May 2017 Releases

Done with April 2017 Releases? Here are May 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Marianna Baer
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Alliance Distribution (AU: 1st May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumours spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets – strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

Meg Howrey
The Wanderers
Simon & Schuster Scribner (AU: 1st May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The best of Helen Kane exists in space. If she doesn’t go back up, she’ll be consigned to a lesser version of herself on a planet that has also seen better days. Helen is an experienced astronaut with a NASA position and a struggling grown-up daughter who needs her but when, at fifty-three, she is offered a place on the training programme for the first mission to Mars, the most realistic simulation ever, she cannot refuse a last chance to walk among the stars. Her fellow astronauts are Sergei, a gruff Russian whose teenage sons are less mysterious to him than they’d like to think; and Yoshi, kind and focused, who wants to prove himself worthy of the wife he has drifted ever further from. The three will be enclosed for months in a tiny craft, while outside their loved ones negotiate everyday life. How far will the wanderers travel in the pursuit of endeavour, and what will it be like to come home?

Amanda Sun
Heir to the Sky
HarperCollins HQ (UK: 1st May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start living for herself.

Marissa Meyer
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles, Anthology)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 2nd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? Nine stories – five of which have never before been published.

Amy Plum
Dreamfall (Dreamfall, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US & CA: 2nd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Seven teenagers who suffer from debilitating insomnia agree to take part in an experimental new procedure to cure it because they think it can’t get any worse. But they couldn’t be more wrong. When the lab equipment malfunctions, the patients are plunged into a terrifying dreamworld where their worst nightmares have come to life – and they have no memory of how they got there. Hunted by monsters from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, these seven strangers will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Francesca Zappia
Made You Up
HarperCollins Greenwillow (US & CA: 2nd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

Rachel Vincent
100 Hours
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (UK: 4th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. And her cousin Maddie is beyond done with the shallow entitlement of everyone around her. While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty – like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, she gets it. Lured by the promise of white sand far from the cheap plastic sandals of common tourists, Genesis leads her crew to an isolated jungle beach outside Cartagena. But paradise, it turns out, comes at a terrible price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep in the jungle – with no diva left behind. It all feels so random – to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her. Now, as the hours count down and the hostages begin to turn on one another, Maddie and Genesis discover their kidnappers’ true goals reach far beyond the scope of any problem their family’s money can fix. With little chance of escape and no possibility of rescue, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t thwart their captors’ plan, no one will make it out alive.

Keri Arthur
Blood Kissed (Lizzie Grace, Book 1)
Keri Arthur (US: 9th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic. But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal and one that is going to take all her skills to survive – that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.

Rachel Vincent
Brave New Girl
Penguin Random House Delacorte (US, CA, & AU: 9th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special – just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city. Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him – when she can’t resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules – she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled. Destroyed. Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different? Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one…

Nancy Holzner
Firestorm (Deadtown, Book 6)
Penguin Random House InterMix (US & CA: 16th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

They call it Deadtown: Boston’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders – but Victory Vaughn, the city’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human… When Vicky allowed an ancient goddess Ceridewen to possess her, she had no regrets – it was the only way to protect the people she loved. But now she’s got two supernatural beings possessing her body to use her for their own means, leaving her with little free will of her own and more demonic trouble than she cares to deal with. Despite the forces pulling her apart, Vicky needs all her wits about her. The demons of Hell are growing bold and she can barely keep up with the attacks plaguing the city: sirens in the Mystic River, goblins snarling traffic on Storrow Drive, imps tearing the gold from the State House dome. As the signs of war multiply and Hell threatens to overrun its boundaries, Vicky finds herself torn between her duty to save the world and her desire to save something of herself…

Veronica Rossi
Riders (Riders, Book 1)
Macmillan Tor (US: 16th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen – Conquest, Famine, and Death – are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. They fail. Now – bound, bloodied, and drugged – Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for – not to mention all of humankind – he needs to convince the sceptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?

Veronica Rossi
Seeker (Riders, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 16th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Daryn claimed she was seeing “visions” during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn’t losing her mind; she was gaining the Sight – the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they’d provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives. Until Sebastian. Sebastian was her first – and worst – mistake. Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael – the last surviving demon in the Kindred – guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It’s up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped. Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

Tiffany Schmidt
Break Me Like a Promise (Once Upon a Crime Family, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (US: 16th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

All Magnolia Vickers ever wanted was to follow in her father’s path and head up the Family business. And, once upon a time, she and Carter Landlow were going to do it together. But new legislation is about to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade, and Carter, her love, is dead. Then Maggie runs into Alex, who needs something her family is uniquely able to deliver, and he’s willing to manipulate her to get it. Maggie hates being blackmailed into fulfilling his bargain, but the longer it takes to help him – and as Alex’s health declines – Maggie is surprised to find herself falling for him. Like it or not, if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both.

Viola Carr
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (Electric Empire, Book 3)
HarperCollins Voyager (UK: 18th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to share a life with her rebellious second self, Lizzie Hyde. But being two people in one body isn’t easy, not when Eliza has a professional reputation to protect and Lizzie is veering headfirst into a life of debauchery and crime with an increasingly demented Mr. Hyde. Not to mention the difficulty of making a respectable marriage with Remy Lafayette – Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope – while Lizzie enjoys her own dubious romantic entanglements. And with England on the brink of war, Remy’s secretive mission in sorcery-riddled Paris grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is Eliza finally going mad? Now, she’s confronted by her most baffling case yet: an evil genius with a penchant for theatrics is murdering eminent scientists in the most inexplicable ways. Her investigation uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories and bleeding-edge science punishable by death – and a shocking connection to her father’s infamous experiments. Desperate to learn the truth about her past, she must infiltrate a cabal of fanatical inventors bent on a discovery that will change the world – or destroy it. With London under attack by sorcery-wielding terrorists, and the Royal Society’s enforcers determined to bury her evidence for good, Eliza needs all the friends she can get if she’s to thwart the killer and keep her head. But when Lizzie’s criminal shenanigans get Eliza fired from the Metropolitan Police, and Remy is implicated in an act of bloody vengeance he didn’t commit (or did he?), she’s on her own. Except for wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie. But Lizzie’s got her own life now. And she’ll do anything to keep it. Even if it means attempting the unspeakable and finding her own body. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn.

Madeleine Roux [illustrated by Iris Compiet]
House of Furies (House of Furies, Book 1)
HarperCollins (AU: 22nd May 2017; US & CA: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved. Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Francesca Zappia
Eliza and Her Monsters
HarperCollins Greenwillow (AU: 22nd May 2017; US & CA: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built – her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity – begins to fall apart.

Karen Bao
Dove Alight (Dove Chronicles, Book 3)
Penguin Random House Viking (US, CA, & AU: 23rd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Shy, introverted Phaet Theta has gone from being a top student to an interplanetary fugitive to the reluctant but fierce leader of a revolution. With the Earthbound on their side, she and her friends finally have a chance at toppling the evil leaders who’ve held the Moon captive for decades. But as the death tolls rise, the cost of the war weighs heavily on Phaet, even as she’s forced to lead her siblings and Wes, the love of her life, into terrible danger. Phaet started this war because she lost someone she loved. Will she have to lose another to end it?

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Long Game (Fixer, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (US: 23rd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke Academy in Washington D.C., can fix just about any problem her classmates – or their power-wielding parents – might have. After all, this sort of thing runs in the family. But she’s happy to be using her skills on the odd class election these days, together with the help of her friends at Hardwicke. Then a terrorist attack strikes in the heart of the capital, followed by an attempt on the President’s life, and Tess soon finds herself investigating a plot that may hit closer to home than she ever could have imagined. Can she piece it all together in time before anyone else gets hurt?

Megan Shepherd
The Gauntlet (Cage, Book 3)
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 23rd May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong – a supposed safe haven on a small moon – where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds. With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species – the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca – all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world – though it might destroy her in the process.

Jenna Black
Night Magic (Nightstruck, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life. Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city – and of having killed her onetime best friend – had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away – along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent? Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her – even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

Mira Grant
Feedback (Newsflesh, Book 4)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (US: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against the brother-and-sister blog superstars, the Masons. Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they must hit the presidential campaign trail and uncover dangerous truths. Or die trying.

Laura Lam
False Hearts
Macmillan Tor (US: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined. Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder – the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Verve, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

Rachel Vincent
Spectacle (Menagerie, Book 2)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 30th May 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When their coup of Metzger’s Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of “exotic wildlife.” Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favours, the Spectacle’s owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted – for the right price. But Vandekamp’s closely guarded client list isn’t the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

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