December 2013 Releases

Done with November 2013 Releases? Here are December 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Máire Claremont
Lady in Red (Mad Passions, Book 2)
Hachette Headline (AU: December 2013)
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Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man… Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze – which so mirrors his own – he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?

Jenna Black
Replica (Replica, Book 1)
Pan Macmillan Tor (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake’s marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in the Corporate States. She lives a life of privilege even if she has to put up with paparazzi tracking her every move, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image – no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy. Nathaniel Hayes is the heir to the company that pioneered human replication: a technology that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Except he’s more interested in sneaking around the seedy underbelly of the state formerly known as New York than he is in learning to run his future company or courting his bride-to-be. She’s not exactly his type…not that he can tell anyone that. But then Nate turns up dead, and Nadia was the last person to see him alive. When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory back-up, he doesn’t know what – or rather, who – killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

Kylie Chan
Dark Serpent (Celestial Battle, Book 1)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st December 2013)
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John Chen and Emma Donahue head to Wales to try and work out who – or what – Emma is. But rather than providing a clear path to their long hoped-for marriage the answer could tear them apart forever. Emma will be forced to betray either John, her beloved Xuan Wu, or her past and birthright. To make matters worse, John’s celestial home at Wudangshan is under attack from the Demon King. Can John find the Emma he knows and love, and save Wudangshan from demonic destruction?

Megan Hart
Stranger
Harlequin Mills & Boon Mira (AU: 1st December 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

I pay strangers to sleep with me. I have my reasons…but they’re not the ones you’d expect. For starters, I’m a funeral director taking over my dad’s business. Not exactly the kind of person you’d expect to fork over cash for the intimacy and urgency only skin-to-skin contact can create. Looking at me, you wouldn’t have a clue I carry this little secret so close it creases up like the folds of a fan. Tight. Personal. Ready to unravel in the heat of the moment. Unsurprisingly, my line of work brings me face-to-face with loss. So I decided long ago that paying for sex would be one of the best (and most arousing) ways to save me from the one thing that would eventually cut far too deep. But Sam was a mistake. Literally. I signed on to pick up a stranger at a bar, but took Sam home instead. And now that I’ve felt his heat, his sweat and everything else, can I really go back to impersonal? Let’s just hope he never finds out about my other life…

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars (Starbound, Book 1)
Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st December 2013); Disney-Hyperion (US: 10th December 2013)
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It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Karsten Knight
Wildefire (Wildefire, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life – it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was searching for. Because terrifying, supernatural beasts roam the forests around campus. Because the murderer from Ashline’s hometown – her own sister – has followed her across the country. Because a group of reincarnated gods and goddesses has been mysteriously summoned to Blackwood…and Ashline’s one of them.

Karsten Knight
Embers & Echoes (Wildefire, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, volcano goddess Ashline Wilde travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But she soon discovers that a cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire. Meanwhile, unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future. Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

Karsten Knight
Afterglow (Wildefire, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all – he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

Katie McGarry
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, Book 3)
Harlequin Mills & Boon (AU: 1st December 2013; UK: 6th December 2013)
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The girl with straight A’s, designer clothes and the perfect life – that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker – a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks – no matter how angelic she might look. But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Kathleen Peacock
Deadly Thorns [also published as Thornhill] (Hemlock, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Kyle is still on the run, despite Mac’s best efforts to track him down and bring him home. But when they finally find themselves back together, it’s not in the best of circumstances. Trapped in a werewolf prison camp where inmates keep disappearing and not returning, Mac knows that something sinister is happening, but can they find out the truth? And with Jason still sure of his own feelings for Mac, will she start to doubt her own for Kyle?

Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, Book 1)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st December 2013)
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For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…

Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st December 2013)
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Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever…because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st December 2013)
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What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Lauren Dane & Megan Hart
There All Along (Anthology of two novellas)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 3rd December 2013)
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“LAND’S END” BY LAUREN DANE: The Land’s End highway is one of the most dangerous places in the universe. The constant peril of brigands keeps Verity Coleman stuck in Silver Cliffs, dreaming of the open road – and of Loyal Alsbaugh, the tall and silent highway patrolman. When her town is attacked, Verity has a chance to win over Loyal’s muted heart. But will his wounded past make him leave her along the road, or can she convince him to take her along? “BY THE SEA OF SAND” BY MEGAN HART: Captain Kason Reed was willing to give his life to the Sheirran Defense Forces, but now he can’t remember anything but bits and pieces of the war. When his sexual attraction to his caregiver, Teila, causes him to make advances toward her, she becomes the aggressor, urging him with her body to explore the memories of his past – memories that all seem to draw him back to Teila…

J. Kenner
Take Me (Stark, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 3rd December 2013); Hachette Headline (UK: 3rd December 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

I’ve long dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, but it wasn’t until I met Damien Stark – who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch – that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armour. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear. Damien is my anchor to this world, and I am his. But if we are going to keep each other, we have to fight the shadows of our pasts to move forward into our future.

Gemma Malley
The System (Killables, Book 3)
Hachette Hodder & Stoughton (UK: 5th December 2013)
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Everybody watches everyone else; nothing is hidden. And for those who fail to “update” every fifteen minutes, the consequences are deadly. Evie and Raffy may have escaped the City but they still fear for their lives. Now the only person who can help them is Frankie, a total stranger, the most popular girl in the world, watched every second by millions of people. But Frankie has other ideas… And all the time, Lucas is waiting desperately for word from Evie, word that she is coming back to him.

Andrea Cremer
Snakeroot (Nightshade, Book 4)
Penguin Philomel (US & CA: 10th December 2013)
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Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All. Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world?

Kelley Armstrong [Dust jacket & interior illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie]
Brazen (Otherworld, Novella)
Subterranean (US: 15th December 2013)
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Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits. Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters. Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play. It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover. He’s a fighter.

Marie Langager
Beyond Our Stars
Bloomsbury (US, UK & AU: 19th December 2013)
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Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals. Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget. As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

Veronica Rossi
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 23rd December 2013)
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It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

Lydia Kang
Control
Penguin Dial (US: 26th December 2013; CA: 31st December 2013)
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Set in 2150 – in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms – this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes. When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen – teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them – an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy – can help Zel reunite with her sister. But only if she is willing to lose him.

Lissa Price
Enders (Starters, Book 2)
Random House Doubleday (UK: 26th December 2013)
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Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael – teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations. With the body bank destroyed Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too…and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Cassie Alexander
Deadshifted (Edie Spence, Book 4)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 31st December 2013)
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Edie Spence is in desperate need of a vacation – some R&R away from the craziness that shadows her as a nurse dealing with paranormal patients. But as she and her shapeshifter boyfriend, Asher, set sail on a cruise for Hawaii, they’ll realise that seasickness isn’t the only thing threatening their romantic getaway… While on board, Asher comes face-to-face with Nathaniel, an old nemesis from his dark past. Asher is convinced he’s up to no good…especially when passengers start to come down with a mysterious illness unlike anything Edie and Asher have ever encountered. Soon Edie finds herself fighting for the life of the one person who means the most to her – Asher. As chaos explodes, will Edie be able to save their future together…or will this close encounter with the paranormal side be her last?

Rhiannon Held
Tarnished (Silver, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 31st December 2013)
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Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage – his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumours of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver – the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.

Michelle Rowen & Richelle Mead
The Ultimate Guide (Vampire Academy, Compendium)
Penguin (US & CA: 31st December 2013)
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Complete with colour photos from the set of the movie. Discover the history of St. Vladimir’s Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society.

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