5 Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on

I’m a big fan of series. When I fall in love with a character and their world, I fall hard. And when I am really into a book series all I can think about is the next book (and re-reading the previous ones). So here are 5 sequels that I can’t wait to read, by release Date:

November 2014

Title: Reap the Wind/ Author: Karen Chance/ Genre: Urban Fantasy/Price: $7.99/ISBN:  978-0451419071/ Page Count: 432/Series: Book 7 in Cassandra Palmer Series

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This series features a powerful young woman who was raised by vampires after her parents died. The vampire who raised Cassie used her for her powerful visions to make money off disasters (he is a vampire mob boss). It follows her through the journey of understanding her magic and family heritage.

I’ve been reading the series since it’s first publication and I can’t get enough of it. There are a few romantic interests but it really comes down to two male leads. One is an angry warrior magician the other a powerful and old vampire.

This is an adult series so there is sex, violence, and graphic material.

Title: The MissingAuthor:  Sarah Beth Durst/ Genre: Fantasy/Magic Realism/Price: $14.95/ISBN:  978-0778317128/ Page Count: 400/Series: Book 2 in Lost Trilogy

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I fell in love with this new series with her first book, The Lost. The books follow Lauren who is a young woman trying to understand the cards that life has dealt her.

The writing is almost like a dream which works perfectly with the mystical land that Lauren finds herself in. Where everything that has been lost falls to, including people, objects, places, and even oceans.

The people who are living in Lost can’t leave until they find what they have lost. This could be love, family, health, etc. Lost is like a holding town for people trying to make sense of of their life.

Gorgeous setting and character relationships.

January 2015

Title: The Mime OrderAuthor: Samantha Shannon/ Genre: Urban Fantasy/Price: $25.00/ISBN:  978-1620408933/ Page Count: 320/Series: Book 2 in Bone Season Series

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The Mime Order is set in a futuristic London where all magic has been outlawed. If you are discovered using magic then you are hunted down where you can either be imprisoned, murdered, or worked as slave for the organization hunting others like you.

It’s not magic like wizards or witches, but more like psychics. Some people can control ghosts, others can go into dreamscapes and control you. It depends where you fall on the spectrum.

In the first book you meet Paige who hides her magical identity through the protection of a gang. However within the first part of the book she is captured.

I loved the first book, but I did notice on my re-read that there were some problems. The romance seemed to come from no where and while Shannon really seemed to want to develop her secondary characters they fell wayside once the action started picking up. However, the setting and main characters are very intriguing and I can’t wait for this sequel.

March 2015

Title: Vision in SilverAuthor: Anne Bishop/ Genre: Urban Fantasy/Price: $26.95/ISBN:  978-0451465276/ Page Count: 368/Series: Book 3 in The Others Series

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I talked about my appreciation for The Other’s Series in my January Books Highlight and I must say that book 2 in the series delivered just as well as book one.

What’s awesome about this series are the characters. Here you have the supernatural community living as a community and ruling the human kind. It’s a horrible tension of humans knowing that they are food to the “others” but wanting to live and thrive. The main character is working as a bridge between the two cultures and charming those around her.

Bishop is REALLY good at multiple povs. It’s rare to find a series where changing perspectives enhances the storytelling and relationships between the main protagonists. I will be reading this series for as long as Bishop continues to write it.

Title: Shadow ScaleAuthor: Rachel Hartman/ Genre: YA Fantasy/Price: $18.99/ISBN:  978-0375866579/ Page Count: 480/Series: Book 2 in Seraphina Series

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I feel as if I have waited light years to read the sequel to one of my favorite books, Seraphina, but I am sure that it will be worth the wait.

What initially captured my attention for Seraphina was the dragon lore. I have a soft spot for dragons that I will credit Vivian Vande Velde’s book Dragon’s Bait for fostering in me as a young reader.

In Seraphina dragons and humans have an uneasy alliance. Dragons and humans have long waged war against each other, but through a truce they are now operating in a somewhat peaceful state. The dragons in this world can change into humans and live among them.

Seraphina is a young musician to the royal court and she has a dangerous secret (I’ll give you a hint, it deals with dragons) that she protects by secluding herself from all personal relationships. Needless to say this doesn’t work for long or there wouldn’t be a book.

I tell everyone I know to read this book, but also listen to the audio book. Since music is such a huge part of the storytelling it’s great to be able to hear the music that they talk about. I can’t recommend this book enough.

So those are 5 of the sequels that I am eagerly awaiting. Any on there that you are waiting for? Or is there a sequel that’s not up there that you can’t wait to talk about?

 

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January Books+Highlight

Hello~this is an overdue post! In the month of January I read a total of 6 books, Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima, Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews, Written in Red by Anne Bishop, The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, A Study of Silks by Emma Jane Holloway, and The Song of the Quakerbeast by Jasper Fforde. I want to take a  deeper look into my favorite read of the month, Written in Red by Anne Bishop.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Bishop, A. (2013). Written in Red. New York, NY: ROC.

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Price: $26.95/ISBN: 978-0-451-46496-5/ Page Count: 433/Series: Yes

Meg Corbyn is a woman on the run. You encounter her as she is near death and stumbling into the forbidden compound of the Others. By a mysterious kindness, Simon Wolfgard, the semi-official leader of the compound’s business side hires her to live and work within the community. What they don’t know is that Meg is running from her masters, who want her for her blood and the ability she has to predict the future, for Meg is a cassandra sangue (blood prophet). Through Meg’s kindness and innocence she is able to become a trusted member of the Others society and when danger threatens to take Meg away, they all will rise to defend her.

What Bishop does extremely well in this story is the multiple points of view. So many novels employ the same practice of changing povs to make a point, but Bishop does it well. I always knew who the main character and ‘hero’ of the story was, and the changing of povs never dragged the story down, but actually enhanced the appreciation of the characters and stories.

Even though the novel itself can be a bit daunting due to the page count, each part of the book is needed. It can run a bit slow in the parts where Simon had to leave for a conference, leaving Meg alone in the city without the alpha she has grown to know and perhaps trust, but it is necessary for him to leave (for reasons to be known once you read the story). The descriptions of the different Others is fascinating (vampires, werewolves, elementals) as well as the fact that they can all live in one compound or rather town.

The book is an exciting read and luckily the sequel, Murder of Crows will be out March 4, 2014.