[WTRO2] Hideous by Devon McCormack

Annnnd the last one (for now…)

don’t see what’s so hideous about *you*,  mr. mysterious cover man

Harmony Ink Press
Pub Date   Sep 19 2014
Genre    LGBTQIA, Teens & YA
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Description

Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin. Those marked by a demon are called curseds and are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by a demon.

Then one night, he wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has come for him. He runs to the only person who might be able to help him: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But as the UCIS closes in on Zack and Luke’s demon crafts its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.

[WTRO2] The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door
Pub Date   Jan 29 2015
Genres     Literature/Fiction (Adult)
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Description

One of Sarah’s daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone.

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

[WTRO2] Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Heidi Cullinan

Samhain Publishing
Pub Date   Apr 7 2015
Genres    LQBTQUI, Romance, New Adult
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Description

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

The Roosevelt, Book 1.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents,who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positivere presentations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.

[SIWTGI] Captive Prince (Book One of the Captive Prince Trilogy) by C. S. Pacat

Penguin Books Australia
Viking
Pub Date   Apr 7 2015
Genre    LGBTQUIA, Sci Fi & Fantasy
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Description

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

[SIWTGI] Poisonwell (Whispers from Mirrowen Book 3) by Jeff Wheeler

Amazon Publishing
47North
Pub Date   Feb 24 2015
Genre    Literature/Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy
NetGalley Link-Up

Book 3 in the Whispers from Mirrowen epic fantasy trilogy. Read Book 1, FIREBLOOD, and Book 2, DRYAD-BORN, available for review on NetGalley now.


Description

The battle to save the kingdoms devastated by the Plague culminates in this exhilarating finale to the Whispers from Mirrowen trilogy.

If there is anything more dangerous than the Plague itself, it is the journey that awaits those sworn to stop it. Tyrus, the renegade magic-wielder exiled from Kenatos, knows this firsthand. His original mission through the Scourgelands met a tragic end, leaving him as the sole survivor.

Now all hope lies with his daughter, Phae, the uniquely gifted Dryad-born who can not only steal memories but also summon the power of the fireblood—and who alone has the power to breach the lost gate of Mirrowen. But first Phae and the comrades who have come to her aid must survive the most dangerous place on earth: the Scourgelands.

The menacing woods prove every bit as treacherous as reputed. Murder, sacrifice, deception, and an epic battle with a beast ensue. Will Phae reach the land beyond the grasp of the deadly Plague…or will the quest through the Scourgelands end in tragedy once again?

[SIWTGI] Dryad-Born (Whispers from Mirrowen Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler

Amazon Publishing
47North
Pub Date   Feb 4 2015
Genre    Sci Fi & Fantasy
NetGalley Link-Up

Book 2 in the Whispers from Mirrowen epic fantasy trilogy. Read Book 1, FIREBLOOD, and Book 3, POISONWELL (releasing February 24, 2015), available for review on NetGalley now.


Description

From the acclaimed author of the “Legends of Muirwood” epic fantasy trilogy comes the second novel in an all-new series that takes fantasy fans back to Mirrowen. Jeff Wheeler delivers in this captivating second novel in the “Whispers of Mirrowen” series, as a the struggle to save the plague-ridden kingdoms continues…

The orphan Phae has kept her innate ability secret since she was young. Not only does she possess the dangerous fireblood, but she can also steal the memories of anyone who looks into her eyes.

Phae has no idea that her combination of powers is extraordinary. She is the unwitting key to discovering the secret origin of the plagues…and she is also now a target. The ruthless Arch-Rike of Kenatos has sent his most menacing servant—the Quiet Kishion—to destroy her.

[SIWTGI] Fireblood (Whispers from Mirrowen Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

Amazon Publishing
47North
Pub Date   Feb 5 2015
Genre    Sci Fi & Fantasy
NetGalley Link-Up

Book 1 in the Whispers from Mirrowen epic fantasy trilogy. Read Book 2, DRYAD-BORN, and Book 3, POISONWELL (releasing February 24, 2015), available for review on NetGalley now.


Description

Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to banish the plagues that ravage the kingdoms. He believes the answer to ending the devastation lies in the Scourgelands. Yet, Tyrus’s first expedition into the cursed woods failed after being defeated by mysterious minions who stalked and killed most of his band.

Now a prisoner in his own tower, Tyrus has summoned his nephew Annon—a Druidecht possessing innate magic called the fireblood—on the guise of finding a hidden treasure with which to purchase his twin sister Hettie’s freedom. But in reality, Tyrus is using his niece and nephew, and their magic, as an opportunity to escape and resume his desperate mission. And to aid them, he has enlisted the warrior-monk Paedrin—who is almost as green as the siblings when it comes to traveling these troubled lands. The trio is determined, and along the way they grow to trust each other—and new additions to the group—in order to accomplish their missions…whether or not those missions are one and the same.

But the Arch-Rike—ruthless ruler of Kenatos—has learned of these plans, and has sent the fearsome Kishion to destroy all those that oppose him. Now Tyrus and his unwitting allies must face down not only the plague, but this new enemy—and fulfill their quest before a fresh horror is unleashed on the world…

[WTRO2] Equinox by Christian Cantrell

Amazon Publishing
47North
Pub Date   Mar 17 2015
Genre     Sci Fi & Fantasy
NetGalley Link-Up


Description

The sequel to CONTAINMENT.

A delicate balance exists between humankind on Earth and the Coronians, the descendants of terrestrial scientists who were marooned aboard the space station Equinox. In exchange for raw materials crucial to expanding their off-world home, the Coronians provide precious space-based solar power to an Earth obscured by greenhouse gasses. But distrust runs deep between the two races, with each yearning for freedom from their mutual dependence yet both terrified of perishing without the other’s help.

Now, their future rests in the hands of Ayla Novik, an itinerant smuggler desperate to survive the menacing world in which she plies her trade, and Luka Mance, a drug-addicted technician determined to save his planet and his people from deadly betrayal by their extraterrestrial cousins. When Ayla makes a devil’s deal to take human hostages in a Coronian power play, her mission sparks a revolt that will force an ultimate confrontation between earthbound and space-born…deciding once and for all whether two races will rise to coexistence or collapse in devastation.

[SIWTGI] The Fire Sermon (Book 1) by Francesca Haig

HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door
Pub Date   Feb 26 2015
Genres    Literature/Fiction (Adult)
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Description

Born as twins. Raised as enemies.

One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.

The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.

Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.

The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

Getting swamped with life

Not to say I didn’t know this was going to happen, but… it still sucks when it does. @___@

I have a bunch of drafts just sitting on my dash staring me in the face with those accusing eyes (Good gods, they have EYES?!?!) demanding I actually finish putting them together and posting them already. Some include reviews from last year that I finished writing but never finished formatting, or notifications I found here and there that I thought might be of interest to you all. Most of them are just the plethora of new book finds ranging from library finds to $1 finds to kindle free books and more.

And then there’s the WTRO² (Want To Read Or Own) and SIWTGI (Series I Want To Get Into) which are basically just my fancy ways of saying “More books to add to my TBR list that will NEVER END.”

Now I’ve gone ahead and added these Reading Challenges to the mix, and — let me tell you. Good gods, what have I done? XD

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Let’s hope I can keep up with everything.

This is just a warning to you all that there might be days when absolutely NOTHING is happening. 

Then they’ll be days when I’m posting on the hour. XD

You have been, thus, forewarned.

I’ll be starting with some WTRO² and SIWTGI posts of a couple NetGalley books that I’ve only recently discovered I really, really wanna read.

  1. Equinox by Christian Cantrell
  2. Whispers from Mirrowen series (Books 1-3) by Jeff Wheeler
  3. Hideous by Devon McCormack
  4. Captive Prince (Book One of the Captive Prince Trilogy) by C. S. Pacat (I’ve heard of this one before… just kept putting it on the backburned. “Oh I’ll get a copy later” and “Oh, it’ll be there, I’ll read it later”… Later, later, later…)
  5. Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
  6. The Fire Sermon (Book 3) by Francesca Haig
  7. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Maybe you’ve heard of them? If not, then head on over to their listing for more info. 😉

Either way, I’m signing off. (Back to work for me~~)

Talk to you all again soon.

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