“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Age of Myth

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Age of MythAge of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

Hardcover, 418 pages
Publication Date: Jun. 28th, 2016
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9781101965337
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

What does it mean if the gods can be killed? The first novel in an epic new fantasy series for readers of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, and Scott Lynch.

Michael J. Sullivan’s trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership. Now, Sullivan’s stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth, inaugurates an original five-book series, and one of fantasy’s finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground.

Since time immemorial, humans have worshiped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer, Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom, and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

Mostly I picked this one out because I was drawn in by the cover. LOL! Call me shallow, but I really liked the tree and the whole fantasy-esque look. Then when I read the description, I loved the idea of a god dying by a human hand. Of rebellion and this really interesting world that Sullivan is putting together.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Bay of Sighs

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 352 pages
Publication Date: Jun. 14th, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425280119
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.

Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground…

And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

I love me some Nora Roberts. Especially when she does trilogies and series with a bit of magic in them. With this new trilogy, I really enjoyed the mythology she’s cooked up to get all these lovers together. And while some people probably find her stories too formulaic, that’s one of the qualities I like about her work. I know I’m going to get something that feels both familiar and new all at the same time. I’m really curious about this second book because the focus is on two characters with peculiar and mysterious backgrounds and I’m excited to explore them. This is a perfect beach read, just in time for summer!

PS. Happy Birthday to my baby sister today!!!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Flamecaster

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Hardcover, 535 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 5th, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062380944
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

A burning vengeance.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

A blood-based curse.

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Destiny’s fiery hand.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

Okay y’all I’ve been waiting for Cinda Williams Chima’s new series for like… 2 years. I can’t do it much longer!!! First, it is set in the Seven Realms world (my favorite of hers) and picks up 25 years from the end of the 1st series. Yay!!! I’m SO looking forward to seeing Han and Raisa again! Next, this new series feels similar in that it’s two major character viewpoints, and I loved the way she split the story the first time around. Things (plot-wise) also seem like they are going to get crazy really quick with these murders, and Jenna being hunted. Then there’s the fact that Chima’s just an AMAZING writer. She sucks me into her stories so quickly and holds me there with a death grip. And I love her for it!

Plus, have you looked at this cover?? Go on, I’ll give you a minute to stare at the pretty… *Deep breath and… Le sigh.* You know, I think I’ll just leave it at that.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Rebel of the Sands and The Great Hunt

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780451477538
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

“You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

Mythical beasts, djinn, gunslingers, and a rebellion? Sign me up please! I’m really excited to find out more about the heroine, Amani. A girl embracing her power… and the setting sounds fantastic. I’m such a sucker for great world-building and I really hope this story can deliver the way it sounds.

And now, since there are so many wonderful books out there, here’s a second book I’m waiting for…


 

The Great HuntThe Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062381330
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

I’m deeply interested in this story, especially the fact that it’s inspired by a fairy tale (my favorite!) And I like the fact that this seems to be a lesser-known one, instead of one of the biggies. It sounds so dramatic and full of magic and I’m already a fan.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling (Delilah Dirk, #2) by Tony Cliff

Paperback, 272 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2015
Publisher: First Second
ISBN: 9781626721555
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England lands Delilah and Selim right in the middle of yet more crazy adventures. When Delilah is framed as a spy by an English army officer, her passion for revenge threatens to sever her friendship with Selim. Is she willing to lose the companionship of her only good friend in order to reclaim her reputation? Selim finally gets to see the England he has only imagined, but how will he feel when the combined strains of social conventions and Delilah’s thirst for revenge overwhelm his experience?

The first Delilah Dirk book was recommended to me by a friend and coworker. And I’m SO SO glad that she did. It’s a fantastic story about a pair of unlikely comrades and adventurers, Delilah and Selim. It was such a wonderful surprise, how much I enjoyed the story, and Cliff’s art is absolutely delightful, action-packed, and humorous. It started out as a web comic and was then turned into books. I’m really excited for this next adventure! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Cast in Honor

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

There were too many good lines in this book, so I included a few of my favs!

Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11) by Michelle Sagara

Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: November 24, 2015
ISBN# 9780778318590
Page(s): …

“I just told you–” Kaylin caught up. “You’re telling me me they’re significant in the Aerie.”

“I’m trying to tell you that, yes.” To Teela, he said, “Did you have these issues when you introduced Kaylin to the High Halls?”

“Not these specific ones, no. The Barrani Halls are slightly simpler. Everyone you meet is going to try to kill you at one point or another; she only had to try to avoid the ones who were going to do so immediately.” (95)

Mandoran entered the dining room, as well. “No,” he told everyone, “I am not staying behind.” He looked at Kaylin as he spoke.

She held up both hands. “Don’t look at me like that — I wasn’t even going to suggest it.”

“Teela did.”

“Then glare at Teela. I don’t even like the fiefs.” (143)

 “Did she mention our latest investigation?”

“Yes. She also extended an invitation to dinner. Do not stand in the library gawking. If you have something to say, say it while we walk.”    …

Kaylin’s biggest question, as she followed the Arkon’s impatient lead, was Yes, but are you going to accept? (175)

“Are they always like this?” Kattea whispered.

“Yes. And they can hear you two rooms away, even if you whisper.”

“Oh. I don’t like him.”

“Mandoran?”

“Is that his name?”

“It’s the polite version.”

“What’s the rude version?” (257)

Hah! I LOVE this series. This book has many more great lines/scenes but I’ll stop with these.

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Passenger

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication Date: Jan. 5th, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484715772
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

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

Okay, yikes. Wednesday snuck up on me this week. But anyways, this sounds really interesting to me! I like that in this fantasy/sci-fi story (I’m not really clear which category this falls into yet) neither character appears all that powerful. Its kind of a nice change from a long string of stories I’ve been reading where characters have “powers they’ve never discovered before now” or are just really strong, or royalty so they have influence they can wield. These two don’t seem to have any of those things going for them, and yet they seem to be going on a quest of sorts — all of which is very cool. It will be interesting to see how they survive (if they survive) and how they will be helped on their journey.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Full Moon Rising

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur

Hardcover, 291 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: January 31st, 2006
ISBN# 9780553804584
Page: 175

 “Don’t move,” the cop behind the gun warned. “Or you’ll taste lead.”

What happened to the right to remain silent and all that crap? That they didn’t even bother to say the words meant they were after us specifically.

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Truthwitch

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: Jan. 5th, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN: 9780765379283
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

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.

(This WoW is coming out a little late in the day today, guys, but that’s only because I just got to play with the CUTEST baby on the planet! My little ‘nephew’ Will! Yay!)

Okay, so the first reason that I want to read Truthwitch is, honestly, because Sarah J. Maas (one of my favorite writers) has highly recommended it, and I will give most anything she recommends a try. But second, the blurb about the story sounds fantastic! I like the idea that this fantasy might be focusing on the friendship of these two girls, which is cool and a little different for the genre. I also like the idea of the “witchery” and that magic comes in all different kinds of forms and abilities. It reminds me in a good way of Graceling, and how people had various graces that gave them a variety of special gifts. Add in that dash of war and revenge, and I’m sold! Can’t wait to get started on this!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Stars of Fortune and The Immortal Heights

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Yay for two books I recently got from the library. This one I just finished…

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780425280102
Page: 233 – 234

She kept up, well enough, but squats, lunges, jumping jacks with Annika smiling, even letting out an occasional laugh, as she herself struggled through them — without even a single hit of coffee — made Sasha want to try out her right jab on her friend’s beautiful face…

“I hate you.” She could barely pant it out. “Especially Doyle, but all of you.”

“That’s a start. Who’s on breakfast detail?” Doyle asked.

“The chart’s in my room. Someone who can still walk should go get it.”

“I’ll get it.” Annika, barely winded, dashed off.

From her prone position, Sasha bared her teeth. “Maybe I hate her even more than Doyle.”

(LOL, that is so me when exercising!) Now, this one I just started!!

The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
ISBN# 9780062207357
Page: 30

Behind them, Kashkari had set up a spectacle: a dozen carpets floated end to end in midair, and several rebels made tumbling passes across the length of this makeshift stage.

“I’m tempted to neglect my task and watch that instead,” said Fairfax. “And my life is on the line here.”