I have already done a new series post for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s White Hot Kiss, which is my most anticipated book, so that means my second choice is actually from a series I haven’t read. Yet. Kim Harrison‘s 12th Rachel Morgan/The Hollows book, The Undead Pool, comes out this week. I haven’t heard anything bad about this series at all, and that is something you can’t say often.
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.
Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.
–Rachel Morgan reading list HERE
Anything in particular you are looking forward to this week? What is your take on the Rachel Morgan books?
On a totally unrelated note, my obsessive hunting for info on the new Ilona Andrews series had payed off…a little. Still no official title (although it was recently chosen based on reader suggestions made on their blog), but Amazon is listing the first book in the new Avon series as an October 28th release. Looking forward to this one.
Well, on to my pick for this week. When I first heard the premise behind Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series, I wasn’t sold. It took a while for the lure of the great reviews and pretty pretty covers to win me over, and the first two books ended up being some of my best YA reads from last year. Here’s hoping that book three, Cress, is just as great.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
So, any other fans of this one? I thought it was inventive, well written, and just plain fun. I will be haunting the mailman until my copy comes.
Some weeks are pretty bare of new releases, and some weeks there are just too many great titles to chose from. This is one of those weeks. I decided to go against the norm for my pick this time, and chose the final book of Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series, Wicked After Midnight.
A contortionist and a rakish brigand navigate the cabarets of Paris to rescue a girl taken by slavers in the third steampunk-tinged romance of the Blud series.
Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total dullsville. Until her best friend, Cherie, is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, and Demi is determined to find her.
On the run from his own past, Vale Hildebrand, a dashing rogue of a highwayman, hides Demi from the slavers…but why? He pledges to help her explore the glittering cabarets of Paris to find her friend, but much to Vale’s frustration, Demi soon attracts a host of wealthy admirers. The pleasures of music, blood, and absinthe could turn anyone’s head, and it would be all too easy to accept Cherie’s disappearance as inevitable—but with Vale’s ferocious will and Demi’s drive to find her friend, they soon have a lead on a depraved society of Parisian notables with a taste for beautiful lost girls. Can Demi wind her way through the seedy underbelly of Paris and save her best friend before she, too, is lost?
–Blud reading list HERE
Which one of the many great releases gets your vote as most anticipated of the week?
Everyone has that series (or more than one) that is their old standby. Even though I have “moved on” to other books and other authors, Christine Feehan‘s Carpathian series will always be mine (along with Lora Leigh’s Breeds). So, my pick of the week is the long awaited Dark Wolf.
In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.
Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…
No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.
Has anyone gotten their hands on this one yet? I know that I am in the minority, but Skyler was never really a character I was interested in. I am more looking forward to Dimitri’s side of the story, actually. This is a great week for new releases, so what was your pick?
Strangely enough for me, my pick of the week is an e-book novella. Jennifer L. Armentrout introduces her new Dark Elements series this week with the novella Bitter Sweet Love, a really interesting take on Gargoyles and Demons.
In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.
Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…
Anything catch your eye this week? What did you find yourself most looking forward to?
My pick for this week is from a series that I really enjoy. Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines, the Vampire Academy spin off, has come into its own in the book, and I can’t wait to see what direction The Fiery Heart takes things.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.
Are you a fan of this series? How do you like it compared to the Vampire Academy series?
I am pretty sure that other YA fans are looking forward to this one, too. This week is the release of Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy. Unlike some of the recent book adaptations that have been less than successful as movies, I still have high hopes for Divergent when it hits the big screen next March.
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Uh, it looks like the very quick scan I did of the reviews over at Goodreads has the fandom massively divided into love it or hate it. Sounds ominous. I am trying to stay spoiler-free, but if you have managed to read this one already are you thumbs up or thumbs down?
Cassandra sent me an e-mail yesterday with a very cool promo for the book I chose as my pick of the week this week. Other than giveaways and the occasional cheesy trailer, I haven’t seen much in the way of catchy marketing many books, but I thought this newspaper-y add for Coreene Callahan‘s Fury of Desire was well done.
Have you seen any book marketing that has stood out for you? Does something like this catch your eye more than one of those teaser video trailers does?
I was working on getting all of the Yearly Release dates updated (done), I also added quite a few e-books to this month’s releases (there were a ton). All of that meant I forgot to post my pick of the week, which is the third Jessica McClain book from Amanda Carlson, Cold Blooded.
With only a short to recover from their arduous journey, it’s time for Jessica to honor the oath she swore to the icy Vampire Queen. With Rourke at her side, and her team along for the ride, Jessica is confident she will be able to sail through this job without getting herself killed.
What Jessica doesn’t know is the Queen has plans to steal Jessica’s powers for herself.
After arriving at Tepes, the annual vampire gala, things go from bad to worse quickly. The 550th celebration, in honor of Vlad the Impaler, is nothing like she imagined. It’s complete ritualistic chaos. The vampires are loose and completely out of control. After being locked in a steel casket, chained in the dungeon and being snacked on repeatedly, Jessica has had enough.
The Vampire Queen becomes the least of Jessica’s worries when the rebel faction of werewolves amass for a brutal attack. An all-out war erupts in the Queen’s quarters, and the vicious skirmish forces the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
Saving the Queen’s life and gaining a Debt of Life is just the icing on the cake.
But Jessica has no idea how soon she’ll have to cash it in . . .
I quite enjoyed the first one of the series, but of course the second one is still languishing on the TBR disaster. Has anyone else checked this series out yet? What did you think of it?
I haven’t made much secret that I am a growing fan of YA, but even if that wasn’t the case any time Kresley Cole has a new release it is going to be a pick of the week. Endless Knight, which is the second book in her Arcana Chronicles, is one that has me intrigued. I enjoyed the first book of the series, but the snippets and quotes I have seen from this one have me really looking forward to it.
In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.
Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.
What is your pick of the week? If you are an Arcana Chronicle fan, what do you think about Death playing a bigger role in this one?