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[Small Chirp] Books I know I’ll end up reading. Cuz cover.

Hey, A Book I Just Know I’ll End Up Reading. Cuz Cover.

Servant of a Dark God

The Plot:

“A spirited blacksmith’s daughter accused of using the dark and terrifying sleth magic.

The young man who hunts her.

And the ferocious monster who only wants to be free.

Trapped in a web of lies and ancient secrets, of right becoming wrong, the three must struggle not only against each other, but also a being of irresistible powers, a creature who is gathering her servants to usher in the impending human harvest.

If the three succeed, they will save those they love the most. If they fail, the clans of the land fall with them. Thus begins the towering fantasy series that introduces an elaborate new world, a multifaceted system of magic, and a cast of compelling characters and creatures.”

The Dread: Oh. This is gonna be rough, isn’t it? What are the chances that the book will pull a delightfully fast one and the characters will all fail, the clans of the lands will fall with them, and the spirited blacksmith’s daughter becomes no more?  We should be so lucky.

My other worry: This is billed as the beginning of the series, but it sure looks like there ain’t no sequel anywhere in sight. What if I end up overcoming my yikes-reflex for epic fantasy? I’ll like it, and it’ll end on a cliffhanger, I just know it.

 

Another Book I Just Know I’ll End Up Reading. Cuz Cover.

RangeofGhosts

 

The Plot:

“Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.

Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.”

The Dread: 

That entire blurb makes me feel anxious. Too many names. I should read the prequel series. Overwhelmness.

Also: Why are the prettiest covers always on epic fantasy novels? I’ve had miserable luck with that genre lately.

 

One More Book I Just Know I’ll End Up Reading. Cuz Cover.

 

The Plot:

“As far as college freshman Brenda Morris knows, there is only one Earth and magic exists only in fairy tales.

Brenda is wrong. A father-daughter weekend turns into a nightmare when Brenda’s father is magically attacked before her eyes. Brenda soon learns that her ancestors once lived in world of smoke and shadows, of magic and secrets.

When that world’s Emperor was overthrown, the Thirteen Orphans fled to our earth and hid their magic system in the game of mah-jong. Each Orphan represents an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Brenda’s father is the Rat. And her polished, former child-star aunt, Pearl—that eminent lady is the Tiger.

Only a handful of Orphans remain to stand against their enemies. The Tiger, the Rooster, the Dog, the Rabbit . . . and Brenda Morris. Not quite the Rat, but not quite human either.”

The Dread: 

I hate, hate, hate student main characters. It’s a hatred born of a long list of literary disappointments and artsy, sensitive college-aged heroines who make me want to chew through my reader tablet charging cord. The sight of the word “student” in a blurb almost always means the book is an auto-discard.

I used the word “almost” there because, oh gosh, that cover. Maybe the Chinese culture element will make up for the inevitably insufferable and useless Brenda? The word “orphan” doesn’t fill me with much confidence, either.

Do you have an auto-discard trigger? What is it?

 


Today’s Book Blurb: #VampireProbs

“Eric’s got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can’t remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice–not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.”

- Staked by J.F. Lewis


The Cover Made Me Read It: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

This one is a little different. It’s not fantasy. It’s not Science Fiction. It’s not even speculative or young adult. It’s a suspense/thriller/assassin/romance. But just look at those covers. (You get two, because I couldn’t pick editions.)

The Book I Ended Up Reading. Cuz Cover.

Killing Sarai Killing Sarai2
Yeah.

The Plot: “Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.”

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Today’s Book Blurb: I’m intrigued!

“A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.”

- Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

 

 


Today’s Book Blurb: And you thought this was a good idea how?

“Alpha werewolf Konrad Wolfensen sees it as his duty to protect the citizens of Boston, even if it means breaking into their businesses just to prove their security systems don’t work. But when his unsolicited services land him in trouble with the law…”
- The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase

Today’s Book Blurb: Wait, what?

“Innis is a gifted shapeshifter. Now she must do the forbidden: become a man.”

The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee


Today’s Book Blurb: #VampireProbs

“Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.”

- How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks


The Cover Made Me Read It: Master of Crows by Grace Draven

Here’s another cover that I couldn’t pass by. Crows and flowy hair. What more can you ask for?

What? Plot? Psh. Who needs plot?

The Book I Ended Up Reading. Cuz Cover.

Yeah.

The Plot:

Welp, on the one hand, you have the renegade sorcerer Silhara, reticent avatar of the evil god, Corruption. On the other, you have Martise a young slavewoman-turned-spy who’s been promised her freedom if she is able to find the proof of Silhara’s crimes that would lead to his execution. She’s set up to be his scribe and apprentice. He is all sorts of suspicious.

Inevitably, romance.

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Today’s Book Blurb: The name should have tipped you off.

“Emma Jane Hellsbane always knew she was different, but she had no idea she wasn’t even human.”

- Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

 


Today’s Book Blurb: Life is Hard

“When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy.”
- The Accidental Werewolf  by Dakota Cassidy

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