May 2012 Releases

Done with April 2012 Releases? Here are May 2012 Release. For future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

Joëlle Anthony
The Right & the Real
Penguin Putnam (CA: 1st May 2012; AU: 23rd May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right & the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader but Jesus Christ himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh was the most popular boy at school, too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira or getting kicked out or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata. Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her dad gets himself in serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?

Rachel Caine
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires, Book 12)
Penguin (US, CA & AU: 1st May 2012); Allison & Busby (UK: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger – it’s dying…Ever since the draug – mysterious creatures that prey on vampires – took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight. Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie – the town founder – has been infected by the master draug’s bite. Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

Lauren Dane
Captivated (Phantom Corps, Book 2)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal. In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only like minds, but kindred spirits. However unexpected their relationship, everything changes for Vincenz and Julian when Hannah Black comes into their lives. Having been captured and held in near total isolation by imperialist troops, their immediate response is to protect her. Emotionally shattered but resilient, Hannah rebuilds herself. Because of the warm safety she finds in the arms of Julian – and Vincenz – she becomes someone harder, stronger and bent on preventing the Imperialists from harming anyone else. For the two men, wrestling with their passionate feelings for Hannah is only the beginning. War is about to send all three into harm’s way and an equally dangerous secret could tear them apart.

Stacia Kane
Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 4)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Life is going surprisingly well for Chess Putnam. Her bank balance is healthy, she’s pretty sure Terrible is officially her boyfriend, and the last few months have been devoid of anyone really trying to kill her. So when Chess is ordered by an infamous crime boss She – who also happens to be her drug dealer – to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she is unsurprised; she knew the recent relative calm wouldn’t last. If that wasn’t bad enough, Chess’s ex-lover Lax, son of the rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between them. 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.

Rebecca Lim
Fury (Mercy, Book 4)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st May 2012)
Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Heartbreak. Vengeance. Fury. Mercy is an exiled angel cast down to earth and forced to live out thousands of different lives for her own protection. Betrayed by her eternal love, Luc, Mercy burns with fury. The time of reckoning is here and now she must wage open war with Luc and his demons. Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, but loving an angel is mortally dangerous. As their two worlds collide, Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice.

Elizabeth Norris
Unravelling
HarperCollins (AU: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck. And killed. Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time. That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US & AU: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves – and herself – while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable – and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Jeri Smith-Ready
Shine (Shade, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past. As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

Carol Lynch Williams
Glimpse
Simon & Schuster Paula Wiseman (US & CA: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Twelve year old girl Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalised after trying to kill herself. Ever since their dad died Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age. Their mother is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best, who turns tricks to support the family. Hope discovers that their mother is prostituting Lizzie and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.

Carol Lynch Williams
Waiting
Simon & Schuster Paula Wiseman (US & CA: 1st May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Growing up, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Was it London’s fault? Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself – and ultimately redemption.

Jennifer Bosworth
Struck
Macmillan Farrar, Straus & Giroux (US: 8th May 2012)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her. Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a travelling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revellers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come. Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Kathleen Peacock
Hemlock
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US: 8th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf. Lupine syndrome – also known as the werewolf virus – is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control. Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Carrie Jones
Endure (Need Pixies, Book 4)
Bloomsbury (UK: 10th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Zara is back from Valhalla after successfully rescuing Nick. Bedford needs their best warrior now more than ever, as the evil pixie regime is causing mass destruction and chaos everywhere. Though Nick’s job is clear, Zara’s role is a lot more uncertain. She’s not just fighting for her friends – she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves so much will not be as easy as she hopes. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king…

Stephanie Guerra
Torn
Amazon (US: 15th May 2012)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more. New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once. It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be. But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

Angie Smibert
The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora, Book 2)
Amazon (US: 15th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Aiden Nomura likes to open doors, especially using his skills as a hacker to see what’s hidden inside. He just keeps pulling until one cracks open, exposing the flaws. It’s like a game until it isn’t. When a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic opens in Bern, Switzerland, near Aiden’s boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter has had a mental breakdown. He returns to the US immediately. But back home in Hamilton, Winter’s mental state isn’t the only thing that’s different. The city is becoming even stricter, and an underground movement is growing. Aiden slowly cracks open doors in this new world. But behind those doors are things Aiden doesn’t want to see – things about his society, his city, even his own family. Aiden may be the only one who can fix things before someone else gets hurt.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, Book 3)
Random House Egmont (US & CA: 22nd May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She’s prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting – though for what, Bryn doesn’t know. Still human, she must take her place in the werewolf Senate, the precarious democracy that rules the North American packs. Standing side by side with werewolves who were ancient long before she was ever born is enough of a challenge, but Bryn soon learns that the Senate has been called to deal with a problem: the kind of problem that involves human bodies, a Rabid werewolf, and memories that Bryn, Chase, and the rest of their pack would rather forget. With bodies stacking up and political pressure closing in from all sides, Bryn and her pack are going to have to turn to old enemies and even older friends for help – especially when it starts to look like this time, the monster might be one of their own.

J. N. Duncan
The Lingering Dead (Deadworld, Book 3)
Penguin Kensington (AU: 23rd May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

She cracks the FBI’s toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago’s windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation – and her team – in its sights…Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau’s special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead…Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step – and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice…

Jes Battis
Bleeding Out (OSI, Book 4)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 29th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Though she’s on leave from the Occult Special Investigations squad, Tess Corday is still grappling with her own personal mysteries. But finding out the truth about her demonic heritage has been more difficult than she expected. Plus, her unauthorised investigation into an addictive new vampire street drug is driving a stake between her and her undead boyfriend. Then Vancouver’s premier necromancer turns up dead. Tess suspects that the cases are related. And her suspicions will lead her into a paranormal showdown that can – and will – change the course of her life forever.

Richelle Mead
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, Book 1)
Penguin (US & CA: 29th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. In this part-vampire, part-human setting, the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

Dee Shulman
Fever
Penguin Puffin (CA: 29th May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A fearless Roman gladiator. A reckless 21st century girl. A mysterious virus unites them…152 AD. Sethos Leontis, a skilled and mesmerising fighter, is unexpectedly wounded and lies dangerously close to death. 2012 AD. Eva is brilliant – but troubled. Starting her new life at a school for the gifted, a single moment in the lab has terrifying results. An extraordinary link brings Sethos and Eva together, but it could force them apart – because the fever that grips them cannot be cured and falling in love could be lethal…Can love survive when worlds collide and threaten time itself?

Holly Black
Black Heart (Curse Workers, Book 3)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: May 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet – this time on love.

Carrie Ryan
The Dark & Hollow Places (Forest of Hands & Teeth, Book 3)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: May 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?

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