It’s Like the Book Version of Grounhog Day

I have a few goals to achieve before 2016 wraps up. One of them is to get my TBR pile below 50 – which is doable. And to finish the Dark-Hunter books up to Acheron – which is also very on track. Yay me. And I am still on my anti-YA thing, too. So you can imagine my surprise when my attention got caught out of the blue by none other than Harry Potter.

Yes, Harry Potter. I went to get my car serviced, and I had forgotten to take a book. The dealership had a little library, and I randomly picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Well, four hours later (after they had apparently forgotten I was there, but that is another story) I had finished the first book and was ready for the second. It worked out perfectly, too – I remembered enough from the movies to be able to follow who was who and what everything meant, but I had seen the movies long enough ago that I had forgotten enough that I wasn’t spoiled for the story. All of them are on for free on the Canadian Amazon site through Kindle Unlimited. Bonus.

So, Harry Potter was probably my reading highlight for the last couple of weeks. I haven’t built a shrine or anything, but I did very much enjoy them so far. The truly funny thing is that this will actually be the third time I have bought the books – but the first time I have read them. I had the whole series in their original adult hardcover style, like so…

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…but I got rid of them in an early book purge. They were a weird size and always looked out of place on my shelf. So I decided to pick them up again, but in this style…

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Of course, they disappeared in my un-haul when I decided I was over young adult. Sigh. So now, it is round three (four if you count the free Kindle versions) of my Harry Potter book buying. I quite debated between several looks, but I decided to indulge my strange fetish for UK paperbacks and try this style for a change…

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So, there you have it. Sometimes I just have to shake my head at myself. I am late to the party again, but at least I have done my part to support J.K. Rowling.

Are there any out there like me who haven’t given this a shot yet? What is the most times you have ever bought the same book or series? I think this is tied with the Throne of Glass books from Sarah J. Maas for me – which reminds me, I really do need to check that out next year. I wonder how many more times I will be getting that one…

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?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Happy weekend, everyone. It is time for a little cover lover post, this time looking at only 5 new titles. Let’s start with a new one from Elizabeth Hunter and her Irin Chronicles series. The Staff and the Blade will be released on July 12th.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00049]Lovers. Warriors. Enemies. Legends.

Damien and Sari. Their union became pivotal in Irin history. But to understand their ending, you must go back to the beginning. A young singer and a hardened warrior meet and mate, but their life is torn apart by violence, betrayal, and grief.

Yet no matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.

The Staff and the Blade is a novel in four parts. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

This second one is from Sharon Shinn. Unquiet Land is part of the Elemental Blessings series, and it will be released on November 1st.

unquiet landLeah Frothen has returned home to rebuild the life she’s avoided for years. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned to meet with the regent, Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in…

Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago. Leah is simultaneously thrilled, terrified, hopeful, moved, and almost undone as she slowly attempts to become part of her daughter’s life.

But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, she develops a dangerous friendship with a foreign woman and finds herself falling in love with a man from her past. Soon Leah learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.

Lets look at Susan Dennard‘s next book, Windwitch, which has a release date of January 31st. It is the second book in her young adult fantasy series, The Witchlands.

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Empire of Storms, the fifth book of Sarah J. Maas‘s young adult Throne of Glass series, will be released on September 16th.

empire of stormsThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

And this final one is from Veronica Roth. Her new duology will start up early next year with the release of Carve the Mark.

carve the markOn a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

May’s Book of the Month

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Well, May promises to be a bit of a lack-luster month, or at least for me it is shaping up to be a bit of a dud. I did figure that Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest Torment would be the pick of the month, but I was surprised that it lost out to A Court of Mist and Fury from Sarah J. Maas.

a court of mist and furySynopsis…

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a quick cover lover post for today, starting with the second A Court of Thorns and Roses book from Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury. This one is due out on May 3rd.

a court of mist and furyFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

This second one is from Marissa Meyer. It is a stand-alone called Heartless, and it is due out on November 8th.

heartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Dianne Duvall will have an e-format release from her Immortal Guardians series, Phantom Embrace, which will be coming out on June 28th.

phantom embraceA gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. Yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

And the final one for today is from Lynn Kurland. The White Spell is the tenth book from her Nine Kingdoms series, and it is due out on October 4th.

the white spellAcair of Ceangail, youngest bastard son of the worst black mage in history, has followed in his father’s footsteps, wreaking havoc throughout the world and leaving powerful enemies in his wake. After a year of reparation, he owes a final bit of penance: twelve months spent working in a barn without using his magic.

Léirsinn of Sàraichte understands horses, stable work, and how to judge men’s hearts.  When she starts seeing shadows where there should only be light, she knows there is evil afoot. Unfortunately, it’s something she can’t fight on her own.

Acair’s attempts to aid Léirsinn only draw the notice of dangerous mages against whom he is currently defenseless. With only each other to rely on, Acair and Léirsinn find themselves suddenly in a race to save the world before it’s consumed by darkness…

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksAnother week, another few books to mention. I actually am quite happy with the reading I got done, and everything was quite positive. I did a Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld marathon and managed to almost finish off the entire series. The last three books were Savannah’s arc, and I blew through Waking the Witch, Spellbound, and the finale, Thirteen. I wasn’t sure how I was going to dig Savannah as a main character, but I found that it worked great. I liked her storyline, I liked her and Adam as separate characters and as a couple, and I was especially happy to have pretty much all of the old gang back for the final book. Clay and Elena, Paige and Lucas, Eve and Kristoff, Jamie and Jeremy, Hope and Karl all join Savannah in wrapping things up (only Robyn from Living With the Dead is missing, and it was no big loss. I had forgotten about her anyways). I even finished up most of the stories in the three anthologies, which was a bonus. Sad to see this one end, but at least I still have season two of the show to watch.

I also read Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, and that sucker had a lot going on. If  you are a fan of the series, this is not one you could miss and just jump ahead to The Dirt on Ninth Grave. Nuh-uh. I breezed through it – and even did the updated character guide, I got so involved. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

The last couple of weeks, I was trying to get into A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and it was touch and go. But most of you said that things pick up if you give it a shot, so I kept at it – and things really did pick up. For me, it started to get good when Tamlin and Feyre stopped being enemies and gradually started to find common ground. Thanks to those who said to keep reading, it is turning out to be well worth it, and I will be picking up the print copy ASAP.

And finally, I have started the final Guardians of Eternity book by Alexandra Ivy, When Darkness Ends. I am not far in yet, but so far things are going really well. I am liking storyline and characters, and hating the final big bad (which is the point). Another one that is going out on top.

What was your reading week like? Did you tackle the TBR pile, or were you busy with new releases? What was your take on Charley Davidson’s latest adventure?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksI planned on making the Weekly Wrap up post a regular feature for posting either Saturday or Sunday, since usually the weekends are really busy for me and very little seems to happen to post. Well, I made it one week and totally spazzed out and forgot. I think that is a new record for me.

Anyways, this past week was pretty decent for me. I got back into Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld series after quite a long break, and finished up Clay and Elena’s arc with Frostbitten. I know there are many more stories left in the world, but it was the last full book featuring the two who started it all, and I was quite happy with how it ended up. Since I was still in an Armstrong mood, I started up Savannah’s first book, Waking the Witch, which is story 11 in the series, and begins the final arc of the series. I like it so far, and I am looking forward to seeing how Savannah and Adam’s story plays out.

Another very pleasant surprise was Thea Harrison‘s latest Elder Races book, Midnight’s Kiss. I was really underwhelmed by the last book, probably because I wasn’t a fan of the main character, Tess. Added to that was that it read more like a stand-alone than most of the other books, and I wasn’t a huge fan. That sort of colored my views heading into Midnight’s Kiss, but it ended up being a great read. The best part for me was that I ended up loving Melly, which was a real surprise. Heroines and I don’t always have the best relationship, but Melly was smart, funny, and completely relatable, and she made the book for me. It totally got me back in the swing of the series again, too.

The only downside for me was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The reviews for this one have been glowing, but I just can’t seem to get into it. I put it down about a week ago, and haven’t picked it back up since. I am determined to give it another shot, so hopefully I will get involved and love it like everyone else seems to. Maybe I was just in a mood.

So, that is my week. How was yours? Did you start any new series, or finish up any old ones?

Weekly Wrap-up…

booksThis wasn’t a bad week for reading, actually. I dove into Christine “Lora Leigh” Feehan‘s newbie, Cat’s Lair, which was a decent read – even though it is the second Feehan book in a row that read more like a Breeds story than a Ghostwalker or Leopard series book. Not bad, just a different tone to them, I guess.

I also finished up Jennifer Estep‘s new Cold Burn of Magic, which I liked, too. I did find the 6 inch tall flying Faerie servants a bit strange, but it was a minor thing. Oh, and I started the new adult fantasy A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, but it is early going on it and too soon to say if it is one I will be picking up in print form. And I plan on wrapping up the week by heading back into Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld series (only 4 more books to go).

What have you been reading this week? Anything good, bad, or ugly? Pleasant or unpleasant surprises to report?

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series to highlight this week, but it has some major buzz heading into its release. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the first book of the series of the same name, and the early reviews have been very, very strong for this one.

a court of thorns and rosesSynopsis…

For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

All that changes when a ferocious beast barges into their cottage, demanding that Feyre come live with him as payment for plucking an ordinary forest rose. Dragged off into the night, the beast brings her to a beautiful manor located in Faerie, the mysterious and deadly lands bordering the mortal world. There, he sheds his animal skin, and reveals himself to be Tamlin, a young, handsome Faerie Lord.

But the estate is overshadowed by a curse: each of its inhabitants wears a mask permanently attached to their face, and Tamlin is no exception. Despite her initial desire to loathe Tamlin and his world, Feyre soon finds herself attracted to the Faerie Lord by more than her curiosity.

Just when Feyre accepts the depth of her feelings for Tamlin, they’re torn apart by forces so dark that there’s little hope of standing against them. But Feyre has endured hardship before, and she refuses to accept that her happiness could be forever stolen from her. Resolving to save her beloved and discover a way to break his curse, Feyre sets out into Faerie, where unknown challenges and dangers await, and where her love and strength will be tested in ways she never imagined.

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Apparently, this is a beauty and the beast retelling with a Fae angle, and has a more adult feel than her Throne of Glass series. Are you checking this one out?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

I figure we will be getting the covers for Archangel’s Enigma and White Hot soonish, but until then I have only three new ones that caught my eye. I actually bought the first book in the Splintered series by A.G. Howard because the cover art was so pretty, but unfortunately I wasn’t interested enough in the story to continue the series. Untamed is a short story collection from that series, and it is due out next January.

untamedThe headlining short story, Six Impossible Things, takes readers into Alyssa’s future, via new and deleted scenes, to offer a deeper understanding of the decisions made at the close of Ensnared. It’s an extended, detailed version of the epilogue and beyond. Two bonus stories, The Moth in the Mirror and The Boy in the Web, delve into the past.

Together, this collection provides a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of your favorite Splintered characters.

This second one is a standout, as are all the covers in the series. Queen of Shadows is the 4th book in the Throne of Glass series from Sarah J. Maas, and it will be out on September 1st.

queen of shadowsEveryone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I have to be honest, I thought this next one was a fan-made cover. The Lunar Chronicles books are among some of the prettiest on my shelves, and I am hoping that Winter will look better in person. It lacks the oomph of the first books, or at least it does for me. You knew it was going to be an apple on the front for sure, but…I guess I just was looking for more. Anyways, the final book in the Marissa Meyer series will be released on November 10th.

winterWhen Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.

I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on Winter, and Goodreads lists it as an 800 page monster. Wow. The Throne of Glass books are on the one-day pile, because of the great covers (and the very positive reviews). Will you be picking up any of these young adult books for your collection?