Guest Review – Into Darkness

review iconLast week, Morgan was kind enough to offer a copy of the final book in the J.T. Geissinger Night Prowler series, Into Darkness, for a giveaway at Wicked Scribes (I feel like I am talking about myself in the third person). Well, while Monika didn’t win that one, she also got her hands on an early copy and sent over a review (which is doubly great because I was just hunting for something to post, and I am lazy tonight).

into darknessWhat Monika said…

Dark, intense, heart-wrenching, sweet, tragic and poignant are just some of the adjectives to describe the roller coaster ride of feelings this book will take you on. The latest (and unfortunately last) installment of the Night Prowler series provides a gripping and emotional finale to this outstanding shapeshifter saga. Geissinger’s voice is both, lyrical and distinctive, and imbues her writing with a special quality.

The story takes place roughly twenty-four years after the cataclysmic events in Darkness Bound. The world has changed, become a dark and dreary place. People live in perpetual fear of the Phoenix corporation and the Imperial Federation, its military arm. This is the world that Lumina Bohn has grown up in with her father as her only family. All her life she has tried to be normal, to fit in and not to stand out, but when she gets angry or upset her powers manifest in strange and disturbing ways. On top of that she hears a female voice in her head that tells her to wake up and embrace her powers before it is too late and her dreams are haunted by a gorgeous man with yearning in his beautiful chocolate eyes. In this dreamworld they are lovers but he calls her by another name.

After another incident at the hospice where she works the Grand Minister (a type of inquisitor) is coming to discover whether there are any Aberrants hiding there. When Lumina is unmasked she finally lets go of the control she has over her inner beast and manages to flee. After she literally escapes down the rabbit hole she awakens again in the presence of the man of her dreams, only he seems strangely aloof. Lumina has to discover she is not who (or even what) she thought she was. To save her family and her people she has to trust in the powers that she has supressed for so long and in the man who seems almost a stranger…

I’ve loved this series from the start and Into Darkness is a fitting end. If possible, it is even darker than the previous books, set in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world in which the sun is hidden by toxic clouds. It’s great to meet the characters from previous books again, but in a way also sad to see how some of them have suffered over the years. The love-story is in turn sweet and heart-wrenching as the love between the hero and the heroine seems doomed almost before they have a chance to acknowledge their feelings for each other. But after all the suffering there finally is a happy ending not only for the main protagonists, but also for two other pairs of lovers and the Ikati.

Another fan of the series, and another series I have started on Mount TBR. I know, I know…it is a crowded, crowded place. But one day. I swear. What was your take on this one? A good ending, or are you still wanting more?

Into Darkness Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerThanks again to Morgan and J.T. Geissinger, who offered up a copy of the final book of the Night Prowler series, Into Darkness, for a giveaway. There were 9 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) was number 7…

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Congratulations, michelle! I will contact you shortly for your info, which well then be sent over to Morgan so she can send you your copy.

Wicked Giveaway…Into Darkness

giveaway bannerI got a really nice surprise yesterday when Morgan sent over an email offering a copy of the latest J.T. Geissinger book Into Darkness for a giveaway. It is the final book of the Night Prowler series, and I am looking forward to doing a marathon of the whole thing. Let’s make this contest run until Friday night at Midnight Atlantic time. This one is limited to North American entrants, though.

into darknessSynopsis…

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past?but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.

As an extra bonus, Morgan also sent over a teaser excerpt for you, as well…

The hunter with the scarred face and penetrating dark eyes was perched high atop the street opposite the Hospice, on the crest of the sloped tiled roof of the Palais Hansen Kempinski, a former luxury hotel that now functioned as the IF’s media headquarters. Inside, the “news” was manufactured and distributed throughout the federation by a team of reporters on the company payroll, and through the soles of his feet he felt their scurried activity as scant vibrations, smelled their fear and fervor as commingled sour scents on the evening wind.
Some of them actually believed the propaganda they churned out. Most of them were simply too afraid to say they did not.
He watched the young woman leaning on the courtyard gate of the Hospice below with hawklike fixedness. Every sense hummed with the power of her. The elegant electrical thrill of the energy she emanated was like nothing he’d ever felt. He’d hunted Aberrants for more than twenty of his thirty-six years, and not a single one of them had ever set his nerves alight like this one.
Looking at her, he felt stung. He felt slapped. He felt for a moment, a jolt of terrifying elation, as if he’d flung himself from the roof and was free falling through space toward his death.
This was the one he’d been seeking. He’d found her at last.
She pulled herself upright for the first time since her uniformed companion had walked away, and passed a trembling hand over her hair. Even from this distance he saw how hard it shook. He saw the effort it took for her to straighten her shoulders and lift her chin. He longed to see her face but she had her back to him, and didn’t turn, even as she pushed through the gate and walked slowly up the cracked cement path to the Hospice entrance. She removed the glove from her right hand, placed her palm on the scanner beside the front door, then disappeared within the building as the door swung open and shut behind her. The chance to look at her face was lost.
No matter, he thought, rising from his crouch. He’d see her face soon enough. Besides, he already knew what she looked like. He knew everything there was to know about this imposter who called herself Lumina Bohn.
He made it his life’s mission to do so.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Covers, covers, covers. That time again. Let’s start with a biggie for most people…Vision of Silver from Anne Bishop. This one is due out on March 3rd.

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Cover number two is Soulbound, from Kristen Callihan. This one is due out on February 24th.

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Nicole Peeler starts up a new e-book series this November, and the first book is called Jinn and Juice.

jinn and juice

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J.T. Geissinger is up next with Into Darkness, which is part of her Night Prowler series. It is due out this November.

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I haven’t heard of this one before, but Rachel Vincent will be releasing The Stars Never Rise next June.

the stars never riseThis one is funky. Stolen is the second book in Melissa de la Cruz‘s Heart of Dred series, and it is due out on November 18th.

stolenPurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Kerry Wilkinson‘s Renegade, which has a release date of January 6th.

renegadePurchase at Amazon.com

And wrapping things up for today is Victoria Aveyard‘s Red Queen, which is due out on February 10th.

red queenPurchase at Amazon.com

Well, what do you think? I sort of thought that Vision in Silver might be, well, silver, but that is nit-picking since at least it matches the first two in the series. I am liking the trend in YA covers to move to a single strong symbol on the cover rather than a model shot…when it is done well, it looks great.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Covers, covers everywhere. A few adult, and a few young adult. Let’s start this batch with Darkness Bound, the next book from J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler series, which is due out on June 24th.

darkness boundThis next one is Burning Desire from Donna Grant‘s Dark Kings series. Look for it on September 30th.

burning desireKeri Arthur‘s re-releases continue with Generation 18, the second book of her Spook Squad series, which is due out on September 30th.

generation 18Son of No One, which is part of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s monster Dark-Hunter series, will be released on September 2nd.

son of no oneThe Three Fates of Ryan Love, which is the second book in Erin Quinn‘s Beyond series, will be released on September 30th.

the three fates of ryan loveI have been keeping an eye out for this one for a while now. How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back, from Diana Rowland, will be released on July 1st.

how the white trash zombie got her groove backLisa Kessler‘s next Night series book, Night Child, has seen more than its share of delays, but now it looks like it will be out in e-format on April 28th.

night childNumber 8 is the young adult release from Amalie Howard. Oceanborn is the second book of the Aquarathi series, and it will be out on July 29th.

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This and That…

1346218864_cleanSooo, the Series Reading Lists section (HERE) has been updated, and I am almost finished adding the 100 or so new releases I found while working on it. After that, it will be a month-by-month check of Amazon to see what they have added to their pre-order lists, so over the next week or so the New Release Dates should be completely up to date.

Oh, and a quick question. Does anyone actually use the Completed Series list section (HERE)? I find it a bit of a pain, actually, since just when you think a series is done, a new novella or e-book is in the works. If it isn’t something people use, I will probably delete it.

While I was checking to see if there was any information about the new series coming from Ilona Andrews, I saw where Ilona and Gordon announced that next year’s Magic Breaks will be released in hardcover. They go into a bit of detail about the decision (which they are of mixed feelings about), but things were taken out of their hands. Personally, I am thrilled since I love me the hardcovers, but I do hope that there will be a re-release of the earlier titles in hardcover, as well. I wonder how long until Jeanine Frost makes the jump?

On the topic of hardcovers, the second Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs, Hunting Ground, will be re-released on January 7th. That is the last one I needed to have everything switched over, so good news.

There have been quite a few titles added to the New Release Pages in the last few days (and more to come), so here is a few worth noting…

  • Stephanie Tyler will release a new e-book series starting this September. Book one will be called Redemption, and it will be out on the 16th.
  • Nalini Singh will release both of her new Psy/Changeling novella stories from the Wild Invitation compilation in e-format on November 5th. Declaration of Courtship is Cooper and Grace’s story, and Texture of Intimacy features Walker and Lara.
  • Angelfall author Susan Ee will release her second book from the Penryn and the End of Days series this November, and it will be called World After.
  • It looks like J.T. Geissinger‘s next book, Edge of Darkness, will be released on December 10th.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s new YA series with Harlequin teen called The Dark Elements, which features a half gargoyle/half demon heroine, should be good. The first full book will be called White Hot Kiss, and it is due out on December 31st.
  • Rachel Morgan #12, from author Kim Harrison, will be called The Undead Pool. Look for it on February 25th of next year.
  • Veronica Roth will release a collection of four short stories from her Divergent world called Four: A Divergent Story Collection, on February 11th.
  • There isn’t an official title as yet, but the next Argeneau Rogue Hunter book from Lynsay Sands will be hitting the shelves on March 25th.

So, that is about it. Anything to get excited about for you? I am most looking forward to Jennifer Armentrout’s new series with Harlequin Teen. She is an auto-buy for me, and I hope that this non-Entangled Publishing released series does well for her.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Happy Weekend to all. Tonight I will be upping Doug’s review of Amanda Arista’s Urban Panther series, but I thought I would add a quick cover post before I head to work. There are five new ones this time, most of which I grabbed from Goodreads. This first one is from the Night Prowler series from J.T. Geissinger. Rapture’s Edge will be released on June 18th.

rapture's edge

The Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance (I always think Cassie Palmer is the author’s name. Always) continues when Tempt the Stars is released on October 1st.

tempt the stars

These next three are all young adult. Siege and Storm is the title of the next book in Leigh Bardugo‘s The Grisha series, and it will be released on June 4th.

siege and storm

And number four is from Michelle Vail. The Unchosen is part of her Reaper Diaries series, and it will be released later this year.

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And finally for today is the cover for The Unbound. It is from Victoria Schwab‘s Archived series, and it will be released later this year, as well.

the unbound

That is it for today. Anything you are looking forward to? Which cover is your favorite?

Random Updates…

Still doing the updating of the series reading list section (and also the finished series page), and I did come across a little bit more info for this post.  Did you know…

  • The Beautiful Creatures movie has just finished wrapping filming, but it looks like Kami Garcia will have another project coming to the big screen – one that hasn’t even been published yet.  Unbreakable, the first book in her upcoming The Legion series, is in development as we speak.  The book will be released sometime next year.
  • The third book of J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler series, Rapture’s Edge, will be out on July 9th.
  • Donna Grant‘s Dark Warriors series will continue on through the end of 2013.  Midnight’s Temptation (book 7) will be out next November, and it will be followed by Midnight’s Promise (book 8) the following month.
  • There is good news for fans of the Hex Hall series from Rachel Hawkins.  There will be a spin off series called, well, the Hex-Hall Spin off series, starting up sometime next year.  The first book will be called School Spirits.
  • The third Sentinels of New Orleans book from Suzanne Johnson, Elysian Fields, will be released on August 13th.
  • August 8th will be the release date for the second Aether Chronicles book from Suzanne Lazear, Charmed Vengeance.
  • There has been a lot of buzz about Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass, and it looks like the as-yet untitled second book will be released next September 12th.
  • Another one that seemed to be very well received was Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney.  Well, the second book, Hunting the Dark, has been pushed back to a 2014 release.
  • Seanan McGuire will be writing one October Daye book a year through 2016.  The Chimes at Midnight will be out next September, The Winter Long will be released in 2014, A Red Rose Chain will follow in 2015, and Once Broken Faith will only be out in 2016.
  • I did my nerdy little squeal when I saw that the fourth Bloodlines novel from Richelle Mead will be called The Fiery Heart.  The only release info was that it would be out sometime next year.  Boo.

That’s it.  Back to the updating, which I hope to have done by the end of next week.  Hopefully.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is sort of a grab-all post, since some of these covers seemed to have slipped under my radar.  A grabbed a lot of these from All Things Urban Fantasy, so thanks again.  This first one is from the Black London series from Caitlin KittredgeDark Days is due out on April 30th.

Book cover number two is from Lauren DaneGoing Under is a Bound by Magick title, due out on February 5th.

This one is new to me.  Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duvall are teaming up for the anthology ‘Til The World Ends, which is due out on January 29th.

Amy Plum‘s If I Should Die, the final book in her Revenants series, is due out next May.

Book one of J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler is sitting on Mount TBR, and the book is heading our way.  Edge of Oblivion is due out next month.

Time Thief is the first book in a new Katie MacAlister series, also called Time Thief.  It is due out next May 7th.

A while back, there was a cover making the rounds for Larissa Ione‘s Rogue Rider.  It was…ok.  Looks like there has been a redo, and it is looking way, way better.  Rogue Rider is due out on November 20th.

And this final one is from Laura ResnickPolterheist is part of her Esther Diamond series, due out on November 6th.