Pick of the Week

You know those books that you both can’t wait to get your hands on and dread getting at the same time? Rituals from Kelley Armstrong is like that for me. I love this series – more with every book, it seems – but it also the fifth and final book. I don’t like saying goodbye to a favorite, but I also appreciate when an author knows when to wrap things up. I did get my print copy a day early, though, and it is great so far – loving where things are going.

ritualsSynopsis…

The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “impossible-to-put-down” Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.

Magic Triumphs News

May 8th is the date to remember – it is the day that we will get our hands on the final Kate Daniels book from Ilona Andrews. Not sure if that is one to celebrate or mourn, honestly, but either way it is one that can’t be missed. And just to get you a bit more excited, Amazon.com upped the official blurb for Magic Triumphs

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

Yep, that is going to be a monster. I am not a complete wreck because I know we have more stories set in this world coming our way, but it will still be bittersweet. I am just grateful that it is coming out in May rather than the already over-crowded March.

Bring the Heat Review

We don’t have long to wait for the next Dragon Kin book from G.A. Aiken, but Larissa has kindly sent over her early review of Bring the Heat. This is the story of Brannie and Aidan, and it will hit the shelves on the 29th.

bring-the-heatWhat Larissa said…

5 stars
G. A. Aiken, also known as Shelly Laurenston, is a master writing paranormal romance with exciting plots, incredible world building, hilarious moments and off-putting characters. Bring the Heat is a perfect example of that and it was a joy to read.
I confess that I have a bit of a hard time remembering all of the returning characters, but I did a quick check on the blurbs of previous novels in the series and I was all set. I love how much page time we got with all these past characters and couples, it made me so happy.
The main couple in Bring the Heat is Brannie and Aidan, they are so amazing together. However, their romance is not one of those full of obstacles, other than maybe their own resistance. Therefore, we get to spend more than half of the book with a bunch of other fantastic characters and story lines specially with the newest generation.
All in all Bring the Heat is superb and an awesome addition to the Dragon Kin series. Yes, the romance could have fit into a novella, but giving us a full-length novel was a brilliant move, specially in a novel that feels like the end of an arch for the series. That way we got some closure from other characters and it opened up new opportunities for new story lines and books.
If you enjoy Aiken and Laurenston sense of humor, writing style and books, you will absolutely love this book!
I am looking forward to this one, and it seems like we have waited forever to get Brannie’s story. Aidan has long been a favorite, too, so let the countdown begin.

Site Updates

Hey everyone. I had an afternoon off (yay) and thought I would get a jump on a few changes I have wanted to make ’round here. I have removed almost all of the young adult releases, but I did keep a few from certain authors. I kept Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Chronicles of Nick listings because of their ties to the Dark-Hunter world, and I also kept the Gail Carriger and Sarah J. Maas listings because it seems that they quite often appeal to a more adult audience, as well.

There were a couple of design changes, too, since I decided to whip up a new header and change a few colors around. I think I got it all, but I will probably find a few things here and there that I missed. If you notice anything acting wonky, feel free to drop me a line.

Much Appreciated

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer my young adult question below. I am so glad it was unanimous that no one would miss the young adult stuff, because I am just over it. And I probably would’ve felt guilty if there were a bunch of people who said they did like it.

Since I won’t have to bother with that whole section anymore, I am going to try and see if I can maybe branch out and try and add more self-pubbed and new authors. They are trickier to keep track of because of the usually short pre-order time and lack of info – like Lara Adrian’s next Midnight Breed book, Claimed in Shadows, which isn’t listed on Amazon yet even though it is due out in a couple of weeks. And I haven’t been able to find any blurb yet, either. Sigh.

If you have any hidden jem authors you would like me to keep an eye out for, give me a shout in the comments section. I have a “master list” of writers that I try and keep tabs on, but sometimes they still slip one by me, though.

Young Adult or Not?

question-markA while back, I decided that I just wasn’t into young adult books anymore. I had a huge pile of them waiting for me on what was formerly Mount TBR, but I had absolutely no interest in reading any of them. I’m not sure what the trigger was, but my love affair with YA died a fast death.

The problem is that since I have been out of the young adult game for a while, I honestly have no clue what is going on in terms of new releases. None. I find myself listing fewer and fewer of them in the New Release pages just because I am not in the know anymore. My question is, how much do you use the young adult listings? If I skipped a dedicated “young adult new releases” section, would you miss it?

Reading Wrap Up

Welp, my story hasn’t changed much since my last reading wrap up post – still short on time. But, things haven’t been going to badly besides that. I am still working my way through Divided in Death by J.D. Robb, and for the first third I found myself thinking that it was the first In Death book that didn’t quite grab me. Well, that changed. Once Roarke finds out that there were those in the know about what happened to Eve as a child, things took off big-time. I haven’t managed to finish it yet, but I am glad to say that I am finding it as good as all of the previous stories.

Oh, and I might casually add that I received an ARC of Archangel’s Viper from Nalini Singh. I am almost finished it, actually, and I am surprised by how much I liked Holly. Venom, too, but Holly was the standout for me. I still can’t quite put my finger on the whole Illium/Aodhan vibe that is going on, but it will be interesting to see where that goes in coming books.

So, that wraps things up for me, sadly. What have you been reading lately? Anything exciting (or disappointing) to share?

Book of the Month

As July is crawling to a close, it is time to look ahead to see what will be coming our way in August. There aren’t a ton of books coming out for me, but there is one monster one that will be bittersweet. Kelley Armstrong‘s final Cainsville book, Rituals, will be out on the 15th, and as happy as I am to get another story, saying goodbye to a favorite series is never fun. I still hold out hope that this isn’t the end, though. Anyways, I have listed a few books that you might be anticipating, but if another title is your choice for book of the month, just select “Other” and leave your pick in the comments section. A complete list of August’s releases can be found HERE.

Pick of the Week

I would love to be all bold and creative and have an unexpected pick of the week, but it just isn’t happening. Any time Ilona Andrews has a release out there just isn’t much choice. Even though I got an ARC of Wildfire, I was still on the countdown to open the ipad and see the “real” book – plus, I got my hardcover copy yesterday, too. Bonus.

wildfireSynopsis…

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Feel free to discuss in the comments section – spoilers welcome. And there is a lot to talk about. Happy reading!