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.
Well, 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?
Things 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?
So, there aren’t any new series to spotlight this week (or any book of the week pick, either, but more on that in a bit). Instead, I thought I would do a little updating in things I found while updating the author pages. And maybe whine a bit…
- Alexandra Ivy will have a third Dragons of Eternity book coming out this December, and it will be called Taken by Darkness.
- This isn’t directly book related, but it looks like Shadowhunters, the Freeform show based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, has officially been released for a second season. I have to admit, I am surprised. I have been faithfully watching it, but it can be a bit painful at times. I actually don’t mind most of the changes from the books, and most of the cast is pretty good, too. Jace doesn’t have quite the snark and arrogance of Jace from the book, but I can deal with that – what is throwing me off is the actress playing Clary. She just isn’t working for me. I find myself rolling my eyes a lot when she is on, which isn’t ideal, but hopefully she will come more into her own in season two.
- Chloe Neill will release a Chicagoland Vampires novella next January, which will be the second to last story before March final book. Scary thought.
- On a personal note, Christine Feehan‘s Dark Promises comes out tomorrow – and it is the first Feehan book I haven’t bought. Seriously, I have never before not pre-ordered one of her new releases, but I just didn’t feel like it this time. Between the fact that I have two great books waiting for me (Fire Touched and Marked in Flesh), my disappointment with her recent stories, and my strange distaste for Grandma Trixie (not to mention my dislike of Gabrielle in the excerpt that I read), nothing made me want to pick this one up. At least not yet. If I have a free week coming up somewhere down the line I might break down and get it, but I am in no hurry at all.
- On the publishing front, it appears that Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb is switching publishing houses. Recent behind-the-scenes changes at Random House prompted the move, and now Roberts/Robb will be signed with MacMillian-St. Martin’s Press. I guess sometimes that I forget that books are not only pleasure, but a business, too, and in business things sometimes need to change. While there might be some tweaks to the publishing schedule, it looks like everything will pretty much carry on as before. So, no end to Eve and Roarke in sight, thank God.
- Ok, I gave myself a concussion rolling my eyes on this one. Last December, J.R. Ward published the first book of her new Black Dagger Legacy spin-off series, Blood Kiss, in paperback format. There was a whole write up before it was published about how it was a return to the old-school mass market romance style of the first Black Dagger Brotherhood books. And I really enjoyed it. Fast forward to book two, Blood Vow, which is due out on December 6th in – wait for it – hardcover. Yep. Unless Amazon has totally screwed up, this one is going to be hardcover. So, one whole book in paperback, then a format switch. Unless they re-release the first book in hardcover, I am going to be annoyed. Seriously.
- Kelley Armstrong‘s next Women of the Otherworld collection will be called Otherworld Chills, and it will be released on October 6th.
- The cover for the upcoming Rachel Morgan/Peri Reed novella mash-up from Kim Harrison has been released. Waylaid will be available on April 4th.
- Also on the cover front, the art and blurb for the 24th Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands, called Immortal Nights. It will be released on September 20th.
Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.
Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…
So, that’s about it for this batch. Are you watching Shadowhunters? Are you surprised it got picked up for a second season? What do you think about the new Ward books going to hardcover already?
As I was browsing through Amazon.com to check what e-books have been sort-of last-minute additions to March’s release schedule, I found something that looks interesting. There is a new set of books called Mating Fever, which actually covers a few different series by different authors. Basically, there is a new book being released every couple of days, and the first book of the Dragon Horde collection from author Ronin Winters comes out this week, and it is called Mica.
No one looked more out of place in her tea shop than the big, bearded, muscled and tattooed man, but his daily visits were the highlight of Sophie’s day. If she had the occasional naughty thoughts about the sexy stranger while she was baking scones or organizing the monthly book club, well, indulging in a little fantasy never hurt anyone. Anyway, it’s not like there was a chance of it coming true…
From the first moment he saw the curvy shop proprietor, Mica’s been panting after the gorgeous brunette, and his dragon is going crazy with the need to claim her. Her stunning smile and infectious laugh lightens his heart – and her sweet-as-sin body has a more earthy effect on him. It might take some time to break through her shyness, but Mica can imagine no greater treasure than finally claiming Sophie as his mate.
I have to be honest and admit that I am very excited to get my hands on this next one, which is one of the very, very few exceptions to my new anti-YA stance. Lady Midnight is the first book of The Dark Artifices series from Cassandra Clare, which is the thrid series set in the Shadowhunter world. Can. Not. Wait.
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.
Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.
The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
I have quite a few covers for this post, which surprised me because I thought I had just found one here or there. I guess these suckers add up. Well, let’s start with Den of Wolves from Juliet Marillier. It is the third book in the Blackthorn and Grim series, and it is due out on November 1st.
Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.
Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies…
Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone…
This second cover is from Cassandra Clare. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy is the print version of the serialized Simon Lewis stories, and it will be out on November 15th.
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.
But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.
Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.
The Turncoat’s Rebellion from Andrea Cremer, which is the third book of The Inventor’s Secret, will be released on November 15th.
Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is–or which of her compatriots is truly on her side.
In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor’s Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs — whatever they might be.
I did think this one was pretty. Ever the Hunted is the first book of the Clash of Kingdoms series from Erin Summerill, and it will be out on December 27th.
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
Still going. Frost Like Night, which is the third book of the Snow Like Ashes series from Sara Raasch, will be released on September 20th.
Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.
As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
Kendare Blake is up next with her book Three Dark Crowns. It is the first book of an as-yet untitled series, and it will be out on September 20th.
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Kate Douglas, Eve Langlais and A.C. Arthur each have novellas in the Wild anthology, which is due out on September 20th.
And this next one comes from Gini Koch. Camp Alien is the 11th book from her Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, and it has a release date of May 3rd.
The Mastermind may be outed, but Kitty & Company don’t get any downtime. In addition to having to recover from Operation Epidemic quickly, the sudden reappearance of a minor adversary long-forgotten turns out to only be the tip of a deadly iceberg that could end up causing World War Three…
Leigh Bardugo continues her Grisha series spin-off with the release of Crooked Kingdom, which will be available on September 22nd.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
Gemina is up next. It is the second book in the Illuminae series from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and it will be released on October 18th.
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik Malikov the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own surivival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Back to the adult titles for a moment. My Wild Irish Dragon from Ashlyn Chase, which is the second book in the Boston Dragons series, will be out on September 6th.
Melissa Landers is up next with the third and final book in her Alienated series, United. Look for it on August 2nd.
After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.
But the vacation is short-lived.
The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.
With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.
And the last one for today comes from Kristin Cast. Scarlet Rain is the second book in her The Escaped series, and it will be released on May 17th.
Alek, immortal son of the Furies, has been charged to save his home and recapture the souls of the damned, evil creatures who escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm. He can’t, however, do it alone…
Eva has discovered that she has been both blessed and cursed with powers beyond her comprehension. With a destiny to fulfill, she cannot escape the beings who will stop at nothing to destroy her.
Now, the Nosoi spirits of plague have been unleashed on the Mortal Realm, releasing a pandemic as clever and adaptable as it is insidious. Alek and Eva must capture and banish the Nosoi back to their Underworld prison, but Eva has yet to harness the abilities needed to defeat such a powerful enemy, and Alek sustains catastrophic wounds in the attempt. They must rely on detective James Graham, and Eva’s best friend Bridget, if they are to even slow down the plague. But can mere mortals come through in the face of such overwhelming peril?
Sigh. I am a bit ashamed to admit this, but there is only one book in this whole list that I will be picking up, and that is Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. There are a few other pretty covers, but my disinterest in young adult puts them out of the running. If I were still on a YA binge, though, I would be all over Crooked Kingdom and Ever the Hunted just for the covers alone. Which ones are you going to be picking up?
I try and do an update of the author pages every week, but sometimes there isn’t enough info to bother doing a post about. I figured today there was a bit to report on…
- Cassandra Clare will release the print version of her serialized Simon Lewis-centric Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy on November 15th.
- The blurb for the fourth and final Night Prince book from Jeaniene Frost, Into the Fire, has been released. The book will be out on October 25th.
In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.
For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.
A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
- Oh, and I started a character guide for the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Of course, I only have the info for the first book (Naked in Death) added as yet, but I will be updating it book-by-book as I read them. It can be found HERE.
- This one is exciting…Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Larissa Ione will team up for an anthology called Blood Red Kiss, which has a release date of September 20th. Larissa’s contribution will be a novella from her MoonBound Clan Vampires series, and Kresley’s story will be an updated and revised re-release of The Warlord Wants Forever. But…but..holy crap! Gena’s story will be from her Alien Huntress series, and it will finally be Dallas’s story. I am a happy, happy girl.
Forsaken by Night
An exiled warrior…
Lobo, one of the most powerful vampire skinwalkers to ever exist, has been in exile for decades following a violation that got him booted from MoonBound Clan. He’s lived a life of loneliness, his bleak existence made bearable only by the friendship of a wolf he saved many years ago.
A vampire stuck in the wrong body…
Tehya has spent the last twelve years as a wolf, unable to turn herself back into a vampire after a shift gone wrong. She formed a bond with Lobo, but unable to tell him who she really is, she has been reduced to being his pet. Woof.
A nearly fatal gunshot…
Changes everything. Suddenly, Lobo must do the forbidden to sneak inside MoonBound and get his beloved wolf the care she needs to survive. But Tehya shocks everyone, even herself, when she wakes up in the vampire body she hasn’t seen in over a decade. She and Lobo explore their new relationship, their powerful bond becoming even stronger. But her transformation comes at a price…a price that might cost Lobo his life…
An experiment gone horribly wrong
Lilica Swan is neither human nor otherworlder. One of three girls created in a lab, she’s the best—and worst—of both. When a vision of the future shows her eldest sister being gunned down, she’s determined to save the girl…even if it means killing the man destined to pull the trigger.
A powerful and seductive hybrid who won’t be deterred
Alien Investigation and Removal superagent Dallas Gutierrez is both human and alien himself. His mission? To destroy an evil alien queen who can turn humans into sex-zombies. When the queen’s sister is captured, he decides to use the unusual beauty as bait…but he is unprepared for the blistering surge of desire only Lilica can elicit.
An insatiable need they cannot deny
Dallas is caught between duty and desire and knows choosing one will end the other. Can he betray the woman who now holds his heart in her hands?
Can I just say how long I (and ok, everyone else), has been waiting for Dallas’s story? He was the most interesting of characters right from the start, and for me the series would never, ever be complete without his story. I don’t know if this is print or e-book only, but I do know I will be first in line to get my copy.
My vacation continues, and I am within reach of my goal of getting all of the character guides up to date, along with tackling a chunk of my TBR pile. Yay me. I did get some reading done as well, including wrapping up another series. I am officially up to date on all of my… Continue reading Reading Wrap Up…
When word first came out early last summer that Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments series was getting a re-boot as a TV show, I was beyond stoked. The movie so, so didn’t live up to expectations (along with a ton of other adaptations around that time), and it seemed like this was going to be… Continue reading Shadowhunters is Here…
Time again to check in and see what everyone has been reading for the last couple of weeks. On my end, I have been sort of chugging along at a slow pace. My quest to get caught up on the character guides meant that I did a re-read of Thea Harrison‘s Midnight Kiss. This one… Continue reading Weekly Wrap Up…