New Releases: Science Fiction Romance, Urban Fantasy & YA for the week of March 23, 2010

A little variety today, and all the books listed here look like interesting reading. But I’d like to give a special shout out to Mind Games by Carolyn Crane. I was lucky of enough to review Mind Games, and I can't recommend this book enough. Go get it! And be prepared for an all-nighter.

March 23, 2010

 The Devil's Playground by Jenna Black

The Devil's Playground by Jenna Black
Morgan Kingsley, Book 5
Urban Fantasy | B&N


Morgan Kingsley, a kick-ass exorcist, can deal with Lugh, the supersexy demon living inside her, but does he have to moan softly during her intimate moments with her mortal lover? Understandably, Brian is reluctant to share the pleasures of Morgan’s flesh with a gorgeous rogue from the Demon Realm.

But personal matters will have to wait when the opportunistic owner of the Seven Deadlies demon club in Philadelphia enlists Morgan’s help in heading off a crisis: It seems that demons have started showing up at the hot spot in alarming numbers and in the unwilling bodies of rough trade club-goers. Morgan is sure that Dougal, Lugh’s sworn enemy, is behind this, but why? To find out, Morgan must summon every ounce of power at her command—or risk becoming just another casualty in an all-out demon war.

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Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
YA Fantasy | B&N


When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

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 Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
The Disillusionists Trilogy, Book 1
Urban Fantasy | B&N



Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

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 Shadow of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne

Shadow of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne
Dark Guardian, Book 4
YA Urban Fantasy | B&N


I can feel every Shifter's emotions except Daniel's—the only one whose heart I long to know.

hayden was born a werewolf, a Dark Guardian. But her ability to sense the feelings of fellow werewolves has made her life unbearable. She runs away, only to be tracked by charming, mysterious Daniel, a newcomer to the pack and the one Shifter immune to her powers. As she reluctantly follows him home, Hayden finds herself falling dangerously in love. . . .

But even as her feelings for Daniel deepen, Hayden begins to wonder if he is who he claims to be. Where did he come from and why has no one ever seen him transform? When they stumble upon the body of a Shifter still in wolf form, her worries grow. Someone is killing her kind. Is her handsome tracker really a hunter? And is Hayden now his prey?

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 Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair

Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair
Dock Five Universe, Book 4
Science Fiction Romance | B&N


It’s been two years since Devin Guthrie last saw Captain Makaiden Griggs. But time has done little to dampen his ardor for the beautiful take-charge pilot who used to fly yachts for his wealthy family. While Devin’s soul still burns for Kaidee, she isn’t the kind of woman a Guthrie is allowed to marry—especially in a time of intergalactic upheaval, with the family’s political position made precarious by Devin’s brother Philip, now in open revolt against the Empire. And when Devin’s nineteen-year-old nephew, Trip, inexplicably goes missing after his bodyguard is murdered, this most dutiful of Guthrie sons finds every ounce of family loyalty put to the test. Only by joining forces with Kaidee can Devin complete the mission to bring Trip back alive. And only by breaking every rule can these two renegades redeem the promise of a passion they were never permitted to explore. At risk? A political empire, a personal fortune, and both their hearts and lives.

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If you have a book review for any of the new releases listed here, link it in comments and I will be happy to add it to this post. Or if I missed a new book release, please let me know so I can add it also.

-- Summaries are from unless otherwise stated.

A Few Giveaways:

If your looking for more book giveaways checkout All Things Urban Fantasy for a super comprehensive giveaway listing that is posted every Wednesday. Abigail is the master at finding giveaways, and she’s become my go-to-lady for the giveaways.


Blodeuedd said...

That YA fantasy sounds good :)

Leontine said...

Mind Games is really high on my priority list, the pimping for this book is knocking me off my feet :)

Chris said...

Oh, good to know that I'd better wait until Friday evening to start reading Mind Games so I'm not groggy at work the next day! :D

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

Very excited about Mind Games, then saving the rest of my $$$ for next week!

Smokinhotbooks said...

::Chants:: Mind Games, Mind Games. I'm running over to the bookstore to go and get this one during my lunch hour.

VampFanGirl said...

I WANT MIND GAMES!!! I'm now officially DYING for this book.

Thanks for the giveaway pimpage, girl.


Lea said...

Carolyn sure wrote and awesome story there. I had trouble putting Mind Games down.

That Linnea Sinclair book sounds good Donna, I'll have to check out other folks thoughts about it.

Thank you for the heads up on the new releases.


Donna said...

Hey B! Brightly Woven does look good and the review have been pretty good on it.

Leontine - Mind Games is a one of kind gem in the UF genre!!

Chris - Yes! Thought I would share my wisdom on reading Mind Games because I started Mind Games on a Sunday and I was so tired on Monday. Not a good way to start the work week. ;)

Patti - Next week is gonna be killer in new releases! But I love those kinds of release weeks. :D

KC - I hope you were able to get a copy!! ::crosses fingers for you::

VFG - Your welcome!! I hope get to read Mind Games and enjoy it as much as I did.

Lea - So did I. I was useless the next day at work. ;) I haven't read any of Sinclair's books but her series looks like it gets really good ratings.

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