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Waiting on Wednesday: The Hit List

August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m in the middle of a Paranormal/ Fantasy craze right now, so this debut YA romance sounds cool and refreshing :)

 

The Hit List – Nikki Urang


 The Hit List
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: November 11th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

Waiting on Wednesday: Storm Siren

August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Storm Siren only came to my attention last week courtesy of Nomi’s Paranormal Palace. It sounds so good that I decided it was worthy of my WoW this week, well that it’s released next week (happy dance) :)

 Storm Siren – Mary Weber

 
Storm SirenSeries: Storm Siren #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: August 19th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

I’m Reading

August 12, 2014

The Queen’s Wings – Jamie K. Schmidt

 

The Queens WingsSeries:
 The Emerging Queens #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: May 27th, 2014
Links: Goodreads  Amazon    

Long ago, the Cult of Humanity sacrificed the Dragon Queen, crippling the breeding process. But now Carolyn hears the voice of that long dead queen telling her that she holds the key to breaking the spell that will free all the female dragons.

FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years.

He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. A never-ending line of suitors forms, but she only wants Reed. Too bad he doesn’t want in on the competition. But when the Cult kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her in an effort to make the curse against the female dragons permanent, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.

The story is kinda crazy but in a fun way :)

Waiting on Wednesday: Archangel’s Shadows

August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Ash and Janviers story is a looong time coming. Should be brilliant :)

 

Archangel’s Shadows – Nalini Singh


 Archangel's Shadows
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 28th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

ARC Review: Cast in Flame

July 29, 2014

Cast in Flame – Michelle Sagara

 
Cast in Flame1Series: Chronicles of Elantra #10
Genre: Fantasy
Published: July 29th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad 

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. 

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking. 

And it’s not the only thing.

I received an ARC of Cast in Flame from Harlequin via Netgalley sometime in June. Because I’m a sluggish review writer, I took some notes while I read to help me compose my review. Alas my notes consisted solely of superlatives such as amazing, awe-inspiring, brilliant and wonderful. I simply refused to stop reading long enough to write more. So it’s fair to say that I loved loved loved Cast in Flame.

Cast in Flame is the tenth book in Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series. For the uninitiated, the Chronicles of Elantra account the adventures of Kaylin Neya, a young Hawk in the magical city of Elantra. If you are uninitiated, you do not belong here. Go back to the first book Cast in Shadow in order to fully appreciate the brilliant world building and characters, slowly established through 10 books.

Cast in Flame follows on directly from the events of Cast in Sorrow. Kaylin and her cohorts have returned from the West March. Kaylin is still unhappily residing in the palace following the destruction of her home in Cast in Peril. I was really surprised how the events of Cast in Peril and Cast in Sorrow had such a direct impact on the story. I would go as far to say, that Cast in Flame is part 3 of the Peril/Sorrow duology. Earlier books were more episodic, I think.

To me, the events of Cast in Flame were really unexpected and surprising. I loved how plots quietly introduced in previous novels, came roaring to life in Cast in Flame. The cast of characters get larger with each new novel but somehow they all remain individual, unique, layered and to me utterly riveting. I adored the trio of Kaylin, Teela and Bellusdeo. Together Bellusdeo and Mandoran are comedy gold. The story was well plotted and as I mentioned before really unexpected. Events opened with some great and surprisingly funny scenes between favourite characters, both old and new. The action was literally non-stop, with vivid battles. At times, I roared with laughter, at others my heart ached.

If I listed all that I loved about Cast in Flame, I’d spoil the entire book. It’s enough to say I think that house hunting, Dragons, Barrani and Hawks are all present and accounted for. Fans are going to be delighted with Cast in Flame.

My Rating: 9.5/10

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Loop

July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Loop sounds like a crazy fun read – I’m in :)

Loop – Karen Akins


 Loop
Series: Stand alone
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Published: October 21st, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

Waiting on Wednesday: Heroes Are My Weakness

July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has written some amazing, heartbreaking, sweet and funny stories. I didn’t enjoy her last book all that much so I’m really hoping that Heroes Are My Weakness is a return to form.

Heroes Are My Weakness – Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Heroes 
Series: Stand alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 26th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea …

He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

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