1st September 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Josephine Angelini
Firewalker (Worldwalker, Book 2)
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 1st September 2015)
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Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fuelled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good. Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make her come back.

Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle [also published as Vivian Versus America] (Vivian Apple, Book 2)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 1st September 2015)
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The predicted Rapture by Pastor Frick’s Church of America has come and gone, and three thousand Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Church’s diabolical power grab…and to locate Viv’s missing heartthrob, Peter Ivey.

Kim Harrison
The Drafter (Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 1st September 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 1st September 2015)
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Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

Karen Kincy
Clockwork Menagerie (Shadows of Asphodel, Book 2.5 – Novella)
Curiosity Quills (US: 1st September 2015)
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Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore. To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smouldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.

Carrie Mesrobian
Cut Both Ways
HarperCollins (US: 1st September 2015)
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Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s definitely not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted – he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy. Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too – which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly? Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after a series of half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help – unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between his mom and dad for years and neither one feels like home. Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live – whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself probably the most.

Devon Monk
Crucible Zero (House Immortal, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 1st September 2015)
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Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized – and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body – she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of travelling in time to do so. But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him. Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her – and any chance of saving everything she loves…

Cherie Priest
Chapelwood (Borden Dispatches, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens. This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life. Unless she stops it…

Madeleine Roux
Sanctum (Asylum, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. But someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival. Finally, Dan receives a list of coordinates pointing to abandoned houses in the town near Brookline, and he is convinced that the only way to end this nightmare once and for all is to follow the trail. But when Dan and his friends arrive under the guise of a prospective students’ weekend, they discover that the carnival from their photos isn’t just real, it’s here on campus. And that’s just where the terrors begin…

Madeleine Roux
Catacomb (Asylum, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 1st September 2015)
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Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that a black muscle car appears to be following them. Then Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again – someone who died last Halloween. As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate – a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister fascination with notorious killers of the past. Now Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

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September 2015 Releases

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[REVIEW] Our Lady of the Ice – Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cassandra Rose Clarke
Our Lady of the Ice
Simon & Schuster Saga Press (US, UK, CA, & AU: 27th October 2015)
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I can sell Our Lady of the Ice with just two words: Antarctic noir.

Alas, it’s not an Antarctica that’s instantly familiar. The story takes place in Hope City, a domed colony in Argentine Antarctica, reliant on electricity and maintenance drones to keep from freezing to death. And recent power outages signal that the worst has a very real chance of occurring.

Private investigator Eliana Gomez is hired to retrieve important documents for wealthy Marianella Luna, but the city’s gang boss will contract the murders of anyone who stands in his way to retrieve them. So Eliana’s gangster boyfriend Diego may have to kill her.

Marianella is the most complex character, though, with a fascinating back-story – and present. I totally ship her with Sofia, whose ambitions could change Hope City forever.

Cassandra Rose Clarke’s previous adult novel (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, which I adore and highly recommend to fans of science fiction and romance alike) explores human-android relations, and that theme continues in Our Lady of the Ice. With a private investigator, gangsters, city politics, and a wealthy woman with a major secret, the noir vibe is constant. Music is depicted as both a mind-control device and a symbol of freedom, and the Theremin is an instrument that hopefully readers will consider learning to play.

With an irresistible concept, Our Lady of the Ice captivates with secrets and betrayals, intriguing characters, and a deadly location. Cassandra Rose Clarke writes some of the best sci-fi currently on the market, and this latest addition is sure to gain new fans.

25th August 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Melinda Braun
Stranded
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US, UK, CA, & AU: 25th August 2015)
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Plagued with guilt after surviving the car accident that took her sister’s life, Emma ventures into the rugged and mysterious wilderness of the Boundary Waters in search of some much needed peace. But when a freak windstorm kills her guide, Emma and a handful of other campers are forced to fend for themselves. Lost, hungry, and exhausted, the small group must rely on their survival instincts as they travel through the forest towards Lake Superior. But the Boundary Waters is vast and unpredictable, and as the days drag on, it becomes clear that the group is no match for what Mother Nature has in store – and time is running out. As they continue to battle the elements, Emma realises that nature isn’t her only threat: there’s one camper who will do whatever it takes to make it out of the Boundary Waters alive. Even if he’s the only one…

Marie Lu
The Young Elites (The Young Elites, Book 1)
Penguin Speak (US: 25th August 2015)
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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumoured to possess more than just scars – they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fight a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Richelle Mead
Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, Book 4)
Kensington Zebra (US: 25th August 2015)
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Seattle based shape-shifting succubus Georgina Kincaid gets her energy from seducing mortal men. Fortunately, she can have any man she wants – except the one she’s in love with. Because unfortunately, her lovers always pay – with their souls… Thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, Georgina has been so wicked that Seattle’s über-demon, Jerome, decides to “outsource” her to a rival – and have her spy for him in the process. It’s a chilly proposition, since she’ll be exiled to the frozen north, aka Vancouver, leaving Seth and his new girlfriend to turn up the heat. But soon there’s a bright spot… When Jerome is kidnapped, all his immortals, including Georgina, mysteriously lose their powers – meaning there’s nothing to keep her from getting down and dirty with Seth. Except his girlfriend, that is. Georgina will just have to deal with it, plus rescue her boss, contend with Jerome’s amorous rival, and figure out if everyone involved is being played – or all hell will break loose…

Dawn Metcalf
Insidious (The Twixt, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 25th August 2015)
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Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink’s twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favour, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds – a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep. Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth – some secrets cannot remain secret forever.

Amy Christine Parker
Astray (Gated, Book 2)
Random House Ember (US & CA: 25th August 2015)
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Lyla Hamilton almost died escaping the Community. In her new life, the outsiders call the Community a cult. They don’t understand how easy it was to believe. How good it felt to belong. “Normal” life – high school and dating – is harder than Lyla expected. The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold. The members are still preaching Pioneer’s twisted message that the end of the world is near. Pulled in two directions and unsure which way to turn, Lyla risks everything to follow her heart, but can she uncover the Community’s plan before it’s too late?

18th August 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Deceptions (Cainsville, Book 3)
Penguin Dutton (US: 18th August 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK & AU: 18th August 2015); Random House (CA: 18th August 2015)
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When Olivia’s life exploded – after she found out she was not the only child of a privileged Chicago family, but of a notorious pair of serial killers – she found a refuge in the oddly secluded but welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a precociously successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she managed to partially clear her parents’ name in an investigation that also revealed darker forces at work in the town that had offered her a haven. Fleeing Cainsville after she is almost killed, Olivia finds herself not only the target of the Cainsville elders and of the Huntsmen, but also of her ex-fiancé, James, who stalks her and even tries to have her kidnapped. All this as her feelings for Ricky deepen, and confusingly her feelings for Gabriel too. Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, and holds out in her palm a black stone and a white stone that swirl together to create a balance of light and dark. Death stalks them all, as Olivia desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that links her to Gabriel and Ricky, or whether she has the power to change the tragic outcome.

Phoebe North
Starbreak (Starglass, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 18th August 2015)
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The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe – Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. As Terra and Aleksandra lock horns about how best to reach the alien city, they encounter violent beasts – and dangerous hunters. It’s only when they’re taken to the city as prisoners that Terra finally discovers Vadix, the boy who has haunted her dreams. But Vadix has a dark past of his own, and Aleksandra is intent on using violence to lead their tiny band to freedom. When the rebel leader gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people – and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.

Alexandra Sirowy
The Creeping
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA, & AU: 18th August 2015)
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Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery – and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy – but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hook-up with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.