Fresh Meat: Oct 25 to 31 — 35 Speculative Fiction Releases

Posted October 27, 2015 by Carmel in Fresh Meat / 4 Comments

Urban Fantasy:

Conspiracy of Angels
Conspiracy of Angels (Shadowside #1)
by Michelle Belanger
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake Erie, his memories are gone. All he has are chaotic visions of violence and death… and a business card for Club Heaven. There Zack finds the six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel, and begins to learn what has happened.




Alarming details emerge, of angelic tribes trapped on Earth and struggling in the wake of the Blood Wars. Anakim, Nephilim, Gibburim, and Rephaim—there has been an uneasy peace for centuries, but the truce is at an end.




With the help of his “sibling” Remiel and Lilianna, the lady of beasts, Zack must stem the bloodshed before it cannot be stopped. Yet if he dies again, it may be for the final time.[/learn_more]


Recombinant (The Blood Borne #1)
by Shannon Mayer, Denise Grover Swank
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In the city that never sleeps, nightmares live in the darkness . . .




A series of grisly murders begin to pile up in New York City, murders that have no rhyme or reason and no leads. Unless one chooses to believe that the supernatural is possible.




The crimes have caught the attention of two very different women. A journalist fresh off the plane from covering the war in Iraq and a vampire who has chosen to hunt her own kind. Together they will form a reluctant yet unrelenting team.




As they slowly begin to crack the fissures behind a government cover up and bioterrorism, they find a truth that neither of them could ever have suspected. And now it’s too late for either of them to turn away.




Even if it means their lives as they know them will never be the same.[/learn_more]


Mercury Retrograde (Dark Alchemy #2)
by Laura Bickle
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Something venomous has come to Temperance …




It’s been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance’s resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search.




Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels―the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. Unlike some, the Sisters don’t want to kill the basilisk―they want to worship it. But things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters’ own murderous skills.




Meanwhile, the alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival.




With time running out for everyone around her, Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind in this action-packed sequel to Dark Alchemy.[/learn_more]


Autumn Thorns (Whisper Hollow #1)
by Yasmine Galenorn
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.




When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.[/learn_more]



Paranormal Romance:

The Moonshadow’s Daughter
(Wolfe Creek #3)
by Kaylie Newell
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Some secrets can kill. Others bite…




To the citizens of Wolfe Creek, Aimee Styles is dead. What they don’t know is she’s alive…and a werewolf. After she was bitten two years ago, Aimee isolated herself away from the town, determined to keep them safe. But all it takes is an icy winter evening–and an incredibly virulent flu–to interrupt her self-imposed exile.




Nothing prepared doctor and single dad Jake Blackstock for the sight of Wolfe Creek’s missing girl, or her delicate beauty. He’s instantly and fiercely attracted to her, despite her secrets and the shadows in her near-black eyes. Jake’s falling hard. He knows nothing about Aimee…or what she really is.




But something else lurks in Wolfe Creek’s shadows. Something malevolent. Something that won’t hesitate to rip apart their life and new love… [/learn_more]


Dragon on Top (Dragon Kin #0.4)
by G.A. Aiken
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Try a little dragon tenderness.




I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.




As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…[/learn_more]


Shifter Planet
by D.B. Reynolds
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she’s the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there…




But there is a secret involving some Guild members-one that could get her killed.




Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it–even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything-including each other-in their battle for the right to live in peace.[/learn_more]


All Hallows Eve (Krewe of Hunters #17.5)
by Heather Graham
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Salem was a place near and dear to Jenny Duffy and Samuel Hall—it was where they’d met on a strange and and sinister case.




They never dreamed that they’d be called back. That history could repeat itself in a most macabre and terrifying fashion.




But, then again, it was Salem at Halloween. Seasoned Krewe members, they still find themselves facing the unspeakable horrors in a desperate race to save each other—and perhaps even their very souls.[/learn_more]


Passion Ignites Part 3 (Dark Kings #7)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Whatever was happening between them was meant to be…




Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. Can Thorn protect her…and love her…over and over again…for eternity?[/learn_more]


The Single Undead Moms Club
(Half-Moon Hollow #4)
by Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In the next book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Libby (a widow-turned-vampire) struggles with her transition, and finds out it sucks to be the only vampire member of the PTA…




Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.




On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.[/learn_more]


Look Both Ways (Witch City Mystery #3)
by Carol J. Perry
Cozy Mystery
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere–even in the furniture. . .




When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history–it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.




The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner’s unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer–before the next one to be shut up is her. . .[/learn_more]



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

Unrelenting (Kris Longknife #13)
by Mike Shepherd
Science Fiction
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The aliens attacking the planetary system of Alwa are an enemy unlike any Admiral Kris Longknife has ever encountered before. She doesn’t know who they are, only that they worship a being known as the Enlightened One and are unafraid to sacrifice themselves against her fleet.




But Kris faces more than just the fanatical behavior of an alien armada. A saboteur has infiltrated the military’s medical facility and unleashed an epidemic that has spread throughout the fleet without warning.




Seventy-two career military women are down with something not even the aliens could do to them—including Admiral Kris Longknife… [/learn_more]


Our Lady of the Ice
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Science Fiction
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:




Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.




Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.




Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.




Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.




But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…[/learn_more]


Damage Control (Valiant Knox #2)
by Jess Anastasi
Science Fiction / Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In space, you can’t hide from temptation…




Nick-named Captain Hardass by the new recruits, Captain Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleship Valiant Knox. He’s honorable, straightforward, and hard as nails – except for the soft spot he has for a young woman he rescued off a transport that was under attack. Now that she’s one of his new recruits, it’s imperative he stop thinking about her in that way.




Especially now that the Knox has been secretly infiltrated by the enemy.




Mia Wolf’s new commander is icy, no-BS, and completely gorgeous. His glances send heat searing through her. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh’s iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love… and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear. [/learn_more]


The Devious Dr. Jekyll (Electric Empire #2)
by Viola Carr
Science Fiction / Steampunk
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.




It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness?or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.




As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good. [/learn_more]


The Paladin Caper
(Rogues of the Republic #3)
by Patrick Weekes
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A thief’s good deeds are never done.




Loch and her crew are determined to stop the ancients from returning to reclaim the world they once ruled, but a kidnapped friend throws their plans awry. When a desperate rescue turns into a shocking reunion, the ancients return and seize power. Determined to stop them, Loch and the crew look for a way to close the gate to the ancients’ world, but this time, they find themselves up against an enemy that has insinuated itself into the highest ranks of the Republic. Cruel, cunning, and connected, the ancients target the crew’s families and histories, threatening to tear friendships apart.




If that weren’t bad enough, Loch must deal with her treacherous assassin sister, her turncoat ancient friend, and a daemon who has sworn to hunt her to the ends of the earth. In order to save the Republic and pull off her largest con ever, Loch will need her friends…and maybe her enemies too.[/learn_more]


Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2)
by Jennifer Murgia
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Some secrets cannot be kept–in life or in death.




Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.




After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.




Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs–shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.




And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.[/learn_more]


Hell Bound
by Andrew P. Weston
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In hell, everyone can hear you scream…




HELL BOUND, Andrew P. Weston’s diabolical new novel of the underverse from Perseid Press…




Frederic Chopin, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, and the most despicable souls ever cast into hell face Daemon Grim, Satan’s bounty hunter in HELL BOUND, the Heroes in Hell novel by bestselling author of The IX, Andrew P. Weston.




Perseid Press invites you to meet Daemon Grim, if you dare…




“You should know by now how dark my soul is. Even in the best of times…


I can’t be tempted or reasoned with.


I don’t feel sorrow or remorse. And never express a shred of sympathy for anyone I’m sent to reap.” [/learn_more]


After Alice
by Gregory Maguire
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?




In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.




Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.[/learn_more]


Son of the Black Sword
(Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1)
by Larry Correia
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Yet as centuries passed, Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The Age of Law began.




Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war—and destruction.[/learn_more]


Into the Forest (The Familiar #2)
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The Familiar, Volume 1 Wherein the cat is found . . .


The Familiar, Volume 2 Wherein the cat is hungry . . .




From the universally acclaimed, genre-busting author of House of Leaves comes the second volume of The Familiar, a “novel [which] goes beyond the experimental into the visionary, creating a language and style that expands the horizon of meaning . . . hint[ing] at an evolved form of literature.”




In The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, the lives of the disparate and dynamic nine characters introduced in “One Rainy Day in May” begin to intersect in inexplicable ways, finding harmonies and echoes in each other. What once seemed remote and disconnected draws closer—slowly, steadily—toward something inevitable. . . . At the center of it all is Xanther, a twelve-year-old girl, for whom the world around her seems to be opening, exposing doors and windows, visions and sounds, questions and ideas previously unknown. With each passing day, she begins to glimpse something she does not understand but unequivocally craves—the only thing that will bring her relief and keep her new friend alive.[/learn_more]


Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1)
by Lila Bowen
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.




Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.




And just like that, Nettie can see.




But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding — at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.[/learn_more]



New / Young Adult:

Portia (Angelbound Offspring #2)
by Christina Bauer
New Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn’t known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires. [/learn_more]


Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
by Jennifer Estep
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there’s no escaping the spotlight–or the danger.




Even though he’s my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what’s supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious “accidents,” it looks like someone will do anything to win–no matter who they hurt.




As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone’s going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing’s for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else…[/learn_more]


Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3)
by C.C. Hunter
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Despite her superspeed, inhuman strength, and enhanced senses, Della Tsang’s new life as a vampire certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park. Especially since she was “reborn” and found herself bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and hunky Chase. But if there’s one thing that’s always kept Della going, it’s her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator.




When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder–and clear her father’s name–she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to. Feeling even more betrayed by Chase because he’s kept so much from her, she’s determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But together they work a cold case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in Texas… and into the scariest reaches of her heart.[/learn_more]


The Iron Warrior
(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)
by Julie Kagawa
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.




He killed me.




Then, I woke up.




Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.




Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.[/learn_more]


Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2)
by Nikki Kelly
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Gabriel is an archangel. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?[/learn_more]


Persuasion
(The Heirs of Watson Island #2)
by Martina Boone
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.




A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.




While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe.[/learn_more]


Charmed Deception
Charmed Deception
by Eilis O’Neal
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Lady Sable is the daughter of a talented and powerful wizard in a land where women are not allowed to use, or even possess, magic on pain of imprisonment or even death. Her life is easy, filled as it is with riding horses, attending balls, and teasing her suitor. The only flaw in this perfection is her health; she must always wear a special necklace her father made, which protects her weakened heart. Late one night, the clasp of this necklace breaks, and she sees a ghostly figure–a beautiful, transparent girl her own age. But the girl is not a ghost–she possesses an unusual and powerful magic and has been locked up for it. The girl comes with news–Sable is just like her–she too has a special magic. And she is in danger. [/learn_more]


Such A Clever Deception
(Stolen Tears, #0.5)
by Cortney Pearson
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Doing the right thing means turning his back on everything he knows.




Talon Haraway was born to be a leader. Strong, confident, and skilled, at seventeen he commands the Arcaian army without thought, expecting results and getting them. When a new set of recruits arrives in Valadir, the last thing Talon expects is to have one of them redefine what he always thought he wanted. Now with pressure from his Arcaian leader and surrogate father, Tyrus Blinnsdale, Talon must decide who he wants to be and where his loyalty lies before it’s too late.[/learn_more]


Flashes (Flashes)
by Tim O’Rourke
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Charley has visions . . .




Flashes of things she can’t explain. A girl in trouble. The sound of trains. She feels certain they are clues to a crime. But no one will believe her. Until she meets Tom, a young policeman on his first case: an accidental death on the railway tracks, not far from where Charley lives. Was it an accident, suicide . . . or murder?




The attraction between Charley and Tom is instant, but can they work together to find out what really happened on the tracks before it happens again?[/learn_more]


The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch
(The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch #1)
by Daniel Kraus
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]May 7, 1896.




Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.




His second life will be nothing like his first.




Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.




Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?




Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.[/learn_more]


Playing With Fire (#HACKER #1)
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]One brilliant young hacker.


One experimental government aircraft.


One chance to keep it all from going up in flames.




Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet—at any cost.




When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering… to all out murder.[/learn_more]


Mind Games
Mind Games (The Demon Trappers #5)
by Jana Oliver
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Coming Soon![/learn_more]
The Boy Who Knew Everything
by Victoria Forester
Middle Grade
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Here is the long-awaited companion to The Girl Who Could Fly.


There is a prophecy.




It speaks of a girl who can fly and a boy who knows everything. The prophecy says that they have the power to bring about great change…




The boy is Conrad Harrington III. The girl is Piper McCloud. They need their talents now, more than ever, if they are to save the world—and themselves.[/learn_more]





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4 responses to “Fresh Meat: Oct 25 to 31 — 35 Speculative Fiction Releases

  1. Lissa  

    Thank you so much for these lists. I check them every week to see if I have missed anything. For this week I wanted to let you know that Karen Lynch (who I just discovered a month ago) has a new book out, Rogue, the 3rd book in an amazing YA paranormal trilogy. I think it would fit on your list. (And I highly recommend her books.)