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3 books on my “to read’ list that come out in last part of 2010 September 26, 2010

Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists.
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What three books being released in the final quarter of the year am I hoping to polish off? I was feeling kind of deflated now that Karen Marie Moning’s final book in the Fever series has been pushed back to next year. But after my buddies at www.sookiestackhouse.com asked me for my picks, I discovered I shouldn’t be so bummed. There are lots of good books being released. Here are my three picks. I will update this with a link to the recommendations from the sookiestackhouse.com site (they have a good book selection/author interviews and reviews) when they post their list!

Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson — Oct. 26

This if the final book in the 5-part series about Ellysetta Baristani and Rain Tairen Soul — the Fey king who finds his true mate in Ellysetta. She is the key to saving his immortal race. And the final story tells of their battle  against the evil Eld Mages. This is more of a  fantasy-romance series but it has so many elements of magic that I include it on my paranormal romance list. In the first novel, we learn that the Fey king , Rain Tairen Soul, lost the woman he loved  in battle. In his rage, he wiped out half the world. But thousands of years later, his immortal race is in danger and the evil Eld Mages are beginning to gain power.  But then Rain hears the call of his true soul mate, Ellysetta,  a woodcarver’s daughter with special powers. Yup — there’s a scandal because she is not  “nobility ” and her existence rouses the interest of the evil Elds.

Why I want to read it? Sometimes the stories drag a bit, but it’s a great world that Wilson builds. And I want to see how Ellysetta’s special powers and connections are resolved. If you like fantasy romance — this might be for you.

Here’s a book blurb on the final book from Amazon.com:

Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King—the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld. But the most powerful—and dangerous—Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As the final battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul—will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity? As she and Rain fight for each other, side by side, will they find a way to complete their truemate bond and defeat the evil High Mage of Eld before it’s too late, or must they make the ultimate sacrifice to save their world?

Wolfsbane (Aralorn) by Patricia Briggs — Nov. 2

I like everything I’ve read by Briggs, especially her Mercy Thompson series. WOLFSBANE is the sequel to MASQUES, which Briggs wrote 15 years ago and recently revised. It tells the story of Aralorn, a shapeshifter and a spy, who has a friend named Wolf, who helps her out of a lot of jams. But then she learns about Wolf’s past and finds out he’s a powerful sorcerer and shifter — and the two of them have to work together to save the royal family and people of her country from an evil sorcerer. The sequel picks up the rest of the story. Here’s a blurb from Amazon.com:

Shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn leads a dangerous existence. Now she must return home for her noble father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, they find he’s not dead, but ensorcelled by the ae’Magi, using him as a conduit to destroy Aralorn and Wolf. She must overcome this mysterious mist or fall to the blackest of magic.

Why I want to read it? Because everything by Briggs is good. Her characters have a sense of humor, she’s great at building romantic tension without getting graphic — and she’s one of the best creators of worlds and beings without going overboard.

Devoured by Darkness  by Alexandra Ivy — Nov. 30
The Guardian of Eternity series by Ivy is one of my guilty pleasures. She writes about vampires, shifters and other odd creatures but tosses in a lot of heat and romance. I’ve read all of the books in her series — each one follows a different heroine and hero — and they’re just fun. OK — yes — some of them might seem a bit formulaic with the spunky heroine and the alpha male — but they’re fun reads. In book No. 7 — we learn about Tane, a character who popped up in her previous novels. Here’s a blurb from Amazon.com:

Tane is a Charon, sworn to hunt and kill rogue vampires. His new assignment seems like a waste of his talents – until he catches up with the jinn he’s been sent to capture. Half human, half demon, Laylah has a vulnerable streak that strikes right through to Tane’s cold heart. He should be furious when she uses her powers to bind them together, preventing him from dragging her before the Commission. Instead he welcomes any reason to stay close enough to touch, to taste, to seduce … Laylah doesn’t know why she was chosen to protect a child who may be the catalyst in a war between good and evil. But the mysteries of her past pale compared to the dangers approaching. Tane is devastatingly strong, breathtakingly sensual. And Laylah will have to trust in every ounce of that strength, because her enemies are drawing near, eager to destroy them both…

Why I want to read it: Because Ivy’s books are great for an afternoon or evening of escape, and Tane is one hot alpha male!

These are my picks. So what are your top 3 picks for the end of the year?


1. Dot S. - September 30, 2010

I’ve been thinking about this. I know I want to read HUNGRY FOR YOU by Lynsay Sands (Nov.30th) and JR Ward’s CRAVE. But that is it for advance books. I just ordered, just released TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian. There just insn’t too much coming out between now and the new year that is interesting me. I like your Briggs’ pick.

Diana McCabe - September 30, 2010

U know — I’m glad you said that you didn’t see a lot coming out at end of the year because I couldn’t find a lot I was interested in! I will check with the sookiestackhouse site to see their picks.

Went to the Diana Gabaldon event last nite but haven’t had a chance to blog it. And I still have a book pick from you to post!!!!

Back to year end — maybe it’s always slow because of holidays? Or there are more anthologies released at end of year?

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