Pick of the Week…

I actually had two choices for pick of the week. I was torn between Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. I am way, way behind on Kenyon’s The League series (yep, story of my life), but I have really liked all of them I have read. And Sinner? Well, my history with the Shiver series is iffy, but Cole was the best part of it for me. To say that Forever left things unresolved is a monster understatement, and I have hope that some of those questions will get resolved in Sinner. But, after much debate, my pick of the week is going to be Born of Fury.

born of furySynopsis…

The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave?

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What is your pick of the week? Anything exciting that you want, pronto?

Cover Lover – 5+1 New Titles

It looks like there is a little something for everyone this time around – a couple of adult, some young adult, and even a novella cover. I didn’t know Lara Adrian had another novella in the works, but it looks like the next story from her Midnight Breed world will be called Marked by Midnight, and it will feature Mathias Rowan. Look for it on June 30th.

marked by midnightCoreene Callahan continues her Circle of Seven series with the release of Knight Avenged on July 15th.

knight avengedHeather Demetrios starts a new series on October 7th with the release of Exquisite Captive.

exquisite captiveWord has finally come down about the third Raven Cycle book from Maggie Stiefvater.Blue Lily, Lily Blue will be released on October 28th.

blue lily, blue lilyJust for kicks, I thought I would up both the North American and UK versions of the cover for Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series from Sarah J. Maas. First up is the US version…

heir of fire…and next up is the UK version. Heir of Fire will be out on September 2nd.

heir of fire ukI like both Heir of Fire covers. Usually one is great and the other bites, but it looks like both versions turned out really well. I love the Maggie Stiefvater cover – I bought the first two books in the series mostly because of the great covers, and this one is even better. Any of these something you are looking forward to?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Well, I guess technically the last three of these would be considered “new version” titles, but I still thought they were interesting. Night’s End is from author Yasmine Galenorn, and it is the final book in her Indigo Court series. Look for it on July 1st

night's endCover number two is from the second book from Susan Krinard‘s Midgard series, Black Ice. It will be released on August 12th.

black iceThese next three are the “new version” ones I was talking about before. The first three titles in Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver series are being re-released in paperback format on August 29th (I guess to get everyone ready for Sinner on July 1st). First up is Shiver.

shiverBook two is Linger.

lingerAnd finally, there is book three, Forever.

foreverI really like that the new Shiver series covers manage to have the same feel as the originals, but with a twist. I just wish they came in hardcover to go with Sinner, but you can’t have everything, I guess.

Cover Lover – Sinner

A while back, I read Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever). I very much enjoyed them and their somewhat different take on wolf shifters…right until the end of Forever. Or should I say non-end. I like my stories wrapped up with a neat bow (and a HEA), and to be left hanging at the end of Forever was a major let-down. I couldn’t believe it, actually, and I sat there flipping pages and turning the book over and over trying to find the next chapter that would tell you what happened to everyone.

It. Wasn’t. There.

But I have very high hopes for Sinner, which is considered Shiver #4 but focuses on Cole. Not only was he the best part of the first three books for me, but we might finally find out what really happened to Sam and Grace and the gang. Please? Sinner will be released on July 1st.

sinner

On a cover note, I like how they kept some of the same elements in Sinner as they did in the first three books, but totally made it flashy and bold (like Cole). This one looks like fun.

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.

unbreakableSynopsis…

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.

Cover Lover, Book News…and a Debate

Nothing like combining a bunch of little stuff into one post (might be laziness, just saying). Goodreads and Amazon coughed up a couple of more covers for today, so let’s start with that.

On the YA side, Kiera Cass‘s third book in her The Selection trilogy, called The One, now has a pretty cover to go with the first two. The One will be released on May 6th.

the oneAnd cover number two is from Kerrelyn Sparks. How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) is due out on April 29th.

how to seduce a vampireOn the book news front, it looks like Maggie Stiefvater is returning to her Mercy Falls world. I made no secret at the time that I thought the ending of Forever was, uh, distressing for me. Or rather, not an ending at all. I don’t do well with open-endedness, so to not get a final resolution to Sam and Grace’s story was frustrating. Now, Maggie has confirmed that she is writing one more companion book, so here’s hoping everything gets wrapped up this time. Sinner is a stand alone hardcover featuring Cole and Isabel that will be released next July. One source has said “this isn’t so much a re-visitation as it is a reinvention”.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

According to the author herself, this was not part of the original Mercy Falls plan (I thought that maybe it was, hence the open ended wrap up of the third book).

Author Maggie Stiefvater says, “For me, finishing the Shiver trilogy was a bittersweet moment — I knew that I wouldn’t be returning to Mercy Falls once Sam and Grace’s story was over. But Cole and Isabel still lurked in the back of my mind. Both of them were only half-fixed at the end of the trilogy, and I wanted to know if they could be fixed the rest of the way.”

Will you be checking Sinner out, or is this one a miss for you? I know I will be, since a) I have to know if their is a REAL ending and b) cover OCD won’t let me not get it.

A while back, Jeaniene Frost announced a change in her publishing schedule, saying that she had wrapped up the Cat and Bones series a book earlier than planned. That was a bummer, but it has been a great run for the Night Huntress books, and finishing it when it needs to end rather than dragging things out is the right decision. Now Jeaniene turns her attention to her new venture, the Realmwalker series. For those who don’t remember the details (er, like I didn’t), the new three-book series sounds very interesting…

In Jeaniene Frost’s Realmwalker, a young woman discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.

It turns out that the first book will be called The Beautiful Ashes, and it will be released September 2014. But somewhere along the line, I totally missed that it is NA (New Adult). As a reader of both Adult and Young Adult, I don’t have a problem with that at all. Any Frost story is a good thing. But that leads to my conundrum…

How the heck do I classify it?

I have tried to divide the Adult and Young Adult stuff as much as possible for those of you who read only one or the other, but where do you put one that falls in the middle?

I don’t like to mislead the blog readers and place a title like this where it doesn’t belong, but the amount of NA I have come across doesn’t warrant its own section (as yet). Do you think that since Jeaniene has, until this point, been a UF author that I should just let Realmwalker fall under the same flag and leave things as they are, or has the time come for me to split Wicked Scribes into two blogs (one PNR and UF and one YA and NA)? It wouldn’t be hard to actually split them, just a bit time consuming, or do you still like having everything listed together (new release dates, that sort of thing)? I have already decided that if a split is called for, the adult side will stay blue and green, and the young adult will look the same but be red and pink. Planning ahead, y’all.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It seems I haven’t been finding that many covers that catch my eye lately – or maybe things are just slow this time of year. Either way, I grabbed this first one from All Things Urban Fantasy, so many thanks. It is from the White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse will be released on July 2nd.

white trash zombie apocalypse

This next one was a surprise. For some reason, there will be a re-release of Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest Angel (Lysander and Bianka’s story), along with the story Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger. This duology will be called After Dark, and it will be released on June 25th.

after dark

Lucy Monroe continues her Children of the Moon series with the release of Warrior’s Moon on July 2nd.

warrior's moon

This fourth cover is from Vicki Lewis Thompson. Werewolf in Alaska will be released on July 2nd.

werewolf in alaska

Tes Hilaire‘s third Paladin Warrior’s series, Prince of Shadows, will be released on December 1st.

prince of shadows

Lauren Kate starts her new young adult Teardrop Trilogy this October 22nd with the release of the first book, also called Teardrop.

teardrop

And the final one for today is from Maggie Stiefvater. The second Raven Boys book, The Dream Thieves, will be released on September 17th.

the dream thieves

Which one of these is your favorite? Any you are looking forward to?

From Page to Screen…The Updates

Kim recently dropped me a line to see what I had heard about the multiple deals Sherrilyn Kenyon had inked to bring her many, many series to life on the screen.  I started doing some digging…and only came up with a little post from May saying that things were progressing on The Chronicles of Nick being made into a movie, and the Dark-Hunters being adapted for television.  More info to come, apparently.  Has anyone else heard anything in the way of updates?  In the process of searching that out, however, I did find some other info.  I do get excited when I hear a book from “my” type is in some stage of hitting the silver screen (or the tv screen).  I did a post a while back that listed some of what was in store for us book/movie lovers, and there are a few new tidbits to share.

  • It looks like the planned Incarceron adaptation has been dropped…for now.  It had gotten as far as casting Taylor Lautner in the lead role, but looks like Fox has decided not to go ahead with it.  Author Catherine Fisher is still going ahead with writing a screenplay, and hopes to find a new studio for it.
  • Also seemingly in limbo is the adaptation of Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series.  The rights were bought by Dreamworks, but I haven’t heard any news at all since last year.  Am I just behind, or has anyone else heard anything about this one?
  • Speaking of Dreamworks, it looks like it has gotten the rights to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  It is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, and interest for it could be found way back last year before it was even published when Paramount was in the running for the rights.
  • It does seem like Veronica Roth‘s Divergent is one step closer to coming to a theater near you.  Neil Burger has signed on to direct, and actress Shailene Woodley will be playing Tris.
  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in Forgotten, based on the book by Cat Patrick.  I haven’t read this one, but it does sound interesting.
  • David Slade is set to direct Matched, adapted from the book by Ally Condie.  He previously worked on Twilight: Eclipse.
  • It looks like Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver and Lauren Kate‘s Fallen are caught somewhere in limbo.  There has been no word in a year on either franchise after the initial rights were grabbed.
  • Kiera CassThe Selection has been in the works as a tv show for the CW for quite some time.  It turns out that after the initial pilot was not picked up by the network, it is going to be re-shot and given another chance.  There is no guarantee that it will make it this time, but the odds are better.
  • Also heading for tv is the MTV produced Unraveling from author Elizabeth Norris.  This one only recently hit the bookshelves, and there are two more books left to go.
  • Oh, and see if this one doesn’t just give you the shivers (and not the good kind).  Looks like Lionsgate is planning on milking extending the Twilight world just a little bit more.  According to reports, they are looking into ways to continue in that same world, without Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, or Taylor Lautner.  Ideas range from a direct remake (Jesus, seriously?), a spin-off featuring the wolf pack, or a tv show.  Really, let it go people.  LET.  IT.  GO.

That is about all the updates I could find.  Do you have any info that I missed?  Anything that you think will be “the next Hunger Games” (which was “the next Twilight”, and so forth)?

New Series Alerts…

That time again.  Every week, I hope to find a couple of new series to dive into, and looks like this week there is two.  This first one is from author Maggie Shayne and her new Portal series, called Mark of the Witch.

Synopsis…

A lapsed Wiccan, Indira Simon doesn’t believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns on her wrists, she’s forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father Tomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches-and Indira’s sacred calling. Yet there’s something even Tomas doesn’t know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose between saving the life of the woman he’s come to love-and saving the world.

The Portal reading list can be found HERE.

From the young adult titles we have The Raven Boys from Maggie Stiefvater.  It is the first book of The Raven Cycle series.

Synopsis…

Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boysintroduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.

The Raven Cycle reading list is HERE.

What do you do on the quiet release weeks?  Catch up on the TBR mountains, or just kill time until something hits next week?

Quick Review – Forever

Well, hell.

While dipping my toe into the Young Adult world a ways back, I grabbed the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater.  Or, at least the two that were out at that time, Shiver and Linger.  Shiver, book one, had a different take on werewolves, or a different version of the lore, if you will.  It was a quiet book that managed to be both sweet and sad, but I never found it sappy.  When I got around to Linger, things were a bit slower paced.  Actually, the first half was on the draggy side, but the action picked up in the second half, and ended with a bang.  Still, it all and all it was a good, solid read.  So, the third and final book should be a killer.  Right?  Uh…

No.

I went into Forever unspoiled, and completely unsure of how Sam and Grace, Cole and Isabel would find their happily ever afters.  And I left the book still unsure if any of them even did.  After a very, very slow first half (in which the only spark of life came from Cole), things began to get interesting only well towards the end.  There was a sense of drama and urgency, and a legitimate question as to who would even manage to survive the next few days.  Great.  Just as it is starting to get good, when I can see the end in sight and can’t wait to see how it all plays out…it stops.   Dead.  As in in the middle of a scene, with nothing resolved, THE END.  What?!?

Now, what follows is not me at my best moment.  See, I was anxiously reading along, waiting for the HEA, waiting to find out who is dead or alive, who stays human and who stays wolf, whether Cole and Isabel find their way to each other, whether Sam and Grace get to be together completely, some or not at all.  And, at that shining moment, I realized that I was reading the author’s page.  Huh?  It must be a mistake.  So I flipped through again.  And again.  I turned it around a few times, stared at it for a bit.  Then, for what reason I will never understand, I shook the book like it would somehow magically make a couple of more chapters sprout up.  It really didn’t.

That was, to put it mildly, the worst ending I have ever read.  Or, should I say non-ending.  Nothing is resolved, nothing is answered, and we leave this series not even having a clue as to the ultimate fate of the characters.  It would be the perfect ending if there was a fourth book on the way, but it absolutely sucks as the series finale.  If you are in any way invested in the characters of Mercy Falls, be warned.  You will most probably feel cheated of the ending that they, and we, deserved.