Pick of the Week

I don’t usually go to the young adult side of things for my pick of the week, but since Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s last Dark Elements book, Every Last Breath, is due out, I am making an exception.

every last breathSynopsis…

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

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Jennifer is a solid favorite, so I always look forward to something of hers. And that reminds me that I have to pull a marathon and get some of her other series finished up. What will you be checking out this week?

Pick of the Week…

I was planning on making the new Alexandra Ivy book my pick of the week, because spin-off + dragons is a win, but I was annoyed by the whole lack of print copies outside the U.S. So, that means that I am making my pick of the week the other book I was looking forward to, and that is Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland. I read the first book a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised, so I am glad that there isn’t a big wait for this second release.

heat of the momentSynopsis…

A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense…until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life…and the man she will always love.

It was actually my first Handeland book, and I was happy with it. Have you read any of her stuff? What do you think of it?

Pick of the Week…and a Big, Big Thanks.

Let’s start off with the the thanks part. Way back when I originally started Wicked Scribes, I set it up basically for myself. I wanted something online to play around with, and something that would let me keep track of the books I had, the ones I wanted to get, and the ones that might look interesting. When I actually got my second follower (I think I accidentally followed myself as the first subscriber), I couldn’t believe it. I never thought there were many people who would be as interested in this weird little niche as me. Turns out I was wrong.

So, this past week, we hit 1000+ followers, which I think is amazing for a small little blog that started out as my own online organizer. Many, many thanks to those that have taken the time to subscribe, the time to comment, or even just the time to stop by and check things out. It makes the long hours I can sometimes put into it worthwhile.

On to the pick of the week. I know I am probably going to roll my eyes until I give myself a headache, and cringe more than once (ok, way more than once). I will rail against timeline inconsistencies and changes in backstory and appearance (dammit! He had green eyes in the last book!), but my pick of the week is still Lora Leigh‘s Bengal’s Quest. I mean, come on! It isn’t a Breeds story unless you snicker inappropriately at least a few times.

Bengal's QuestSynopsis…

He was a shadow, ever shifting and insinuating, able to blend in everywhere and anywhere. The elusive ideal conceived and created by the Genetics Council, he went by just as many names as he had identities—the last one being Gideon.

Now calling himself Graeme, he hides in plain sight, terrifyingly close to his goal. A rogue Bengal Breed, he has loyalties to no one but himself. And he has a need for vengeance that surges hot and swift through his veins.

Graeme plans to exact an extreme and ruthless vendetta against those who wronged him—Breed and human alike. All will suffer his wrath: those who created him, those who pretended to love him, and those who betrayed him.

That includes the one at the center of it all: a seductive, enigmatic woman helpless against the man whose desire is just as desperate as his need to destroy.

And he’s on her scent…

My copy just arrived today, in all its hardcover glory. It is prettier in person, thank god, since the picture of the cover is nothing to rave about. But it is finally Gideon’s story, so hopefully we can wrap up that whole beaten into the ground Amber angle and get back to Breed stories that don’t have Jonas lurking around every corner. I loved Jonas, but he has gotten on my nerves the last few books. And I hope for more on that new dude introduced in the last book…Rhyzan? Something like that. I still bet he is Cassie’s mate.

What is your pick of the week? Are you still on the Breeds train, or did you jump off a while back like I know a lot of people did? I feel like we are getting five Breed books a year now, what with Christine Feehan seeming to morph into Lora Leigh in my mind, but this one still stays a guilty pleasure for me.

Pick of the Week…

To say that it is a slow release week is a bit of an understatement, but at least there is one decent book I can be comfortable saying is my pick of the week. Sherrilyn Kenyon, my own personal TBR addiction, releases the eighth book of her League series today, Born of Defiance.

born of defianceSynopsis…

Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

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I am proud to say that I have actually read a couple of League books (go me)! These ones are so pretty on the shelf that I just can’t resist grabbing them as soon as they come out. I think I will start back with the League series when I do finally get the nerve up to tackle my Kenyon shelves (yep, shelves. Plural). Anyone else looking forward to this one? What is your own pick of the week?

Pick of the Week…

Usually, if Thea Harrison was releasing a new book, it would be my pick of the week. But to be honest, I don’t have a lot of excitement for this week’s Midnight’s Kiss. Maybe it was because I am sort of considering this one a continuation of the story in the last book, Night’s Honor, and I found it a little dull. Or maybe it is because I tend to like the Wyr stories more than the other races. Either way, I am meh about it.

So, it looks like my pick of the week will be from Christine Feehan instead. Cat’s Lair is part of her Leopard People series, and it introduces a couple of new characters as the leads. I am over half-way through, and it isn’t bad. I do tend to snicker a bit through a Feehan book, but that is pretty much the norm for me.

cat's lairSynopsis…

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

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What is your pick of the week? Are you reading anything exciting, either new or old?

My Sort-of Pick of the Week

Yes, I know, the title is not the most glowing recommendation for a pick of the week, but there is a reason. For some reason, I am having a bit of a hard time working up my excitement level for the Black Dagger Brotherhood book, The Shadows. But, on the other hand, it is a Black Dagger Brotherhood book, which pretty much makes it a pick of the week. You see the issue? As I have said numerous times before, J.R. Ward‘s BDB books are a solid favorite of mine, but I have to be in the right mood to read one since they are so…full. So many storylines and characters and plots going on at the same time that I have been known to wait months before I get myself psyched up to read one. It is looking like The Shadows might be on Mount TBR for a while, too…

the shadowsSynopsis…

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

So, that is my convoluted logic. What is your biggie for this week?

Pick of the Week…

Once in a while, there is an epic week for new releases, one where there are just too many great books to chose from. And this is one of those weeks. With all of the great books hitting the shelves today, I had to debate which book to chose as my pick of the week. Since Vision in Silver is the book of the month, and Doug already did a review of Dead Heat and that had its own post, I figured I would pick the other biggie this week, Dark Debt by Chloe Neill.

dark debtSynopsis…

Between standing Sentinel of Cadogan house and making society appearances with House Master Ethan Sullivan, a new member of the American Association of Vampires, Merit has her hands full. The last thing she needs is trouble, especially of the deadly kind.

But when an old friend shows up in need, Merit can’t refuse. Morgan Greer, Master of House Navarre, has gotten himself into serious debt with a dangerous Chicago crime syndicate known as the Triad. And they’re willing to exact more than a pound of flesh for payback—unless Merit can find a way to stop them.

Only the Triad’s connections go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last…

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Ok, your turn. I actually picked my third most anticipated book as the pick of the week so I wouldn’t repeat posts already done, but it is still up there. And I think we have all already said what we were looking forward to most, so instead, I will ask how your reading week is shaping up? I already finished Vision in Silver, which was great, and I am just starting Dead Heat (and can’t wait), so mine is so far, so good.

Pick of the Week…

I think this is the first time I have actually chosen an e-format novella as my pick of the week, so maybe I am becoming less of a print book snob. Anyways, the Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires short story Lucky Break is released today, and who can’t use another Merit and Ethan story?

lucky breakSynopsis…

In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly.

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door–covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose…

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What is your choice for pick of the week? There isn’t a ton of new stuff coming out, so it looks like a good chance to hit the TBR pile again.

Pick of the Week…and a Mini Review

I have whined quite a bit about the long, long wait for a new Ghostwalkers book by Christine Feehan, but that wait is over since today is the release day for Viper Game.

viper gameSynopsis…

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS!  POTENTIAL SPOILERS!  POTENTIAL SPOILERS!

I got my copy yesterday, and finished it last night. It was fun to get back into the Ghostwalker world, but it had a different feel for a couple of different reasons. Most obviously, it was our first real introduction to the mysterious team four, the Pararescue Jumpers. Even though we have briefly seen a couple of members like Joe and Mordecai, it was Wyatt who was the big mystery. Not only what he was, but how and when he became a Ghostwalker. The timeline gets dealt with, but how he actually ended up a Ghostwalker remains a little vague, honestly. It wasn’t a big deal, but hopefully we will get more details on the team origins in later books.

We do have to pretty much forget what little we knew about Wyatt going into this one. When we first met Wyatt back in Night Game, he was the charming, hard-partying little brother who had a secret crush on sweet, innocent Joy. In Viper Game, he has somehow become not only a Doctor, but a surgeon. Yep, in the storyline time between the two books, which reads like maybe a year or two at most, Wyatt spent a whole lot of time in school. That made me snicker a bit, but it wasn’t that big of a deal in the scheme of things. The Joy thing is addressed, too, and changes a bit from the first book. It isn’t a huge part of this story, but there is some creative license taken. Wyatt has also become surprisingly Alpha. As in, the most alpha of all of the Ghostwalkers to date. Seriously, didn’t see that coming.

I like the return to the Bayou, and fans of Nonny will be happy to know that she plays a major role. Other than her, though, it is an all-new cast of characters. I really like the new team, like the dynamic and the interaction between them. I even quite liked Pepper as a character, which is a bonus for me. Usually storylines with children aren’t favorites of mine, but the kids don’t overwhelm things so I didn’t mind. Again, though, you have to suspend your disbelief with the kids.

 As I have said a few times, though, you have to sort of just…go with it. It seems every new book has the enhancements getting more and more extreme and, dare I say it, unbelievable. As we get further into the series the characters are changing more and more from enhanced humans to superhumans. The machinations to put the two main characters together are also getting more involved and outlandish, but such is the nature of the series.

I always, always laugh out loud when a new team member is introduced. There is a totally random and absurd info-dump that never fails to crack me up, even though that is not the intention, I am sure. Remember when Jonas Harper was introduced back in Shadow Game? He was the master of disguise/knife thrower/hire wire specialist who grew up in the circus. We have two such introductions in Viper Game. There is Draden, the male model with a masters degree/insomniac, and Trap, the boy-billionaire/inventor/scientist/with a possible personality disorder. They end up being great characters, especially Trap, but their introductions are a hoot.

So, not sure I got my point across, but I was really glad to get back into the Ghostwalker world. I liked the new team, I liked the direction they are going, and I really look forward to Spider Game, which will probably be Trap’s story. He was a total scene stealer, by the way. There were issues that niggled, like the changes in Wyatt’s character’s backstory, but they were not a huge deal. There were a few consistency errors in the book, as well. Wyatt starts off saying he knows himself and how jealous he is, then later says he has never been jealous before. Then he warns Pepper that he has always had a jealous streak, but later reminds his team-mates that he has never been affected by jealousy before. Also, just a warning, this one is a five on the alpha/controlling scale. Heat factor is really, really high, more so than any other Ghostwalker book to this point. Wyatt is a total dominant, and he can sometimes skim the border of being too controlling. At least for me. Let me know what you think of Viper Game. Worth the wait, or too different for you?

Pick of the Week…

Today is the day that Burned by Karen Marie Moning officially hits the shelves, and it was a big one. It was a one-sit read for me, and I am looking forward to the re-read. Basically, I can say it started my 2015 reading year off right.

burnedSynopsis…

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

When word originally came down that Burned was changing from being the second Dani O’Malley book to a multiple POV story heavily focused on MacKayla Lane, I was less than thrilled. I liked Dani, liked her take on things, and most of the time I forgot she was supposed to be only 14. I know some people had issues with her as the protagonist – the fecks and dudes, the age factor, for example – and those were addressed, and addressed well. I will start up a discussion thread later, if there is any interest, or you can drop a comment about it here after you finish. Happy reading!