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January 2009 Releases

If you’re done buying your December list, now move on to January 2009’s releases (see below). For even further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Scholastic (UK: 5th January 2009) – Paperback

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin Berkley (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

Claire, a demon’s handmaiden, is rescued from enslavement by a handsome playboy. Now they’re both in danger of being captured by warlocks who are determined to harness Claire’s powers for evil.

Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5)
Penguin Signet (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat. Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

Faith Hunter
Host (Rogue Mage, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbours accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally – or her most dangerous foe. And when her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice – and risk her own life in the process.

Stacey Jay
You Are So Undead to Me (Megan Berry, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (US: 22nd January 2009; CA: 29th January 2009) – Paperback

Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. All Megan wants is to be normal – and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead. Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party – the bloody kind. Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life – and more importantly, homecoming – depends on it.

Kelley Armstrong
Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld, Anthology)
Random House Spectra (US & CA: 27th January 2009) – Hardcover

As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite – he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage – until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. Featuring three of the most intriguing members of the American Pack – a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics – including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is…

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: January 2009) – Hardcover

Genevieve Taylor is a Sidhe, one of the noble fae and she’s unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population. Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers.com, where she finds the ‘M’ in magic – and that invariably leads to mischief, malice and – too often – murder. Spellcrackers.com is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there’s her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny certainly doesn’t want any closer involvement with the vampire community. But when Mr October, one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, is accused of violently murdering his girlfriend, Genny’s called on to repay an old debt and prove his innocence.

New Pre-Order Links

Anya Bast’s Witch Fury (7th July 2009) is the fourth and final book in the Elemental Witches series. It follows Witch Fire, Witch Blood and Witch Heart.

Rachel Caine’s Carpe Corpus (2nd June 2009) is the sixth book in the Morganville Vampires series. It follows Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools and Lord of Misrule.

Marjorie M. Liu’s Darkness Calls (30th June 2009) is the second book in the Hunter Kiss series. It follows The Iron Hunt.

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Young Lady Owner Needs to Get Over Herself

Just a lazy day on the patio…until your annoying Young Lady Owner carries you inside. And then waits for you to lounge on the kitchen lino, and then introduces you to her recent acquisitions.

Ooh, a book. Like she’s never had one of them before. Well, she’s never had this particular one before. (Anya Bast’s The Chosen Sin – and if you look closely, you can see the top of a Witch Heart bookmark. Usually Young Lady Owner photographs before she begins reading. But Young Lady Owner is slow.)

Then Young Lady Owner presents you with a cover flat, and it’s tolerable. More than tolerable, enough to make sure part of your paw is on it. Just so everyone knows: MINE.

Young Lady Owner loves cover flats, likes looking at and owning pretty, shiny things; she’s superficial that way. She particularly loves the kooky-looking lads amongst the trees on this one; they look like fun. But why’s she showing you only part of the back cover?

Oh. Okay. Once upon a time, Young Lady Owner reviewed for an urban fantasy website. And the bottom quote on the back of this cover flat is from the review Young Lady Owner wrote for the author’s previous novel, Happy Hour of the Damned: Worth a look; priceless, really. Road Trip of the Living Dead can’t come soon enough.

Oh. Young Lady Owner’s name isn’t even on it, yet she knows they’re her words, and this is the closest she’s likely to get to print publication. So she’s chuffed. Thinks this is a big achievement, or something. Owners, eh? That’s why cats like you exist: to put their Young Lady Owner’s ego back in place. Yeah, get over yourself, girl…

Read Young Lady Owner’s full review of Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned here. The snippet also appears on Kensington Books’ website. And this isn’t the first time a snippet of one of Young Lady Owner’s reviews for an urban fantasy site has made it onto a publisher’s website: visit the site for Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox. (Full review here.)

Purchase/pre-order Happy Hour of the Damned, Road Trip of the Living Dead and The Adoration of Jenna Fox. And The Chosen Sin, while you’re there…

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[COVER ART] Witch Heart – Anya Bast

Saw the cover and summary here, and just had to share. Without spoiling anything from Witch Blood, it’ll probably be wiser to read Witch Blood before Witch Heart, because that’s why I’m really interested in reading this one. (Oh, and it’ll make more sense to read Witch Fire before Witch Blood.) Everyone understand? Good.

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin Berkley (6th January 2009)

With the immense powers of an earth witch, Claire isn’t destined to be a demon’s handmaiden. Yet this has been her fate since she was six, when her warlock mother brought her to Eudae. Now at thirty-one, she’s about to discover her true power – and how far others are willing to go to take it away… As part of a mission with the Coven, Adam Tyrell rescues Claire from her enslavement – and finds himself immediately taken with the beautiful witch. But this charming playboy soon learns that it’s easier to steal Claire from demons than win her heart, for her life as a servant has ravaged her spirit. But with Adam determined to protect her from the warlocks who want to harness her magick for evil, Claire’s resistance starts to give way – and they find themselves in the heat of danger, surrendering to the lure of their deepest desires…

New Books to Pre-Order

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin (6th January 2009)

Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson & Thomas E. Sniegoski
Mean Streets
Penguin (6th January 2009)