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Week In Books #15 (Jan 25 – Jan 31)

Hello Readers

Welcome to my weekly feature “Week In Books” where I showcase the books I’ve read, received and or hauled each week. I got a good amount of  reading done than I had planned which should mean that my TBR shelf is shrinking; right?  That is a discussion for another time , now on to what my week looked like in books:

Ebooks Read

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Stormwielder

At Water’s Edge

The Legend of Eli Monpress

Evanescent

 

Received For Review

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Chasing Azrael

Curse Of The Sphinx

The Lingering Grace

The Looking Glass

 

Mini Book Haul

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The Bands Of Mourning

The Dark Days Club

The Evening Spider

The Love That Split The World

The Masked City

The Brimstone Deception

Daughter Of Blood

Shearwater Part One

There! That was my Week In Books and I daresay it was a great week. Thanks as always to all who provide review copies and to all my readers.

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Fast Forward Friday #5 (Jan 30 – Feb 5)

Welcome to Fast Forward Friday where I share upcoming releases for the next week that I’m looking forward to (from friday to friday). There are  a LOT of books being released in this period (Jan 30- Feb 5) and these are the ones that I am most anticipating to either add to my TBR or my wishlist, in no particular order. As you shall see, most of these are being released on Feb 2.

Click on the covers to take you their Goodreads pages.

  1. A Criminal Magic a criminal magic
    Author: Lee Kelly
    Publication Date: Feb 2. 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new magical realism, crossover novel.

    Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

    It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

    Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

    Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

  2. revenge and the wildRevenge And The Wild
    Author: Michelle Modesto
    Publication Date Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

    Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

    But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

    This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

  3. Revisionary ( Magic Ex Libris) revisionary
    Author: Ji C. Hines
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    The fourth installment in the popular Magic Ex Libris series.

    When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped. A newly-formed magical organization wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps.

    Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future. But the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy.

  4. unhookedUnhooked
    Author: Lisa Maxwell
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

    But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

    The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

    With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

  5. Harmony Black harmony black
    Author: Craig Schaeffer
    Publication Date: Feb 1, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

    But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

    The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

    With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

  6. Assassin's heartAssassin’s Heart
    Author: Sarah Ahiers
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

    Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

    With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

  7. Dreaming Death dreaming death
    Author: Kathleen Cheney
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodread Summary:
    In the Novels of the Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney created a “mesmerizing” (Publishers Weekly) realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine. Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and fatal magic…

    Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army.

    A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power—he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half-remembered images.

    But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic. Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael’s dim, dark dreams of the murders. And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare…

  8. windburnWindburn
    Author: Shannon Mayer
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    This is the fourth installment of The Elemental Series.

    “My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”

    My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.

    The King is missing and his mind is cracked. It is up to me to find him before the Rim is taken over by the bloodthirsty heir to the throne.

    But the path to finding the King is anything but straight, and I find myself in the human world facing possible banishment. All to find a Tracker who happens to be on the run from a demon, yet she is my only hope in bringing my father home.

    Nothing is as it seems and I’m uncertain who is friend or foe. My impending punishment threatens to suffocate me as I defy our laws and fight to bring peace to my home. . . and fight to keep those I love the dearest alive.

    How will I get both my father and I out of this one unscathed? Welcome to being The Chosen One.

  9. Blood In Her Veins blood in her veins.jpg
    Author: Faith Hunter
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a comprehensive collection of stories starring everyone’s favorite “smart, sexy, and ruthless”* shapeshifting skinwalker…
     
    In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”

    In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history….

    From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: have stakes, will travel.

  10. the speed of darknessThe Speed Of Darkness
    Author: Cathereine Fisher
    Publication Date: Feb 4, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    A great storm brews out at sea and batters the Devon coast, flooding vast swathes of land. At Wintercombe Abbey the preceding weeks have been spent in a ferment of experimentation, as Jake Wilde’s father, David and Maskelyne work furiously on Operation Leah. They have been practising changing tiny events in the past, in preparation for the rescue of Venn’s wife Leah from death, the culmination of their work with the Obsidian Mirror. But in the aftermath of the storm, the Abbey is a drowned house. Where is the Mirror? What has happened to the two halves of the Janus coin? Whose is the mysterious boat wrecked up on the nearby beach? And what plans of mischief and mayhem lay in store for Halloween – the day chosen for Leah’s return? Riddles and mysteries unfold in the spellbinding conclusion to The Obsidian Mirror quartet.

  11. The Sleeping Prince the sleeping prince
    Author: Melinda Salisbury
    Publication Date: Feb 4, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

    Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

    When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

  12. the end gameThe End Game
    Author: Raymond Khoury
    Publication Date: Feb 4, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Eminent scientist Dr Ralph Padley is dying – and he knows it’s time to finally reveal the truth. Padley has a dark secret, which, if it got out, would have deadly consequences. But there are powerful men who will stop at nothing to silence him.

    FBI Special Agent Reilly has an agenda of his own. For months he has sought the man who kidnapped and brainwashed his ten-year-old child. But that man is a ghost – a highly protected CIA official with no name and no identity. Reilly is going to have to break the law if he’s going to bring him to justice.

    As the stakes get higher, Reilly is framed for murder and now he has to work undercover to seek the truth and protect the family he loves. All the while, Reilly is being watched. He’s getting too close to a secret that will shake the country to its core and a conspiracy that reaches up to the highest echelons of power.

  13. Starflight starflight
    Author: Melissa Landers
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

    When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

  14. salt to the seaSalt To The Sea
    Author: Ruth Sepetys
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

    In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

    Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

  15. Grave Visions grave visions.jpg
    Author: Kalayna Price
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.

    If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she’s the one fighting to keep her own secret. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds.

    This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep she loses her freedom.

  16. burning midnightBurning Midnight
    Author: Will McIntosh
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    This YA novel pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

    Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

    When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

    There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

  17. Banished banished
    Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
    Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    She thought she’d lost everything . . .

    After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

    But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.

    This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.

 

There you have it guys! So many to choose from; so many books , so little money and time!

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Fast Forward Friday #4 (Jan 23 – 29)

Welcome to Fast Forward Friday where I share upcoming releases for the next week that I’m looking forward to (from friday to friday). There are quite a few books being released in this period (Jan 23- 29) but these are the few that I am most anticipating to either add to my TBR or my wishlist.

Click on the covers to take you their Goodreads pages.

  1. The Prophecy Of Shadows ( Elementals #1)the prophecy of shadows
    Author: Michelle Madow
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

    When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

    Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

    When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

  2. the mystery of hollow placesThe Mystery Of Hollow Places
    Author: Rebecca Podus
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

    When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of her father’s books to track down a woman she’s never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

    Rebecca Podos’ debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us – the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

  3. Arrows arrows
    Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV’s Teen Mom.

    People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
    Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

    A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

    This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn’t reciprocate her  feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny–perfect for fans of Katie McGarry’s novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

  4. front linesFront Lines
    Author: Michael Grant
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

    World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

    Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

    These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

  5. Staked staked
    Author: Kevin Hearn
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    The New York Times-bestselling author returns with another installment in the wildly popular Iron Druid Chronicles—a fantasy adventure that’s Harry Dresden meets American Gods.

    This hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy series is set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician, like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. But it’s told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that’s all Kevin Hearne—a star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O’Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Staked, Atticus has his final confrontation with the clan of vampires who have been bent on destryong him—including Leif, his former best friend and now enemy.

  6. roadside magic.jpgRoadside Magic
    Author: Lilith Saintcrow
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

    The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.

    But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh…

  7. The Brimstone Deception the brimstone deception
    Author: Lisa Shearin
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the new urban fantasy novel starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

    The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug—with mind-blowing side effects—hits the streets…

    It’s called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff.

    I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I’d like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts—and souls. Because your local pusher doesn’t stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. And since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city.

    And when—not if—the cartel loses control of it, well…

    It’s going to be Hell on earth.

  8. rise of the wolfRise Of The Wolf
    Author: Jennifer Nielson
    Publication Date: Jan 26, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War–the battle to destroy Rome from within–is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet–one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear.

    When the Praetors capture Nic’s mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly destroy Rome and end his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome’s destruction?

 

There you have it guys! I can’t wait to get my hands on some if not all of these! I realised that there are a log of books being released on Jan 26! What books are you looking forward to ? Cheers!

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Week In Books #13 (Jan 11- 17)

Hello Readers

Welcome to my Week In Books. I got quite some reading done this week since next week promises to be all about my studies so even though I know I’ll squeeze in some reading, I doubt I would get to read more than two books.

I did haul just little over 5 books this week also ; I just can’t seem to stop collecting books and I’m shameless about it too! 🙂

Without further ado:

Ebooks I Read

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Average Joe and the Extraordinaires

Cogling

Darkhaven

Goldenfire (Darkhaven #2)

 

Received For Review

 

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Beautiful Carnage

Pariah

Soulless

Black Lotus

Broken Banners

 

Mini Book Haul

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Darkhaven

Duizend Stukjes Van Jou

Frail Human Heart

Henchgirl

The Killing Jar

The Summer Marked

There you have it guys! Thanks as always to NetGalley, Curiosity Quills Press, Harper Collins Uk and other publishers, Book Tour Hosts, and Authors who grant copies for review.

I have already reviewed Cogling as part of Curiosity Quills Press’ January Releases Review Tour ,so in case you missed it, you can find that review here.

How did your week go? Thanks for dropping by and see you next week for another Week In Books!

 

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Fast Forward Fridays #3 (Jan 16 -22)

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Welcome to Fast Forward Friday where I share upcoming releases for the next week that I’m looking forward to (from friday to friday). There are quite a few books being released in this period (Jan 16- 22) but these are the few that I am most anticipating.

Click on the covers to take you their Goodreads’ pages.

  1. Sword And Verse sword and verse.jpg
    Author: Kathy MacMillian
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

  2. orphan x.jpgOrphan X
    Author: Greg Hurwitz
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you’ll not soon forget!” -Tess Gerritsen

    The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.

    But he’s no legend.

    Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

    Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan’s weakness—his work as The Nowhere Man—to find him and eliminate him. Grabbing the reader from the very first page, Orphan X is a masterful thriller, the first in Gregg Hurwitz’s electrifying new series featuring Evan Smoak.

  3. River Road river road
    Author: Carol Goodman
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    From the award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages comes a chilling new psychological thriller about a professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit-and-run accident.

    Nan Lewis—a creative writing professor at a state university in upstate New York—is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way, she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. Eager to get home and out of the oncoming snowstorm, Nan is forced to leave her car at the bottom of her snowy driveway to wait out the longest night of the year—and the lowest point of her life…

    The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news—one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect. In the days following the accident, Nan finds herself shunned by the same community that rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years prior. When Nan begins finding disturbing tokens that recall the death of Nan’s own daughter, Nan suspects that the two accidents are connected.

    As she begins to dig further, she discovers that everyone around her, including Leia, is hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really killed Leia before her reputation is destroyed for good?

     

  4. medusa's webMedusa’s Web
    Author: Tim Powers
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    A phantasmagoric, thrilling,  mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family

    In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and beautiful, bitter Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the childhood home they all once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their south-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted “House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills” that is a conduit for the supernatural.

    Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film era. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time—to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are puzzling, terrifying, and mesmerizing. Though their cousins know little about these ancient “spiders” that provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne have been using them for years—an addiction that has brought Claimayne to the brink of solipsistic destruction.

    As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the dangerous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s history and finally free them from the past . . . or be pulled deeper, perhaps permanently, into the deadly web?

    Blending real-life historical and fictional characters with the otherworldly, Medusa’s Web is a vivid, chilling, fast-paced read that once again demonstrates multiple-award-winning novelist Tim Powers’s imaginative brilliance.

    Critics Hail Tim Powers

    “A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    “[A] fine example of the work of a much-beloved author,  and a spooky ride through Victorian London to boot. . . . Powers’s work  engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains,  and that won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason.”—boingboing.com on Hide Me Among the Graves

    “A fascinating exploration of the fine line between inspiration and insanity,  this horror/historical fiction/adrenaline blend will make  your flesh creep and your heart pound.”—Library Journal on Hide Me Among the Graves

    “A genre-bending thriller . . . endlessly inventive . . .  [with] imaginative leaps and relentless pacing.”—New York Times Book Review on Three Days to Never

    “Brio, bravado and a salutary measure of lunacy. . . .  A postmodern work par excellence.”—Washington Post Book World on Three Days to Never

    “Dazzling . . . a  tour de force, a brilliant blend  of John le Carré spy fiction with the otherworldly.”—Dean Koontz on Declare

    “Powers orchestrates reality and fantasy so artfully  that the reader is not allowed a moment’s doubt throughout this tall tale.”—The New Yorker on Declare

     

  5. Brooklyn On Fire brooklyn on fire.jpg
    Author: Lawrence H Lewy
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:

    Brooklyn’s most witty and daring detective risks everything to solve a dangerous triple-murder case

    After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins.As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York’s elite.

    Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family, Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man’s death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.

  6. private parisPrivate Paris
    Author: James Patterson
    Publication Date: Jan 21, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Paris is burning–and only Private’s Jack Morgan can put out the fire.When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

    Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead–murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.

  7. Outside The Lines outside the lines.jpg
    Author: Lisa Desrochers
    Publication Date: jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.

    Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.

    But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire…

     

 

Those were my pick for upcoming releases for Jan 16-22.I haven’t read many thrillers or suspense novels in a while so I’m eager to add some to my TBR . Which new releases aryou looking forward to?

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Week In Books #12 (Jan 1- Jan 10)

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Welcome to my first week in books for 2016. I have been in a rush to catch up on my studies and have a few assignments due so my blog posts have been suffering. I just barely remembered this. I also didn’t post my week in books for the last two weeks in December but this would have been covered in my December wrap-up (at least the books I read). This  post covers more than a week though.

So this is what my ‘week’ looked like:

Ebooks Read

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Menagerie

Thief Of Lies

The Wondrous And The Wicked

Fire

Wish For Me

Dream Of Me

 

Received For Review

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Average Joe And The Extraordinaires (Currently Reading)

At Water’s Edge

The Wind Guardian

The Fairy Boy Of Calton Hill

Flames Of Auriel

Demon Princess

Cogling

Goldenfire

The Girl In The Ice

The Last Days Of Magic

 

Mini Book Haul

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Drake

The Imposter Queen

City Of Light

Truthwitch

Passenger (Currently Reading)

The Dark Army

Of Light And Darkness

There you have it guys! Thanks as always to NetGalley, Curiosity Quills Press, Harper Collins Uk and other publishers, Book Tour Hosts, and Authors who grant copies for review. Look out for my reviews of some of the above in conjunction with Blog/Book Tours.

How did your week go? Thanks for dropping by and see you next week for another Week In Books!

 

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Fast Forward Friday #2 (Jan 8- Jan 15)

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Welcome to Fast Forward Friday where I share upcoming releases for the next week that I’m looking forward to (from friday to friday). There are quite a few books being released in this period (Jan 8- 15) but these are the few that I am most anticipating.

Click on the covers to take you their Goodreads’ pages.

  1. The Masquerading Magician the masquerading magician
    Author: Gigi Pandian
    Publication Date: Jan 8, 2016
    (Hardcover was released Jan 1, 2016)

    Goodreads Summary:
    Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She’d much rather be gardening and exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon–but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn’t able to unlock the alchemy book’s secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.

    When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show that reminds her of her youth, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland’s past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.

  2. of light and darknessOf Light And Darkness
    Author: Shayne Leighton
    Publication Date: Jan 11, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Shayne Leighton’s stunning NA debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered contemporary fantasy where Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus meets Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in a story about a girl caught between two societies . . . two sides . . . and two loves.

    Raised by a Vampire in a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.

    Charlotte knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches draw spells of enchantment, Shifters throw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin.

  3. The Dirt On Ninth Grave the dirt on ninth grave.jpg
    Author: Darynda Jones
    Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

    But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

  4. the bitter seasonThe Bitter Season
    Author: Tami Hoag
    Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET. THEIRS WILL CHILL YOU TO THE CORE.

    #1  New York Times Bestselling author Tami Hoag returns to the bestselling series of her career with a Kovac and Liska case that will delight fans and new readers alike.

    A murder from the past. A murder from the present. And a life that was never meant to be… As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.

    Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki’s absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam’s wardrobe. Sam is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a middle-aged husband and wife bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Nikki’s case, the unsolved murder of a family man, community leader, and decorated sex crimes detective for the Minneapolis PD, is less of a distraction: Twenty years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. Little does she know that a danger from her past is stalking her perfect present. A danger powerful enough to pull in both Kovac and Liska and destroy the perfect life she was never meant to have.

    “Masterful…Authentic, dark and intense.” – Tess Gerritsen

  5. beside myselfBeside Myself
    Author: Ann Morgan
    Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back. Forced into her new identity, Helen develops a host of behavioural problems, delinquency and chronic instability. With their lives diverging sharply, one twin headed for stardom and the other locked in a spiral of addiction and mental illness, how will the deception ever be uncovered? Exploring questions of identity, selfhood, and how other people’s expectations affect human behaviour, this novel is as gripping as it is psychologically complex.

  6. Scarred scarred
    Author: Erica Hayes
    Publication Date: Jan 14, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Superpowers don’t make you a hero.

    Verity Fortune’s crime-fighting days are over. In exile, defeated by her smug supervillain nemesis, her shady past exposed—even her own superpowered family condemn her as a traitor. Whatever it takes, Verity’s determined to prove she can still be a force for good.

    Now, Sapphire City faces a new threat. A delinquent duo with extraordinary powers and a terrifying talent for destruction. Outmatched and on the run, her telekinetic powers faltering, Verity can’t defeat this menace alone—but who can she trust, when the only person who believes in her is her arch-enemy?

  7. 14 days to die14 Days To Die
    Author: A.B. Whelan
    Publication Date: Jan 14, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    To what extent would you go to avenge your husband’s infidelity?

    Stay-at-home mom Sarah Johnson has the perfect family—a handsome, hardworking husband and two healthy and beautiful children. At least, that’s what she’s been telling herself for years. After the tragedies in her youth, Sarah deemed living a lie easier than dwelling on the past and facing her everyday failures. To avoid any kind of confrontation at home she doesn’t read her husband’s emails or spy on him like most jealous wives do. She wouldn’t jeopardize her comfortable but dull life for anything.

    But Sarah’s world is about to crumble around her when she receives a phone call from a man with a heavy foreign accent telling her that her perfect husband has put a price on her head. She is offered two weeks to come up with a counteroffer or die. Why would her model husband Mike want her dead? Hasn’t she been the perfect wife? Or has her karma finally caught up with her—making her pay for her former transgressions? The final countdown begins and now Sarah has to race against time to find out what went wrong in her marriage and find a way out of this nightmare.

    So the game of life or death begins. Secrets are unveiled. Emotions are unleashed. Actions are taken.

    Will there be a winner in this dangerous game when no one can escape the twist of fate?

  8. City Of The Lost the city of the lost
    Author: Kelley Armstrong
    Publication Date: Jan 14, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers us to Rockton, a secret little town in the far north where the hunted go to hide. And where a hunter has now come to play.

    Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana’s abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…

  9. the queen of traitorsThe Queen Of Traitors
    Author: Laura Thalassa
    Publication Date: Jan 15, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    They say I am a queen.
    They say I married a monster. That I did so willingly.
    They say he cannot die, that he does not age. That together, we rule a ravaged world.
    They say I used to be one of them, but now I am a traitor.
    They say many things, all which I cannot remember, but …

    I fear what they say is true.

    Then there is what they don’t say, what I see in their eyes—
    The king terrifies them. He cannot be stopped. And, most worrisome of all …

    He is coming for me.

    Those were my pick for upcoming releases for Jan 8-15. Some of these I will definitely be getting on the release days, others will be on my wishlist. Which new releases are you looking forward to?

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TBR: January 2016

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Here are the books I have chosen to read this month! I have a lot to do with my studies so as not to fall behind and I doubt that I would get much reading done. I guess I’ll have to wait and see 🙂

These are all for review, some in conjunction with Book Tours. I hope to read the following also as part of The Retelling Challenge , The Rock My TBR Challenge and the Flights Of Fantasy Challenge. See my post here concerning these challenges.

Okay, this is a very ambitious TBR but we’ll see. What’s on your TBR for January?

 

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Wrap Up: December 2015

Welcome to my December Wrap Up. I did get quite some reading done, a lot more than I thought I would have actually. Without further ado here is what my month looked like:

I read a total of  20 books! (Includes 2 audiobooks and 1 novella)

 

I must say I had a good reading month and year! I read a total of 198 books this year. Check out my Year In Books on Goodreads.

How many books did you read?

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Fast Forward Friday #1 (Jan 1 – Jan 7)

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Happy New Year! Welcome to my first Fast Forward Friday post. Fast Forward Friday is a new feature on my Blog where I highlight the New Releases I’m most anticipating each week!

Here are my most anticipated New Releases for the week of Jan 1- Jan 7. Click on the covers to take you to the Goodreads Pages:

  1. Passenger by  Alexandra Bracken
    Release Date : Jan 5, 2016passenger
    Goodreads Summary:

    passage
    , n.
    i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
    ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
    iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

    In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

    Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

    Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    truthwitch
    Release Date: Jan 6, 2015

    Goodreads Summary:
    On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

    In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

    Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

    Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

    Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

  3. Spooks: The Dark Army (Starblade Chronicles #2) by Joseph Delaney spook's the dark army
    Release Date: Jan 7, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    The second terrifying tale in the Spook’s spin-off series from bestselling author Joseph Delaney.

    Thomas Ward was working as the new County Spook, fighting the Dark with his own apprentice. But a new enemy stirred in the north, and Tom’s calling required him to leave his home and lead an uprising against a legion of beasts: creatures of the dark intent on locking the whole earth in a never-ending winter.

    Then something went horribly wrong, and now Tom lies cold in a grave, while those who remain are in despair.

    Who can now take up the battle? And how much time remains before the dark army brings the fight back to the County, and the world is changed for ever?

  4. The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine the imposter queen

    Release Date: Jan 5, 2016

    Goodreads Summary:
    Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

    But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

    Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

  5. Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt mr splitfoot

    Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
    Goodreads Summary:
    A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

    Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who — or what — has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

    In an ingeniously structured dual narrative, two separate timelines move toward the same point of crisis. Their merging will upend and reinvent the whole. A subversive ghost story that is carefully plotted and elegantly constructed, Mr. Splitfoot will set your heart racing and your brain churning. Mysteries abound, criminals roam free, utopian communities show their age, the mundane world intrudes on the supernatural and vice versa.

Voila! Those are the books I’m most looking forward to. Which new releases are on your radar?

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