Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Underrated Books; Day Two!

Hey everyone! I'm so excited today to have both Melanie from Hot Listens and Lorna from Rabid Reads on here today! Both of these women are amazing and they both happen to co-blog on two great blogs so if you haven't checked out their blogs yet, definitely do. They always have something for the fantasy and paranormal lover to discover, I know I've found a lot of great series and authors to try because of these two. Plus, Melanie reviews a lot of audiobooks so if you are interested in those, definitely check out her reviews, they are fantastic! 

First up Melanie's books and recommendations!

Five Most Underrated (or Unknown) Books/Series

The Order series by A.C. Donaubauer

Book Description:

A clumsy step, the wrong branch to hold on to and a bump on the head to leave her unconscious – no more than that causes Eryn’s life to turn upside down and to suddenly find herself in the capital city as a prisoner to the king. 

She is determined to keep her magical abilities a secret in a kingdom where magicians have only ever been male as long as anyone knows. That doesn’t work out that well, though. The Order, the governing body for magicians, and the king seem to have their own plans with her, none of them caring in the least that she just wants to leave that blasted city behind and return to the peace and quite of her profession as a healer. 

And then there is Enric, a high ranking magician in the Order thanks to his considerable strength, who seems to find watching her struggles an amusing diversion. 

This is a fun fantasy series. It is set in a world without technology, but many of the people have magic. The kingdom's military is run by a magical group called The Order. Only men in the kingdom have magic, that is until Eryn's cover is blown. This series is filled with fun characters and some good banter. The stories are long, but I get lost and the stories and forget about the book's page count. The characters are really amazing. There are so many of them I love. There is fun banter between them too.

Gifted series by Jenna Black

Book Description:

Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows.

Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power.

Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to seize control of the Order and shape it to their will. A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner; and the stakes couldn't be higher, for ruling the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.

What begins as a battle of wills could turn into an all-out war. And magic could prove deadlier than any missile. 

I think this series doesn't get the credit it is due because it is very difficult explain the story. The story in this series is very complex and told from several POVs. People in this world are given gifts by the Anima (the Force in Stars Wars is my closest comparison). The Anima is a group of spirits of ancestors who are deemed worthy. There are political plots, murders and other great suspense in this series (which currently consists of two books, not sure if more are coming). The characters are very well developed and really kept me rooting for some and against others.

Megan Chase series by Stacia Kane

Book Description:

Megan promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she'll "slay their personal demons," and they believe her. So do the personal demons... although she doesn't know it, Megan is the only human without a demon on her shoulder! Megan and her allies -- a demon lover who both protects and seduces her with devilish intensity, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons -- have to deal not only with the personal demons, but a soul-sucker, ghosts of Megan's past, and a reporter who threatens to destroy Megan's career!

Stacia Kane is best known for her Downside Ghosts series. Prior to that series, she wrote a fun trilogy about a radio psychologist who wants to help her listeners purge their personal demons. Little did she know that personal demons are an actual thing and that she will become their leader. This series has some really fun characters, my favorite are "the brothers", Malleus, Maleficarum, and Spud, who surprisingly end up being Megan's stylists. This is a fun Urban Fantasy series that will make you laugh and is also full of sexy steam.

Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman series by M. Terry Green

Book Description:
Even for a techno-shaman, a kachina in the bedroom isn't exactly part of the drill. When Olivia Lawson wakes to find one towering over her, she panics. A Hopi god visiting the real world isn't just wrong-it's impossible.

Or is it?

Soon Olivia learns that the kachina is the least of her worries. As she struggles to save her clients, clashes with other shamans, and fends off the attacks of real-world vigilantes, Olivia finds herself in the destructive path of a malevolent ancient force intent on leaving the spiritual realm to conquer this one.

Left with few options, Olivia is forced to defy centuries of shaman prohibitions. As she and her allies risk everything in their bid for survival, Olivia ultimately learns that the rules are there for a reason and that breaking them has a terrible cost.

I read the first book in this series back in 2012. I read a wonderful review from Red Hot Books that convinced me to try this series. I really enjoyed this new take on shaman (which is not something that I've read a lot of). Livvie goes into the Underworld to bring souls back to their bodies. She really likes to help people and she generally helps people who no one else can help. This world is full of gods and another world, separate from the one we live in. The story is also full of great characters. As I was researching this post, I realized that I've read the first three books, but I didn't realize that there are now five books in this series. I will have to start at the beginning, but they are now available on audio, so that will make it fun to revisit this series and finish it this time.

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Book Description:

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

This book isn't for everyone. No one wants to be in the position that Emily finds herself in. At no point the author make you think you should want to be in the character's position. Emily is a motivational speaker. She is at a conference and then she wakes up blindfolded and tied to a chair. This story takes us through the psychological aspects of Emily's captivity through her own eyes. The story is all the more intriguing as the capture doesn't ever speak to Emily. He shows her what he wants through facial expressions, touch and sometimes even in books that he gives her. I've read this story several times and each time I continue with that same amazement. If you like psychological thrillers and don't mind detailed written sex scenes, this is a great story for you to try. This isn't a romance. There isn't going to be a romance HEA, but I think in the end, Emily gets what she wants.

Thank you so much Melanie for all the fabulous recommendations!!

Up Next, Lorna's picks:

Book Description:

Thaleia Llorente isn’t afraid of the dark, and doesn't believe in the supernatural, but when an incident during a party on Halloween night sends her fleeing into the woods in search of seclusion, she’ll come face to face with one of the creatures she had thought lived only in myths and legends. 

Bitten, she’ll need the protection and the help of Icarus Quirinus, her newfound and loathed alpha, to guide her through her transformation and descent into the dangerous world of lycan. Despite his constant need to dominate her, she feels an irresistible and undeniable attraction to him, but can they look past their differences, or will the secrets he holds and her refusal to cede, drive them further apart?

Feral by Anne Berkeley was the first book I thought of when asked to compile this list. I was hooked by the story line pretty much immediately while beta reading. Eighteen year old girl gets attacked and turned by a werewolf and is taken in by a werewolf family of brothers afterwards. She can't go home and as a rare female werewolf, she is either hunted or will be hunted by unscrupulous werewolves looking to sell her to the highest bidder. She falls for the handsome older brother/alpha of the family and he becomes her protector. Shifter book readers will love this story for not only the romance, but the snark and humor involved.

Book Description:

Lois and Clark meet Twin Peaks in this star-crossed twist ...

When Geri McKenna takes leave from her dead end assistance columnist job to go home for her brother's wedding, she thinks its just a happy coincidence that her old teen crush, Sean Eastman, has returned to town after being MIA for eight years. Blinded by his looming height, crystal blue eyes and the guns he's grown since high school, it doesn't even enter her mind that Sean's unexpected reappearance coincides with the mysterious disappearance of a woman in nearby Algonquin Park. 

Until Geri travels to Shag Lake to get the scoop on the hottest story to hit the Internet and runs head on into Sean Eastman at the crime scene.

Now he's her prime suspect in an investigation that is leading Geri into the covert world of an alien cover-up. So when Sean knocks down her hotel room door intent on taking her into hiding from men who want to shut her down permanently, Geri must decide if Sean is being honest, or acting on behalf of the organization that wants her dead.

Shag Lake is the debut urban fantasy adventure by Susan McEachern, award-winning author of the young adult Sunset Rising Trilogy penned as S.M. McEachern

Shag Lake by Susan MeEachern is easily one of my favorite reads for 2017. It's full of romance, good characters, action, and paranormal/science fiction elements. It's even very loosely based on a true event that happened in Canada. Aliens, big foot, murderers? It's all here in this amazing book. Even though I am not a big science fiction fan, this book was one I won't easily forget. 

Book Description:

Mediator Ayala Storme handles PR by day and kills demons by night. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster in human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. 

That is, until one of the creatures saves her life. 

Ayala's new knowledge of the hybrids' free will challenges everything she's ever known about her job. Racing the clock while trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she's not sure who will catch her first... 

Storm in a Teacup by Emmie Mears was the start of an amazing urban fantasy series-one that never fell below a five star rating for me, for all four books. It takes place in an alternate United States, one that has demons trying to take over. The main character, Ayala, is a demon hunter by night, public relations rep by day. This book blew me away with how different the premise is, as well as how fascinating of a character that Ayala is. 

Book Description:

A desire that won’t be denied…

London, 1860.

It’s the night of the Masked Ball, one of the most elegant events among London society and a chance for Emily Adams to pretend she’s someone else. Someone who isn’t penniless and hailing from a scandalized family. Someone who hasn’t been told by doctors she has less than a year to live. Behind the mask, Emily can put painful recollections aside and focus on her mission: to find a man to give her a first kiss. 

A hunger that can’t be tamed . . .

Malcolm MacRoyce is on a different kind of hunt, one he knows all too well. A ball among English aristocracy is the last place the immortal Highlander would expect to find himself, but tonight he’s in pursuit of one of his kind who’s been terrorizing London—leaving a trail of bloody murders in his wake. Since Malcolm was cursed centuries ago, he has lived by a strict code and has sworn vengeance on those responsible for his transformation, a vengeance that has gone unsatisfied ---until he meets what he has waited centuries for: the reincarnation of the woman he’d once loved…the same woman who damned him.

After a chance meeting in a shadowy garden, Emily can’t deny the attraction between her and the mysterious Scotsman. But can she trust this stranger who looks at her as if he knows her very soul? Or shake the sense that Fate is playing a game with them both.

Some desires last a lifetime—this one is eternal.

Eternal Hunger by Ainsley Evans was another surprise read for me this year. A brooding vampire that hates what he is, meets a young woman at a ball in historical London. She's slowly dying, and all she wants is her first kiss. To him, she is the spitting image of his wife who died centuries before. The story was extremely creative in its world building, as it had a completely new spin on how vampires came to be. This book was both a romance and a mystery/thriller due to the hero investigating murders by other vampires. Non-stop 5 star read for me!

Book Description:
I feel his emotions in living color. As if they are my own. 

If he’s angry, I rage with him. If he’s grieving, I do too. When he thinks about the past, I’m right there, walking beside him. I am the window to his soul, and yet, in spite of that, he’s a riddle with no solution. 

A puzzle with too many missing pieces.

We always want what we can’t have. All I wanted was some peace and quiet. To fall in love with someone untouched by the magic of Woodland Creek. I craved normalcy.

But not as much as I craved him. 

When he returns to town a broken hero, there’s no choice to be made. I will reach him when no one else can. Together, we will face a future he doesn’t want.

Why? Because our love is pure magic. 

Dearborn by Jenni Moen was a wonderful five star read for me about a small town waitress with magical abilities and the broken man that comes back to town after fifteen years away. He was once her friend in high school, but now a stint in Afghanistan has done a number on him.  Of course it's a  romance, and while the romance was the big and best part of the book, I loved the idea of a town full of supernatural creatures sharing space with clueless humans. This one definitely needs a bigger audience as PNR fans would love every minute of the read.

Thank you so much Lorna for all the wonderful recommendations!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Underrated Books and Authors

I'm so excited to kick off this fun week of underrated books and authors with one of my most favorite book blogger friends Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviews. If you haven't checked out her site please do. She offers a wide range of reviews and fun posts every week, there truly is something for everyone and she even has a weekly meme called Nona's Corner where she shares the adorable books she has been reading her grandkids, truly so much cute to see and discover new and fun illustrations and stories for little ones. 

When I asked Kim what books she would want to post about she came up with a fantastic selection, many have been favorites of mine as well so I cant wait to introduce you to them and can't recommend them enough! Thanks so much Kim!

Ali asked me to spotlight books I loved that haven’t gotten the popularity they deserve. I tried to pick titles I have read with less than 1,000 reviews on Goodreads. I hope you decide to try one or all of them.
The Lost Imperials series is a young adult, science fiction. Time traveling steampunk series that is action-packed and will feed your inner “Doctor Who” nerd. Written by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley this series was a blast from beginning to end. 

Book Description:

Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

Next Up: The Light duology by Aleatha Romig is one that I listened to on audio. Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine, Romig quickly pulled me into the world of a cult and captivated me from the romance to the mystery. 

Book Description:

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price.…

My review: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2016/07/light-light-1-aleatha-romig.html

Tiffany Reisz well known for her Original Sinners romances series recently wrote two novels The Bourbon Thief and The Night Mark. Both blew me away! The first Bourbon Thief shares a dark, twisted mystery with betrayal, revenge and family scandal. The second novel, The Night Mark is a time-traveling romance set in 1921. Her writing is exquisite and she quickly pulls you into these well-paced, captivating tales that stay with you, long after you have closed the books. Her stories feel plausible and well researched.  I listened to both and hope she produces more. 

Book Description:

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

My review: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2017/04/the-night-mark-by-tiffany-reisz.html

Book Description:

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris. 

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed. 

My review: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2016/06/bourbon-thief-tiffany-reisz.html

The Immortal Guardian series by Dianne Duvall shares a world of vampires, immortals and humans. Each book contains a romance and there is an overall series arc of good verse evil. Filled with humor, suspense, action and team comradery I devour each book as they are released. 

Book Description:
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect... 

Thank you so much Kimberly for being here today and sharing some of your most favorite series and authors with us! I can't tell you how excited I am to try the ones I haven't read yet either. 

Tomorrow I will have two more great bloggers on here with their choices as well so do come back and check out all the great books and maybe pick up one of two and add them to your pile as well. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Whole Week Dedicated to Those Underrated Books You Love!

Do you ever finish reading a book and wish you could tell everyone you know about it. Or better yet, somehow make them read it and love it as much as you did?

I love those books but, at the same time, I feel sad for them because in all their greatness, somehow, people are missing out on them. I mean how tragic is that?

I few years ago Nick from Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Booklist put a post together (on her then solo blog), and asked a few of us what books we thought were underrated and had us compile a list for her and then explain why we loved them so much. She then made a whole fun blog post about it. 

It was so much fun and even if just a few people read my post about them ( I don't know how interesting my personal words were to others at the time), I felt like I had accomplished something from it. After all, maybe they went to Amazon and ordered it or checked it out from their library or bought it from Barnes and Noble and what if, when they did, they loved it too. Who knows, stranger things do happen right?

So why am I bringing this up again you ask? It's simple, I think those books, and ones I've read since then, once again need to be put out there. They need recognition, heck, they need more love and acknowledgement. Those authors are rock stars and their books deserve to be known and bought and read and relished. 

And wouldn't it be even more fun if a few of my fellow book lovers and bloggers once again joined in and added their thoughts to the post as well? Of course it would be! 

So over the next few days, I'm putting together a post all about the love. The love for those underrated books we wish we could make everyone read and love too. Those that need an extra shout out, a hand up, a good boost into the world of hype. 

Hopefully this will be a fun chance introduce everyone reading to a new blogger or site too because who doesn't love meeting new people and following new blogs, I know I do. 

Starting next week I will have a whole slew of books for you take a look, maybe even a second look at and hopefully something for everyone to try and fall in love with.

A huge thank you to the bloggers who took part in this, it has been so much fun seeing what everyone choose and I know I definitely already have a few books added to my pile. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Release Day Mini Review: Seriously Hexed by Tina Connolly

Title: Seriously Hexed
Author: Tina Connolly
Series: Book Three in the Seriously Wicked Series
Published By: Tor Teen (November 14, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Tina Connolly continues the hilarious adventures of teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, in this latest installment to the Andre Norton Award-nominated "Seriously Wicked" series.

Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She s willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother s wicked witch coven is right out.

New acquaintance Poppy Jones is a Type A, A+ Student of True Witchery. She s got all the answers, and she s delighted to tangle with a bunch of wicked witches. She doesn t need any reluctant witch getting in her way, especially one who knows less than a dozen spells, and has zero plans for witch college.

Then a coven meeting goes drastically awry. A hex is taking down all thirteen members of the coven, one by one putting both girls mothers in jeopardy. Now the two teens are going to have to learn to work together, while simultaneously juggling werewolf puppies, celebrity demons, thirteen nasty hexes, and even nastier witches. They may have to go through hell and high water to save their mothers but they also might find a new friendship along the way.

This has been such a seriously fun, seriously quirky series from the very first book and I do think it is just getting even more fun, more crazy,  and even more hilarious as it goes. With Cam learning more and more about herself, her powers and the people around her, all while trying to appear normal and have a relationship with not only her family but friends too, the hi-jinks and chaos never end.

Truly a fun read regardless of your age if you want to step back, relax, laugh a whole lot, and just have a feel good time and escape from the troubles of the world, this is the series for you. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings. It's a fun weekly meme were Heidi chooses a topic and we all discuss what's going on. This weeks topic is Top Winter Pick for 2018 and I couldn't resist joining in. 

Although I'm going to cheat slightly and add my December picks for this year too since it is after all a small part of the long winter months ahead.

I love Nora's PNRs best and this latest fantasy looks like it will be so much fun. 

Book Description:
It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next. 

I read the first book and really liked it so I'm curious where this series will go next. 

Book Description:
Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die. 

Even though I'm nervous to start this, I can't wait to see what other torture Brown has in store for these amazing characters.

Book Description:
They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

Not going to lie, I've  been sucked in my this ones cover. 

Book Description:
In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

McGarry is one of the few authors in this genre I still read and auto-buy. I can't wait for this one.

Book Description:
When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. 

This series is just so much fun. I love everything about it. 

Book Description:
Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in a thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries. 

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .

Who doesn't love a good mystery and a romance?

Book Description:
Noah Marshall has had a privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years: she doesn’t deserve her commendations or her medals—in fact, she deserves to be locked behind bars for what she did to a fellow officer to save her own reputation. When she finally succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life, she leaves Noah alone to carry the burden of this shocking secret, which she makes him vow never to share.

Gracie Reynolds wasn’t born into trailer park life, but after ten years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that she is a byproduct of a white mother and a black father. And they certainly don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop. Here, she and her mother can almost forget the shame he brought upon them…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep one night, asking questions.

Together, Noah and Gracie set out to uncover the truth about the Austin police department’s dark and messy past­—but the scandal they uncover is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

I really need to see how this one ends and oh my heck, isn't that cover gorgeous? All of them have been so far but this just might be my favorite yet.

Book Description:
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes book three in the unique and exhilarating Everlife series. Tenley "Ten" Lockwood knows the fate of the Everlife rests on her ability to unite the realms and destroy the Prince of Ravens. When betrayal leads to defeat and Ten finds herself bonded to the enemy, an unthinkable choice may the only answer.

Armstrong is amazing and this series really stands out. I love how unique the premises is for it and again, who doesn't love a good mystery? If you haven't tried this one yet, do it. It is awesome. 

Book Description:
When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect. There are no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. She certainly didn't expect to become the town homicide detective. But, the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him. 

The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing. 

Flesh eating spiders! Enough said.

Book Description:
In the thrilling, nerve-wracking finale of Ezekiel Boone’s “hair-raising” (Parade) Hatching series, the United States goes to war against the queen spiders that threaten to overtake the human race forever.

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

I Fell in love with her mysteries last year and there is no turning back now!

Book Description:
They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page.

I don't have very many YA titles on my list anymore but I loved the author's debut trilogy so much there is no way I am passing this one up. I'm actually really excited about it. 

Book Description:
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound. 

So what are you excited about in the upcoming months?