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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things That Make You Go Squee: Upcoming 2011 Releases- Adults


So apparently the year is almost over, and that means it's only logical to think about the things that are coming in the piping hot, fresh new year that exciting and fun.  Which basically means that I've spent the better part of today going through all the posts and ideas and tidbits and whatnots that I've stuck in my Google Reader lately and have been salivating over.  'Tis the season, after all!

In no particular order, and with as much information as my googling, Amazoning, and Goodreading will permit, here are some Things That Make Me Go Squee:

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter)Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh-Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

Why I want to read it: Elena facing off against the Mother in Law of Doom? Sign me up!
Expected Release Date: January 25, 2011



This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost- Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance...

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing.  A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"--the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war. ...to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.
Why I want to read it: I'm excited to read a Cat and Bones novel where they unite against a common enemy instead of each being their own worst enemy.
Expected Release Date: February 22, 2011




BloodshotBloodshot by Cherie Priest- Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.

Why I want to read it: Snarky heroines that get up to hijinks and a mysterious-sounding cast of secondary characters ring my bell.
Expected Release Date: January 25, 2011



Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, Book 5) Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews-
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.
So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Why I want to read it: I'm so close to being caught up and will go immediately into withdrawal when I finish Magic Bleeds.
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011




Hounded: The Iron Druid ChroniclesHounded by Kevin Hearne-
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old–when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power–plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish–to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
 Why I want to read it: Gotta love a sharp wit and a sharp sword!
Expected Release Date: April 19, 2011



Blood Secrets: An Alexandra Sabian NovelBlood Secrets by Jeannie Holmes- WHEN ALEXANDRA SABIAN SINKS HER TEETH INTO AN INVESTIGATION, SHE DOESN’T LET GO.

Alex allowed a case of murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancĂ©, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.


Why I want to read it: Loved the first one, want to see what happens to the characters and what develops between Alex and Varik.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011



Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling)Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh-
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

Why I want to read it: It's a Psy-Changeling book, which is enough said in my book.  Seriously though, Hawke getting his comeuppance is going to be excellent indeed.  Except I want it on Kindle.  Sigh...
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011
As the year goes on, there are always more books available than there is time to read them, but these are ones that I'll be fitting into my schedule come hell or high water.  What are your must reads for 2011?

 
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