To Read or Not To Read?

question markSince I have finished up one of my target series, J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels, I have decided to tackle another one – Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock series. I think I was at maybe book three when I stepped away, but my love of the Soulwood spin-off has made me really want to go back and finish it. I have decided that a complete start-over is called for, but I have a question – are the many, many novellas a must-read?

I usually don’t mind novellas, but honestly, there are just so darn many collections and companions and side stories that it throws me off. And when I bought Cat Tales from Amazon? There is no cover image, so I will have to edit and add a cover and then send to my ipad as a document so my OCD doesn’t slap me around. Unless I skip them altogether?

Did any of you tackle all of the many side stories, or have you stuck to the main book releases?

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Cover Lover – Burn Bright

I have been looking every day for the last few weeks to find the cover for Burn Bright, the next long-awaited Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs. As much as I enjoy anything set in the Mercy-verse, I am particularly looking forward to this one for some reason. Honestly, I would love to get a character guide done before it comes out on March 6th, but that just isn’t going to happen. Maybe before the 2019 release?

As much as I am looking forward to the book, I am not so big on the cover. It is the first one of the series that made me stop and go…eh. Maybe it is just because all of the Mercy books are so pretty, but this one doesn’t quit stack up for me. Not horrible by any means, but just not quite what I was hoping for.

burn brightThey are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf—but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills—his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker—to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

Where does this fall on your most anticipated list for next year?

Mark the Calendar

heartYes. Mark the date…

The next Psy/Changeling Trinity novel by Nalini Singh will be called Ocean Light. According to Amazon.uk, it will be released on June 28th, 2018.

So, pretty much guaranteed it is a BlackSea-centric book, right? Malachi and Miane? Leila and…Bo? Let the guesswork begin!

Book of the Month

Some months it can be a bit of a struggle to find 10 interesting books, but September has almost too many. There are a couple of really big releases, and a bunch of “smaller” ones that look just as good. Time to vote and see what book will be chosen as the book of the month for September. If none of the titles listed below appeal, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of September’s releases can be found HERE.

 

I have already read Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Viper, and there are quite a few more that might be finding their way onto my ipad, too. Not so sure how excited I am for Christine Feehan‘s Dark Legacy, though – I have completely lost track of the characters and storyline at this point. And I am pretty sure a re-read of the series isn’t in the cards, either.

Reading Wrap Up – Fallen Angels

immortalI have a bit of an ongoing quest to get caught up on some of the series that fall into my “should read” category. In Death by J.D. Robb is still a work in progress – but I am up to something like book 20, so go me. Another one was J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series. Although much smaller in scale at “only” 6 books, it seemed like such a huge undertaking to tackle it. But tackle it I did, and it worked out pretty ok.

Honestly, I think I picked it up only to see how it tied into the Black Dagger world, and the few cameos from some of the Brothers were a real highlight at first. But for some reason as much as I ended up enjoying the stories, I never felt a big rush to grab the next book. Sometimes I would even put off picking up the next story, and I don’t know why. But when I did, I liked what I read – ok, I wasn’t that interested in the last story line with Saintly Cait and the wonder twins, but by that point I was skimming their page time to get back to Jim and the gang anyways, so it didn’t bother me.

I know most people are really divided on Jim’s character, but I for the most part enjoyed him. Devina was a completely oblivious and a total hoot, and I loved Adrian and Eddie. Sissy was underwhelming for me, and I didn’t get Jim’s fascination with her, but it wasn’t enough to stop my enjoyment. Even most of the “souls in play” and their significant others were good. The absolute best for me was the little mentions of Lassiter – and where he falls into things. I am so ready to see Devina, Adrian and Eddie show up in the BDB world, hopefully sooner than later.

So, after my usual blah-blah, I have checked another series off of my list, and it worked out pretty well. I only have like 420 more to go, but who’s counting? What did you think of the Fallen Angels series? Any favorites couples or characters? Just what do you think will happen when Lassiter and Devina have some quality time together?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I recently got a bunch of new releases added to the new release pages, and that led to a few covers to post. Let’s start with a new one from Faith Hunter and her Jane Yellowrock series. Dark Queen will be released on May 1st.

dark queenJane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and as the chief enforcer for the Master of the city of New Orleans, she’s the woman that rogue vampires fear most. But now a blood challenge has been issued to Leo by the ancient emperor of vampires, and Jane must stand and fight.

I thought this next one looked interesting. Amanda Carlson starts her futuristic Holly Danger series on September 18th with the release of Danger’s Halo.

danger's halo153 years in the future, Earth doesn’t look much like it used to.

Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.

The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.

But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…

Angela Knight‘s next Mageverse release will be called Master of Magic, and it will be released on October 17th.

master of magicOlivia Flynn finds herself on the brink of death, unable to call upon her Sidhe magic, when a handsome stranger rescues her. But this male is no ordinary human, and Olivia wants nothing to do with him. The foreign magic boiling around him is far beyond the power of even the Sidhe.

Rhys Kincade has never been able to explain his magical abilities. Olivia is the first person he’s encountered who shares his gifts. But before he can ask her about them, they find themselves under attack by a pack of werewolf assassins. An even deadlier threat follows, and the pair is forced to rely on each other as they fight unknown enemies—and an ever-growing attraction between them.

Storm Gathering is the name of the next Scorpius Syndrome book from Rebecca Zanetti, and it will be released on September 19th.

storm gatheringEven before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.

I actually had lost track of the Weird Girls series at some point, but it looks like it is still going strong. Cecy Robson will release Of Flame and Fate on September 26th.

of flame and fateTaran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.

Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.

When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.

Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.

Jennifer Ashley‘s 11th Shifters Unbound book will be called Midnight Wolf, and it will be out on April 24th.

midnight wolfAngus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

And finally, the 3rd Vampire Blood book from Juliette Cross will be called The White Lily, and it will be released on October 23rd.

the white lily.jpgTo the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

Cover Lover – Covert Game

I have to be honest, I started this as a goodbye post. It has been a struggle for a while to carve out the time to keep the blog up-to-date, and my personality type gets bent out of shape when things are in disarray. And when things stay in disarray, it doesn’t go over well. I am behind on the re-design. Behind on the new releases. And at least one book behind on pretty much every character guide. And I am so far behind on my obligations to my other hobby that I couldn’t even list what needs to be done. I have some time off coming up, and until then I am going to try and plug away at things and see what I can do.

Enough whining – I bored myself. The cover and blurb has been released for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan, which is called Covert Game. Looks like it is another team-four book, and it will be released on March 20th.

covert gameTreason, torture and temptation haunt the GhostWalkers in their most dangerous adventure yet, as Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series hits an explosive new high.

Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine–a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire.

A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her…

But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him…

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.