New Series Alerts…

As we head into the end of June, it is time to take a peek at the new series starting up this week. Things get started with Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow, which is the first book of the Gallow and Ragged series.

trailer park faeSynopsis…

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

And the second one is from Rebecca Zanetti. Wicked Ride is the first book of the Realm Enforcers series.

wicked rideSynopsis…

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Are you checking either of these out? Have you tried anything from either of these authors before?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksThat time again. After what was admittedly a totally hellish work week, and the demands of my other time consuming hobby, I still managed to get a couple of books read. Yay me.

Anyways, I am still working my way through Kelley Armstrong‘s young adult Darkest Powers series, and I finished the second book, The Awakening. I am liking them just as much as the adult Women of the Otherworld books, which surprised me greatly. They are a fast read, too, which means I can blow through them pretty fast. Looking forward to getting into the last one. Of course, I must re-buy all of them in the British paperback version so they will be the same height as the Women of the Otherworld books. Of course.

I am going to try and get the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter caught up before the spin-off series starts up in October (?), so I thought I would read Blood Cross. I found that the first book of the series wasn’t bad, but it didn’t grab me and make me immediately reach for the next one. I ended up enjoying Blood Cross quite a bit more, probably because the world has been established and there is some movement on the romantic front for Jane. I also enjoyed the spotlight on best friend Molly and her family, so that was a bonus. Do I think it will get to a, say, Mercy Thompson level for me? No. But I still think it will be a solid, interesting read.

And finally, I am almost done a re-read of Christine Feehan‘s Air Bound, needed so I can get the damn character guide up to date before the next book comes out in July. I was surprised by the details of the series I had forgotten, but the inconsistencies in either my memory or the books themselves means that the correct birth order of the brothers is making me nuts. I have it listed one way from the previous books, but this one says something else. Meh.

Anyways, that was my adventures in reading. How did yours shape up? What did you love, or not love so much? Where does Jane Yellowrock fall on your reading scale?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Things have been a bit quiet this week, so I thought I might do a cover lover post. I am going to start with one I am way too old for, but am looking forward to anyways. The Sword of Summer is the first book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan, and it is due out on October 6th.

magnus chaseMagnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Cover number 2 is from Asa Maria Bradley. Viking Warrior Rising is the first book of the Viking Warriors series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

viking warrior risingImmortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

This next one is from Elizabeth Hunter. The Scarlet Deep is from her Elemental World series, and it is due out on July 7th.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.

Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.

Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.

When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.

Sara HumphreysThe Good, the Bad and the Vampire is the fourth book in the Dead in the City series, and it has a release date of January 5th.

the good, the bad and the vampireTrixie LaRoux is a pink-haired, punk rock, badass vampire with mad bartending skills. Everyone in the coven think she’s as tough as nails, but only her maker knows the truth; underneath the sultry eye makeup and neon hair is a woman haunted by a past full of troubled relationships.

Dakota Shelton is a vampire with deadly, dangerous skills. But with a penchant for Johnny Cash, he’s a good ol’ Southern boy at heart. Thrown together by mutual friends in New York City, Trixie has no idea what to do with Dakota’s old-fashioned chivalry. But after her tumultuous dating history, Trixie just may be ready for the one man she never expected…

And this last one is Let the Wind Rise from Shannon Messenger. It is the third book of the Sky Fall series, and it is due out next April.

let the wind rise

More Blurby Goodness…

It was author page updating time, and in doing so I found a couple of blurbs for long-awaited books. Just a quick note…March 2016 is going to be one expensive reading month. Just saying.

This first one is for Anne Bishop‘s Marked in Flesh, which is due out on March 1st.

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…
 
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

We are counting down to the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, and the second last book will be called Midnight Marked. Look for it on Marh 1st, as well.

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice…

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…

Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

Oooh, and can’t forget the next epic Patricia Briggs‘ book, Fire Touched. This one has a release date of March 8th.

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

There are a few other biggies coming out next March, but the blurbs have been out for a while. This past March was a huge month, too. Too much of a good thing, I think, since I would rather spread out the reading goodness. How excited are you for any of these upcoming releases?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksFirst, I am totally going to pat myself on the back. I have only added one new book to my TBR pile in the last month. ONE. Along with not adding to it, I have continued to weed some out that I just know I am never going to get to and donated them. AND, I have been actively reading from said TBR pile for the last few weeks. What does all that mean? I have finally, FINALLY, gotten down to less than 200 books on the TBR pile (190 to be exact). That is down from the almost 300 mark, which was a bit embarrassing. The goal is to have it below 150 by the end of the year.

Anyways, this week’s reading. I started things off with the new one from Lori Handeland (a new-to-me author). In the Air Tonight is the first book of her Sisters of the Craft series, and all in all I liked it. It was fast paced, there was a good flow to the story, and I am a sucker for the whole separated at birth thing. I will definitely be picking up the next one when it comes out later this month.

I also read my first Kelley Armstrong young adult novel, The Summoning. It is set in the same world as her Women of the Otherworld series, but this time around it focuses on a young necromancer who has no idea what she is, or that vampires, werewolves and sorcerers actually exist until she is sent to a home for troubled teens. I flew through this one, and found myself liking it just as much as the adult books.

And finally I thought that since I am having so much fun keeping an eye on the goings-on for the upcoming Shadowhunters show based on Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series, I might as well get caught up and read The Bane Chronicles. Eh, I can take it or leave it, to be honest. Some stories are pretty good, others seemed a bit pointless. Magnus himself isn’t quite enough to hold my interest, so I tend to like the stories that more heavily involve other characters I already know, like Tessa or Raphael. I am still glad I got it, but you don’t miss much if you skip it, either.

Ok, that was me. What did you read this week? Winners or losers? Unexpected surprises? How it your TBR battle raging on?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning has some epic covers (except for that one cheesy misstep, Burned), and this one is no exception. Actually, it was the covers that drew me in in the first place, and this one is a beauty, too. It has a different vibe than the previous ones, but it is pretty. Feverborn is due out on January 19th.

feverbornJenna Black has a new young adult release coming out next April called Nightstruck. I have to admit, I am tempted by the pretty cover on this one.

nightstruckThis next one is from Jennifer L. Armentrout and her New Adult Titan series. The Power is the second book to feature Seth, and it is due out on February 23rd.

the powerAnd the final one for today is from Rebecca Zanetti. Mercury Rising is the first book of the new Scorpius Syndrome, and it is due out on January 26th.

mercury risingI forgot about this one. The next Otherworld book from Yasmine Galenorn, Darkness Raging, is due out on February 2nd.

darkness ragingSo, which one is your favorite from this batch? I like Feverborn, even though I wish they had kept the same vibe as the earlier covers (those were awesome). To be honest, I actually am interested in getting all of these books, which is strange for me.

Gena’s New Series…One More Time

It looks like there was a bit of a mix up with the blurb for Gena Showalter‘s new series that I posted yesterday. Gena’s editor, Natashya, sent word over that Amazon had posted an early draft, and that in fact her new series, Everlife, will not have a love triangle.

I repeat: no love triangle!

This is the new blub for the first book, Firstlife, which is due out on February 23rd.

ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

So, I am happy to realize there isn’t a much overdone love triangle. There has to be some other way to get some drama, and any series that doesn’t go that route gets bonus points from me.

Magic Shifts Review…

Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who got his hands on an early copy of Magic Shifts from Ilona Andrews. Yes, that Magic Shifts. Holy crap, that really is a treat. Anyways, Doug was kind enough to share his spoiler-free review, but the rest of us will have to wait until August 4th to get our hands on it.

magic shiftsWhat Doug said…

Where to start, I have written a review on most if not all of the books in this series and I find myself running out of superlatives. The plots are multi-layered, interesting and unpredictable. The characters (all of them not just the main couple) are fully developed, no cardboard cutouts and you actually grow to care about all of them. The thing though that makes this such a huge success is that Kate and Curran are deeply in love at all times, add in the best “graveyard” humor ever and you have a mix that can’t lose.

This time you have to wonder, after last book (shame on you if you have not read that epic) what could even give them any problems? It seems there are a ton of things in this world that Ilona Andrews has crafted that can do that and one of them has come to town (no I won’t tell you, it is part of the plot to find out).

Their future involvement with the Merc Guild is something that made me happy since I can see all kinds of fun things coming from that arrangement if everybody survives enough to make something happen.

As usual there are a multitude of plots, they all seem to be able to tie themselves back together by the end of the book and we are left with a tidbit or two towards a future book (not always the next one) and in addition to everything else Kate and Curran are trying to look like a family unit, kinda hard but, hey, they are giving it a really great effort. The fact that they have some minor problems with the self-appointed neighborhood HOA in the midst of everything else is just another level of humor here, in spite of end of the world plots I laughed more at this book than many romantic comedies I have read over the last year.

The ongoing [fill in the blank for what you call her relationship with her Dad] is still confusing to me, Kate leaves us no doubt as to where her feelings lie but they keep throwing just enough information into the mix that you have to remember some of the things from previous books to not start to like him a bit. He is still put forth as the big bad thing in some epic battle to be fought in the (I hope) distant future. There may be just the smallest bit of light at the end of that tunnel after this book but it was a teaser at the end of the book.

This book as many of the others revolves around complex relationships and loyalties between friends and loved ones and that is part of why this is such a great series, it is never as simple as “beat up the bad guys”, people’s emotions are involved and used to deepen plots, things that people would never risk are done for the sake of loved ones, and the list of such things is near endless but it takes this series from the swamp of interesting but average urban fantasy and raises it to the level of exceptionalism that you only get from one of the best series being written in this genre or any other.

You just know this one will be epic. After the game-changer that was Magic Breaks, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next. I am on the favorite-character-death-watch, though, which is always tense. Derek must live!

Alpha Showdown Voting

voteNever heard of this one before, but lamila just sent word that there is an Alpha Showdown over on the vampirebookclub site. It looks like things are already down to the final round, and it is a very close battle between Wrath from J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Kaleb Krychek from Nalini Singh‘s Psy/Changeling series. Very tough choice, but anything Nalini gets my vote every time. If you feel like showing your support, you can vote HERE.

A New Gena Showalter Series is On the Horizon

I was updating the new release pages yesterday, and I came across a totally random listing on Amazon for a new young adult series from Gena Showalter. I had heard last year that another one was coming, and it looks like details are starting to emerge. The series is called Everlife, and the first book is called Firstlife. It has a release date of February 23rd.

ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms and the two boys who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Hm, sounds different. I like the asylum angle…always was a sucker for a mistaken mental illness angle, but not sure on the religious side. I was hit or miss with Gena’s latest books because of the religious overtones, so I guess I will have to see how this one goes, too.

Does this sound like something you will be checking out? Did the religious overtones of her latter books change your enjoyment, or did you notice a difference?