Thursday, January 21, 2016

Upcoming New Release for 2016

Brrr!! I don't know about where you live but here in Good Ole' St. Louis or the Lou as we refer to it it's cold, wet, freezing, did I mention cold? Because It's cold with a capital C. What better to endure these longer winter nights while we wait for beautiful Spring to roll around than with a great book. We're so excited to bring you our list of upcoming release for January and February and guys girls do love getting books for Valentines Day.

January New Releases:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.
I'm not sure if you remember the review we did for her last series, The Darkest Minds, but myself and Roxanne LOVED that trilogy though the novella's in between were two thumbs down. That being said we are excited for this new Bracken book to hit the shelves as we do love her writing style and her stories, also the cover looks cool.

TruthWitch by Susan Dennard.
This book has literally taken over my twitter feed to the exclusion of every other author out there and Goodreads, and Facebook, and pretty much every social media outlet out there. So yeah it's made our list this book was published and is available for purchase January 5th so if you're looking for a hot hot hot new read check out TruthWitch and drop us a line on our Twitter feed or facebook and let us know what you thought of this book.

Jewel of Darkness by Quinn Loftis.
We've featured Quinn's books on our blog a lot because we love her. We love her writing style we lover her characters wit, charm, flaws, and darkness we just love Quinn. Book three in the Gypsy Healers saga was published December 29th to Amazon and can be read and downloaded now. I know it's not a January new release but we missed her release date in January and did I mention that we love her, because we do, we love her a lot.

February New Release:

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
I'm so excited for this new book which releases February 9th. This is the second book in the Red Queen series and if you haven't read the first one then WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!! This series is Epic and this second book is going straight to my Kindle on Feb. 9th.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
Another February 9th release for all of you that need your Sci-Fi fix Pierce Browns 3rd book in the Red Rising series is slotted to be one of the hottest new releases for February. My other reviewer and fellow book whisperer Roxanne RAVES about this series. It must be good because I've been on hold for the first in the series at the library for literally MONTHS so I know all you Red Rising fans are practically salivating at the mouth for this new release.

The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Like Quinn Loftis we love Jennifer Armentrout. She writes YA romances though I would venture to list them as epic stories of overcoming adversity. The Power is the second book in her new series Titans. This series is a spin off of her Half-Blood series and picks up where Alex's story ends. If you haven't read the Half-Blood series no bigs you can pick this series up without having read the other one BUT you will miss out on all the little details and some of the characters that were featured in that series. Still February 23rd is going to be a great day for those of us who love Seth the Apollyon.

Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Did you just pee yourself a little bit in excitement? It's ok we won't tell because we have the same feels!!! Della Tsang is back in this Shadow Falls collection of short stories and it's set to release February 2nd. Pick it up and you'll get the bonus short story featuring Miranda Kane everyone's favorite clumsy witch.

Do you have any favorite reads coming up in the next two months we should know about if so please post them here or on our facebook or twitter pages and we'll feature on the next blog post.

In the meantime stay warm and dry our fellow book worms.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nothing like a thriller to get your heart racing on a cold wintery day!

A Cure For Madness by Jodi Mcissac

Thank you to netgalley for the copy of the E-Arc.

Where to start, I mean right from the very beginning this book seems to just jump right into the fray. Peggy always thought her son Wes would be the one to kill her, but what happens to her and her husband isn't what they thought would happen at all. When Claire gets the call about her parents murder, she hurries home to Maine, in order to help get things straight and to get her brother Wes out of the hospital. He has schizophrenia and has been hospitalized for years.

Not long after her arrival she finds out that something strange is happening in her home. Perfectly normal people are becoming violent, and it almost appears to be some kind of infectious disease.  As more and more information comes to light and the CDC appears to need Wes, will Claire be able to do right by her brother and help figure out what is going on?

I must admit that this was a total cover pick and title, I requested this right away because I was just drawn in by the cover. When I started reading it, I new by the end of of the prologue that this book had me! I read it from start to finish in one setting. Could not put it down. In fact I am mildly disappointed in the ending as in the fact that it ended.

I wanted more, like a series or a longer book. I really felt like this book and the story could really benefit from a trilogy or a much longer book! I have things I still want to know... okay but seriously I like Claire, she struggled to do the right thing through the majority of the book. She struggled to figure out what that right thing was and when she committed, she committed. A Cure for Madness is a total thriller, it made me think of that move The Crazies... in a very good way!

I do admit that I started to figure some things out before the author unveiled them, but it didn't make me dislike the story. I just had to know and to keep reading. So if you are looking for a great thriller and easy read look no further. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Favorite series from 2015

Hmm My favorite series from 2015, there are several....

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas... What can I say I started this series shortly before book 3 Heir of Fire came out, and I was hooked instanly... I was a huge Dorian and Celaena fan, and then I kind of got on board with Chaol but by the third book I was so hoping that he would just be gone and then Rowan came in and boom I was for Aelin and Rowan all the way, and if you don't understand why I switched from calling her Celaena to Aelin then you must read these books. I have raved about these to everyone. I have gotten friends to read them. Best fantasy in a long time, if book 1 wasn't necessarily your thing give it another chance because oh my does the series just keep getting better and better....

2. A Court of Thorns and Ashes by Sarah J. Mass : Because it is Sarah J. Maas... I mean really faeries, curses and masks. Hot guys and one bad ass heroine. I love all things Fairy, but I will admit that after reading too many less than it was swiftly becoming like Vampires for me, as in I don't really want to read them anymore. This book though I devoured it in one sitting and I am anxiously awaiting book 2!

3. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.... Ice like Fire came out last October and it was a burning sequel to book 1. One of the things that I loved about book 1 was the hope that was infused in the book. When an author can make you feel the emotion she is trying to convey you have an amazing author and amazing story. I fully admit to being more than a little heartbroken after finishing Ice like fire.

4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown What can i say about this series, brutal, heartbreaking, raw and powerful. Red Rising had me on the edge of my seat, Golden son ripped out my heart, threw it on the floor and stomped on it. I can't wait to see what Morning Star will do to me. If you haven't read these, read them, Pierce Brown makes you love science fiction again, he makes you hope, love and cry...

5. Zodiac by Romina Russell  Another science fiction book that had me on the edge of my seat! Such a lovely and different concept almost gave me Battlestar Galactica vibes in a good way.  I have Wandering Star and I am looking for to re-reading Zodiac and then reading Wandering Star!

6.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins This series is twisted and brutal and full of major feels! I loved them from the first sentence in book 1 until the last sentence of book 2.

7. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard, These books I admit I was a little leary of reading but she brings together some classic horror books in a vivid retelling that is amazing. Book 1 is a retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau, book 2 is Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde and Book 3 is Frankenstein but they are a cohesive series and the all fit together, it isn't different characters in each one.

8.In the Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, I discovered this book in 2015 even though it was book 3 that actually came out last year, I devoured them, I mean a Jack the ripper, ghosts and kick ass girl. I was hooked and loved every freaking minute of it. This was one of my all time favorite series of last year.

9. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner... I listened to the first book and I was so in love with it that I immediately recommended my sixteen year old check it out. I admit I haven't read book 2 or 3 which came out last year, but I am going to because I own book 1 and 2 and in honesty will probably buy book 3. This was a good year for science fiction for me!

10. Talon by Julie Kagawa..... I fully admit that I love and adore everything that she writes. I started with her Iron Fey series and quickly devoured that, moved on the Forever Song and destroyed that and when I saw that she was doing dragons I bought Talon as a pre-order and never regretted it.  I am dying for Soldier which will come out this year and see how she ends this series.

I clearly had quite a few series that I adored last year, and I feel like I probably skipped some that deserved mentioning. But these are the series I have raved about to people, I have read the books more than once and will read them more in the future. I am sad that a few are complete and over with but still worried and excited for the few that are still on going.  I hope that you try out one or more of these series, by far they aren't the only great ones to start or continue or end in 2015 but I feel like these were all epic in their own way. Full of feels and heartbreak, and hope these series are why I read. They take me to another place and that is why we all read!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Favorite Series from 2015

It's the New Year which means new release and new books and new characters and OH MY GOSH so much newness!!!

Before we get into the release dates coming up this year we thought we'd take a moment and revisit some of the series that we loved from the year 2015.

We're not going to rank them but we are going to list them, cause we're just cool like that.

Here they are in no particular order:

1: The Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis
These books are under the genre of Young Adult but these character face some pretty harrowing situations and issues that in this book reviewers opinion should bump these books to college adult at least. Quinn Loftis hasn't written a bad book yet so you can't go wrong with anything from her.

2: Vampire For Hire series by J.R. Rain
We love J.R. Rain!!! He's writes what I lovingly refer to as serial novellas. His characters are so three dimensional and relatable that sometimes you forget they're paranormal at know until the whole blood drinking thing. J.R. Rain has an entire literary world on Amazon and because he's just that awesome of an author he's even got a place where fans can write their own stories about his characters and sell them on Amazon as well. J.R. Rain really is Amazon's best kept secret and we're looking forward to more of his characters in the future.

3: The Ancient Guardians by S.L. Morgan
Ok I freely admit that these books are what spawned this entire book review blog to begin with. S.L. Morgan writes a series of books that are a little bit Sci-Fi, a little bit High Fantasy, and a dash of Jane Austen. These books literally defy genre and her masterful handling of the prose and the rich details of her characters and her worlds (yes plural worlds) is what makes these books so amazing. S.L. Morgans fourth and final book in the series comes out this year and WE CAN NOT WAIT that last book left us broken and bleeding on the floor. Way to Kagawa us readers S.L.

4: Throne of Glass by S.J. Maas
As if you need me to go into details on the epicness of this series. S.J. Maas's high fantasy world of assassins, fae, evil kings, and de-throned queens has it's own massive following on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and pretty much EVERYWHERE. She has created a world so rich, so detailed, it feels like literal history instead of fiction. These books should come with a warning label: WARNING Literary addiction eminent when reading this series. Prepare to abandon all pretenses of an actual life.

5: The ChicagoLand Vampires by Chloe Neill
I stumbled on these books by accident early last year in 2015 and I haven't looked back since. Yes I even joined her mailing list and regularly stalk her webpage. Merit and Ethan are quite possibly my two favorite OTP's in a paranormal/vampire series. Chloe Neill will make you laugh out loud, cry into your coffee, and gasp in shock and horror. Each successful books gets better and better in the series. Can't wait for March 1st when the second to last book in the series releases. Bring on Midnight Marked!!

6: The Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
This series is so powerful and so raw and so real that you'll forget you're reading about fictional characters. The Addicted Series is written for audiences 18 and over due to the nature of the issues that are faced by these characters. The two main characters Lilly and Loren are addicts. Lilly is a sex addict and Loren is an alcoholic. Krist and Becca Ritchie don't hold back in their attention to these addictions and the supporting characters that help them. This series is possibly one of my favorites because of the bravery involved in putting a female face to an addiction that is often times decried by the public as not existing or  even being recognized as an addiction at all. Lilly shows us the readers the true meaning behind bravery, and perseverance as she faces what is possibly one of the worst addictions for anyone to have. The authors use real time media references to build the social constructs that continually seek to destroy both Lilly and Lo and they don't shy away from societies double standards where female sexuality and male sexuality are unfairly judged. You'll fall in love with this series that's a given. There's humor and bromances and sisters supporting each other. At the end of this series you'll see the power of family, the tranformational properties of love, the beautiful shades of friendships and the shades of grey in media exposure.

Ok those are my 6 for 2015 stay tuned for our other book reviewer Roxanne Reber's list of her favorite series from 2015 and next week we'll be posting what you're all dying to know the release dates for the upcoming books for 2016.

Peace out ya'll!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Jumping through Libraries, umm Yes please

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
Published: January 5, 2016
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc. 

I have to say ever since I saw the cover I was totally dying to read this, and yes library jumper novel only amped my excitement up. Gia and her friends find out about magic by complete accident. Gia says a phrase and they end up in another library having traveled through the book. Once there something attacks them and they see other teens jump in through books, only then do that find out that Gia is a really a Sentinel and there is a whole other world out there filled with witches, warriors, wizards and Fey.

Gia finds out that she was hidden by her mother because she is the fulfillment of a prophesy... will she destroy her new world or save it?

I would say more, but some things are just meant to be read!

Now what I love about this book, Gia is a pretty kick ass main character, she is strong, determined and loves books! Did I mention that I adore the library jumping, I mean all you have to do is say this phrase and picture which library and off you go to any library in the whole world transported by books. I really love that aspect, I think it is exciting and new.

The love triangle but not triangle is a bit old. Plus I think I just like to rout for the underdog because I like to punish myself. Not that I necessarily liked Bastien better than Aarik. Although I will say I feel like I got to know Bastien a bit more than Aarik. But the formal can be great sometimes it's one of things a bit over done. Plus the relationship itself seemed to just appear without really getting me invested. However, that being said it was a great book.

I really can't wait to read book 2, I think this series is only going to get better with each book!