August 2011 Releases

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

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, Book 2)
Pan Macmillan Quercus (AU: 1st August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Bryn is now alpha of the Cedar Ridge pack and she’s convinced that her pack is different – it’s democratic and fair. Then Bryn finds a battered teenage Were, Connor, bleeding on her front porch. He begs Bryn to protect him from an abusive alpha; Bryn believes his story and takes him into her pack. But Bryn’s Were partner Chase doesn’t trust the new boy, and the more time she spends helping Connor, the more aggressive Chase becomes. Bryn is not sure if it’s jealousy, or Were possessiveness but for the first time she starts to feel suffocated by the bond she and Chase share. Bryn soon realises that to lead a pack of werewolves, she must give in to her animal instincts and become a little less human. And as hard as it’s going to be, Bryn is going to have to do it alone. There can only be one alpha.

Max Barry
Machine Man
Scribe (AU: 1st August 2011); Random House Vintage (US & CA: 9th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. His employer, military contractor Better Future, has the resources he needs to explore a few ideas. So he begins to build parts. Better parts. Charlie’s prosthetist, Lola, is impressed by his artificial limbs. But some see him as a madman. Others, a product. Or even a weapon.

Julie Bertagna
Aurora (Exodus, Book 3)
Pan Macmillan (AU: 1st August 2011)
Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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!

Rachel Caine
Working Stiff (Revivalist, Book 1)
Penguin (AU: 1st August 2011; US & CA: 2nd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment – until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele…as part of an extortion racket. Now Bryn faces being terminated (literally) with extreme prejudice. With the assistance of corporate double agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem – pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast before she becomes a zombie slave – a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…

Kat Falls
Rip Tide (Dark Life, Book 2)
Scholastic (US: 1st August 2011); Simon & Schuster (UK: 4th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Return to the subsea frontier with Ty and Gemma, where the mysteries of the deep are deadlier than ever. With time running out for his parents, Ty’s desperation leads the two teenagers to the underwater underworld…and into an alliance with the outlaws of the Seablite Gang. But one mystery soon leads to another. How has an entire township disappeared? Why is the local sea-life suddenly so aggressive? And can the Seablite Gang be trusted…or are Ty and Gemma in deeper water than they realise?

Vicki Pettersson
The Neon Graveyard (Signs of the Zodiac, Book 6)
HarperCollins Voyager (AU: 1st August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied saviour who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging unseen in the dark corners of her glittering hometown. Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal – still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light…still hunted by both – and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess. Joining forces with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna’s ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm where the price of admission is her eternal soul. Because in a world that has stripped her of her power, identity, and fortune, Joanna has nothing left to lose – except her baby, her future, and the epic war poised to consume the city.

Kelley Armstrong
Spell Bound (Otherworld, Book 12)
Random House (CA: 2nd August 2011); Hachette Orbit (UK: 4th August 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 help a young girl. 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. Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope and others soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

Erica Hayes
Blood Cursed (Shadowfae, Book 4)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 2nd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

To a vampire, nothing is sweeter than bloodfairy essence – and Ember is the most sought-after fairy on the underworld circuit. Selling her blood to the highest bidder – and robbing her clients in the process – Ember has unwittingly become a target of dark and dangerous forces. Her enemies are everywhere. And if she hopes to survive, she needs protection…Diamond is a glassfairy who, for better or worse, knows his way around the vampire underworld. Smooth as silk and tougher than trolls, Diamond is Ember’s only chance to keep her magical blood inside her body, where it belongs. But he also poses a threat to Ember, a strange kind of danger she’s never experienced before: She’s falling in love with him…

Mark Henry
Battle of the Network Zombies (Amanda Feral, Book 3)
Kensington (US: 2nd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In Seattle’s undead circles, populated by werewolves, devils, and rampaging yetis, Amanda Feral is one of the beautiful zombies. But to maintain her stylish rep, Amanda needs cash. The quickest way: appear on the reality show, American Minions, hosted by lecherous wood nymph Johnny Birch. Soon, Amanda moves in to “Minions Mansion”, crowded with immortal fame whores. But even the 24/7 video cameras can’t catch everything…When Johnny is found incinerated, Amanda channels her inner Miss Marple (minus the fugly cardigans) to find the culprit. Was it Hairy Sue, the white trash stripper yeti? Tanesha, the glamorous trannie werewolf? Angie, the Filipino vampire with a detachable head? Unveiling the killer in a heart-stopping finale won’t just save the show from cancellation, it might just keep Amanda alive – or as close as a ghoul can get…

Kat Richardson
Labyrinth (Greywalker, Book 5)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

To find the ghost of her killer – and rescue her father – Harper Blaine will have to enter into the Grey. And with her growing powers pulling her deeper into that paranormal world, she’s afraid she may not be able to come back out.

Kat Richardson
Downpour (Greywalker, Book 6)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd August 2011); Hachette Piatkus (UK: 2nd August 2011; AU: 9th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After being shot in the back and dying – again – Harper’s recovery has been hard. She’s lost many of the powers she’d acquired since first becoming a Greywalker and knows that if she dies one more time, she won’t be coming back. Her only respite from the chaos is her work…until she sees a ghostly car accident for which there are no records. Worse still, the victim of the fatal wreck insists he was murdered, and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes – called “Blood Lake” by locals – is to blame. The picturesque area is an unlikely a haven for conspiracy but Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power and a host of hellish beings. And both are held under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends…

Sara Grant
Dark Parties
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 3rd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield “protects” them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there’s nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government say…Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a “dark party” to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realises she must question everything she’s ever known, including the people she loves the most.

Kim Harrison
Pale Demon (Hollows, Book 9)
HarperCollins Voyager (UK: 4th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after…forever after. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination. For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight – freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Robin Wasserman
Wired [also published as Torn] (Cold Awakening, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (UK: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

One year ago Lia Kahn died. A few days later she woke up…She had a new body which was mechanical, unfeeling and inhuman. She had a new family – other “mechs” like her, who didn’t judge her for what she could no longer be. She had a new life, one that would last forever. At least it was supposed to…But now everything Lia thought she knew has turned out to be a lie; everyone she thought she loved has been stolen away. And someone is trying to get rid of the mechs, once and for all. Lia will risk everything to save herself and the people she can’t live without. But not before facing one final truth: she can’t save everyone.

Stacey Jay
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, Book 1)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 9th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Anna Sheehan
A Long, Long Sleep
Random House Candlewick (US & CA: 9th August 2011); Hachette Orion Gollancz (UK: 18th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose – hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire – is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardises her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes – or be left without any future at all.

Jessica Verday
The Haunted (Hollow, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 9th August)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with – the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead – Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates – a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess…

Kylie Chan
White Tiger (Dark Heavens, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 10th August 2011; US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman. She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain. When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realise that Emma herself is more than she seems…

Jeaniene Frost
One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, Book 5)
HarperCollins Avon (CA: 10th August 2011; US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving – leading to a personal favour that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity – forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 16th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Richelle Mead
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (US, CA & AU: 23rd August; UK: 25th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathising with vampires. And now she has to live with one. The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

Jackson Pearce
Sweetly
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 23rd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch’s forest threatening to make them disappear, too. Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They’re invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who moulds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion. Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past – until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn’t gone – it’s lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak’s infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is. Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Rachel Vincent
Blood Bound (Unbound, Book 1)
Harlequin Mira (US: 23rd August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one. But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her. Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss. And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Kelly Gay
The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Protecting Atlanta from the off-world criminals of Underground is tough enough, but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank, learn that the addicts of the offworld drug ash have begun taking their own lives. Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, and something or someone is leading them to their deaths. Charlie is desperate to save her addicted sister, Bryn, from a similar fate. As New Year’s Eve approaches and time runs out, Charlie makes a deadly bargain with an ancient race of beings and embarks on a dangerous journey into hellish Charbydon with Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before it’s too late. Only, for one of them, coming home means facing a fate worse than death…

Caitlin Kittredge
Devil’s Business (Black London, Book 4)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Pete Caldecott did everything she could to save Jack from Hell, even reigning in the dark machinations of the Morrigan to help bring him home. Still, Black London has not welcomed Jack back with open arms…So when a friend in Los Angeles asks for help tracking a sorcerous serial killer, Pete and Jack decide a change of scenery couldn’t hurt…But the shadow side of the City of Angels turns out to be more treacherous than they ever imagined. Together, Pete and Jack must navigate a landscape teeming with hostile magic-users – and fight an unknown enemy. When their investigation leads to a confrontation with the demon Belial, Jack learns that he wasn’t the only thing to escape from Hell. Now it’s up to him and Pete to track and eliminate an evil older than the Black itself – before it turns L.A. into Hell on Earth. And destroys life as they know it back at home…

Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, Book 6)
Kensington (US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina’s boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can’t just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she’s being forced to transfer operations…to Las Vegas. The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina’s allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle – and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell’s most valuable assets, but if there’s any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it – no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won’t include the one man she’s risking everything for…

Mary E. Pearson
The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 2)
Macmillan Henry Holt & Co. (US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other – Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries. Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. Everyone except Jenna Fox.

Gena Showalter
Twisted (Intertwined, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 30th August 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has had a hell of a week. He’s been: Tortured by angry witches. Hypnotised by a vengeful faery. Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence. And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice. His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last. Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened. Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

3 responses to “August 2011 Releases

  1. Wow, that’s a comprehensive report! Thanks for the list, I hadn’t heard of some of these, and they sound interesting!

  2. Pingback: August 2011: Books I Can’t Wait to Read!

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