Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 9/29/2014

"Shouldn't You Be in School?" by Lemony Snicket (#3 All the Wrong Questions)
A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy (#16 The Guardians of Eternity)
As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre (#2 2B Trilogy)
Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu (#2 Singaporean Mystery)
Burning Desire by Donna Grant (#7 Dark Kings)
Chained by Night by Larissa Ione (#2 MoonBound Clan Vampire)
Champion by Cat Johnson (#7 Studs in Spurs)
Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott (#2 True Love)
Dead Zone by Robison Wells (#3 Blackout)
Die and Stay Dead by Nicholas Kaufmann (#2 Trent)
Dragonfly Awakening by Jaycee Ford (#2 Love Bug)
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier (#22 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Gentlemen Prefer Curves by Sugar Jamison (#4 Perfect Fit)
Going Gone by Sharon Sala (#3 Forces of Nature)
He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis (#11 Lucky Harbor)
Highland Fling by Shelli Stevens (#4 McLaughlins)
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins (#4 Blue Heron)
Incarnate by Anton Strout (#3 Spellmason Chronicle)
Indecent Proposal by Molly O'Keefe (#4 The Boys of Bishop)
Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne (#3 Brown and De Luca)
Keep Me by Anna Zaires (#2 Twist Me)
Kodiak Sky by Stephen Frey (#3 Red Cell)
Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall (#2 Laurel Heights)
Literally Murder by Ali Brandon (#4 Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)
Monkey Me and the School Ghost by Timothy Roland (#4 Monkey Me)
Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott (#1 Border Nights)
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (#2 Gilded Newport Mystery)
Murder on the Ile Sordou by M L Longworth (#4 Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery)
Perfect Harmony by Michele Scott (#3 Into the Ring)
Priestess Dreaming by Yasmine Galenorn (#16 Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld)
Proof Positive by Archer Mayor (#26 Joe Gunther)
Ring in the Holidays by Katie Lane (#2 Hunk for the Holidays)
Rise of the King by R. A. Salvatore (#2 Companions Codex)
Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh (#1.5 Rock Kiss)
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer (#5 Elemental)
Snap by Katie Porter (#2 Command Force Alpha)
Sole by Teshelle Combs (#2 The Core)
Something Blue by Ella James (#4 Love Inc.)
Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (#3 Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker (#2 Secrets & Shadows)
The Betrayed by Heather Graham (#14 Krewe of Hunters)
The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter (#2 Brit in the FBI)
The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (#3 White Rabbit Chronicles)
The Resolution of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (#5 The Coincidence)
The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly (#3 Save the Date)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review ~ Disenchanted & Co.

His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co. #1, part 2)

by Lynn Viehl
published by Pocket
genre: Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy, PNR

**EGalley received from netGalley and Publisher
***Review for part 1 can be found (here).

Summary (Goodreads): The second half of Disenchanted & Co.—the thrilling conclusion. In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

My Thoughts: I'll start by saying I have found I don't like reading books broken into parts. Especially when I have a long wait between the readings. I didn't enjoy part 2 as much as part 1. Where the first seemed to flow and read as a cohesive story. This second part seemed to jump all over the place. We go from a sorta steampunk victorian like city to a world where two groups of ancient mythological beings, who want to go to war, taking over the land and the people. Throw in some time travel and eventually it gets back to where the book started.
Overall, I don't know if this had been better if I had read both parts at the same time. The beginning and the end were a promising start to what could be a good series. Unfortunately the middle section kind of got muddled and seemed to go off track. I did like that at least for this story the author did not have a love triangle between Kit, Dredmore, and Doyle. There was enough between Kit and Dredmore that it did not need anything else thrown at it.

Rating: 3.5, Overall for Disenchanted & Co: 4

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

I kind of like the look of Allison Williams as Peter Pan but not sure from this shot about Christopher Walken as Hook. I grew up with the live version rather than the animated so interested to see how this turns out

These pieces are from Daivd Goh. Can see his gallery here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

E.J. Stevens New Series: Hunters' Guild ~ Cover and Giveaway

It's time for a cover reveal!  Feast your eyes on the cover for HUNTING IN BRUGES, the debut novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.

Keep reading for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1) by E.J. Stevens.

The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals.  With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions--but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.

Release Date:  November 11, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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About the Hunters' Guild Series

The Hunters' Guild series is an urban fantasy series written by E.J. Stevens and set in the world of Ivy Granger.  The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Jenna Lehane, a Hunter with a troubled past, a proficiency with weapons, and an intolerance for monsters who target the innocent.

About the Author

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series, the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, and the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series.  When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles.  E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Hunting in Bruges Cover Reveal Giveaway

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Monday, September 22, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 9/22/2014

**Links go to Goodreads

A Little Harmless Secret by Melissa Schroeder (#10 Harmless)
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (#17 Temperance Brennan)
Daring by Elliott James (#2 Pax Arcana)
Deacon by Kristen Ashley (#4 The Unfinished Hero)
Debauched in Diamonds by Nikki Duncan (#4 Tulle and Tulips)
Fading Light by Angela Dennis (#2 Shadow Born)
Firebug by Lish McBride (#3 Necromancer)
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (#2 Not a Drop to Drink)
Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh (#1 Guardians of Tarnec)
Magnolia Market by Judy Christie (#1 Trumpet & Vine)
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley (#13 Easy Rawlins)
Seize Me From Darkness by Cari Silverwood (#4 Pierced Hearts)
Silvern by Christina L. Farley (#2 Gilded)
Stay With Me by J Lynn (#3 Wait for You)
The Book of Secrets by Cynthia Voigt (#2 Mister Max)
The Faerie Queen by Kiki Hamilton (#4 Faerie Ring)
The Fires of Calderon by Lindsay Cummings (#1 Balance Keepers)
The Forbidden Flats by Peggy Eddleman (#2 Sky Jumpers)
The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins (#1 Oxenburg Princes)
The Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis (#3 Dragon Brigade)
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie (#16 Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James)
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan (#3 Lynburn Legacy)