Release Day Review…The Kraken King

review iconDonna Grant is doing it. So is A.C. Arthur. Lynn Viehl. And Cassandra Clare. It seems like a new trend is developing, and that is to serialize a new release over the course of a few weeks (or months) before the print release. Meljean Brook has entered the fray with her new Iron Seas story, The Kraken King, which has been divided into eight separate parts to be released over the next eight weeks. Doug Meeks got his hands on the first three installments, and did up a quick review.

the kraken king part 1What Doug said…

Meljean Brook sent me the first 7 parts of her new serialized novel The Kraken King and it may be the best thing i have read in a very long time and I am only through part 3.  Thought I would send this along since it releases tomorrow and she will release another book each week at $1.99, this isn’t my best work but writing a review on what seems to the reader to be a work in progress is difficult at best :)

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The Kraken King Part 1

I am giving this 5 Stars because I loved the story and this first installment just gives you the basics of a great story and several mysteries.

The heroine has many secrets and you the reader will only know a few of them, the Kraken King (one of his many titles) is more of a mayor of a town that kills a lot of the krakens.

There is the beginning touches of a good romance but this short story only gives us the very basics, these stories being serialized and released about a week apart might prove to be a source of frustration because this has all the earmarks of a really great story and romance.

I will have to see who I can beg/bribe/threaten to get the rest of these as soon as possible :)

NOTE: Maybe it was just me but the first few chapters brought up memories of Romancing the Stone (the movie) but now that I have finished I think that was a misconception on my part since our heroine has a LOT of secrets.

The Kraken King Part 2

Well there is only so much I can write about this continuing story without injecting spoilers but this second part moves the story along nicely and some unforeseen problem.

Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia for reasons that he does not allow himself to believe at times. They are a perfect couple as far as a opposites attract couple. The secrets they both are holding start to come out just a small bit but it muddies the water more than provides clarity plus the story takes a sudden turn towards the end of this part that sends us off the intended track a bit.

The romance is still not moving along as hoped but I am sure it will eventually but some misconceptions need to be cleared up and of course that constant threat of death always messes up a good romance :)

Still 5 Star addiction and so I will be grabbing Part 3 soon and continuing on in this addicting story. If you can’t enjoy this you need to get counseling :)

The Kraken King Part 3

So many of my favorite series seem to have a third book that stands above the rest and this is no exception, of the three books so far this one knocks my socks off as far as progress, action, romance, and a bit more info for the reader,

Zenobia and Ariq (the Kraken King) end up in a smuggler’s den due to circumstance in the last book and as you might think there is danger everywhere.

Our heroine manages to find trouble as you might expect but things will happen that will leave you smiling and a good place for me to take a break before moving on with book #4 since I have other reviews to write :)

I haven’t really gotten into the whole steampunk genre, myself. I have read precisely one story…which was the first novella from this series…but I found I very much enjoyed it. Not sure actually why I didn’t continue, but now I just might have to give it another shot.

What do you think of the serial idea? Do you read them as they come out, or do you hold off and wait for the entire release in print form? I think the idea of the serialized story is actually quite brilliant – and profitable. At only $1.99 per entry, you are still getting almost $16.00 for that one story before it ever makes its print debut. Not bad at all.

New Series Alerts…

I imagine most of us are thinking more about the end of a couple of popular series, what with this being the release week of the final Night Huntress book from Jeaniene Frost and the final Blud book from Delilah S. Dawson, but there are a few new ones heading our way to make up for it. Anna Richland starts a new e-book series today called Immortal Vikings, and the first book is called First to Burn.

first to burnSynopsis…

A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He’s trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.

A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules and expects the same from others, even special forces hotshots like Sergeant Wardsen. She’s determined to discover the secret behind his supernaturally fast healing, and she won’t allow his sexy smile to distract her.

An enemy with nothing to lose

Even as Theresa’s investigation threatens to expose him, Wulf is stirred by her passion. Dreaming of love and a normal life, he wants nothing more than to build a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is being hunted by another—an ancient enemy who won’t hesitate to hurt Theresa to strike back at Wulf.

The re-release of Keri Arthur‘s older series continues this week, and this time the restart is for her Damask Circle trilogy. The first book is Circle of Fire.

circle of fireSynopsis…

VISIONS OF TERROR

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

Next up is Cynthia Eden‘s Burn for Me, which is the first book of the Phoenix Fire series.

burn for meSynopsis…

Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. . .

The under-rated Lynn Viehl‘s serialized steampunk story is now available in print format, and the first volume is called Disenchanted & Co.

disenchanted and coSynopsis…

In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Previously released in e-format, this week is the print debut of Rebecca Zanetti‘s Sins Brothers series. Book one is called Forgotten Sins.

forgotten sinsSynopsis…

Josie and Shane’s marriage only lasted a few months before he disappeared on a mysterious military assignment, leaving her heart in shreds. Josie’s tough, though, and she picked up the pieces, building a new life around her high-powered number-crunching job.

When Shane turns up at the local hospital two years later with a concussion and amnesia, Josie agrees to take him home but only long enough for him to sign divorce papers. But they’re barely in the door when their old passion explodes.

Shane can’t remember why he left the beautiful blue-eyed angel glaring at him, but he knows it was to protect her. Every one of his strangely powerful senses tells him she is in danger. Shane knows he can’t be normal. Hearing the heartbeat of people in the next room isn’t normal. The only question is–is he the good guy or the bad?

The sole young adult entry of the bunch is from Sophie Jordan. Uninvited is the first book of the Uninvited series.

uninvitedSynopsis…

You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

I am being good and only have the Cynthia Eden title on order, but of course that can change at any time. Are any of these on your must-buy list for the week?

This Week in E-books…

Well, I didn’t post much but I did manage to get a few things done the last couple of days. The Series Reading List pages have been updated again, so that is done for another couple of months. Also, I did a decent update of the Completed Series page, and quite a few were added. I used to only add those that were confirmed finished, but this time around I also included those series that seemed to have just slowly died off. If the last book was published two or three years ago and there was no word on Amazon, Goodreads and the author’s page about a new one, I considered it finished.

It looks like there is only one new e-book for this week. Popular author Lynn Viehl is doing something a little different. She is starting a new series called Disenchanted & Co., but she is taking the first book and releasing it in two e-book stories. This week’s release is part one, called Her Ladyship’s Curse. Part two will be called His Lordship Possessed, and both stories will be released in print format in Disenchanted & Co. on January 28th.

her ladyship's curseSynopsis…

In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a s supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

I like the idea that the stories will also be released in print, too. Having a series that is part print and part novella is a bit of a pain, so this seems like the best of both worlds.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is a bit of a different Cover Lover post. All three of the covers from the upcoming The Baskerville Affair from Emma Jane Holloway have been made public. Book one will be called A Study in Silks, and it will be released on September 24th.

a study in silks

It will be followed bybook two, called A Study in Darkness, on October 29th.

a study in darkness

And will wrap up on November 26th with the release of A Study in Ashes.

a study in ashesAnd Lynn Viehl also has a double-header posting today. The first two covers from her upcoming Disenchanted & Co. e-book series have been released. Her Ladyship’s Curse will be released on August 12th.

her ladyship's curse

And it will be followed by His Lordship Possessed on October 14th.

his lordship possessedRebecca Zanetti starts a new e-series this July with the release of Forgotten Sins. This one gives me a Ghostwalkers vibe, with soldiers enhanced with special abilities.

forgotten sinsThe fourth book from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, Shadowdance, will be released on December 17th.

shadowdanceAnd the final cover for today’s post comes from Tessa Adams and her Lone Star Witch series. Flamebound will be released on December 3rd.

flamebound

Cover Lover – Mega Edition

Wow, there has been a ton of book covers released in the last few days, most of which I got from either Goodreads or Amazon.  This first one is Black City from Christina Henry, the fifth book in the Madeline Black series, which is due out on February 26th.

I forgot to up this one last cover lover post.  Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar is the third book in Lexi George‘s Demon series, due out next February.

This first young adult cover is from the popular Morganville Vampires series.  Rachel Caine will release Fall of Night on May 7th.

Devon Monk may be wrapping up her Allie Beckstrom series, but the Age of Steam series is still going strong.  Cold Copper will be out on July 2nd.

The third book of Lynn Viehl‘s Lords of the Darkyn series, Nightbound, will be released on May 7th.

M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series continues on April 2nd with the release of the third book, Iron Kin.

Emerald Green is the title of the third and final book in Kerstin Gier‘s Edelstein Trilogy, which is due out sometime next year.

The next Arcadia Bell novel from Jenn Bennett is called Binding the Shadows, and it will be available on May 28th.

It looks like the upcoming anthology, Enthralled, will feature a story from Lora Leigh‘s Breeds series.  There are also stories from Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, and Lucy Monroe.  Look for it on July 2nd.

The first book from Ann Aguirre‘s (writing as A.A. Aguirre) upcoming Apparatus Infernum series, Bronze Gods, now has a cover.  It will be released on April 30th.

It looks like there was a novella from the Sharie Kohler Moon Chasers series that I totally missed.  Darkest Temptation was released on October 30th.

Still going…Darkness Bred is the second book from Stella Cameron‘s Chimney Rock series, which should be available on May 28th.

Robin D. Owens will release the next book in her Celta Heartmates series, Heart Fortune, on August 6th.

This one is…pink.  Very pink.  Hearts of Shadow is the second book from Kira Brady‘s Deadglass series, which is due out on May 7th.

And finally, the cover has been released for the second book in Bec McMaster‘s London Steampunk series.  Heart of Iron will be out on May 7th.

There were a few more, but they haven’t really been put “out there” yet, so I am holding back a bit.  Which one or ones did you like from this batch?  Any that you can’t wait to get your hands on?

Random Updates…

I was just taking a look around the site, and things look a little…bland.  Might be time to play around.  Again.  Lord help us all.  A few new tidbits came up that I thought I would share.

  • 2013 will see the release of the second Unraveling book from Elizabeth Norris, this one called Unbreakable.
  • Starting in 2014, Ann Aguirre will be writing a new trilogy called Mortal Beauty.  It is “Doctor Faustus meets Mean Girls in this edgy paranormal revenge trilogy set in a dark world of secret societies, twisted bargains, and forbidden love.”  Mortal Beauty, Dire Charm and Dead Lovely will be published through 2015.
  • The second book from Brodi Ashton‘s Everneath series, Everbound, will be coming out in hardcover in January 2013.
  • The preorder links at Amazon are up for the second Pure book from Julianna Baggott, called Fuse.  It will be released on February 19th.
  • Nightbound, the third book from Lynn Viehl‘s Lords of the Darkyn series, will be out on May 7th, 2013.
  • Wicked as She Wants is the title for the second book from the new Blud series by Delilah S. Dawson.  Look for it early next year.
  • The third book of Sylvia Day‘s Renegade Angels trilogy will be called A Taste of Seduction, and it is scheduled for release next February.
  • And finally, the third book of Lauren DeStefano‘s Chemical Garden series now has a title and a release date.  Sever will be out on April 1st, 2013.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

I have been doing a bit of behind the scenes updating for the last couple of days, so things have been a little quiet on the new info front.  I nabbed both of these covers from All Things Urban Fantasy, so many thanks.  This first one is from author Jodi Meadows and her Incarnate series.  This second book is called Asunder, and is due out sometime next year.

And this second one is from Lynn ViehlNightbred is part of her Lords of the Darkyn series, and it is due out on December 4th.

More Random Updates…

Just a few more general updates.  Nothing earth shattering, just some odds and ends I stumbled across…

  • The as of now titled Jeaniene Frost book #9,the  first book in the Night Huntress spin-off series featuring Vlad, now has a release date of March 27th.  It will be the first of at least two books in the Night Prince series from Jeaniene Frost.
  • Lynn Viehl will return to her Darkyn series with the release of Nightborn, due out on March 6th.
  • Some of the older works of Alexandra Ivy, written under the name of Debbie Raleigh, will be re-released in the coming year.  The first is called My Lord Vampire, due out  on March 6th.
  • The next book in Angela Knight‘s Mageverse series will be called Master of Darkness.  No release date available as yet.
  • Darkness Awakening is the tentative title for the second book in the upcoming Devyn Quinn Vampire Armageddon series.  Book one, Darkness Descending, comes out in early August.
  • Sometime in 2012, the second book of the upcoming Rachel Vincent Unbound series will be released, this one titled Shadow Bound.  It will follow Blood Bound, due out at the end of August.
  • The first book of the Vampire Academy spin off series from Richelle Mead, Bloodlines,  hasn’t been released yet, but there now a title for the second book.  The Golden Lily will continue the story of the Alchemist Sydney, and hopefully Adrian.  Ah, Adrian.
  • I know there are a lot of fans of the Meljean Brook Iron Seas series, and it looks like it will continue on through at least 2013.  Riveted, book three, will be out late 2012, and be followed by two more the following year.
  • Books 4, 5, and 6 of L.J. McDonald‘s Sylph series are looking for a publisher, and apparently a deal is close to being finalized.  No word on release dates yet for them, titled The Sylph Hunter, War of the Sylphs, and Door to the Sylphs.
  • Keri Arthur‘s upcoming Dark Angels series will now have at least three titles.  Darkness Devours is the tentative title of the third book, scheduled for early 2012.
  • Untouched is the second title in the re-release of the Amoveo series from Sara Humphreys.  Book one, Unleashed, is due out in October.
  • and Zoe Archer‘s Hellraisers books now have titles.  Devil’s Kiss, due out this December, will be followed by Demon’s Bride and Sinner’s Heart in 2012.

Random Updates

O.K. I swear I almost had a heart attack when I checked my usual sources to see if I could find any new release dates or info.  Instead of the couple of things I usually have to scratch and dig to find, I came up with…two full handwritten pages of stuff.  Some big, some not, so I am going to just hit the highlights here, and update the links in the new release summaries for the rest…

  • Kerrelyn Sparks‘ next Love at Stake book now has a title and a date.  Sexiest Vampire Alive will be out on September 27th.
  • September 6th is the release date for the next Dark book from Christine Feehan, Dark Predator (Zacarius!).
  • Bound by the Vampire Queen will be the next book in Joey W. Hill‘s Vampire Queen series, due out on December 6th.
  • Robin D. Owens will have an anthology of four stories from her Celta series called Hearts and Swords.  Look for it on December 6th.
  • Heart of Steel, the second book in the very popular Iron Seas series from Meljean Brook, now has a release date of November 1st.
  • The next Kyndred book from Lynn Viehl will be called Nightshine, and is scheduled for release on November 1st.
  • A Christmas anthology from Lora Leigh, Virginia Kantra, Eileen Wilks and Kimberly Frost is set for November 1st.  This one will be called Tied With A Bow.
  • Katie MacAlister‘s next Dark Ones book, Much Ado About Vampires, will be released on October 4th.
  • A new series from Sylvia Day will be starting this October.  Book one of the Renegade Angels will be called A Touch of Crimson.
  • The second Awakenings book from Regan Hastings will be called Visions of Skyfire, and should be out on October 4th.
  • Jennifer Knight will be releasing a new book on September 28th called Blood on the Moon.
  • September 27th will see the release of both Lora Leigh‘s Lawe’s Justice, and Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Blade.  Nice.
  • The next book of Michele Bardsley‘s Broken Heart Vampries will be called Must Love Lycans.  Look for it on September 6th.
  • Sarah McCarty will continue her Shadow Wranglers series with Slade on September 6th.
  • and finally, looks like the next Allie Beckstrom book from Devon Monk will be called Magic on the Line.  It should be hitting the shelves on November 1st.