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Adaptations and Disappointments

I have always been so happy when I hear that one of “our” books is being made into a movie. Even the young adult stuff I don’t read any more gets me excited that maybe, just maybe, it will be a success like some of the big ones that came before. Harry Potter. Hunger Games. Even Twilight, love it or hate it, definitely made an impact.

But recently, I have to admit, I have been mostly disappointed in pretty much all of the adaptations I have seen. Honestly, I can’t think of one in the last few years that I walked away from and was not let down in some way. And it isn’t like I go in negative. In fact, I go into them hopeful and excited, just happy to have this world I read about brought to life. Take Shadowhunters, which is based on The Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. For me, that was a huge, huge event. My let down is pretty much based on two things – one is the very high cheese factor, and the other is the sometimes overacting of Clary. Do I watch it? Sure. Would I be heartbroken if it didn’t come back? No.

And now, to top off my recent let-downs, we are being left with unfinished stories. It is still up in the air whether or not the final Divergent movie will ever see the light of day (either on the large or small screen). I can’t see movies like The 5th Wave ever getting a sequel, either, since both commercial and critical response was so very lacking. So what we get is a movie that either feels unfinished or ends with a cliffhanger setting up for the sequel that will never come. Ugh.

The other movie trend lately is the franchise re-boot. It looks like the next one to get a do-over is The Mummy. With Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise?!? How did I not know this was a thing? I remember a while back hearing a rumor, which I completely thought was fake, but I guess I was wrong since the teaser trailer was released today…

So, have you had any luck with any recent adaptations? I still have to try either the print or film version of Game of Thrones or Outlander, so maybe that will turn my luck around, but as of right now it is pretty dismal.

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This and That

Things have been quiet for the last little while, but you know that just means that everything will start happening all at once. I was cruising around and found a couple of tidbits to share…

  • Cassandra Clare‘s adult Magnus Bane trilogy will be called The Eldest Curses. The first book is called The Lost Book of the White, and it will be out next November.
  • The third book of Chloe Neill‘s Devil’s Isle series will be called The Hunt, and it will be out on September 26th.
  • Kelley Armstrong‘s last Cainsville book, Rituals, will be out late next year. I did manage to track down the official blurb, though…
Olivia Jones must make a choice.
Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv has been given 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.
  • And it looks like there will be a full release from Kresley Cole‘s Dacians series after the upcoming Shadow’s Seduction novella. Shadow’s Kiss will out next November, but there isn’t any word yet on who it will be focused on. This one doesn’t seem to be a self-pubbed story, either.

So, that wraps things up for today. I hope to have the Dragon Kin character guide finished by the end of the year, and then get caught up on the ones I am behind on. Wht have you been up to?

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Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There have been a few new covers released in the last couple of days, so I thought that it was time for a little cover lover post. Let’s start with the one that I can’t quite get a handle on. All of the covers for both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series from Cassandra Clare are gorgeous. Lady Midnight wasn’t quite as good, but still better than a lot of other covers out there. But Lord of Shadows? Not quite sure if I like it or not yet, but it might be one of those that looks better in person. Either way, it will be released on May 23rd.

lord-of-shadowsEmma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

The third book from Rachel Caine‘s The Great Library series, Ash and Quill, will be released on July 11th. I thought the cover for this one was pretty eye-catching, actually.

ash-and-quillHoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library.

And still going in the YA side of things, Ann Aguirre will release her Razorland companion book, Vanguard, on July 25th.

vanguardA companion fourth book in the New York Times—bestselling Razorland YA series reunites Deuce, Fade and Tegan as they fight a new war with the evolving and more intelligent Freaks.

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, sowhen she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’spast time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the freeterritories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet JamesMorrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to theirnumber. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Urochvanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange andbeautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow himclose, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormyseas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Claudia Gray‘s new young adult sci-fi series will get its start next April with the release of the first book, Defy the Stars.

defy-the-starsNoemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

This final one for today is the lone adult release on the list. J.D. Robb‘s In Death books seem to have gotten a design change for the last couple of releases, but since it is the 45th title I guess I can let it slide. Secrets in Death is an August 8th release.

secrets-in-deathThe chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

There you have it. Any thoughts? Winners or losers in the design department?

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Site Updates

xSo, I have been busy the last couple of hours playing around with some behind the scenes stuff, and I thought I should let you know there have been a few changes. They won’t matter to most people, but I am mentioning it on the off chance you go looking for something and can’t find it.

First off, I mentioned that since I was quitting the Arcana Chronicles series from Kresley Cole, I was also giving up the character guide. That has been deleted, along with a couple of others that I enjoyed but just didn’t feel like updating anymore – one is the Shadowhunters guide for Cassandra Clare‘s multiple series, and the other is the Rock Kiss series guide from Nalini Singh. On the Shadowhunters front, I have moved on from YA and don’t want to “have to” read it if I don’t feel like it, and Rock Kiss doesn’t fit the overall PNR/UF theme I have going on so I let it go, too.

I also deleted a few author pages. Tastes change, interests change, and having almost 30 different pages to try and keep updated and edited on a weekly basis was a bit over the top. I did delete the Cassandra Clare page, again because I am not doing young adult too much anymore, and that same reason made me say goodbye to the Richelle Mead section, too. Larissa Ione hasn’t really had much to mentioned for quite a while now, so that one was just taking up space, and I stopped reading Lara Adrian way back when so her page is gone, too. PhoenixFyre has a great character guide for The Midnight Breed that I definitely didn’t want to go to waste, so I moved it HERE.

There was other stuff I could’ve dumped, too, but I decided to wait and see. Maybe I am getting lazy, or just more realistic, but I don’t want this blog to turn into work. I spend a lot of time on it, but it is time I enjoy. When there are things that I start to dread, or have to force myself to do, then it is time to let those things go. I still have plans to add other guides, maybe new authors as I find them, but for now this will keep me busy.

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Reading Wrap Up

booksIt has been a couple of weeks since my last Reading Wrap Up post, and I am interested to see what everyone has been checking out lately. I had some hits, some so-so’s, and one I can’t quite put my finger on.

Let’s start with a big winner for me, and that is Betrayals from Kelley Armstrong, the fourth book of her Cainsville series. As much as I was looking forward to this one, and it was one of my biggies for the entire year, I didn’t quite know what direction things were going to go in, especially on the Ricky/Olivia/Gabriel front. I figured there might be a bit of progression on the romance front (trying to keep things general, which I am not good at), but I was surprised by just how much there was. Especially on the Gabriel front. Gabriel has been so…oblivious? Stunted? Scared?…that I couldn’t see how Kelley could realistically start to bring him around, but she pulled it off. I like Olivia a lot, and Ricky too, but Gabriel stole the show. Seeing his POV was a real treat, but then so was finding out what was going on behind the scenes for Ricky, as well.

I have never made any secret of my general loathing of love triangles, but I can honestly say that this is one of only two series (the other being The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) that has one that works for me. I think it comes from the fact that I like all three of the characters, and most importantly all three of the characters like and respect each other. There is only one book left to wrap everything up, and while part of me can’t wait to find out how things end, it is going to be hard to let this series go. Now just a year to wait for Rituals…let the countdown begin.

Also on the winning side of things, I flew through another Eve and Roarke book from J.D. Robb, this time Holiday in Death (book 7). Still enjoying these a lot – I am reading them quickly enough to keep details fresh, but not so quickly that I am burning myself out on them. I have had a string of other things that I had to read, and I find myself looking forward to picking up the next one – and it is great if you are still excited seven stories in.

This next one is a bit hard to put into words. I had to force myself to read the last Carpathian book from Christine Feehan, Dark Promises, for a couple of reasons. The most important one was that I cannot stand the female lead, Gabrielle. She bugged me from the start, so picking up a whole book devoted to her didn’t light my fire. I did end up making myself read (or skim) it, but it didn’t add anything to the overall series, and in fact it was bland enough for me that I have completely forgotten most of it in just a couple of weeks. The same cannot be said for the most recent release, Dark Carousel, which while not a perfect book does set up a whole new world for the Carpathians first brought to light in the Dark Crime novella. We move out of the jungles and mountains (and those damn caves) and this new branch is set in cities in the US, and it was a welcome change.

For me, though, this one was less the story of Tariq and Charlie and more a set-up for future books. There was a lot of things going on with a lot of different characters, and the two main leads got lost a bit in the shuffle, but Tariq was less ass-holey than a lot of her recent male leads, and Charlie actually managed to stand up for herself while acknowledging that this was Tariq’s world and he knew best in certain situations. She wasn’t completely stupid and borderline abused, which was a bonus. It made sense. But the bad guys were a bit over the top for me, and there is a lot of eye-rolling magic stuff that had me laughing. I mean, I started humming “Puff the Magic Dragon” when the triplets starting building the come-to-life stone dragons to fly around on. In terms of the Feehan Female Formula, though, Charlie does still speak with the same voice as most recent heroines what with her “honey” this and “honey” that. And she did get a smokin’ hot pair of ruffled boots, too, so all was well with the world. I like the new feel for the series, and I guess I can say I liked it for what it was, but hopefully now that the set up is done the stories will flow a bit better.

On the not-so-successful side of things was Kresley Cole‘s two recent Arcana Chronicles releases, Day Zero and Arcana Rising. I started out with Day Zero but quickly dropped it – it is great for adding info as a reference, but it didn’t grab my attention as a story. I did finish Arcana Rising, but not sure how I felt about it. Maybe my annoyance with the whole e-book only format changes and lack of info played a part, but this one was weird. For me, the tone was completely different than previous books, and I felt like I had missed a chunk of story that would bridge between the previous book and this one. It felt really short and rushed, and like important things had been skipped like in a badly edited movie. I guess I am trying to say that for me it felt like everything was just thrown in, so when there was a big reveal or twist, it just fell flat. There were parts I liked, but for me it didn’t really fit with the rest of the series. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t thrilled, either. Let’s just say I thought it felt self-pubbed, and not in a good way.

Ok, your turn. What have you been reading lately? Have you checked out any of the ones I did, and if you did what did you think?

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The One Where I Change My Mind

A while back, I had a very pleasant, rational, adult, behind-the-scenes exchange with a reader here at Wicked Scribes. Since I don’t want to broadcast someone else’s personal opinions, I will leave the name out, but what we discussed was Cassandra Clare and her Shadowhunter world. What we debated was how much is too much, and when should she start wrapping up her series and start something else. “The Reader” thought that enough was enough, and that hopefully The Dark Artifices would finish things up. My take was, since I am a fan, you can never have too much. More = better, right?

Well, this is the one where I change my mind.

I hate to say it, but I have swung over to the other side. As I was looking at her upcoming schedule, I became completely overwhelmed by the sheer length of time it would take to actually get everything done. Between the second and third books of The Dark Artifices, the three books of The Last Hours trilogy, the rumored secret fifth Shadowhunter trilogy, and the upcoming adult Magnus Bane trilogy – at roughly one book a year – that take us to 2027. 20 freakin’ 27. The Shadowhunter world just keeps getting added to, extended, and expanded beyond belief.

For me, now, The Dark Artifices would be the perfect place to wrap things up. I am not a huge fan of this new series, nowhere near my love of The Mortal Instruments and especially The Infernal Devices, but it isn’t bad. But I think it is enough. A Magnus series (again, for me) would be pointless now, since we know he gets his happily ever after with Alec, and we already got a full set of novellas devoted to his past. I don’t really have any interest in Will and Tessa’s children in The Last Hours, either. And that mystery fifth trilogy isn’t even on my radar.

Part of what has changed for me is that I have been reading authors who say from the start how many books a series will have, like Kelley Armstrong‘s five book Cainsville series, or Anne Bishop‘s five book The Others series. I don’t like to see a great series wrap up, but I also don’t like to see a great series get dragged down by not knowing when to end. And as much as I love a good spin-off series, you can only spin-off so many times before things just get repetitive. What side do you fall on…carry on or wrap up? How much is too much for you? What other series (cough*Carpathians*cough) do you think should be looking towards a finale?

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Cassandra Clare News

I haven’t seen much news of this around, but a couple of days ago I saw an article over on Hypable that dropped a bit of Cassandra Clare news – it looks like she has her first adult series in the works, and it will focus on none other than…Magnus Bane.

It looks like she will be co-authoring with Wesley Chu, adding to her growing list of writing partners which already include Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. It looks like the first book of the proposed trilogy will have a release date of November 2017, meaning that there will be three different Shadowhunter-world series on the go at the same time. In the announcement, Clare said:

     “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

So, I don’t quite know how I feel about this. I enjoy Magnus as much as the next reader, but we have already covered a lot of territory in his life. Between his role in The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and his own collection of short stories, there has been a lot of page time devoted to Magnus already. And, I mean, we already know he ends up with Alec. He has already gotten his happily ever after (well, until Alec gets old or figures out how not to), so what new ground is there to cover?

As of right now, I don’t have much interest in this one. To be honest, as much as I loved The Infernal Devices and enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, I think I am burning out on the Shadowhunter books. The recently released Lady Midnight, which started yet another Shadowhunter series, didn’t really do that much for me. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t grab me, either, which was a disappointment in itself.

Are you happy to see an adult trilogy focusing on Magnus, or are you moving on from the whole Shadowhunter world? What new ground do you think they can cover that hasn’t already been done before

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Site Updates

This is just a quick note to mention that I am in the process of merging the character guides for Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices into one guide, plus adding all of the info for the new series, as well. Instead of three separate guides, it will now be one larger one under the “Shadowhunter World” label. But for a while? Yeah, things are not pretty. I have thrown things together, but it needs a major editing. MAJOR. So, sorry for any inconvenience, and I hope to have it someone legible by next week-ish.

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Reading Wrap Up

booksWell, talk about a dull few days. Nothing to mention, not enough covers to do a post, and not even any new series to look highlight. Oh, and because of my strange work schedule for the last couple of weeks, I haven’t gotten any reading done. Well, I did manage to finish up Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, but that was about it. It was a decent book, but it didn’t grab me like I’d hoped it would. I did enjoy the whole Julian angle, and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, but all in all it just left me a bit underwhelmed. And man, that sucker was looong. Anyways, that is my boring week wrapped up, how was yours? What did you read and enjoy this week? What are you looking forward to?

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Reading Wrap Up

booksThings have been pretty quiet around here for the last few days, mostly because there just wasn’t a lot to mention. I figure this is as good a time as any to share what we all have been reading, since it has been almost a month since my last wrap up post.

To be honest, I haven’t seemed to be able to get much done these last couple of weeks. I did manage to read Midnight Marked from Chloe Neill, which is the second-to-last full book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. It took me longer to finish than I thought it would, though. I do enjoy the books, but they don’t quite grab me like I wish they would. I have no problem putting them down and leaving them for a couple of days, which I did quite a few times on this one. I guess what I am trying to spit out is that like the rest of the books in the series, it was a good read, but it didn’t wow me, either.

I have two new releases on the go as I type, and those are Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs, and Lady Midnight from Cassandra Clare. For some reason, I am not totally feeling Lady Midnight, though. Maybe it is because I am reading it for the character guide, so it is more a fact-finding mission than a leisurely read, but I am not involved with parts of it. It isn’t bad, at all, but I am not really connecting with Emma or her story, which sucks since she is the main character. But surprisingly, Julian is a stand-out, which I didn’t expect. I figured he would be second fiddle to Emma, but that isn’t the case at all. And his story-arc is quite compelling. I am still slogging along on this one, but it is slow going.

Fire Touched is another story. I am at the half-way point, and it is flying by. These stories are once a year treats, so I do try and savor them, but it is hard to not just devour them in one sitting. I find myself forgetting a few of the background characters, though, which is a little annoying. Definitely time for a re-read of the series.

And on the subjects of re-reads, I got a few more novellas done for the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken, along with another crack at the second In Death book from J.D. Robb, all of which I liked just as much the second time around. To my eternal shame, I still haven’t read Marked in Flesh – I know, I know. Like I said, ashamed. But it will be up after I finish Fire Touched. Too many books, too little time.

What have you been reading? What was your take on some of the big releases of March?