Saturday, March 2, 2013

Notable New Book Releases | Feb. 24 - March 2

This was a great week for new releases! These are the new releases that caught my eye this week:

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
February 26th 2013

A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods.

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.

Fragments (Partials Sequence #2) by Dan Wells
February 26th 2013

Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence—it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what's left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira's journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn't even know existed.

The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity's time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means—and even more important, a reason—for our survival.

Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1) by Emma Newman
February 26th 2013

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon #1) by Francis Knight
February 26th 2013

From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala

It's a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn't mind staying in the shadows, because he's got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can't hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.

Dualed (Dualed #1) by Elsie Chapman
February 26th 2013

Two of you exist.

Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

Stalking You Now by Jeff Strand
February 26th 2013

The reprehensible man sits in the restaurant. Laughing with his friends. Entertaining them with a story about his wretched behavior.

He doesn't know that somebody at another table is watching him. Somebody filled with hatred. Somebody waiting for him to be alone. Somebody with duct tape and a gun.

It's a night for vengeance. And a hell of a lot more.

Where you excited about any new releases this week? Which ones? Where you excited about any that didn't make my list? Did you get a chance to start any of your favorite new releases?

Additional Topics of Interest:
Waiting on Wednesday | Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Notable New Book Releases | Feb. 10 - Feb. 16
Notable New Book Releases | Jan. 27 - Feb. 2


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  1. I'm quite interested in Fade To Black, I just haven't seen many reviews for it yet that have swayed me enough to buy it upon release. I'm super excited for Fragments so now I can read books 1+2 back to back, yippee.

  2. I haven't read Partials either, but I do have it! I've been thinking about reading it very soon so I can read Fragments, too. :)

  3. Well, I already have a copy of Fragments, but I am also interested in Dreams and Shadows. Unfortunately, I have not heard much about it so I am on the fence as to whether I should wishlist that one or not. I guess I will have to do some sleuthing!

  4. Hmm, Fade to Black actually sounds very similar to a story I've been working on! Always interests me when people I don't know/haven't heard of come up with the same ideas as me!

    Dualed sounds interesting, though it feels like they stretched it by adding in the love component. Every story doesn't have to have it! :P

    And finally, Dreams and Shadow sounds neat. I think it's the second recommend I've had for it... Might have to pay more attention...


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