Reading Wrap Up – The Purge Edition

Is-It-Time-To-Say-Goodbye-300x261Usually when I do a reading wrap up post, I blather on about all of the things I have read in the last couple of weeks, mostly so I can look back and get a refresher of my thoughts on the books. But for something different this time, I thought I might share what I have decided to purge from my Kindle in a recent unhaul. When I exclusively read print books, I got pretty good at culling Mount TBR down to the bare essentials. I figured it was time to be just as ruthless with the e-books, too.

I tried. I mean I really tried to get into Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series. It ticked all of the boxes of what I would usually love, but I just couldn’t connect with it. Well, I connected with part of it – like most of the supporting characters – but that was about it. I wasn’t a fan of Gin, and the constant repetition of details so prevalent in the early books (eye color, anyone?) colored my judgment of the whole series. So, to that end, I did a delete of the first 10 Elemental Assassin books and a couple of novellas, too. I am still toying with trying out her upcoming Kill the Queen, but I guess we will have to see.

I also dropped the couple of Lindsay J. Pryor books I had. I did give them a decent try, but once again it is just a matter of something that everyone else seems to love not working for me. I DNF’d both the first and second books of Blackthorn series at the 50% mark, and I really had to give my head a shake when I found myself over on Amazon ready to 1-click the third. Sometimes you just have to give up and move on.

And I finally pulled the plug on the last of my young adult books, too. Jennifer L. Armentrout has long been a favorite of mine, but I found that my interest in keeping up with her later books had waned. As much as I liked the Lux, Titan and Sentinel books, I am Ok with moving on. The same goes for The Royals series by Erin Watt. I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the first four books – I devoured them one after the other over the course of a couple of days – but I don’t have any interest in picking up the next one, either.

Outlander from Diana Gabaldon and A Game of Thrones from George R. R. Martin also got deleted. I knew I was never going to get to them, so I decided to let them go. A couple of Sarah J. Maas books didn’t make the cut, either – I don’t usually have a lot of luck with paranormal stories that have a historical feel, no matter how good they are. I think it was like the fourth time I had bought them, but who’s counting?

So, that is my reading wrap up un-haul. Have you purged anything lately? Given up on any series – either ones you used to really like, or couldn’t get into no matter how hard you tried?

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Pick of the Week…and a Surprise

My pick for this week might be a bit of a surprise, since I would usually point to a Ghostwalker book if it was an option. But instead, I am going with the new one from an old favorite, Jennifer L. Armentrout. This week, the fourth book of the New Adult Titan series hits the shelves, so my pick is The Prophecy.

the prophecySynopsis…

History is on repeat.

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid.

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled.

Aaaand now on to the surprise. Or maybe it was just a surprise to me? But a recent little foray through the wonderful world of Amazon showed up a listing for a Hidden Legacy novella from Ilona Andrews. Yes! Novel. Novella. Short story. A few words written on a napkin. I don’t care – it means more Hidden Legacy! Now the countdown until the November 6th release begins.

 

This and That

I don’t really have much to mention, but there are a couple of little things I found on a recent scouting party, and I thought I might share.

  • Ilona Andrews has finished writing the final Kate Daniels book, Magic Triumphs. They have been on a big push to get this one finished, and I am happy for them. But on the other hand, I am a bit bummed, too. I don’t believe that they are finished with the Kate Daniels world, but to see “final” in regards to a favorite series is always bitter-sweet. Although I am happy that they can concentrate on maybe more Hidden Legacy, or Innkeeper Chronicles. And I got the vibe a while back that they were plotting a new series, too. They have never written anything that I haven’t loved – nothing – so I am pretty much happy with whatever comes.
  • Speaking of something new, I noticed that J.R. Ward is apparently starting up another contemporary series since her Bourbon King trilogy recently wrapped up. I haven’t seen much in the way of detail yet, only that it will focus on Firefighters. The first as-yet-unnamed book will be released on September 27th.
  • And Gena Showalter also has something new in the works. Shadow and Ice is the first book of the adult Gods of War series, and it will be released on October 30th.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout will start a spin-off of her Lux series that focuses on Luc. The Darkest Star is the first book of the Origin series, and it too will be released on October 30th.
  • And this next one is a bad news/good news situation. Chloe Neill has had to push back the release of Wild Hunger – but only by a month. Not too horrible, and the new release date is August 14th. The good news? She uploaded a small snippet from the prologue over on her Facebook page, which can be found HERE.

Have you heard any news on upcoming releases? Any changes or pushbacks or new series?

Cover Lover – 14 New Titles

I can’t believe how long it has been since I have done up a cover lover post featuring more than just one book. I have been holding onto some of these for a while, so might as well take a quick peek. Let’s start with a new one from Eve Langlais. Jilted Prince is the second book of her Hell’s Son series, and it will be released on March 29th.

jilted princeShe left him at the altar, but the Devil is making him keep his promise.

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel.

She keeps spouting things like “forced to get married,” “love me for myself, not because Daddy made you.”

It doesn’t help that his psychotic mother with a penchant for playing with dead things has taken an interest. However, having her henchman of the apocalypse attempt to kidnap him isn’t the way to get in his good graces.

Things are starting to get complicated on Earth. Dark forces are rising, Chris’s powers are still developing—and he’s pretty sure his dad, Lucifer, wants him dead. What’s the destroyer of the world to do?

Point him to the nearest bar. This calls for more beer.

This second one is from Ashlyn Chase. Hooked on a Phoenix is due out next March 6th.

hooked on a phoenixMisty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

Terry Spear keeps cranking them out. Flight of the White Wolf is the 24th book of the Heart of the Wolf series, and it will be released on March 6th.

flight of the white wolfGavin Summerfield―an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying―has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect―where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start…again.

Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn’t entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn’t discover the secret she’s been keeping…she knows he could never forgive her…

Storm Crossed is up next. It is the 4th book of the Grim series from Dani Harper, and it will be released on January 9th.

storm crossedHeir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

I have always been a big Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, but for some reason I never did get into this series. Brave is the 3rd book of A Wicked Saga, and it will be out on December 11th.

braveIvy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

Not long to wait for this next one. Fury of Denial from Coreene Callihan is the 7th book of the Dragonfury series, and it will be released on October 30th.

fury of denialHe’s an antisocial dragon shifter with a serious sweet tooth. She’s a pastry chef who won’t give him any sugar.

Blinded in an ambush, dragon warrior Wallaig has spent half a century in the dark with one thing on his mind—vengeance. When the rogue faction responsible returns to Scotland and targets a human female, he saves her life, determined to exact his revenge—even if it means using her as bait.

Smart-mouthed Amantha Leblanc is pastry chef with dreams of opening her own shop. The money is in the bank. Her mission is clear. The plan goes to hell the second Wallaig breaks into her apartment and she defends herself with a rolling pin. With a rogue pack of dragons circling, she is forced to rely on a man she doesn’t like—but isn’t able to resist.

Bec McMaster has a new one coming out on October 24th. Soulbound is the 3rd book of the Dark Arts series.

soulboundA dark force is rising in London…

Sebastian Montcalm knows freedom for the first time in his life, but it has come at the cost of his father’s soul. If he can learn to harness his uncontrollable sorcery then he might be able to save his father from a demon’s grip, but every move he makes leads to failure. The only thing that gives him hope is the innocent touch of Cleo Sinclair, the woman he was forced to marry. But will his darkness drown out her light?

He could be her destruction…

Cleo knew her father only ever loved her for the power of her visions, but when he bartered her away in marriage to a man she’d never met, she realized how little value she truly had. Her husband, Sebastian, was nothing more than a dark warmth in her bed, a stranger who refused to touch her. But together, the two tortured souls found friendship. And now, when he needs her the most, he won’t even look at her.

…Or she could be his salvation…

When Cleo receives a powerful vision of a darkness that threatens London, she knows she is the key to defeating it. Only by working together can she and Sebastian prevail. But is Sebastian the one who can end this prophetic doom, or the one bound to begin it?

The 20th Sisters of the Moon book from Yasmine Galenorn will be called Harvest Song, and it has a release date of May 8th.

harvest songWe’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is the Queen of Dusk & Twilight and married to three hunky men. Menolly is a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma and a vampire prince. And me? I’m Delilah, a Death Maiden werecat, and I’m about to marry the love of my life. But in the midst of joy, we are facing the escalating war with Shadow Wing. About to attempt one of the most dangerous acts we’ve ever considered, can we keep the demon armies at bay while luring the demon lord into one final, coordinated attack?

My wedding day to Shade arrives, and somebody invited Murphy’s Law along to the ceremony. But the chaos only extends from there. Camille and her Keraastar Knights are finally united and ready. Menolly and Roman are aligning the vampires. And the dragons have pledged their help as the final battle with Shadow Wing draws near. But best laid plans go awry. As our plans fall apart, we must align ourselves with Trytian and the daemons. Will they be able to help us corner Shadow Wing when several of the portals fail and demons begin pouring into Seattle? Or are we too late and will Shadow Wing manage to break through, even without the help of the spirit seals?

This anthology seems like it could be interesting. Amid the Winter Snow will feature stories from Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter and Jeffe Kennedy, and it will available on December 12th.

amid the winter snow

December 5th is the release date for the 3rd Outcast book from Keri Arthur, The Black Tide.

the black tideThough Winter Halo – the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults – has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do seven children remain unaccounted for, but some of the vampires are now able walk in light.

The key to stopping the unthinkable lies in finding Ciara Dream, the last member of the trio behind the plot to give full light immunity to both the vampires and the Others. But Ciara, like Tiger herself, is a shapeshifter, able to take on any human form she desires.

To find her, Tiger will need to use every skill in her formidable arsenal, and even that might not be enough to save the city and the people she has started to care about.

Because the vampires are coming, and this time, the lights won’t stop them.

Donna Grant has a new release coming, too. Torched is part of the Dark Kings series, and it will be out on May 29th.

torched.jpgThe King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him.

He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he’s with her, he isn’t thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks of her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him.

This next one is an anthology that will feature Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter. The Big Alpha in Town will be released on May 15th.

the big alpha in townThree hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.

Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down—difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.

No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…

Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head.

Almost done. Shadow Hunt is the 3rd book from Melissa F. Olson‘s Disrupted Magic series, and it will be out next February 13th.

shadow huntFor years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett’s world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen—and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault.

It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge…and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning. As Scarlett races home to find the bargest and rescue her friends, she is dragged deeper into a terrifying legend that has somehow found its way to present-day Los Angeles.

Now she will have to recruit every possible ally for a battle that will test her null ability to the limit. Scarlett has been in over her head before, but now she risks losing everything—and she’s never had more to lose.

And this final one is the one I am most looking forward to. Caught in Time is the 3rd book of the time-travel/police procedural/mystery Kendra Donovan series from Julie McElwain, and it will be out on July 3rd.

caught in timeOctober 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office.

The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.

As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

Ok, that was way longer than I thought it was going to be. Anything catch your eye? There are a couple I will be picking up for sure, and a couple more that I might get to one day, if I am lucky.

Updating and New Releases

Over the next few days, I hope to get the new release pages updated with quite a lot of upcoming titles. I thought I might highlight a few here…

  • The fifth book of Julie Kagawa‘s Talan series, Inferno, will be released on April 24th.
  • The next Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter will be called The Darkest Warrior, and it will be released on June 26th.
  • J.C. Daniels‘ 6th Colbana Files book will be called Haunted Blade, and it is due out on September 30th.
  • Next March 6th is the release date for Tricks For Free from Seanan McGuire. It is the seventh book of the InCryptid series.
  • March 6th is also the release date for Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi, the 4th book of her young adult Shatter Me series.
  • March will also see the release of the 4th book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Titan series, The Prophecy.
  • Shelly Laurenston starts a new series next March 27th. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, which sounds like a spin-off of The Pride.
  • March is going to be a busy month. The 27th is the release date for Twice Bitten from Lynsay Sands, the next book of her Argeneau series.
  • And the 27th is also the release date for Cross Breed from Lora Leigh, which is Cassie’s Breed story.
  • And finally, there is only a title and release date for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan. It looks like Covert Game will be out on March 20th.

There are also a lot of e-format re-releases coming our way. Thea Harrison‘s first five Elder Races novellas will be coming out again, as will Laura Anne Gilman‘s Paranormal Scene Investigations books. Which of these are on your must-read list?

 

Reading Wrap Up

Happy Easter, everyone. This has been a busy week, but I still managed to get a few books under my belt, and to say that I covered a rather wide variety of books is a bit of an understatement.

a twist in timeI got started with A Twist in Time from Julie McElwain. It is the second book in her time-travel murder mystery series featuring former FBI Profiler Kendra Donovan, who is accidentally pulled back through time to Regency England. I enjoyed the first book, but it took a while for me to get into the swing of things for the second. I don’t read much in the way of historical, and it makes a nice change of pace. What threw me off for the first half of this one, though, was Kendra herself. I get that she is stuck in a time not her own – a time where women are incredibly limited as to what they are supposed to be or do, but she was on the edge of being whiny for a while. It didn’t last long and then things got rolling, but it still made the first part of the story drag a bit for me.

shadows-seductionTo continue my trend of reading something different, I finally got to Shadow’s Seduction from Kresley Cole. I am not a big fan of m/m stories, and I even though of giving this one a pass what with my dwindling interest in the IAD series. But since I needed it to keep the character guide current, I decided to take the plunge. I ended up liking the overall storyline, and Cas and Mirceo were great. But it was way, way more explicit than I was expecting. My only other m/m story was Lover at Last from J.R. Ward, and while Qhuinn and Blay had some scenes of their own, they were a very small part of the overall story. Not so much here. So not bad at all, I liked the story better than the last few full books of the series, but I was surprised by the hot factor.

the struggleAnd finally, I flew through The Struggle, the third book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s New Adult Titan series. What makes this one different for me is that, by and large, I am not a huge new adult fan. And by that I mean I usually just plain don’t like it. But honestly, this one reads as more adult, and I am pretty much a fan of all things Armentrout which is a double win. This was a nice change of pace – it was a fast, easy read, and even though it has been quite a while since I picked up the previous book I had no trouble getting back into the swing of things.

So, that wraps up my unusual reading week. Have you been trying anything different lately? Found anything interesting?

Cover Lover – New Titles

I have a bit of a mixed bag of covers for this post, with most of them falling under the young adult category. Let’s get started with my two most recent finds, the first of which is from Melissa Landers. Starfall, which is the second book of the Starflight series, will be released on February 7th.

starfallWhen Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend… with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can’t rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he’s also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin.

And this second one is from Marie Lu and her Young Elites series. The Midnight Star is due out on October 11th.

the midnight starThere was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

I guess this next one would be classified as New Adult, but I still group it with my young adult titles. The Struggle is the third book in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Titan series, and it will be released next March.

the struggle

Alexandra Bracken will release Wayfarer, the second book from her Passenger series, on January 3rd.

wayfarerAll Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

And Melissa de la Cruz continues her Summer on East End series on November 8th with the release of Double Eclipse.

double eclipse

This next one comes from C.C. Hunter. Midnight Hour is part of her Shadow Falls series, and it will be released on October 25th.

midnight hourA missing sister, a heart in turmoil, and a growing tattoo that no one understands: The Shadow Falls saga comes to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale!

Being a dyslexic witch has never been easy for Miranda Kane, but her time at Shadow Falls helped her tap into her true powers. Now her life is thrown into chaos after a near death experience leaves her with a mysterious growing tattoo no one can explain. Her heart is a mess over whether to get back together with Perry or take a chance on a new love, her parents are spitting up, and she may not get into the same college of her two best friends. To upend her world further, it appears her sister has been kidnapped and it’s not just her they want. Miranda’s only way of saving her sister may be to take her place. Will her friends at Shadow Falls save Miranda…or will she realize that she had the power to save herself all along?

P.C. Cast‘s new one will be called Moon Chosen, and it is the first book of the Tales of a New World series. Look for it on October 18th.

moon chosen

Next up is A Shadow Bright and Burning, from author Jessica Cluess. It is the first book of the Kingdom on Fire series, and it has a release date of September 20th.

a shadow bright and burningHenrietta Howel can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

This is the last of the young adult covers, and it comes from Sabaa Tahir. A Torch Against the Night is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, and it will be released on August 30th.

a torch against the nightA Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

And this final one comes from Terry Spear. A Very Jaguar Christmas is part of her Heart of the Jaguar series, and it will be out on October 4th.

a very jaguar christmas

Well, that wraps up things for this batch. I will be picking up The Struggle to finish off The Titan series, but other than that my young adult ban kicks in and takes most of these out of the running. Are you planning on giving any of these a try?

February’s Book of the Month

January was a really decent month for new releases, which was great. February? For me, not so exciting. But I like those months because it gives me a chance to play catch up. And to prepare for March, which is going to be huuuuge. Anyways, as always, take a gander at the ten books I have picked for potential books of the month and make your choice. If you have something else to pick, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. You can find a complete list of February’s releases HERE.

Hm, decisions. I think I would have to pick The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If anything, the only other books I am interested in this month are young adult releases. I am not really picking up new YA series anymore, but I do have a few I am still following.

Reading Wrap Up…

booksMy 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 Jennifer L. Armentrout series, since I read the last two books of her Dark Elements series, Stone Cold Touch and Every Last Breath. I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited to pick them back up, for a couple of reasons. One, I am on a bit of an iffy relationship status with young adult lately, but I am not sure why. I have been reading them, but it has been more of a “get through it and on to something else” phase, which is weird. Also? Love triangle. Enough said.

Anyways, I ended up liking them. They had the same tone and vibe as Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other series, which is usually fun, and they were quite a fast read. Plus, the whole demons and gargoyles thing was different. The love triangle wasn’t really that bad, since you could tell who she was ending up with by the end of the second book, so you didn’t have too much angsty crap messing things up. Still, all triangles should be banned on punishment of death. I am still trying to wrap up a lot of the young adult series I have on the go, but I don’t find myself interested in any new ones (except for the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, which is a given). I think I am just moving away from them.

Oh, and I got my copy of The Dirt on Ninth Grave from Darynda Jones (and the guide is updated, too), which was great. Loved the change of pace while still keeping most of the old gang around. It didn’t end with the bang of a cliffhanger that the last one did (thank God), but there are some big things coming. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this one was that the humor was on point – Charley didn’t stray too far into stupidlandia, which has happened a time or two in the past. She still got herself in trouble, she is Charley after all, but it wasn’t over the top. I like that balance.

And, as I have bored everyone with already, I am almost finished Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. It is a pleasant change of pace, since I can honestly say I haven’t done a sci-fi procedural before. It was a fine read up until Eve and Roarke became EVE AND ROARKE, and then things really grabbed my attention. Even though this book is a couple of decades old, I am starting to see why Roarke is still on fans’ radar as one of their favorites. That was definitely a surprise. I did snicker a bit when he pulled out a cigarette, which made me realize that it was so a 90’s book (and when I realized that he was ONLY worth 3 billion). I have the second book on Mount TBR, but of course I had to order the UK version. Of course. I don’t see myself pulling a 10 book marathon read of this series, but I could see me managing to read most of them by the end of the year (or at least a pretty good chunk of them).

Your turn. What did you read and love this week? Did you finish off anything, or try something new?

Reading Wrap Up…

booksSo, this is probably my last reading wrap up for the year, which is darn scary when you think about it. Let’s start with one that I didn’t actually plan on getting to for a while. I had decided that Kresley Cole‘s Sweet Ruin just wasn’t worth the price tag, and I stuck with it. Sort of. A person I work with had gotten the Kindle version, and actually lent it to me. It worked out perfect, because the e-format version makes updating the guides a lot easier. Then, I found one on e-bay that only cost $22, shipping included. Great! And the same day I got a gift certificate from Indigo and used it to order Sweet Ruin. Wait, what? Yep, stupid ended up buying two copies. Oye.

Anyway, it wasn’t bad at all. I really liked the introduction of the Morior, and I can see them making some waves. Blace, Darach and Orion really grabbed my attention, and I look forward to finding out more about them. Also, seeing that much Thad was great. I didn’t mind Josephine and Rune, either, but I think I liked the rest of the book better than their story, if that makes sense. Like I said in the crack-pot theory post, I figure Orion will be hooked up with Nix, and that should be fun.

A while back, I finished up the fifth book in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series. It was ok, but I found it hard to get into. Maybe I was too far removed from the last book, I am not sure, but it didn’t flow for me. But I was surprised that I enjoyed Oblivion as much as I did. It is a retelling of the first book, but from Daemon’s point of view. It was a fast, fun read, and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed the early books in the series.

I finished up the third Elder Races novella from Thea Harrison, too. Liam Takes Manhattan lacked the punch for me that Dragos Goes to Washington, but it was still good. I am interested to see how Liam’s story progresses once he heads to Europe, too.

There were also an emergency re-read done. I am not sure how, but I had forgotten to do Archangel’s Enigma for the Guild Hunter character guide. Ok, that was just wrong. I don’t forget Nalini Singh books. Ever. But the re-read was great – loved it. The whole series is just so well written and well thought out that you get something new out of it every time you pick it up. Can’t wait for the next one. And the one after that.

How did your Christmas reading shape up? Did you find anything exciting, or rediscover any favorites?