New Releases: April 23 – 29, 2012

Filed in New Releases , The Needy Lover Posted on April 24, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 18 comments

Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles, #4) by Kevin Hearne

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.



Be My Prince (The Royal Trilogy, #1) by Julianne MacLean
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison

Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street, #1) by Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)
Darkest Caress by Kaylea Cross (4/23)
Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass, #2) by Jenna Black

Evil Dark (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation, #2) by Justin Gustainis
Grimm Tidings (Grimm’s Circle, #6) by Shiloh Walker
Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

Invitation to Scandal by Bronwen Evans
Kiss of Pride (Deadly Angel, #1) by Sandra Hill
Lies & Omens (Shadows Inquiries, #4) by Lyn Benedict

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (YA)
No Longer a Gentleman (Lost Lords, #4) by Mary Jo Putney
Obsidian Flame (The World of Ascension #5) by Caris Roane

On the Prowl (The Others, #13) by Christine Warren
Red, White, and Blood (Nathaniel Cade, #3) by Christopher Farnsworth (4/26)
Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins

Storm (Elemental, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2) by Jenn Bennett
Sunrise Point (Virgin River, #19) by Robyn Carr

The Claimed (Sin Hunters, #2) by Caridad Piñeiro
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa (YA)
The Prophet (Graveyard Queen #3) by Amanda Stevens

The Saint Who Stole My Heart (Regency Rogues, #4) by Stefanie Sloane
The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5) by Stephen King

Thumped (Bumped, #2) by Megan McCafferty
Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2) by Cara Elliott
Under a Vampire Moon (Argeneau, #16) by Lynsay Sands

Warrior (The Fallen, #3) by Kristina Douglas (a.k.a. Anne Stuart)
Wicked Road to Hell (League of Guardians, #1) by Juliana Stone
Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition, #3) by Gabi Stevens


Man, o’ man. This is another week rife with a fantastic selection of new releases (and the above represents but a mere slice of the pie). Originally, I’d been concerned with only one book from the group: that’d be The Prophet by Amanda Stevens, third in the Graveyard Queen series. But there’s no denying the exciting titles also being released this cycle, including Tricked, the latest release in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series. Amanda Hocking’s wildly popular Trylle trilogy is seeing its final installment’s wide release. Lynsay Sands and Steven King are releases some titles that will surely be on many a TBR. And by golly, is that another Robyn Carr title?

But what’s special is the crop of promising new series coming out this week. Julie Kagawa’s brand spankin’ new vampire YA series looks twisted and fun. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (with its stunning cover) has most certainly been near the top of countless TBR list for some time now. And Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig has an awesome cover and super intriguing premise; looks like it’s going to be a must-buy urban fantasy (and horror-ish) series, for sure. I do reckon…sometimes, it’s almost dizzying to pay close attention to release weeks such as this one…particularly when trying to find a new-to-you author/series/title. So much to choose from that it can be tough catching really great new stuff from the get-go.

Do you have a favorite tried-and-true series that’s releasing a title this week? Looking for something completely new? If so, how in the world do you find new-to-you titles amongst the cacophony? 

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Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • aurian April 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Way too many books! But yours is the first blog posting about the new Amanda Quick book! I had all forgotten about it, but of course it has been pre-ordered many months ago, so should be on its way soon. The Kevin Hearne book actually arrived last Saturday and was devoured immediately. Posted the review today ( And lots of new historical and paranormal romances I would like to read. Jenn Bennett has been ordered as well, and I bought the whole Lyn Benedict series earlier this week. Now I just need a few months of free time, to read them all!

    • Alisha April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      That’s so awesome that you have your new releases taken care of well in advance. I’d imagine it kind of helps temper the “AHHH I want everything BUY BUY BUY” feeling that tends to crop up when looking at lists such as that above. ^_^

  • Sheree April 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Too many good books this week! One with Paul Marron, and a glowing one at taht!

    • Alisha April 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I suck at spotting Paul Marron covers. Which one is he on here?

      • Sheree April 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Paul is on COVETED. Steve Kuchinsky is on NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN. Stephen Muzzonigro is on OBSIDIAN FLAME and THE SAINT WHO STOLE MY HEART. David Kimmerle is on THE CLAIMED and most likely WARRIOR. I think it may be Robert Nuzzie on WICKED ROAD TO HELL.

        Also, Serene Aandahl is on NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN (I think that’s her, with red hair) and TOO TEMPTING TO RESIST.

        What a week, am I right?

        • Alisha April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

          Oh. My. Wow. Sheree, you are amazing. How in the world do you know who’s who?

          • Sheree April 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

            I spend way too much time online, looking at pics of models… Actually, there are sites about cover models and sometimes I find mentions of the models on the sites of cover artists.

  • Susan April 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Some of these I’d already pre-ordered, but some are new to me. Masque of the Red Death sounds interesting–I’ve put it on my wish list. I also really want to try Evil Dark–it seems to be part of a series, wonder if I can jump in anywhere or need to start at the beginning?

    • Alisha April 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Heya Susan! Evil Dark is 2nd in the series, and it is a continuation-type deal. So reading book one is probably a good idea. Hope you enjoy it!!!

  • draconismoi April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t even care what Blackbirds is about. That cover has to be on my shelves!

    • Alisha April 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Absolutely agreed; fan-flippin-tastic cover. Fortunately, though, the premise of Blackbirds sounds like it’s right up your alley! So if you read, I want your deets on it.

      • Susan April 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks! I just checked out Amazon and saw that Hard Spell was the first in the series. I’ve put both books on my wish list for now; I want to read more reviews of Evil Dark (the only one posted as of right now isn’t too promising) before I commit. In the meantime, I’ve got enough others books in my pile to keep me busy for awhile (like the Amanda Stevens books I keep moving up the list).

  • LSUReader April 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I just started The Prophet this morning. There are several others on this list I’m looking forward to, including the newest from Kristan Higgins and MaryJo Putney.

    • Alisha April 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Prophet!

  • Lesley D April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Justin Gustainis’ Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series looks good and so does Amanda Steven’s Graveyard Queen books! I just tend to look for covers and blurbs that catch my eye, and then I’ll go to reviews to find out more.

    drakela90 at aol dot com

    • Alisha April 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I feel ya, Lesley. They say dont judge a book by its cover, but when there are so many out there, outward appearances totally help grab attention.

      Hope you enjoy the Stevens books if you read em!

  • Ren Puspita April 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I just know I win Coveted by Shawntelle Madison, so yay!! Another books I looking forward are Obsidian Flame, Summoning the Night and Kiss of Pride.
    So many books to buy! 🙁

    • Alisha April 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Ren! Yeah, it’s so true, the saying “so many books, so little time.” And every week brings at least one more awesome read! gahh!

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