Tuesday, December 23, 2014
5 Series I Can't Wait to Start: January 2015 Edition
I like to plan my reading out whenever possible (as opposed to the rest of my life when absolutely nothing is planned out).
Looking ahead, here are five series starters in January that are on my radar!
1. Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
I've been a fan of Hocking's for a few books now and this looks like an amazing fantasy read. She knows her worldbuilding and I'm pretty much fidgety and anxious until I can get my hands on a copy. Seriously.
2. The Prey (The Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell
A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the "good of the Republic," by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.
It's been a while since I got my hands on a good dystopian...that major glut of dystopians a few years ago all but killed the subgenre and I'm glad to see it back!
3. Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Once, only her own life hung in the balance.
Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.
Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous.
Another fantasy I'm stoked for. Poison taster? Twisted plots? Magic? Yes, please.
4. Dream a Little Dream (Silber #1) by Kirsten Gier
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.
The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .
I loved the Ruby Red timetravelling series and can't wait for his one. It looks dark and twisty and just...YES! Can't wait to get my paws on this one.
5. The Witches of Echo Park (Witches of Echo Park Book #1) by Amber Benson
Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…
When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.
Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…
Modern day teen witches who aren't cutesy and named Sabrina? I'll take it. Lots at stake. Lots of magic. I'm in!