June 2011 Releases

Done with May 2011 Releases? Here are June 2011 Releases. To see further dates, check Reading Wishlist.

Kylie Chan
Heaven to Wudang (Earth to Wudang, Book 6)
HarperCollins Voyager (AU: 1st June 2011)

The demons that could control stones and elementals have been defeated, but the most powerful of Simon Wong’s associates still remains to create almost undetectable copies of humans and Shen. This demon allies with Kitty Kwok to prepare a torturous trap for Emma and Simone from which they may never return. Wudang Mountain is enveloped by dark foreboding as Xuan Wu begins to reappear – sometimes human, sometimes turtle, but always without memory. Emma and Simone are in a race against time as they try to rescue Xuan Wu…before the demons capture him.

Kelly Keaton
Darkness Becomes Her (Gods and Monsters, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st June 2011; UK: 9th June 2011)
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Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With her teal coloured eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, she has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. When her search for answers uncovers just one message with the word “RUN” from her long dead mother, Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know who or what she’s running from, or why she is being pursued. Ari knows only one thing for certain: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Here, Ari discovers that she is seemingly normal; however, every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, appears to be afraid of her. Determined to find out why, Ari begins to uncover the truth about her life, but it seems that some truths are too disturbing and too terrifying to ever be revealed.

Dia Reeves
Slice of Cherry (Portero, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st June 2011)
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Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around. It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire – the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities…

Mira Grant
Deadline (Newsflesh, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (UK: 2nd June 2011; AU: June 2011)
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Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organisation he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has. But when a researcher from the Centre for Disease Control fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun’s relieved to find a new purpose in life. Because this researcher comes bearing news: the monster that attacked them may be destroyed, but the conspiracy is far from dead. Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

R. J. Anderson
Ultraviolet
Hachette (UK: 2nd June 2011; AU: 28th June 2011)
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Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori – the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (UK: 2nd June 2011)
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Jill Kismet, Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer – it’s not the type of work you can put on a business card. But every city has people like me. Usually the police have us on payroll as consultants, because what ordinary cop can face down a Were or an ordinary shapechanger, or an Assyrian demon? Not to mention the silvers or the Black Mist, the adepts of Sorrow House or of the Middle Way? What ordinary cop stands a chance against a Trader, even? People disappear all the time, it’s an epidemic; some of the disappearances are murder, some are fugitives, some are kidnapped by other human beings. Some of them are even found again. But a good proportion of them are taken by the things that go bump in the night. And then it becomes a hunter’s job to bump back. Hard.

Jeff Somers
The Final Evolution (Avery Cates, Book 5)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (UK: 2nd June 2011)
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The world is dying. With avatars replacing humans and the birth rate non-existent, the human race is almost extinct. Only one man could save it – and it’s not Avery Cates. In the end, it comes down to Canny Orel, Avery’s long sought after nemesis – transformed now into something other than human – and Cates. And when Cates chances on a way to trick the advantage away from the old master, he suddenly has a choice to make: get his long-delayed revenge, or save the world.

Julie Bertagna
Aurora (Exodus, Book 3)
Pan Macmillan (UK: 3rd June 2011)
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Much of Earth is underwater – in the high mountains at the top of the world Lily survives with her mother and her people…but she feels trapped. Elsewhere, beneath the exclusive sky-cities that tower above the waves, Fox has been waiting too. But when Fox and Lily meet on a virtual plane, they realise the time has come to act. The world must be made whole again, even if it means losing each other!

Lauren Dane
Goddess with a Blade [eBook only]
Harlequin Carina (US: 6th June 2011)
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Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty. A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’ new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line – or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice. Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty – to find and battle the killer before more women die.

A. J. Menden
Sorceress, Interrupted (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 3)
Dorchester (US: 6th June 2011)
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Though Megalopolis has many superheroes, none of them is quite like Fantazia. That’s no surprise, given her parentage. But immortality is hard, even for a sorceress. Watching loved ones age and die…? It’s better to live in a pocket universe tending bar. It’s safer to remain cold and aloof, to not get attached to anything or anyone. So, helping the Elite Hands of Justice defeat the Dragon was a mistake. Her father’s band of shiny, happy do-gooders with social lives right out of a soap opera gave Fantazia a taste of camaraderie – and of something else. Hanging around their mysterious ally has birthed a new threat, something worse than the evil plot of the city’s newest super-villain. The true peril is Cyrus…for he threatens Fantazia’s heart.

Anya Bast
Jaded (Court of Edaeii, Book 2)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 6th June 2011)
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Haunted by a traumatic attack when she was eighteen, Lilya Orensdaughter has become a courtesan in the Temple of Dreams, determined to never again lose control. But she will do anything for Byron Andropov, the man who nursed her back to health all those years ago – and who now wants her to help his friend Alek Chaikoveii come to terms with the powerful magick he possesses. In Alek, Lilya finds a kindred spirit. The attraction between them is immediate, and soon Lilya surrenders to nights of unimaginable ecstasy. But she can’t forget Byron, who’s concealed his feelings for Lilya because he believed she would never love again. As tensions escalate between the two men who are vying for Lilya’s heart, Lilya finds herself torn between her desire for the man who saved her, and the man whose soul resembles her own – only to discover that in the world of unrestrained passion there are no boundaries. If only you’re willing to give up control…

Rachel Caine & Kerrie L. Hughes (eds.)
Chicks Kick Butt (Anthology)
Macmillan Tor (US: 6th June 2011)
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Chicks are awesome – and never more so than when they are kicking some serious vampire/werewolf/demon/monster butt. An anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be). Features original stories from thirteen authors: Rachel Caine, L. A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jeanne C. Stein, Jenna Black, Elizabeth Vaughan, Carole Nelson Douglas, P. N. Elrod, and Nancy Holder.

Tara Hudson
Hereafter (Hereafter, Book 1)
HarperCollins Teen (US: 7th June 2011)
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Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life – or her actual death – she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive. Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world…forever.

Elana Johnson
Possession
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 7th June 2011)
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Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself. But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn. This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Rebecca Lim
Exile (Mercy, Book 2)
HarperCollins (UK: 9th June 2011)
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All Mercy knows is that she is an angel, exiled from heaven for a crime she can’t remember committing. So when she “wakes” inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life. Her strongest memories are of Ryan, the mortal boy who’d begun to fall for her – and she for him. Lela’s life is divided between caring for her terminally ill mother and her work as a waitress at the Green Lantern, a busy city cafe frequented by suits, cab drivers, strippers, backpackers and the homeless, and Mercy quickly falls into the rhythm of this new life. But when Mercy’s beloved, Luc, reappears in her dreams, she begins to awaken to glimpses of her true nature and her true feelings for Ryan. How can she know that her attempts to contact Ryan will have explosive consequences? Meanwhile, “the Eight” – responsible for her banishment – hover near, determined to keep Mercy and Luc apart, forever…

Jeri Smith-Ready
Shift (Shade, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (UK: 9th June 2011)
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Born after The Shift, a little-understood event that enabled the younger generations to communicate with the dead, sixteen-year-old Aura can see ghosts. These violet-hued spirits are constantly talking to her, following her, wanting her to help them make amends for their untimely deaths. Aura finds this all rather annoying – until her boyfriend Logan died and began to haunt her. Aura wants to be there for Logan, to support him as a friend, but while Logan struggles to come to terms with being a ghost, she finds herself increasingly drawn to her very-alive and very-cute friend, Zachary. And as the lines between ghost and shade, and friendship and love begin to blur, Aura realises that time is running out, and if she is to unlock the mysteries of the Shift then she must choose between Logan and Zachary. But when both boys hold a piece of your heart, how do you choose?

Merrie Destefano
Feast
HarperCollins (CA: 10th June 2011; US: 28th June 2011)
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Halloween is a bad time to return to the woods…Madeline MacFaddin (“Mad Mac” to fans of her bestselling magical stories) spent blissful childhood summers in Ticonderoga Falls. And this is where she wants to be now that her adult life is falling apart. The dense surrounding forest holds many memories, some joyous, some tantalisingly only half-remembered. And she’s always believed there was something living in these wooded hills. But Maddie doesn’t remember the dark parts – and knows nothing of the mountain legend that holds the area’s terrified residents captive. She has no recollection of Ash, the strange and magnificent creature who once saved her life as a child, even though it is the destiny of his kind to prey upon humanity. And soon it will be the harvest…the time to feast. Once again Maddie’s dreams – and her soul – are in grave danger. But magic runs deep during harvest. Even a spinner of enchanted tales has wondrous powers…

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, Book 2)
Random House Egmont (US & CA: 14th June 2011)
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Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack – or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope. But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were. With threats – old and new – looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone. Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty.

Mira Grant
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (AU: 14th June 2011)
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The good news: We cured the common cold. The bad news: Side effects include zombies. The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Holly Black
Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2)
Hachette Orion Gollancz (UK: 16th June 2011)
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Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realised his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth – he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything – or anyone – into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does. When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue – crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too – they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone – least of all, himself? Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

Megan Hart
Collide
Harlequin Spice (US: 21st June 2011)
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A childhood accident left Emmaline vulnerable to disturbing fugue states that last only minutes, but feel like an eternity. The blackouts are unsettling but manageable…until she meets Johnny Dellasandro. The reclusive painter gained notoriety in the ’70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films. His naked body has achieved cult status, especially in Emm’s mind – she’s obsessed with the man, who’s grown even sexier with age. Today Johnny shuns the spotlight and Emm in particular…until she falls into a fugue on his doorstep. In that moment she’s transported back thirty years, crashing a party at Johnny’s place in his wild-man heyday – the night is a blur of flesh and heat that lingers on her skin long after she’s woken to the present. It happens again and again, each time-slip another mind-blowing orgy, and soon Emm can’t stop, though every episode leaves her weaker and weaker. She’s frightened by what’s happening to her, but she’s even more terrified of losing this portal to the Johnny she wants so badly. The one who wants her, too, and takes her – every chance he gets.

Teri Hall
The Line (The Line, Book 1)
Penguin Speak (AU: 27th June 2011)
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Rachel lives with her mother on The Property. The good thing about living there is that it’s far from the city where the oppressive government is most active. The bad thing, at least to most people, is that it’s close to the Line – an uncrossable section of the National Border Defence System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire country. She can see the Line from the greenhouse windows, but she is forbidden to go near it. Across the Line is Away, and though Rachel has heard many whispers about the dangers there, she’s never really believed the stories. Until the day she hears a recording that could only have come from across the Line. It’s a voice asking for help. Who sent the message? What is her mother hiding? And to what lengths will Rachel go in order to do what she thinks is right?

Dawn Metcalf
Luminous
Penguin Dutton (US: 30th June 2011)
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When sixteen-year old Consuela Chavez discovers that she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow; a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering her new friends, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

3 responses to “June 2011 Releases

  1. Hm, I didn’t realize Dia Reeves’s books were in a series 😦 Oh well, I bought Slice of Cherry after hearing a rec from Mark Henry.

    Can’t wait till Mira Grant’s second book comes out (now that I think about it, it might be in stores here as we speak…) Ah well, gotta knock some out of the TBR before I go out and buy June releases!

    • As far as I know, the Dia Reeves books have different characters, but the same town.

      DEADLINE’s official US release date is 31st May (tomorrow), but people who went to BEA have been gloating that they got it early, dem bitches 😉

  2. Haha! Yeah, some of the stores out here aren’t too strict on paperback releases for the most part and put them out when they get them. I’ve been staying away so that I don’t buy anything lately, but I feel a buying binge coming on!

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