First, though, a quick contest notice: The lovely Amara is doing a giveaway for Counterpoint: Book I of Song of the Fallen over at Amara's Place. All you have to do to enter is comment, so go, give her some love. She deserves it :-D
And now a short round-up of new releases I can't wait to get my grubby hands on, beneath the jump.
Scorpion by Aleksandr Voiniv. Scorpion released a couple weeks ago, and you can see from the ratings that people are loving it. I did a beta on this one, so I got to read it in its original incarnation--and I loved it too. Dark, gritty, sexy, complex . . . all the usual things you'd expect from a Voinov read. It's his first solo novel in a long time, and you know what? He's just as amazing on his own as he is with a co-writer. Loved the sort-of-historical-sort-of-fantasy setting, the intertwining politics, the mercenaries with honor (another Voinov trademark: he makes you love some distinctly unlovable people). Not to mention that ridiculously gorgeous Reese Dante cover art, yeah? (Click to embiggen.) Go, buy it--you know you want to :-D
Infected: Life After Death by Andrea Speed. Andrea's got a dark, twisted, brilliant mind, and on top of everything else, she's a darling. Her writing tends toward just a smidge too descriptive for my tastes, but you totally forget to care about that when you're immersed in her Infected world of virus-induced cat shifters, which she so brilliantly brings to life with phrases like "virus child" and characters like Paris and Roan. This is the third book in the series, and I am dying to read it--so much so I've made this book my reward for finishing Crescendo. (I also kinda want to lick the cover--click to embiggen--which is particularly brilliant, even for the spectacularly talented cover artist Anne Cain). I'm guessing you'd need to read Infected: Prey and Infected: Bloodlines to make sense of Infected: Life After Death, but it's well worth it. Each story of hers has gotten better than the last. I've full confidence this one will knock my socks off.