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Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

There aren’t any big “wow” covers in this batch, but there are some decent ones. Let’s start with the cover for the first book of Deborah Blake‘s Baba Yaga spin-off series, Dangerously Charming. It has a release date of October 4th.

dangerously charmingEver since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts.

This second one is from Heather Graham‘s Krewe of Hunters series. Deadly Fate is due out on July 26th.

deadly fateWhen Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI’s elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters.

Thor’s been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska…

Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love—and their contact with the ghosts of the victims—brings them together to solve the case…and prevent a deadly fate of their own!

Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb is part of the Demon Hunting series from Lexi George, and it has a release date of May 1st.

demon hunting with a dixie debWay down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten–when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down? Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim…

Jenna Black will release a complete collection bind-up of her Nikki Glass series called Descendant, and it will be out on June 28th.

descendantFor Immortal Huntress and cunning private investigator Nikki Glass, vengeance trumps all in this complete collection of acclaimed author Jenna Black’s addictive urban fantasy series!

The omnibus edition of all four Descendant novels, as well as the e-novella Pros and Cons that takes place between the events of Deadly Descendant and Rogue Descendant, is a must-have for all urban fantasy fans.

These last five are all young adult releases, starting with a new one from Anna Banks. Nemesis is the first book of a duology, and it will be out on October 4th.

nemesisPrincess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

And this next one comes from Juliet Marillier. Den of Wolves is the third book in the Blackthorn and Grim series, and it will be out next November.

den of wolvesHealer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies…

Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone…

This one is from Gwenda Bond. Girl in the Shadows is the second book in the Girl on a Wire series, and it will be out on July 5th.

girtl in the shadowsEighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

Rosamund Hodge‘s Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is the first book of an as-yet untitled series, and it will be out on September 27th.

bright smoke cold fireWhen the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

And this final one is from Josephine Angelini. Witch’s Pyre is the third and final book of the Worldwalker series, and it will be released on September 20th.

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YA Unhaul…The Aftermath

So, I wasn’t kidding when I said that I had completely lost interest in the vast majority of my young adult books. And because there is nothing I love more than getting rid of stuff, I thought it was time for another un-haul. It is sometimes hard to get rid of the pretty ones, but I was strong(ish). So, these are the books that will be finding a new home…

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So, that lightens my load by just a shade under 50 books. As a bonus, not only did I free up three whole shelves on my bookcase, but I dropped down to only 117 books on my TBR pile. I say “just” 117, but for a while I was at the 400 range. My goal for 2016 was to drop below the 100 mark, which is pretty much a given. This is pretty much an even mix between read and unread, but I still am happy with the un-haul. The not so great part? Having to cart all of them around to give them away.

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How Things Change…

no signI have been faithfully following my plans to both whittle down my TBR pile and tackle a bunch of the series that I have only a book or two left to read to finish them off. For the most part, the series that needed to be finished off were young adult trilogies, since most of my adult series are pretty much open ended. So, I am chugging along, when it suddenly hit me that…I didn’t care. For some reason, I completely have lost my interest in most young adult books. I was forcing myself to read them because I “had to”, and forcing myself to keep buying the second and third books in the series because I already had the first one, when my brain kicked in and I realized that I really didn’t “have to”.

As I was going through my piles of YA books that still had to be read, I realized that I didn’t remember most of the characters or storylines, and I had absolutely no interest in finding out what happened next. There are still a few that I will keep up on – like the Arcana Chronicles from Kresley Cole, and the Shadowhunter books from Cassandra Clare, but for the most part I am giving them up. I can’t stomach the thought of one more angsty love triangle, I swear. It will be a case-by-case basis whether or not I read the ones I already have or if I give them away.

The funny thing is, it hit me all of a sudden – and I can’t tell you why. Within the course of about a week, my whole interest shifted and I just can’t seem to care about anything YA related. I was about 50 pages from the end of a story when I realized that I didn’t even feel the need to see how things wrapped up. Then it happened again. Then again. Maybe I finally grew up? Nah, I can’t see it. I guess there are just too many great books that I want to read to make myself take time for something I don’t.

How have your reading habits changed? Have you ever just gotten tired of a style/author/genre without warning? How have you been expanding your reading horizons?

Cover Lover

Cover Lover -Magic Binds

Ilona Andrews upped the cover for the next Kate Daniels book over on her Facebook page, so that means it is fair game for me to post it here. Magic Binds will be a biggie, but now we just have to wait until September 27th to get our hands on it.

magic bindsMercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Have I gotten amnesia? How did Kate get the scar on her face? Curious…

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Site Updates…

Well, I think I managed to get all of the author pages and the main site switched over to the new format. You shouldn’t notice much difference (I hope), but I just wanted to streamline things a little bit, and move away from the grungy/splatter look to a more swirly, simple look. If you find anything that looks weird/doesn’t work, please drop me a line.

Oh, I also finished up the author page for J.D. Robb, which you can find HERE. I did limit it to J.D. Robb, too – no Nora Roberts. I actually laughed when I saw just how many series and trilogies she has written over the years. I read a couple of the Nora Roberts titles, and while I didn’t think they were bad, they really didn’t grab me. Too bad, too, because the trade paperback size books have great covers and would look beautiful all lined up on the shelf.

I still have to do the clean-up on the guide for the Kate Daniels series, plus add the info for Spider Game. And I will be adding a guide for the In Death series, but I will be uploading it one book at a time (if I wait until I have the whole series read before I start it, it will never get done). It will be a long, long term project.

Oh, and just a quick question – would you find a guide for G.A. Aiken‘s Dragon Kin series helpful? I was trying to decide between it or Lords of the Underworld, but to be honest I think the characters in the Dragon Kin series are harder to get a handle on (those damn names get me every time). If you think it should be my next goal, just let me know in the comments section (which is now reached by a link at the top of the post, not to the side).

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week…

My pick of the week this week comes from Deborah Blake and her Baba Yaga series. Wickedly Powerful is the third book of a trilogy about the mysterious witches of Russian lore, and it will be followed by a spin-off trilogy starting later this year.

wickedly powerfulSynopsis…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

I am about half-way through the first book, and I am liking it so far. The prequel e-novella was a good set up for the series, but not completely necessary to get into the world-building.

Book of the Month

BotM – Brotherhood in Death

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I admit, I am only two books into the In Death series by J.D. Robb, but I get the hype. It is funny, actually – even though this sucker is #42 in the series, I haven’t heard anyone say that they drifted away, or got bored, or things got repetitive. None at all. I can’t think of any other super long-running series that can say that. I am not surprised that Brotherhood in Death was chosen as February’s book of the month.

brotherhood in deathSynopsis…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

Ok, seriously. Is anyone up-to-date on the whole In Death series? I am going to pace myself, even though I am tempted to do a mini-marathon, so that I don’t burn out. I am looking forward to it, though.

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New Series Alert…

Time again to see what new series are starting up this week. It looks like there is just one, and it is a young adult release from Melissa Landers called Starflight.

starflightSynopsis…

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

Review

Reading Wrap Up…and a Rant

booksTime again to check in and see what everyone is reading this week. I managed to check another series off my list, and wrapped up the Young Adult Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. It was another “one book left” series I had on the go, but reading Of Neptune was a bit of a chore – mostly because I found the main character really annoying this time around. It is hard to put into words just how much Emma grated on my nerves, actually. Not only was she annoying, she was stupid and shallow on top of it. Glad to see that one done.

Oh, and I read not one, but two of the In Death books from J.D. Robb. I am still toying with the idea of doing a character guide for this series, which I think would be fun (but pretty damn long). I do have to decide soon, though – a re-read of 40 books probably isn’t in my future. Anyways, I am really liking this series so far, and I am getting the hype. I am even doing up an author page so I can try and keep the series straight, too.

Now for the rant portion of the post – Spider Game. As always, I like to point out when a book/series/author is a favorite of mine to you can take what I say accordingly, and I admit that I am a long-time Ghostwalker fan. Huge fan. I found the previous book, Viper Game, wasn’t bad, but it felt more like a Breeds story than a Ghostwalker book to me. But Spider Game? I am not quite sure what that was.

I actually liked the story – what there was of it. The set up was good and things were starting to get interesting. I found Trap and Cayenne were the best part of Viper Game, and they had real potential as a couple. There wasn’t the usual “destined to be together but fighting to stay apart” thing going on for 90% of the book, which I liked. But more importantly, I felt like I was reading a Ghostwalker book again. But then, IT happened. All of a sudden, it was like someone had dropped some 50 Shades of Whatever wannabe in the middle of the book. It became page after page after damn page of sex scenes, or at least that is what it felt like. And not Feehan’s usual sex scenes, either. Oh, no. She took things up a notch, but it just didn’t work for me. And once the endless sex scenes started, everything else went down hill, and fast. Even the two big-bad’s that had haunted Trap since childhood were dealt with in like a page and a half, tops. And yes, Trap and Cayenne had to get out of bed to deal with them, too.

We had mentioned before the whole Alphahole and the Doormat thing some of Christine’s books had going on lately, and that really, really happens here. When it was just Trap and Cayenne, mostly I didn’t mind them. Yes, he was all he-man, and yes, I did have to roll my eyes at Cayenne more than once (ugh, she started carrying a toothbrush with her everywhere in case he needed to, you know, USE her mouth = brain damaging eye roll. With gagging sound effects), but it was fine. Weird, but fine. Trap coming off as a nympho with a box of new mail-order toys? Uh, ok. Kinda boring by now, but whatever. My problem came the moment anyone else was around. Basically, Trap turned into an asshole. I tried to find a nicer way to say it, but there isn’t one. A total asshole. And a douchebag. With a huge helping of psycho on top. He became jealous, controlling, angry, irrational, borderline violent and downright mean the moment anyone else was on the page. And who got to deal with it? Cayenne. And her response? Basically, it was “Honey, that wasn’t nice. You hurt my feelings. Take my clothes off? Of course.” Wait, what? He needed to be shot, preferably in the balls. Several times. And the moment they are alone again, he flips his mental switch back to regular sex-fiend Trap. His personality switches gave me whiplash. And not in a good way.

So, basically, it is like someone took 50 pages of a good Ghostwalker story and awkwardly mashed in a weird erotica story involving a split personality hero and a bunch of spider webs into the mix. And the fit was not pretty. I enjoyed the Ghostwalker part, and could’ve done without the rest. Oh, and it looks like the next book will be another team four adventure (since the first two have been so awesome). Swamp Game be out next year, and I am betting on Joe…and Violet. I wonder if Joe will follow Wyatt and Trap into asshole territory, too?

Am I way out there? What was your take on Spider Game? Did Trap just go too far for you, too? What did you think of the “new” style of sexy scenes Christine Feehan had going on?