Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #248, February 10th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Relic by Gretchen NcMeil
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.

For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.

The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.

The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.

As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late. 

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
Two weeks. 



That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny. 



Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
 


But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one.

Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
Islington Arts Academy is not an average high school. Nestled in the forests of Michigan, surrounded by trees and nature and virtually no evidence of civilization, it is an oasis for those looking to get away. Perfect for a student like Kaira Winters, who wants nothing more than to put her past behind her and focus on the present…and her looming graduation, just a few months away.

But the past has a way of returning when least expected.

Kaira knows that what happened before, at her old school, wasn’t normal. She knows that what happened to her ex-boyfriend wasn’t natural. But she refuses to believe that the recent death on campus, the one that left everyone on edge, has anything to do with her. She refuses to believe that she could be at fault again.

But just as the past always returns, the truth can never stay hidden for long.

Even if Kaira didn’t cause the first death at Islington, or the second, or the third, she has the ability to find out who did. She has the obligation to stop whatever is coming to campus. To end the darkness that is falling with the same snow that once blanketed the woods in beauty.

But to embrace this power—to relinquish herself to the ancient entity that has been lurking in the corners of her mind–is to let go of her humanity…and Kaira doesn’t know how far she can go before she loses herself completely.

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeir
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
A lush new fantasy about finding the will to lead against all odds, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.

Keri has been struggling to run her family bakery since her mother passed away.  Now the father she barely knew—the Lord of Nimmira—has died, and ancient magic has decreed that she will take his place as the new Lady. The position has never been so dangerous: the mists that hide Nimmira from its vicious, land-hungry neighbors have failed, and Keri's people are visible to strangers for the first time since the mists were put in place generations ago. 

At the same time, three half-brothers will their own eyes on the crown make life within the House just as dangerous as the world outside. But Keri has three people to guide her: her mysterious Timekeeper, clever Bookkeeper, and steadfast Doorkeeper. Together they must find a way to repair the boundary before her neighbors realize just how vulnerable Nimmira is.

With a spunky main character, lyrical storytelling, and hidden romance, The Keeper of the Mist is an engrossing story that is full of adventure.

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Expected Publication: March 8th, 2016
From Goodreads:
A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

These books! Look and sound so good! I want it to be March 8th so much! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #252, February 10th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #252, February 9th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker, page 146.

"I know this is unfair. There's a about life that isn't fair, and sometimes we can't do anything about it, but sometimes we can."

Bethany Frenette Author Page

The Story: I'd seen Dark Star around, it sounded good, and I wanted to read it! And yeah, there's the whole series, and I'm going to and I can't wait!

Website

Series: Dark Star.

Dark Star: Dark Star and her site, my review, Burn Bright and her site, my review, Fire Fall and her site, my review.

Monday, February 8, 2016

We Have the Cover of Diplomatic Immunity!!!!

Yes, we have the cover of Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton!!!

We Have the Cover of Untitled #1!!!!

Yes, we have the cover of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge! Yes!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #244, February 8th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #243
Teaser Tuesday #251
WWW Wednesday #251
WOW #248
Will the Time Come #244
Third Sentence Thursday #234
Random Reads #219
First Lines Friday #238
The Reward Challenge Update #229
Follow Friday #221
How Well I Stuck to It #73
Wrote that Review Update #78

Week 6 Reviews:
Human Nature
Blood Magic
Blood Challenge
Death Magic
Human Error
A Quick Bite
City of the Lost
Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru
OK, so I got  posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Ascending the Boneyard, Queen Song, Steel Scars, Glass Sword, How Willa Got Her Groove Back, Into the Dim, and Once Upon a Dream.

Donnie Darko meets The Matrix in this mind-bending and captivating mystery about one teen’s surreal experiences after surviving a major trauma.

Everything’s a battle.

Sometimes life gets too real, and Caleb Tosh has taken one hit too many. First, there was the accident that changed everything for Tosh’s younger brother. Now his mom has left. All the pain, the grief and loss, have finally pushed Tosh over the edge.

If only he could have a do-over. Wipe his reality. Start fresh. Maybe he could fix all of his mistakes and everything would be different. Tosh immerses himself in the complex missions from the game he obsessively plays, The Boneyard. The game bleeds into the dark nature of his everyday life, folding reality into surreality until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. Tosh is desperate to Ascend, to reach the next level, to become Worthy.

Readers are brought on a one-of-a-kind, absorbing journey where no one can say what is real and what isn’t—right up until the shocking, yet deeply powerful conclusion.
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.
Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.    

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wrote that Review Update #78, February 7th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Human Nature, Blood Magic, Blood Challenge, Death Magic, Human Error, A Quick Bite, City of the Lost, Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru, so I have 4 of 4 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #73, February 7th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 7:
Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson, Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard, Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay, Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor, Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 3. Check.

Edelweiss: 1. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 1. Check.

It doesn't meet everything, but other then that, it's a pretty good looking week! I want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Week 6 Review: Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru

From Goodreads:
When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin's NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it's all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it's not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn't want to be without him. 

My Review:


Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Creative HeArts #1
Read: February 5th, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Published: September 14th 2015
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 6 Review: City of the Lost

From Goodreads:
Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that's not why she's on the run. Her best friend's ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she'll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she's heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they're not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he's more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her. 

My Review:
This was such a great book! I was waiting until all 6 parts of it were collected together to read it, since there's so many books to read, that waiting for the instalments to be published would have been evil, so I saved myself that.

I loved this story of Casey, and giving up her life-again-for her friend, and starting fresh in a pretty strange place. And what a place! A 3 to 5 year stay, payment to enter, having jobs, earning more credits for the more valuable work. Oh, and that they're all running from something, and the population is 4 guys to 1 lady with very little in the way of entertainment. That was something that was brought up, and I would love to see it explored more!

Casey's idea for Eric to have in the back of his head a back plan was really awesome! That he could set up another town, well, camp in the beginning, that the council couldn't kick him out of, and he wouldn't have to go down South, that works for him. And there were people who'd go with him!

There were so many twists and turns in this book! Of course it's a Kelley Armstrong book, but there were so many, from the bad guy, well, guys, since there were multiple things going on. And personal details about the characters. The Eric one being the biggest for me! Yeah. That was so great to read!

One thing for me, was that these characters-Casey and Eric Dalton, reminded me a lot of Nadia and Jack from Kelley Armstrong's other series. Both the characters compared together (Casey and Nadia, Eric and Jack) and the relationships of the couples. I noticed this near the end, when Eric was talking about his feelings, and his way of talking reminded me of Jack. I know they're different characters, but they have their similarities, and it would be awesome to see all four of them interact!

Such a fantastic series, and I can't wait to see where this series goes!

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Casey Duncan #1
Read: February 5th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: Random House Canada
Published: January 2nd 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 6 Review: A Quick Bite

From Goodreads:
That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course!
Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood...an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly - once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into...if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

My Review:


One thing that I really loved, was this world. It was really different, combining science with the nanos, Atlantis, and vampires. And details such as if a vampire has another vampire's blood, the extra nanos would mean a faster rate of blood consumption!

Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #1
Read: February 4th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: October 25th 2005
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 6 Reviews: Human Nature, Blood Magic, Blood Challenge, Death Magic, Human Error





From Goodreads:
An urban fantasy novella from USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks's world of the lupi, where the darkest magic will leave its mark…

FBI Agent Lily Yu is turning twenty-nine—a milestone she's decidedly ambivalent about. But her birthday celebration is cut short when the naked, heavily tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town. The victim was David Pruitt, and years ago, he was close friends with Rule Turner, prince of the lupi.

At first it seems like a bizarre ritual killing, but there’s more than magic afoot: David wasn't human. And the killer isn't finished…

From Goodreads:
Lily Yu and Lupi prince Rule Turner have a bigger problem than their families not accepting their impending human/werewolf mixed marriage. A powerful ancient nemesis of Lily's grandmother has come to San Diego to turn the city into a feeding ground.

From Goodreads:
Lily Yu and Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail. Death threats. Lily's car is vandalized. But professionally, things are going smoothly...until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree.

Then Rule's brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder--twice. The first time she's sneaking around the home of the leader of Humans First. The second time, she sneaks into Nokolai Clanhome with a mysterious potion.


It may not be possible to deal with the rapidly escalating situation the way Lily always has: through the law. Especially when she's pulled off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest. Lily's loyalties will be stretched to the breaking point when she discovers that the deaths in Tennessee were only the opening skirmish in an all-out war. 

From Goodreads:
DEATH MAGIC opens with Special Agent Lily Yu in Washington, D.C. with her fiancé--lupi prince Rule Turner—to testify before a Senate subcommittee about her role in the magical collapse of a mountain last month. She is not there to tell them about the strange legacy she carries from that event—or about the arcane bond between her and Rule--or what her boss in Unit Twleve of the FBI's Magical Crimes Division is really up to. She sure won't tell them that the lupi are at war with an Old One who wants to remake humanity in her own image. 


Lily is managing the conflict between her duty as an officer of the law and the need for secrecy pretty well . . . until the rabidly anti-magic senator who chairs that committee is murdered. The line between right and wrong, always so clear to her, becomes hopelessly blurred as events catapult them all towards disaster, and prophecies of a cataclysmic end to the country she loves and serves--and to the entire race of lupi--seem well on their way to being fulfilled.

From Goodreads:
In this urban fantasy novella set in New York Times bestselling author Eileen Wilks's world of the lupi, a family holiday provides respite from an ongoing war—but not without a few skirmishes of its own...

Benedict would do anything to make Arjenie happy, even spend Christmas meeting her large, Wiccan, entirely human family. As a lupi warrior who's lived most of his life at Clanhome, Benedict is more than a little nervous. He isn't used to fitting in with humans, let alone a family who celebrates the Wiccan holiday of Yule. 


Benedict even asked his brother for advice about clothes, hoping to create the right impression. So it's a shame that things go wrong from the moment he steps out of the car . . .

My Review:


Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: Lupi #5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5
Read: January 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: January 5th 2010, February 2nd 2010, January 4th 2011, November 1st 2011

Human Nature:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Blood Magic:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars









Blood Challenge:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Death Magic:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Human Error:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars