New Releases: September 17-23, 2012

Filed in New Releases , The Needy Lover Posted on September 18, 2012 @ 11:00 am 5 comments

Yesterday’s Heroes

by Heather Long
Genre: urban fantasy romance
Release date: September 18, 2012 by Carina Press


Aurora “Rory” Graystone
Codename: Halo
Abilities: superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes–if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter
Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: expert tracker and sniper
Mission: kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time travelers are trying to prevent?

. . .

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1) by Malinda Lo (YA)
Because I Am Yours (Because You Are Mine, #8) by Beth Kery
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian (YA)

Butter by Erin Jade Lange (YA)
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (YA)
Flanked by Cat Johnson

Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2) by Amy Garvey (YA)
How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries, #1) by Karen Hawkins
Hunter’s Season (Elder Races #4.7) by Thea Harrison

Incarnation by Emma Cornwall
Jane by Robin Maxwell
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

Mark of the Witch (The Portal, #1) by Maggie Shayne
Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse (YA)

Shadow of the Wolf (Heart’s Desire, #1) by Dana Marie Bell
Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous, #1) by Kate Griffin
Ten by Gretchen McNeil (YA)

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) by Rae Carson (YA)
The Curse (Belador, #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) by Kat Zhang (YA)
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) by Ken Follett

. . .

Oh, the humanity. The days are finally getting shorter, the temperature colder. (Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere…in which case I envy you!) Your mind may be turning to much darker, cerebral things…or, at least, to less sunny and frivolous things. So too do the book selections of this week seem to be more intense–starting with Ten, a YA horror that puts one in mind of the Lord of the Flies.

Of the handful of this week’s series titles, a good chunk of them are of new series, with themes of loss, conspiracy (Adaptation), primal possession (Shadow of the Wolf), magic (Mark of the Witch), transformation (How to Capture a Countess), and more.

Of note is that this week sees the closing installment of Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine series (perfect for a rainy, late night read, trust me!). And if you’re looking for something completely out of your usual sphere of comfort, take a peek at Butter, a story about an unpopular high school boy who decides to *eat* himself to death…and becomes popular in the process of carrying out his morbid goal. If you’re more in the mood for something you didn’t think was in your usual circle of books, but you’d likely end up enjoying, try Jane by Robin Maxwell. It’s a retelling of the Tarzan story, from Jane’s perspective. (Yes, you read that right. Tarzan! You’ll note that it’s *about* a romance, but it’s not a Romance…it’s historical fiction.)

Perhaps as the weather cools down, the key is to find books that heat something, anything, up…be it jungle settings or fiery passions.

. . .

Have a hankering for anything new and unexpected? Have you ever read, or are you a fan of, story retellings?

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 September 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I really dislike retellings. I keep thinking: write something original, or at least don’t advertise it as retelling. If I love the original story I really don’t want it diluted or changed.

  • Susan September 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it, but I had preordered Yesterday’s Heroes because it sounded fun. Prices for Carina books make it more tempting to take a chance on an unknown. There are several other books here that went straight to my wish list because of cost. There are a limited number of $9.99 ebooks I’m willing to open my wallet for.

    Despite the down vote for Jane, I possibly would still have been tempted to try it. . . except for that $9.99 price tag. Just not worth the risk.

    (I know, I’m cheapcheapcheap.)

    As for retellings, it depends on the story and the quality. Some are beautifully done. What I AM tired of are those Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or Lincoln/Queen Victoria/Whoever as vampire slayer, etc. Just ugh.

  • Melissa (My words and pages) September 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh I had just seen the book from Carina Books in their email. Heather’s book does look good. 🙂

  • JenM September 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    You didn’t mention the only book I have pre-ordered this month, Necromancing the Stone by Lish Mcbride. The first book, Hold Me Closer Necromancer , has been on sale for a month or so and it was fantastic, so I have high hopes for the sequel.

  • Sullivan McPig September 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Hmmm… Ten sounds like a remake of And Then There Where None by Agatha Christie. I think I’ll have to get hold of it to see if I’m right.

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