May 2011 Releases, part 2

June 4, 2011 at 5:00 am 18 comments

I’ve fallen a little behind (what else is new?) but I’m really excited about some of the releases that came out at the end of May, and wanted to share them!

GraveminderMay 17, 2011: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

This is Melissa Marr’s first adult novel, and if it’s half as great as her faerie court series, I’ll be thrilled. The story is about Rebekkah, who returns to Claysville, her hometown, after her grandmother’s death. She comes to realize there is more to Claysville than she thought, and that her grandmother played a key role in keeping the peace between the living and the dead. And, it falls to Bek to uphold the family tradition.

I’m on the library waitlist for the audiobook, and can’t wait to listen to it!

America PacificaMay 18, 2011: America Pacifica by Anna North

I think I’m at the point with YA (which I love) that the first thing I’m looking for in a story is originality. And, when I read the description of America Pacifica, I knew I had to read it.

North America is in a second ice age, and Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica. It’s a place of haves and have-nots, and is ruled by a mysterious dictator. When Darcy’s mom disappears, she searches for her mom, and finds much more than she bargained for.

Rhapsody for Piano and GhostMay 24, 2011: Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by ZA Maxfield

ZAM is one of my favorite m/m authors. She always writes with so much heart, creating characters I really care about.

While gifted pianist Fritz is studying at a conservatory and looking for a little peace, he finds himself surrounded by family and friends (possibly including a couple of well-meaning imaginary ones) who complicate his life.

It sounds like this story is told with ZAM’s trademark sense of humor.

Between Sinners and SaintsMay 29, 2011: Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

I’ve recently discovered Marie Sexton’s Coda series, and LOVED every one of them. Her new release is a stand alone, and sounds like it’s as angsty and will pull at my heartstrings as her Coda books.

Bartender Levi is has left behind his Mormon roots behind and encounters Jamie, a loner who is haunted by his past. It’s an opposites attract love story (one of my favorite kinds) and of course the heroes find common ground, healing, and love.

Kiss of SnowMay 31, 2011: Kiss of Snow  (PsyChangeling series, book 10) by Nalini Singh

Hawke’s book!

Need I say more? I do? Oh, ok.

Well, I’ve already read it, and it’s as awesome as all the hype led me to believe.

Read it. You won’t be sorry.

Enough said.

Magic SlaysMay 31, 2011: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels series, book 5) by Ilona Andrews

I always say this about the Kate Daniels series, but here we are at book 5, and it’s still true: each subsequent book in this series gets better (and I really liked the first book).

I’m really interested to see where the author goes with Magic Slays, especially since we are sort of moved to the post HEA part of the story line with Kate and Curran.

I’m looking forward to see the new life that they will build, what Kate is going to do with her new business, and what will happen with the bigger story arc involving Kate’s background.

Just Like HeavenMay 31, 2011: Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith quartet, book 1) by Julia Quinn

The legendary Smythe-Smith family (and their notorious musicales) has always been the comic relief in Julia Quinns more recent books. The poor Smythe-Smith girls are now getting their own stories, and Lady Honoria is the heroine in Just Like Heaven. Another of my favorite romance tropes is the younger sibling/older sibling’s friend pairing, and Marcus (Honoria’s brother’s best friend) starts out keeping an eye on Honoria in her brother’s absence, and finds himself falling in love.

I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s historical romances. They’re light, funny, and romantic. I’m currrently listening to Just Like Heaven (narrated by Roslyn Landor) and so far it’s exactly what I expect.

My Dangerous PleasureMay 31, 2011: My Dangerous Pleasure (Witches/My series, book 4) by Carolyn Jewel

This is one of my favorite parnormal series. I love the unique world, the strong heroines, and the sexy demons.

My Dangerous Pleasure is Iskander’s story. The author has really put him thru the mill in this series, and I was excited that he finally gets a HEA. And, Paisley is a worthy heroine.

If you haven’t picked this series up yet, I highly recommend that you start with book 1, My Wicked Enemy.

My review for this book will be posted in a couple of days.

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That’s a lot of books, isn’t it? Lots of good stuff, here.  What’s recently been released that you’ve been looking forward to?

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  • 1. Chris  |  June 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I have the Marie Sexton, but haven’t read it yet. I’m sure I’ll pick up ZAM’s book at some point, too. Right now I’m reading some of the shorts from the Dreamspinner Daily Dose – I didn’t buy the whole thing, just decided to pick up the ones that appealed.

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    • 2. Renee  |  June 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

      I’m reading Marie Sexton’s Putting Out Fires short right now. I’m not big on shorts unless they involve characters I’ve already read about.
      I’ll be interested in what you think about Between Saints and Sinners.
      I’m trying to “read down” my m/m tbr, but will probably break down and get both books in the next week or two.

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  • 3. SusiSunshine  |  June 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Ohh I already devoured Magic Slays and Kiss of Snow. So much love for both of them. Still haven’t bought Hunt the Moon by Karen chance but I will on my next shopping spree.

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    • 4. Renee  |  June 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

      I just requested Hunt the Moon from the library! :-) I love Pritkin!

      I think I have it on the next releases post I’m doing for June.

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  • 5. Leslie  |  June 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Melissa Marr’s book caught my eye – I’ve requested it from the library.

    I think Kiss of Snow and Magic Slays are the two big ones that I’m looking forward to. Only hearing good things about both!

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    • 6. Renee  |  June 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      I just got Magic Slays in the mail! Can’t wait to read it. Kiss of Snow sure lived up to the hype. :-)

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  • 7. ~ames~  |  June 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’m looking forward to getting the Marie Sexton and Kiss of Shadows. :P I just got the Julia Quinn on Thursday so once I’m done the library book I’m reading, I’ll be diving right in.

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  • 8. ~ames~  |  June 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

    LOL Meant Kiss of Snow

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    • 9. Renee  |  June 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      The Quinn was a cute read. Not my favorite by her, but sweet.

      lol. Not Merry Gentry?

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      • 10. ~ames~  |  June 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        LOL I’ve read it! But no. hehe

        I started Play of Passion last night! Love Indigo and Drew. :P

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  • 11. nath  |  June 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Looking forward to see what you thought of Graveminder, Renee! I wasn’t a fan of her YA series, because I’m not really into fairies… I remember her mentioning working on an adult series last year at RT, but it slipped my mind…

    Oh and the Carolyn Jewel… didn’t realize she was continuing the series… it’s been a while, since the last book was released.

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    • 12. Renee  |  June 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

      I’ll let you know what I think about Graveminder!

      Yes, it’s been a long break since the last CJ pnr. I’ll be reviewing it this week! :-)

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  • 13. orannia  |  June 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

    So many pretties I don’t know where to start! Can’t wait to read Magic Slays and Between Sinners and Saints sounds good (I love Marie Sexton’s Coda series).

    Kiss of Snow? I think I’m going to read it, but I need to read the two earlier books first.

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    • 14. Renee  |  June 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

      I’ll probably get to Magic Slays this week. Can’t wait!

      I made sure I was caught up with the PsyChangelings so I could dive right in! ;-)

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  • 15. Hilcia  |  June 6, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Renee you have a few there that I wanted for end of May. Good reads all of them.

    I just read the first book in the Coda books by Sexton and liked it. I’ve been told that they’re all good, so I’ll probably get the next one. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on her new release. :)

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  • 16. Renee  |  June 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

    A to Z, book 2 of the Coda series is actually my favorite. I LOVE Angelo and Zach.

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    • 17. ~ames~  |  June 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Me too! Wait until you read the Letter Z.

      Reply
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