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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Exciting September 2015 Fantasy Book Releases

The Heartbeat Thief
by A.J. Krafton
Publication date: September 18th, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fantasy

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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it. 

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. 
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

The Shadow Behind the Stars
by Rebecca Hahn
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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A girl’s dark destiny could cause the unraveling of the world in this spellbinding novel from the author of A Creature of Moonlight, whichKirkus Reviews called “cumulatively stunning” in a starred review.

Heed this warning, mortal: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…

Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape.

So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.

The Affiliate (Ascension #1)
by K.A. Linde
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
by Sara J Maas
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Hunter (Hunter #1) 
by Mercedes Lackey
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

Dawn (The Dire Wolves Chronicles #3)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal

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The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue...

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review: The Return (A Titan Novel) by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Return (A Titan Novel)
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal

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Synopsis:The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

My Thoughts: When I found out that there was going to be a spin off to one of my very favorite series, The Covenant Series, I had a mini melt down in a good way. I really had no idea what to expect and all I could think of was how can you come close to the perfection of the other books?? Well I honestly could not have been more pleased after reading this book!! It has you looking at Seth in ways I never really did in the other series. Don't get me wrong I loved Seth in the other books, but Josie just breaks down one wall after another around Seth's heart leaving him raw for the taking and goodness gracious was there taking.  Holy Hades I did not realize before starting this book that Jennifer had bumped it to a new adult rather than young adult. Talk about steamy, Seth and Josie together could not be more perfect!! Half the time I was reading this I felt like fanning my face the chemistry between Josie and Seth is heart stopping!! Jennifer is an expert when it comes to building up the chemistry between her characters in each series I've read.

Enough about how great those two characters are, the book itself is addicting and non stop entertaining!! I loved how the book went between Seth and Josie's thoughts, it really gives you a deeper look into the whole story while reading.  I was also very excited to see some of my favorite characters for the covenant series I have grown to love in the plot, including Deacon, Luke, Solos and Marcus, to name a few.  When I finished the book it stuck with me and was all I could really think about for a few days. I kept finding my thoughts drift away and settle on how much I LOVED this book. It definitely jumped on in and found a place in my heart, I could read it all over again right now and enjoy it just as much, but ill try to wait until next February when the second book in the series releases, The Power, I don't know if ill make it that long though!! Overall amazing start to The Titan series and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!!!!