Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fresh Batch (June 24th – 30th)

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Exclusively titled for Xpresso Reads, Fresh Batch features the hottest releases of this upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Wicked Nights
Gena Showalter
Series: Angels of the Dark, #1
Release date: June 26th, 2012
by Harlequin

 

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless–and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation–or her ultimate damnation?

Wicked Nights book trailer:

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy. Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.


 Other releases this week (click on cover for Goodreads):
*In no particular order*  *Purchase links are for Book Depository*

Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything–her life, her heart, her future–or lose it all.

It’s June 15th, the night of Nantucket High School graduation. Four juniors are driving home from a party when something goes horribly wrong and there is a crash.

Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin’s ransomed love letters.

Jane’s not happy. She’s been packed off to England to fight in a war when she’d much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane’s enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble — the kind that attracts a lot of attention

Three friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want–but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . . .

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When someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in “the golden hills of the west”: California.

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Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

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Here, the secrets behind the Clans are revealed. Find out how apprentices learn to fight, hunt, and help their Clans. Explore the territories with an insiders-only tour. Discover the origins of the warrior code, which governs how Clan cats live side by side in times of war and peace.

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A creature of the other world, an unnatural entity bent on chaos and carnage, has come to stalk the nighttime streets of the Galicien city of Davillon. There’s never a good time for murder and panic, but for a community already in the midst of its own inner turmoil, this couldn’t possibly have come at a worse one.

Kate is the one person gifted enough to work the magic held in the ancient book of “Wintercraft.” And everyone wants her, either to lock her up or to use her as the ultimate weapon. Her rare power is being able to walk freely through the veil between life and death, and she cannot control it.

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After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch.

It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order… that is until her mother’s disappearance.

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is. After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray

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Ash and Fin’s only desire is to be together and dive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work to pull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other’s life: become a human or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holds the fine fabric of everyone’s lives together.

Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she’s looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers.

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  

Riss Holloway has taken a leave of absence from her mortal job as Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator to focus on an unsettling friction brewing in the Sisterhood—only to be ushered into a tumultuous civil war drawing every other god and goddess into the chaos as well.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive?

Heartbroken is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle.  

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The second in a new series by popular urban fantasy author Kelly Meding, about an X-Men-like group of young people with superpowers who must find a way to work together.

The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She’s grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret.

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Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate.




Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

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Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he’s determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher’s wife. And the fiery, pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill.

FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s death.

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In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Anything grabbing your attention this week?

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24 Responses to “Fresh Batch (June 24th – 30th)”

  1. Lexie

    LOT of books this week. O_O I’m super excited for One Moment and Smart Girls Get What They Want–both sound super fantastic, and in very, very different ways. Also, my B&N must get stuff in REALLY early, because they had Between the Lines and False Covenant in over a week ago. O_o

  2. Sam

    I’ve heard good things about Age of Miracles. I can’t wait to read it! Also really excited for Before I Wake. The Soul Screamers series is one of my favourites. Lots to look forward to! 🙂

  3. Meg K.

    They all look awesome! I’m planning to read One Moment soon (I’ve got the eARC of it in my eReader; hope it hasn’t expired yet!), and Temptation looks great.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. bookworm105

    I’m looking forward to Secret Letters and Smart Girls Get What They Want the most. I love Sherlock Holmes! One Moment peaks my interest as well.

    Thanks for sharing! =D

  5. Amy

    Lots of good books again!! I am dying to read Before I Wake. I have had that pre-ordered forever!! Smart Girl Get What They Want sounds really good too. I’m on the Tour for Lonely Souls and can’t wait to read that one!!

  6. Beverley

    One Moment sounds heartbreakingly beautiful and Smart Girls Get What They Want sounds really fun and quirky! I’m currently reading Between the Lines and I’m loving it so far!

    Thanks for sharing these, Giselle!

  7. Danny

    I am overwhelmed by so many awesome books! … I can’t wait to read Wicked Nights.. and ..the cover looks incredibly sexy and hot :))
    Can’t wait to read Before I Wake!

  8. Addie R.

    I’m excited for Between the Lines, and I’m trying to get me hands on a copy of Lonely Souls.
    Lots of books releasing this week!

  9. Kristin @ My ParaHangover

    Some of these I hadn’t even heard were coming out and they’re from authors I know, like Arthur and Meding. I’m just surprised I didn’t hear about them before this.

    Way to stay on top of things for us, Thanks!

    ps. making room for Chpt, uh, 36 was it?, tomorrow 😉

  10. Amber Hughes

    This was a big week for me in books. I got Before I Wake (reading now) and I also have Once Burned, Wicked Nights & At Last coming to me in the mail 🙂

  11. Silverlight

    Whoa, what a hot Fresh Batch this week! Wicked Nights, Once Burned and When Darkness Hungers look “ab-tastic”
    😉
    Looks like a great week, so many cool Pnr/UF/Fantasy books coming out this week!