Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Releases Feb. 21-28 Part 3 (& Reader's Choice Giveaway)

Holy cannoli--more new releases? Here's the final lot, #19-27. And just to put the week in perspective, there were 27 new releases this week. Next week there are 44. Let me repeat that: 44. Holy ca...oh, I already said that, yes? Here's our third Reader's Choice giveaway--just tell me what sets your heart thumping out of this group. Details at the end of the list! As almost-always, open internationally and, remember, all prize drawings take place on the following Saturday.

 Point, by Thomas Blackthorne (Feb. 22, Angry Robot)
What else is there when life has no point? In a Britain on the edge of collapse, there is a desperate new craze - a suicide cult made up of disaffected young people. They kill themselves in "cutter circles", loaded up with teenage cool and desolate dreams. For ex-Special Forces soldier Josh Cumberland, this is just the start of another descent into the very heart of darkness. It's a virus. Find out who caused it. Destroy them. Survive.

The Raven Queen, by Jules Watson (Feb. 22, Spectra)
In this dazzling retelling of one of Ireland’s most stirring legends, author Jules Watson brings to life the story of Maeve, the raven queen, who is as fierce as she is captivating. She was born to be a pawn, used to secure her father’s royal hold on his land. She was forced to advance his will through marriage—her own desires always thwarted. But free-spirited Maeve will no longer endure the schemes of her latest husband, Conor, the cunning ruler of Ulster. And when her father’s death puts her homeland at the mercy of its greedy lords and Conor’s forces, Maeve knows she must at last come into her own power to save it. And to draw on the dangerous magic of her country’s oldest gods, Maeve seeks out the wandering druid Ruan, whose unexpected passion and strange connection to the worlds of spirit imperil everything Maeve thought true about herself—and put her at war with both her duty and her fate.

The Remembering, by Steve Cash (Feb. 22, Del Rey)
For thousands of years the Meq have existed side by side with humanity—appearing as twelve-year-old children, unsusceptible to wounds and disease, dying only by extraordinary means. They have survived through the rise and fall of empires and emperors, through explorations, expansions, and war. Five sacred stones give a few of them mystical powers, but not the power to understand a long-destined event called the Remembering. In the aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Japan in 1945, Zianno Zezen finds himself alone, while the fate of the other Meq and his beloved Opari, carrier of the Stone of Blood, is unknown. But Z’s archenemy, the Fleur-du-Mal, survives. In the next half century Z will reunite with far-flung friends both Meq and human, as American and Soviet spies vie to steal and harness the powers and mysteries of the timeless children.

The Rogue Oracle, by Alayna Williams (Feb. 22, Pocket)
Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen.

Serpent’s Storm, by Amber Benson (Feb. 22, Ace)
Calliope just wants to make it big in the Big Apple like any other working girl. But Callie is also Death's Daughter, no matter how much she tries to stay out of the family business. And now her older sister has made a deal with the Devil himself to engage in a hostile takeover of both Death Inc. and Heaven-once they get Callie out of the way.

This Side of the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost (Feb. 22, Avon)
Okay guys, calm down now....Fifth in the Night Huntress series. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a longstanding balance…With the mysterious disappearances of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales, by Tamora Pierce (Feb. 22, Random House)
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.

The Visconti House, by Elsbeth Edgar (Feb. 22, Candlewick)
Two lonely teens forge an unexpected bond— and a first romance— as they unravel a mystery hidden inside the walls of an old estate. Laura Horton is different. Not in any noticeable, first-glance kind of way; but inside, she’s equally uncomfortable around the snippy girls in her class and the strange boy, Leon, who just moved in nearby. She’d rather be writing or drawing or spending time with her free-spirited family in their eccentric old house. But Laura and Leon are more alike than they first realize. They’re both outsiders. They both have secrets. And try as she might to avoid him, Laura finds herself drawn to Leon’s quiet boldness as surely as she is driven to find out more about her home’s enigmatic former owner. Together they probe the mysteries of the Visconti House, making an exploration into the past that will change their lives — and open their hearts — forever.

Xombies: Apocalypso, by Walter Greatshell (Feb. 22, Ace)
A group of women have been discovered who are immune to the Agent X plague. The secret of their immunity can provide a cure for human and inhuman alike-unless the Xombies find them first.This is the only description I could find of the book, but it sounds...well...kinda dystopian and sexy and sexist all at the same time.

Which one of these do you most want to read—and would you most like to win? As always, to enter: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet/Retweet. Stay tuned tomorrow and Wednesday for 18 more releasesand two more giveaways!

36 comments:

  1. Of those books I most want to read This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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  2. There are way too many books comming out this month. The Visconti House sounds interesting. It's not a book I'd heard of before.

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  3. I think The Visconti House, by Elsbeth Edgar caught my attention the quickest.

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  4. Add me in the drawing for This Side of the Grave, please.

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    Thank you

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  5. The Visconti House, sounds really interesting!

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  6. 44? 44!! OMG, I thought *this* week was bad enough! There's simply NOT enough time (nor money!) for all the books I want!

    I tried to stay away, but I have to put in my hope for Amber Benson's Serpent's Storm. I stopped at Borders yesterday and picked up the first two in the series (Death's Daughter and Cat's Claw), so it would be awesome to win this one & complete my set...I'm enjoying Calliope very much!

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  7. This Side of the Grave, I've been looking forward to! tWarner419@aol.com

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  8. This side of the grave sets my heart thumping ...lol..I want more Cat and Bones :)
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  9. Ooo these all look promising. The one I'd want the most though is This Side of the Grave.

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  10. The Visconti House, by Elsbeth Edgar sounds amazing.
    I am a follower as Diana
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  11. I would love to read Rogue Oracle from Alayna William.

    Thank for the giveaway!!!!

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  12. I think I'd most like to read the Tamora Pierce.

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  13. My favourite is This Side of the Grave. I LOVE Cat and Bones and can't wait to read their new book. But I've already ordered TSotG, so I would like to pick Xombies: Apocalypso by Walter Greatshell. Yeah, it sounds dystopian :P

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  14. I definately have to throw my hat in for This Side of the Grave. I love the series. +1 for comment +2 for blog follower bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

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  15. This side of the Grave!
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  16. Suzanne, I'll never be able to catch up on all these new releases. Geesh...And I can't wait to see your book in that list soon.

    Dawn
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  17. I would like to read The Visconti House the most.

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  18. First I just want to say a big thank you to you Suzanne! For keeping me updated on new releases and for all the awesome giveaways:)
    I would love This Side of The Grave...I'm a Big big fan of Cat and Bones!

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  19. I would most like to read Point by Thomas Blackthorne.

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  20. The Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. The Raven Queen sounds good especially with St. Patrick's Day coming.

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  22. This Side of the Grave. I love Cat and Bones

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  23. This Side of the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost please..please..please..let me win this one ..please :)

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  24. Should I admit I haven't read any of the books on Tortall ?

    But I would like to and this would be a very good introduction to them.

    Choice: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales, by Tamora Pierce

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  25. Awesome! Xombies: Apocalypso!

    (I'm a blog follower)

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  26. I'd LOVE the Tales of Tortall by Tamora Pierce!

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  27. Gotta have This Side of the Grave!!!!!!!

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  28. So many hard choices!!! I would go with Serpent's Storm by Amber Benson. Loved the first book in the series.

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  29. Would love love love to get ahold of This Side of The Grave. Did I mention love, good 'cause I mean LOVE :) Thanks for the chance

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  30. I would definitely love to read this side of the grave.
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  31. +1 I like Xombies: Apocalypso, by Walter Greatshell
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  32. The Raven Queen sounds good.

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  33. The Visconti House sounds great.

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  34. I would like to read Point. It sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Of those books I most want to read This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost but I'm putting The Remembering on my wishlist right now!

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  36. I would love to try Serpent’s Storm just because it's Amber Benson

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