October 2011 Releases

Finished with September 2011 Releases? Here are October 2011 Releases. To see future dates, check Reading Wishlist.

Kat Falls
Rip Tide (Dark Life, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st October 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?

Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
After Obsession
Allen & Unwin Bloomsbury (AU: October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Aimee and Alan have unusual pasts and secrets they prefer to keep hidden. Aimee’s deceased mother struggled with mental illness and hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. After all, she sees a shadowy river man where there isn’t one. And then there was that time she and her best friend Courtney tried to conjure a spirit with a Ouija board…Alan is Courtney’s cousin. His family moved to Maine when Courtney’s father went missing. It’s not just Alan’s dark good looks that make him attractive. He is also totally in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. And it’s not long before Aimee has broken up with her boyfriend…But it’s not Aimee or Alan who is truly haunted – it’s Courtney. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life. Together, Aimee and Alan must exorcise the ghost, before it devours Courtney – and everything around her.

Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong (eds.)
Enthralled (Anthology)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sixteen stories with the common theme of journeys. Contributors include: Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Rachel Caine, Carrie Ryan, Jessica Verday, Rachel Vincent, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jeri Smith-Ready, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberley Derting, Jackson Pearce, Ally Condie.

Megan McCafferty
Bumped
Random House Corgi Juvenile (AU: 1st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A virus has swept the world, making everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Teenagers are now the most prized members of society, and would-be parents desperately bid for “conception contracts” with the prettiest, healthiest and cleverest girls – cash, college tuition and liposuction in exchange for a baby. Sixteen-year-old Melody is gorgeous, athletic and has perfect grades, and has scored an amazing contract with a rich couple. And she’s been matched with one of the most desirable “bumping” partners in the world – the incredibly hot, genetically flawless Jondoe. But Melody’s luck is about to run out. She discovers she has a sister – an identical twin, Harmony, who has grown up in a religious community opposed to the idea of “pregging”. Harmony believes her calling is to save Melody from her sinful plans. Melody doesn’t have time for this – she can’t wait to meet Jondoe and seal the deal. But when he arrives and mistakes Harmony for Melody, everyone’s carefully-laid plans are swept out of control – and Melody and Harmony are about to realise they have so much more than just DNA in common.

Anna Sheehan
A Long, Long Sleep
Hachette Gollancz (AU: October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)

Rosalinda Fitzroy had been asleep for 62 years when she was woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, 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 dead 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.

Rachel Vincent
If I Die (Soul Screamers, Book 5)
Mills & Boon Harlequin Teen (AU: 1st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr Beck. That is, everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee – she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah – it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine – her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either. But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life. Anything.

Marianne de Pierres
Angel Arias (Night Creatures, Book 2)
Random House (AU: 3rd October 2011)

Retra – now called Naïf – has escaped from Ixion, the island of ever-night. She doesn’t know if her friends on the island survived the battle between the Ripers and the rebels. But she does know that she must return home, behind the sealed walls of Grave, to find out why the Ripers have been seen there talking to the councillors. What links the two worlds? First she must convince Ruzalia to help her. The fierce pirate captain saves those who face terrible fates on Ixion, but that doesn’t guarantee their gratitude. Instead, she faces a revolt – and Naïf is caught in the middle. Naïf will need all her courage to survive. For Lenoir, who wants to keep her safe, for her friends Suki and Rollo, if they live, for Markes, who has secrets of his own, and for the new friends she will make on this journey. The fate of worlds depends on it.

John Ajvide Lindqvist
Little Star
Penguin Text (AU: 3rd October 2011)
Buy (Worldwide)

Lennart Cederström, embittered ex-pop singer, is foraging for mushrooms when he finds a baby left for dead in a plastic bag. He revives her and is utterly astonished by the sound of her crying: the child’s voice is a clear, haunting, perfectly pitched note. Lennart decides the girl will be his project. Raised in isolation, untainted by the dross and banality of the everyday, she will become the vehicle for a pure, exquisite music. He installs the baby in the basement and threatens to kill his downtrodden wife if she breathes a word. But their delinquent son Jerry is a harder case and his ideas for the infant prodigy, whom he names Theres, involve talent shows, celebrity and enormous success. Meanwhile the child is growing up and developing a few ideas of her own. Only hers involve a hammer. A hammer, and a very strong taste for violence and a strange ambition to appear on Swedish Idol. Imagine what will happen when she finds a friend who shares her interests.

Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, Book 6)
Random House Bantam (AU: 3rd October 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…

Cecily von Ziegesar
Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer
Hachette Little, Brown Poppy (US: 3rd October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore. Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf – things just haven’t been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here’s where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c’est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn’t go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn’t about to let Serena kill whoever she wants – not when there’s Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who’s ever irritated Blair to get rid of first…American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman has met his match in Manhattan’s newest, most fabulous trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.

J. N. Duncan
The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld, Book 2)
Kensington (US: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

She’s the FBI’s go-to expert on Chicago’s most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon…Jackie Rutledge just can’t put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities – and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried…Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn’t long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she’ll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts – and capable of annihilating more than her soul…

Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence (Hush Hush, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA & AU: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The noise between Patch and Nora has gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for – and their love – forever.

Sahara Kelly, Tilda Booth & Mari Fee
Silk, Steel and Steam (Anthology)
Samhain (US: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

BLUEBEARD’S MACHINE by Mari Fee: When Annette discovers the secret her husband will kill to keep, the only safe place is with the man she once rejected. Isaac knows it would be easier to avoid repeating past mistakes by getting rid of the mysterious woman asking for his help – if she wasn’t so irresistible. What she is could kill them both…unless Isaac abandons science for a second chance at love. FLAVIA’S FLYING CORSET by Sahara Kelly: Flavia arrives at Dr. Harland Gennaro’s castle with no plans to reignite their former passion, but to retrieve what he stole – by any means necessary. After convincing her he’s not the guilty party, Harland wastes no time testing the last of her new compound, “Icarus”. But a thief watches, waiting for the right moment to strike…STEALING UTOPIA by Tilda Booth: H. George Wells is leading Britain into a Golden Age – then he’s kidnapped by a beautiful, passionate adventuress who despises everything he works for. Jane has reason to fear Utopia. Still, she’s irresistibly drawn to George even as the future pushes them apart. She must choose between saving the man she loves…or sacrificing him to the cause.

Joan Frances Turner
Dust (Resurgam, Book 1)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Nine years ago, Jessie was in a car crash and died. After she was buried, she awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Now Jessie’s part of a gang. They fight, hunt, and dance together as one – something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into zombie gangs. But when a mysterious illness threatens the existence of both zombies and humans, Jessie must choose between looking away or staring down the madness – and hanging on to everything she now knows as life…

Joan Frances Turner
Frail (Resurgam, Book 2)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 4th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Now that the Feeding Plague has swept through human and zombie societies, it seems like everyone is an “ex” these days. Ex-human. Ex-zombie. Except for Amy, that is. She’s the only human survivor from her town – a frail. And if the feral dogs, the flesh-eating exes, and the elements don’t get her, she just may discover how this all began. Because in this America, life is what you make it…

Jackson Pearce
Sweetly
Hachette Hodder (UK: 6th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch-like monster 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. When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they stumble upon a sleepy Southern town and are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Sophia moulds candied magic: coveted treats that inspire confidence, bravery, and passion. Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel finally start to forget their haunted past – until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, who gives Gretchen a reason to fear Sophia: girls have been vanishing at Sophia’s annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable “witch” of Gretchen’s nightmares. Can Gretchen save herself, the girls of Live Oak, and Sophia? Of one thing, Gretchen is certain: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Kylie Chan
Blue Dragon (Dark Heavens, Book 3)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 7th October 2011; US: 25th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Emma’s relatives come to visit her, they are totally freaked out by what they learn…Emma’s beloved, John Chen, is a 3,000-year-old Chinese god. Not only that, John is becoming weaker by the day. Demons pursue him relentlessly, hoping to use Emma and his child, Simone, as bargaining tools against him. Emma battles to defend Simone as John’s energy is drained by the effort of both living in the mortal world and protecting them. While Emma is nagged by doubts about her own nature, she must find the courage to go on…

Caragh M. O’Brien
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, Book 1)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 11th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia’s choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Kim Harrison
The Hollows Insider
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 14th October 2011; US: 25th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else. To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees – to say nothing of demons – humanity needs a guide. Here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and more.

Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races
Scholastic (US: 18th October 2011; UK: 19th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses. There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly. To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible.

Keri Arthur
Darkness Rising (Dark Angel, Book 2)
Random House Dell (US & CA: 25th October 2011); Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK: 25th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder – even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer – for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’s psychic powers. Quid pro quo. Someone – or something – is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.

Kelly Meding
Trance (MetaWars, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 25th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished – only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her. Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers – and why – but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman…only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

Robin Wasserman
Torn [previously published as Wired] (Cold Awakening, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 25th October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

It’s been two months, and Lia is right back where she started: home, pretending to be the perfect daughter. But nothing’s the way it used to be. Lia has become the public face of the mechs, BioMax’s poster girl for the up-and-coming technology, devoting her life to convincing the world that she – and the others like her – deserve to exist. Then Jude resurfaces, and brings some scandalous information with him. Is BioMax really an ally to the mechs? Or are they using the technology for a great evil…and if so, can Auden really be a part of the plan? Meanwhile, Lia also learns a shocking truth about the accident that resulted in her download…a truth that forces her to make a decision she can never reverse.

Rebecca Lim
Muse (Mercy, Book 3)
HarperCollins (UK: 27th October 2011)
Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mercy is thrust into the excessive world of fashion when she awakes in the body of a troubled Russian supermodel, Irina: bitchy, hot-tempered and known to be dabbling in things she shouldn’t, Irina is on the verge of a very public breakdown. Against the glamorous background of opulent Milan, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan to lead her back to her immortal lover, Luc. But this time Mercy is aware that her memories and powers are growing ever stronger – and she begins to doubt Luc as The Eight reveal more of her mysterious past. Are Luc’s desires as selfless as her own or does he want her for a more terrifying purpose? The grand scale celestial battle for Mercy’s soul builds to an incredible stormy crescendo as archangels and demons clash in a cataclysmic showdown that not all will survive…

Lili St. Crow
Reckoning (Strange Angels, Book 5)
Quercus (UK: 27th October 2011); Penguin Razorbill (AU: 31st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru herself. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha – rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires – the worst is yet to come. Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?

Rachel Caine
Working Stiff (Revivalist, Book 1)
Allison & Busby (UK: 31st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

What if death could be cured by a drug? What if you needed that drug every day…or death would reclaim you? It’s not hypothetical to Bryn Davis. It’s her so-called life. Bryn Davis is new on the job as a funeral director, but even she knows that once you’re dead, you ought to stay that way. But Fairview Mortuary has a hidden backroom business: resurrecting the dead for profit, at extortionate rates. Discovering her boss’s secret may cost Bryn more than her life…it may just take away her death, too.

Rachel Caine
Last Breath (Morganville Vampires, Book 11)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 31st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

There is a question Claire has long been asking: why do vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they’re sensitive to sunlight? The reason doesn’t have to do with sunlight but water – and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires’ landlocked community. Vampires aren’t the top predator on earth. There’s something worse that preys on them…something much worse. Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath.

Caitlin Kittredge
The Curse of Four (Black London, Novella)
Subterranean (US: 31st October 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Jack Winter used to be a bad man, but he left black magic and wickedness behind him for a simpler life exorcising ghosts in London. Then Fiona Hannigan, the girl he abandoned to a life of depraved sorcery, turns up murdered and it’s not long before Jack finds himself accused of the crime, along with three other slayings. Someone is hunting London’s black magicians – and they’ve decided Jack is going to pay the price. Running from the police and pursued by his own ghosts, Jack must go back to the supernatural underworld he left behind to find who wanted Fiona dead, who framed him for the deed and why the spirit of Aleister Crowley is turning up in his living room. Because it’s not just Jack’s ghosts who are running free in London – older, darker spirits are stirring, and the same person who murdered Fiona has their sight set on performing a binding ritual to gain unimaginable power. Jack’s out of options and out of time, and his past may be the only thing that can save him…if he can survive the trip.

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