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?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

There were a few much anticipated covers released recently, like Magic Shifts and Shards of Hope. There were a few other covers I sort of pushed off to the side, so I thought I might put a few of them together. Let’s start with a new one from Jennifer Ashley. Bear Attraction is title #6.5 in the Shifters Unbound series.

bear attractionPurchase at Amazon.com

The second adult cover comes from a new series from Kate Baxter. The Last True Vampire is due out on June 2nd.

the last true vampirePurchase at Amazon.com

The next two are young adult releases. The first book from the new series from Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is due out on May 5th.

a court of thorns and rosesPurchase at Amazon.com

And finally for today is The Heir. Originally The Selection series from Kiera Cass was set to be a trilogy, but word recently came down that there would be a couple of more published. The first of the new books will be called The Heir, and it will be out on May 5th.

the heirPurchase at Amazon.com

Cover Lover – 5+1 New Titles

It looks like there is a little something for everyone this time around – a couple of adult, some young adult, and even a novella cover. I didn’t know Lara Adrian had another novella in the works, but it looks like the next story from her Midnight Breed world will be called Marked by Midnight, and it will feature Mathias Rowan. Look for it on June 30th.

marked by midnightCoreene Callahan continues her Circle of Seven series with the release of Knight Avenged on July 15th.

knight avengedHeather Demetrios starts a new series on October 7th with the release of Exquisite Captive.

exquisite captiveWord has finally come down about the third Raven Cycle book from Maggie Stiefvater.Blue Lily, Lily Blue will be released on October 28th.

blue lily, blue lilyJust for kicks, I thought I would up both the North American and UK versions of the cover for Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series from Sarah J. Maas. First up is the US version…

heir of fire…and next up is the UK version. Heir of Fire will be out on September 2nd.

heir of fire ukI like both Heir of Fire covers. Usually one is great and the other bites, but it looks like both versions turned out really well. I love the Maggie Stiefvater cover – I bought the first two books in the series mostly because of the great covers, and this one is even better. Any of these something you are looking forward to?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Release Dates…

I have been adding quite a few new releases the last few days, so I thought I might list a few here.

  • Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner will be editing another anthology together called Games Creatures Play. It is due out on April 1st.
  • There will be a new series coming from author Virna DePaul early next year called the Belladonna Agency. Book one is called Turned, and it is due out on April 1st. Awakened follows on April 29th.
  • The third book from Jill Archer‘s Noon Onyx series, White Heart of Justice, will be released on May 27th.
  • Jacqueline Carey‘s third Agent of Hel book will be called Poison Fruit, and it wil lbe released next October.
  • It looks like the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger will have at least one more book. Book three will be called Waistcoats & Weaponry, and it is due out sometime next year.
  • May 6th is the release date for the third book of Kiera Cass‘s The Selection series, The One. There will also be a print version of the two e-novellas called The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard on February 4th.
  • Next July will see the release of the fifth and final book of Yasmine Galenorn‘s Indigo Court series, called Night’s End.
  • It looks like there will be a 4th World of Nightwalkers book from Jacquelyn Frank. Forged is due out on April 29th.
  • Another series on my want to read list is Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts. There will be a novella released on October 8th called Close to You, and the as yet untitled sixth book will follow next July.
  • Air Bound, the third book from Christine Feehan‘s Sisters of the Heart series, will be out on May 27th.
  • There is no official title as yet, but the second book of Rick Yancey‘s 5th Wave series will be released on May 6th.
  • I am pretty sure these two Cynthia Eden books are part of her new Phoenix series, but details are sketchy right now. Burn for Me is due out on January 28th, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned follows on April 29th.
  • The second book from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Gods series, Rain, will be released on March 25th.
  • And it looks like Sarah J. Maas will be releasing at least one more novella from her Throne of Glass series. The Assassin’s Blade is due out on March 13th.

That is a quick round-up of a few of the new release dates. Anything you are looking forward to? Cynthia Eden is a favorite of mine, and and the Belladonna Agency series looks interesting. I am so going to start picking up the Downside Ghosts books, too, right after my YA TBR pile hits a manageable size.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

This is definitely a mixed bag Cover Lover post, with two adult and three young adult titles. Let’s mix things up and start with the young adult covers for a change. Crown of Midnight from Sarah J. Maas is the second full book in the Throne of Glass series, and it is due out on August 27th. I like this design change, since the first book was pretty but quite standard YA fare. Nice.

crown of midnight

Now this is interesting. Cassandra Clare is releasing (along with a couple of other authors) a series of e-novellas that will then be gathered and released in print format later on in the year. The series itself is called The Bane Chronicles features Magnus Bane, and the first story (What Really Happened in Peru) will be released on April 16th. I am not sure if this cover will also be used for the eventual print edition of the stories, but I do think it would make a great one.

the bane chronicles

And this third YA cover is for Diana Peterfreud‘s Across a Star-Swept Sea, the second book in her For Darkness Shows the Stars series, which is due out on October 15th.

across a star swept sea

I usually think of Melissa de la Cruz as a YA author, but Winds of Salem is actually from her adult Witches of East End series. This one is due out on August 13th.

witches of salem

And finally, this one is from the Anna Strong series from Jeanne C. Stein. Blood Bond is due out on August 27th.

blood bond

Random Updates…

Still doing the updating of the series reading list section (and also the finished series page), and I did come across a little bit more info for this post.  Did you know…

  • The Beautiful Creatures movie has just finished wrapping filming, but it looks like Kami Garcia will have another project coming to the big screen – one that hasn’t even been published yet.  Unbreakable, the first book in her upcoming The Legion series, is in development as we speak.  The book will be released sometime next year.
  • The third book of J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler series, Rapture’s Edge, will be out on July 9th.
  • Donna Grant‘s Dark Warriors series will continue on through the end of 2013.  Midnight’s Temptation (book 7) will be out next November, and it will be followed by Midnight’s Promise (book 8) the following month.
  • There is good news for fans of the Hex Hall series from Rachel Hawkins.  There will be a spin off series called, well, the Hex-Hall Spin off series, starting up sometime next year.  The first book will be called School Spirits.
  • The third Sentinels of New Orleans book from Suzanne Johnson, Elysian Fields, will be released on August 13th.
  • August 8th will be the release date for the second Aether Chronicles book from Suzanne Lazear, Charmed Vengeance.
  • There has been a lot of buzz about Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass, and it looks like the as-yet untitled second book will be released next September 12th.
  • Another one that seemed to be very well received was Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney.  Well, the second book, Hunting the Dark, has been pushed back to a 2014 release.
  • Seanan McGuire will be writing one October Daye book a year through 2016.  The Chimes at Midnight will be out next September, The Winter Long will be released in 2014, A Red Rose Chain will follow in 2015, and Once Broken Faith will only be out in 2016.
  • I did my nerdy little squeal when I saw that the fourth Bloodlines novel from Richelle Mead will be called The Fiery Heart.  The only release info was that it would be out sometime next year.  Boo.

That’s it.  Back to the updating, which I hope to have done by the end of next week.  Hopefully.