Reading Wrap Up and…Stuff

booksHey all. Let’s start with the stuff, shall we?

Dawn and I both got slapped with the notice that the next Breeds book from Lora Leigh, Cross Breed, has been pushed back. Gasp! I know, right, the shock is real! Eh, seriously – part of me expected it since it has happened to pretty much all of the Breeds books for the last few years, but part of me had hope that this one would come in on time. Nope. So no more March 27th for Cassie’s story, it will now be out on September 25th.

On the reading wrap up side of things, I have been playing catch-up since I finished my Jane Yellowrock marathon. I picked up Deborah Blake‘s Wickedly Spirited. It is a novella set in her Baba Yaga world, and it was a quick, fun read. It also got me back into things before the release of the next Broken Riders book next month. 3 out of 5.

And I also blew through The White Lily from Juliette Cross. This was my first “e-only” series I ever picked up way back when, and I really do like the fairy-tale retelling aspect and the new take on vampires and werewolves. From what I understand, there is only one more book planned for this series, which is a shame. I do see so much potential for several possible couples. 4 out of 5.

I was also behind on a couple of Christine Feehan releases. First up, I tackled Leopard’s Blood from the Leopard people series. I did quite enjoy it, but it is weird when you get to a character’s story and you don’t really recognize his personality from previous books. This time around it was Joshua Tregre’s turn, and I didn’t see much of the kind of goofy, playful Joshua I had seen before. He wasn’t a monster or anything, but his character had a different tone to me. I guess he was just “alpha’d up”, so to speak, as pretty much always happens. And now it looks like we have even more Russian Leopard shifters running around, too. I guess it makes sense since we are running out of team-members of Drake’s to focus on. 3.5 out of 5.

Then I picked up the latest Carpathian book, Dark…Something. Dark…Legacy (had to look it up). Yeah. It was fine. But what I realized while reading it is that for the last four or five books, I remember nothing about them. NOTHING. Not the names, not the characters or storylines or set up for future books. NOTHING. It is perfectly fine while I am reading them (nothing earth-shattering, but the usual Feehan Dark story which I pretty much always enjoy), but as soon as I put those suckers down, I forget everything that happened. As I was reading Dark Legacy (had to check for the name again), I had no clue who most of the characters were except for Tariq – and I remember nothing about his book, what I remember comes from when he was first introduced. And the introduction of even more baddest-of-the-bad from the monastery didn’t help, either, since they all got lost in the blur. I do remember the early books really quite well, but the last few have just become all jumbled and leave my brain the moment I am finished reading. Aaaand since I have no clue what happened and I just finished it a couple of days ago —-> 3 out of 5.

And wrapping things up was The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (character guide has been updated and is being edited, too). As much as I do really enjoy this series, the God angle in the last couple didn’t work for me. It didn’t bug me as much this time around, which was great. And I liked having the whole band back together, too. It was action packed, but pretty much everyone got their page-time. Charley was her “old self” for me, too, which I had missed the last couple of books. But there was one thing that kept niggling at the back of my mind, and that was wasn’t Charley a bit TOO “her old self” for everything that was going on with Reyes? Jokes and quips and Mocha lattes were a lot of fun, but it didn’t quite suit the potential end-of-her-world that was going on. It might be a nitpick since I did really enjoy this one, more so than the last couple, but it just felt a little off to me. Great ending, though – and quite the set up for the final book. 4 out of 5.

There you go. What have you been up to? Any great reads lately, or any letdowns? Do you have any series that you find yourself going blank on? What do you see happening for Charley 13?

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Be My Eyes And Ears?

question-markSo, I was wondering if any of you has heard anything about Lara Adrian? A month or so ago, she was scheduled to release Claimed in Shadows, but the release date for that came…and went…with no word or sign of the book. The only thing I found for it was over on Goodreads, which now just lists the release date as 2018. Lara’s official site just lists it as a summer release – last summer, that is. And I am getting the vibe the same thing is shaping up to happen with the first Hunter Legacy spin-off book, Born of Darkness. It is listed on Goodreads as being scheduled for release this December 1st, but it hasn’t shown up on any Amazon sites, and the official blurb is still missing.

I know Kresley Cole suffered a set-back when she broke her leg earlier this year, but did any of you get any dirt on why the big pushback on Shadow’s Kiss? It took a rather big jump, and now has a release date set for next December…which will mean the best part of two years between IAD releases. Ditto the fifth book of The Arcana Chronicles, The Dark Calling, which now is just showing as TBA. It makes me wonder if maybe she has something else in the works that I didn’t hear about, because it seems like a long time for no releases from a normally quite steady author.

And, have any of you heard anything about what Darynda Jones has in store? I just finished The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, and I am glad she will be wrapping things up with the next book. I would love to see an Osh-and-Beep centric series, or even an Amber-and-Quentin one – after a time jump for both, that is. I have been digging around to see what I can find out, but I haven’t had any luck yet. Have you? Any word of what’s going on?

Any gossip to share? I am not a fan of social media, so I think I might miss some info that you might have access to. Have you heard anything about what is going on with any of these authors? Or any excitement from any other authors?

Cover Lover – Queen of Air and Darkness

Holy crap…is that a beauty or what? Cassandra Clare recently revealed the cover for the third book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy, Queen of Air and Darkness, and it continues the trend of Shadowhunter-world books being gorgeous. It was the pretty covers that made me pick up The Mortal Instruments in the first place (which I quite liked), and The Infernal Devices is probably my favorite (and most beautiful) trilogy of all time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get into this spin-off series and I ended up getting rid of the first two (both in print AND digital, ugh), but this one really makes me want to rethink that. I won’t, but it would look soooo pretty with all of the rest of them on the shelf. No! But…no! That argument will be going on in my head until it is released next December.

queen of air and darknessSynopsis…

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

lineWhat is the last book that made you want to buy it just for the cover alone? Did you cave into the urge, or stay strong and just lust from afar as I am trying to do?

Check One Off Of The Bucket List

check24 novellas. 13 books. Spread over 2 series…read from start to finish without stopping. And I can officially check Jane Yellowrock off of my TBR Bucket List. Yes!

As I have whined about in other posts, I had tried to tackle Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock series a couple of years back with not much success. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it was just that for whatever reason I couldn’t get myself interested. It checked off all of the boxes of what I enjoy in a series – except a set love interest. I think it was the whole “maybe it will be him? Or him? Maybe him?” that went on in my head between Rick, Leo and Bruiser, but it really took me out of the series. But all of that changed when I dove into the Nell Ingram spin-off…and completely loved it. That gave me a renewed interest in Jane’s side of things (along with all of you telling me that Jane does, indeed, get true love interest). And wow, did things change.

I can’t tell you why, but my second try at Jane just…worked. Maybe worked too well, since I honestly just couldn’t stop. I marathoned one after the other (after the other), read every novella and short story, and still wanted more. Even anticipated new releases were put firmly into my TBR collection to enjoy at a later date. Post-Jane later date. I do still think I am more of a Nell-series fan, but it isn’t by much. And I got so much more out of Nell’s books after I got up-to-date on the world as a whole that it was worth it for that alone.

For me, too, it is rare to find a series that seems to get better with every book. I seemed to like each Jane book more than the one before it, with Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) being my favorite one yet. So much happened…and so much was set up to happen in Dark Queen and beyond. Now my countdown begins for Nell #3, Flame in Dark.

Your turn. What is your longest uninterrupted complete series marathon? How often do you get so sucked into a world you just don’t come up for air until the whole darn thing is finished? Have you ever given up on a series only to find love on the second try?

Cover Lover – Shadow Keeper

Happy Ever After hosted the cover reveal for the third book from Christine Feehan‘s Shadows series, Shadow Keeper. No matter what your opinion, you just can’t deny that Christine can crank out the books. Five separate PNR series on the go at the same time, one book for each series per year (roughly). This one has a release date of May 29th.

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Synopsis…

One family brings its own brand of justice to the streets of Chicago’s shadowy underworld as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to a series hot enough to burn…

The paparazzi can’t get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them–and the women he beds–he’s just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can’t hunt in the dark, he’ll find his pleasure elsewhere…

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she’s fair game–until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He’s dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match…

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Where does this series fall on you ranking for Christine Feehan’s series? I used to be a die-hard Ghostwalkers fangirl, but lately I would say I more favor the Sea Haven set books. I guess I will see if that continues what with the new motorcycle club/superpowered Russian assassins spin-off set in Sea Haven that fires up in January.

Keeping the Torch?

Sigh. Made-up mind unmade?

Here’s what I am thinking. Time is a bit scarce, but I really hate letting all of the years of work go. And I still have to keep track of my own crap, anyways. I will still be hunting down books, still looking for covers and blurbs, and I still have to have a place to put them. So what I might do is maybe just post less..ish. Updates here and there. New series and book of the week posts. Maybe the reading wrap up stuff every couple of weeks. Just what catches my eye, I guess.

I am strangely enough quite able to keep up on adding to the new release pages, which is weird. The character guides? Ummm…well. I will see how it goes. Maybe if I can get back to my routine of working on them for an hour a day, I might be able to get caught up. Eventually. Or at least working on it.

Honestly, I wasn’t trying to be overly dramatic when I said I was letting this place go. I have been thinking about it for a while, ever since my work schedule went to hell in June, but it just isn’t setting right with me. I have dropped a lot of other stuff, rearranged a bunch more (er, learned to live with a messy house, that sort of thing). My problem is I have always had trouble with doing things half-way. If I can’t do something right, I don’t like to do it at all. I think I just need to get it into my head that this is a hobby, not a job, and I will do what I can. So, if you can, bear with me while I get my crap figured out.

Passing the Torch

So, I had hoped to hold off until the end of the year, but I think my blogging time has come to an end. As sad as it is for me, work constraints have made it impossible to keep up on everything, and there doesn’t look to be any changes in sight. I am only doing the bare minimum around here, and even finding the time for that can be difficult.

I would ideally like to turn the blog over to someone else, if there were any takers. It is set up and ready to step into, and he or she could take their time to customize it to their own style. If anyone is interested, just hit the “Contact Me” button and let me know.

Either way, I would really like to say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment, contribute reviews and favorites, and just generally show up day after day. I would like to stay in contact, so if there are any great PNR/UF discussion groups you could recommend, I would be much obliged. I want to stay in the loop, I just don’t have the time to do the behind-the-scenes stuff anymore. Thanks again to everyone, and I hope someone does keep things going. A lot went into it, and I would like to see someone take over who can give it the time it deserves.

Here I Go Again

question markWay back when, before I made the switch to e-books, I used to routinely whine about the size of my to-be-read pile, which I had dubbed Mount TBR. At one point, there were close to 400 books on my shelves that were taunting me with their unread status. And I hated it. I can’t stand feeling behind, or disorganized, or out of control, and having too many books to ever get caught up on felt like work. But several big purges and my sudden devotion to Kindle-for-ipad cured me. I thought.

My goal has always been to have exactly 1 TBR book. ONE. Since no book is ever more than “One Click” away, I figured I could just grab what I wanted, when I wanted it, and not have anything that I “had to” read. No guilt, no pressure. But old habits die hard, and I recently noticed I am climbing back up Mount TBR. Again. I now have a to-be-read collection containing almost 40 titles – and climbing. Does the addiction ever really end? I don’t think so. Where does your TBRs stand? Have you been getting it under control, or is it creeping up on you, too?

Book of the Month

Eh, November. Not a month I am really excited over. Honestly, there is only one new release this month that I will be picking up – well, one plus Kelley Armstrong‘s Nadia Stafford novella, Perfect Victim, but that doesn’t really count here. At least it will give me a chance to finish up my Jane Yellowrock world marathon (the only type of marathon I will ever be in, too). So, it is time to pick your book of the month for November. I have chosen 10 titles to list for the poll, but if you have something else you are anticipating just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. Let’s hope I can not bungle this like I did for October. Anyways, a complete listing of November’s releases can be found HERE.

So, my pick will have to be Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake (probably because it is the only new release I will be picking up this month). Come to think of it, I don’t remember there being a ton I am dying to get my hands on for December, either. I might be ending 2017 with a whimper.

Another Cover Lover – The Darkest Warrior

It seems that after a pretty dry stretch in regards to new covers, things are looking up. We got a couple of big reveals in the last week or so, and it looks like it is The Darkest Warrior‘s turn. But Gena Showalter‘s big reveal isn’t without its share of controversy.

the darkest warriorHe is ice…

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily ever after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?

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Wasn’t Puck a Centaur? Did I dream that, ’cause honestly the details are a bit fuzzy for me, but didn’t he have four legs and horns and a tail? No? If he didn’t, then I am wondering what I was smoking to think he did…oy. I guess I will find out when it is released on June 26th.

I should mention that there has been some…uh…vocal opposition to this one. Like very vocal. I guess a lot of people were on the Gilliam train, but honestly? It never did it for me. I never could get behind William and Gilly as a couple, so I am completely good with things. But then, I am in the minority. A small minority. A quick scan over at Goodreads shows just how many are saying that this is the final straw and they will be throwing in the towel with the series. Where do you fall? Happy or let down that it is Puck and Gilly’s story? And if it isn’t Gilly, who do you think William will end up with?