Pick of the Week…

I have been really looking forward to my pick of the week for a while now, even though it isn’t quite my usual fare. Kelley Armstrong‘s Cainsville series is more of a mystery with paranormal elements rather than a full-on PNR like I usually read. This week the second book, Visions, comes out.

visionsSynopsis…

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

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What is your pick of the week? Did you like the first book of the Cainsville series, Omens? My only complaint is that the Canadian covers aren’t the same as the American ones, which I thought were great.

Pick of the Week…

It is always hard to say goodbye to a series from a favorite author, but on the other hand it does free them up to start something new. Such is the case with Jennifer L. Armentrout, who wraps up her Lux series this week with the release of the fifth book, Opposition. There were a lot of great books coming out this week, but my sentimental vote is going to this one.

oppositionSynopsis…

In the stunning climax to the bestselling Lux series, Daemon and Katy join forces with an unlikely enemy to ensure the survival of not only their love for each other, but the future of all mankind. Opposition will bring forth a new dawn to the Lux universe, where man must stand with alien to survive, and the future, no matter the outcome, will never be the same.

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I still have to read the last book of her Covenant series, too, so it looks like I will be doing a goodbye marathon soon. Ugh.

Pick of the Week…

There were a few books that were in the running for my pick of the week. Magic Breaks is the obvious one, but since it has already been pick of the month I figured I would let that one slide (although it is terrific, if you haven’t gotten it yet you are in for a hell of a ride). It is also the week that C.L. Wilson‘s The Winter King comes out, which I have been looking forward to, as well. But I think I am going to have to go with Richelle Mead‘s Silver Shadows, which is the fifth book in her Bloodlines series. I also got that one a week early (along with Magic Breaks), but I haven’t been able to start it yet.

silver shadowsSynopsis…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

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What was your big one for this week? Did you get your hands on Magic Breaks yet, or are you still waiting?

Pick of the Week…

I actually had two choices for pick of the week. I was torn between Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. I am way, way behind on Kenyon’s The League series (yep, story of my life), but I have really liked all of them I have read. And Sinner? Well, my history with the Shiver series is iffy, but Cole was the best part of it for me. To say that Forever left things unresolved is a monster understatement, and I have hope that some of those questions will get resolved in Sinner. But, after much debate, my pick of the week is going to be Born of Fury.

born of furySynopsis…

The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave?

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What is your pick of the week? Anything exciting that you want, pronto?

Pick of the Week…

This week’s pick of the week took more than a bit of thought, actually. I am always happy when Christine Feehan has a new release, so that put Air Bound in the running. And I have been anticipating Roke and Sally’s story, Hunt the Darkness, ever since they were introduced in Alexandra Ivy‘s last Guardians book. But my vote has to go to Cassandra Clare‘s final Mortal Instruments book, City of Heavenly Fire. Yep, this one is going to be a whirlwind.

city of hevenly fireSynopsis…

ERCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

What is your pick of the week? Are you looking forward to seeing how the Mortal Instruments series ends, or are you excited for something else this week?

Pick of the Week…

When I bought the first book of the Of Poseidon series, I didn’t expect much, to be perfectly honest, but I ended up surprised by how much I liked it. My pick of the week is the third and final book from the Anna Banks trilogy, Of Neptune. I am looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up.

of neptuneSynopsis…

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

–Of Poseidon reading list HERE

What is your pick of the week? Anything you are looking forward to?

 

Pick of the Week…

I know that there has been a bit of a change in the writing of Gena Showalter over the course of her last few books. From what I understand, some changes in her personal life and way of thinking led to a toning down in the steamier aspects of her books, but she has heard her fans and is heading back to more of the style that made her famous. No matter what, I always enjoy the worlds that she creates, and that makes her latest Angels of the Dark book, Burning Dawn, my pick of the week.

burning dawnSynopsis…

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession….

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

What is your pick of the week? Is this one your must read, or has something else caught your fancy?

Pick of the Week…

Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series wraps up this week with the release of the third book, Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I very much enjoyed the first book when it came out…it had a different vibe to it, and very lyrical writing. Book two I found dragged on a bit, and I found myself drifting away from it to pick up other books along the way. But book three is still going to be my pick of the week, and I am hoping for a great ending to this very different series.

dreams of gods and monstersSynopsis…

Dreams starts where Days left off, with Karou and Akiva discovering each other alive — although Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known. And now, through an act of staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance.

When Jael’s brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves – maybe even toward love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

–Daughter of Smoke and Bone reading list HERE

What was your take on the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series? Did you find yourself less involved with the second book than the first book, like I did? How do you think the whole thing wraps up in this one?

Pick of the Week…

Last night I finally read Jennifer Ashley‘s latest Shifters Unbound novella, Feral Heat. For some reason, I always thought that Jace Warden was, well, one of the youngsters, so I was surprised it was his story (and that he was in his mid 40’s). Anyways, that was to get me ready for this book, my pick of the week, which is Wild Wolf. Graham and Missy’s story has been building for a couple of stories now, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

wild wolfSynopsis…

In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack.

But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Any other fans of this series? I know early reviews have been a bit mixed on this one, but I am hoping that I fall on the positive side of things.

Pick of the Week…

On a side note, I just wanted to mention that I have updated the monthly new release pages with the most current covers, blurbs…and release dates (not the yearly summary, as yet. Maybe tomorrow). Yep, time to double check to see if your anticipated books didn’t get the old push-back (and there were a few).

I am pretty sure my pick of the week is a surprise to precisely no one at all, since it is a Mercy week. Patricia Briggs‘ 8th Mercy Thompson book, Night Broken, hit the shelves today. The reviews I have seen so far for it have been very, very good, too. I should have time to finish up Murder of Crows before it arrives, too.

night brokenSynopsis…

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

So, we meet the ex-wife. Meh. I already hope she dies. Anyone not anticipating this one this week? Personally, I am most looking forward to Ben, for some reason. Hope he plays a decent sized role in this one.