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London (the writing team of Lorraine Heath and her son) kicks off an engrossing story of love against a post-war backdrop of human/vampire prejudices, politics and family dysfunction. The first-person, present-tense narrative is a little jarring at first, but you’ll be flying through the pages before you know it. A less-bleak Hunger Games with a Black Dagger Brotherhood twist.

Publisher: D. E. (W) Tim Seeley (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino The hunt is on as the Chosen kids raise the dead in the search for Evil Ernie. Chastity revolts against Purgatori, leading to a vampire catfight to end all vampire catfights. Item Code: APR141078 In Shops: 6/4/2014 SRP: $3.99

Imagine a world where the freedom to read and access books was legally under constant threat from government factions, and libraries were forced to have armed militia of librarians to protect the buildings and their collections within. Iku Kasahara is a new recruit dedicated to following in the footsteps of her “prince,” the young male librarian who saved her from a book raid when she was a girl. An engaging blend of political intrigue and light romance.

Publisher: DC COMICS (W) Ian Edginton (A) Francesco Trifogli (CA) Greg Tocchini After being rescued from death's door by the Ogrekin, Prosper and Jon Hobb find themselves drawn into a murder investigation as the hand of the Vampire Nation moves across the land. Meanwhile, Asa can't believe his eyes as a familiar face is seemingly back from the dead.

Confession time. The Draug, Caine’s watery main villains in the second big arc of her Morganville Vampires, wasn’t as gripping as the initial race for vampire survival. With the Draug’s defeat, Bitter Blood got back to what’s best about the series -- the power struggle between vampires and humans living in the small Texas town – and let the reader have it with both barrels. Griping, fast-paced, and our favorite characters at their best. Never been to Morganville? Glass Houses is book one.

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC. (W/A/CA) Ted Naifeh Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens! Item Code: APR141284 In Shops: 6/4/2014 SRP: $3.99

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC (W/A/CA) Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro After a brutal showdown at Chowlin Temple, the IGO and Gourmet Corp. speed toward an inevitable clash! But before all-out war erupts, the coming Gourmet Solar Eclipse stirs four fearsome beasts larger and more deadly than anyone has seen in centuries. Only Toriko and the Four Kings can stop the Four-Beasts!

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Mingle hits all the right beats fans of Austen love and expect. Love and family is pitted against the biggest struggle we often have: with ourselves. I admit I’ve always had a soft spot for Mary, the epitome of the neglected middle child, and was so glad to see a book that shines a light on her. Mingle doesn’t change how Mary is in Pride and Prejudice. She simply lets her grow up into a sharply witty woman worthy of her own love story.

Still looking for something in the wake of Twilight as the last movie rolls in theaters? Vampire Knight has the love triangle but with a heroine who takes center stage in her deciding her own fate.

Happily, Shojo Beat, VIZ’s imprint aimed at female readers, has been bringing over more titles aimed at adult women, and Midnight Secretary has been one of the best entries to date. It’s tagged as Mad Men meets Vampire Diaries, but this is no teen fling. It’s better described as Anne Rice by way of Harlequin Presents: alpha hero, and the heroine whose love will tame him, living in a luxurious, passionate world.

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In true high fantasy fashion, Martin’s third tome in his Song of Ice and Fire series will take some time to read, but it’s worth it. Storm of Swords is often hailed as the best of the books to date with lots of major plot twists and set up for events to come. Start priming for season 3 of the HBO adaptation, which will cover about half the book, and get ahead for season 4 which will adapt the second part.

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Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING (W) Cat Staggs & Various (A/CA) Mark McHaley This special ad-free issue presents new portraits of all your favorite X-Files agents, aliens, shadowy figures, and friends and enemies, all rendered by the dynamic hands of a wide array of talented artists!

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Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING (W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Mateus Santolouco (CA) Kevin Eastman, Mateus Santolouco Trying to figure out a way to thwart Krang's Earth-ravaging monstrosity, the Technodrome, Don seeks the help of his genius (but cranky) friend, Harold. Unfortunately Harold has his hands full with his newest invention- the robotic turtle Metalhead!