Releases and Recommendations:

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I am anticipating the release of Ride the Storm by Karen Chance, which comes out Tuesday, April 5, 2015.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Reap the Wind returns to the “fascinating world”* of Cassie Palmer.

Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

I’ve been a fan of this series for a long time. I’m always up for more Cassie Palmer. I’m just glad Karen Chance is putting books out a bit faster than before.

Releases and Recommendations: The Beast by J.R. Ward

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I am anticipating the release of The Beast by J.R. Ward, which will come out on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

25293695His name is Rhage—the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.

They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Can we just take a moment to bask in the ambiance of this cover? It has got to be the best cover yet for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There’s been a lot of talk about Ward continuing this series and driving it into the ground. Although I am weary because Ward can hit you out of nowhere (See: the heartbreaking ending of The Shadows), I am just humbled to be given more and more of the drug I crave. If you’re looking for me in April, I’ll be relapsing on some delicious Rhage.

Book Haul

This summer has been crazy busy. I haven’t been able to read (oh, the horror!), which means I don’t have any reviews to share. HOWEVER, I have been buying books like a crazy person. Here’s my most recent haul, because I don’t have the time to share them all!

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The books pictured above are the books I squealed in joy when they arrived on my doorstep.

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This book I’ve been waiting on for what seems like forever. This book has a killer awesome love triangle that the author allowed the readers to vote on (*cough* Team Roth *cough*). Let’s see if the best man wins!

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: This author can make me bawl my eyes out like none other (See: The Forest of Hands and Teeth). I was ecstatic when I found out she was putting out something new. Plus, I won this book from the lovely Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews. Thanks Stephanie!!!!

Rook by Sharon Cameron: This book I saw in the store and “discovered” myself, meaning it wasn’t recommended nor did I see a review before picking it up. It was nice to just pick up a book the old-fashioned way — being drawn in by the cover and liking the synopsis. This book had me at “arranged marriage” and the mysterious rook feather savior. Looking forward to this one.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Can I be honest? I am TERRIFIED to read this book. I loved the first book but I’ve heard this book tears your heart up and I just don’t have the stomach for it. I feel like I need to mentally prepare myself. But I’m still excited to read it…eventually.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This book has gotten rave reviews across the blogosphere. This was an amazon one-click purchase and I can’t wait to find a day to squeeze this book in. I have high expectations.

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward: I LOVE me some J.R. Ward. She is effing brilliant and she always brings her A-game. This is a completely new series from her. I feel like I’ll miss her badass vampires but I’m excited to see what she’ll do with southern (not so) gentlemen. It’ll be dark and twisted and sexy. I’m pumped!

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This stack is what I call the bargain books. They are older titles that have been on my TBR list but I’ve never had the chance to read them. So I snatched them up at a great price and now they are waiting to be devoured.

Legacy by Cayla Kluver: Never heard of this book before but the cover caught my attention. It has mixed reviews on goodreads so it’ll be interesting to see what camp I fall in.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: I LOVED Vampire Academy, but I’ve been putting off this spin-off series because I’m sure I’ll get word drunk and want to read the entire series back to back. Now that the final book is out, I feel like I can get started.

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame: This book was described to me as Downton Abbey (which I LOVE!) in book form, so when I saw it for a cheap price at a bargain store I snapped it up with a gleeful giggle.

Elixir by Hilary Duff: I know what you’re thinking. I know, I know, but I LOVE Hilary Duff and I just want to give it a shot.

So that’s it. What have you bought recently? Are any of these books worth the read? 

Releases and Recommendations: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m anticipating the release of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, which comes out Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

24376529Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

This book caught my attention even though it isn’t something I’d normally go for. I’m intrigued by the insane asylum angle with the criminal investigation. I imagine it’ll be like the show Criminal Minds for young adults with a historical feel.