Waiting on Wednesday: Night Broken

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

Night Broken

Night Broken

A Mercy Thompson Novel

by Patricia Briggs

03 . 11 . 14

From Amazon:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Patricia Briggs writes funny, fast-paced paranormal adventures that are fantastic to read.  Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite characters: she may not be the strongest or biggest predator but she makes up the difference with cleverness, persistence, and a whole heap of sarcasm.  She’s not perfect — not a Mary Sue.  She has some issues, but it just makes you cheer her on as she works through them.  If you liked Rose in Vampire Academy, or Katniss from The Hunger Games you will definitely like Mercy.

What are you waiting on…?

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Murder of Crows

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

Murder of Crows

A Novel of Others 

by Anne Bishop

03 . 04 . 14

 

From Amazon: Murder of Crows

Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “phenomenal” (Urban Fantasy Investigations) world of the Others—where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules…

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

 

 

I have always loved Anne Bishop’s work.  I even made my husband drive 6 hours with me to go meet her.   I was originally a bit skeptical about this series.  Most of her other books are written in more traditional fantasy lands.  However, once I gave Written in Red a chance, I could NOT put it down…and have actually re-read it since.  Once after recommending Written in Red to one of my closest friends, I received a text that said “I finished the book, and I hate you.  Did you know the sequel doesn’t come out until next year?!”  Along with others, I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever (though its only been about a year) and have already requested off from work on March 4th so I don’t have to waste any time getting started.

 

 

What are you waiting on…?

 

P.S. So EXCITED!!

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Spring

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

Rebel Spring

Rebel Spring 

A Falling Kingdoms Novel

by Morgan Rhodes

12 . 03 . 2013

From Amazon:

Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . . .

  • CLEO is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people
  • MAGNUS stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister Lucia
  • LUCIA is haunted by the deadly outcome of her breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms
  • JONAS watches at the palace gates, a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius

When Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.

 

 

This series has everything adventure, war, intrigue, heartbreak.  If you enjoyed Game of Thrones or Throne of Glass you will really enjoy this young adult series.  I was truly impressed by how complex the interwoven stories were in the first book of the series, Falling Kingdoms.  I am on a serious fantasy kick and am eagerly anticipating when I can finaly find out what happens next in this series.

 

What are you waiting on…?

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

09 . 24 . 2013

 

I can still remember exactly which book it was that sparked my love of reading.  I was in the fifth grade, it was Christmas morning, and I was opening my presents by the tree.  I ripped the paper off my last gift and looked down incredulously at a book.  I remember reading the cover of Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and telling my poor mother and father that it was the worst present ever.  My parents begged me to give it a try– and I promised I would, if only to show them how much I was NOT going to like that book.  I made a great show of sitting in bed that night and grimacing as I read the first pages…and that was the first night I stayed up all night to finish a book.  My parents were thrilled…until I made them go out the next day to buy In the Hand of the Goddess, the next book in the Song of the Lionness Quartet.  Hundreds of books, thousands of dollars later, and one English Major later, I wonder if they ever regret the monster they created that Christmas.

Battle Magic

Every year, I reread that series– and all the other books by Tamora Pierce, who has been one of my favorite authors since.  This newest book is part of the story of Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris, four young orphans who discover that they have magic.  The series Circle of Magic follows them as they learn to live with their gifts and become family.  The next series The Circle Opens and the single volume The Will of the Empress continues their journey as they begin to make a place for themselves in the world.  This newest book, Battle Magic, takes place between the last books in The Circle Opens  and The Will of the Empress.  It tells the story of Briar, his student Evvy, and his teacher Rosethorn as they are pulled into the middle of a vicious war.  The greed of an Emperor imperils their friends; as they fight to save the people they care about they learn exactly how much a powerful tyrant can destroy.

As usual, Pierce creates an incredible story.  Pierce’s book are not good simply because readers become enthralled in the plot and tied to the characters, but because she is able to incorporate a greater message into her novels.  (For example, the book Wolf Speaker explores the importance in caring for the environment.)  In Battle Magic, the message is clearly that war is not glorious or glamorous.  War is exhausting, unfair, and heartbreaking.  With this book, Pierce departs from her usual fantasy plot where the heroes, driven by righteousness, clearly and easily dispatch the evil villains.  This time, good and evil are much more evenly matched; both fighters and innocents suffer the consequences of battle.  Though this is an important message and a more realistic view of war than I have seen in many books, this is not the type of book that I would generally read.  I, admittedly, prefer to read books as an escape from every day life.  I enjoy a good fantasy, preferably with a romantic subplot, that will take my mind off of work, school, and real world issues.

That preference aside, the book was filled with action, magic, and obscure gods.  Pierce hooked me into the story quickly, as usual, and though I knew how it ended, I still could not put the book down.  A few parts of the story were odd — even for a book about fantasy and magic, but overall the story was really good.

Therefore, the final verdict is: though this book is a bit harsher in its realism than I would have liked, I do recommend it, along with the other books from the Circle of Magic series…especially if you have been missing books about young students learning magic since you finished the last Harry Potter book.

 

 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

In a word: “Wow”Crown of Midnight

In a sentence: “Holy Crap! I can’t wait for the next one!”

The sequel to Throne of Glass is even better than the first book. Now the King’s Champion, Celaena Sardothien must carry out the assassination orders of a king she hates. Despite her new role, Celaena is able to make a life for herself as the love and friendship she found grows. But as life in the Glass Castle becomes more dangerous and unrest in the kingdom grows, Celaena must choose between protecting herself and those closest to her and risking everything for the good of the kingdom.

The Throne of Glass series is like Game of Thrones for YA readers. Maas delivers epic fantasy with complex, imperfect, and driven characters. Her novels are completely thrilling and unexpected. With each book, readers learn a little bit more Prince Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Celaena. Crown of Midnight uncovers more of Celaena’s secrets as tragedy strikes and forces Celaena to face her past and choose her future. The action in this installment in the Throne of Glass series was incredible; Maas is clearly building to a grand finale the will redefine YA Fantasy.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fiery Heart

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Fiery Heart

 

The Fiery Heart

Bloodlines Book 4

by Richelle Mead

11 . 19 . 2013

 

From Amazon:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

 

I have loved Richelle Mead’s novels since I read the first book in her Georgina Kincaid Series, Succubus Blues.  The Vampire Academy Series is probably my favorite–though not by much–and I was super excited when Mead continued the story of the characters in the Vampire Academy Series with Bloodlines.  About a week ago, I saw this just-released trailer (below)  for the first Vampire Academy movie!  I was so impatient to see the movie, coming out February 14th 2014, that I decided to reread Vampire Academy…which turned into re-reading the entire series and the first 3 books of Bloodlines.  I can’t wait to see how Sydney’s and Adrian’s story continues in The Fiery Heart.  November can’t come soon enough!

 

What are you waiting on?

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Iron Traitor Outlined

 

The Iron Traitor

Written by Julie Kagawa

Published by Harlequin Teen

Release Date: October 29, 2013

 

Julie Kagawa delivers again!

I have been a fan of Kagawa’s writing since she released The Iron King.  Her ability to pull inspiration from myth, history, and modern life to create a story that is wholly original fascinates me.  The Iron Traitor is the latest installment in her Call of the Forgotten series, and it does not disappoint.

The Iron Traitor follows Ethan and Kierran as they race against time to save Annwyl, an exiled Summer faery, from Fading out of existence.  As they struggle to accomplish the impossible, they will bargain with friends and enemies and cross lines that should never be crossed.  Even if they save Annwyl, will it be worth the price?

The Iron Traitor is wonderfully action packed and filled monsters, magic, and romance.  I love the detail that Kagawa puts into her writing; it brings her characters and her settings to life, making them jump off the page.

One of my favorite aspects about this book are the two main characters: Ethan (on the cover of The Lost Prince)  and Kierran (on the current cover–isn’t he handsome!).  I really admire the added depth that these two parallel characters give to the novel.  As you read, you will find that their personal situations have very similar aspects and the actions and desires of one are mirrored in the other.  Yet the emotions that motivate Ethan and Kierran, and the ways in which they cope with the challenges they face highlight their differences.  I think that the interplay between the two similar and yet very different characters really makes the action compelling and intriguing, rather than simply entertaining.

For those of you who have read The Iron Fey Series, you will be excited to see some of your favorite characters return, specifically a smug cat and an adventurous trickster.

The Iron Traitor is a great read.  The only downside to this book is that I have finished it already–and now I have to wait for the next one to come out!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass HardcoverSo, I am a little late with this review, Throne of Glass was published last year.  However, I assume there are enough people who have not yet read this great novel–that this review is still relevant.  Especially with the sequel coming out in 11 days.

Throne of Glass  tells the story of  Celaena Sardothien.  The beautiful and deadly young woman known as the Assassin of Adarlan, is brought out of her imprisonment in the salt mines of Endovier to the glass palace.  To win her freedom, she will fight in the competition to become the champion of the king she hates.  Her struggle becomes more perilous as competitors begin to die gruesome deaths outside the arena, and as the hatred and anger she hides behind are tempered by the unexpected love and friendships that develop.

Celaena Sardothien is an excellent heroine.  Though at times the combination of her expertise as an assassin with her beauty and her other incredible skills may have you wondering who the hell this girl is, Maas mitigates her Mary Sue-ish character with believable personality flaws. She invites you to laugh at Celaena, but she also moves you to cheer for her and cry with her.  Celaena portrays a surprising complex and imperfect morality, formed in her mysterious past, that makes her a delightfully Byronic heroine.

Other characters, such as the Crown Prince and the Master of the Guard are simpler–but show the promise of more depth to come as their stories unfold.

The story itself is a classic fantasy.  The fraught environment that Maas created for her characters will lead to a great series.  However, midways through Throne of Glass, I began to wonder how Maas was going to be able to tie the story together.  She has a lot of seemingly disparate plot pieces occurring simultaneously–from the tyrant king, to political intrigues, a bloody competition,  unexplained deaths, ghosts, mysterious pasts of her characters, magic, and a love triangle all vie for your attention in the first three quarters of the book.   Maas is able to bring everything together in an exciting ending! She struck a perfect balance between giving readers the answers and conclusion they craved and leaving them wanting more.

I am eagerly awaiting the sequel Crown of Midnight, releasing on August 27th 2013.  I hope we will find out more about Celaena Sardothien before she became the Assassin of Adarlan.  I am dying to uncover the secrets around her past!

 

If you enjoyed this novel you will also enjoy:

  • The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
  • Trickster’s Choice  by Tamora Pierce