Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Crap, I hate allergies. I do believe I am one small step above a zombie the last couple of days. I did manage to rouse myself long enough to find a couple of new covers floating around, though.

This first one is a stand-alone (I think?) from Elizabeth Fama called Plus One. It is due out on April 8th.

plus oneThis second one is young adult, too. Julie Kagawa‘s The Forever Song is the third and final book in her Blood of Eden series, and it will be released on April 15th.

the forever songOne of the most annoying things for an OCD book-lover is when there is a cover design change mid series. Stacey Kade‘s first Project Paper Doll book, The Rules, will be out in paperback (with a new design that lines up with the hardcover version of book 2) will be out on April 1st.

the rules

The second book of Kami Garcia‘s Legion series, Unmarked, will be out later this year.

unmarkedThere has been a change of design for the first book of the upcoming Bree Despain Into the Dark series, The Shadow Prince. It will be out on March 11th.

the shadow princeThe second book from Christine Warren‘s new Gargoyle series, Stone Cold Lover, will be out on August 26th.

stone cold lover

New Series Alerts…

Just a quick heads-up that all of the new release dates have been updated through the end of 2014, and as always I have a list of new titles to add (but that might not happen until the beginning of January).

On to the new series. The first one is from author Jaime Rush, who debuts her new Hidden series this week with the release of Dragon Awakened.

dragon awakenedSynopsis…

They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe…

Playing With Fire

Ruby Salazaar wants answers…and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath—Cyntag—leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Burned By Love

Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger—and desires—Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control…

This second one is a prequel novella for the upcoming Beautiful Creatures spin-off series from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, called Dangerous Dream.

dangerous dreamSynopsis…

Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

Where’s a Linkubus when you need him?

I already have my copy of Dragon Awakened, and I am going to check out the new Dangerous Creatures novella, too. Beautiful Creatures wasn’t one of my favorite series, but I am definitely going to be checking out the new series.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

How is everyone’s Christmas countdown going? I cancelled Christmas a few years ago, since I couldn’t stand it anymore, but I actually felt like going out and shopping a bit this year (not so much for Christmas, but I don’t ever go near a store between November and January). So, looks like I am only going half-grinch this year.

On the cover front, there are seven to show for this post. I know Jim Butcher has a lot of fans of his Dresden series, and the next book out will be called Skin Game. Look for it in hardcover on May 27th.

skin gameThis second one is from the prolific Terry Spear and her Jaguar shifter series. Jaguar Hunt will be released on June 3rd.

jaguar huntDeath’s Redemption, which is the second book in Marie Hall‘s Eternal Lovers series, will be released on June 3rd, as well.

death's redemptionAuthor L.J. McDonald‘s Sylph got a second chance at life when it was picked up by Amazon’s own publishing company, Montlake. The new title is The Sylph Hunter, and it will be released on March 4th.

the sylph hunterNext up is Cat Miller‘s Unbound, which is a print re-release of an e-book title from 2011. Look for it on April 1st.

unboundOn the young adult side of things, the the first book of the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Beautiful Creatures spin-off series, Dangerous Creatures, now has a cover (not as pretty as the other books, but at least they are keeping the same theme going). Look for it on May 20th.

dangerous creaturesAnd finally for this post is the cover for the second book in Lauren Kate‘s new Teardrop series, Waterfall. It is due out next fall.

waterfallIt isn’t the best quality picture, but the cover for Waterfall is pretty. My favorite thing about the Beautiful Creatures series was the awesome covers, but the one for Dangerous Creatures falls a bit short of the mark for me. Are any of these books you are looking forward to?

This Week’s Book Haul…

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my fellow Canadians (and happy weekend off, for me). October is a big buying month for me, for some reason, and last week I ended up with 7 new books. Strangely, I haven’t been getting in many paperbacks the last few weeks, but mostly hardcover and trades. Time to re-organize the shelves.

My first newbie was Kami Garcia‘s new Legion book, Unbreakable. I went through this one in maybe three hours, and while I did find the story interesting, the personal side was a let down. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters, and I didn’t feel any big attraction between the characters, either. Still, I will be checking out the next book when it is released.


I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

These next few are blind buys. I have no clue what Maggie Stiefvater‘s new The Raven Cycle series is about, but the reviews have been so positive I caved in. I have no control, so of course I had to pick up The Raven Boys.

the raven boysSynopsis…

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

And of course, the second book of the Raven Cycle was on sale, so I also had to pick up The Dream Thieves.

the dream thievesSynopsis…

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Another blind buy picked up solely because of reviews is the first book of Michelle Hodkin‘s Mara Dyer series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

the unbecoming of mara dyerSynopsis…

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Aaaand you just know that I had to get the second book, too. Just in case. So that means I also got The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

the evolutionSynopsis…

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

The Dustlands series from Moira Young is frequently compared to the Hunger Games. Not sure about that, but I did pick up the first book, Blood Red Road.

blood red roadSynopsis…

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

My only adult release is from Dani Harper. Storm Warrior is the first book of her new Grim series.

storm warriorSynopsis…

Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

So, have you tried any of these? I enjoy Dani Harper’s Changeling series, but I don’t find myself rushing to dive into either of her new series, for some strange reason. I have no clue when I will get to any of these new books, but at least they all look pretty on the shelf.

New Series Alerts…

There wasn’t much going on this weekend, but at least there are a few new series to look forward to. The first one is an e-book series from C.J. Barry called the Soul series. The first book is called Redemption.


Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

Thane Driscoll is a good cop who’s seen too many bad guys get away, including the man who murdered his father. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key to finding his father’s killer.

When death and shadows descend, New York City becomes a battleground for the forces of light and dark. As the body count rises and sparks fly between them, Reya and Thane race to uncover a terrible truth. Can one man hell-bent on revenge and one woman determined to save her eternal soul be enough to keep the planet from spiraling into darkness?

New series number two is from S.J. Harper. Cursed is the first book of the Fallen Siren series.


Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

This next one is Born in Chains from Caris Roane. It is the first book of her new Men in Chains series.

born in chainsSynopsis…

Adrien is an Ancestral vampire, one of the strongest of his kind ever to exist. Scarred, tormented and extraordinarily powerful, he’s been imprisoned high in the Himalayan mountains…until a beautiful woman releases him from his chains and demands his help.

Two years ago, Lily’s home was invaded by vampires who killed her family and kidnapped her son. Now she has one mission—to get him back. And the only man who can help her is a vampire whose strength has made him legendary. But can she ally herself a creature who frightens her…and ignites her darkest needs?

There are a couple of new Young Adult series starting up this week, too. Lauren DeStefano‘s Perfect Ruin is the first book of the Internment Chronicles.

perfect ruinSynopsis…

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

And the final one for this week is from Kami Garcia. I have been looking forward to Unbreakable, which is the first book of the Legion series, for a while now.


I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

What are you looking forward to from this batch? I wasn’t going to buy Kami Garcia’s book until the reviews came in, but of course I don’t have that kind of control and pre-ordered it already.

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty up to date on the new release pages lately (there were times that I was behind by well over 150), and there will be a few more added over this coming week. There are a few that I have been looking forward to…

  • The next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, will be released on June 3rd.
  • The next Angels of Darkness book from Gena Showalter will be called Burning Dawn, and it will be Thane’s story. It is due out on April 29th. On a side note, it looks like there will just one more book each in the Alien Huntress series and its spin-off Otherworld Assassin series. No word yet on release dates, however.
  • The final book in Cassandra Clare‘s the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, will be released on May 27th.
  • There are a couple of new Dark Kings books from Donna Grant coming out in 2014. Darkest Flame will be out on April 29th, and Fire Rising will follow on June 3rd.
  • There won’t be much time to wait between Belladonna Agency books from Virna De Paul. Turned will be released on April 1st, Awakened on April 29th, and Revealed sill hit the shelves on May 27th.
  • There is a new series coming from Kristen Painter. The Crescent City series, which will be set in the same world as her House of Comarre books, will start on May 13th with the release House of the Rising Sun.
  • Charley Davidson #6, written by Darynda Jones, will be called Sixth Grave on the Edge. It is due out on May 20th.
  • The third Julie Kagawa Blood of Eden book, The Forever Song, will be released on April 29th.
  • Bloodshifted, the next book in Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, is due out on July 1st.
  • Caris Roane‘s next Men in Chains book, Chains of Darkness, will also be released on July 1st.
  • There is a bit of a wait for the next Bloodlines book from Richelle Mead. Silver Shadows is due out next August.
  • August is also when the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill is due out. It is called Blood Games.
  • Apparently there is another Laurell K. Hamilton Meredith Gentry book coming your way. A Shiver of Light is due out next June.
  • Born of Fury from Sherrilyn Kenyon was due out earlier this year, but things got a bit wonky and it was pushed back indefinitely. Turns out the new release date is July 1st of next year.
  • Rebel is the title of the next book from Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles series, and it will be available on July 1st.
  • Vampire Trouble is the next title in Sara Humphreys‘ Dead in the City series, and it is due out on July 1st.
  • Elizabeth Staab‘s next chronicles of Yavn book, Hunter by Night, will be released on June 1st.
  • It looks like Terry Spears‘ next Jaguar Shifter book will be called Jaguar Hunt, and it is due out on June 3rd.
  • The third book in the Celestial Blues series from Vicki Pettersson, The Given, will be released on May 27th.
  • A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that there is a Beautiful Creatures spin-off series from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl due out next year. It looks like the first book, Dangerous Creatures, is showing as a May 27th release on Amazon.
  • and Kerrelyn Sparks will release a new book on April 29th called How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying).

Are any of these on your must-buy list? I know there are a few that will be heading my way.

Beautiful Creatures Spin-off…

dangerous dreamI had figured that we had seen the last of the Beautiful Creatures world. The four book series had run its course, and the movie…well, I can’t see there being a sequel. So, with that in mind, I was surprised to go over to Hypable and see that authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl had signed on to write a spin-off series that will feature Link and Ridley.

This new series will be called Dangerous Creatures, and it starts at the end of summer when the Gatlin gang head off to college. Link tells his ultra-religious mother he is going to a Christian school, but really he is heading to New York to start a band. The cast of the original series will also make cameo appearances.

     A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.

Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.

Things are moving really fast on this one, too. The ball gets rolling on December 17th with the release of an e-novella called Dangerous Dream, and the first full book called Dangerous Creatures will hit the shelves on May 6th.

Is this good news for you, or are you surprised like I was? I was a bit meh on the original books…not bad, but they did drag for me. On the plus side, Link and Ridley were some of my favorite characters (although I do wonder how well Ridley can translate to main character status). The nerd in me is happy that they seem to be keeping the cover theme from the original books, though. Those suckers are pretty.

Book Trailer Previews…

I have a love/hate relationship with book trailers. Most of the time I just find them annoying (and funny), but every once in a while I do find myself intrigued enough to add whatever the book is to the TBR pile. I decided to pull together a few recent trailers to see if any of them will tempt you into trying the book. Ready?

This first one is for The Burning Sky, the first book in a new trilogy by Sherry Thomas that will be released on September 17th.

October 1st is the release date for Unbreakable, the first book of The Legion series by Kami Garcia.

Hype for this next one is strong, and I admit I caved and pre-ordered it (before I saw the trailer). Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke will be released on August 15th.

For me, I thought the Burning Sky trailer was a bit dull. It gives you the basics, but you can get the same from reading the synopsis. I did like the one for Unbreakable, and I thought it did a decent job of selling the book (might have to add that one, too).  But the one for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Not feeling it.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Today is the usual day for my pick of the week post, but since I didn’t have one it looks like it is cover lover time, instead. For this post, there are seven newbies that I found between Goodreads and Here goes…I enjoyed Amanda Carlson‘s first Jessica McClain book, and now it looks like the cover is out for the third, Cold Blooded, which will be released on October 8th.

cold blooded

This next one is actually the paperback cover for Karen Marie Moning‘s Iced, which will be released later this year. I was disappointed in this one, since the hardcover art was amazing, and this one gave me a home-made vibe. I am just finishing up Shadowfever, and then Iced is after that. Can’t wait.

iced paperback

And number three is from Molly Harper‘s Naked Werewolf series. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf will be released on December 31st.

how to run with a naked werewolf

Looks like Jaye Wells has a new series starting up early next year. Dirty Magic will be the first book of The Prospero’s War. I am going to have to look into this one a bit more.

dirty magic

And Kate Locke‘s next Immortal Empire book, Long Live the Queen, will be released on November 12th.

long live the queen

These next two are young adult titles. Got to say, this next one is not the most thrilling cover I have ever seen, but Erased is the second book from Jennifer Rush‘s new series.


And this last one is from Kami Garcia‘s upcoming series, The Legion. Unbreakable will be released on October 1st.


Defying Expectations…

Every once in a while, with this little hobby we all share, I get surprised. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much. If you are like me, you go into a book with certain…expectations. But in the last couple of weeks I have come across a few books that totally did not go the way I had planned.

I have made it a goal of mine to read whatever books I have that are being adapted into movies before they actually come out.  I want to be one of those people that sit in the theater and say loudly “it did not happen like that in the book!” (Not really, those people are annoying, but I will be thinking it).  To that end, I tackled both the four books of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s The Caster Chronicles, and Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host.

beautiful creatures cast coverSo, The Caster Chronicles.  I went into these just knowing that they were a sure thing for me.  They are everything that I usually love in a story, so of course they can’t miss.  Except…they sort of did. They hit all the right notes, but I found myself struggling to stay involved with the story, the world, the characters, the whole works. But every time I decided to give up (and there were a few) and move on, things would pick up enough to make me want to read more. I obviously didn’t love the Caster Chronicles, but I didn’t hate them either. I skimmed way more than I should have, and ended up on the ambivalent side. I spent a good portion of my reading time telling myself that I really should be enjoying it way more than I was, until I finally just admitted that despite some good points (I did like several characters, and it did have a bit of a different vibe to it), that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I can’t see the film being a monster, Hunger Games/Twilight sized hit, since it is just so darn angsty and slooooow, but I have been wrong before.

8083945Now, The Host was not on my radar. At all. It is completely not my thing, since I have never been a bit sci-fi fan, and the fact that it seemed to be considered Twilight’s poor relation didn’t help. Seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie, and the fact that the hardcover was on sale for $8, I sneered, rolled my eyes, and ordered it. To say that I bought it with low expectations is quite the understatement, and I fully planned on skimming through the first little bit before bed and then giving to a friend that enjoys sci-fi. My half hour “skim” session turned into me reading straight through until 8:00 the next morning, anxious to find out how it all ends. It is a quiet, odd little love story that I couldn’t put down, and made me a bit ashamed that I was so determined that I wouldn’t like it. I do have to say that I wonder how well it will translate to the screen since so much of the story is internal between Melanie/Wanda, but I do know I will be the first in line with my ticket to find out.

What books have defied your expectations recently?  Anything you should’ve loved but didn’t, or did you find one that you surprisingly couldn’t put down?