June 2011 Book Releases, part 1

June 7, 2011 at 5:00 am 15 comments

Tuesday is a big ebook day for me. 3 books I’ve really been looking forward to will be released. I won’t know which one to read first.

NightfallJune 6, 2011: Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning trilogy, book 1) by Ellen Connor

This is book 1 in a new series is by the writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Adjectives like “gritty” and “intense” have been used to describe it.

Ann Aguirre is an auto-buy for me. She does such a great job of balancing world-building, character development, and action.

I was lucky enough to get it and read it over the weekend, after preodering it, I have to say, all of the above is true.

In Nightfall, Jenna is kidnapped by Mason, a man who believes her father’s apocalyptic prophecies and has promised her father he would watch out for her when the predictions start to come true. Together, she and Mason have to fight the horrors that come to pass and figure out what exactly is happening to the world around them and to themselves.

Goddess with a BladeJune 6, 2011: Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane 

I’ve read contemporary erotic romance, paranormal romance, and futuristic romance by Lauren Dane, but, this will be the first urban fantasy I’ve read by her. I love Lauren Dane’s writing, and am looking forward to it.

Rowan is a “physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation”. Sounds like a kick-ass heroine if there ever was one! She encounters a sexy vampire leader, and has to solve a series of vampire-related killings.

Yours to KeepJune 6, 2011: Yours to Keep (Kowalski family, book 3) by Shannon Stacey

Currently reading this!

After Angela James raved about this book at the Romantic Times blogger dinner, I had to start reading this series.

I’ve really enjoyed books 1 and 2 of the Kowalski family series, and like its predecessors, Yours to Keep has a great blend of fun, family, and chemistry between heroine Emma, and Kowalski cousin (and recent Army vet) Sean.

Bad CompanyJune 6, 2011: Bad Company by KA Mitchell

There’s something about this story that really sucked me in when I read the excerpt. (See excerpt on linked page.) It’s already pre-ordered, and I can’t wait to download it today!

Nate and Kellan were friends until Kellan outed Nate in high school. 13 years later, Kellan comes to Nate asking for a favor: pose as Kellan’s boyfriend to get back at Kellan’s homophobic father.

Why should Nate help Kellan out? And, why would Kellan ask him, when he knows that Nate hates him?

I love transgression/forgiveness stories, and am so excited to dig into this one!

Hunt the MoonJune 7, 2011: Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer series, book 5) by Karen Chance

It’s been a long wait (2 years!) since book 4, Curse the Dawn. I really enjoy this fast-paced series, and am looking forward to see what’s in store for Cassie, Mircea, and Pritkin, especially since I’m hearing that the Pritkin/Cassie relationship might progress a bit.

I’ve read a couple reviews that indicate that this is one of the best books in the series so far, and am excited to see for myself. I’m on the library wait list for this one, so hopefully it won’t be too long before I get it.

Hit ListJune 7, 2011: Hit List (Anita Blake series, book 20) by Laurell K Hamilton

Yes, I’m STILL hanging in there with Anita and the gang.

I am totally invested in the characters, and really want to know how Nathaniel, Jason, Edward, and even Jean Claude are doing.

When Anita and the guys don’t get too caught up analyzing their relationships, there is usually some good supernatural action (of the non-sexy variety), and I’m hoping Hit List will deliver.

I’ve been listening to the audiobooks from the library for a while now, and always like the production on these.

Demon's SurrenderJune 14, 2011: The Demon’s Surrender (Demon’s Covenant trilogy, book 3) by Sarah Rees Brennan

This is one of my favorite YA series, and Alan’s on the cover of this one!

If you want a gripping, unique YA, I can’t recommend this series enough. I love the relationship between brothers Alan and Nick. They are often at odds, but when it comes to fighting the magicians who complicate their lives, they have each others’ backs.

And then there’s Jamie, his sister Mae, and the dancer Sin who round out the cast of characters. Confession time: while Nick has had considerable chemistry with both Mae and Sin, it’s his rapport with Jamie that gets me. If this were a different kind of story, I’d be hoping for a Nick and Jamie HEA.

This book is the last in the trilogy, and I can’t wait to find out how Sarah Ress Brennan will conclude it.

Come Unto These Yellow SandsJune 14, 2011: Come Unto these Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon

Lanyon is another auto buy for me, and this one sounds really good!

A professor gets embroiled in a murder investigation when he tries to help one of his students. Complicating matters is the professor’s boyfriend, who happens to be the police chief.

I always have high expectations of Lanyon’s books, and am rarely disappointed. I will be pre-ordering it soon!

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That’s a lot of books for just a 2 week period! Luckily, 3 of them will be library reads, but even so, my poor bank account is taking a big hit this week!

What are you looking forward to in June?

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May 2011 Releases, part 2 Giveaway: Nightfall by Ellen Connor

15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dr J  |  June 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What a line-up!! Looks like so many good ones, and I was pleased to see a couple that I had my eye on–nice to know other avid readers are interested in the same books. Just soooooo many good books coming out all the time!!

    • 2. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Too many, according to my wallet! :-) But, seriously, it’s great to have such a selection.

  • 3. bookdaze  |  June 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I was thinking June was a good month as well! I’ve not heard of the first two you listed, but the remaining are on my radar. Well, perhaps a library loan for the LKH.


    • 4. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, it’s much easier to stay up with the Anita Blake series, knowing I’ll be getting it from the library. ;-)

  • 5. Chris  |  June 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I preordered Bad Company, too! Just as soon as I finished Deadly 6…

    • 6. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Just finished Bad Company. I really liked it!

  • 7. Leslie  |  June 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I want to read Nightfall. I like both Aguirre and Lofty so I’m curious as to how they will write together.

    Finally started the first book in the Shannon Stacey series. I have a feeling I’ll be reading more from her. :)

    • 8. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Lofty/Aguirre’s writing really meshed well together. Nightfall was a great start to the series!

      I love the family aspect of the Kowalski series. All 3 are really fun reads.

  • 9. Erika  |  June 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Can’t wait for Demon’s Surrender!!

    • 10. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Me, too! Though, it’ll be hard to say goodbye to Nick, since it’s concluding the trilogy.

  • 11. Ann Aguirre  |  June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I’m happy to give away a copy of NIGHTFALL to your readers, Renee. So glad you liked it!

    • 12. Renee  |  June 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Oh, that would be awesome, Ann! I’ll follow up on email.

  • 13. orannia  |  June 9, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I don’t know where to look first. Books, books everywhere! OMG Bad Company is out! Am SO excited. That summary just….is dragging me in (and I’m going willingly :)

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  • 15. Hilcia  |  June 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    June turned out to be a much better month than I expected for new releases! From your list, I’m definitely reading Yours to Keep by Stacey and waiting impatiently for Lanyon’s Come Unto These Yellow Sands.


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