The TBR-OD Bucket List

After years of nearly drowning under a TBR pile that got as high as almost 400 books at one point, I am very careful about not letting myself go down the rabbit hole again. I am not a fan of being disorganized, so after my switch to e-books I made a vow to not let things get out of control again. That said, though, I do have some series that are on my “To Be Read – One Day” bucket list.

I have checked a couple of them off already – Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series (which didn’t work out so well), and J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels books (which did). I am still plugging away on J.D. Robb‘s In Death monster, which is an absolute favorite, and just getting into Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock world…again. But my bucket list doesn’t end there.

As it stands now, my immediate list would look something like this:

  • Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander – I haven’t seen the show, but I am circling that, too. I would love another really good book/show adaptation to get into.
  • George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire – Love the show, and I think it would be great to pick up the books, too. Plus at this point I actually know who is who, which is a bonus.
  • Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts – This has been a target for a long time now, but what is holding me back is the complete lack of info about the state of the series. The last book came out over five years ago, and finding any info about the next one is like trying to track down bigfoot. Apparently the new predicted release date for Unholy Luck is December 1st, 2018. Eh, we’ll see.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin – Another one that has been on the radar for a long time now. Mostly, I am attracted to the pretty covers, but it seems like a good, solid series that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. And I did like all of the young adult series of hers that I read.
  • Kim Harrison‘s The Hollows – Honestly, I have been meaning to get into this one for years. YEARS. And somehow I just keep skipping over it. Not sure why, but it will be nice to pick up a new series that has already ended its run – no painful cliffhangers that way.

A few others would be Eileen WilksWorld of the Lupi, the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris, and the October Daye and InCryptid series from Seanan McGuire have been tempting me, too. Oh, and any of the Elizabeth Hunter series are up there, as well. Sigh.

What are your bucket list series? If you have read any of mine, what did you think of them? Any favorites?

 

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My DNF Weekend

yes-noUsually, I don’t DNF anything. I will chug along, no matter what, even if I have to take way longer to get through something than I would like. But this weekend, I had not one but two things I tanked on.

First off, I just couldn’t get into Midnight Crossroad from Charlaine Harris. At all. I figured I would give it a shot since I found out there was going to be a tv show based off of it, but it just didn’t work out for me. I can’t say it was bad, strangely enough, but it was just…nothing. I made the half-way mark, and absolutely nothing had happened. It was page after page of the details of everyone’s life – what they were wearing, where they were going, what they were eating and who they were talking to – but nothing happened. No plot, no action, no character development, no intrigue, no romantic development – just…nothing. It was like reading 100 pages of someone’s grocery list. But, there is still a plus side – I was anxious to try this one, so I ended up buying the Kindle version. Yes, I still wasted the money, but I don’t have the print-book urge to make myself keep reading because I have the book in my hand. It was just a matter of hitting delete and done. It is my plan to try all new series in ebook now before I commit to picking up the print copy. Less disappointment that way.

And strangely enough, I also DNF’d a tv show. I have heard so, so many people rave about Mr. Robot that I thought I would give it a try. It is offered through Shomi, a Canadian streaming service, and since Shomi is shutting down next month I figured this was the best time to dive in. But once again, it was a bit of a dud for me. I tried the first half of season 1, and again it just didn’t grab me. Not horrible, just not enough to keep my attention. Maybe it gets better as it goes on, or maybe things get more exciting, but it looks like I will be skipping this one.

What have you DNF’s recently, either on page or screen? Anything that everyone else seems to love that just doesn’t work for you?

Reading Wrap Up

I used to do these posts quite often, mostly so I could keep fresh in my mind what I had read and how I felt about it. Maybe I am getting too lazy, because now it is more like a once a month thing. Anyways, I have still be chugging along on the Dark-Hunters from Sherrilyn Kenyon, although I did take a break for some new releases. My thoughts vary on them, though.

Well, so far things have been quite positive. I did hit a bit of a stumbling block with Sins of the Night (Alexion and Danger), though. It was ok, but I never got completely interested in it – either story or character wise. It wasn’t bad, I can’t say that, but it wasn’t difficult for me to put it down and go read other things, either. It is the first one that I didn’t fly through. But I think I was getting a bit burnt out on the whole tortured Kenyon hero thing – I mean, I like a good sob story as much as the next guy, but it seemed like each one was getting more abused than the last. Maybe that was why I needed to take a break.  I am back in the swing of things and I am now in the middle of the ninth full book, Unleash the Night. So far so good, and I am really liking Wren as a lead character. I just know his backstory is going to be horrid, though. Sigh.

I did take a break from the Dark-Hunters to read Magic Binds from Ilona Andrews. Duh. That was a no-brainer, and it was awesome. Details are getting fuzzy, though, because I read it so quickly, so I will be doing a second pass hopefully starting this week. One where I can take my time and hopefully retain what actually happened.

And I also checked out the latest Shifters Unbound from Jennifer Ashley (aaand on first writing of this, I left the “f” out of Shifters. Awkward). Guardian’s Mate was a good story, and it looks like we might get some forward movement on the series-wide story arc, too, in future books. Zander didn’t disappoint, and I was glad he actually got a mate I liked, too.

It had been a few weeks since I had read an In Death book from J.D. Robb, and don’t laugh, but I missed them. So I also tackled #8 in the series, Conspiracy in Death, as I enjoyed it as much as the rest. No sign of me getting bored with this monster yet at all.

Oh, I did break down and get the first Midnight, Texas book from Charlaine Harris, Midnight Crossroads, after my last post mentioning the upcoming show. Eh, well. I am not done yet, but it hasn’t grabbed me. At all. I would go so far as to say that, to this point, it is pretty darn dull. I think I am still less than half-way through, but so far it has all been details. Who is who, who does what, who is wearing what and eating what and going where. I haven’t hit the actual story yet, but I do know every place that the cat Mr. Snuggles sits. I’m not giving up, but I am also not holding out much hope for me to suddenly get engrossed, either.

What have all of you been reading and loving? At what point did you find yourself needing a break from the Dark-Hunters, or did you manage to plow through them without stopping? Does Midnight, Texas, actually get interesting?

Midnight, Texas Coming to TV

Am I the only one who didn’t know that Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas trilogy was being adapted for TV?

According to what I found looking around, NBC has placed a 13 episode order for the new series, which they described as…

“…a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.”

Here are a few stills that have been released from the pilot:

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

The first pic gives me a total True Blood vibe, which I guess makes sense. I never did get around to reading these books, but I did see a lot of the reviews were mixed. The only thing that gives me pause is the fact that it is going to be shown on NBC, which means that they are limited as to what they can do or show, and certain elements might not translate well. A network with a little more…leeway…shall we say, usually works better for these types of shows. True Blood needed to be shown on HBO to be able to get the full impact, gore and raunch and all.

Well, here’s hoping this works out. I might just have to add to the TBR and check out the first book, too.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

It has been a few weeks since I did my last cover lover post, and even so there aren’t many to upload. There are 5 for this batch, starting with the new one from Diana Rowland. White Trash Zombie Gone Wild, which is due out on October 6th.

white trash zombieAngel finds herself in redneck hell when hordes of people descend on her hometown for the Deep South Zombie Fest—complete with zombie 5K runs, shamble-a-thons, costume contests, zombie paintball hayrides, and mock-zombie hunts. She intends to avoid the whole mess and focus on her upcoming college midterms—with the help of her stash of illicit zombie drugs—but that all changes when a decapitated body turns up at the edge of town…

Christine Warren‘s next Gargoyles book, Rocked by Love, will be released on March 1st.

rocked by loveKylie Kramer knows that she’s putting her life in danger when she decides to investigate her friend’s mysterious death. What she doesn’t know is that she’s being watched over by a powerful protector. A legend in stone who has defended humanity throughout the ages. A rock-hard savior who swoops down from the sky, scoops Kylie into his impossibly strong arms, and draws her into a world that no mortal woman can imagine…or resist.

ROCKED BY LOVE

As the strongest of the gargoyles, Dag is sworn to destroy the demons that threaten Kylie’s world before returning to his stony slumber. But the burning desire she ignites in him is even harder to fight-an all-consuming force that, once unleashed, can never be tamed. As their passion grows, so do the ranks of a demonic army plotting to take over the earth. When the ultimate battle begins, Dag and Kylie must face some demons of their own-to carve out a love that’s stronger than time…

Terry Spear continues her Heart of the Wolf series with the release of SEAL Wolf in Too Deep, which is due out on February 2nd.

seal wolf in too deepDebbie Renaud is a police diver working on criminal cases with SEAL Allan Rappaport. She admires him greatly for his missions in the Navy, plus he’s just plain HOT. Allan seems to share her attraction, but what she doesn’t know is that her partner is wolf shifter.

Allan is really hung up on his smart, beautiful dive partner, but he can’t get involved with a human outside dive duty. Yet when she gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, one of the members of Allan’s pack, they run into real trouble, and their lives are altered forever.

Next up is Night Shift, the third book of Charlaine Harris‘s Midnight, Texas series. It is due out on May 3rd.

night shiftAt Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…

And the last one for today is from Sally Green. Half Lost is the third and final book of the Half Bad Trilogy, and it is due out next March.

half lostNathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralized, constantly pursued by the Council’s Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel’s amulet – an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle.

But the amulet’s guardian – the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger – has her own agenda. To win her trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the amulet. Combined with his own Gifts, the amulet might just be enough turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all…

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There really hasn’t been anything going on in the book world, lately, or if there has been, I just haven’t noticed. The most exciting thing I came across was the news from Jeaniene Frost that there would be a fourth Vlad and Layla Night Prince book, rather than ending at three this January with the release of Bound by Flames. Nice…and I still want Ian.

On the cover front, there hasn’t been much excitement, either. I did manage to dig up five relatively new ones to take a peek at, though, starting with the next one from Charlaine Harris. Day Shift is the second book in her Midnight, Texas series, and it is due out on May 5th.

day shiftPurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan, which has a release date of February 24th.

fury of obsessionPurchase at Amazon.com

Paige Tyler‘s X-Ops series continues with the release of Her Wild Hero on May 5th.

her wild heroPurchase at Amazon.com

This next one is from Kathleen Collins and her Realm Walker series. Blood Slave is due out on January 28th.

blood slaveAnd the final one for today is the from the new young adult series from Julie Kagawa. Rogue is the second book of the Talon series, and it is due out on April 28th.

roguePurchase at Amazon.com

So, feeling the love for any of these? I for the life of me can’t remember if I read the last Dragonfury book – my list says yes, but my memory says no. Strange. Also, not sure about the Rogue cover. Hopefully it is one of those that look better in person, because it wouldn’t make me pick it up from the shelf at all. And what do you think about a fourth Night Prince book? Were you like me, happy but quietly whimpering “but, but…Ian?” under your breath?

New Series Alerts…

Yep, it is that time again. Time to see what new series are heading our way this coming week (and tempting my book-buying guidelines). There are six newbies to highlight, with a little bit of something for everyone. Let’s start with Midnight Crossroads, which is the first book in the Midnight, Texas series from Charlaine Harris. I know that the ending of the Sookie Stackhouse series angered a lot of fans, and I heard a few say that they would never read anything from Harris again. I wonder how that will affect this new series?

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddSynopsis…

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it….

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

And for the ghost story lover, we have Seanan McGuire‘s Sparrow Hill Road, which is the first book of her Ghost Stories series.

sparrow hill roadSynopsis…

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t kill what’s already dead.

And for those with a love for military action/paranormal romance books, there is Paige Tyler‘s Her Perfect Mate. It is the first book of the X-Ops series.

her perfect mateSynopsis…

When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is picked for an assignment with the Department of Covert Affairs, he’s stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn’t hurt a fly, much less take down a terrorist.

Ivy Halliwell isn’t your average covert op. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She isn’t thrilled to be paired with yet another military grunt, but Landon is different. He doesn’t think she’s a freak and he’s smokin’ hot.

Soon they find themselves facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines…and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore.

Now onto the Young Adult releases. Jennifer Donnelly starts her new Waterfire saga with this week’s release of Deep Blue.

deep blueSynopsis…

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

There has been a lot of buzz lately about this next one, which is The Falconer by Elizabeth May. It is the first book of The Falconer series.

the falconerSynopsis…

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

And finally, we have Amy Plum‘s After the End, which is the first book in the After the End series.

after the endSynopsis…

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

That is a wrap-up for today. Any of these on your must-read list? What early buzz have you heard about this week’s new series?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been in the process of updating the new release dates, and I was surprised to find a few new covers I missed over the last couple of days. Must’ve been off my game or something. Anyways, this first one is from Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires series. Blood Games will be released on August 5th.

blood gamesThis second cover is from Caris Roane. Chains of Darkness is due out of July 1st.

chains of darknessCharlaine Harris is starting up a new trilogy next year called Midnight, Texas. The first book is called Midnight Crossroad, and it is due out on May 6th.

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddGrim Shadows, the second book from Jenn Bennett‘s Roaring Twenties series, will be released on June 3rd.

grim shadowsRevenant, the next book in Kat Richardon‘s Greywalker series, will be released on August 5th.

revenantThese last two are young adult. The P.C. Cast House of Night novella compilation, Kalona’s Fall, will be released on July 29th.

kalona's fallAnd finally, the print edition of the Throne of Glass novellas from Sarah J. Maas, called The Assassin’s Blade, will be released on March 13th.

the assassin's bladeWhich of these are you most looking forward to? I am a book behind in the Chicagoland Vampires series, and while I haven’t read anything from Charlaine Harris I find myself interested in her new trilogy.

 

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty steadily adding titles to the New Release pages lately, rather than making one monster update every month or so, but this week there were quite a few notable pre-order links that whoed up on Amazon.

  • Sparrow Hill Road, which is the first book of Seanan McGuire‘s upcoming Ghost Stories series, will be released on May 6th.
  • Charlaine Harris will start a new series next year that is a little less supernatural in flavor than Sookie Stackhouse, but still veers towards the paranormal. The new series will be called Midnight, Texas, and the first book will be called Midnight Crossroad. Look for it on May 6th.
  • The 4th book of M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series, Fire Kin, will be released on May 6th.
  • The next rumored Meredith Gentry book from Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light, now has a release date. It is due out on June 3rd.
  • It looks like Jess Haines will be releasing another H&W Investigations book. Enslaved by the Others is due out on July 1st.
  • Ilona Andrews revealed that the cover for Magic Breaks will be made public on October 31st, and now Amazon has the preorder up with the date listed as July 29th.
  • Kat Richardson‘s next Greywalker book, Revenant, will be released on August 5th.
  • Black Ice is the title of the second Mist book from Susan Krinard. It is due out on August 12th.
  • Shield of Winter from Nalini Singh, which will feature Vasic, will be released on June 3rd.
  • August 5th is the release date for Chloe Neill‘s next Chicagoland Vampires book, Blood Games.
  • Fans of Victoria Scott‘s Dante Walker series will be glad to know that book three is in the works. The Warrior is due out on May 6th.
  • The fifth and final book from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series, Opposition, will be out on August 5th.
  • The Immortal Crown is the title of Richelle Mead‘s second Age of X book, and it will be released on May 29th.

Which of these are you most excited by? Shield of Winter is at the top of my list, along with Blood Games and Opposition (even though I hate to see the Lux series end). Magic Breaks in hardcover is a huge one for me, and I might even try out Charlaine Harris’ new one, too.

Cover Lover – 13 New Titles

It looks like there was a decent crop of covers released in the last few days, or at least my peek over at Goodreads turned up some I hadn’t seen before. First up is Forged, the fourth book in Jacquelyn Frank‘s World of Nightwalkers series. It is due out on April 29th.

forgedThis next one is the cover for the upcoming Chicagoland Vampires novella by Chloe Neill. Howling For You features Jeff Christopher, and it will be out on January 7th.

howling for y ouDarkest Flame, the next book in Donna Grant‘s Dark Kings series, will be released on April 29th.

darkest flameAlexa Egan‘s next Imnada Brotherhood book, Warrior’s Curse, will be released on April 29th.

warrior's curseVirna DePaul fires up her new Belladonna Agency series early next year with the release of Turned. It is due out on April 1st.

turnedThe third book in Amy Raby‘s Hearts and Thrones series now has a pretty cover, too. Prince’s Fire will be released on April 1st.

prince's heartNext up is Fury of the Demon, which is part of Diana Rowland‘s Kara Gillian series. It will be out on January 7th.

fury of the demonThere is a new anthology heading our way featuring several favorite authors like Charlaine Harris and Seanan McGuire. Games Creatures Play will be out on April 1st.

games creatures playLisa Kessler‘s second book from her Moon series, Hunter’s Moon, will be released in e-format in a couple of weeks.

hunter's moonNow on to a few young adult titles. I have been hearing a lot about author Libba Bray recently, but I still haven’t tried any of her books. Her next Diviners novel, called Lair of Dreams, will be out on April 22nd.

lair of dreamsThe third and final book of Jessica Spotswood‘s Cahill Witch Chronicles series, Sisters’ Fate, will be out next spring.

sisters' fateAmy Plum is starting a new series next year called After the End. The first book is also called After the End, and it will be released on May 6th.

13601681And the final one for today is the cover from Kiera Cass‘s upcoming print anthology of her novellas from The Selection. Featuring the stories The Prince and The Guard, The Selection Stories will be released on February 4th.

selection stories