in front of her, the one of classes, money, and family. But the wound in Natalie’s shoulder from her final encounter with the Nala radiates pain constantly throughout her days, while her nights are tormented by terrifying dreams of the Nala, and of Soris, the rebel fighter she failed to protect. Seeking refuge from what plagues her, Natalie returns to the costume shop and discovers her wound is much more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. What she learns sets her on an inexorable path back to the kingdom of Fourline. If she’s to have a chance of survival, she must confront Soris’ fate and the fears that have been festering in her heart, or the Nala remnant will change her life forever.

tallermanPatchwerk, by David Tallerman, (January 19, (novella)
Fleeing the city of New York on the TransContinental atmospheric transport vehicle, Dran Florrian is traveling with Palimpsest, the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing. When a rogue organization attempts to steal the device, however, Dran takes drastic action. But his invention threatens to destroy the very fabric of this and all other possible universes, unless Dran, or someone very much like him, can shut down the machine and reverse the process.

burns metzSanctuary Bay, by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, (January 19, St. Martin’s Griffin)
When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country, Sanctuary Bay Academy, it seems almost too good to be true. After years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

brownShade Me (Nikki Kill #1), by Jennifer Brown, (January 19, Katherine Tegen Books)
Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her. Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange, the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack. The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

wallaceSmall Wars: A Tor.Com Original (A Sin du Jour Affair), by Matt Wallace, (January 19, Tor)
The Sin du Jour procurement team has been tasked with acquiring a substantial cache of rare Welsh gold for a rather important event, but when they stumble upon rivals factions of the smallest warriors they’ve ever encountered, they’ll need to bring out the big guns if they’re to survive. (ebook only)

macmillanSword and Verse, by Kathy MacMillan, (January 19, Harper Teen)
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. Only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. When the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death. The romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Raisa is approached by the Resistance, an underground army of slave rebels, to help liberate Arnath slaves. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries, one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

isbellThe Capture (The Prey #2), by Tom Isbell, (January 19, Harper Teen)
Every night it was the same: dreaming of those Less Thans shackled in the bunker beneath the tennis court. It was why we had to get back to Camp Liberty. Why we had to free those Less Thans. Book, Hope, and Cat cannot live with themselves, they cannot settle into a new free life knowing the rest of their fellow Less Thans and Sisters are still imprisoned. The teens must retrace their steps to save the others, destroy the compound, and thwart the evil plans of the Republic. With new enemies lurking, deranged Crazies and ominous Skull People among them, the group must put their fate in the hands of unexpected allies, including the woman with the long black hair and Miranda, the daughter of the Skull People’s Chief Justice, who is drawn to Book. The teens they must ask themselves what they’re willing to do to free their friends, for the path back is filled with even more danger as motives are questioned and relationships tested.

chiltonThe Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice, by Andrew S. Chilton, (January 19, Knopf BYR)
The Boy is a nameless slave on a mission to uncover his true destiny. The Goblin holds all the answers, but he’s too tricky to be trusted. Plain Alice is a bookish peasant girl carried off by a confused dragon. And Princess Alice is the lucky girl who wasn’t kidnapped. All four are tangled up in a sinister plot to take over the kingdom, and together they must face kind monsters, a cruel magician, and dozens of deathly boring palace bureaucrats. They’re a ragtag bunch, but with strength, courage, and plenty of deductive reasoning, they just might outwit the villains and crack the goblin’s puzzle.

frankelThe Isle (The Ward #2), by Jordana Frankel, (January 19, Katherine Tegen Books)
The Ward is in trouble, its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight. Ren has discovered a cure, miraculous spring water, administering it to her sick sister, Aven. When Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again. The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. They will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease, and deadly enemies at every turn, the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors.

akersThe Pagan Night (The Long Winter #1), by Tim Akers, (January 19, Titan)
The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it’s the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart. Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.

catmullThe Radiant Road, by Katherine Catmull, (January 19, Dutton BYR)
After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in, a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

koboldtThe Rogue Retrieval, by Dan Koboldt, (January 19, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Sleight of hand, in another land. Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time. What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real. That’s how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians, and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it’s only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out. (ebook only)

tassiThe Sons of Sora (The Earthborn Trilogy #3), by Paul Tassi, (January 19, Talos)
Noah, an orphan from Earth’s last days is now nearly a man and a leader to the young enclave of Earthborn who reside on Sora. When the tranquility of their settlement is shattered by an assassination attempt, Noah turns to his younger brother Erik, Lucas and Asha’s only child by blood, for aid. Their journey takes them to the remnants of a dead planet, an outlaw-infested space station, and back to Sora, whose inhabitants are bracing for a showdown with the Xalans. They find themselves facing a new evil: the omnipotent Archon, who is controlling the whole of the Xalan horde, and his bloodthirsty lieutenant, the Black Corsair, who has a taste for brutality. The Archon, so-called God of the Shadows, has unearthed knowledge that could wipe both Sorans and humans from existence. The descendants of the Earthborn must uncover the true nature of the Archon and the Xalans before he burns everything they know and love to ashes.

cornwellWarriors of the Storm (The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales) #9), by Bernard Cornwell, (January 19, Harper)
A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. King Alfred’s son Edward and daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. All around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms’ greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. Forces are gathering against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. With Uhtred’s own daughter married to Ivarson’s brother, who can be trusted? In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior’s courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred, and this may be his finest hour.   (U.S. Release)

hutchinsonWe Are the Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson, (January 19, Simon Pulse)
Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. They’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind. Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. Before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

woodWeathering, by Lucy Wood, (January 19, Bloomsbury USA)
Pearl doesn’t know how she’s ended up in the river, the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she’d been stuck in for years. But here her spirit swirls and stays. Ada, Pearl’s daughter, doesn’t know how she’s ended up back in the house she left thirteen years ago.with no company apart from her own young daughter, Pepper. She wants to clear out Pearl’s house so she can leave and not look back. Pepper has grown used to following her restless mother from place to place, but this house is something new. Fascinated by the scattering of people she meets, by the river that unfurls through the valley, and by the strange old woman who sits on the bank with her feet in the cold water, Pepper doesn’t know why anyone would ever want to leave. Pepper and Ada find themselves entangled with the life of the valley and, each will discover the ways that places can take root inside us, bind us together, and become us. (U.S. Release)

waltersWill to Survive (The Rule of Three #3), by Eric Walters, (January 19, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR)
Adam has killed again. It had to be done, part of him knows that, but murder changes a person. It can certainly change a teenager who’s already grown up too quickly, too harshly, in the wake of the catastrophic global blackout five months ago. In the name of safety and survival, Adam and his neighbors have turned their middle American suburban neighborhood into a fortress, defending against countless enemies. But what’s lurking in the dark is a greater danger than ever before: somebody who wants to destroy the neighborhood and Adam at any cost. Soon, the hunted will have to become the hunter, and Adam hates himself for what he will have to do. Because sometimes even the dark is not cover enough for things that would never happen in the light.

nickleThe Caretakers: A Tor.Com Original, by David Nickle, (January 20, Tor)
A strange tale about a group of people called to a meeting with their intimidating boss. The newest member of their organization is not so sure she wants to even be there. (ebook only)

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