Archangel’s Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerWell, I imagine that most people have already picked up their copy of Nalini Singh‘s newest Guild Hunter book, but it came out too darn early in the month to get the giveaway done before the release date. Anyways, there were 31 entrants for the Archangel’s Enigma giveaway, and the randomly chosen winner was #11…

Celine G.

random winnerCongratulations, Celine. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

The 5th Wave Trailer…

Does it constitute spam if I upload two posts in a matter of minutes? Meh, the shiny grabbed my attention and I had to share. A while back, there was mega, mega hype surrounding the release of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I, of course, immediately caved in and bought a copy, and it was…ok? I remember bits and pieces, but it didn’t ultimately stand out for me (book two is still on Mount TBR). In fact, I barely even registered that it was being adapted for the big screen. So you can imagine my surprise when I watched the trailer that was released today, and was completely intrigued. Enough to make we want to go back and do a re-read, for sure. Er, maybe closer to the release date of the final book, though.

Anyone else think this looks like it has potential? What was your take on the book, if you picked it up?

September BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerThere are a couple of things I have learned over the years I have been blogging, and one of them is pretty much absolute – whenever Ilona Andrews or Nalini Singh has a new release coming out, their book will be the book of the month. Period. And usually by a long, long way. Well, September once again proves that right, since Nalini’s Archangel’s Enigma had 129 votes…and the runner up had 19. But seriously, did anyone expect anything else?

As usual, to celebrate the release of another great book, let’s do a little giveaway. If you would like to win a paperback copy of Archangel’s Enigma, just drop a line in the comments section and let me know. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Random.org. Let’s close this baby down on Thursday night, Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

archangel's enigmaSynopsis…

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

For those who devoured this one already, I will start up a spoiler thread next week so we can obsess over discuss this beauty. Much is to be said.

Pick of the Week…

This is one of those interesting weeks, where my pick of the week is not actually the book I am most excited for. Strange, I know, but it works like this. Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Enigma, comes out today, and that is a total win. But, it is already going to be the book of the month for September, and I have already read it (thanks to a most gracious ARC copy). I then thought about Kim Harrison‘s The Drafter, but since I am on the fence about that one, it was out of the running. That left perennial stand-by Christine Feehan and her latest Carpathian book, Dark Ghost, as my pick of the week. I know that doesn’t sound like the most glowing recommendation, but her books have a special place in my reading heart. I roll my eyes, snicker way more than I should, pick apart every plot hole and error, and devour them anyways. It is a sickness, I think.

feehan dark ghostSynopsis…

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

I know a lot of people have drifted away from the Carpathian books in the last few years, but for those who still chug along, how excited are you for Andre’s story? He has never been a standout character for me, or maybe all of the ancients are starting to blur together for me at this point. I mean, really. How many “the most dangerous of them all” can there really be? Are you looking forward to checking back into series, or are you giving this one a pass?

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from Kim Harrison. I have been intrigued by The Peri Reed series since The Drafter was first announced, since I thought it would be a good chance for me to try another author on my “want to read someday” list. I have the first book of her Hollows series, but just haven’t made it there. Yet.

the drafterSynopsis…

The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s sexy new romantic suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back forty seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti and tries to find the truth with a sullen but talented psychologist named Silas who works for the very agency trying to bring the Opti corruption to light.

With Howard, tech and med specialist, and Taf, gun-toting daughter of the apposing grass-roots agency, Silas and Peri try to rebuild her memory of the night she killed her partner, knowing it will put her mental stability in danger. Peri remembers, and thoughts of revenge keep her alive and moving forward as she tries to put an end to Opti, working with the very faction that wants to see her dead.

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Who has this one on their radar? Did anyone try out the prequel story that recently came out, called Sidetracked? What did you think?

Weekly Wrap Up. I Fail.

booksIt is time for the ol’ weekly wrap up post, and it shouldn’t take long since I read precisely…0 books. Yep, I can honestly say that I didn’t read so much as a word for an entire seven days. In other words…nada.

Zip.

Zilch.

Zero.

Hopefully the shame of posting that I was a total dud will help give me the kick in the butt I need to get me back on track for next week. How did your reading shape up this past week? I figure pretty much everyone had to do better than me.

September’s Book of the Month…

With all of my whining that there wasn’t much going on and I didn’t have anything new to post, I completely forgot to up the usual book of the month post for September. That is probably because I refuse to believe that September starts next week, but anyways. It seems September has a couple of biggies heading our way, with a few smaller releases to keep things interesting. I picked 10 titles to list in the poll, but if you have a different choice for your book of the month, just click “Other” then leave your selection in the comments section. A complete list of September’s releases can be found HERE. Once again, the winning title will be offered as a giveaway.

What Do You Know?

question-markWhat with there being no new series starting up this week, that meant no regular Monday post. And no books I was interested in meant no Tuesday post. Aaaand only one or two new covers meant no cover lover posts, either. What is a book blogger to do but turn the tables?

Have you seen anything interesting around? Any info that caught your eye, or cover reveal that got you excited?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksGood Lord, this seemed like one long, long sucker of a week (my weekends begin on Sunday nights). I didn’t get a ton read, but I have been pretty good about my August goal of wrapping up a few one-book-left series.

It took quite a while, but I managed to get back into the swing of Rick Riordan‘s Heroes of Olympus series and finish off Blood of Olympus. I had totally lost track of the storyline heading into this one, and I have to admit that there were quite a few things mentioned from previous books that I didn’t remember at all. Even so, it was a fun read, and hopefully now I am ready for the start of the new Norse mythology series featuring Magnus Chase when it begins in October.

I also tackled a couple of books from favorite authors, with varying results. First up was Deceptions from Kelley Armstrong, which is the third book of her Cainsville series. This was one of my most anticipated books for the year, and I wasn’t disappointed. A lot questions are answered, which I wasn’t expecting this early on (there are two more books to come, after all). There are also some developments on the romantic front, and as much as I have come to dread the whole love triangle thing, for some reason I don’t mind it here. The only problem I have with it is that I just can’t tell which way it will go…Ricky or Gabriel? I preferred Gabriel going into this one, but Ricky has really grown on me. I guess I will just have to wait until next August to find out, since that is when Betrayals is scheduled for release.

My second book didn’t work out quite as well for me. In trying to branch out, I decided to pick up the young adult contemporary thriller, Don’t Look Back, from Jennifer L. Armentrout. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it. It seemed like an interesting story, but it just didn’t grab me at all. It has actually become one of my very rare Did Not Finish books, and I will be adding it to the donation pile. To be perfectly fair, though, I usually have trouble when I stray away from the PNR/UF genre, especially in terms of young adult or new adult. I know better, but I still try something different every now and then with disappointing results. I guess I should learn that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

What did you read this week? Did you start up any new series worth sharing, or did you manage to whittle down the TBR pile at all?