Pick of the Week – and Best Day Ever!

2017 looks like it is going to be the year where a lot of series I faithfully follow are either wrapping up, spinning off, or changing direction. The Fever series from Karen Marie Moning is one of the latter. This week’s Feversong is the end of the second arc that focused on MacKayla Lane and Jerricho Barrons – or at least that is my understanding of it. Either way, Feversong is my pick of the week, and my pick of the month, and it was probably one of my picks of the year.

feversongSynopsis…

As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: The Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

I have the hardcover copy coming, and I was desperate enough to order the Kindle copy, too. And I waited up until 4:00am until it was delivered to my i-pad, just so I could “read the first few chapters”. Yeah, I finished it around 8:00am, but I have to admit that by the end of it I was just skimming things to find out what happened to Jada/Dani and Ryodan, Dancer and Christian. This one has a lot to wrap up, and it will need a much slower, more thorough read for me to get a handle on what I thought about it. My greed didn’t do me, or the book, any favors, and I won’t pull that again. I hope.

And on to the best news ever. I have been spamming Edelweiss with requests for a review copy of White Hot from Ilona Andrews. I mean at least three or four times a week I hit that “submit request” button. Today, I finally got a yes (and it didn’t come with a restraining order, so double win!). While Feversong is one of my most anticipated books of the year, I would go so far as to say that White Hot is tied for third as the book I am most excited for, along with Rituals from Kelley Armstrong and Silver Silence from Nalini Singh. Any guesses as to what I will be doing tonight?

Pick of the Week

Well, it is probably a good thing that I am planning on a bit of a site redesign, since I was playing around with things yesterday and managed to completely delete all of the custom features I had made over the blog since the beginning. Fonts and layout and widgets on the side were all gone. After I got done swearing and hyperventilating at the same time, I managed to get most of the things back to some version of normal. Most. Can I find the feature that will let you sign into WordPress? No. Fonts? Weird. Meh, bear with me.

Anyways, on to my pick of the week. Granted, there isn’t a ton to chose from this week, but I have been looking forward to Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, which tied for first place in the book of the month poll. I was surprised by how well it did, since I figured it would come quite a ways down the list after Feversong, Eleventh Grave and Power Game, but then hype surrounding the series has been building for a while now.

breath of fireSynopsis…

SHE’S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD…
“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a girl to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or not at all.

I so have to go back and skim the ending of the first book again, since I honestly can’t remember what happened at all. I did grab this one for my ipad, but I won’t be able to dive in for a few days. It will be interesting to see if reviews are universally positive, or if they are a bit more divided like Doug Meeks (review HERE). Which side of the line did you fall on for this second book of The Kingmaker Chronicles?

Pick of the Week

Welp, two days and two different Ilona Andrews‘ posts, but there are definitely worse things to have. Any week that Ilona has a new release coming out is a good week, and it is pretty much guaranteed to be my most anticipated. One Fell Sweep is absolutely no exception.

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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has and may have to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that.

I was very kindly sent a copy of this one by Ilona, and I can’t wait to do a whole re-read when I am off in December. I followed along pretty faithfully with the online serial releases, but it will be nice to marathon the whole thing. Let the countdown begin for the next one…

Pick of the Week

There isn’t a lot coming out this week, but there is one that I am guardedly looking forward to. Even though I often poke some fan-girl fun at Christine Feehan, I do still faithfully grab all of her books as soon as I can, and this week’s Leopard’s Fury won’t be an exception. But even though I still read all of her series, some recent changes in tone and feel have made the books hit or miss for me. I did check out the excerpt that was recently released for Leopard’s Fury, and I can confirm that, as per my Feehan Female Formula:

  • the female lead is indeed small and curvy
  • she has long, thick dark hair
  • works hard, but doesn’t have much
  • is a brilliant baker, so has the homemaker thing down

Still to be determined:

  • sweetly submits to his every command, usually involving using the word “honey”
  • wears floor-length skirts and soft, vintage blue jeans
  • is at some point bought ruffled boots by her leading man

So, my pick of the week is Leopard’s Fury. Let’s see how this one goes.

leopard's furySynopsis…

With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.

Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

I liked Alonzo in the last book, so hopefully that will translate into this one. So, yes or no for you on Leopard’s Fury? Did anything else catch your fancy this week?

Pick of the Week

I am actually posting this a few hours late because I got totally engrossed in a Stranger Things marathon. I have been hearing the hype for this for a while now, but was of course late to the party. Quite the addictive show, I must admit. Creeped me out more than once. But back to business and my pick of the week. There are a couple of great books to choose from, but I am going to pick the one not named book of the month.

Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock spin-off series featuring Nell Ingram was one I didn’t plan on liking as much as I did. I haven’t really gotten into the Jane books for reasons I have already blathered on about time and again, but I found myself engrossed in Nell’s story from the start. Curse on the Land, book two, is my pick of the week.

curse on the landSynopsis…

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

So, after a bit of a dry spell, we get two great books this week, what with Archangel’s Heart coming out as well. It seems like it always goes that way – nothing much, or too much. Happy reading!

Pick of the Week

I am late on making my pick of the week post because, well, I was reading my pick of the week. There wasn’t much to choose from, but even if the release deck was fully stocked odds are I still would’ve picked Nalini Singh‘s Wild Embrace. To finally get the story of the mysterious Arrow-who-isn’t Stefan? And to find out what was going on for Jem and Kenji? Both in the same book? Beauty.

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Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander…

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…

It was great to get back into changeling stories – I hadn’t realized how much I missed them, what with the last few books being Psy based (although I think Stefan’s story was my favorite of the four included here). Two of the biggest lingering questions I had about the whole series was what was up with Jem and Kenji, and how Stefan ended up based on Alaris with a possible mate, so I was a happy reader.

This one falls story-line wise before Allegiance of Honor, but it is the last official release in the first Psy/Changeling chapter. Nalini has mentioned she is working on the next as we speak. Where do you think things will go? Will she start to delve into BlackSea or maybe RainFire? The Falcons? I know (believe-pray-hope) that Silver, Pax and Bo have to have their turns coming up, but I also really want to get more from SnowDancer in the form of Alexei, Tomas and the other un-mated Sentinels, plus Jamie from DarkRiver. Jamie was mentioned too much in Allegiance of Honor for it to be casual, so he must have something coming up. I think.

Pick of the Week

I am pretty sure my pick of the week will not come as a surprise to anyone who has been around Wicked Scribes for a while, since I have made no secret of my somewhat odd and strangely intense love for Kelley Armstrong‘s Cainsville series. I can’t tell you why, either – I can’t point to it and say “I like this and this and this…”, in fact, it isn’t my usual type of read at all, since the paranormal element in the first couple of books was only hinted at. But love it I do, and so my pick of the week is Betrayals

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When Olivia’s life exploded–after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers–she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents’ crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn’t enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel’s help to clear Ricky’s name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.

Kelley Armstrong has been quietly climbing my list of favorite authors for a while now, and in fact there is only one young adult series I don’t have – I have everything else she has put out, and enjoyed it all (no matter the genre). I can even say that weirdly enough, I am even enjoying the love triangle (eh, sort of triangle?) in the Cainsville series, so that means I really am a fan. Her Women of the Otherworld and YA spin-offs were good. So were the Nadia Stafford books, and her new Casey Duncan series set in Rockton, too. For me, so far, Kelley has been a can’t miss author.

Pick of the Week

There are some good releases coming out this week, but I think for my pick I am going to have to go with The Curse of Tenth Grave from Darynda Jones. I am interested to see how things progress after the events in Ninth Grave.

the curse of tenth graveSynopsis…

Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

But one of them stole her heart a very long time ago. Can a god of absolute death and destruction change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiance lie with his brothers?

Those are just some of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl on the run for her life, a man who’s been framed for murdering a woman who is still very much alive, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

I got my copy already, but I chose to read Shadow Riders by Christine Feehan first, which I have been quite enjoying. It reads like a “Feehan” book, unlike some of the past few stories have. All in all, this is a nice release week, I must say.

Pick of the Week

It feels like a while since I had a pick of the week post, probably because May was sort of a blah release month. But this week, we have a new Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter to look forward to. It is the first of the series to be released in hardcover, which sort of threw me for a while. This many books in, you would think it would be time to start wrapping things up, not change up the format.

But, it turns out that Gena will be adding her Angels of the Dark characters to the Lords of the Underworld series. I actually am not sure how I feel about this, to be honest. There was overlap between the two series, of course, but to me they feel like two separate worlds. Oh, well, we will see how it goes. Anyways, my pick of the week is The Darkest Torment.

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Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

So, what is your take on the combination of the two series? Yes or no?

Pick of the Week

My pick for this week is something a little different for me. The second book of Alyssa Day‘s e-format Tiger’s Eye Mystery series, Private Eye, is one I have been looking forward to since I reluctantly decided to pick up the first book. I loved Jack in the Warriors of Poseidon series, but I wasn’t so sure about reading what sounded like a cozy mystery series. Turns out I really liked it, and I am so glad to see Jack maybe get a chance at his own HEA (since he so got short-changed in the Warriors series).

private eyeSynopsis…

When Tess Callahan, new owner of Dead End Pawn, meets her grandmother the banshee, life is about to get complicated. When Tess’s partner Jack Shepherd, tiger shapeshifter and P.I., gets involved to help them investigate a banshee-kidnapping spree, life is about to get deadly. Because nothing is ever simple in Dead End, Florida, and sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

What is your pick of the week? Are you checking this one out, or are you looking forward to something else?