The crossroads of fantasy and reality is embroiled in a traffic jam in March as thirty-nine new urban fantasy titles crowd the sagging shelves, including new additions to popular, long-running series by Ann Aguirre (Corine Solomon), Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson), Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros), Christopher Pike (Thirst), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Den of Shadows), Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), and Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers). Haul out the credit cards!
Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.
Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.
Taking out hellish creatures: not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything, except betrayal he never saw coming. Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake, and his soul on the line.
Once Corine Solomon only had the touch, the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it. But the clock is ticking, and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high, and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.
Young Adult. The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. And the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. What happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? Can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? Will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?
Now that she’s solved her sister’s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn’t sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks. Until she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. It looks like the reaper is now following her. Strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd’s past. Refusing Hallie’s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own. Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman, the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack, has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam, or anyone else in the pack. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related, and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Young Adult. When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key, a key that only Meg can use, that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow. Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge.
Young Adult. Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. He has no idea if the beautiful girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian, Vane’s guardian, and has sworn an oath to protect Vane. When a mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim: the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. Their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them, but the romance that’s grown between them.
The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon. When her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would be free to pursue competition-level dance. It didn’t work out that way. Her boyfriend, Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is coming to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ. It’s a midnight blue-light special. The sale of the day is betrayal, deceit, and carnage.
Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into. I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I’m not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I’d do most anything to keep their trust. So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I’m down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it’s bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose... I was wrong. Ebook.
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun. Playtime. Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago, before they became a force to be reckoned with, the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer. Almost. Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent, the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him. And now they are going to pay and pay and pay.
Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother. Fed up and out for revenge, Nyx comes to Minneapolis following a tip that his aunts have set up a business there. His goal to bring down his mother’s killers and retrieve the thread of fate that has trapped him in the body of a twenty year old unable to age or die. But when a chance meeting with the mysterious, dangerous and very mortal Elizabeth Abernathy throws off his plans, he must reconcile his humanity and his immortality. Ebook.
Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. Her latest case seems straightforward enough, the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil. To survive, and save everyone around her, she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave.
Young Adult. Sky has more monsters to fight, and lives to save, in the sequel to Return to Exile. Sky thought he had problems before. “Before” as in when his uncle disappeared, he had to move to an odd new town with his family, and, oh yeah, it was up to him to make sure the world’s deadliest monster didn’t escape from his prison. But none of that compares to now. “Now” as in when the entire Hunters of Legend are coming to Exile with one mission: kill Sky. Well, Sky thought there was only one mission, but the longer he stays alive, the more he realizes that there is something else afoot. And all those friends that he kept in the dark to keep them safe? Turns out he might have to ask them to risk their lives yet again to stop an unspeakable evil from wreaking havoc on the world.
Young Adult. Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on. As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in, because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not.
Young Adult. Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. Then Eli’s dream comes true. Now Dusty has to follow the clues, both within Eli’s dreams and out of them, to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
Jewelry designer Garet James is the Watchtower, the last in a line of powerful women sworn to protect the world from evil. Although she had once defeated evil in New York City, her pursuit of her true love, the 400-year-old vampire Will Hughes, has now unleashed an age-old evil onto the modern world. Marduk, the ageless descendant of a demonic Babylonian deity, is now loose in Paris. He has joined forces with the villainous John Dee in a plan to destroy the world’s economy and plunge the world into chaos. Garet enlists the help of a modern-day band of knights who are dedicated to preserving the sanctity of the timeline. New challenges arise in the form of a rival faction of knights who will stop at nothing to bring about the destruction of everything Garet holds dear.
Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst #5), by Christopher Pike, (March 5, Simon Pulse)
Young Adult. Sita has lived for centuries. She has seen more than most people could ever imagine. She has loved and she has lost; she has killed many, and she has given life. This provides the conclusion to the popular Thirst series.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut, a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard, a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith, (March 7, Putnam Juvenile)
Young Adult. First came the storms. Then came the Fever. And the Wall. After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct. In reality, a new primitive society has been born. Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. They are each other’s last hope for survival.
Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2), by Anne Greenwood Brown, (March 12, Delacorte)
Young Adult. It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind. Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe, only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again.
MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1), by Debra Driza, (March 12, Katherine Tegen Books)
Young Adult. Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past, that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do. Now she has no choice but to run, from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Promises to Keep (Den of Shadows #9), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, (March 12, Delacorte)
Young Adult. The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al. It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it’s an epic clash of elements and the promise of more chaos still to come. At the center of the storm is Jay, a young vampire hunter that no one would ever have predicted might be earth’s best bet to thwart the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight. Teens will find themselves drawn to Jay, who struggles to prove his worth even while he has his own fears that those who have written him off may be right to do so.
Seven Kinds of Hell, by Dana Cameron, (March 12, 47North)
Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.
Young Adult. Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed, and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn. Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don’t get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save the griffins’ lives, she’s willing to break all the rules, even if it means letting an outsider like Logan help. But the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie? Who let the griffins out, and why?
The Temptation (The Secret Circle #6), by L.J. Smith, (March 12 Harper Teen)
Young Adult. It’s always darkest before dawn. Cassie hasn’t felt this alone since she moved to New Salem and joined the Circle, the closest thing to a family she’s ever known. But now that the Circle has been possessed by powerful evil spirits, Cassie is left with no choice but to turn to her dark side to rescue them. As she struggles to get through to her friends, and her soul mate, Adam, she finds an unexpected ally, one who will tempt her more than ever before. With her enemies quickly closing in, Cassie fights to keep her heart true and her soul pure. But she knows better than anyone that all magic comes at a price, especially when Black John’s Book of Shadows is involved. Will Cassie defeat the darkness once and for all?
Inferno: Chronicles of Nick (Chronicles of Nick #4), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (March 19, St. Martin’s)
Young Adult. Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. His only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him. Life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. Those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. If Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. Sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?
Relentless (Lodestone Trilogy #3), by Cherry Adair, (March 19, Pocket Books)
Ex-MI5 agent Connor Thorne had a near death experience in Afghanistan five years ago. There, love and duty collided, leaving him bitter, disillusioned, and with a special talent for finding lost things. Now working for Lodestone, he uses his uncanny sixth sense to find lost or stolen objects, which makes him the perfect operative to help Isis McGee find her father’s lost tomb. But Conner hates deserts, and the last thing he wants is a beautiful woman tagging along while he does his job. From Seattle, to London and Cairo, they are in a race to find the clues before the sands of time run out. Red-hot passion ignites in the desert heat as Connor and Isis must outwit a faceless enemy more powerful, more ruthless, than either can imagine.
The Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3), by Cassandra Clare, (March 19, Margaret K. McElderry)
Young Adult. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
The Lost (Celestial Blues #2), by Vicki Pettersson, (March 19, Harper Voyager)
Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death, if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost. Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. As Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets propels her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive and choose their own fate, before it’s chosen for them.
17 & Gone (17 and Gone), by Nova Ren Suma, (March 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Young Adult. Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common: they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And, is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy), by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, (March 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Young Adult. Sammy Greenberg would rather talk back to The Boyz—a gang of bullies at his school—and get his head stuck in the toilet than constantly be afraid. But when his friend Skink gets beaten up so badly that he has to go to the hospital, Sammy thinks he may be in over his head. He decides to build a golem, a mythical protector from Jewish folklore, made of clay and animated by the ineffable name of God. But this monster doesn’t just protect him and Skink from The Boyz, he is also a great drummer for their rock-jazz-klezmer fusion band. But golems come with warnings. They will protect you until they don’t.
Young Adult. He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life. Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else’s hands? But Oliver is more than just a genie, he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.
A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion. When Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilit Paris street, Verlaine finds her nature to be unlike any of the other creatures he pursues, casting him into doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by a creature who has topped the society’s most-wanted list for more than a century. The ensuing chase drives Verlaine from the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg and into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline’s origins, as well as forces that could restore or annihilate them all, lie in wait.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me, Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place. Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
On the heels of Kitty’s return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty’s authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she’s to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there’s more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.
Morris and Chastain Investigations: Play With Fire & Midnight at the Oasis (Quincey Morris #4), by Justin Gustainis, (March 26, Solaris)
In Play With Fire houses of worship are burning around the U.S. From churches, to synagogues, to mosques. Usually while the places are full of people. Initially dismissed as random acts of violence, Morris and Chastain uncover the deadly meaning behind the fires, and the terrifying cause they seek to serve. In Midnight at the Oasis Middle Eastern terrorists have conjured a deadly djin that will lay waste to America, unless Morris and Chastain can stop it first.
Caprise is tall, beautiful, exotic. A goddess in the flesh. A dancer, when Caprise takes the stage, she feels the power she holds over men, especially the man known as X. He watches her night after night. He follows her with hungry eyes. And he knows her deepest, darkest secret, her true animal nature. Xavier has always lived for the thrill of the hunt, and the pleasure of the kill. But now, as a shifter working for the FBI, he is dedicated to keeping a leash on the world’s most savage predators. Keeping an eye on a gorgeous creature like Caprise is part of his job. But when a deadly new breed of half-human killer marks Caprise as his mate, Xavier must fight tooth and claw to save her, or risk losing the most sensual and exciting woman he’s ever known.
Every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes once more, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven. It is due to appear on the 21st September 1889 as a ghost town in the American Midwest. There are many who hope to be there: traveling preacher Obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah, a brain-damaged Civil War veteran; Henry and Harmonium Jones and their pack of outlaws; the Brothers of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset; finally, an aging gunslinger who lost his wings at the very beginning of creation and wants nothing more than to settle old scores.
Young Adult. What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt. After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she, and her gang, make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever. But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken.
Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Her Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series is published by Tor Books. You can find Suzanne on Twitter and on her daily speculative fiction blog, Preternatura.