September New Book Releases


The month of September is the month where book readers' bank account cry as a kajillion books are released. With over 100 books being released for the month of September these are the ones that made my bank account cry.

I originally had more books queued in pre-orders but sometimes sacrifices have to be made and books had to be canceled so my bank account could have a smaller dent made. 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass (Throne of Glass #6)
September 5, 2017
Pages: 672

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #2)
September 5, 2017
Pages: 448

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
September 5, 2017
Pages: 362

"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type. 

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host. 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it

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Warcross by Marie Lu
September 12, 2017
Pages: 416

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
September 26, 2017
Pages:  304

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. 


Here are the books I looked forward to but did not make my personal cut because finances are a thing and I also have a big trip planned for the month of September and sometimes one must put priorities elsewhere.

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A Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
September 26, 2017
Pages: 224

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
September 5, 2017
Pages: 384

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.




Novelist Russ Colchamiro | Exclusive Interview


 Recently I got the chance to work with Author Assistant for an exclusive interview with a quirky sci-fi author. Check him out!

About Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.


Interview Time


Q: What gave you initial inspiration for your new book Love, Murder & Mayhem?

Colchamiro: While writing Genius de Milo, the second book in my Finders Keepers scifi backpacking comedy series, I briefly introduced the character of Angela Hardwicke, private eye. She only appeared in one chapter, but she’s in that classic Sam Spade tradition. I knew immediately that I wanted to spend more time with her, so I significantly increased her role for the third and final book in the series, Astropalooza. Yet before I give her a series of her own—which I’m starting soon—I wanted to write a short story with Hardwicke in the lead, to get a better sense of who she was, her rhythms, and the kinds of stories I wanted to tell.

So I started the Love, Murder & Mayhem anthology through my publishing group—Crazy 8 Press. We have 15 stories, from 15 authors (including me) with every story containing at least one act of love or romance, at least one murder, and lots of mayhem. I initially thought I’d get nothing but private stories—I did a get a few—but the anthology contains superhero and supervillain stories, off-world and space cruiser stories, as well as A.I., private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travel, an aliens/monsters mash-up and … one DuckBob!

Q: What music choices they have for the book?

Colchamiro:  Actually, my story in Love, Murder & Mayhem—“The Case of My Old New Life and the One I Never Knew”—has Hardwicke investigating a case of arson at a rock n’ roll club she visited the night before to see her favorite band. I’m a musician myself—a drummer—so it was particularly fun to set a murder mystery in that world.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your Finders Keepers trilogy. Did it change you? How did it grow from an idea to a series of published novels?

Colchamiro:  During my early 20s I backpacked through Europe at a time when that wasn’t nearly as common as it is today. We’re talking 1994, so pre-Internet. I had one of those trips that in a very real way changed the fabric of my life. Later, I took a two-week trip to New Zealand, with a buddy I met while backpacking in Europe. These trips transformed me from a never-traveled-anywhere-of-significance person to a I-now-want-to-see-the-whole-world person. Separately, I had this wild scifi comedy concept that I was dying to explore, where Jason Medley had a jar of the Universe’s DNA. I didn’t have any clue who Jason Medley was, or why he might have a jar of the Universe’s DNA, or what that even meant. But I loved it, and wanted to write something epic. The two ideas—the backpacking and the scifi—in my mind fit together so well that I turned it into a 3-book series – Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza.

Each book is written in part like a travelogue with a you-are-there feel, yet the two main characters, backpackers Jason Medley and Theo Barnes (who’s from New Zealand) find themselves being chased around the globe by a cadre of characters from this world and the cosmos, wanting to steal that jar of the Universe’s DNA for themselves. In each book, Jason and Theo save the day. And in doing so, they make matters so much worse. By the time we start the third book, they’ve inadvertently set in motion the next Big Bang, which, if comes to fruition before Astropalooza—a cosmic celebration of the Universe—existence as we know it will be eradicated. So, you know … they’ve got some issues to deal with!

Q: When creating the characters, shaping them, do you use real life people or actors or other fictional characters for inspiration

Colchamiro: Every character I write probably has at least a little bit of me in there somewhere, and sometimes, like with Jason Medley in the Finders Keepers trilogy, he’s my alter ego. I’ve also based characters on friends of mine, amalgams of people I’ve met, or just oh-so-loose inspirations. In fact, one of the characters in my Hardwicke story—Frankie the Brush, a general contractor—is based (with permission) on my actual contractor, whose name is … Frankie the Brush. They’re not exactly the same, but pretty darn close! The real Frankie got a huge kick out of it. Ultimately, though, every character has to be unique, or they fall flat.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Colchamiro: I’ve got books! Buy ‘em up! They’re fun! And if you’re in the area when I’m out on book tour, stop by. Meeting new fans is always my favorite part of doing appearances. And look for some Hardwicke books. I’m working on them now. I’m planning to do an entire series.

About the Book

Love science fiction stories that all include elements of Love, Murder & Mayhem?

Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob!

With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro.

You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.


More Books by Russ Colchamiro
Finders Keepers
Crossline
Genius de Milo
Astropalooza
Tales of the Crimson Keep
Altered States Of The Union



Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast | New Release




I am so excited that ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle Prendergast is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gabrielle Prendergast, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book courtesy of Gabrielle and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:


 ZERO REPEAT FOREVER
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: AmazonB&NAudibleiBooksTBDGoodreads

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… 

Book Trailer:




About Gabrielle: 


Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.





Giveaway Details:


(1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.
(3) winners will receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!


Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull | Book Review


This book was given to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn't lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don't belong and seeking escape.

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they've never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.

Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember's friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?

"We might not look it but we are the same." She tapped her heart. "In here." 

When I was first approached to read this book I was intrigued because it had a whole Twitches vibe. Two girls switched at birth due to magic. I was sold.

I began this book with such an open mind and excitement, expecting it to be a story about two girls helping each other through all the trials they were gonna be thrown through. The Hawkweed Prophecy was kinda like that, but as we see Poppy and Ember become friends and face hardships it kinda gets ruined by their obsession with a boy.

The minute, Leo, the leading guy got introduced my excitement for the story slowly started deteriorating. My problem was that boy came out of no where and was claiming his love for Poppy (he just looked at her and “knew”). Then 24 hours after meeting the boy, Poppy is kissing him, inviting him to her house for pizza and thinking:

“…too handsome for her to look at..”

I want to point out that this boy is homeless and looks the part.

Soon the story stoped being about the loving sisterly bond these two girls make and they realize how similar they are, and into an obsession for Leo and constantly being jealous of one another because of the boy.

It is quite disappointing, because from the first page the story starts strong, captivating you into a world of magic, prophecy and betrayal. I was longing to learn more about the way of magic, the witch clans and the importance of the witch queen. I wanted to learn more about all these wonderful characters, but the story kept going back towards Leo.

I felt like the author was forcing the romance and the love triangle into my face and down my throat. It was just unbearable. I don’t mind romances or love triangles if they build upon and are not randomly shoved into your face.

Don’t get me wrong, Leo is an important character, you either find out at the end of the book or figure it along the way. He is key to the lore of the world, but due to him, the story stopped being about Poppy and Ember finding their identities and fighting for their place in the world.

Hawkweed Prophecy has such an amazing plot that I really enjoyed and frankly I am still intrigued about the world, although over the time Leo comes into the picture I feel like gagging and closing the book. 

Amazing plot, unnecessary romance.


My Rating: 2.5/5
Goodreads: 3.53/5
Amazon: 4/5

Check out my interview with Ms. Irena Brignull