Book News: Ilona Andrews, Kalayna Price & Craig Schaefer

So I’ve been a slow at writing this up. I’m a procrastinator and get easily sidetracked by things I really want to do. Most of this info was announced about a week ago, but I thought I’d post it anyway just in case you missed it.

Ilona Andrews:

They announced on April 1st in this post that they were having a contest to name the Hugh d’Ambray series. Somehow I never knew that his books were going to be a spin-off series, but I’m really freaking happy about it! Then they announced in this post a few days later that the series is going to be named The Iron Covenant.

In the first post I linked to, they announced the release date for Iron and Magic which is June 28th. They also have the blurb for the book as well.

Kalayna Price:

The next book in the Alex Craft series, which is book 6 is going to be called Grave Destiny. There isn’t a blurb or an exact release date, but right now they’re assuming it will be out in the spring of next year. The cover was released in this post. I really like the cover, but it is different from the others in the series because this one is much brighter.

Craig Schaefer:

If you’re not reading the Daniel Faust series, you should be because you’re missing out on one of the best new UF series. It’s dark, different and unpredictable. On Facebook earlier this week, the cover and blurb for the newest book, The Neon Boneyard, was revealed. This is book 8 in the series, and it’ll be released on April 10th.

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Best Books of 2017

Happy almost New Year everyone! It’s a fitting way to end the year with a list of my favorite books that were released this year. Most of the books I read this were less than noteworthy. There were a few that stood out as ones I’ll think of often.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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My favorite book of the year! It was not perfect, but I absolutely loved the way it showed that it is dangerous to make assumptions and to judge others. Read my review here.

Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire

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The best book in the series yet, and the first one featuring Antimony as a MC. I was surprised to like this as much as I did. The glimpses of Antimony from the other books didn’t make me look forward to being in her head. It all worked out for the best though. Read my review here.

The Soul Eater series by Pippa DaCosta

The last three books in the series were released this year, and what a wild ride it was! It’s a blend of fantasy and urban fantasy. It’s not often that Egyptian mythology is featured in this type of story. It was great and completely original. All three received 5 stars from me. Read my reviews here and here.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I’m not usually a fan of books with carnival themes, but this worked for me. I devoured this in three and a half hours. It was that damn good! Read my review here.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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The best book no one is reading. This had a few surprises, and it was YA that wasn’t obnoxious. I’m hoping for a sequel. Read my review here.

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

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As you may have noticed, I’m a bit of a Seanan McGuire fangirl. This is my favorite series ever! If you haven’t read it, please check it out. If you don’t like the first few books, keep reading. I promise it gets much better. Read my review here.

Double or Nothing by Craig Schaefer

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It’s dark UF with a slower pace. Nonetheless it is compelling read. I love this series! It always manages to surprise me with the way Daniel Faust gets himself out of impossible situations. Read my review here.

The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

Ignore the cheesy covers. This series is amazing! It’s UF, not romance. I waited a long time for these to be released, and they did not disappoint. Read my reviews here and here. I went to a book signing of theirs this summer. ICYMI here is the post I wrote about it.

The Awakening by Amanda Stevens

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I loved this series! It’s PNR with gothic mysteries. Definitely worth the read. Read my review here.

What were your favorite books from this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten is about unique book titles. I picked ten random but unique titles that I like. The books themselves may or may not be good. I’ve been sucked in by a fascinating title before just to find out the book sucks. Anyway here they are:

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

In the Land of Tea and Ravens by R.K. Ryals

The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay

Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost Book Signing!

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I went to the Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost book signing on July 27th. The three of them are awesome people! It was a great experience. Gordon and Ilona are hilarious. They had the crowd laughing the entire time. Between being awestruck and my natural introvert tendencies I had no clue what to say to them when I was getting my books signed. They were cool as hell so it didn’t matter.

IA and JFThey were kind enough to sign more than one copy of a book. I got Jeaniene Frost to sign Halfway to the Grave. I was damn lucky I had that. Most of the Jeaniene Frost books I own are ebooks. I didn’t want to go to a signing and not get a book signed by her. She gave me a cool bookmark advertising the Night Huntress series!

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