Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection are:

 

 

Darker After Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel [Hardcover]

Product Description

The climactic novel in Lara Adrian’s New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series—and her hardcover debut — Darker After Midnight invites readers to enter a thrillingly sensual world where danger meets desire.

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order — a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike — to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who — and what — she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.
Product Details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 034553087X
ISBN-13: 978-0345530875

 

 

Taken [Hardcover]

Product Description

When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike – and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another – buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.

Fortunately, the kidnappers don’t yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole’s steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers . . . before it is too late.

Product Details
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399158278
ISBN-13: 978-0399158278

 

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Durarara!!, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

Product Description

Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo’s wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with questionable credentials. A hedonistic informant … and the “headless rider” astride a pitch-black motorcycle!? As their paths cross, this eccentric cast weaves a twisted, cracked love story …

Product Details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Import edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316204900
ISBN-13: 978-0316204903

 

 

Pandora Hearts, Vol. 8 [Paperback]

Product Description

The snow-white maiden encountered once upon a time in the depths of the Abyss by the clown christened the Red-Eyed Specter … who was she really? As there are two sides to every story, could it be there are two sides to the existence known as Alice? Duke Barma may have provided a sordid outline, but Break colors the tale with vivid swathes of bloody crimson as he opens up about his past. Will these tragic truths long secreted away isolate Break further from his allies once he has revealed them?

Product Details
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Import edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316197254
ISBN-13: 978-0316197250

 

 

13th Boy, Vol. 10 [Paperback]

Product Description

Now that Hee-So knows how Beatrice feels about her, she’s made it her mission to not avoid him and treasure those feelings as he tries to set his heart straight. As part of his effort, Beatrice returns the precious ribbon given to his cactus self by his beloved owner. But when she manages to lose the ribbon to the wind, the desperate Hee-So turns to Whie-Young for help in getting it back, blind to the impact it will have on his body. Blacking out from the overuse of his powers, Whie-Young comes face-to-face with his childhood self and learns a secret that could set his and Hee-So’s world on its head!

Product Details
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316190810
ISBN-13: 978-0316190817

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