March 2012 Releases

Done with February 2012 Releases? Here are March 2012 Releases. To see future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

Lauren DeStefano
Fever (Chemical Garden, Book 2)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

Kim Harrison
A Perfect Blood (Hollows, Book 10)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realises a horrifying truth – for others want to create their own demons and to do so, they need her blood. She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge.

Jill Hathaway
Slide
HarperCollins (UK & AU: 1st March 2012; CA: 16th March 2012; US: 27th March 2012)
Review
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Sylvia “Vee” Bell hates that, like her deceased mother, she has narcolepsy. But this embarrassing condition is nowhere near as bad as what happens during these episodes: when Vee passes out she actually slides into somebody else’s consciousness and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. This is how Vee finds herself in the head of a killer, standing over a classmate’s slashed and murdered body. When another cheerleader turns up dead, Vee realises that someone is killing off her sister’s friends. Suddenly everyone is a suspect, and Vee finds herself enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies and danger. She must face up to the fact that she can trust no one – not even the family and friends she thought she knew.

Kristen Simmons
Article 5
Murdoch (AU: 1st March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller can remember the days before the new government, before the Moral Militia replaced the police, before the Moral Statutes and the constant state of fear. In the three years since the war ended, she has learned how to survive on food stamps and charity bin clothes, and to keep a low profile. That is, until her single mother is arrested for breaching Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. Now Ember must find her mother and compliance to the authorities is the last thing on her mind.

Seanan McGuire
Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, Book 1)
Penguin Daw (US & CA: 6th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night…The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity – and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren’t for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family’s old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone’s spreading rumours about a dragon sleeping underneath the city…

Cole Gibsen
Katana
Llewellyn Flux (US: 8th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn’t explain her dreams of fifteenth-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harbouring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior. Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana – a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

Bree Despain
The Savage Grace (Dark Divine, Book 3)
Random House Egmont (US & CA: 13th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Grace’s life is a mess. Daniel is still a werewolf, Talbot can’t be trusted, and Caleb is still out there. With Sirhan’s impending death, war seems imminent. Will Grace give in to the wolf to save her family? What will happen to Daniel…and can their love survive one last test?

M. J. Rose
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, Book 4)
Simon & Schuster Atria (US & CA: 13th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by visions of the past, her earliest memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up with as the heir to a storied French perfume company. These worsened after her mother’s suicide until she finally found a doctor who helped her, teaching her to explore the mythological symbolism in her visions and thus lessen their painful impact. This ability led Jac to a wildly successful career as a mythologist, television personality and author. When her brother, Robbie – who’s taken over the House of L’Etoile from their father – contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the family archives, she’s sceptical. But when Robbie goes missing before he can share the secret – leaving a dead body in his wake – Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind. Travelling back to Paris to investigate Robbie’s disappearance, Jac discovers that the secret is a mysterious scent developed in Cleopatra’s time. Could the rumours swirling be true? Can this ancient perfume hold the power to unlock the ability to remember past lives and conclusively prove reincarnation? If this possession has the power to change the world, then it’s not only worth living for…it’s worth killing for, too.

Carrie Ryan
The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands & Teeth, Book 3)
Random House Ember (US & CA: 13th March 2012); Hachette Orion Gollancz (UK: 15th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters. Annah’s world stopped that day, and she’s been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn’t feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again. But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?

Jackie Morse Kessler
Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse, Book 3)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Graphia (US: 20th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors…and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him from unleashing something awful on humanity – something that could make the Black Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground – and the courage to save the world?

Beth Revis
A Million Suns (Across the Universe, Book 2)
Penguin Puffin (AU: 21st March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no-one. The ship’s ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens. Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she’s torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that’s pulling everything apart. As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught in a desperate race to unravel its secrets. Only one thing is certain. They have to get off this ship.

Stacey Jay
Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 27th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations – and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune – and those with enough courage – can venture out into the Louisiana Delta…and a nightmare world of magic. Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this one’s off the books. Her ex-lover, Hitch, needs her help searching for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats. Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new fairy-attack-induced paranormal abilities seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious – not to mention ridiculously attractive – Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets? As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle quickly learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only things that cut deeper than a friend’s deception are the lies we tell ourselves.

Stacia Kane
Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 4)
Random House Del Rey (US & CA: 27th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss – who also happens to be her drug dealer – to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess. Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead – and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.

Gemma Malley
The Killables
Hachette Hodder & Stoughton (AU: 27th March 2012; UK: 29th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Evil has been eradicated. The City has been established. And citizens may only enter after having the “evil” part of their brain removed. They are labelled on the System according to how “good” they are. If they show signs of the evil emerging, they are labelled a K…But no one knows quite what that means. Only that they disappear, never to be seen again…

Sara Wilson Etienne
Harbinger
Penguin Putnam (AU: 28th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast. But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red. Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can’t trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her – and the rest of the world too.

Rebecca Lim
Fury (Mercy, Book 4)
HarperCollins (UK: 29th March 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Heartbreak. Vengeance. Truth. Betrayal. Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield. Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her now places Ryan in mortal danger. Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate choice. Hell hath no fury like Mercy…

3 responses to “March 2012 Releases

  1. Of all of those, I’m most excited for Slide.

  2. Pingback: Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 3) | Literary Escapism

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