July 2012 Releases

Done with June 2012 Releases? Here are July 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Kim Harrison
A Fistful of Charms (Hollows, Book 4)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st July 2012)
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It would be wise for witch and bounty hunter, Rachel Morgan, to keep a low profile right now. Her new reputation for the dark arts has piqued the interest of Cincinnati’s night-prowlers, who despise her and long to bring an end to her interference, one way or another. Nevertheless, Rachel must risk exposure. Her ex-boyfriend, Nick, has stolen a priceless Were artefact, and, as tempting as it may be to let the Weres tear him apart, Rachel feels obliged to attempt a rescue. But other sinister forces also covet the relic Nick has hidden. Some desire it so badly, they will take the city – and everyone in it – apart to wield its frightening power.

Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Team Human
Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st July); HarperCollins (US: 3rd July 2012)
Review
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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity! On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure.

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

Aura is determined to unlock the mysteries of the Shift and her role in it. Logan is finally ready to pass on, and after an emotional farewell, Aura can at last move on and admit her feelings for Zachary. But when the government threatens her and Zachary in an attempt to discover what she knows, Aura knows that now more than ever she must protect herself and the ones she loves.

Heather Brewer
Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, Book 1)
Penguin (AU: 2nd July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sixteen-year-old Kaya is a Healer. She lives in Tril, a world where Barrons fight an ongoing war against the evil Graplar king, and Healers tend to the Barrons when they are wounded. Healers and Barrons are bound to each other, either from birth (Bloodbound) or during a special ceremony (Bound). Healers can cure their Bound or Bloodbound Barrons almost instantly with a touch. Kaya wants to learn to fight as well as heal, but in Tril, and at her school, the Shadow Academy, she is not allowed to. Therefore, she must learn to fight in secret, and first asks her Bound Barron, Trayton, to teach her. Trayton is sweet and brave and Kaya finds herself falling for him, but he’s a rule-follower and will not train her. Then she meets Darius, a young man with a mysterious past who trains the Barrons at the Academy. He agrees to train her, but from the moment they meet, they are at odds and have a fighting, sarcastic relationship. Meanwhile, despite the safety of the Shadow Academy’s surrounding outer wall, several Graplars – horrible monsters under the control of King Darrek – invade the school. Kaya is determined to find out how they got in and to stop them, with whoever’s help she can.

Megan McCafferty
Thumped (Bumped, Book 2)
Random House Corgi (AU: 2nd July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The world has been gripped by a catastrophic virus, and everyone over the age of eighteen is infertile. Society now values teenagers above all others, and “conception contracts” with the most attractive, intelligent girls are eagerly snapped up by would-be-parents, desperate to pay for a healthy baby. Eight-and-a-half months ago, Melody scored an amazing contract with a rich couple, and was matched with the hottest “bumping” partner in the world: the gorgeous Jondoe. Her future looked set – until her identical twin Harmony opened the door to Jondoe. A case of mistaken identity and a moment of madness followed – and the wrong sister fell pregnant. Now Harmony has disappeared, determined to raise her babies herself – and for the last eight-and-a-half months, Melody has been faking the most high-profile pregnancy in the world. And both sisters know time is running out…

Marta Acosta
Dark Companion
Macmillan Tor (US: 3rd July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true. They are. The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much? As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove – and what she would risk to stay there…

Kate Locke
God Save the Queen (Immortal Empire, Book 1)
Hachette Orbit (US: 3rd July 2012; UK: 5th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key – the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

Jackson Pearce
Sweetly
Hachette (AU: 3rd July 2012)
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.

Kat Richardson
Downpour (Greywalker, Book 6)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 3rd July 2012)
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died – for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. After being shot in the back and dying – again – Harper has lost many of her powers. Now, if the Greywalker dies one more time, she won’t be coming back. Harper’s only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting an investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident and finds a victim who insists he was murdered, blaming the nearby picturesque community of Sunset Lakes – called “Blood Lake” by locals. Harper soon learns that beneath the icy waters of the lake hides a terrible power and a host of hellish beings – both of which are held under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends…

Diana Rowland
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, Book 2)
Penguin Daw (US & CA: 3rd July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right – the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower – and maybe a brain smoothie as well – in order to get through it without falling apart.

Dani Worth
After the Crux (Crux Survivors, Book 1)
Samhain (US: 3rd July 2012)

Seventeen years after the Crux Virus wiped out most of the world’s population, Ross is doing what he can to keep his small community safe from raiders in a self-contained artist retreat in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. He’s made a habit of collecting survivors and they’ve all become family, but the most important members have always been Jenna and Dorian. At fourteen, Ross stumbled into the basement where the nine-year-olds were hiding and the three have been together ever since. Years later, Jenna and Dorian became lovers. Now, at thirty, Ross hopes to find a love of his own on supply runs, but he suffers incredible guilt because his heart has long been snagged by his two best friends. Alone with his tangled emotions, Ross is about to discover that his friends have their own ideas about their relationship…and how it is about to change.

Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen [also published as 13] (Otherworld, Book 13)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (UK: 5th July 2012); Penguin Dutton (US: 24th July 2012); Random House (CA: 24th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Savannah Levine, a young witch of remarkable power and a dangerous pedigree, staggers away from a bomb blast in New Orleans, glad that she’s managed to rescue her half-brother Bryce from the supernatural revolutionaries who’d held him captive. But everyone and everything she holds dear is still at risk. The reveal movement has shaken the Otherworld to its core and the resulting chaos has thinned the boundaries between dimensions, allowing creatures of the deeper realms to break through and wreak havoc on supernaturals but also on innocent humans. Although she’s been temporarily stripped her of her powers, Savannah knows she has a crucial part to play in this war of survival. In fact the fate of her loved ones – of Adam, the friend she hopes will become a lover; of Paige and Lucas, her guardians; of the werewolf Pack and Jaime Vegas; of a pregnant Hope; of her brothers Sean and Bryce – and of the human world rests on her shoulders. If she can find the way and the will to defend them. Only in the final battle will Savannah find out her true capacities, and what love will drive her to do.

Andrea Cremer
Bloodrose (Nightshade, Book 3)
Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 5th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping her brother safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do and who to love when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

Rachel Vincent
Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, Book 6)
Harlequin Mills & Boon Mira Ink (UK: 6th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…

Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Mothership
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 10th July 2012)
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Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole – and now she’s pregnant. Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship – and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called. So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother – assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.

Tracey O’Hara
Sin’s Dark Caress (Dark Brethren, Book 2)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 13th July 2012; US: 31st July 2012)
Review
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Forensic witch Bianca Sin has never seen anything like it: homeless teenage girls torn to pieces by dark magic in the cold shadows of the city. More terrifying still is the symbol written in blood on an alley wall – the unmistakable seal of the Dark Brethren. Teaming up with NYPD homicide detective Lancelot McManus and an elite task force headed by the shapeshifter Oberon DuPrie, Bianca knows her worst fears have finally come to pass. A new war of annihilation is looming that will plunge the worlds of vampire, shapeshifter, and human into chaos – and two adversarial tribes locked in uneasy truce will need to take up arms together to save the children. Trust will be essential for Sin and McManus, as the hunt forces them to confront their deepest terrors. For the ultimate evil is no longer approaching. It’s here.

Amy Kathleen Ryan
Spark (Sky Chasers, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 17th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After a desperate escape from the enemy ship, Waverly has finally made it back to the Empyrean. The memory of home has been keeping her alive for the past months…but home is nothing like she left it. Forced to leave their captive parents behind on the New Horizon, she’s returned only to find that Kieran has become a strict leader and turned the crew against Seth. What happened to the Kieran she thought she knew? Now Waverly’s not sure whom she can trust. And the one person she wants to believe in is darkly brilliant Seth, the ship’s supposed enemy. Waverly knows that the situation will only get worse until they can rescue their parents – but how? Before they have time to make a plan, an explosion rocks the Empyrean, and Seth and Waverly are targeted as the prime suspects. Can they find the true culprit before Kieran locks them away…or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Now more than ever, every step could bring them closer to a new beginning – or a sudden end.

Tiffany Reisz
The Siren (Original Sinners, Book 1)
Harlequin Mira (US: 24th July 2012)
Review
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Uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it. Zach calls Nora a “guttersnipe writer” but she’s not your typical guttersnipe. Her personal life is as torrid as her prose and unbeknownst to Zach, her books aren’t her only source of income. Nora is determined to prove Zach wrong, to prove she’s a real writer worthy of his respect. But her good intentions are complicated by her volatile relationship with her virginal nineteen-year-old roommate Wesley and her inability to completely leave her dangerous former lover Søren in the past. Desperate to win Zach’s good opinion of her, Nora keeps her “other job” a secret from him fearing that if he finds out she’s the Underground’s most famous dominatrix he won’t be able to see her as anything other than a sex worker. The clock is ticking. Nora has six weeks and five hundred pages to rewrite. Will she be able to keep her focus and prove she’s a professional writer? Or will she pick the business of pleasure over the business of writing? As the work on her book progresses, Zach and Nora forge a tenuous truce that turns into friendship and intense attraction. Still grieving his broken marriage, Zach is slow to trust Nora. When he discovers the secrets she’s been keeping from him, will Zach be able to forgive her and sign her contract? Or will he send her back to the gutter where he found her?

Rachel Caine
Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist, Book 2)
Penguin (AU: 25th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife – with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming – thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

Ally Condie
Crossed (Matched, Book 2)
Penguin Puffin (AU: 25th July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Kelly Gay
Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan, Book 4)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 31st July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Elysia may be a heavenly off-world destination, but beyond it, in the siren city of Fiallan, the Circe have punished Charlie Madigan’s partner, Hank, into a torturous state between life and death. With all the proper legal channels cleared, Charlie heads to Elysia, not knowing what she’ll find, or if she’ll ever see the siren again…while at home, jinn crime boss Grigori Tennin has begun an all-out hunt for the divine being Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death, and stirs Ahkneri from her long sleep – and if Vengeance awakes, Atlanta will never be the same.

Nancy Holzner
Darklands (Deadtown, Book 4)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 31st July 2012)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border – but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human… Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are cancelling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her half-cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers. But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear – in the realm of the dead itself.

3 responses to “July 2012 Releases

  1. Oh my word, there are some good sounding books coming out next month! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Pingback: Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 7) | Literary Escapism

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