Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Cover Lover time again. I will start with the one I am most excited to get my hands on, which is Unmade from Sarah Rees Brennan. I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I go into Unmade with high expectations. It will be released on September 23rd.

unmadeI am just starting to see some info about a new series from author Deborah Blake called Baba Yaga. Wickedly Dangerous is the first full book (there will be a prequel novella called Wickedly Magical on August 5th), and it will be released on September 2nd.

wickedly dangerousHonor’s Price from Alexis Morgan gave me an ’80′s flashback to the bodice-rippers of yore, which is sort of fun. It will be out on September 2nd.

honor's priceAngela Knight will put out an anthology featuring all new Mageverse material on September 2nd called Love Bites.

love bitesI found this next one over on Hypable, and it is the cover for the first book in the new Styclar YA series from Nikki Kelly. Lailah will be out on October 7th.

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This Week’s Book Haul…

Sometimes I wonder about myself. I keep adding, and adding, and ADDING to the huge TBR pile, all the while knowing that I already have enough to read to last me a year. But still, it grows. This week is shaping up to be a prime example of that.

I started off with one that Doug Meeks recently reviewed. Larissa Ione‘s Bound by Night is the first book of her new MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

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A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

Next up is one that I tried to resist. Really. I wasn’t sure how much of a paranormal angle it had, and that is all I read, but of course I finally broke down and ordered Kelley Armstrong‘s Omens.

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Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Possession from J.R. Ward was up next. Of course, I haven’t read the first four yet, but it will happen. One day.

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When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path.  Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose–or what kind of dire consequences could follow.

Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil–literally.  As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty…

Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak?  And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity?  Only time, and hearts, will tell.

I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on Untold. It is the second book of Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Lynburn Legacy series, and the first book was a total surprise favorite. Book two is just as quirky and funny, but having the two main characters at odds for pretty much the whole book was a bit of a let down. Still good, though.

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It’s time to choose sides. . . .

In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers’ blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.

I enjoyed the first Gena Showalter White Rabbit Chronicles book, but for some reason when the second book came all I could muster was a “Eh. Later”. I haven’t checked the reviews yet for Through the Zombie Glass, but I hope it manages to snag my attention after all.

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Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

And for some reason, my interest in Kresley Cole‘s second Arcana Chronicles book, Endless Knight, got revved into high gear in the last couple of weeks. Not sure if it is because of all the little snippets I have been catching or what, but I will be diving into this one right after Untold is finished.

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Shocking secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

What did you get your hands on this week? If you have already checked out any of these ones, what did you think of them? I am particularly curious about Omens – I know that was a big one for a lot of readers. What did you think?

Pick of the Week

I am not quite sure what was going on, but for some reason I forgot to do my pick of the week post yesterday. Some weeks I skip because nothing quite grabs my attention, but there is one that I have been waiting patiently for. I was very pleasantly surprised by last year’s Unspoken, the first book of Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Lynburn Legacy (I actually added it to the 1001 Series to Read Before You Die page). Yesterday saw the release of book two, Untold.

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In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. Now no one in the town is safe, and everyone has to choose sides. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become “owned” by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? Or will it continue in a more modern vein, with the presence of the sorcerers playing a quieter—and much less violent—role. If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but follow her and go along with her unusual schemes and battle tactics.

Did anyone else try this series? It was totally not what I was expecting, but in a very good way.

Reading-Round…

This edition of the Reading Roundup is a bit of a mash up. I have been doing quite a bit of re-reading lately for the character guides, but I have also been trying to plow my way through the TBR pile with a little bit of success. I have been particularly hitting the young adult shelves, since they were the most out of control.

angelfallAngelfall – I have been hearing a lot of hype for this Susan Ee book for a while now, so I decided to take the plunge. I have to say, it was a fresh, interesting story, and not quite what I expected. This ones doesn’t have angels as the benevolent, kind beings you usually see – these angels have destroyed the world as we know it. Caught in the middle is Penryn, her insane mother and her paralyzed sister. When her sister is taken by the angels, Penryn will do anything to get her back. Angelfall was dark and violent, with an almost horror element to it that I quite enjoyed. I especially enjoyed Penryn – I liked her strength, determination, and sheer will. The male lead is the angel Raffe, and while he wasn’t as well developed as Penryn, I do look forward to finding out more about him in the second book. All in all, this was a very different take on an angel story, and it was one I really enjoyed. Rumor has it is also in line for a movie adaptation, and that would be awesome.

the fifth waveThe 5th Wave – This was another one that had a lot of buzz. The 5th Wave from Rick Yancey is a sci-fi/alien/dystopian YA. While I did find it to be a really nice change from what I usually read, I also didn’t have any problem putting it down and reading something else. The story is about Cassie, possibly one of the last survivors of an alien invasion that has decimated the human race. In what is left of this world, you dn’t know who you can trust, what you are capable of, or what will be coming at you next. It was an interesting story, but there were a few quibbles I had. Maybe it was the varying viewpoints, maybe it was the possible emergence of the dreaded love triangle, but there were a few things that didn’t quite flow for me. I will be picking up the second book when it comes out for sure, but I won’t be going in with the same expectations I did this one.

unspokenUnspoken – Now this one was a total surprise. Written by Sarah Rees Brennan, I had expected a historical YA, but this is actually set in modern day England. Kami Glass has talked to a boy in her head all of her life, making her think she is not quite sane. This voice is her best friend, her confident, and her secret. Kami is quirky and odd, and unapologetic about it, and while perky usually annoys me I found myself liking Kami. The book itself does have a bit of a gothic feel, complete with the mysterious family returning to their creepy manor house. This one is part gothic mystery, part supernatural romance. It was fun and fast reading, and even though I am not quite sure about the ending, this was one of my favorite YA books so far this year.

What was your take on any of these?  Any YA books you have enjoyed recently?

A Couple of Book Deals…

newsIt seems like a lot of my favorites are in the process of branching out from their established, long standing series.  Thea Harrison starts up her Game of Shadows series next April, Richelle Mead‘s Age of X hits the shelves next June, and Alexandra Ivy‘s The Sentinels will be in full swing by 2014.  Looks like there are a couple of more to add to the list, too.

  • Jeanine Frost made the big announcement today that she will be starting a new series called Realmwalker.  This one will be an older YA or New Adult offering (I had never heard the term New Adult before).  According to Jeaniene, the series will focus on a “young woman who 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.”  Jeaniene gives a little backstory about the new series, saying that the idea has been brewing for years.  There will be no change in schedule for the Night Huntress and Night Prince books, with Night Huntress ending at book 9 and Night Prince ending at book 3.  There is still the potential for a return to the Night Huntress world, with another vampire stepping up *coughIancough* when the other two stories have completed their arcs.  Looks like a bit of a wait for Realmwalker, though, since it is looking like a 2014 release.  You can see the full announcement on Jeaniene’s site HERE.
  • Now, this second one is a bit different.  Last week, news broke that Cassandra Clare has signed on to do a new project.  Well, sort of, since it is still set in the Shadowhunters world.    According to reports, Cassandra has agreed to do a series spinoff that “involves two coauthors, an e-only component, and a profit share.”  This new episodic series will feature Magnus Bane, and will be released digitally month by month, and will then later be published all together in print format.  This one will be called The Bane Chronicles, and will be 10 stories in all, with digital release starting this coming February.  Each story will be from 8000 to 10000 words, with some of the stories being penned by Cassandra Clare, some by Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken), and some by Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes).  The stories will build up to the release of the City of Bones movie on August 23rd, 2013, with the print version coming sometime in 2014.

And since I have been trying to find a way to work this into a post, here is a still from the upcoming Mortal Instruments movie that I saw over on Page to Premier Network.

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I was thrilled when I read the Jeaniene Frost news, especially when I saw that it was not going to push the publication schedule back for her existing works (hello, Kresley Cole and one a year IAD books…).  Call me greedy, but a gal (er, or guy) needs their fix.  I find that the Cassandra Clare news is a bit more…involved.  I have been seeing much complaint from those who wish that she would wrap up the Shadowhunters, not expand.  The original Mortal Instruments went from three books to six.  Then came the three books of the Infernal Devices.  Then came word of a third trilogy called the Dark Artifices starting up in 2015.  Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy all that I have read so far because I have.  But sometimes it is good to try something else (see Jeanine Frost, expanding outside her very popular world).  New worlds and new ideas mean new readers, which is never a bad thing.

So, where do you stand on this seemingly sudden diversification trend hitting so many big time favorite (at least favorite of mine) authors?  Personally, the only recent one that for whatever reason didn’t grab me was Darynda Jones’ YA Darklight series, and the only one I am not eagerly anticipating is Thea Harrison’s upcoming Game of Shadows.  Not sure why, but I can’t seem to rev myself up for it at all.  Oh, and was anyone else as in the dark as me about the “New Adult” genre?