New Releases Sept. 14—20 and Readers Choice C*ntest

Happy Monday! Oh, wait. That’s an oxymoron. Anyway, looks like a week for fantasy this time out in our weekly tour of new spec fiction releases. Well okay, fantasy and zombies. Just when I think zombies have shambled off and died, here comes a new brain-eating bunch. But I guess that’s the way with zombies, isn’t it? 
Now…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. 
Anarchy: A Novel (Advent Trilogy #2), by James Treadwell, (September 17, Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
If there’s one thing Gavin Stokes knows, it’s that something unimaginably dangerous has returned to the world. A mad dog runs amok, a mermaid floats in the bay, and a wild beast stalks the countryside. He and others make the same strange claim: magic has returned. All signs point to it. Now, Gavin’s aunt has disappeared. A young girl who’s been accused of murder vanishes from a locked cell. She is at large somewhere in a vast wilderness. Meanwhile, a desolate child leaves the home that has kept her safe all her life and strikes out into the unknown. And a mother, half mad with grief for her lost son, sets off to find him. There is a place where all their journeys meet. But someone is watching the roads.  (U.S. Release) 
Born of Hatred (Hellequin Chronicles #2), by Steve  McHugh, (September 17, 47North)
There was a time when Nathan Garrett was feared. When the mention of his name was enough to stop his enemies in their tracks. That time has long since passed. When Nathan’s friend asks for help investigating a pattern of horrific crimes, he reluctantly agrees. But his investigation leads to a serial killer who is something more, or less, than human, a creature of pure malevolence and hatred. There are some things that even a 1600-year-old sorcerer hesitates to challenge. But when evil targets those Nathan cares about, his enemies will discover exactly who Nathan used to be. And why they will learn to fear him once more. (U.S. Release) 
Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles #1) , by Steve McHugh
Steve McHugh, (September 17, 47North)
It’s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there. His only clue, a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.  (U.S. Release) 
Delia’s Shadow, by Jaime Lee Moyer, (September 17, Tor)
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted with an ability to peer across to the other side. Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free. Until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest. It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again and who is now aware of Delia’s existence. 
Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (Pax Arcana 0.6), by Elliott James, (September 17, Orbit)
This is the second in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, will be out in September 2013. Nothing with the Cunning Folk is ever free. When John Charming goes to Sarah White for help with a minor ghost problem, he soon finds himself dealing with a restless spirit on a completely different scale. And the last thing you want to be when hunting a water spirit is out of your depth. (ebook only) 
Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, (September 17, HarperCollins)
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” “Hullo,”I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.” Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal. While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space. 
Guys Read: Other Worlds, by Jon Scieszka and others, (September 17, Walden Pond Press)
The fourth volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series for tween boys, features ten thrilling new tales of science fiction and fantasy from some of the biggest names in children’s literature. Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers: Rick Riordan, who has written an all-new and exclusive Percy Jackson tale, Tom Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame, Newbery medalist Rebecca Stead, Shannon Hale, D. J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Shaun Tan, and none other than the late Ray Bradbury, spin tales of fantasy and science fiction the likes of which you have never imagined. 
King of Swords (The Starfolk #1), by Dave Duncan, (September 17, 47North)
Rigel has always known he is not quite human, but the only clue to his origin is the otherworldly bracelet he has worn since childhood. His search for his parentage leads him to the Starlands, where reality and fantasy have changed places. There he learns that he is a human-starborn cross, and his bracelet is the legendary magical amulet Saiph, which makes its wearer an unbeatable swordsman. Fighting off monsters, battling a gang of assassins seeking to kill him, Rigel finds honorable employment as a hero. He knows that he must die very soon if he remains in the Starlands, but he has fallen hopelessly in love with a princess and cannot abandon her. 
Kinslayer(The Lotus War #2), by Jay Kristoff, (September 17, Thomas Dunne Books)
In “A Shattered Empire”, the Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko. The threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously. In “A Dark Legacy”, Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. Yukiko is blinded by rage over her father’s death. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. In “A Gathering Storm”, Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. 
Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2), by Kat Zhang, (September 17, HarperCollins)
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. She lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away. Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. The girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Both girls are eager to join the rebellion. How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Their answers may tear them apart forever. 
The Cure, by Douglas E. Richards, (September 17, Forge Books)
Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she’s devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition. To do so, she’ll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles. As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy. 
The Delphi Room, by Melia McClure, (September 17, ChiZine)
Is it possible to find love after you’ve died and gone to Hell? For oddball misfits Velvet and Brinkley, the answer just might be yes. After Velvet hangs herself and winds up trapped in a bedroom she believes is Hell, she comes in contact with Brinkley, the man trapped next door. Through mirrors that hang in each of their rooms, these disturbed cinephiles watch the past of the other unfold – the dark past that has led to their present circumstances. As their bond grows and they struggle to figure out the tragic puzzles of their lives and deaths, Velvet and Brinkley are in for more surprises. By turns quirky, harrowing, funny, and surreal, The Delphi Room explores the nature of reality and the possibilities of love. 
The Heist, by Will McIntosh, (September 17, Orbit)
An unlikely crew has met up in Las Vegas to pull off the ultimate robbery. The target? Life itself. (ebook Only) 
The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted. Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for. He must survive the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn. 
The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles #2), by Michael J. Sullivan, (September 17, Orbit)
For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception, Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of, but she’s about to find out. 
WikiWorld, by Paul Di Filippo, (Sept 17, ChiZine Publications)
WikiWorld contains a choice assortment of Di Filippo’s best and most recent work. The title story is a radical envisioning of near-future sociopolitical modes. In addition, there are alternate history adventures such as “Yes We Have No Bananas”; homages to icons such as Stanislaw Lem (“The New Cyberiad”); collaborations with Rudy Rucker and Damien Broderick; and a posthuman odyssey (“Waves and Smart Magma”). 
Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide Deluxe Edition, by Joseph McCullough, (September 17, Osprey Publishing)
The dead have always walked among us, from the shambling corpses of Eastern European folklore to the drug-created zombie of Haitian voodoo. The number of zombie outbreaks has increased every year, while governments desperately try to cover up the facts. Contains all of the information necessary to recognize and combat this growing threat. Beginning with an explanation of the historical origins of zombies, it follows their history straight through to the threat they pose to the world today. All varieties of zombie are cataloged and examined, giving their strengths and weakness, with a special emphasis on recognition and elimination. The book covers the tactics and equipment used in zombie fighting. Numerous full-color reconstructions to help with identification. 
Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, edited by Paula Guran, (September 18, Prime Books)
The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of the past, the more we’ve come to love Halloween – the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favor of the bizarre, the “other side” is closest, and everyone can become anyone (or anything) they wish… and sometimes what they don’t. Introducing nineteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrate the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays. Includes at least eighteen stories by some of today’s most exciting authors.
The small print: Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook like. 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. 

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New Releases June 8—14 and Readers Choice C*ntest

First, I’m over at Musings from Mistress of the Dark Path today, talking about how a spider inspired the idea for Storm Force, which will be officially released next week. Yep, a spider. Really. Hop over a show some love today, and win a copy of Storm Force (or, if you prefer, a signed cover flat for the trade paperback of River Road, coming out later this month). Also, thanks to Black Lilac Kitty and Fae Books for spotlighting Penton and Storm Force today. I learned last night that Absolution, the second Penton book, is this year’s paranormal winner of the Holt Medallion award, presented by Virginia Romance Writers. Woohoo!

Okay, down to business…

Even after such a big week for new releases last week, there are 22  new ones this week. Busy month! And I have seen the future, using one of DJ’s hydromancy kits. Just wait until you see the list for the first week of July!

What do you want to read? 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. 
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 (A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels II), by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham, (June 11, Bantam)
The sweeping action moves from the icy north, where the bastard Jon Snow seeks to carve out a place for himself, to the decadent south and the capital city of King’s Landing, where Jon’s father, Lord Eddard Stark, serves as the Hand of King Robert Baratheon, to the barbarian lands across the Narrow Sea, where the young princess Daenerys Targaryen has love, and with it, for the first time in her life, power. Tyrion Lannister, accused by Lady Catelyn Stark of the attempted murder of her now-crippled youngest son, must call upon all his cunning and wit to survive. Now is not the time for private feuds and bloodthirsty ambitions. Winter is coming, and with it, terrors beyond imagining. 
A Private Little War, by Jason Sheehan, (June 11, 47North)
The pilots of Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group, all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain. With a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a powerful private military company, and aid from other outfits on the ground, it was supposed to be an easy-in, easy-out mission that would make the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., very, very rich. The natives of Iaxo had another plan, and what was once a strategic slam-dunk has become a quagmire, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come. 
Tom Teal and Albert Barnes are government employees tasked with visiting a hard-to-reach house and convincing its inhabitant, a member of the Zarene family that controls the whole valley, that a large dam project is a good idea. But the Zarenes have their own way of doing things, and they don’t take kindly to outsiders.  (ebook only) 
Another Little Piece, by Kate Karyus Quinn, (June 11, Harper Teen)
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish, a bloody razor, and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape, unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past. 
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion #1), by Teri Brown, (June 11, Balzer + Bray)
Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium ever. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep. Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all? 
Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2), by Bethany Griffin, (June 11, Greenwillow)
Araby’s world is in shambles, betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city. Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves, or it could turn her into a hero. 
Exodus(Extinction Point #2), by Paul Antony Jones, (June 11, 47North)
Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. After discovering a small family of refugees along the way, Emily’s determination to escape the unfolding catastrophe and carve out a new future is renewed. In the battle about to begin, there will be no room for mistakes or mercy, only the most ruthless instincts to survive. 
Her Grace’s Stable (A Jane Austen Space Opera #2), by Joely Sue Burkhart, (June 11, Samhain)
Lady Violet Blackmyre, the “Black Duchess” of the Queen’s Light Dragoons, never thought she’d die a slow, miserable death. Only days after being named Field Marshal of the Britannian Army, she’s been diagnosed with consumption. Giving Cole, her devoted stable hand and “pony”, his freedom is as easy as removing his collar. Convincing him to seek another mistress will be impossible should he learn of her condition. When he stumbles across a magnificent “stallion” being abused at an illegal human auction, he is sure this is the challenge that will re-engage his mistress’s interest. Arthur is desperate to return to the Iberian front. Lady Blackmyre’s dreadful secret is becoming more obvious by the day, and the scourge tearing at her lungs may not be natural at all.  (ebook only) 
Limits of Power (Paladin’s Legacy #4), by Elizabeth Moon, (June 11, Del Rey)
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves, known as the Lady, is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family, rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it, even children. One very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides. 
Love Minus Eighty, by Will McIntosh, (June 11, Orbit)
Years in the future, dead women in cryogenic dating farms await rich, lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home. There’s Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sells everything to visit her, seeking her forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a socially-awkward dating coach, finds herself responsible for the happiness of a man whose life she saved against his will. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in the heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the centuries pass. The lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance. 
Plague in the Mirror, by Deborah Noyes, (June 11, Candlewick Press)
It was meant to be a diversion, a summer in Florence with her best friend, Liam, and his travel-writer mom, doing historical research. A chance to forget that back in Vermont, May’s parents were breaking up. When May wakes one night sensing someone in her room, only to find her ghostly twin staring back at her, normalcy becomes a distant memory. When later she follows the menacing Cristofana through a portal to fourteenth-century Florence, May never expects to find safety in the eyes of Marco, a painter. The wily Cristofana wants nothing less of May than to inhabit each other’s lives, but with the Black Death ravaging Old Florence, can May’s longing for Marco’s touch be anything but madness? 
Riese: Kingdom Falling, by Greg Cox and Ryan Copple, (June 11, Simon & Schuster)
A steampunk princess is torn between love and duty in this prequel to’s wildly popular webisodes. Riese has never been happy as a princess; she’d much rather be hunting or fighting than sitting through another lesson on court etiquette. When she meets Micah, a wandering artist with a mysterious past, she pretends to be a peasant, it’s a chance to be just a normal girl with a normal boy for a while. But with war decimating her once-proud nation and the sinister clockwork Sect infiltrating her mother’s court, Riese’s moments with Micah are the only islands of sanity left in a world gone mad. As her kingdom falls and the Sect grows ever stronger, will Riese remain true to her duty as a princess, or risk everything on a boy she barely knows? 
Rush(The Game #1), by Eve Silver, (June 11, Katherine Tegen Books)
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game, her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn. 
Shadow People (Peter Warlock #2), by James Swain, (June 11, Tor)
During a séance Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person’s soul.  Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim. It’s a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive. Peter soon realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer, and that he is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago.  He must find the serial killer in real time before he claims his next victim.  To save many lives, Peter may have to tap into a legacy that he has always dreaded, and a power that may consume him. 
As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel’s wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber-surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer’s path available to a peasant’s son. But when the magic inside him finally awakens, he finds that keeping to that path will be even harder than he could ever imagine. “The Burning,”  is a 4500-word prequel story to Elisha Barber.  (ebook only)   
The Immortal Circus: Act Two (The Immortal Circus #2), by A.R. Kahler, (June 11, 47North)
Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself? The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive, and deadly. Step right up.  (ebook only) 
The Registry, by Shannon Stoker, (June 11, William Morrow)
The Registry saved the country from collapse. Stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death. Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. A warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico, and the promise of freedom. All Mia wants is to control her own destiny, a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her, a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.  
In a possible far future animals have taken over and democratized the world where humans once ruled. Tim, a lonely slime mold, is worried about his human pet Mimi and her recent animal urges. He only wants her to be happy, but he doesn’t know how to keep her from sneaking out and cavorting with the human pet next door or any number of feral humans in the neighborhood. But through his relationship with her, he learns what it truly means to make a commitment to someone else.  (ebook only) 
Relic Master Part 1, by Catherine Fisher, (June 13, Firebird)
It is a devastated world where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics possess technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his 16-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be hunted, spied on, and tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters, some human, some not, that also want the relic’s power and will stop at nothing to get it.  
Relic Master Part 2, by Catherine Fisher, (June 13, Firebird)
Galen and his apprentice, Raffi, are searching for the ancient relics with the power to save their city, Anara. First they hear of Flian’s Coronet, which might be the only way to defeat the encroaching evil, but the Coronet has not been seen for centuries, and they must enlist some dangerous allies to find it. And then, when Raffi knows he is being hunted, he must face his deepest fears in the deepest, darkest part of Anara, the Pits of Maar, and there, evil is unmasked, loyalty is tested, and the greatest secret in all of the city is revealed. 
The Hostage Prince, by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, (June 13, Viking Juvenile)
Snail and Prince Aspen are unlikely companions. Snail is a midwife’s apprentice; Aspen is a prince held hostage to prevent a war. Due to a series of misunderstandings, the two find themselves on the run, having adventure after mishap after scary, fast-paced escape. When they reach Aspen’s kingdom, they learn to their horror that their actions have divided the country and plunged it into violence. Every minute counts: it is time for Snail and Aspen to figure out a way to stop the building war, together. 
The Wells Bequest (The Grimm Legacy #2), by Polly Shulman, (June13, Nancy Paulsen Books)
Leo never imagined that time travel might be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might exist. When a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. In the few moments before it vanishes, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself. His search for the time machine leads him to the New York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects including one very famous time machine. When Leo’s adventure suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on.
The small print: Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners are announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into the Book Horde list (see tab at the top of the page).

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