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Broken Blade Vol. 1 by Yunosuke Yoshinaga (CMX 07 July 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Rygart Arrow is the only one in his world who lacks the inherent ability to power up quartz, the energy source that makes all of the machines run. Good thing the King and Queen of his country of Krisna happen to be old college friends! But so is Zess, the leader of the army of mechs invading Krisna. As usual, Arrow feels useless in the face of battle, until he comes across a powerful, ancient battle suit that no one else can run. His natural affinity for the suit's operating mechanism may just turn Arrow into the most important player of all. (Source: CMX)

Mercy Thompson Homecoming by Patricia Briggs & David Lawrence (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers 21 July 2009 / $22.95) - From author's website: Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a Volkswagen mechanic…she's also a coyote shapeshifter, an observer of the supernatural community, but not part of it: the perfect intermediary between the things that go bump in the night . . . and the things that bump back. This prequel to the best-selling Mercy Thompson novels finds Mercy smack in the middle of warring packs of werewolves and face to face with angry vampires. Worse still, she faces the dreaded job interview!

Patrica Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series began in 2006 with the publication of Moon Called. The second and third books in the series, Blood Bound and the #1 New York Times bestseller Iron Kissed, have only helped to cement Briggs as one of the rising stars in the realm of paranormal fantasy. With a new, highly anticipated Mercy novel coming out in February of '09 called Bone Crossed, expect this series to drive her legions of fans, many of them female, straight to comic book stores when the first issue debuts in November. (see review)

There Was An Old Monster! by Rebecca, Adrian & Ed Emberley (Orchard Books 01 July 2009 / $16.99) - Product Description: There was an old monster who swallowed a tick. I don't know why he swallowed that tick

'Cause it made him feel sick! When he swallowed some ants, he danced in his pants. He swallowed a lizard, a bat, a jackal, and a bear. Then he tried to swallow a lion . . . ROAR!--Now that monster is no more! Children will laugh along with the funny text, bright bold illustrations, and delightful song (available on the Scholastic website). (see review)

Riddle Of The Reef (Adventures Of Riley) by Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz (Scholastic Press 01 July 2009 / $16.99) - Product Description:

Journey to Australia's Great Barrier Reef with Riley and his family as they see what's up down under! Large areas of the coral reef are dying and they need to find out why. Joined by world-renowned marine artist and conservationist, Wyland, the crew faces giant starfish, great white sharks, and even poachers in their search for answers.

(Source: Scholastic Press)

The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin's Griffin 07 July 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It's a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it's not so bad. Until Kyrian meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant who's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. If Amanda Devereaux goes down, so does he and no offense, he doesn't want to die (hence the whole immortality thing). And he doesn't want humanity dead either which is a good thing for us since he and Amanda are all that stands between us and oblivion. Let's hope they win.

From the wild imagination of Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the humorous and suspenseful manga debut of the #1 internationally bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The world of manga will never be the same again. (Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

Fate/stay night Volume 4 by Dat Nishiwaki (TokyoPop 01 July 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: When Emiya reaches the park in which he was saved by his father from the fire when he was young, Emiya and Saber are attacked by dragon fang soldiers, and Caster launches a sudden flash that envelops Saber. Saber and Emiya struggle to defeat Caster, a new Servant, and her army of endless dragon fang soldiers. But at the last blow, Saber realizes that Caster was just a mere puppet projection that the true Caster was controlling! (Source: TokyoPop)

Gakuen Alice Volume 8 by Tachibana Higuchi (TokyoPop 11 July 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: Mikan and her friends have infiltrated Z's secret hideout, but their dangerous journey is far from over. A face-off between Mikan and the Alice-stealing woman who has connections to Mikan's past is just the start of the tense battle to save Hotaru, Prez and maybe even the lives of Mikan and her team. (Source: TokyoPop)

Guardian Hearts Volume 2 by Sae Amatsu (TokyoPop 01 July 2009 / $14.99) - From back of book: Hina and Kazuya are constantly being attacked by the enemies of Gaarts--BURN, whose objective is to take over the world. In the midst of all this chaos, Hina receives a very imortant mission: to guard Gaarts' special bird. Will Hina and Kazuya be able to complete the mission and protect the special Shining Bird with BURN at their heels? Perhaps with the help of Kazuya's newfound pwoers... (Source: TokyoPop)

NG Life Volume 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi (TokyoPop 07 July 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: Keidai Saeki's life is pretty confusing,what with his past life's friends and family being reincarnated in the wrong bodies and all. And now it's about to get downright crazy. Another former Pompeiian joins the party, and, just like Keidai, he retains the memories of a past life. It's unfortunate for our hero that this relations hip didn't stay dormant. They didn't really get along 1,900 years ago, and someone's holding a grudge... (Source: TokyoPop)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo Volume 5 by Matsuri Akino (TokyoPop 01 July 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: The mysterious underworld takes on a whole new dimension in this volume of Pet Shop of Horrors. When all the pastries in Shinjuku disappear, it's just the beginning of a mystery involving a couple desperate for a child and a chef desperate to create the perfect dessert. Then there's the case of the lovely lady who saves Taizuu from an assassin's bullet, only to reveal her own deadly ulterior motives. and when a young runaway finds the perfect home, questions arise as to whether it's a non-traditional school for girls--or a sinister cult. (Source: TokyoPop)

StarCraft: Frontline Volume 3 by Grace Randolph (TokyoPop 01 July 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: A collection of adventures that lets you confront the vast, renowned world of StarCraft. The stories are: War-Torn, Do No Harm, Last Call, and Twilight Archon. (Source: TokyoPop)

Black Jack, Vol. 6 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 28 July 2009 / $16.95) - Product Description: Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic young genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Though a trained physician, he refuses to accept a medical license due to his hatred and mistrust of the medical community's hypocrisy and corruption. This leads Black Jack to occasional run-ins with the authorities, as well as from gangsters and criminals who approach him for illegal operations.

Black Jack charges exorbitant fees for his services, the proceeds from which he uses to fund environmental projects and to aid victims of crime and corrupt capitalists. But because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil. The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Each volume will contain 16-20 stories, each running approximately 20-24 pages in length.

Black Jack is recognized as Osamu Tezuka's third most famous series, after Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion. (Source: Vertical)

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