Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Scifi & Fantasy Releases: Week of March 6

Posted by Simcha 2:48 PM, under | 6 comments

Yay, Thursday's back! Jasper Fforde's newest Thursday Next book is being released this week and I can't wait to get a hold of it. If you haven't yet checked out this series then I highly recommend that you do so because it's just so much fun. I can't recommend these books enough.

Oh, and there are some other new releases here as well...

Have a great reading week!


Afterlife (Evernight, Bk 4)
Claudia Gray
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 8

Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?


Dante Valentine (Omnibus)
Lilith Saintcrow
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: March 7

Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer. Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there are just some you can’t turn down. Like when the Devil shows up at the door and offers her a deal. Her life – in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. But how do you kill something that can’t die? Dante Valentine, one of urban fantasy’s hottest heroines, is compiled into one volume for the first time. Included in this omnibus edition are: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.


Evercrossed (Kissed by an Angel, Bk 4)
Elizabeth Chandler
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 8

It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.

But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.

As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.

But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.


The Hunt of the Unicorn
Chris Humphreys
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 8

Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.

Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.

Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!

But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.


Immortal with a Kiss
Jacqueline Lepore
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 8

Born by blood to be Dhampir—a vampire hunter—Emma Andrews nearly lost her life and everyone she loves at Dulwich Manor. Now something evil is preying on students at a northern Lake District girls' school—the same school Emma's mother attended years ago. Drawn as much by the desire to learn more about her family's secrets as the possibility of vampires, Emma finds the schoolgirls in the grip of a terrible legacy—the ageless evil of the Cyprian Queen, a dark goddess of ancient legend. Now Emma must tread a careful path—along with her old friends Sebastian, Father Luke, and the mysterious and dashing Valerian Fox—deeper into the darkness to face her most paralyzing fears . . . and perhaps come one step closer to the Dracula himself.


One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
Jasper Fforde
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: March 8

Jasper Fforde's exuberant return to the fantastical BookWorld opens during a time of great unrest. All-out Genre war is rumbling, and the BookWorld desperately needs a heroine like Thursday Next. But with the real Thursday apparently retired to the Realworld, the Council of Genres turns to the written Thursday.

The Council wants her to pretend to be the real Thursday and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions. A trip up the mighty Metaphoric River beckons-a trip that will reveal a fiendish plot that threatens the very fabric of the BookWorld itself.

Once again New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde has a field day gleefully blending satire, romance, and thriller with literary allusions galore in a fantastic adventure through the landscape of a frisky and fertile imagination. Fans will rejoice that their favorite character in the Fforde universe is back.


The Vespertine
Saundra Mitchell
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: March 8

It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.


Oh Fforde, thou art so amyusing

Hi Simcha,

Eagerly awaiting Afterlife! I didn't think I would enjoy this series, but I've found myself extremely engaged in it!

Blodeuedd: You said it! He's one of my favorite authors.

Eden: Really? Maybe I'll have to give this series a try then.

Oh, my The Hunt of the Unicorn looks especially exciting. I love those tapestries at the Cloisters and I'm always intrigued whenever they're used in a book.

Prompt what better to download?

Thanks for the amazing list once again! I really think I want Hunt of the Unicorn. :) It reminds me of when I was younger and always looking for that escape through into the fantasy world full of unicorns. :) And I could tame one just for me. :)

Oh well. Thanks for the books!

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