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News: Cover Reveal of Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Heroes and Heartbreakers recently posted the exclusive cover reveal of Nalini Singh’s next book, the highly anticipated Book #13 of her Psy-Changeling series, Shield of Winter.

 

And here you go…

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Scheduled for release on June 4, 2014, this next installment features the enigmatic and highly (and I mean highly) secretive Vasic. I like this cover but my favorites are the editions published by Gollancz (which you can see here). I want to see that edition for this book as well.

 

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

 

I. Can’t. Wait.

 

 

 

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Super Six Sunday: Books that are on my TBR list for more than 6 months

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at Bewitched Bookworms. This week’s theme: Books that have spend more than six months in my to-be-read (TBR) pile and which I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

 

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

I’m a fan of Mitch Albom. Although I know I’ll definitely get tears in my eyes before I finish his books, I still read them because I know I’ll get something from the experience. Every. Single. Time.

 

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve read a lot of positive reviews for this book and although it’s not usually my cup of tea genre-wise I added it to my TBR and I’m looking forward to finding out how this book will make me feel.

 

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Immortal City by Scott Speer

I was going to read this at the same time as my friend but for some reason (aka, I got distracted by other books), my friend ended up finishing it while I did not even get past the first chapter. But I’m still keeping it in my TBR pile and hoping I get around to reading it soon.

 

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I love Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read and will adore to the end of my days her two other books, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. But for some reason, I haven’t read Attachments yet. I don’t know if it’s nerves on my part because it may not be as wonderful as her other two books but it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I’ll trust in her name and in her work and still give this one a try. Soon.

 

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

This series has garnered quite a following and I’m really looking forward to getting started with the Laini Taylor experience. I’ll probably start this series once the third book comes out.

 

 

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Archangel’s Kiss and Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Okay, I can’t believe I haven’t read these two yet when I’ve read Books 1, 4, and 5 and Book 6 just came out. The reason for this might be because I’m initially not used to having the same characters as leads in three consecutive books. I’m OC like that but I can manage it now with all the other books I’ve read that continues the series with the same hero and heroine. So, I’m definitely going to be reading these two soon, probably before the year ends.

 

There you go. Those are my Super Six this Sunday. What about you, guys? What have you got in your TBR pile for more than half a year now? 🙂

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea

Julie Anne Long
(Pennyroyal Green #9)
March 2014

 

 

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The Chocolate Heart

Laura Florand
(Amour et Chocolat #5)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#8

The Secrets of a Scoundrel

Gaelen Foley
(The Inferno Club #7)
July 2014

 

 

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Crash into You

Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
May 2014

 

 

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Sarah MacLean
(Rules of Scoundrels #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#4

Forged by Desire

Bec McMaster
(Steampunk London #4)
September 2014

 

#3

The City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
May 2014

 

 

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The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney Milan
(The Brothers Sinister #3)
December 2013

 

 

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Shield of Winter

Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling #13)
June 2014

 

 

That’s it for my list. I would love to hear what you have on yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about character names you love or unusual character names that you’ve encountered. Here’s mine.

 

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Eugenides “Gen”

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

 

 

 

 
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Heath Champion

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

 
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Cather (and Wren)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 
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Ashaya Aleine

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Magnus Bane

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 
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Kaleb Krychek

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Draco Malfoy

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 
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Four

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

 

 
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Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

 

 

 

 
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Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dominique Richard
The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Penelope
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Pippa
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Dimitri
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

 

 

What about you? Which character names do you love or you find unusual?

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Favorite Book Couples

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched BookwormsEven though, it’s already Monday, I just couldn’t pass up this Super Six Sunday week. This Sunday’s theme: Favorite Couples.

It was so hard to narrow it down to six when I have a long list of couples that I really enjoyed rooting for. But finally, I did get them narrowed down. Somewhat.

 

Tied at #6

Lola and Cricket

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I love reading about these two quirky characters, with their past and their present feelings. The chemistry is so there that even before Cricket enters the story and Lola just mentions him in passing, you just know that there’s something special about their connection, whatever that may be.

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Cath and Levi

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Theirs is a romance that hit me blindsided. I didn’t even know Rainbow Rowell was going to go there but when she did, wow, was it amazing. I love the gradual connection that emerged between these two. And when they got together, I thought, ‘Were they ever going to be with anybody else? Of course not.”

 

 

Tied at #5 (again… ^_^)

Pippa and Cross

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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It was just so good watching or specifically reading these two fall in love with each other. I don’t know if they were described as such in the book itself but when I think of them, they remind me of jagged puzzle pieces with their oddities and eccentricities particularly Pippa but nevertheless, their jagged edges fit perfectly together. And Sarah MacLean did such a great job with their story.

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Evie and Sebastian

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers # 3) by Lisa Kleypas

These two have found salvation and redemption in each other. I loved watching Sebastian change for the better or to describe it better, be the man we know he truly is.

 

 

#4

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The beauty with the nitty-gritty of first love. These two just break my heart. With their intense emotions coupled with that you-and-me-against-the-world kind of environment. The development of their relationship just leaves you amazed and flabbergasted. It wasn’t the type of relationship with distinct episodes ending in exclamation points but the type that is just connected by these series of commas, with one episode flowing into the next seamlessly and irrevocably that there was no way of getting to that period without every single thing that had happened before it.

I grabbed this wonderful art from Rainbow Rowell’s website and which she, in turn, got from a digital painting by Simini Blocker.

 

#3

Eugenides and *SPOILER* Attolia (highlight to read)

The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Oh, these two. If ever there was a more complicated but profound romance, it will be the story of these two compelling characters. How a romance could’ve developed from their circumstances and blossom into the kind of partnership that these two have, is a complete and utter mystery to me and one that I am more than happy to just enjoy and revel in, thanks to the literary genius of Megan Whalen Turner.

 

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Penelope and Colin

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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I’ve re-read their story half a dozen times already and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Or ever will, I daresay. There’s just something magical with these two and how their relationship has evolved from a mere acquaintance into true friendship and later into a beautiful love.

 

 

 

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Ashaya and Dorian

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh hostage to pleasure

The connection of these two just burns through the pages. Their passion, their strong characters, and their devotion and loyalty just light a fire and touch you as a reader. A short interlude between the two from the previous book in the series and you just know that Nalini Singh would not pass up an opportunity to write a book about them. Their story is fraught with all kinds of obstacles that Nalini just lays down perfectly and although I looked forward to their happily ever after, I was just invested and excited to go along the journey with them. And I was never disappointed. Not even once.

 

Special mentions:

Lydia and JonasA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (novella) 16116470

 

Annabelle and HeathMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

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Tris and FourDivergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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Katniss and PeetaHunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

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Who are your favorite book couples?

News: Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling #13

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To say that I’m a fan of Nalini Singh would be an understatement. I worship her Psy-Changeling Series and she posted some very good news regarding the 13th book in the series on her blog.

She recently released the official book title and blurb for the book that will have Vasic in the lead role.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh
Coming June 2014

“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice…

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Oh my. Can tomorrow be June 2014 already?

The Psy-Changeling world that Nalini has created is set in the near future, in which three races co-inhabit the world: the Psy (humans gifted with mental abilities), the Changeling (both human and animal, who can shift from one to the other), and the humans. The dynamics among these three groups as well as the conflicts and challenges that their differences create are what sets up the environment for the characters.

This summary does not do justice to the series and to the stories that Nalini Singh has weaved. But if you’ve never read paranormal romance but you’d like to try or if you don’t have any plan to read paranormal, I would still recommend that you read Nalini Singh, if not for her superb world-building, then at least for the sheer awesomeness of her prose and her story-telling.

Check out her website for more info.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list: Best Sequels Ever. So without further ado, may I present my top ten. Not all the books are strictly the second offerings. I’ve included a couple books down the series line.

Faking It #10 Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2)
Liked the premise plot than the first book. And the words that Cora Carmack kept producing page after page just took my breath and my heart away. Loved the parallelisms throughout the book.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate touch chocolate kiss#9 The Chocolate Touch & The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (Amour et Chocolat #4 & #2 respectively)
Much, much better than the first book. Laura Florand’s writing kept getting better and better after each book in this series. More depth for the characters. More emotional tugs to the heart. And the connection between the main couples was more strongly established.

 

devil in winter it happened one autumn#8 Devil in Winter & It Happened in One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers #3 & #2)
Loved the flow of these two books. The premises were intriguing in themselves but the progression of the romance and the character development were the highs for me.

 

 

lola and the boy next door#7 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Liked this one so much better than the first book. And as much as I hate to compare Etienne with Cricket, sometimes it’s hard not to. But I think the plus for me for this sequel was that even though we get everything from Lola’s POV, by the end of the book, I know Cricket. Not the ‘I know of him’ feeling that I sort of got from Etienne but that ‘I truly know this guy and what makes him tick’ sort familiarity with Cricket.

 

 

before now#6 Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre (Sometimes Never #2)
It was such an interesting read from Park’s POV. You get why he’s such a bast*** but you can’t help but root for him to get his own HEA just the same. You go through his ups and downs with him and this guy just about melts your bones, melts your heart.

 

 

 

catching fire#5 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #2)
A lot of people said that this sequel was just a recycling of the first book. But I beg to differ. SPOILER ALERT. Sure, Katniss and Peeta find themselves inside the Hunger Games arena yet again after just becoming champions for the previous Hunger Games but that’s about only thing that’s similar between the first and the sequel. This sequel has set up entirely new dynamics among the characters. And of course, Peeta Mellark. Need I say more?

 

 

the viscount who loved me romancing mr bridgerton#4 The Viscount who Loved Me & Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (The Bridgertons #2 & #4)
The Bridgertons. One of the most beloved families in all of Historical Romance world. Daphne and Simon’s story in the first book started the series well. And the succeeding books just built on that great foundation that Julia Quinn had set up. Anthony’s and Colin’s stories will continue to be on my re-read book list.

 

one good earl deserves a lover#3 One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (Rules of Scoundrels #2)
Oh, Sarah MacLean. This book has found its place in the list of my favorite books of all time. The premise and the trajectory of the story were unique, fresh, and entirely lovable. The main characters, and Penelope were so different and yet so alike and they fit so well together. Their idiosyncrasies made the book work.

 

 

hostage to pleasure#2 Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #5)
It has been said many times and I will say it again as well. Nalini Singh has created one of, if not the most amazing paranormal series ever. Her world-building is just in a whole other level. Her characters are well fleshed-out, relatable (amid their psy or changeling capabilities), totally intriguing. Her story-telling is superb. And you can guess which of her books in the series is my favorite. Each sequel just builds on the previous book, plot-wise, character-wise, until after 12 books, you’ve got yourself a superb world with no lack for a minefield of mysteries and plot development.

 

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#1 The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, & A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #2, #3, & #4)

As far as sequels go, these bunch are by far the best and my most favorite. Talk about building a world. Imagine concentric circles, the innermost being Gen, the main character in the first book. And as you go through the first, second, third, and four installment of the series, you get the succeeding circles, expanding the characters that you know, the goings-on that you are witnessing directly or indirectly, and the mysteries and questions that you want answered. And the circles just keep growing and growing bigger: as big as the love for this series that you would most likely develop in due time.