Ten January Book Releases

If you are looking for something new to kickstart your reading in 2014, here is a very small selection of what is available this month:

Stone Cold DeadTitle – Stone Cold Dead
Author – Catherine Dilts
ISBN 13– 978-1432827434
Pub Date – January 8th, 2014
Publisher – Five Star

Description – When her brother abandons the family rock shop, recently widowed Morgan Iverson reluctantly becomes the manager. Business is as dead as the fossils cluttering the dusty shelves. While rounding up a runaway donkey, Morgan discovers the body of a Goth teen. When a newspaper article hits the streets hinting that Morgan witnessed the murder, she becomes the victim of escalating threats that make it clear the killer thinks she holds a clue to the teen’s murder. Morgan knows her life won’t be worth a pile of fossilized dinosaur dung unless she can dig up the murderer. Stone Cold Dead is an amateur sleuth mystery set in a mountain tourist town populated with lively western characters and two determined donkeys.

 

Hero worshipTitle – Hero Worship
Author – Christopher E. Long
ISBN 13– 978-0738739090
Pub Date – January 8th, 2014
Publisher – Flux

Description – Marvin Maywood only wants one thing in life—to join the heroes of the Core. But he can’t follow his dream because his powers are fed by fear, which is against the Core’s standards. So he lives on the streets and watches the elite team of costumed crime fighters from afar.

After Marvin performs an illegal act of heroism, he meets Roisin, one of the Core’s heroes, and it seems like his chance to join the team has finally come. As she guides him through his tryout, he starts investigating some strange happenings within the Core. And when Marvin realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is a mask for the ugly reality lurking beneath it, he becomes caught in a corrupt web of secrets, lies, and death.

Comments ~ Ages 12 and up

 

The forgotten SisterTitle – The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice
Author – Jennifer Paynter
ISBN 13– 978-1477848883
Pub Date – January 14th, 2014
Publisher – Lake Union Publishing

Description – As a middle child flanked by two pairs of closely bonded sisters, marginalized by her mother, and ridiculed by her father, Mary Bennet feels isolated within her own family. She retreats to her room to read and play the pianoforte and, when obliged to mix in society, finds it safer to quote platitudes from books rather than express her real opinions. She also finds it safer to befriend those who are socially “beneath” her. When wealthy Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley glide into her sisters’ lives, Mary becomes infatuated with an impoverished young musician, the son of her old wet-nurse, who plays the fiddle at the Meryton assemblies.

It is only after her sisters tease her about her “beau with the bow” that Mary is forced to examine her real feelings and confront her own brand of pride and prejudice.
 

Saints of the shadow bible

Title – Saints of the Shadow Bible
Author – Ian Rankin
ISBN 13– 978-0316224550
Pub Date – January 14th, 2014
Publisher – Little, Brown and Company

Description – Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past.

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus’s team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves “The Saints,” and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer — and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.

Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?
 

Galaxy Rand

Title – Galaxy Rand
Author – M.R. Tighe
ISBN 13– 978-1627870306
Pub Date – January 15th, 2014
Publisher – Wheatmark

Description – Galaxy Rand is one tough fem. A hard-drinking, two-fisted recoup agent, she’s used to dealing with space-scum like hijackers and smugglers. But when she stumbles across a discarded robot, she’s thrown for a loop. Not only is Tin Man obnoxious, but he’s denser than a ton of spectromium! Rand’s unsavory past comes back to haunt her; she finds a price on her head and a target on her back. As for Tin Man, he has secrets of his own. To save her life and her job, and to earn the five-million credit reward offered by multi-billionaire Roman Aguilar, Rand is forced to do the one thing she always swore she’d never do: go back to Esperance — the Death Planet!
 

Mr Peabody

Title – Mr. Peabody & Sherman Big Golden Book
Author – Erica David
ISBN 13– 978-0385371421
Pub Date – January 21st, 2014
Publisher – Golden Books

Description – Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who just so happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy, Sherman, uses their time-traveling WABAC machine without permission, the events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results! It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to put things back on track.

Comments – Ages 5 – 9 years

 

Neferata

Title – Neferata (Time of Legends)
Author – Josh Reynolds
ISBN 13– 978-1849705370
Pub Date – January 21st, 2014
Publisher – Games Workshop; Original edition

Description – The vampire queen Neferata plots to create a new empire.

Neferata is a queen without a kingdom. Lahmia has fallen, her vampire children have scattered and she is reduced to draining blood from the beasts of the mountains. After a chance encounter with a party of dwarfs, she sets her sights on a capital for her new empire – the stronghold of Silver Pinnacle. She calls her allies to battle – but can she truly trust Ushoran, Lord of Masks, and his bestial Strigoi vampires?

Comments – Part of the Time of Legends Series

 

Moriarty

Title – Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery (Baker Street Letters)
Author – Michael Robertson
ISBN 13– 978-1250016461
Pub Date – January 28th,  2014
Publisher – Minotaur Books

Description – Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Holmes that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street. Now, Reggie and Nigel are back in a case that would confound even Sherlock himself. An exhibition of vintage Sherlock Holmes letters has opened at the Marylebone Hotel. As Reggie and his beloved Laura embark on a pre-wedding trip, someone from Reggie and Nigel’s past—someone whom they thought was long gone—reappears, causing a whole slew of new problems for the brothers. Written with Robertson’s characteristic charm, Moriarty Returns a Letter is a standout mystery in a much-loved series, perfect for fans of the smash hit television shows “Sherlock” and “Elementary.”

Comments ~ To be reviewed in 2014

 

Lockdown

Title – Star Wars: Maul – Lockdown
Author – Joe Schreiber
ISBN 13– 978-0345509031
Pub Date – January 28th,  2014
Publisher – LucasBooks

Description – It’s kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

 

UnboundTitle – The Unbound
Author – Victoria Schwab
ISBN 13– 978-1423178200
Pub Date – January 28th, 2014
Publisher – Disney-Hyperion

Description – Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace,and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

Comments ~ Part of The Archived series; to be reviewed in 2014

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