Sunday, September 7, 2014

Books releasing September 9, 2014

There are so many books being published on September 9 that I listed only books that are brand new (hardcover) and even then, the ones that seemed like really good reads.  So happy reading!!!
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Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley
My unexpected find and great read of the week!

Rites of PassageMy review on goodreads:

"I saw the cover of this as I was putting books away Friday and it just kept grabbing my attention.  I loved the simplicity of the cover and the pink in the title, so I made a rare hardcover book purchase. And it was worth it!

This is not your average coming of age story involving a boarding school and it's not the typical story of a girl trying to beat the odds.

Nope... Sam is a hardheaded, fierce, independent character. Fighting not only to make her career Army officer father proud of her but to complete the last dare one of her brothers gave her before he died- to be one of the first female cadets at the elite Denmark Military Academy. To say she's not wanted there is an understatement, add who her father is and that her brother is the Cadet Colonel and the desire of others to see her quit is elevated through the roof.

It's a story of fighting for what she wants to the point she'll sacrifice everything- peace of mind, sleep, being pain free. A secret society runs more at the academy than anyone realizes, and it's almost too late when they do. It's got fantastic relationship dynamics between Sam and Drill Sergeant Stamm, chaos in her relationships with Kelly, the other girls and her family- well they are just dysfunctional as hell! Add hazing that will take your breath away and characters you can't figure out whose side they're on, and it gives the book a great pace, especially past the 1/2 mark. In the end- just how far is she willing to go to fight for not only what's right but for the future of the females at this academy- will she survive or quit the academy?"

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of Fate'"I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have." 

"Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray."  ~overview from

 The Caller, final book of the Shadowfell Trilogy by Juliet Marillier

The Caller "In the final book in this gripping, romantic fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Robin McKinley, Kristin Cashore, and Shannon Hale, Neryn’s band of rebels reach their climactic confrontation with the king. The stunning conclusion to the story that began with Shadowfell and Raven Flight is full of romance, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

Just one year ago, Neryn had nothing but a canny skill she barely understood and a faint dream that the legendary rebel base of Shadowfell might be real. Now she is the rebels’ secret weapon, and their greatest hope for survival, in the fast-approaching ambush of King Keldec at Summerfort.

The fate of Alban itself is in her hands. But to be ready for the bloody battle that lies ahead, Neryn must first seek out two more fey Guardians to receive their tutelage. Meanwhile, her beloved, Flint, has been pushed to his breaking point as a spy in the king’s court—and is arousing suspicion in all the wrong quarters.

At stake lies freedom for the people of Alban, a life free from hiding for the Good Folk—and a chance for Flint and Neryn to finally be together."  ~overview from

 Winterkill by Kate A Boorman
Winterkill "Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.

When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next."  ~overview from

Blood of My Blood, final book of the I Hunt Killers Trilogy by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood (I Hunt Killers Series #3)"Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz's serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home in tiny Lobo's Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: "Like father, like son?" Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King."  ~overview from

Of Monsters and MadnessOf Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

"A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.
Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820's Philadelphia shortly after her mother's death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father.
Annabel becomes infatuated with her father's assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he's not helping with medical advancements. But in darker hours, when she's not to be roaming the house, she encounters the devilish assistant Edgar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Allan, and who others insist doesn't exist.
A rash of murders across Philadelphia, coupled with her father's strange behavior, leads Annabel to satisfy her curiosity and uncover a terrible truth: Edgar and Allan are two halves of the same person - and they are about to make the crimes detailed in Allan's stories come to life. Unless Annabel stops them."  ~overview from

 Haze, book 2 of The Rephaim by Paula Weston
Haze: The Rephaim, Book 2"Gaby Winters' life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.

     With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim - a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.

     She knows she's alive when she's meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn't she out there looking for him?"
~ overview from
Shadows, book 1 also come out in paperback Sept 9.

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire: Book Cover     
A fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.

"Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs."  ~ overview from

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