Can’t Wait for Books of 2015 – Part 1

Happy New Year, everyone.  I hope y’all had a good, but safe, time last night.  And that this morning’s hangover isn’t too bad. 🙂

Being an unashamed, unrepentant, and incurable bookworm, I’m already eagerly anticipating several books that are coming out in this new year.

Here are just a few:

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Release Date: January 27, 2015

The eagerly awaited sequel to The Bone Season.  It was supposed to be released October 2014, but, for some reason, is now slated to come out January 2015.

The Blurb:

Mime_ShannonPaige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
Release Date: February 10, 2015

Sandra Newman is a new author for me, but this book sounds really good.  Just read the part of the blurb that’s in Ice Cream Star’s own words.  You just want to read more, don’t you?

The Blurb:

Ice-Cream-Star_NewmanMy name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star. This be the tale of how I bring the cure to all the Nighted States, save every poory children, brief for life. Is how a city die for selfish love, and rise from this same smallness. Be how the new America begin, in wars against all hope – a country with no power in a world that hate its life. So been the faith I sworn, and it ain’t evils in no world nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star.

In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach the age of twenty, each of them will die of the disease they call posies.

When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.

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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Charles and Anna, not to mention Brother Wolf and Blue-Eyes (that’s how I think of her), are finally back.  And, bonus, it sounds like the Fae are about to kick some ass.  I hope they do it in a very dramatic, shock-and-awe fashion.

The Blurb:

Heat_BriggsTHE NEW CHARLES AND ANNA NOVEL

Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,” the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Vix returns, not only to the page, but to Britain.  Unfortunately for him, Hadrian and Sabina come too.  And Hadrian has a new obsession which also happens to be an excellent way to torment Vix.

The Blurb:

20486495National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.

Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession.

Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City . . .

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Binding Ties by Shannon K. Butcher
Release Date: March 3, 2014

I know, I know.  I hated Willing Sacrifice.  So, why are you anticipating this one, you ask?  Truth is, I actually hesitated to add Binding Ties to this list, but, in the end, I just couldn’t resist.  I mean, it’s Joseph, finally, and a certain Slayer.  How could any reader of this series NOT eagerly anticipate this story?  Maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll actually learn more about the Slayers, as well as watch Joseph get his head out of his ass and make a move already.  Or maybe it’s Lyka who makes the first move.  I really don’t care as long as someone does!

The Blurb:

Binding_ButcherThey are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy—without succumbing to his darkest desires.

Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret—and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai—one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever.

Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely—otherwise she will never truly be his.

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The Shadows by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 7, 2015

Just as I was ready to throw in the towel and give up on this series, the Warden announces The Shadows.  I honestly don’t care about Trez, but I can’t wait for Iam’s story.  And finding out what’s wrong with Selena.  It’s obviously some genetic disorder of the Chosen, but we don’t know anything specific.  I also want to know more about the Shadows, in general.  And, hopefully, she’ll bring in the symphaths.  They’ve been really quiet, lately.  Even with Rehvenge as their king, they should still have pulled something by now.

The Blurb:

Shadows-WardTwo brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

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Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Release Date: June 2, 2015

It’s Aden, enough said.  🙂

The Blurb:

Shards_SinghThe “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

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