Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Upcoming Releases - July 5 - 11

If you take a close look at the release dates of this week's feature, you'll notice I didn't actually make it off July 6 this week as there are so many great releases on that day alone.  I may actually have to do this in two phases, or just put the title and the link; but for some things I'm a visual person and I actually like to see the picture of the book when I look at upcoming releases.  So, here goes:

Undead and Unfinished (Queen Betsy, Book 9)
by MaryJanice Davidson
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor is fed up trying to decipher the strange things prophesized in The Book of the Dead.  At the end of her tether, she strikes a dead with Satan who promises to help - if she and her half-sister Laura pay a visit to Hell.  Hell, it would seem, is more terrifying than Betsy could have ever imagined - a waiting room with bad carpeting, re-runs of 70s tv shows and ancient Good Housekeeping magazines.  But when Betsy and Laura find themselves catapulted back and forth through time, they realize they could seriously screw everything up for good...

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, Book 4)
by Ally Carter
Release Date: July 6, 2010

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life as a spy.  What she didn't know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school.  But that's exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now danger follows her everwhere, and Cammie "The Chameleon" can't hide.  When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers - or even her own heart.

The Island
by Elin Hildebrand
Release Date: July 6, 2010

Four women - a mother, her sister, their two grown daughters head to a tiny island off Nantucket for a retreat, hoping to escape their troubles.  Instead, they find only drama, secrets, and life-changing revelations.

Legacies (Shadow Grail, Book 1)
by Merdeces Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Release Date: July 6, 2010

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana.  There she learns she is a legacy - not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit's hasn't manifested itself yet, the administrators insist she has one.  Devastated by the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of friends.

But something strange is going on at Oakhurst.  Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up.  Spirit and her friends must find out what's happening - before one of them becomes the next vicitim...

Time's Legacy
by Barbara Erskine
Release Date: July 6, 2010

In present-day Cambridge, Abi, a recently ordained priest of the Church of England, is appointed to a notoriously difficult parish.  The priest in charge is the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular.  When she sees a vision of a congregation in an old church, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions: an entire Roman family history, dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge.  With foreboding forces building up to violence, Abi must battle the approaching terror along with her own personal demons, drawing the expertise of Druidry and shamanism from a questionable source...

The King's Mistress
by Emma Campion
Release Date: July 6, 2010

From childhood Alice Salisbury has learnt obedience in all things and at fourteen, dutifully marries the man her father has chosen for her.  When a messenger brings news of her husband's disappearance, she discovers he had many secrets, secrets that have now put a price on her head and her young daughter.  Brought under the protection of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, she must dutifully embrace her fate once more, as a virtual prisoner at Court.  And when the King singles her out for more than just royal patronage, she knows she has little choice but to accept his advances.  But as one of the King's favourites, she brings jealousy and hatred in her wake and some will stop at nothing to see her fall from grace.

Discord's Apple
by Carrie Vaughn
Release Date: July 6, 2010

When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado is not the only legacy she stands to inherit.  Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.  The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. 

Evie must guard the storeroom against evil and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them.  Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits.  At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.

The Scarlet Contessa
by Jeanne Kalogridis
July 6, 2010

This is the remarkable story of Caterina Sforza, daughter of the Duke of Milan and the bravest warrior Renaissance Italy ever knew.

The Ghost and the Goth
by Stacey Kade
Release Date: July 6, 2010

After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead.  She's stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of 'big, bright light' to take her to a better place.  To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser.  More than anything, Will wishes he didn't have the ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundboro High.  He's not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side, though it would bring him some welcome peace and quiet.  Can they get over their mutual distrust - and quasi attraction - to work together? 


  1. Ah, they all look really good! They have great covers too. I'm guessing these are releases in the US? Those of us across the pond will just have to wait a bit longer...