Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Scifi & Fantasy Releases: Week of January 9th

Posted by Simcha 4:16 PM, under | 6 comments

After last week's crazy long list of new releases it was a nice break to have only a few books to put together for this week's list. While none of these titles are must-reads for me there are a few that I might be interested in trying, such as Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy byKage Baker and J.K Potter. Across the Universe also sounds like it might be a fun read and I look forward to reading some reviews of this book to see what the reviewers have to say about it.

But I'm not currently looking to add more books to my shelves anyways since I'm already in the middle of several different books including The End of Mr. Y, The Iron Duke and Kabul Beauty School- plus I just received Orson Scott Card's newest book in the mail, which I look forward to starting on soon. So I'm happy to say that I have enough books to keep me busy for a while

Hope you have a great reading week!

Across the Universe
Beth Revis
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: January 11

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

All Just Glass (Creatures of the Night, Bk 2)
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 11

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood. Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out. Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia's fans—old and new.

Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy
Kage Baker and J.K Potter
Genre: Steampunk
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Release Date: January 11

Lady Beatrice was the proper British daughter of a proper British soldier, until tragedy struck and sent her home to walk the streets of early-Victorian London. But Lady Beatrice is no ordinary whore, and is soon recruited to join an underground establishment known as Nell Gwynne's. Nell Gwynne's is far more than simply the finest and most exclusive brothel in Whitehall; it is in fact the sister organization to the Gentlemen's Speculative Society, that 19th-century predecessor to a certain Company...and when a member of the Society goes missing on a peculiar assignment, it's up to Lady Beatrice and her sister harlots to investigate.

Rivers of London
Ben Aaronovitch
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Gollancz
Release Date: January 10

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden . . . and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

Alexandra Monir
Genre: YA
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 11

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Maurissa Guibord
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 11

Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.


Nothing this week says buy me :(

I've been meaning to give the Nell Gwynne series a try especially since it's at least a couple books along.

nice amount of YA this week. Super excited for Across the Universe!

Blodeuedd: Yeah, but you have Cold Magic to read so that should keep you busy until next week :)

Stephanie: The cover definitely attracted my attention and it sounds like it could be a fun book.

Riv Re: Yeah, that does look like one of the better books this week.

I'll have to get Across the Universe. I keep reading good reviews for it :) I hope you'll enjoy The Lost Gate :)

Some really great books here! I think I like the sounds of All Just Glass. It sounds interesting. And Scarlet Spy sounds good too. :) Thanks for another great week of new releases.

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