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July New Book Releases We're Dying to Read!

KARINA:
Wow, what a month, right? I've already read Murder in Retribution, The Catch, Bloodshifted, Enslaved by The Others and Magic Breaks. Guess what? All of them were AWESOME.

How about you, Vika? Anything you want to add?

VIKA:
Well, you know I've been dying to get my hands on The Book of Life for what seems like forever, so as long as I finally get to have it, hold it... umm, well you get the idea -- I'll be a happy girl then. But I do have a couple more hot July releases to add. Also, Use (Songs of Perdition #2) by C.D. Reiss will be out this July, can't wait to see how that story continues (no cover yet).

The Postman Knock #85

Hello, peeps! My internet connection dwindled to nothing in the last 10 days, so I begged Vika to post all the images in this post for me. (Thank you so much, darling!)
I had a gorgeous day last night! We went to a dam and I swam in a crystal clear, warm water despite somewhat cloudy sky, and then came back home and made a delicious plum jam from our first harvest of plums. Yummy! How was your week? 

I've READ:



USE as everything CD Reiss writes was cleverly twisted, melancholic, painful and invigirating. I don't know how she does it but she does it really well. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD was and epic read with a sadistic ending. I was left hanging in the air and gasping for breath. Bloody hell! that's all I can say... THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME  was absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking. Fantastic chick lit, funny and gentle. Totally recommended, and I'll be reading everything else Lucy Robinson has ever written! THE PRINCE OF PUNK ROCK had a personality of limp fish so I DNFed it almost at the end. At last, LOSING CONTROL was another gem from Jen Frederick, and for once I really enjoyed the balance of power between the hero and heroine despite that he is rich and she is a severe dyslexic. LOVED it! 

FOR REVIEW:


Thank you, Vika, for knowing the right people *grins* You are a godsend!

BOUGHT:




I blame Gabaldon on my current binge on contemporaries. After a read that long I HAD to cleanse the palate :)

This is it for me. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday,  tchau!

Contemporary Romance Joint Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid (Kinitting in The City #1.5)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond 

8.5/10

8.5/10

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Karina:
Awww, this was so romantic and gorgeous, peeps, I got teary-eyed in the end. You had to be really cold-hearted not to! As Penny described it, this is a tribute to fans of Janie & Quinn, and it certainly is. As a die hard fan of the couple, I was ecstatic. We get to see Quinn proposing and the whole shindig with organising a big, fluffy wedding for these two. Lots and lots of fun guaranteed!

Paranormal Fantasy Review: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton (Merry Gentry #9)


Egalley thanks to Transworld Digital

Synopsis from Goodreads

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because Princess looks so pretentious on a driver's license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn't be the only one for much longer...


Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of the both courts of faerie are coming to woo Merry and her men at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have offspring of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry, and failing that, raped her. He's using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the children is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can't prove it.


To save herself and her babies from Taranis Merry will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, The Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie - while trying to contain the war, to keep it from spreading to those innocent humans who are in very real danger of becoming collateral damage...

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond

3/10

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This was so spectacularly bad, peeps, that I ended up finishing A Shiver of Light hoping that it will redeem itself at least in the end. As you can guess by my rating, it didn't.

Erotic Romance Early Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners #5)


Egalley courtesy of Harlequin MIRA
18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. She's sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they're apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can't be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.


UK Release date: May 27th 2014.
US Release date: June 24th 2014.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond

9.5/10

* * *
" I give you forever, the least you can give me is everything."

This book, peeps, this book! I have no words, just exclamation marks. I've told you again and again just how GOOD Tiffany Reisz is as a writer, and The Saint is her strongest book so far.

The Postman Knock #84 & Winner of Vika's Giveaway!


Parties, projects, harvesting, Alex's dad leaving for home at last.. The week felt strangely hectic, and I'm exhausted now. Good news, I tried an audio book at last. I don't think I'll be doing it all the time, but if the narrator is really good, I will listen to a book now and then. I'm listening to the last third of Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon now and enjoying Davina Porter's voice. I also heard a sample of Shattered by Kevin Hearne, and I think this will be my next audio book. The old druid's voice cracked me up!

Here is what I'VE READ this week:

ONCE UPON A BILLIONAIRE was fun! I have mixed feelings about Jessica Clare, and I did NOT enjoy her previous book in this series at all, but this was fab! If you want to read about antisocial filthy rich royal from a tiny European country and his poor Southern temporary assistant with a really bad taste in clothes, this is your ticket. It even reminded me of Penny Reid, it was so comical... HARDWIRED was cool. A really fast read, a good contemporary romance; nice balance of power between the main characters and a completely unknown to me author. I found her because she is insanely highly rated on Amazon under erotic romance. Go figure ...

BOUGHT:


I can't think of anything else right now, so have a good weekend, everyone, tchau!

P.S. The winner of Vika's scrumptious giveaway is...


JENNIFER S. (Entry #170)!

Congrats, Jennifer! Vika contacted you already, so please check your inbox :)

Dreaming of Books #17

This feature/meme is very much like On The Smugglers Radar from The Book Smugglers , and we will use it when we really want to bring to your attention some of the very cool book releases we're looking forward to. You are welcome to borrow this feature if you want.

KARINA:

 Summary
Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...

Haunting and prescient, Dove Arising heralds the emergence of a bold new voice in science fiction.

Release date: Feb 24th 2015

All I can see is military sci fi! They really didn't need anything else to snag me :)


Summary

Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

Release date: Sept 16th 2014.

 Well, there are assassins in this steampunk novel, so I hardly put up any resistance to read it... *grinning*


Summary

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

Release date: Sept 2nd 2014

The woman with an axe is a woman after my heart! Plus it's Cherie Priest, and I know that she is a superb writer. Vika, you are so lucky to get this ARC already!

Summary

Deadly. Mercenary. Superhuman. Not your ordinary math geek.

Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good.

The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight. She can take any job for the right price and shoot anyone who gets in her way.

As far as she knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower . . . but then Cas discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master.

Someone who’s already warped Cas’s thoughts once before, with her none the wiser.

Cas should run. Going up against a psychic with a god complex isn’t exactly a rational move, and saving the world from a power-hungry telepath isn’t her responsibility. But she isn’t about to let anyone get away with violating her brain — and besides, she’s got a small arsenal and some deadly mathematics on her side. There’s only one problem . . .

She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.

Released.

Well hell, it's another assassin's book, and I'm reading it! 


Summary

Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…

Release date: Sept 30th 2014.

Sounds like a lovely fantasy, and the cover is totally kicking ass. What do you think? Anyone knows this author?

Summary

Years before the Army’s Zero-tolerance policy on sexual assault and shortly after the United States Military Academy allowed women cadets, Jan Wishart must defend herself at a West Point Honor Trial. When a friend is raped during the Army/Navy football weekend, Jan suspects the predator is also her accuser. Jan is determined to prove her innocence and, if possible, reveal his guilt. Yet, two hundred years of fraternal bonds stand in the way.

The worst is yet to come when Jan and her roommate sneak out after Taps one night. Their discovery in an unauthorized area is more likely to get them kicked out—or killed.

Jan realizes the grayness of West Point is not only in its buildings and uniforms. Even honor isn’t always black and white. Relying on her wits and a few friends in the hostile environment of the U.S. Military Academy, Jan discovers the value of friendship, the genuine marks of leadership and her own inner warrior.

Released.

This is mystery fiction, and I admit I'm intrigued enough to pick this unknown to me author up. Would you? 


Summary

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Release date: Oct 21st 2014

I'll probably do a lot to get my hands onto this book as the first one was one of my top reads of 2013. Shannon despite her youth is an outstanding, glorious writer!


Summary

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.

When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.

For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There's Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.

Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout's California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality--different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.

Release date: June 10th 2014.

Jeez, even this summary sounds nerve-wracking... I wonder what the book itself reads like?  


Summary

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

Release date: August 26th 2014.

Released by Angry Robot, this looks like a slightly mad love child of steampunk, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi. What do you think? UPD: I managed to grab the ARC for a review already.

Summary

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. James Mallory and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now, these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

Release date: Aug 5th 2014.

Wooo, I love the premise of twelve princesses forced to fend for themselves in such a fashion! I've never read Mercedes Lackey, but I've heard she is fabulous. Off it goes on my wishlist! UPD: It looks like I'll be reviewing this one in August.


Summary

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

Release date: Feb 24th 2015.

Funnily enough, I have't read anything by Victoria Schwab yet, but her previous books keep getting rave reviews, and I need to read them asap. This sounds marvelous! 

Summary

An epic full of video game-like battles, Russian landscapes and old babushkas, who fight with scythes...As the introduction to this book will tell you, the books by Gromov, obscure and long forgotten propaganda author of the Soviet era, have such an effect on their readers that they suddenly enjoy supernatural powers. Understandably, their readers need to keep accessing these books at all cost and gather into groups around book-bearers, or, as they're called, librarians. Alexei, until now a loser, comes to collect an uncle's inheritance and unexpectedly becomes a librarian. He tells his extraordinary, unbelievable story.

Released.

I am tempted to read this book in Russian because the premise sounds amazing and reminds me of Geekomancy.  What do you think, V.?

VIKA:

I want to know how you always manage to find the most unique books K.? :) I want them all! Seriously, I just added them all to my to-read list - "thank you!"
 And here's my humble addition... :)

Summary
Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.
Release date: October 8th 2014 

How about you, peeps? Anything you like to add to your wishlists? :)
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