“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: 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.”

 

Teaser Tuesdays: The Bloodbound

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!

The Bloodbound (Bloodbound, #1) by Erin Lindsey

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
ISBN# 9780425272688
Page: 34

 “Fear spreads faster than a brushfire, my father used to say.”

“Gossip.”

“Sorry?”

Gossip spreads faster than a brushfire. That’s the saying.” The king laughed, adding, “But it sounds very well with fear.”

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Stars of Fortune

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.


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

Paperback, 336 pages
Publication Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425280102
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

BOOK ONE OF THE GUARDIANS TRILOGY

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…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

New Nora Roberts trilogy… YAY!! More love and magic mixed together. I love the sound of these people, and that there are goddesses, and I’m really hoping that my Queen of Romance is delving into the realm of Greek mythology with this new series of hers. I cannot wait to get my hands on this new book. Nobody melds magic, romance, and danger like Nora Roberts. Bring it on! P.S. that cover is so pretty!!!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Ice Like Fire

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.


Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2) by Sara Raasch

Hardcover, 479 pages
Publication Date: Oct. 13th, 2015
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
ISBN: 9780062286956
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

When I read the first book in this series, I was really worried that it wouldn’t live up to the massive hype of the blogging world and what was in my own head. But once I really got into it, I very much enjoyed the way the world was built, and the relationships between the characters. And while I do feel a little over the love-triangle of it all (I mean, really, does it always have to be a triangle? Can’t these YA characters ever just love one person, or no people?) overall I’m really pleased with where the story started and where it seems to be going. I’m really pumped to see Meira lead her people and come into her own as a ruler. Also, more world building and more gorgeous cover art…

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Once Upon a Winter’s Night

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!

Once Upon a Winter’s Night (Faery Series, #1) by Dennis L. McKiernan

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN# 9780451458544
Page: 5

 

Glancing back at Camille and receiving a nod, he placed a shoulder against the rattling planks to brace against the wind and lifted the clattering latch and eased the door on its leather-strap hinges open a crack, putting his eye to the narrow space as a snow-bearing sheet of wind swirled in. “Ai!” he wailed and slammed the door to and crashed the bar down into its brackets.

“What is it Papa?” cried the children at the fire as they leapt to their feet and clustered, all clutching one another for support, the mother standing and shrinking back against the trembling knot of girls.

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Immortal Heights

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.


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

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication Date: Oct. 13th, 2015
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
ISBN: 9780062207357
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort….

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.

I’m not sure if I can properly describe how excited I am to read the final book in this trilogy. At each turn Thomas has displayed a wonderful complexity to her storytelling, and a real depth to this world that she has built. I love how it crosses over with “real” history and blends these two worlds seamlessly. And then there are the characters. I love them, especially since almost nobody has turned out to be exactly as they appeared. I’m thrilled that we’re finally going to get to see more of Atlantis and the Bane in this final story (but also terribly sad that it will be over.) Perhaps at some point in the future, Thomas will give us more stories set in these magical realms??? One can only hope!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Magic Shifts

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!

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews

Hardcover, 342 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4th, 2015
ISBN# 9780441018369
Page: 9

Cuddles ignored me and the vampire, defiantly clopping passed it. The bloodsucker turned smoothly and fell into step next to me. “Where is your… significant other?”

“He’s around.” He was never too far. “Why, are you worried he’ll find out about this romantic rendezvous?”

The vampire froze for a second. “What?”

“You’re meeting me in secret on a lonely street in the middle of the night…”

Ghastek’s voice was so sharp, if it were a knife, I would have been sliced to ribbons. “I find your attempts at humor greatly distressing.”

Hee-hee.