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.

Pick of the Week…

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.

the undead poolSynopsis…

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?

Pick of the Week…

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.

cressSynopsis…

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.

Pick of the Week…

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.

wicked after midnightSynopsis…

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?

Pick 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.

dark wolfSynopsis…

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?

Pick of the Week…

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.

bitter sweet loveSynopsis…

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?

Pick of the Week…

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.

the fiery heartSynopsis…

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?

 

Pick of the Week…

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.

allegiant-book-cover-high-resSummary…

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?