New Releases: August 20-26, 2012

Filed in New Releases , The Needy Lover Posted on August 21, 2012 @ 11:00 am 9 comments

Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin #7)
by Jennifer Estep

Genre: urban fantasy
Release date: August 21, 2012 by Simon & Schuster

I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back, she thinks he’s hers for the taking. Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen.

But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

Read an excerpt of Widow’s Web

. . .

Because You Must Learn (Because You Are Mine, #4) by Beth Kery
Black Bottle by Anthony Huso
But My Boyfriend Is (Florida Books, #4) by K.A. Mitchell

By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock
Damaged Goods (New York, #2) by Lainey Reese
Dynama (The Superheroes Union, #1) by Ruth Diaz

Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform, #7) by Elle Kennedy
Forbidden (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #6) by Nicola Cornick
Ghost Key by Trish J. Macgregor

Heaven (Halo, #3) by Alexandra Adornetto (YA)
Perfect Mate by Mina Carter
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams (YA)

Reaper (Lightbringer, #2) by K.D. McEntire (YA)
Savage Redemption by Alexis Morgan
Shattered Magic by Rebecca York

Shifter’s Destiny by Anna Leonard
Smashed by Lisa Luedeke (YA)
Softly at Sunrise (KGI, #5.5) by Maya Banks

Split at the Seams (Sierra Fox, #2) by Yolanda Sfetsos
The Guardian of Bastet by Jacqueline M. Battisti
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3) by Pittacus Lore (YA)
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors (YA)
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates (YA)

. . .

If it weren’t already apparent from the number of (YA) designations next to the the titles listed above, it’s a bona fide young adult release week! If you’re not typically a reader of YA but like to try it out every once in a while, there are a few really promising releases coming out this week. (The latest Lorien Legacies book is out, if you don’t mind the author’s drama.)

You may notice the addition of a few titles that are closer to the designation of “realistic fiction” than most. For instance, that is indeed a book by Joyce Carol Oates you saw there. Expect heavy, intense topic matter in that one. Likewise, The Orchardist is a sweeping historical tale that I saw compared to recent classics like Plainsong and Edgar Sawtelle. Then there’s the intense YA Smashed, which I’ve seen compared to Speak on more than one occasion.

Of course, if you’re thinking, “Whatever Alisha–paranormal or bust, you know that,” there’s always the latest Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep. Now there’s a book that’s guaranteed to keep me up into the wee hours of the night reading “just one more chapter,” early-morning wakeup be damned.

Any pleasant surprises from this cadre of book titles? Have you ever stayed up super late to read, even though you had school or work the next day?

About Alisha

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 August 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I want the Jennifer Estep and Maya Banks books please!

    • Alisha August 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Yessss! Agreed. So looking forward to a story that centers more around Owen. ^_^ Are ye an Owen fan?

  • draconismoi August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Why Alisha, could you possibly be talking about ME?

    • Alisha August 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I believe I is, ma’am. Your thumbnail is the very embodiment of that notion!

      • Susan August 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Shhh. Don’t tell draconismoi, but I’ve never been able to figure out what the heck her thumbnail/avatar is!

        • draconismoi August 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          That’s easy. When Susi (Caroline? Stella?) first signed me up as a Guest Reviewer, they made me do this profile thing – which included a picture.

          I viewed this as an unnecessary disclosure of private information. (This was in those brief months pre-job when I did not have to sign up for Facebook).

          So I activated the ultraviolet filter in PhotoBooth, glared at the camera, and hid under my dragon quilt. (The last part was mostly because I had just moved to Alaska and was wicked cold.)

          My avatar is a photo, taken under duress, with filters preventing any identifying features, while I am cocooned by dragons for warmth.

          In sum: It’s me.

          Note: this dark and forbidding demeanor can also be directed at books that irritate me. It seemed appropriate.

  • Susan August 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Hahaha! I think I was late to work 3 times last week because I was finishing a book. I have insomnia, so I’m up late (or all night) reading all the time.

    I’d already ordered several of these books (including the Diaz book, which I’ve heard mixed things about, but am still eager to try), but must admit it was the Oates book that most caught my eye. I think the last book by her that I read was in high school (which was a looong time ago). I keep thinking I should try something else, but the sheer volume of choices paralyzes me. (Plus, her ebook backlist is too expensive.)

    • Alisha August 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Nice! Sounds like a good book! Recommend-worthy? ^_^

      Yep, Oates is definitely a library choice. Those hardback prices…yeesh.

  • Laura August 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    YES! I am a stickler for getting to bed on time since I absolutely hate to be tired at work, but the one exception I’ll make is when I’m engrossed in a book (which does seem to happen more often than not). And I never regret it!
    There are a few books on this list I’ve been looking forward to (I pretty much love any Maya Banks book).

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