Reading Wrap Up

Hey everyone, time once again to do a check in and see what everyone has been reading and loving (or not so much) recently.

Personally, I had a really good run. My read of Wicked Abyss was a happy thing since I have been a bit blah on the last few books of Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark series. I enjoyed this one (and Shadow’s Seduction, as well), so things are moving in the right direction. Has it crawled back up to the top of my favorites list? Nope. But I won’t be so ambivalent about the next one, either.

My best read, though, from the ones I have had lately, came from Kelley Armstrong. I never bothered picking up her Lost Souls book because honestly I thought it was just a graphic novel – nope. I guess the print edition did have some illustrations, but the e-book version was just a Gabriel-centric novella. A whole story with a Gabriel POV?!? Why the hell didn’t I pick this up before. This one gave me a more in-depth look at just what makes Gabriel tick, how his mind works, had how badly he wants Olivia in his life. Total winner, and I am just annoyed that I didn’t get it sooner.

Oh, and I finally got off my ass and finished Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines series. The final book, The Ruby Circle, has been sitting on my shelf for over two years, and I just decided it was time. I am horrible about not wanting to read the last book in a series because I don’t like things that end, but on the other hand I don’t like things left undone, either. Try and balance that one if you can. Anyways, it was a decent send-off for the series, and while it has been a few years since I was involved in the storyline it didn’t take me long to pick things up again. I still say there could easily be a Jill and Eddie series, but it doesn’t seem like that is in the cards.

Your turn. What have you been up to for great reads lately? Have you gone back and dusted off any old TBRs, or are you still on the new-release reads?

Pick of the Week

Posts have been kind of scare for the last little while, but honestly there just hasn’t been that much to talk about. There have been a few young adult cover releases, but not enough for a full post. There hasn’t been much in the way of new release info, or any word on the countless upcoming spin-offs of soon-to-end series, either. Hopefully business will pick up soon.

Anyways, there were a couple of solid books released this week, including the final Merit-and-Ethan Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill. I figured it would be my pick of the week, but for some strange reason my interest in the newest Immortals After Dark book has grown over the last few days. I have been on a bit of a downwards slide with Kresley Cole‘s last few books, and honestly the thought of a beauty and the beast redo didn’t get me all that excited, either. But then I started to get a bit optimistic, and I found myself looking forward to Wicked Abyss. I am a couple of hours in, and so far I am enjoying it. Is my IAD rah-rah back yet? Not really. But it is a start.

wicked abyssSynopsis…

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

I would so love to go back to being IAD-obsessed rather than just mildly interested, and hopefully Wicked Abyss can help pull that off. What is the biggest-name series you have ever found yourself drifting away from, and did you ever manage to come back to your former level of enjoyment of it?

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?

April’s Book of the Month

Honestly, I figured April’s book of the month was a toss up between Kresley Cole‘s Wicked Abyss, Chloe Neill‘s final Chicagoland Vampires book Blade Bound, and the ultimate winner, The Chosen from J.R. Ward. I would be way more excited about The Chosen if I could somehow rip Layla out of the book and choke her, but since I don’t see that happening I guess I will be grumbling a lot while reading it. And if you had told me even a few years ago that I would ever, ever be meh about the IAD series, I would’ve point blank laughed at you. But here I am. So, big books this month, but I still can’t get excited.

I think if there is one series I have that I badly need to re-read, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is it. About the only thing I remember about Wrath and Beth’s book is…Wrath and Beth are in it. Seriously. Nothing else at all. I am pretty much a blank on everything up to Phury’s story, honestly, and hazy after that. Are there any series that you think are desperately in need of a re-read on? I don’t know if I am getting old or just getting stupid, but I doing a re-watch of True Blood for the same reason – I know I liked it, I just don’t remember why. Oy.

New Series Alerts

Hey everyone – been a while since I have actually had much to post. I did find a couple of new covers and blurbs which I might try and put up tomorrow, but for today we can look at a new series starting up. Meagan Spooner‘s Hunted is the first book in the young adult series of the same name.

huntedSynopsis…

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

I have to admit, I am a bit over the whole fairy tale retelling thing. I really enjoyed the first couple I got my hands on – especially the Lunar Chronicles from Marissa Meyer. But now, it doesn’t seem special anymore. Even Kresley Cole seems to be wading in with her next IAD novel, Wicked Kiss, which doesn’t have me excited at all. Are you still on the retelling bandwagon, or are you over the whole thing like I am? Do you have any favorites?

Cover Lover and Other Stuff

Recently, Chloe Neill uploaded the cover for her upcoming third Devil’s Isle book, The Hunt, and that made me realize that I haven’t read the first one yet. What did you think of this newest Neill series? I honestly haven’t heard much about it, but maybe it got lost in the shuffle of wrapping up the Chicagoland Vampires series or something. I still have time to check out the first couple of books, though, before this one is released on September 26th.

the-huntWhen bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.

Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out.

On a couple of completely random and unrelated side notes, it looks like the Shadow’s Seduction novella from Kresley Cole has been pushed back again, but only by a couple of weeks. It was first supposed to be released in January I believe, then early February, then on Valentine’s Day. It looks like the newest date is now February 28th. The sad thing is, I have pretty much no interest in picking it up, but I need it to keep the Character Guide updated. Meh.

And it looks like the next Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs now officially has a title. Burn Bright will be released in March 2018, which is a long wait. But we all know it will be so worth it.

This and That

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

  • Cassandra Clare‘s adult Magnus Bane trilogy will be called The Eldest Curses. The first book is called The Lost Book of the White, and it will be out next November.
  • The third book of Chloe Neill‘s Devil’s Isle series will be called The Hunt, and it will be out on September 26th.
  • Kelley Armstrong‘s last Cainsville book, Rituals, will be out late next year. I did manage to track down the official blurb, though…
Olivia Jones must make a choice.
Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv has been given a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out.
Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh – the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents – already trapped in prison.
And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive.
In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.
  • And it looks like there will be a full release from Kresley Cole‘s Dacians series after the upcoming Shadow’s Seduction novella. Shadow’s Kiss will out next November, but there isn’t any word yet on who it will be focused on. This one doesn’t seem to be a self-pubbed story, either.

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

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

I have gotten the new release pages updated with the latest blurbs and links, and while I was hunting I came across some new cover art, as well. Let’s start with Deadmen Walking, the first book of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s upcoming Dark-Hunter: Deadman’s Cross trilogy, which will be released on May 30th. And this is one long honkin’ blurb…

deadmen-walkingHell On Earth

When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished.

But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.

To catch evil, it takes evil . . .

While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.

For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.

Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.

Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.

It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.

This second one is from Amanda Ashley. Fire in the Blood is due out on April 25th.

a-fire-in-the-blood“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he’s after or her blood?

Kate Baxter has a new one coming out, as well. The Untamed Vampire is the fourth book of the Last True Vampire series, and it will be released on May 2nd.

the-untamed-vampireChelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she’s the only one of her kind―and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she’s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she’s not immune to the mating call―and her own primal longing…

The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle’s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo―even if their clans weren’t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous…but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion?

Although the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill is in sight, there are a few stories yet to look forward to. Phantom Kiss is a novella, due out on January 17th.

phantom-kissVampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

Another novella is Shadow’s Seduction, the M/M story from Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark series, which will be released on January 30th.

shadows-seductionA night of debauchery
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend Caspion the Tracker comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence, to exile on a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives, much less the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the sensual vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer…

And next up from Shona Husk is Lady of Silver, the first book of her new Blood and Silver series, which is due out on February 21st.

lady-of-silverA man on a mission
A brutal crime is haunting detective Dale Morgan. A young woman has been murdered on the city’s outskirts, and her blood drained. Dale suspects the leader of a depraved cult may be to blame. Yet with barely a shred of evidence at the crime scene, Dale will have to turn to the one person despises almost as much as the killers he puts behind bars.

A woman with secrets
To humans, Saba Venn is a psychic, but she’s Albah, a race long forgotten by humans but who live amongst them, her powers fueled by blood and silver. She agrees to help Detective Morgan, if it means stopping the vampire cult she believes is behind the killing. But the attraction she feels with Dale is immediate, and as their relationship intensifies she begins to doubt she can keep her secret from him.

Yasmine Galenorn is staring up a new one, too. Souljacker is the first book of the Lilybound series, and it has a release date of March 7th.

souljackerLily O’Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker–an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before–has escaped to reclaim his “artwork,” Lily knows she’s next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn’t expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim…

These last two are young adult. Night Magic is a new one from Jenna Black, and it comes out May 30th.

night-magicJenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape.

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her—even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

And this final one is from Keirsten White. Now I Rise is the second book in The Conquerer’s Saga, and it will be out on June 27th.

now-i-riseLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

I really cannot believe that there will be another offshoot of the Dark Hunters. I can barely keep track of what is already on the go, let alone another trilogy, but I guess we will see how it goes.

Throne of Glass News

throne-of-glassI don’t know how many of you have seen the news, but it looks like Sarah J. Maas‘s super-popular Throne of Glass series is the latest title to get the adaptation treatment.

According to Hypable, the pilot will be written by Kira Snyder (The 100), and directed by Anna Foerster (Outlanders). There hasn’t been any word yet on anything like casting, but it could go one of two ways – either the super fast route that Shadowhunters took, or the “what ever became of that pilot” route that most of the other shows went. Shadowhunters was incredibly quick from announcement to casting to filming, and was great about keeping fans updated during the whole process. The show itself wasn’t the most amazing, but that is another story.

But speaking of “what ever happened to”, what ever happened to most of the other announced adaptations? Have any of you heard any word about Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunters or Chronicles of Nick, or Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles? Not to mentioned Tahereh Mafi‘s Shatter Me series, which was announced the same time as her husband Ransom Riggs‘ Miss Peregrine movie? I have tried to find release info about Lauren Kate‘s Fallen movie, too, with no luck. It has already been filmed, and from what I can tell it has been finished for quite a while, but there has been absolutely no word on release date at all. Weird.

So, yes or no on the Throne of Glass series? What other book-to-series titles are you waiting for?

Site Updates

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

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

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

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