November 2009 Releases

Done with October 2009 Releases? Time for November 2009 Releases. And to see further into the future, check the freshly updated Reading Wishlist.

The following US/UK/CA/AU books will be released in November 2009. Release dates are subject to change, so it’s not my fault if I’m wrong 😉 Also, not EVERY November book is listed – just the ones I’ve both heard of AND are interested in. Enjoy! 🙂

Jennifer Armintrout
Child of Darkness (Lightworld/Darkworld, Book 2)
Harlequin Mira (US: 1st November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Once upon a time yet to come, creatures of myth and fairy tale gained entry to the human realm and were expelled with extreme prejudice. Banished Underground, they carved out two kingdoms: the Lightworld of the Fae and their kin, and the Darkworld of demons, werewolves and their ilk. But the boundaries between these Worlds and the Upworld are about to be redrawn…in blood. At a Lightworld royal gala, Queene Ayla announces the betrothal of her daughter, Cerridwen, to a high-ranking councillor. Though strategically brilliant, the engagement comes as a shock to Cerridwen especially. Infuriated by her mother’s high-handedness, ignorant of her own true origins, she flees the court leaving herself vulnerable to those who would see the Lightworld destroyed. Amid burgeoning unrest, desperate desires become divided loyalties and terrifying mercenaries lurk in the shadowy space between rebellion and anarchy.

Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st November 2009)
Review
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Forced to sit next to Patch in science class, Nora attempts to resist his flirting, though gradually falls for him against her better judgment. Meanwhile creepy things are going on with a mysterious stalker following her car, breaking into her house and attacking her best friend, Vi. Nora suspects Patch, but there are other suspects too – not least a new boy who has transferred from a different college after being wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend. And he seems to have taken a shine to Nora…

Amanda Marrone
Devoured
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed. Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger…the only question is who?

Rachel Caine
Fade Out (Morganville Vampires, Book 7)
Penguin Signet (US & CA: 3rd November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realise that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger – and way more dangerous – than anyone suspected.

Jackie Kessler
The Road to Hell (Hell on Earth, Book 2)
Kensington Zebra (US: 3rd November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Jesse Harris may no longer be a soul-stealing succubus, but she’s got a Hell of a past. She’d love to come clean to her sweet, super-hot boyfriend Paul, but how exactly does a girl start that conversation? Just like some people are worth being monogamous for (shudder), some secrets are worth keeping. Like the fact that bad boy incubus Daunuan keeps popping up from the Underworld to put some toe-curling moves on her, and that her former associates are trying to strong-arm her back into the fold. But someone in the Underworld isn’t ready to play nice (go figure), and this time, the stakes are nothing less than Paul’s immortal soul.

Jordan Summers
Crimson (Dead World, Book 3)
Macmillan Tor (US: 3rd November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

On the run from their enemies, hunted by the law they once dedicated their lives to, werewolves Morgan Hunter and Gina “Red” Santiago have no choice – they must enter the outlaw territories in order to disappear completely from society. With only themselves to trust, they must somehow navigate this “No Man’s Land” full of outlawed Others and dangerous nomadic tribes. Losing themselves in this arid wasteland would be easy, but Morgan and Red know that the only way they can regain their life together is by turning the tables on the man who is hunting them – destroying his plans to rule the united territories once and for all.

Mario Acevedo
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez, Book 4)
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 4th November 2009; US: 24th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Private Investigator Felix Gomez thought he had seen it all since becoming a vampire: horny aliens, maniacal nymphos. But now he’s facing everyone’s worst nightmare. As far as being undead goes, vampires are indisputably the more civilised – intelligent, rational (on occasion), good conversationalists. Zombies, on the other hand, are just violent, walking, rotting, flesh-eating meat with no redeeming qualities. And now there’s a ravenous army of them heading this way. So it’s vamps versus zombies, round one. And Felix’s only hope of stopping the stinking, hungry horde is a precocious and much-too-hot-for-her-britches teenager with clairvoyant powers. But she’s not going to help unless Felix agrees to make her immortal.

Keri Arthur
Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson, Book 8)
Hachette Piatkus (UK & AU: 5th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

At a local vampire club, someone is beheading the clientele, and the peace the Guardians are meant to maintain is getting shaky. Human and vampire fatalities escalate and Riley Jenson – a rare hybrid of werewolf and vampire – finds herself struggling to make sense of the murders and, in particular, her main suspect: the club’s owner Dante Starke and his powerful sexual aura. And if things weren’t bad enough, she’s also torn between her love for Quinn and her connection with the unpredictable werewolf Kye – her soulmate. With the city on the verge of all-out war, Riley must not only capture the killer, but choose between the man she loves and the man she’s destined to be with.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, Book 8)
Random House Bantam (AU: 15th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Having turned down the throne of Faerie, and pregnant at last with twins by the men she loves, you’d think that ex-princess Meredith would have settled into her happily-ever-after life in Los Angeles. But the exiles of Faerie have been waiting for a princess of their own – and whether she likes it or not, they’ve decided that Meredith is ‘the one’. And a new political party’s emerged in England, the Fey Independence Party, and they want the lands of Faerie back, and they’ve cited Meredith and her men as their inspiration. They’ve even asked her to ‘come home’ and and be something new: a faerie Prime Minister. But the fey folk of Los Angeles want her for their own faerie godmother and won’t give up without a fight. Then there are the human soldiers that she healed with the help of the Goddess – these same fighting men are now performing miracles of healing on the battlefield, and that could get all the fey expelled from America because to be worshipped as a deity breaks the original terms of the treaty that allowed them to escape to the new world. With the government of the two countries blaming her for both miracles and political unrest, happy ever after for Meredith is going to have to wait…Half-human, half-faerie, Merry’s caught in a struggle that threatens not only her life but the lives of those she holds dear. But she’s a fighter, and she wields a wild magic…

Lili St. Crow
Betrayals (Strange Angels, Book 2)
Penguin Razorbill (US, CA & AU: 17th November 2009)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken on her fair share of bad guys. She’s armed, dangerous, and not going down without a fight. So it’s gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust…Poor Dru. Her parents are long gone. Her best (okay, only) friend Graves has been bitten by a werwulf. And she just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. Now Dru’s strange and handsome saviour, Christophe, has her hidden away at a secret Schola for djamphir and wulfen teens. Trouble is, she’s the only girl in the place. The really bad news? Dru’s killer instinct says that one of her schoolmates wants her dead. With all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide…

Koushun Takami
Battle Royale
Simon & Schuster VIZ Media (US & CA: 17th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A group of high school students is taken to a small isolated island and forced to fight each other until only one remains alive! If they break the rules a special collar blows their heads off.

Megan Hart
Pleasure and Purpose (Order of Solace, Book 1)
Penguin Berkley (AU: 23rd November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The handmaidens of the Order of Solace are each named for the exquisite service that best reflects their true calling. Their greatest delight is giving pleasure – devoted as they are to fulfilling the desires of the mind, the needs of the soul, and the cravings of the body. Meet Stillness, called upon to soothe the conscience of a man in need of redemption after a shocking act from his sexual past. Then there’s Honesty, whose vow of Solace is to a prince looking for a submissive handmaiden. Instead, he gets the unexpected. And finally, Determination, a handmaiden confronted with a client lost in a haze of random sex and drugs. She has just the plan to literally whip her man into shape.

Jennifer Armintrout
Veil of Shadows (Lightworld/Darkworld, Book 3)
Harlequin Mira (US: 24th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

With the immortal denizens of the subterranean Lightworld and Darkworld societies locked in battle, the heiress to the Faery throne is exiled to the human realm above. Accompanied to the Upworld by her mother’s most trusted adviser, Cerridwen is bound for Eire and the last Fae stronghold on earth. But even this fabled colony is no true haven. During the Queene’s banishment, the high priestess Danae established herself as ruler and she does not wish to relinquish her power, especially over the devout humans who live among the Fae as servants. Torn between her own beliefs and the ideals her mother died for, Cerridwen searches for clues to her destiny. Is it on earth among the humans, or beyond an ethereal portal, in the immortals’ ancestral home? Neither path can avert bloodshed and the choice may not be hers to make.

Kelly Gay
The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 24th November 2009; UK: 26th November 2009)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Atlanta: it’s the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil…Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She’s recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.’s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim – but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?

Kelly Meding
Three Days to Dead (Dreg City, Book 1)
Random House Dell (US & CA: 24th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there – her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor – and she can’t even remember what it was. Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again – but this time there’s no second chance…

Amy Rench
Fallen Rogue
Dorchester Leisure (US: 24th November 2009)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Harper Kane was well on her way to an Olympic gold medal in swimming. But now she’ll never pass the doping test. Oh, it’s not steroids. She doesn’t know what exactly she was injected with – something so secret her brother died to protect it, something that’s suddenly given her deadly psi abilities she can’t quite control. Special Agent Rome Lucian’s instructions are clear: Find Kane and bring her in. She’s a threat that needs to be terminated. What’s not clear is exactly who’s giving the instructions. Rome can’t trust anything anymore, and his only ally is the woman he’s been sent to kill, a woman who can cause massive devastation with only her mind. It’s sink or swim as the pair is caught in the murky waters of a dark conspiracy the depths of which they can’t even begin to fathom.

Lilith Saintcrow
Flesh Circus (Jill Kismet, Book 4)
Hachette Orbit (US: 24th November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The Cirque de Charnu has come. They will clean out the demons and the suicides, and move on. As long as they stay within the rules, Jill Kismet can’t deny them entry. But she can watch – and if they step out of line, she’ll send them packing. When Cirque performers start dying grotesquely, Kismet has to find out why, or the fragile truce won’t hold and her entire city will become a carnival of horror. She also has to play the resident hellbreed power against the Cirque to keep them in line, and find out why ordinary people are needing exorcisms. And then there’s the murdered voodoo practitioners, and the zombies. An ancient vengeance is about to be enacted. The Cirque is about to explode. And Jill Kismet is about to find out some games are played for keeps…

Kelley Armstrong
Frostbitten (Otherworld, Book 10)
Hachette Orbit (AU: November 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it’s downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the American Werewolf Pack’s chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc “mutts” can wreak. When the Pack learns of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside of Anchorage, Elena and her partner Clay travel to Alaska in the dead of winter, expecting to hunt down a pack of dangerous werewolves. But, trapped in a savage, frozen realm, it is their own untamed nature – and their werewolf heritage – they have to confront…

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