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[GUEST BLOGGER] Christina Farley on Mythological Creatures in BRAZEN

This guest post by Christina Farley is part of the official blog tour for Brazen. At the end of this post, you’ll find a letter to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway. Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.

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29th September 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
The Unquiet Past
Orca Book Publishers (US & CA: 29th September 2015)
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Tess has always been tormented by waking visions that make her question her sanity. When the orphanage she lives in burns down, she decides to face her fears and find out once and for all what is wrong with her. She believes the truth must lie with her parents, and so, armed with only an address and phone number, Tess travels to a crumbling mansion in rural Quebec, where she discovers evidence of mistreatment of mental patients. She also makes an unlikely ally and gradually unearths her family’s sad history – and finally accepts the truth about her paranormal powers.

Christina Farley
Brazen (Gilded, Book 3)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 29th September 2015)
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Jae Hwa Lee spent her sixteenth year in Seoul, trying to destroy the evil immortals who had been torturing her family for centuries. The last thing she expected was to be forced to become their assassin. Trapped in the darkest part of the Spirit World as a servant to the Korean god Kud, fighting to keep her humanity, and unable to contact her loved ones, Jae Hwa is slowly losing hope. Kud, god of darkness, will do anything to keep her as a pawn in his quest for power over all of Korea, her entire family thinks she’s dead, and Jae’s true love, Marc, believes she is lost to him forever. When Kud sends Jae to find and steal the powerful Black Turtle orb, Jae sees an opportunity to break free and defeat Kud once and for all…but first she needs to regain Marc’s trust and work with him to vanquish the darkness that threatens to overwhelm Korea. There’s much to lose as Jae struggles to save the land she’s come to call home.

Rhiannon Held
Wolfsbane (Silver, Book 4)
Rhiannon Held (US: 29th September 2015)
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When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack. What Tatiana doesn’t realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them – because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.

Rachel Vincent
Menagerie (Menagerie, Book 1)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 29th September 2015)
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When Delilah Marlow visits a famous travelling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town. But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions” – mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies – are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Scott Westerfeld
Afterworlds
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 29th September 2015)
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Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love. Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

September 2015 Releases

Done with August 2015 Releases? Here are September 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. NOTE: If viewing this on a feed-reader, the formatting may be screwy, so probably best to read at my WordPress.

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9 New Covers (Armstrong, Bickle, Caine, Crewe, Ewing, Farley, Frankel, Jones, Lang)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Maree Anderson: FREAKS IN THE CITY (paperback): 11th April 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: THE UNQUIET PAST: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: OTHERWORLD SECRETS: 26th January 2016: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: CITY OF LIGHT: 5th January 2016: Buy (US)
Karen Bao: DOVE ARISING (paperback): 5th January 2016: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: BLACK JADE: 29th December 2015: Buy (US)
Christina Farley: BRAZEN: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT: 1st December 2015: Buy (US)
Krissy Kneen: THE ADVENTURES OF HOLLY WHITE AND THE INCREDIBLE SEX MACHINE (paperback): 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: FAIREST (paperback): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: HEARTLESS: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: RIDERS: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Carrie Ryan: BOUGAINVILLEA: 8th April 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN’S PROPHECY TAROT: 8th September 2015: Buy (US)
Amanda Sun: RISE: 1st May 2015: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Brazen – Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong
Brazen (Otherworld, Novella)
Subterranean Press (US: 10th January 2014)
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An internationally best-selling author signing up with a small publisher is great, theoretically. Bringing a large fan-base to a press who could do with more business – it’s a nice match. And a niche publisher is more open to hiring an illustrator to create interior art for an adult book – that’s pretty cool.

But the actuality of all this comes with its share of problems, namely exclusivity. Limited print runs, though audio and eBook versions are also available. However, Subterranean Press’s eBooks seem to be geo-restricted, so I can’t purchase and therefore can’t read them.

I managed to get my mitts on a hardcover of Kelley Armstrong’s Brazen, and was immediately a little lost. Admittedly, I haven’t yet read the last two full-length Otherworld novels (Spell Bound and Thirteen), and those likely would’ve helped me with back-story. But while another Subterranean Kelley Armstrong book (Hidden) is self-contained, Brazen clearly isn’t. The story’s not even finished, though I imagine it continues in the upcoming Bounty Hunt – but whether it will conclude there is anyone’s guess.

The issue with having side-characters in other books switching to main characters in their own is that they may not have the same affability. I enjoyed Nick on the side because of his distinctive personality, but in Brazen he’s all grown up and settling down with one woman, and his voice could’ve been that of any other Otherworld character.

There’s one genuinely shocking moment in the book, though. (Just wait ’til you see the attic!) But other than that, I struggled to connect with this novella. I’m really looking forward to Bounty Hunt, though – it’ll be narrated by Reese, and urban fantasy could definitely do with more Australians 😉

15th December 2013 Releases

Kelley Armstrong [Dust jacket & interior illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie]
Brazen (Otherworld, Novella)
Subterranean (US: 15th December 2013)
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Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits. Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters. Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play. It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover. He’s a fighter.