It looks like there are only two new series coming our way this week – one adult and one young adult. But there is also a “new again” title I have been long hoping for.
From the adult side of things, this is the week for Tessa Adams‘ Lone Star Witch to make its debut with the release of the first book, Soulbound.
As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…
While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.
Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.
Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…
Lone Star Witch reading list HERE
For the young adult release, Gail Carriger starts her new Finishing School series with the release of Etiquette and Espionage. This one is set in the same world as her popular Parasol Protectorate series, but 25 years earlier in the timeline.
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
Finishing School reading list HERE
And now for the one I have been hoping for for quite a while. Ever since Patricia Briggs‘ Alpha and Omega series switched over to hardcover, I had been hoping that the first couple of books would be re-issued like the early Mercy Thompson books had been. And, as a bonus, the hardcover version of Cry Wolf will also include the absolutely necessary novella that started it all, Alpha and Omega.
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself.
After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.
Alpha and Omega reading list HERE
What are you grabbing this week? I am so glad they went ahead with the Cry Wolf re-issue, so now I can hopefully have all of Patricia Briggs’ books on the one hardcover shelf (OCD rears its ugly head once again).