Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Upcoming February 2017 Book Releases in Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction

Below are the February releases that have caught my eye. I've already read The Devil Crept In (amazing!), and I'm in the middle of The Final Reconciliation (loving it!). February looks to be a fabulous month.

The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling
Expected publication: February 3rd 2017 by Crystal Lake Publishing

TAKE OFF YOUR MASK.

Thirty years ago, a progressive rock band called The Yellow Kings began recording what would become their first and final album. Titled “The Final Reconciliation,” the album was expected to usher in a new renaissance of heavy metal, but it was shelved following a tragic concert that left all but one dead.

The sole survivor of that horrific incident was the band’s lead guitarist, Aidan Cross, who’s kept silent about the circumstances leading up to that ill-fated performance—until now.

For the first time since the tragedy, Aidan has granted an exclusive interview to finally put rumors to rest and address a question that has haunted the music industry for decades: What happened to The Yellow Kings?

The answer will terrify you.

Inspired by The King in Yellow mythos first established by Robert W. Chambers, and reminiscent of cosmic horror by H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, and John Langan, comes The Final Reconciliation—a chilling tale of regret, the occult, and heavy metal by Todd Keisling.



The Devil Crept In by Ania AhlbornThe Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Gallery Books

An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.



Ubo by Steve Rasnic TemUbo by Steve Rasnic Tem
Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Solaris

A blend of science fiction and horror, award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem’s new novel is a chilling story exploring the roots of violence and its effect on a possible future.

Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches.

Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, passing through walls and windows as if by magic, or science. The creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next.

And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity’s violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. The scenarios mutate day after day in this camp somewhere beyond the rules of time. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.



Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max BrodskyWinter of the Gods (Olympus Bound #2) by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Orbit

Myth and reality collide in this sequel to The Immortals that sets Greek Gods against a modern Manhattan backdrop.

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets looking for prey.

But when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue, it's clear the NYPD can't solve the murder without help. The murder isn't just the work of another homicidal cult -- this time, someone's sacrificing the gods themselves.

While raising fundamental questions about the very existence of the gods, Selene must hunt down the perpetrators, tracking a conspiracy that will test the bonds of loyalty and love.



Gilded Cage by Vic JamesGilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?



Rusty Puppy by Joe R. LansdaleRusty Puppy (Hap and Leonard #12) by Joe R. Lansdale
Expected publication: February 23rd 2017 by Mulholland Books

Hap and Leonard investigate a racially motivated murder that threatens to tear apart their East Texas town.

While Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound, Louise Elton comes into Hap and Leonard's PI office to tell him that the police have killed her son, Jamar.

Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Jamar's sister, Charm. The officer followed Charm over the course of the next couple of months, leading Jamar to videotape and take notes on the cop and his partner. The next thing Louise hears, Jamar got in a fight and is killed in the projects by local hoods. It doesn't add up: he was a straight A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force.

Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it's Hap and Leonard.

Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.



Are any of these books on your wishlist for February? What else are you looking forward to reading this month?

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17 comments:

  1. Bit more horror than I am apt to read. I am on the wait list for The Immortals, then maybe I can move on to Winter of the Gods.

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    1. Yeah, I have a weakness for horror. They always stand out for me. The Immortals was a good read, but I went into it with the wrong expectations. They will be clearly adjusted for Winter of the Gods.

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  2. I've heard some great things about Guilded Cage so I'm very interested in that one. This is a fabulous list!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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    1. I hope I make it to Guilded Cage this month. I'm interested, too, but I fear for what I can manage to fit into my plans.

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  3. February is going to be a great month for books, I think. Winter of the Gods is high on my list, as well as Gilded Cage. Hope we love them both!

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    1. I think it's going to be a great month, too! I'm glad it's not as jam packed as January. I may make it to some of these. :)

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  4. The Devil Crept In and Gildeg Cage look very interesting!

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    1. I loved The Devil Crept In! I should be getting a review out in the few days.

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  5. I'm so looking forward to the Brodsky book - I loved the first in series.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I'm looking forward to it, too. I was expecting more fantasy, less thriller with the first book so I'm happy to go into this one with the right set of eyes on.

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  6. Can't wait to dive into my copy of Winter of the Gods!

    I also just finished Gilded Cage. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but I hope you'll enjoy it!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. That's good to know. Gilded Cage is toward the bottom of the list because I just have too much planned this month.

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  7. Crap I am so NOT going to meet the deadline for The Devil Crept In :)

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    1. Deadline? O_O You guys are such better bloggers than I am!! You really should read it, though. Whenever. It's really great.

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  8. I don't usually care for stories about Gods and Goddesses, but Greg from Book Haven has me seriously thinking about reading The Immortals books. A couple of my blogging buddies have reviewed The Devil Crept In, but I haven't read them yet. Thanks for the list. :)

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  9. Ahlborn and Lansdale are two that I'm determined to read SOMETHING of theirs this year!

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