July 2014 Releases

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Done with June 2014 Releases? Here are July 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Cassie Alexander
Bloodshifted (Edie Spence, Book 5)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ambushed. Blindfolded. Kidnapped by vampires. Edie Spence must race against time to save herself and her baby – from the nightmare that flows through her veins… As a nurse in the hospital’s secret Y4 ward, Edie has seen her share of daytimers. Once-ordinary humans who’ve tasted vampire blood, daytimers are doomed to serve their nighttime masters. Forever. And now Edie has to face something even more horrifying: she’s become one too… Abducted by the vampire Raven, Edie is taken to the catacombs beneath the Catacombs, an ironically-named L.A. night club that supplies fresh blood and other favours for its vampire Masters. Edie has no intention of swapping her nurse’s uniform for a cocktail dress – not when her newborn infant needs her. But if she and Asher – her shapeshifter fiancé – can’t figure out a way to bleed Raven’s power, they may never get out of this plasma-soaked pleasure palace…undead or alive.

Keri Arthur
Fireborn (Souls of Fire, Book 1)
Penguin NAL Signet (US & CA: 1st July 2014); Hachette Little, Brown (UK: 1st July 2014; AU: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Emberly Pearson is a phoenix capable of taking on human form and cursed with the ability to foresee death… Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent it from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for. Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death – a by-product of a failed government experiment intended to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now all those infected must be eliminated. But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

Jillian Cantor
Searching for Sky
Bloomsbury (AU: 1st July 2014; UK: 3rd July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

River means everything to Sky. They have lived alone together on Island for as long as they can remember. The two of them hunt for food, wash in Falls and curl up together in Shelter. Their life is simple and safe. Until River sees a boat… Across Ocean is California, a place where nothing makes sense to Sky. She is separated from River and taken to live with a grandmother she doesn’t know. Lost and heartbroken, Sky searches for him so they can return to Island, only to find out that their paradise wasn’t as perfect as she thought, and everything she’s ever known and loved may have been a lie.

Imogen Howson
Unravel (Linked, Book 2)
Quercus (AU: 1st July 2014; UK: 3rd July 2014); Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia – only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares…

Sarah K.
Bound to Please
HarperCollins True Desire (AU: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Having split up with her Dom, Max, Sarah sets about finding a new Master. She has put her profile up on personal sites that specialise in BDSM when she gets a phone call from Maddie, a Dominatrix who, with her husband Roy, often hosts BDSM parties. What better way to find a new Master than at a masque BDSM party? Dressing up is the order of the evening. Sarah goes along with some trepidation – it’s hard to go to any party alone, let alone one where you show up in a corset, high heels and very little else. Just when Sarah is thinking of leaving she meets Adam in the garden. He’s been having the same thoughts. Still masked they really hit it off and have a great evening together, which involves retiring to one of the playrooms Maddie has arranged. After a fabulous night together Adam and Sarah agree it would be good to meet again. But a few days pass and he doesn’t ring. Has Sarah fallen for the wrong man again?

Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst
Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The setting: 1932, Razorhurst. Two competing mob bosses – Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson – have reached a fragile peace. Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment. Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s “best girl”. She knows the highs and lows of life, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her. When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living. Gloriana Nelson’s kingdom is crumbling and Mr Davidson is determined to have all of Razorhurst – including Dymphna. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna and Kelpie are determined to survive what is becoming a day with a high body count.

Nichola Reilly
Drowned (Drowned, Book 1)
Harlequin Mills & Boon (UK & AU: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam – but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival. Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever. Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

Kat Richardson
Possession (Greywalker, Book 8)
Penguin NAL Roc (US & CA: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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. When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including strange voices coming from her mouth, even her doctors wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated and frightened, the patient’s sister turns to Harper to discover who – or what – is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into the case, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome episodes in Washington’s history…

Diana Rowland
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, Book 4)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Our favourite zombie Angel Crawford has come a long way from her days as a pain-pill-addicted high school dropout with a felony record. After a year highlighted by murder, kidnapping, and the loss of her home, all she wants to do is kick back, relax, and maybe even think about college. But when key members of the “Zombie Mafia” go missing, she has no choice but to get involved. Angel is certain Saberton Corporation is behind the disappearances, yet she can’t shake the sense that a far deeper conspiracy is at work. With the small band of friends she can trust, Angel strikes out to track down the missing zombies. But when unexpected danger threatens to destroy her, all the brains and bravado in the world may not be enough to keep her from going to pieces.

Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 4)
Scholastic (US: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Everybody thinks they know Cole St. Clair’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret – his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

Amanda Sun
Rain (Paper Gods, Book 2)
Harlequin Teen (AU: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. She’s started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can’t imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she’s fallen in love with. But the decision to stay is not as simple as she thought. She’s flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling – as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control. When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life – blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help – Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo’s dark ancestry, as well as Katie’s, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.

Susanne Winnacker
Defector (Variants, Book 2)
Penguin Puffin (CA: 1st July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and long-time love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants. But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue Variant organisation Abel’s Army is likely the culprit. When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped, and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why? When the FEA’s efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation – but nothing could prepare her for what she finds. Finding the truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking at every turn. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for.

Herman Koch
Summer House with Swimming Pool
Atlantic (UK: 3rd July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Marc Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous. When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can’t refuse. But by the time the suntans fade, Ralph Meier is dead. The medical board accuses Marc of negligence. Ralph’s wife, however, accuses him of murder…

Alex Mallory
Wild
HarperCollins Teen (CA: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving – that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger… Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy – he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion. Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realisation that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it. As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

Phoebe North
Starglass (Starglass, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava – which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown. Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A bitchy boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany. But after Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she’s been sent to assassinate…

Phoebe North
Starbreak (Starglass, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe – Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. As Terra and Aleksandra lock horns about how best to reach the alien city, they encounter violent beasts – and dangerous hunters. It’s only when they’re taken to the city as prisoners that Terra finally discovers Vadix, the boy who has haunted her dreams. But Vadix has a dark past of his own, and Aleksandra is intent on using violence to lead their tiny band to freedom. When the rebel leader gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people – and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.

Veronica Roth
Four (Divergent, Novella Collection)
HarperCollins (US, UK, CA & AU: 8th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child. Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future – and the future of the entire faction system. Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Mira Grant
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell (Newsflesh, Novella)
Hachette Orbit (US: 14th July 2014)
Buy (US)

Outside the classroom walls the Rising was spreading, but inside was a carefully protected sanctuary against the growing threat. Or so the teachers and students thought. On what will be the last day in the teaching career of Elaine Oldenburg, who fans of the series know as Foxy, she must fight to survive and protect her students when the zombie outbreak shatters the safety of her school.

Cassie Alexander
The Haunted (Sleeping with Monsters, Book 1)
Argus Industrial (US: 15th July 2014)
Buy (US)

Daphne Vance’s life is perfect – she’s a beautiful, devoted wife, and her husband has just bought her a vast countryside estate to start their family in. But when her husband leaves on a business trip, it doesn’t feel like she’s alone in the mansion – she can feel eyes watching her, and hot hands trailing up her thighs. The domineering spirit of the mansion’s former owner is still present – and when she discovers her husband cheating on her, she doesn’t want to resist the Master anymore…

Kelly Meade
Black Rook (Cornerstone Run, Book 1)
Penguin InterMix (US: 15th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people – and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost. Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn’t sure he’s capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn’t expect the attraction that draws her to him – and him to her. No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father’s real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.

Diana Rowland
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, Book 1)
Constable & Robinson Corsair (UK: 17th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Angel Crawford is a loser. Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken. That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue – and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse. Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey – just when she’s hungriest! Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. Literally.

Diana Rowland
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombies, Book 2)
Constable & Robinson Corsair (UK: 17th July 2014)
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.

Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, Book 3)
Constable & Robinson Corsair (UK: 17th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Our favourite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets. Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces – and body parts – together in order to save her, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

Stephanie Diaz
Extraction (Extraction, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 22nd July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her 16th birthday when she’ll be tested for Extraction, in the hopes of being sent from Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially at the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface – it’s free of hard labour, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid – but life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers – and that means Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet’s leaders don’t want her running – they want her subdued.

Laurie Faria Stolarz
Welcome to the Dark House
Disney-Hyperion (US: 22nd July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

What’s your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up…at least for now. Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group – the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting. Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

Bailey Cunningham
Path of Smoke (Parallel Parks, Book 2)
Penguin Ace (US & CA: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In Wascana Park, they’re ordinary university students. But after midnight, when the park transforms into the magical kingdom of Anfractus, they become warriors, bards, and archers in a real-life role-playing game… The company of heroes has thwarted the plan of the power-hungry basilissa to conquer Anfractus, but not without a cost. Andrew’s character, Roldan, died, leaving him cut off from the mystical realm without any memory of its existence. If the others reveal the park’s magical nature to Andrew, his banishment will become permanent. So they must hide their nighttime adventures – and hope that his memory returns. Pursued by the basilissa’s forces, the rest of the group keeps a low profile in Anfractus until they uncover an unholy alliance between their enemy and the silenoi, satyrlike creatures who hunt humans – an alliance that threatens to cross the barrier into the real world. And while his friends struggle to prevent an invasion in both worlds, Andrew receives a visitor determined to restore his memory of Anfractus by leading him down a very dark path…

Kim Harrison
The Undead Pool (Hollows, Book 12)
HarperCollins Voyager (US & CA: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever-after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the Inderlander and human races is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before an all-out supernatural war breaks out. Rachel knows of only one weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one knows better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished…

Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Summer Prince
Scholastic Arthur A. Levine (US: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of its heat, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold, new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than dark chocolate eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist. Together, June and Enki will create art that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Richelle Mead
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, Book 4)
Penguin (US & CA: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And she made a decision that shocked even her… But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure – and re-education – looms larger than ever.

Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, Book 5)
Penguin (US, UK, CA & AU: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him… Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour where all bets are off.

M. D. Waters
Prototype (Archetype, Book 2)
Penguin Dutton (US: 24th July 2014; CA: 29th July 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past – both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family. But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker. Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present – and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter. Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.

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