July 2011 Releases

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

Holly Black
Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2)
Hachette (AU: 1st July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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.

Melissa Marr
Graveminder
HarperCollins (AU: 1st July 2011; UK: 7th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Everyone in Claysville knows that the Barrows are no ordinary family, but no one can really explain why. When respected matriarch Maylene Barrow dies suddenly her granddaughter Rebekkah returns to the small town she grew up in, where she must face the demons of her past – the suicide of her half-sister Ella, the person she was closest to in the world, and the subsequent break-up of her parents’ marriage. And she also re-encounters Byron, Ella’s old boyfriend, someone to whom she has always felt a deep and mysterious connection. But the demons of the past are nothing compared with what the future has in store for Rebekkah. Her grandmother has left her an inheritance both wonderful and terrible. An onerous responsibility now rests on her shoulders – one for which she is ill-prepared to say the least. For behind Claysville’s community-spirited, small-town facade lies a dark secret. One that ties Rebekkah and Byron together in an inextricable bond and that will require them both to sacrifice everything to keep their friends and neighbours from harm.

Rachel Vincent
Alpha (Shifters, Book 6)
Harlequin Mills & Boon Mira (AU: 1st July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The unscrupulous new Council Chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council. It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride – no matter what. Then there’s Marc. And Jace. I need to choose between them. With a target on my back, I’m heading for a final showdown that can – and will – change everything forever. No decision will be easy, and not everyone will survive this epic fight to the death…

Brenna Yovanoff
The Replacement
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mackie Doyle is a replacement – a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, to replace the baby when it was stolen away by the fey. So though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie’s real home is the fey world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. Now, because his fey blood gives him fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practise his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably back home to the fey underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures, rescue the child, and find his rightful place – in our world, or theirs.

Jeannie Holmes
Blood Secrets (Alexandra Sabian, Book 2)
Random House (US & CA: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Alexandra Sabian sinks her teeth into an investigation, she doesn’t let go. Alex allowed a case of murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present. When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets – for better or worse – will be revealed.

Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Dawn Metcalf
Luminous
Penguin Dutton (CA: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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.

Cherie Priest
Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, Book 1)
Titan (UK: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist – even though Ian doesn’t want precious artefacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files – documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.

Michelle Rowen
Bloodlust (Nightshade, Book 2)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

For those who feast on blood, Jillian Conrad is a fatal attraction. After being injected with a serum that made her blood both irresistible and deadly to vampires, she was used as a pawn to assassinate the vampire king. Now, the vampires want her eliminated. Hunted and unable to return to her old life, Jillian desperately seeks to prevent the poison in her veins from killing her. And she must find a way to help her dhampyr protector, Declan, whose exposure to the serum has split his personality into one part uncontrolled desire, and one part stone cold killer. But an even greater danger is rising. The Amarantos – a secret society of vampires – is seeking the infant daughter of the slain king to complete their quest for true immortality. And if they succeed, no one, living or undead, will escape the darkness.

Diana Rowland
My Life As a White Trash Zombie
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 5th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Angel Crawford is a loser. Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken. That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue – and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse. Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey – just when she’s hungriest! Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. Literally.

Ann Aguirre
Shady Lady (Corine Solomon, Book 3)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: 12th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Whenever Corine Solomon touches an object, she immediately knows its history. But her own future concerns her more and more. Now back in Mexico, she’s running her pawnshop and trying to get a handle on her strange new powers, for she might need them. And soon. Then former ally Kel Ferguson walks through her door. Heavily muscled and tattooed, Kel looks like a convict but calls himself a holy warrior. This time, he carries a warning for Corine: the Montoya cartel is coming for her – but they don’t just pack automatic weapons. The Montoyas use warlocks, shamans, voodoo priests – anything to terminate trouble. And Corine has become enemy number one…

Maggie Stiefvater
Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)
Scholastic (US & CA: 12th July 2011; UK: 13th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Stacey Jay
Dead on the Delta
Simon & Schuster Pocket (UK: 19th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In present day Louisiana, a virulent plague is being spread by fairies. Long believed to be creatures that only existed in fairy tales, a chemical spill in the Mississippi River jumps the fairies evolutionary track forward, turning them from microscopic harmless things to two inch, insect-like creatures with three sets of teeth and a single-minded hunger for human flesh and blood. 75% of those bitten will slowly go mad from the poisons fairies pump into the blood to incapacitate their victims. 10% will escape madness, but will develop cancerous ulcers on their spine that lead to a slow and painful death. 10% will suffer an immediate allergic reaction that will cause violent seizures and lead to a quick death. 5% are immune, and these people are often drafted into service by the government to invade the swamps to collect samples from the fairies, in hopes of finding a cure for the death and destruction they’re causing. Alcoholic misfit Annabelle Lee is one of those drafted into service at Fairy Containment Control, and it’s out on a job where she discovers the body of a little girl. Since the body is right off the swamp, the police assume that she’s a victim of the fairies. But even to Annabelle, a glorified lab tech at best, something doesn’t look right. Now she’s on the trail to find out the truth. Was this just another fairy death brought on by a curious eight-year-old who wandered outside her house after dark? Or was it murder committed by someone who wanted the fairies to take care of the evidence?

Sophie Littlefield
Rebirth (Aftertime, Book 2)
Harlequin Luna (US: 19th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Civilisation has fallen, leaving California an unforgiving, decimated place. But Cass Dollar beat terrible odds to get her missing daughter back – she and Ruthie will be happy. Yet with the first winter, Cass is reminded that happiness is fleeting in Aftertime. Ruthie retreats into silence. Flesh-eating Beaters still dominate the landscape. And Smoke, Cass’s lover and strength, departs on a quest for vengeance, one that may end him even if he returns. The survivalist community Cass has planted roots in is breaking apart, too. Its leader, Dor, implores Cass to help him recover his own lost daughter, taken by the totalitarian Rebuilders. And soon Cass finds herself thrust into the dark heart of an organisation promising humanity’s rebirth – at all costs. Bound to two men blazing divergent paths across a savage land, Cass must overcome the darkness in her wounded heart, or lose those she loves forever.

Leslie Tentler
Midnight Fear (Chasing Evil, Book 2)
Harlequin Mira (US: 19th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The still of the night is once again shattered by Caitlyn Cahill’s recurring nightmare – her brother standing before her, gripping a butcher knife, his eyes black with hatred. Two years ago, the former Washington, D.C., socialite defied her powerful senator father and risked the ruin of her family by helping the FBI link her troubled brother to a string of horrific murders. “The Capital Killer” was sent to prison for life…and Caitlyn’s entire world fell apart. Now, FBI agent Reid Novak is forced to rend the peace Caitlyn has found on a rural Virginia horse farm. A copycat killer is on the loose and slowly toying with Caitlyn – his ultimate target – in a terrorising cat-and-mouse game. Almost destroyed two years ago by Caitlyn’s family, not to mention the Capital Killer’s haunting final murder, Reid vows to save the woman he’s never forgotten…or die trying.

Kelley Armstrong
Spell Bound [also published as Spellbound] (Women of the Otherworld, Book 12)
Penguin (US: 26th July 2011); Hachette (AU: 26th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise. And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and others soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

Andrea Cremer
Wolfsbane (Nightshade, Book 2)
Penguin Philomel (US & CA: 26th July 2011); Hachette (UK & AU: 26th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer – one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack – and the man – she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Karsten Knight
Wildefire
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 26th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behaviour escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school – being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger – Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smouldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time…And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

Richelle Mead
Succubus on Top [also published as Succubus Nights] (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2)
Kensington Zebra (US: 26th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy writer she’s been dating, she’ll drain his life force. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks of a succubus are terrific, but it’s completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can’t get down with the one mortal who accepts her for who she is…It’s not just her personal life that’s in chaos. Doug, Georgina’s co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behaviour, and Georgina suspects something far more demonic than double espressos. She could use an assist from Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, but he’s giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one – and fast, because soon, Doug’s life won’t be the only one on the line…

Jeff Somers
The Final Evolution (Avery Cates, Book 5)
Hachette Orbit (AU: 26th July 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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.

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