October 2012 New Releases in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

OCT 02: Death’s Rival (Jane Yellowrock 5) by Faith Hunter
Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound 4) by Jennifer Ashley
Fury’s Kiss (Midnight’s Daughter 3) by Karen Chance
Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi #9) by Eileen Wilks
Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles 1) by Kresley Cole
OCT 09: Into the Woods (The Hollows & Beyond) Kim Harrison
Twilight Saga Complete Film Archive -Robert Abele
OCT 16: Hidden (House of Night #10) by P. C. Cast
OCT 23:
Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures #4) by Kami Garcia
Destiny Rising (Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #3) L. J. Smith
OCT 30:
Forbidden (Nightwalkers 1) Jacquelyn Frank
Beneath a Darkening Moon (Ripple Creek 2) by Keri Arthur
Black Lament (Black Wings #4) by Christina Henry
Shadow Rising (Sisters of the Moon #12) Yasmine Galenorn
New Moon: Graphic Novel 1 (Twilight GN) Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition  Stephenie Meyer

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January 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

JANUARY 2012

JAN 01: Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 1) by Kendra Leigh Castle
JAN 03: Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4) Faith Hunter
Shadow Heir (Dark Swan #4)  Richelle Mead
Sins of the Demon  by Diana Rowland
Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved) Cate Tiernan
Wild Cat (Shifters Unbound 3) by Jennifer Ashley
JAN 10: Sight (Wicked Woods 5) by Kailin Gow
Lothaire (Immortals After Dark 10) by Kresley Cole
Dark Swan: Storm Born 001  (Graphic Novel) Richelle Mead
JAN 17: Hallowed (Unearthly #2) Cynthia Hand
TVD Stefan’s Diaries #5: The Asylum by L. J. Smith
JAN 24: Fallen in Love  (Fallen 3.5) Lauren Kate
Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breeds 10) Lara Adrian
Bloodrose (Nightshade 3) by Andrea Cremer
Everneath (Everneath 1) by Brodi Ashton
JAN 31: Lenobia’s Vow  (House of Night Novella) P. C. Cast

June 2011 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

Jun 7: Everlasting (The Immortals 6) Alyson Noël
Hit List (Anita Blake 20) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Nyx in the House of Night A Guide Edited by P. C. Cast
Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer 5) Karen Chance
The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell
Storm Kissed (Final Prophecy 6) Jessica Andersen
Tiger’s Quest (Tiger’s Curse 2) Colleen Houck
Hexed (Iron Chronicles 2) by Kevin Hearne
Jun 14: Passion (Fallen 3) by Lauren Kate
Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves 2) Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Jun 28: Burn the Night (Dark Days 6) Jocelynn Drake
Kitty’s Big Trouble (Kitty Norville 9) Carrie Vaughn
Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed 9) Lara Adrian

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain is a Must Read in YA Paranormal Romance

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2)

Author: Bree Despain, released 12/28/2010

Book Review by Holly Simmers, Immortal Fiction

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain is hands down, the best book I’ve read in a long time.  A must read for anyone who enjoys this genre, I was intrigued and captivated by book 1, but then book 2 had me so engrossed from beginning to end that I had to take time to review it (at 4 in the morning!)

The Lost Saint is a riveting, compelling and engrossing Paranormal Romance Thriller unlike anything I’ve read in the young adult realm, though most comparable in appeal to The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver, Linger) by Maggie Stiefvater.  With character and plot development that rivals Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson and Rachel Vincent’s Werecats/The Shifter novels (all favorites of mine) I anxiously await the next novel in this series with thin restraint.

Unlike many YA-PR books, The Lost Saint remains clean enough for young teens so the “hotter romance” description above is a bit misleading compared to The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Vampire Academy, Twilight and The House of Night novels (other YA favorites of mine). The yearning and sensuality are comparable to Eclipse (my fave of The Twilight Saga) as well as the inspirational perspectives on love, honor and social responsibility woven in, but its best features are the captivating, memorable and well-paced storyline packed with well-developed relate-able characters, delivering a complex plot that’s not hard to follow but keeps you guessing from the edge of your seat.  The Lost Saint is a highly recommended must read!  Buy the Hardcover edition

Equally compelling is the spectacular job of narration (acting!) that Eileen Stevens delivers, bringing these characters to life with movie-quality substance especially throughout the climactic scenes.  A rare performance of a Best YA-PR Book of the Year contender.  Listen to a Sample of the MP3 Audiobook

read Tempted first chapter online free (House of Night 6 by P. C. Cast)

temptedTEMPTED

House of Night series, book 6
by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

release date: October 27, 2009
Hardcover: Immortal Fiction
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Book Description
So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break.  Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.  Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.  Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings.  Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.  Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her.  Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?  Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.

Nubourne book review of HUNTED, House of Night book 5

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HUNTED: House of Night Series #5 
by P. C. Cast/Kristin Cast 

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IF Score: 4 stars   This was one of my Top 5 most anticipated books this year and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed but I still really enjoyed it.  I’ll probably like it more the second time through but I don’t think this one lives up to its potential.  P. C. Cast introduces new characters and scenerios with a lot of promise but then never does much with them, at least not compared with things I began to anticipate each time.  She apparently had three major things planned for Zoey and the gang to accomplish (move, face Kalona, save someone) and the rest was filler.  I never felt that with the first four books but I read them back to back and this is the first one I had to wait a while for.  So maybe my anticipation affected my expectations negatively and perhaps no one could have lived up to them?

My primary disappointment was no deepening of relations with Erik or  Heath and no closure either – just more of the same.  I’m very happy with most everything that passes between Zoey and Stark but I would have liked something more before the book was over.  I understand the reasons for leaving it questionable though.  That’s why it still gets four stars even though I was disappointed overall.  Even the big bad fallen angel Kalona doesn’t live up to his potential as a scary powerful provacative underworld kind of character.  Continue reading