Waiting on Wednesday: Reap the Wind (Cassie Palmer #7)

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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.

reapthewindThis weeks can’t-wait-to-read is:

Reap the Wind

Cassie Palmer #7 

by Karen Chance

11 . 03 . 2015

From GoodReads: 

You’d think that being Chief Seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn’t mean you don’t have to do things the hard way. That’s why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time—even though she doesn’t entirely understand her dimension-bending new power.

Rescuing her friend John Pritkin should have been an in and out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage’s soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages—with Pritkin’s demon dad in tow. He’s the only one who can reverse Pritkin’s curse, but with the guardians of the time-line dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers—or causing a world-ending paradox or two…

 

Why I am waiting….

Now, with this book, it really does feel like I have been waiting forever!  The publication has bveen postponed once or twice.  I haven’t given up…it looks like it really will be coming out in November of this year.  This series had an interesting take on a lot of super-natural aspects, and characters: including Dracula and Merlin!  The series continues forward…and sideways with Karen Chance’s other series and short stories.  Each series is original, the characters are well developed, and the plots are well thought out. Hope you enjoy!

Waiting on Wednesday: Low Midnight (Kitty Norville #13)

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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 can’t-wait-to-read is:Low Midnight (Kitty Norville, #13)

 

Low Midnight

Kitty Norville #13

by Carrie Vaughn

12 . 30 . 14

 

From GoodReads: 

Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes.

In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it.

With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future.

 

Why I am waiting…

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!  HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?

Okay– craziness done.  So — somehow, this completely escaped my notice.  I am really excited to see more from Cormac’s point of view — if you are familiar with the series, then you will know why.  He really was one of my favorite characters in the very beginning of the series.  I feel like there has not been enough of him, and clearly others have felt the same way.

The series has been getting more and more intense as the war with Roman comes closer.  I cannot wait to see what the new adventures bring to light.  I am so invested in the series,  I NEED to know more about what happens.

 

Also, this has taught me that not knowing a book is coming out can be kinda great.  It means less time to wait!

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Heart and By Winter’s Light

 

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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, I could not decide between two pre-publication “can’t-wait-to reads”–so I figured, “Why not both?”

 

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His Fair Assassins

by Robin LeFevers

11 . 04 . 2014

From Goodreads:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Why I am waiting:

I stumbled upon the first book in this series, Grave Mercy several years ago, and I was just amazed by the concept.  So many books focused on the supernatural from the usualy perspective of vampire, witches and magic.  I thought the story behind this series was amazingly refreshing.  This takes place in historical France, and the fantastical part of this story comes from pre-Christian Gods and pagan practices and beliefs.  Also, I happen to be a huge Francophile, so anything that takes place in France is sure to catch my eye.

Its been a bit of a wait for this book, and we finally get to hear Annith’s story.  The second book of the series dragged a bit, but I am still excited for this next installment.  The intrigue in the French court has been building, as the precarious situation of the young ruler has become more and more tenuous.  I have a feeling that they saved the best for last!

 

And the BONUS “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

BY WINTER”S LIGHTBy Winter's Light

Cynster #21

by Stephanie Laurens

11 . 02 . 14

From GoodReads.com

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.

It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has their own plans for the holiday season.

Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind—the festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but once bitten, twice shy, Claire believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He’s seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child? And themselves, too?

Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, and by winter’s light, she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.

A tale brimming with all the magical delights of a Scottish festive season.

 

Why I am waiting:

It feels like it has been FOREVER since there has been a new Cynster novel… As you can see above, there are A LOT of them.  And while the original 6 were definitely my favorites in the series, the following books were fun as well.  I love that Laurens keeps bringing the original characters back.  These books are always, quick, fun, emotional, and sweet reads.  I am ridiculously excited for one about Christmas in Scotland. It will be the perfect start to the Winter season!

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Ruin and Rising

 

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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:

 

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Ruin and Rising

The Grisha Trilogy; Book 3

by Leigh Bardugo

06 . 17 . 14

 

From Amazom: 

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
Why I am waiting…
The first time that I read Leigh Bardugo, I was killing some time between appointments in a Barnes and Noble. I picked up Shadow and Bone, and instantly, I was enthralled in Bardugo’s story–so much so that even after the appointment I was waiting on cancelled, I stayed in the cafe to finish the book. Then I bought it because I knew I would want to read it again later.  Its not surprising that this series has become so popular, or that Leigh Bardugo is now a New York Times Bestselling Author.
I think that this is a very interesting series.  (Once again, I am bemoaning that fact that I was born too early–I love all the fantasy, especially the YA Fantasy novels, that have come out in the last few years.  Its so much more popular now! ) Anyways…the characters were engaging, the plot is an original twist on the standard fantasy plots, and I really enjoyed the writing.  To top it off, the cover art is fantastic–it is spot on for the style of the novel.  I cannot wait until this next installment comes out!!
Hope you enjoy the recommendation!
What are you waiting on…? 

Flashback Friday: Alanna: The First Adventure

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Flashback Fridays is a weekly event, hosted by BookShelfFantasies.Com , that highlights important books from our reading pasts.

 

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 Alanna: The First Adventure

Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness Quartet

By Tamora Pierce

1983

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.  How could I NOT love a book about a young, magically gifted girl who disguises her self as a boy to become a knight.  She defeats bullies, her own shortcomings, and ancient beings to protect her friend and her county. It was to me, what Harry Potter was to so many others.  My parents were thrilled I love the book…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 Lioness Quartet.  Hundreds of books, thousands of dollars, and one English Major later, I wonder if they ever regret the monster they created that Christmas.

Every year, I reread that series– and all the other books by Tamora Pierce, who has been one of my favorite authors ever since.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Shiver of Light

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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:

 

A Shiver of LightShirver of Light

A Meredith Gentry Novel

By Laurell K. Hamilton

06 . 03 . 14

 Usually, I would post a synopsis of this book that is about to come out.  However, since this was and is such an AMAZING series–I am not going to ruin it for anyone by posting about what will happen in this latest book.  I will put the synopsis from the first up though!

I started reading this series in 2012, after the Borders Bookstore that I worked in closed and I ended up buying carts and carts of books at 90% off.  I had been looking at this series for awhile, but hadn’t gotten to them.  I started the first book, A Kiss of Shadows and could NOT put the series down.  I had thought that it was over, until I stumbled across this one on Amazon last week.  I am so excited. I really enjoyed Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series (more so in the beginning before it she went over the top with the sex scenes) and this series is just as good, possibly better (and shorter).  While this series, like the Anita Blake series, is about the paranormal interacting with our modern day world, instead of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, the Meredith Gentry novels focus on Faerie and the fae.  The writing is quick and witty, the action is tense, and the romance is swoon worthy.  I can’t wait to read this book, and am probably going to re-read all the others to hold me over until A Shiver of Light is released.

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A Kiss of Shadows

Meredith Gentry Novel 1

By Laurell K. Hamilton

01 . 18 . 2001

From the Back Cover: 

Enter a thrilling, sensual world as threatening as it is beautiful, replete with the consuming passions of immortal beings once worshiped as gods or demons.  Full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic.  A Kiss of Shadows will hold you under its hypnotic spell.  

Meredith Gentry, princess of the high court of Faeries, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime.  But now the queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or not.  Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans.  The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world.  The reward: the crown–and the opportunity to continue to live.  The penalty of failure: death.

Other titles in this series include: 

A Caress of Twilight

 

Seduced by Moonlight

 

A Stroke of Midnight

 

Mistral’s Kiss

 

A Lick of Frost

 

Swallowing Darknessss

 

If you enjoy books about Faerie, like Julia Kagawa’s series, and urban fantasy like Keri Arthur, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, and Devon Monk, you will love these books.

What are you waiting on…?

 

 

 

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…?

 

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.

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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.