Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

There were a few much anticipated covers released recently, like Magic Shifts and Shards of Hope. There were a few other covers I sort of pushed off to the side, so I thought I might put a few of them together. Let’s start with a new one from Jennifer Ashley. Bear Attraction is title #6.5 in the Shifters Unbound series.

bear attractionPurchase at Amazon.com

The second adult cover comes from a new series from Kate Baxter. The Last True Vampire is due out on June 2nd.

the last true vampirePurchase at Amazon.com

The next two are young adult releases. The first book from the new series from Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is due out on May 5th.

a court of thorns and rosesPurchase at Amazon.com

And finally for today is The Heir. Originally The Selection series from Kiera Cass was set to be a trilogy, but word recently came down that there would be a couple of more published. The first of the new books will be called The Heir, and it will be out on May 5th.

the heirPurchase at Amazon.com

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 – 7 New Titles

I have been in the process of updating the new release dates, and I was surprised to find a few new covers I missed over the last couple of days. Must’ve been off my game or something. Anyways, this first one is from Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires series. Blood Games will be released on August 5th.

blood gamesThis second cover is from Caris Roane. Chains of Darkness is due out of July 1st.

chains of darknessCharlaine Harris is starting up a new trilogy next year called Midnight, Texas. The first book is called Midnight Crossroad, and it is due out on May 6th.

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddGrim Shadows, the second book from Jenn Bennett‘s Roaring Twenties series, will be released on June 3rd.

grim shadowsRevenant, the next book in Kat Richardon‘s Greywalker series, will be released on August 5th.

revenantThese last two are young adult. The P.C. Cast House of Night novella compilation, Kalona’s Fall, will be released on July 29th.

kalona's fallAnd finally, the print edition of the Throne of Glass novellas from Sarah J. Maas, called The Assassin’s Blade, will be released on March 13th.

the assassin's bladeWhich of these are you most looking forward to? I am a book behind in the Chicagoland Vampires series, and while I haven’t read anything from Charlaine Harris I find myself interested in her new trilogy.

 

New Release Dates…

I have been adding quite a few new releases the last few days, so I thought I might list a few here.

  • Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner will be editing another anthology together called Games Creatures Play. It is due out on April 1st.
  • There will be a new series coming from author Virna DePaul early next year called the Belladonna Agency. Book one is called Turned, and it is due out on April 1st. Awakened follows on April 29th.
  • The third book from Jill Archer‘s Noon Onyx series, White Heart of Justice, will be released on May 27th.
  • Jacqueline Carey‘s third Agent of Hel book will be called Poison Fruit, and it wil lbe released next October.
  • It looks like the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger will have at least one more book. Book three will be called Waistcoats & Weaponry, and it is due out sometime next year.
  • May 6th is the release date for the third book of Kiera Cass‘s The Selection series, The One. There will also be a print version of the two e-novellas called The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard on February 4th.
  • Next July will see the release of the fifth and final book of Yasmine Galenorn‘s Indigo Court series, called Night’s End.
  • It looks like there will be a 4th World of Nightwalkers book from Jacquelyn Frank. Forged is due out on April 29th.
  • Another series on my want to read list is Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts. There will be a novella released on October 8th called Close to You, and the as yet untitled sixth book will follow next July.
  • Air Bound, the third book from Christine Feehan‘s Sisters of the Heart series, will be out on May 27th.
  • There is no official title as yet, but the second book of Rick Yancey‘s 5th Wave series will be released on May 6th.
  • I am pretty sure these two Cynthia Eden books are part of her new Phoenix series, but details are sketchy right now. Burn for Me is due out on January 28th, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned follows on April 29th.
  • The second book from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Gods series, Rain, will be released on March 25th.
  • And it looks like Sarah J. Maas will be releasing at least one more novella from her Throne of Glass series. The Assassin’s Blade is due out on March 13th.

That is a quick round-up of a few of the new release dates. Anything you are looking forward to? Cynthia Eden is a favorite of mine, and and the Belladonna Agency series looks interesting. I am so going to start picking up the Downside Ghosts books, too, right after my YA TBR pile hits a manageable size.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

This is definitely a mixed bag Cover Lover post, with two adult and three young adult titles. Let’s mix things up and start with the young adult covers for a change. Crown of Midnight from Sarah J. Maas is the second full book in the Throne of Glass series, and it is due out on August 27th. I like this design change, since the first book was pretty but quite standard YA fare. Nice.

crown of midnight

Now this is interesting. Cassandra Clare is releasing (along with a couple of other authors) a series of e-novellas that will then be gathered and released in print format later on in the year. The series itself is called The Bane Chronicles features Magnus Bane, and the first story (What Really Happened in Peru) will be released on April 16th. I am not sure if this cover will also be used for the eventual print edition of the stories, but I do think it would make a great one.

the bane chronicles

And this third YA cover is for Diana Peterfreud‘s Across a Star-Swept Sea, the second book in her For Darkness Shows the Stars series, which is due out on October 15th.

across a star swept sea

I usually think of Melissa de la Cruz as a YA author, but Winds of Salem is actually from her adult Witches of East End series. This one is due out on August 13th.

witches of salem

And finally, this one is from the Anna Strong series from Jeanne C. Stein. Blood Bond is due out on August 27th.

blood bond

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.

New Feature – Reader Recommendations

Good Lord, the last couple of days have been crazy busy, and I have been crazy lazy, so I haven’t gotten around to making this post until now.  Doug Meeks was kind enough to send a couple of more series that have caught his attention along, and that got me thinking of doing up a Reader Recommendation post.  It is a good way to find out what other great series fellow readers have stumbled across, and help get the word out for those books that sometimes sail under the radar.

This time around, Doug sent over two series to spotlight.  The first one is the Shadow of Destiny series from Leia Shaw.  So far, the books are only in e-format.

What Doug Says…

Well after a marathon reading session that lasted for several days I have finished all the known releases of the Shadows of Destiny series.  This series has captured my attention in several ways not the least of which is that the whole series covers an overlapping timeline (means things in one book may be happening at the same time as other things in another book).  I should mention up front that all of these books feature a strong heroine who for reasons that seems to be more hormonal than intelligent falls for an ultra alpha male type.  In most cases she does not even like the guy.  While this is a basic formula that pervades all the stories it does not keep each one from being unique and entertaining.  I should also mention that these are pretty much R rated for sexual content (but less so than Demonica or Horsemen of the Apocalypse series).  In the reading order I have placed below the first 2 stories are pretty much shifter action/romance tales and then the alpha males switch to vampire types (think of it as vampire 2.0) for the next 2 books and then becomes a demon/vampire/sorcerer/other  type (still not exactly sure what he is) but in my opinion all were very entertaining even though the times the author allowed the “Tarzan” mentality to go too long it became frustrating but then she would rein it in and make him somebody you could enjoy reading about.  This series is far from finished and I cannot wait for the next book later this year, I suggest you click the links and read the summaries but bottom line if you like action, romance, good endings and a bit of serious sweaty bodies close to the end of most of them (the author gets Kudos from me for not overdoing the sexual theme as many do), you WILL enjoy these.  While as a whole I would give this series a 4+Star recommendation (HEY, I just spent 4 days reading them whenever I could, obviously I liked them).  The reading order is a bit convoluted and the author actually tried to make them all semi stand alone books but there is enough overlap to make spoilers so the below is my personal recommended reading order  (reading order is my suggestion to avoid minor spoilers):

Short Story – For the Love of Harmony (available only in PDF at this link http://www.leiashaw.com/harmony.pdf)
Destiny Unchained (Shadows of Destiny) (officially book 3)
Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny) (officially Book 1)
Destiny United (Shadows of Destiny) (officially Book 2)
Destiny Bewitched (Shadows of Destiny) (officially book 4)

reading in this order will prevent most spoilers, they are close to stand alone but there are mentions of other characters that kind of let you know some major stuff before you read the books.  Highly recommended.

The second one is the much-anticipated new series from Sarah J. Maas, called Throne of Glass.  I have been seeing this one everywhere lately, and it seems to be living up to the hype.

What Doug Says…

NOTE : This rating ONLY applies if you have read the novellas since without them you might not even like the book, with them I feel it is 5 Stars.

I finished the Throne of Glass novel today and it was for me the 5 Star novel I had always assumed it would be BUT I read all of the below novellas FIRST:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: A Throne of Glass Novella
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass)
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass)

without the background, knowledge and the world building contained in these novellas your enjoyment of this novel is sure to be muted at best. I expected nothing less than a 5 Star reading experience and was not disappointed with the level of writing in the above novellas and in this novel. People that have not read the 4 novellas really should not review or even read this book because even though it was not marketed that way I can see that you don’t have a feel for who the characters are or why they act the way they do because their history and the world building is in those novellas. They should not have put the book out for review (or for reading IMHO) for anyone that has not read them IMHO. The better method would have been to incorporate them in some fashion but too late now.

NOTE: Let me stick one thing in the middle of this review, I hate the love triangle, it might be resolved at some point but I thought it really sucked (now back to our review).
SO, what I am writing really applies to the whole story up until now, Celaena has been through every conceivable emotion and had heartbreaking losses and betrayals, she IS the best assassin in the world and should be living the high life but is living more like a pauper in most of these stories and with the novel it gets better and worse at the same time. She must fight to become the King’s Champion for a King she hates but holds her life in his hands and such is the crux of the story.

While the 2-3 Star reviews have not made me any less enthusiastic about this series, it has made me aware that without the novellas you really don’t have a clue as to what got the “assassin” to this point in her life (or why she may still be a bit naive). While I was completely engrossed by this book it HAS made me aware that the marketing for this novel was severely lacking, several reviews have been less than complimentary and the major cause was the lack of information in the novel that was included in the novellas. It becomes obvious to me that the novel as a standalone book was lacking since I found the novellas to be 5 Star reading (well maybe not the first one The Assassin and the Pirate Lord) but they do all the world building AND give you tons of history and insight into who Celaena really was/is. I can’t believe she wrote all these 5 Star novellas and then wrote a 3 Star novel but as I see it, that is about all most people can get out of this novel if they have not read the others, it makes this 3 Star standalone novel into a 5 Star work in a series I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment (assuming there will be another installment). I can overlook a lot of things but at the end if I have been entertained by a good story then I consider it a good book (possibly with flaws but very good never the less) and this story was exceptional if you read it all and not just this novel.

If anyone has a series that they would love to spread the word on, write up a few lines telling what it was about, and what made you love it, and drop me a line in the Contact Me page.  Anyone is welcome!

Spotlight on…Throne of Glass

A while back, I did a post that featured the e-novellas of Sarah J. Maas.  There are four in all, and they are a set of prequel stories to the upcoming hardcover book, Throne of Glass.  Well, the cover for the August 7th release was upped to Facebook today.  I have been hearing good things about the e-novellas, so I will be keeping an eye out on this series.

          After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
 
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
 
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
 
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
The Throne of Glass reading list can be found HERE.

 

Spotlight on…Sarah J. Maas

New author Sarah J. Maas will have her debut young adult book, Throne of Glass, published this August 7th.  There is no cover available as yet, but the blurb sounds interesting…

            After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

But, in a different move, leading up to the release there will be a total of four e-novellas set in the Throne of Glass world.  So, for those of you who would like a preview of the series, two of the novellas are available now (and one is available for preorder) through Amazon, each for 99 cents.

First up is The Assassin and the Pirate Lord.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

This is followed by The Assassin and the Desert, released today.

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

The Assassin and the Underworld will follow on May 1st.

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer–and she doesn’t like what she finds there.

The fourth novella, The Assassin and the Empire, should be coming out in June or July.