April 2012 Releases

Done with March 2012 Releases? Here are April 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Stephanie Guerra
Torn
Marshall Cavendish (US: 1st April 2012)
Review
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Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more. New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world – a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once. It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be. But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone – not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

Kate Gordon
Vulpi (Thyla, Book 2)
Random House (AU: 2nd April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Cat Connolly is a Thyla now. She’s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn’t want to go back to the human world. But all is not well among the shapeshifters. The treaty between the Thylas and the Sarcos is causing tension and the malevolent Diemens are still on the hunt. Then into Cat’s life wanders someone who should be an enemy but acts like a friend – and everything changes again. She discovers more about shapeshifters and Diemens, about Tessa, and about her own heart.

J. N. Duncan
The Lingering Dead (Deadworld, Book 3)
Kensington (US: 3rd April 2012)
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She cracks the FBI’s toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago’s windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation – and her team – in its sights…Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau’s special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead…Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step – and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice…

Ann Aguirre
Devil’s Punch (Corine Solomon, Book 4)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 3rd April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and learn its history. Her power is a gift, but one that’s thrown her life off track. The magical inheritance she received from her mother is dangerously powerful, and Corine has managed to mark herself as a black witch by dealing with demons to solve her problems. Back home, Corine is trying to rebuild her pawnshop and her life with her ex Chance, despite the target on her back. But when the demons she provoked kidnap her best friend in retaliation, Corine puts everything on hold to save her. It’s undoubtedly a trap, but Corine would do anything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing herself…

Holly Black
Black Heart (Curse Workers, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry (US & CA: 3rd April 2012); Hachette (UK: 19th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet – this time on love.

Isabel Cooper
Lessons After Dark
Sourcebooks Casablanca (US: 3rd April 2012)
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Olivia Brightmore didn’t know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for “gifted” children. But it wasn’t having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. John…He knew all about her history and scrutinised her every move because of it. But there was more than suspicion lurking in those luscious green eyes. Even with all the strange occurrences at the school, the most unsettling of all is the attraction pulling Olivia and Gareth together with a force that cannot be denied.

Kelley Armstrong
The Calling (Darkness Rising, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 5th April 2012; AU: April 2012); HarperCollins (US: 10th April 2012); Random House Doubleday (CA: 10th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is – a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents. Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

Beth Revis
A Million Suns (Across the Universe, Book 2)
Penguin (UK: 5th April 2012)
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Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no-one. The ship’s ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens. Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she’s torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that’s pulling everything apart. As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught in a desperate race to unravel its secrets. Only one thing is certain. They have to get off this ship.

Dee Shulman
Fever
Penguin (UK: 5th April 2012; AU: 24th April 2012)
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152 AD. Sethos Leontis, a skilled and mesmerising fighter, is unexpectedly wounded and lies dangerously close to death. 2012 AD. Eva is brilliant – but troubled. Starting her new life at a school for the gifted, a single moment in the lab has terrifying results. An extraordinary link brings Sethos and Eva together, but it could force them apart – because the fever that grips them cannot be cured and falling in love could be lethal…Can love survive when worlds collide and threaten time itself?

Alexander Gordon Smith
The Fury
Faber and Faber (UK: 5th April 2012)
Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)

Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you. Every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage, hell-bent on killing you – and only you. Friends, family, even your mum and dad, will turn on you. They will murder you. And when they have, they will go back to their lives as if nothing has happened. The world has the Fury. It will not rest until you are dead.

Amy Carol Reeves
Ripper
Llewellyn Flux (US: 8th April 2012)
Review
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It’s 1888, and after her mother’s sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighbourhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there. But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realises that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths – moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Kathy Hepinstall
Blue Asylum
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 10th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property. On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents – some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorise him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the colour blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is sceptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment”. She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home?

Jack Blaine
The Nightworld
HarperCollins (CA: 11th April 2012; US: 24th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Scraping by in classes, hanging out with his best friend Charlie, and trying to get a date with Lara Hanover, the prettiest girl in school – that was Nick Robbins’ life. Survival was the last thing on his mind. Then, a strange cloud appeared over the city. A cloud that kept growing. The darkness on the horizon consumed the light around it. And Nick’s dad, a Department of Defense energy physicist, might have something to do with it. Soon, it became clear that the world Nick knew would never be the same. Now, night is never-ending. The temperature is falling as heat leaves the world. Plants and animals are dying and people are turning into predators waiting for any small advantage. But Nick is determined not to disappear like the fading light. Desperate to glimpse a familiar face in the shadows, Nick races to find his friends – and the one clue that’s his glimmer of hope.

Megan McCafferty
Thumped (Bumped, Book 2)
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (CA: 13th April 2012; US: 24th April 2012); Random House Corgi (UK: 26th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins…on the same day! In a future where only teens can “bump”, or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom. Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can’t seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances. To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants. Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their “Double Double Due Date”. Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there’s only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are: Tell the truth.

Saundra Mitchell
The Springsweet (The Vespertine, Book 2)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 17th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land. Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

Dani Worth
Replicant (Kithran Regenesis, Book 2)
Samhain (US: 17th April 2012)

Jarana Gothbrun is the number one Tracker in the galaxies, famous for tagging Replicants – shape-shifting aliens who can take on humanoid forms once they have someone’s DNA. She has two more Replicants to catch in her current job, ones who escaped from a high security prison planet. Unfortunately, one of them is currently on her home planet, Kithra. She hasn’t been back since a Replicant kidnapped her and took her off planet. Everyone she loved was killed when massive explosions tore Kithra apart so she’s spent the seven years since on the hunt. It’s the only thing that keeps her from flying her ship into an asteroid. She thinks she’s hard enough to handle it. She’s not. Nor is she ready to deal with falling in love with both a human male, Erik…and the Replicant, himself. Maska has been hiding in a woman’s form and is engaged to Erik who had no idea the love of his life was an escaped prisoner. Or a male. When Jarana uses an untested device to force Maska’s shift, it puts him in danger and pisses off everyone on planet. Her plan to fly in and out with her prisoner is put on hold and she has to deal with the people who’ve come to love Maska as well as her own years of bottled grief.

Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (CA: 18th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves – and herself – while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable – and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Elizabeth Norris
Unraveling
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (CA: 13th April 2012; US: 24th April 2012)
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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed – as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows – with every fibre of her being – that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something – but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened – the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life – points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realises that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

Jackson Pearce
Purity
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 24th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Before her mother died, Shelby promised her three things: to listen to her father, to live life without restraint, and to love whenever possible. Those promises become harder to keep when she turns sixteen and is still dealing with her father’s expectations for his “little girl”. Then, Shelby’s father joins the planning committee for the town’s annual Princess Ball – a traditional father-daughter dance that culminates with a ceremonial vow to live whole, pure lives. In other words, no “bad behaviour”, no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex. But Shelby has a Life List, a list of things she wants to do in order to live without restraint like she promised her mother, and always living life by “the rules” isn’t on it. How is she supposed to keep her promise to listen to her father if she refuses to participate in the ball? So Shelby finds herself making a decision – exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. Shelby and her best friend Jonas make a Boy List of potential partners, but somewhere between failed attempts at losing her virginity and spending time with her dad, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

Joëlle Anthony
The Right & the Real
Penguin Putnam (US: 26th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right & the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader but Jesus Christ himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh was the most popular boy at school, too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira or getting kicked out or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata. Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her dad gets himself in serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?

Jennifer Bosworth
Struck
Random House Doubleday (UK: 26th April 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her. Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a travelling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come. Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

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