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Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  This meme has participating book bloggers everywhere, so if you are looking for that new read maybe you’ll find it here.

Kat Mandu is waiting on…

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The Hollows returns with a prequel novel featuring the Kalamack family during the event that brought the species of supernatural world to light – right as they need to save it. I’m eager to read this and look! PRETTY COVER!!!

 

Title:  The Turnthe-turn
Author: Kim Harrison
To Be Published: January 26, 2017
Description:  Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.


Nervous Nell is waiting on…Nervous_Nellie_100

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I am a couple of books behind in this series, but I’m hoping to catch up by the time this is published.  This is such a good series that I can’t resist preordering the book even though I’m only 1/2 way through the series.

Title: Dragon Bites
Author: Allyson James
To Be Published:
June 20, 2017
Description:  While Janet and friends try to relax in Vegas, Janet discovers that one of Mick’s old nemeses has called in a debt, which is bound to result in Mick’s death. This is a problem for dragons, and Janet and Gabrielle have to convince Drake and Colby to assist them before it’s too late. (Stormwalker, Book 6, a full-length novel.)


Invested Ivana is waiting on…

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Title:  Serenity serenity
Author:   Craig A. Hart 
To Be Published:  October 14, 2016
Description:  Do You Love Thrillers? The New Shelby Alexander Thriller Series Is Here! Don’t Forget To Breathe… A woman dies in his arms…a drug dealer offers him $10,000…a gunman is determined to kill him. And then everything goes to hell.

Shelby Alexander is an aging ex-boxer and retired fixer, whose activities often flirted with the wrong side of the law. Looking for a little peace and a slower pace of life, he moved to Serenity, the small Michigan town where he grew up. But trouble follows men like Shelby, and he finds himself embroiled in an underworld of drugs and violence that may prove to be his undoing. The first book in the new Shelby Alexander Thriller Series, Serenity is an action-packed read with a lovingly rendered cast, witty dialogue, and a main character who doesn’t know when to quit.


Luna Lovebooks is waiting for…

tales-from-the-shadowhunter-academyI love Cassandra Clare’s writing! This particular set of short stories have been published in e-format before but I’ve been holding out for the hard copy since I have all her other works that way! Simon has been one of my favorite characters throughout the series because he is so adorkable! I can’t wait to see his journey to becoming a Shadow Hunter!

Title: Tales from the Shadow Hunter Academy Luna_Lovebooks_100
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Published:  November 15, 2016
DescriptionSimon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Ruby Lee is waiting for…

Ruby_Lee_100The Island of Glass, the third and final installment of the Guardian Trilogy by Nora Roberts, will be released on December 6th and I cannot wait. Roberts usually publishes a trilogy yearly so I wait until I have all three books before reading it. I was too excited and read the first book which was released November 3, 2015, which is over a year ago. I have been waiting (not patiently) for the final book. I guess it is an early Christmas Present to me.

Title: The Island of Glass island-of-glass
Author: Nora Roberts 
To Be Published: December 6, 2016
Description: As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…

 

 

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A Walk On The Darkside by Corinna Underwood

Walk on the DarksideTitle: A Walk On The Darkside
Author: Corinna Underwood
Series: Darkside Chronicles, Book 1
Publish Date: October 30, 2012
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
Source:
NetGalley and Author’s Request

Publisher’s Description:

Pearl Blackthorn is a novelist and investigative reporter for Darkside paranormal magazine. Armed with her digital recorder and accompanied by her friend and photographer Harry Raymond, Pearl is sent by her editor J.J Benson – affectionately known as Benny – to the four corners of Great Britain, (and sometimes further), to investigate stories of spirits and specters, demons and doppelgangers, prophecy and possession. The problem is, Pearl doesn’t believe in the supernatural; her creative imagination is tempered by a strong skepticism. She is immovable on her stand that there is always a simple, rational explanation behind every report of paranormal activity. But Pearl soon realizes that the intricacies of paranormal events are often far from simple and not always rational.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

I really did not know what to expect when I picked up my Kindle to begin reading this story.  Would this be horror?  Would I need to sleep with my lights on?  Would it be a torturous read that would completely ruin my Sunday night?  When you agree to read someone’s story that you know nothing about, you are never sure what you may get.  However, what I found was more beautiful than I could have expected.

This book is may up of several mini-stories that connect the theme of the entire piece.badge4v4  The stories were wonderful because each one was so very different from each other but they all helped to grow the main characters into wonderful three dimensional living creations.  I love Pearl and her skeptical mind but her heart that I think really wants to believe in the paranormal.  Harry’s enthusiasm enveloped me and I could feel him wanting to hang on to his ideas of the paranormal so he could continue to believe his dead wife did visit him to say good-bye.  Plus my romantic side desperately wants these two to fall in love, but remember that I look for romance everywhere.

The best part of these stories – the truly most beautiful part- was the writing.  Corinna Underwood is a master at weaving together words so that everything pops off the page at you in a style similar to how Stephen King uses his choices of words to be almost another character in his stories. I think she could probably make a cookbook captivating.

In the end, I had a great Sunday  night with A Walk on the Darkside.  I hope that the next book will be released soon because there are questions that need answers.  I am also glad that The Secret in the Sanctuary was the first story, and if you want to know why, you will have to read it yourself.


Lucyfer’s Corner

2 paws – Lucy Face My one complaint about this book is the lack of gore.  When Ruby told me we were reading a paranormal story tonight, I imagined all the nasty disgusting things in that book and how I could keep Izzy up all night by telling her the terrifying stories.  It was going to be great.  Then I read it and there is no blood or ectoplasm or anything that would even remotely keep that annoying little kitten quaking in her bed until sun up.  Now I am going to have to listen to her snore all night again.  What a total disappointment.


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What We Find by Robyn Carr

You can’t go home again.  – Thomas Wolfe

26154344Title: What We Find
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Sullivan’s Crossing, Book 1
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:

Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship.

But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

I was a little hesitant to read this book.  I haven’t read a Robyn Carr book since the last book of the Virgin River Series a few years ago.  I can easily say that the Virgin River books are some of my all-time favorite reads.  I know I will go back to that series during different times of my life and reread all of them.  There is a timeless quality about them.

I knew that my brain would automatically compare any new books to her previous successes which is why I chose to wait with her Thunder Point Series.  I know I will read them one day but I needed time.  It may sound silly to some that a person could have such a connection to a series of books, but the real readers out there know what it’s like to say goodbye to fictional people that have become very real to you.  So I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure I could give What We Find a fair chance.

I felt the first third of the book to be a little disjointed and I didn’t feel a connection to anybadge3v4 of the characters.  I could see the story that she was trying to create but it just wasn’t happening in a smooth way.  But as the story progressed, the problems began to work themselves out.  I felt the characters begin to develop a life and some depth.  Halfway through, the book sucked me in and didn’t let go.

Overall, I enjoyed the story but it didn’t knock my socks off.  I do remember that I had a difficult time with the first Virgin River book so I will save overall judgement of this series until I have a chance to read a few.


Lucyfer’s Corner

0 paws – Lucy Face Nell wasn’t the only one that Ruby Lee left at home when she ran off to Canada.  She left me alone with Izzy, the happiest cat on the planet.  She gave me directions to read this book but I decided Izzy and a romance book were too many things for me to handle.  There is only so much one cat can take without having to start burying bodies in the backyard.


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The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

The VisitorTitle: The Visitor
Author: Amanda Stevens
Series: Graveyard Queen, Book 4
Publish Date: March 29, 2016
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:

Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I’m starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.

Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll’s disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I’m being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

It is almost four years ago today that I started the Graveyard Queen series.  I whipped through the first three books very quickly.  I had always heard the rumors of a fourth book, but the third book ended well so I wrote it off as finished series.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this book on NetGalley.  I was so excited that I got to play with Amelia again.  I love paranormal stories, especially ones about those who can see ghosts, but the Graveyard Queen series took that concept in a direction I had never seen before.

The Series begins with the three rules that Amelia must follow to keep the ghost at bay and the third book ends with her beginning to truly understand the spirit world and what power she truly possesses.  The fourth book picks up where the third left off and quickly spirals you down into Amelia’s world, which is getting more complicated by the day.

Amanda Stevens’s writing really makes Amelia come alive, and the reader feels eachbadge4v4 terror, question, and hurt that Amelia suffers.  I sometimes felt confused about how the spirit world really works and what creatures it contains, but I soon realized that I was seeing everything through Amelia’s eyes so I was never going to know more than what she understood.There is a romantic element to the story but it is by far not a romance.  In fact, the one she loves may actually be the one that destroys her and there is no ‘happy ever after’ ending in that.

Overall, The Visitor is a captivating, beautiful told story about a woman who is more and can do more than she ever expected.  Her relationships are complicated, the story of her birth is amazing, and I can’t wait until the next book to see what path this story takes.  I recommend this book for all that love the paranormal but I also recommend that you start at the beginning of the series with The Restorer.  I think you would really miss out on a huge part of the story if you don’t experience the build up of conflict and power from one story to the next.


Lucyfer’s Corner

4 paws – This book is dark, and I loved every minute of it. Ghosts and creatures from theLucy Face other side really make my day, and I love to feel the power of fear that permeates this book. However, my favorite part is when Amelia’s dog becomes too scared of her to be with her any longer.  Dogs are such babies.  If she had a cat, the cat would figure out how to siphon off some of her power and rule the world.  Too bad Ruby’s only super power is that  her snoring could wake the dead.  I’ve used it before in ceremonies but unfortunately, once the dead hear the snoring, they crawl right back in their coffins.  The things I put up with.


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Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis does it again.  Nobody But You is being released tomorrow, which is just in time because Spring is here and love is in the air.

Nobody But YourTitle: Nobody But You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge, Book 3
Publish Date: March 29, 2016
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

My respect for Jill Shalvis’s writing increases with every book I read.  Nothing But You is the third and final book in the Cedar Ridge series, and I am a little sad about leaving such a beautiful place.  Her vivid imagery and true to life problems that the characters face cause Cedar Ridge to become a very real place in the minds of her readers.

Many people feel that romance books are nothing more than formula writing but Jill badge4v4Shalvis is about as far from formula as you can get.  I love the snarky comments that Jill writes for the main character Sophie.  Every one of them made me laugh and led me to like Sophie a little more.  Jacob is a returning soldier with PTSD, and Jill takes that on with the compassion it deserves.

Jill Shalvis also makes it very clear about how she feels about 50 Shades of Grey with many direct references that don’t paint the book in a good light. They made me look at the story from a different angle, and I agree with many of her comments.

Overall, Nobody But You is a funny, well written, romantic story that I very much enjoyed over my Spring Break.  If you have read Jill Shalvis before, I am sure you are excited for this book release tomorrow.  If you have never read a Jill Shalvis book, you are missing out and Cedar Ridge is a good place to start.


Lucyfer’s Corner

1 paw – Lucy FaceRomance…  I can’t believe that I had to start reading romance again. Ruby felt that the “romantic situations” were a little too hot for Izzy’s young kitten eyes so I had to subject myself to the mush and grossness of human love.  I have never been more happy that Ruby had me spayed.  Who in their right mind would want to deal with all that?  Yuck!


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