Hot off the Press: May Urban Fantasy Releases

April 30, 2010 Uncategorized 5

It’s the last Friday of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in HOT OFF THE PRESS!  Adult titles first (23 this month), YA titles second (17 this month).  *Several of theses authors will be here in June for Paranormal Summer Fest*

To clarify, for this post I’m using Urban Fantasy as an umbrella term to include books that combine paranormal elements with modern characters in contemporary settings (Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal YA, Contemporary Fantasy, even a little Paranormal Steampunk etc.) All titles below link to Amazon.com (I don’t make any money from links you click).

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Check out which of these AUTHORS are stopping by this month:

Check out which of these TITLES I’m reviewing this month:

  • Hunted By The Others by Jess Haines – Reviewed 5/5
  • White Cat by Holly Black – Reviewed 4/5
  • Stormwalker by Allyson James
  • Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
  • Spells by Aprilynne Pike
  • Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
  • Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
  • Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

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May–Adult Titles

by Laura Anne Gilman – May 1 2010

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Luna (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803132
 
 
Book Description

Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations. A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can’t touch—crimes of magic.
My name’s Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn’t applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went.
Two days later I’m a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic.
The first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We’re sniffing out things they’d rather keep buried.

Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we’re making it up as we go along….


Bound By Darkness
by Annette McCleave – May 4, 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229762
 
 
Book Description

Death’s warriors guard against demon soul thieves for one chance at redemption…Desire be damned.

Soul Gatherer Brian Webster has long lived with the guilt of his failure to save his teenage sister. When another girl dies in his arms as she protects an ancient coin from a demon, he takes up her cause. The coin is one of thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas. United, the coins are a dark relic of immense power, and in the wrong hands, they could destroy civilization.

Lena Sharpe is on her own mission to find the Judas coins. A Soul Gatherer by day and a thief by night, she’s negotiated the most important deal of her life. When Brian intervenes and kidnaps her to obtain the coins, she attempts to escape. But the brazen warrior is unrelenting, as he is fearful that the beautiful felon has made a pact with the devil himself. And he’s not entirely wrong.

Bound together by burning desire and a similar darkness in their hearts, they race against time to recover the missing coins. But as the truth behind Lena’s bargain surfaces, Brian is faced with a desperate choice—save one or save many.


Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
 
by Charlaine Harris May 4, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441018645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018642
 
 
Book Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)’s True Blood-continues!
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…


 
Honeymoon of the Dead
 
by Tate Hallaway – May 4, 2010
 

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234129

 
 
Product Description

The latest in the bewitching series from the author of Dead if I Do
In wintry Wisconsin, occult bookseller-and witch-Garnet Lacey isn’t immune to the cold. But even though her new vampire husband doesn’t actually have a pulse, love will keep them warm-if the honeymoon doesn’t drive them apart.
Thanks to a vengeful frost demon, instead of a gothic honeymoon in Transylvania, Garnet and Sebastian are stuck in exotic Minneapolis, Minnesota. And with gods and goddesses running amok all over town, Garnet can’t seem to find much quality time for her new hubby…


by Jess Haines May 4, 2010

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420111876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420111873
 
 
Book Description

They are the Others–the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again. . .

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm–if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend–a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing–and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil–whether she likes it or not. . .


A Legacy of Daemons (Paranormal Detectives, book 3)

by Camille Bacon-Smith – May 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406035
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
 
Book Description

Third in the paranormal detective series
Evan Davis and his partners, Brad and Lily, attract the jobs no other detective can handle-cases with a dangerous, otherworldly slant. But no one is better equipped for this because Lily and Brad are powerful daemon lords, and Evan is Brad’s half-daemon son. Now, however, the trio face a real challenge—involving armies of daemons, and wealthy mortals who have delved far too deeply into the dark arts…


by Katie MacAlister – May 4, 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229717
 
 
Book Description

When it comes to love, one woman is scaling back her expectations…

If you found out you were a famous fire-breather, you’d be freaked out too.

Tully Sullivan is just like any other suburban mom – unless you count the days every year that she zones out and turns base metals in to gold. Those are weird.

And now she’s woken up in a strange place surrounded by strange people who keep insisting they’re dragons – and that she’s one too. But not just any dragon. She’s Ysolde de Bouchier, a famed figure from dragon history.

Tully can’t shape-shift or breathe fire, and she’s definitely not happy being sentenced to death for the misdeeds of a dragon mate she can’t remember. All Tully knows is that she wants her son back. So she’ll have to find a way to solve the crimes of a past she has no memory of living…


Magic on the Storm: An Allie Beckstrom Novel

by Devon Monk – May 4, 2010 

       

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463272
 
 
Book Description

Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now, there’s an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive. To stop it from taking out the entire city, Allie and her lover, the mysterious Zayvion Jones, must work with the Authority-the enigmatic arbiters of all things magic-and take a stand against a magical wildstorm that will obliterate all in its path…


Play Dead

by Ryan Brown – May 4, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439171300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439171301
 
 
Book Description

Today’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller writers agree: Ryan Brown’s compulsively readable first novel is unbeatable—a darkly humorous, rich and pungent zombie shocker that melds our national obsession with football and the newest wave of fascination with the undead.For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory. . . in a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation. Boundlessly imaginative and thrillingly satisfying, Play Dead gives small-town Texas an electrifying jolt of the supernatural, and is unquestioningly The Zombie Novel of the Year!

The Comeback Story of the Season . . .


Running Scared: The Sentinel Wars

by Shannon K. Butcher – May 4, 2010

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451412907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412904
 
 
Book Description

The thrilling third novel in Shannon K. Butcher’s new urban fantasy series…
Lexi Johns has one purpose: to free her best friend from the hands of the Sentinels. And the Sentinel she has been running from for months, Zach, has one goal: to convince her that their destinies are entwined. For the magic that Zach has absorbed could destroy him if he doesn’t find the woman to channel it for him. And he knows Lexi is the one…


by Allyson James – May 4, 2010
 

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523469X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234693
 
 
Book Description

National bestselling author of Mortal Seductions
Janet Begay is a Stormwalker, capable of wielding the raw elemental power of nature, a power that threatens to overwhelm her. Only her lover, Mick, is able to calm the storm within her-even as their passion reaches unimaginable heights of ecstasy.
But when an Arizona police chief’s daughter is taken by a paranormal evil, they find themselves venturing where no human can survive-for only together can they overcome the greatest danger they’ve ever faced.


by S. M. Stirling – May 4, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463418
 
 
Book Description

First in the new Shadowspan series from the New York Times bestselling "master of speculative fiction" (Library Journal).
Eons ago, Homo Lupens ruled the earth. Possessing extraordinary powers, they were the source of all of the myths and legends of the uncanny. And though their numbers have been greatly reduced, they exist still- though not as purebreds.
Adrian Breze is one such being. Wealthy and reclusive, he is more Shadowspawn than human. But he rebelled against his own kind, choosing to live as an ordinary man. Now, to save humanity, he must battle the dark forces of the world-including those in his own blood…


Moonshine: A Novel 

by Alaya Dawn Johnson- May 11, 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312648065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312648060
 
 
Book Description

Imagining vampires at the heart of the social struggles of 1920s, Moonshine blends a tempestuous romance with dramatic historical fiction, populated by a lively mythology inhabiting the gritty New York City streets

Zephyr Hollis is an underfed, overzealous social activist who teaches night school to the underprivileged of the Lower East Side. Strapped for cash, Zephyr agrees to help a student, the mysterious Amir, who proposes she use her charity worker cover to bring down a notorious vampire mob boss. What he doesn’t tell her is why. Soon enough she’s tutoring a child criminal with an angelic voice, dodging vampires high on a new blood-based street drug, and trying to determine the real reason behind Amir’s request—not to mention attempting to resist his dark, inhuman charm.


The Darkest Passion (MIRA)

by Gena Showalter – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373774559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373774555
 
 
Book Description

This is an another sizzling installment of the "Lords of the Underworld" series as Aeron, keeper of the Demon of Wrath, finally meets his match…For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel – demon-assassin – has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this ‘mortal’ with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion? Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t…


by Vicki Pettersson – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456770
 
 
Book Description

Las Vegas socialite and otherwordly avenger Joanna Archer gave up everything when she embraced mortality—abandoning her powers and altering her destiny to save a child . . . and a city. Now her former allies are her enemies—and her enemies have nothing to fear.

Yet still she is bound to a prophecy that condemns her to roam a nightmare landscape that ordinary humans cannot see and dare not enter. And a beast is on her trail—an insane killer blinded by bloodlust, who’s determined to rip much more from Joanna than merely her now-fragile life. Survival is no longer an option in this dark realm where good and evil have blurred into confusing shades of gray—unless she can gather together an army of onetime foes and destroy everything she once believed in.


by Caitlin Kittredge – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943660
 
 
Book Description

Someone, or something, is setting fire to the homes of the city’s most infamous non-humans, racking up a body count that’s growing by the day. And strange, otherworldly creatures no one has seen before—selkies, trolls, and harpies—are causing chaos throughout the city. Racing to stop the carnage, Luna turns to sexy federal agent Will Fagin for help. As they work to uncover the source of the bloodshed, Luna’s attraction for Will deepens. But just as she learns Will’s darkest secret, Nocturne City is thrust into total chaos—leaving Luna and Will in a path of destruction they may not be able to stop…or survive.


by Alayna Williams – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182796
 
 
Book Description

TARA SHERIDAN HAS A GIFT . . . AND IT ALMOST KILLED HER.

As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi’s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her .38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try.

Tara immediately senses there is far more at stake than one man’s life. At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself—from the enemies circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life within. . . .


Enemy Lover

by Karin Harlow  – May 25, 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439109826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439109823
 
 
Book Description

When you have no alternative, then you call in L.O.S.T. Because with the Last Option Special Team, it’s do or die. . . .

It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.

Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when dangerous beauty Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his.


 
by Jes Battis – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101884X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018840
 
 
Book Description

When a powerful necromancer is killed, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday must handle the heavy politics in the occult community as carefully as she handles the scant evidence. But with her sometime lover Lucian Agrado representing the necromancers in the grisly matter, things are about to get out of control…fast.


by Ilona Andrews – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441018521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018529
 
 
 
Book Description

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…


by Nancy Gideon – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439149631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439149638
 
 
 
Book Description

IN THIS STUNNING FIRST BOOK FROM NANCY GIDEON’S SIZZLING NEW SERIES, A TENACIOUS COP AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FORBIDDEN DESIRE.

ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE.

New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated.

THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS.

Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret.

NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS.

Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.


by Keri Arthur – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440245710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245711
 
 
Book Description

Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate.
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.


by Cheyenne McCray – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312946422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312946425
 
 
Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray takes her red-hot Night Tracker series from the mean streets to the winding country roads—where the nights are darker, and a full moon casts an even greater shadow…

As a half-human, half-Drow private eye, Nyx is the go-to girl for tracking Demons in the night. So when several of New York City’s Werewolves go missing, Alpha Werewolf Dmitri Beketov hires Nyx for the job. But this time, she must leave the dark alleys and bright lights behind…

NO WEREWOLVES ALLOWED

Nyx’s sixth sense tells her that life in the slow lane is a lot deadlier than it appears. Though she usually prefers to work solo, with this case she’s going to need all the help she can get. Enter Detective Adam Boyd: he’s watching her back, but is this human too sexy for his—and her—own good? Meanwhile, a powerful, malevolent force is exterminating paranorms and “unworthy” humans alike…and Nyx, still trying to get a foothold in her new surroundings, finds herself facing danger at every turn.


by Stacia Kane – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345515579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345515575
 
 
Book Description

THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.


by Jennifer Estep – May 25, 2010
 

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143914799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439147993
 
 
Book Description

Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I’m Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

May– YA Titles

The Prophecy

by Dawn Miller – May 1, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310714338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310714330

 

 

Book Description

In this intense, emotionally charged supernatural thriller for young adults by author Dawn Miller, the angelic forces of heaven and hell wage battle over mankind, placing five gifted teenagers in the middle of a war only they can end. Each of the five has struggled since a terrifying night in their childhood, and as memories of that evening’s events come rushing back, and the dark angels make themselves known, they discover that what was meant to destroy them has instead opened their eyes to a world otherwise hidden from humankind.


Jekel Loves Hyde

by Beth Fantaskey – May 3, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063900
 
Book Description

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.


The Reason (Ghost Huntress, book 3)

by Marley Gibson  – May 3, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547150954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547150956
 

 

Book Description

It’s not everyday you have a premonition of your own demise. But two months after Kendall had a vision of her own death, all is well in her world. Maybe some cosmic wires got crossed. Then Kendall gets a request by the mayor of Radisson to investigate the mayoral manor. Emily and Loreen warn her against it: This spirit is dangerous. But not even they can see just how dangerous.

But during the aftermath of her run-in with the spirit Kendall learns a life-shattering secret. Now Kendall has an even bigger problem. Somehow, she’s got to pull her life together if she wants to cleanse the mayor’s mansion and bring peace to the home—and herself.


Lies (Gone, book 3)

by Michael Grant – May 4, 2010

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061449091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061449093
Book Description

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?


Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2

by Lisa Mantchev – May 4, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380977
 
Book Description

From the critically acclaimed author of Eyes Like Stars

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won’t want to put down, even after the curtain has closed. 


Shade

by Jeri Smith-Ready – May 4, 2010

 

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994060
 
 
Book Description

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding–and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.


Spells (Wings, book 2)

by Aprilynne Pike – May 4, 2010

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061668060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061668067
 
Book Description

"I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask," Tamani said.

"And if I don’t?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

"Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever."

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart.


White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)

by Holly Black – May 4, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416963960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416963967
 
Book Description

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.


Claire de Lune

by Christine Johnson – May 18, 2010  

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416991824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416991823
 
 
Book Description

Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she’s a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire’s new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?.


The Demon’s Covenant (The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy)

by Sarah Rees Brennan – May 18, 2010

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Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416963812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416963813
 
Book Description

The Demon’s Covenant is the sequel to The Demon’s Lexicon. Mae was always in control, but suddenly everyone she trusted is lying–and in danger.


Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites 

by Ellen Schreiber – May 18, 2010

 

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061689424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061689420
 
Book Description

As a mortal girl dating a vampire, Raven knows that love isn’t always easy. Now that Alexander’s parents have returned to Romania, Raven and her dreamy vampire boyfriend are happy to resume their cryptic romance.

But soon another visitor comes knocking: Sebastian, Alexander’s best friend, arrives for a stay at the mansion. At first Raven is wary, then thrilled—this is the perfect chance to learn more about her darkly handsome boyfriend and his past. Raven has been wondering whether Alexander will ever bite her and make their love immortal, and Sebastian could be her guide to the love habits of Alexander and his kind. But when Sebastian falls for a particular Dullsvillian, will another mortal beat Raven to the bite?

With suspense, danger, and a fabulous vampire party, this seventh book in the bestselling Vampire Kisses series continues the exciting nocturnal romance of Raven and Alexander.


Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

by Richelle Mead May 18, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142504

 

 

Book Description

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.


Circus of Sins

by Natasha Rhodes – May 25, 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906735735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906735739

 

 
Book Description

When young Hunter recruit Kayla Steele is bitten by a werewolf, she thinks it’s the end of her world. However, little does she know that the real end of the world is not far off. Master vampire, Harlequin, has made a deal with the devil, and plans to commit the ultimate sin by killing an angel and triggering the Third War in Heaven… which could wipe out mankind forever. Kalya must join forces with her ultimate enemies, the werewolves, in order to stave off Armageddon and save the man she loves from the clutches of Hell – or die trying.


Demon Princess: Reign Check

by Michelle Rowen – May 25, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802795498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802795496
 
 
Book Description

Fresh from finding out she is a demon princess and meeting her father for the first time, Nikki Donovan is looking forward to getting back to her regular high school life. But then Rhys, the handsome teenage king of the faery realm, enrolls at her school as a "foreign exchange student." Her conflicted feelings for Rhys and her boyfriend are getting in the way of her new relationship with the Shadow-creature Michael. But this love triangle from hell isn’t even Nikki’s biggest problem: There’s a new prophecy that claims she will destroy all the demon and human worlds. Her best friend Melinda just might be a demon-slayer-in-training. Throw in a field trip to none other than the Underworld itself . . . and Nikki’s going to be hoping for a rain check on more than just her homework!


Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery, Book 2)

by Kim Harrison – May 25, 2010

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061718173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061718175
 
 
Book Description

Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven’s dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery’s dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It’s amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn’t think she’s totally nuts.

Now Madison has learned that she’s the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it’s time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don’t adhere to the rules of the heavens.

But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.


Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, Book 1)

by Jenna Black – May 25, 2010

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Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312575939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312575939
 
Book Description

It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble.  When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie. 

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…


Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

by Sherrilyn Kenyon – May 25, 2010

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Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312599072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599072
 
Book Description

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?


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5 Responses to “Hot off the Press: May Urban Fantasy Releases”

  1. RachaelfromNJ

    Wow this is a FANTASTIC list!! Thank you thank you thank you!! I am SO going book shopping tomorrow hoping some of these May 4th books are on the shelf early!