February 2013 Releases

Done with January 2013 Releases? Here are February 2013 Releases. For future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

Julianna Baggott
Fuse (Pure, Book 2)
Hachette (US: 1st February 2013; AU: 12th February 2013; UK: 14th February 2013)
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When the end came, the world was divided. Those considered perfect, the Pure, sheltered inside the controlled Dome. Outside, the Wretches struggled in a destroyed world, crippled by the fusings that branded them after the apocalypse that changed everything. Partridge, a Pure, has left the safety of the Dome in search of the truth. Pressia, a Wretch, is desperate to decode the secret that will cure her people of their fusings forever. Together, they must seek out the answers that will save humankind, and prevent the world’s annihilation. But the betrayal of Partridge’s departure has not been forgotten. As the Dome unleashes horrifying vengeance upon the Wretches in an attempt to get Partridge back, Partridge has no choice but to return to face the darkness that lies there, even as Pressia travels to the very ends of the world to continue their search. Theirs is a struggle against a formidable foe, and it is a fight that will push them over boundaries of land and of sea, of heart and of mind. They can only hope for success because failure is unimaginable…

Lauren DeStefano
Sever (Chemical Garden, Book 3)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st February 2013; UK: 14th February 2013); Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 12th February 2013)
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With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them. Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future – and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

Miriam Forster
City of a Thousand Dolls
HarperCollins (AU: 1st February 2013; US & CA: 5th February 2013)
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Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumours are true, assassins. She makes her way as Matron’s errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die. Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardises not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls – but also her life.

Megan Shepherd
The Madman’s Daughter
HarperCollins (AU: 1st February 2013)
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London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself – working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true. Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius – and madness – in her own blood.

Kasie West
Pivot Point
HarperCollins (AU: 1st February 2013; US & CA: 12th February 2013)
Review
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Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with – her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not. In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school – but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through…and who she can’t live without.

Máire Claremont
The Dark Lady (Mad Passions, Book 1)
Hachette Headline Eternal Romance (UK: 2nd February 2013); Penguin Signet (CA: 5th February 2013)
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Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin – his childhood companion and first love – that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jaded soul can’t anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined to a madhouse. Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy – and prove her sanity to England’s unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva’s tragic past are finally unlocked…

Kate Locke
The Queen is Dead (Immortal Empire, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (US & UK: 5th February 2013
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When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it’s up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favour, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to a being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is that she’s already lost one sibling, she’s not about to lose another.

Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2)
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 5th February 2013); Penguin Puffin (UK: 7th February 2013)
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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, is trying to break out of prison – even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Angry Robot (UK: 7th February 2013)
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He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Caragh M. O’Brien
Promised (Birthmarked, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (UK: 7th February 2013)
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After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland and over-throwing the tyranical leader of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her greatest challenge yet – to lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge. With Leon finally by her side, Gaia is hopeful that she can settle her people and finally start the life with him that she’s always wanted. But in Gaia’s absence, the Enclave has become even more ruthless, picking girls from outside the wall to serve in an experimental baby factory. Babies with the right genes are now a priceless commodity with the potential to reshape life inside the wall and redifine humanity. And when it becomes clear that her genes are exactly what the Enclave needs, Gaia is appalled by the lengths they will go to…

Megan Crewe
The Lives We Lost (Fallen World, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 12th February 2013)
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A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer – there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Kate Ellison
Notes from Ghost Town
Random House Egmont (US: 12th February 2013)
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Olivia Tithe was excited for the summer and spending it with her best friend, Stern. But that was ruined when he was murdered…by Olivia’s mother. Flashing forward, Olivia’s life has been transformed since that awful night. After her mother’s incarceration, Olivia must move on, but she hates her father’s new fiancée, Heather, and with her dad’s new real estate development (she calls it Ghost Town) in the works, she barely sees him. But a new boy, Austin, has kindled feelings inside her that she hasn’t felt since Stern’s death. Arriving at the same time as this new guy is a mysterious note that brings Stern’s murder back to the forefront; Olivia knows that she must discover the truth behind her friend’s death once and for all.

Caitlin Kittredge
The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex, Book 2)
Random House Ember (US & CA: 12th February 2013)
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Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succomb to madness because of a latent strain – she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling – half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her. When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine, she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.

Caitlin Kittredge
The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex, Book 3)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 12th February 2013)
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Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean – the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can’t do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. But Aoife is determined to find her way out. And she has no trouble if that means she has to kill Tremain and his queen to do it.

Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3)
Penguin (US, UK, CA & AU: 12th February 2013)
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organisation denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realises that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks? As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realises that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next. Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

Kristen Simmons
Breaking Point (Article 5, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 12th February 2013)
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After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed. Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalised tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognised and taken in by the Resistance – an underground organisation working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumours are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion… Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognised, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong (eds.)
Shards & Ashes (Anthology)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 19th February 2013); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 19th February 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested. Original stories of dystopian worlds offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world. Includes stories from Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Carrie Ryan, Margaret Stohl.

Sophie Littlefield
Garden of Stones
Publisher (US: 26th February 2013)
Review
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Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up – along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans – and taken to the Manzanar prison camp. Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever…and spur her to sins of her own.

Eileen Rendahl
Dead Letter Day (Messenger, Book 3)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 26th February 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Melina Markowitz, messenger for the underworld, delivers the goods for the supernatural beings in our midst – no questions asked. It’s more than a job; it’s a mission. Safety be damned. Melina’s missing friend, Paul, could just be taking a little werewolf “me time,” but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul’s wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn’t explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina’s nerves – or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing. The clues lead Melina to a mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer and patterns for Norwegian doilies – finally bringing her to the realisation that she may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.

Marie Lu
Legend (Legend, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 27th February 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Los Angeles, California, Republic of America. He is Day, The boy who walks in the light. She is June, The girl who seeks her brother’s killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past. But Day murdered June’s brother, and she has sworn to avenge his death…

Jessica Brody
Unremembered (Unremembered, Book 1)
Pan Macmillan (UK: 28th February 2013)
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Sixteen-year-old Sera is the only survivor of an explosion on a plane. She wakes up in hospital to find that she has no memory. The only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. The only adult she trusts insists that she shouldn’t believe anything that anybody tells her. Sera must work out who she is and where she came from. Eventually she will learn that the only thing worse than forgetting her past is remembering it.

Liz Coley
Pretty Girl Thirteen
HarperCollins (UK: 28th February 2013)
Review
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Angie Chapman is only 13 when she gets lost in the woods in the middle of the night. The next thing she knows she’s returned home, scars around her wrists and ankles, physically exhausted. Her parents collapse into tears when they see her, but Angie doesn’t understand – until they tell her she has been missing, presumed dead, for three years. Angie doesn’t remember anything from her missing years. But there are people who do – people who could tell Angie every terrifying detail, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With help, Angie begins to unravel the darkest secrets of her own past. But does she really want to know the truth?

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