Thursday, April 17, 2014

Excerpt and Dragon! George R.R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire

Will you take a look at how tiny that person is on that dragon's back!

George R.R. Martin has teamed up with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson to write a companion novel to his Song of Ice and Fire series titled The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. The book releases October 28th (already available for pre-order) and today George R.R. Martin released the above image with an excerpt. See blurb and excerpt below.

The World of Ice and Fire blurb courtesy of Amazon


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Upcoming Release: The Revenge of Seven Book Cover!

The fifth book in the Lorien Legacies series, The Revenge of Seven, is coming out August 26 and we finally have the cover! I just finished The Fall of Five (book 4) so I am super excited to see what happens next! See the cover and released blurb below.


Source: Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the reveal!

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Book Review: Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, Book 3), By Patricia Briggs

Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)
Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, book 3)
By: Patricia Briggs

Mercedes Thompson is a Mechanic and shape shifter with a knack for finding herself in dangerous waters. So when a series of murders on the nearby Fey reservation end with an old friend behind bars – Mercedes dives right in and goes looking for the real killer.

Iron Kissed is a tad darker than the prior Mercedes Thompson novels, but - like the rest of its kind - is a very enjoyable and well paced adult read. 

It contains:

  • some gruesome violence/death/aftermath
  • injuries
  • profanity
  • homosexuality
  • full nudity
  • implied sexuality
  • rape (mostly implied detail, but it's rape so it's all cringe worthy)

It is not necessary to read the Mercedes Thompson books in order, but I strongly recommend it as the novels are very focused on the relationships between the characters and there is an overarching world story.

More from the Mercedes Thompson series:
  1. Moon Called (Review) (Chapter 1)
  2. Blood Bound (Review)
  3. Iron Kissed (Review)
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned (Review)
  8. Night Broken (Book Review)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Summary: Skin Game (Dresden Files, Book 15), By Jim Butcher

Skin Game (Dresden Files, book 15)
By: Jim Butcher
ISBN: 0451464397
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The following plot summary includes spoilers and is based on the reading Jim Butcher did of the first four chapter. I strongly recommend listening to the chapters yourself to get the full humor filled story. Once the book is released (May 27, 2014) I will be updating this summary and publishing a spoiler free content based review.

Skin Game Plot Summary

Since the conclusion of Cold Days Harry has been waiting for Molly to come remove the parasite in his head. It's been over a year - still no Molly.

While down in Demonreach's tunnels of prisoners, Harry speaks briefly with a British sounding prisoner then collapses from sudden overwhelming pain in his head. Demonreach's genus-loci (newly named Alfred) is able to suppress the parasite and tells Harry that Mab has arrived.

According to Mab, the parasite will emerge and kill Harry in three days time. She's been blocking and altering his messages to Molly to give herself leverage in securing his cooperation. Once Harry has completed a task for her she will allow Molly to help him.

Harry recieves an earring that will temporarily suppress the pain. They leave the island and meet with Nicodemus Archleone.  Mab is loaning him Harry to assist in robbing a vault in the Underworld. Harry gets Mab and Nicodemus' approval to bring along a backup person of his own. As they are leaving Harry tells Mab he won't help Nicodemus. Mab replies that he will until their objective is accomplished then he is to be himself.

This summary will be completed after the book is released on May 27th!

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Upcoming Release: The One book trailer

The One, the third and final book in Kiera Cass's The Selection trilogy is releasing May 6th!

Entertainment Weekly released the book trailer earlier today and you can watch it below.

This series makes me nervous, how about you? :-)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

If I Stay Movie Trailer

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is coming to the big screen on August 22nd and the first official trailer has just arrived!

If I Stay has a sequel titled Where She Went, I wonder if we'll be looking at a possible second film here?

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Book Review: Night Broken (Mercedes Thompson, Book 8), By Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercedes Thompson, book 8)
By Patricia Briggs
ISBN: 042525674X
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When Christy (Adam's ex-wife) comes running back to Adam with stalker trouble of the lethal variety, Mercy and the pack set out to find the creep. Meanwhile, the Fey want their walking stick back, and crime scenes are piling up. Will Mercy figure out how it's all connected before it's lights out for the Tri-Cities?

Night Broken is the eighth book in the Mercedes Thompson series and is exactly the mix of romance, mystery, action, and quick, high stakes, paranormal fun that fans of the series will expect. Unlike the prior book, Night Broken is told exclusively from Mercy's point of view. We meet a couple of very interesting new characters that I strongly suspect we will see again, and we get some additional information about what it means to be a walker. Overall, Night Broken falls easily into the middle of the pack as neither the most nor the least engaging Mercedes Thompson novel.

Please note that this is an adult urban/paranormal fantasy novel and contains material inappropriate for younger readers.

Night Broken Includes:
  • Kissing
  • Arousal/desire mentioned
  • Nudity (without detail - both in sexual and general shape-changer situations) 
  • References to past sexual assault(s) and some resulting psychological aftermath.
  • Several Sex scenes (Most are implied - references to nudity, arousal and climaxes. One is more detailed with numerous references to body positions, hands roaming, moving)
  • Profanity (this includes a single use of the F word)
  • Injuries (broken bones, blood, cuts, burns)
  • Killing / Death
  • Eating small bits of flesh for ceremonial purposes.
  • Murder scenes (includes disembowelment and much other unpleasantness, although it doesn't get truly gory)
Fans who have read the earlier books will find nothing more gruesome or sexually explicit than seen previously in the series.

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New Movie Clip: The Fault In Our Stars - Smoking Metaphor Clip

New Movie Clip: The Fault In Our Stars - Smoking Metaphor ClipHave you seen the latest The Fault In Our Stars movie clip? It's pretty awesome. :)

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Will there be weddings in The City of Heavenly Fire (TMI, Book 6)?

Last week I posted about the new blurb Cassandra Clare(series author) released with more information about what City of Heavenly Fire has in store, today readers got three additional tidbits.

You can watch the video below to hear it all yourself or scroll below the video to read it nice sweet and short.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

Three Secrets about City of Heavenly Fire

#1 There will be two weddings
#2 There will be a cameo from at least one individual from The Infernal Devices series. Since church and Magnus Bane have already appeared in both series, I assume it will be someone else.
#3 We will return for a little while to the Shadowhunter homeland of Idris.
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Upcoming Release & Movie: Talon by Julie Kagawa Book Cover, Blurb and Optioned for Film!

Julie Kagawa (author of The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series) has a new series debuting this October (2014) and this one features dragons! First fairies, then vampires and now current day shape-shifter dragons, I give Julie major props for versatility.

MTV released the cover earlier today with some interesting input from the author.

I really like the deep colors of this cover, though the background reminds me of the Lorien Legacies series book covers for some reason.

Be sure to scroll down to read the blurb and see the Talon Movie News!



 Talon has been optioned for film by Universal Pictures! As with all books that are optioned this does not mean a movie will ever actually be made, but it is an excellent first step and leaves hope for the future. :)

According to the aforementioned MTV article, the book is being adapted for the screen by Jay Basu and the film will be produced by Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious).

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