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Cover Reveal: ‘Indigo Spell’, Book Three in Richelle Mead’s ‘Bloodlines’ Series

Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series was such an awesome success, and it seems like the break-off Bloodlines series has firmly remained in the same vein (pun intended).  The Golden Lily, the second book in this series was released a week ago, and it flew to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

A sneak peak of the cover of Indigo Spell, the third book, was just released. This one showcases the same gorgeous girl who represents Sydney, and two guys, one of which has to be Adrian (any guesses on who hottie number two is?).

Richelle Mead tweeted this not long after the release, to ease fans’ early concerns: “To clear up a lot of questions re: Indigo Spell cover, this is still an early version. Many tweaks still to be made…including tattooing :)”

Fans of this series, what are your thoughts on the new cover?

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New Book Releases, Week of June 10, 2012

Here’s this weeks new scifi, fantasy and horror books. Click on the title to see the cover!

Released Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Aleron: Book One of the Strigoi Series, by Kane

When Aleron accepts the gift of immortality from queen vampire Mynea, a blasphemy is born–to mankind and vampires alike. Having gone against the ancient creed forbidding the creation of male vampires, Mynea must hide Aleron for centuries, concealing him from the reigning vampire, Vlad, and his clan.

As Aleron adapts to his unusual limitations, astonishing new abilities, and an insatiable lust for blood–the sweetest nectar of all–he and Mynea bring others into their fold, creating a coven. But when Mynea suddenly disappears, Aleron’s blissful ever after begins to crumble. In his search for Mynea, he begins to piece together his own vampiric origins through the blood memories of others–and both trails lead to Vlad. Suddenly, Aleron’s own immortality is threatened.

Riese: Kingdom Falling, by Ryan Copple and Greg Cox

A steampunk princess is torn between love and duty in this prequel to’s wildly popular webisodes.

Riese has never been happy as a princess; she’d much rather be hunting or fighting than sitting through another lesson on court etiquette. When she meets Micah, a wandering artist with a mysterious past, she pretends to be a peasant—it’s a chance to be just a normal girl with a normal boy for a while. But with war decimating her once-proud nation and the sinister clockwork Sect infiltrating her mother’s court, Riese’s moments with Micah are the only islands of sanity left in a world gone mad. As her kingdom falls and the Sect grows ever stronger, will Riese remain true to her duty as a princess…or risk everything on a boy she barely knows?

SyFy’s enormously popular Riese webisodes come to literary life in this prequel rife with steampunk technology and medieval mysticism.

Serpent’s Kiss: A Witches of East End Novel, by Melissa de la Cruz

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent’s Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down–from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiancÉ Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in–well, forever, really–Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna–but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating.

As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.

The Third Gate: A Novel, by Lincoln Child

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers.
The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm.
In the hands of master storyteller Lincoln Child, The Third Gate breaks new ground and introduces a fascinating new protagonist to the thriller world.

America Pacifica, by Anna North

Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica–one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in “Manhattanville” mansions made from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of “Hell City” and “Little Los Angeles,” places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.
But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home–the only one she’s ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It’s only when her mother doesn’t come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former “Mainlander,” and her mother’s role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica’s early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island’s first inhabitants–including her mother.

Shadow’s Edge (A Night Prowler Novel), by J. T. Gessinger

Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikatisend their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

 The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood), by N. K. Jemsin

Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares: a mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up — but Gujaareh has known peace for too long.
Someone must show them the way.
Hope lies with two outcasts: the first woman ever allowed to join the dream goddess’ priesthood and an exiled prince who longs to reclaim his birthright. Together, they must resist the Kisuati occupation and uncover the source of the killing dreams… before Gujaareh is lost forever.

The Taken: The Celestial Blues: Book One, by Vicki Pettersson 

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

Time’s Last Gift (Wold Newton Prehistory), by Philip Jose Farmer

Three men and a woman onboard a timeship travel from 2070 AD to 12,000 BC – a journey that could never be repeated. For the passengers, all anthropologists, it was a once-in-a-million-lifetimes expedition… a chance to study primitive man as modern man never could. But none of them was prepared for what they would discover – or for the impact of their travels in a time that had yet to come…
A novel in the Wold Newton universe, in which characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Flash Gordon, Doc Savage, James Bond and Jack the Ripper are all mysteriously connected.

A Tree of Bones: Volume 3 of the Hexslinger Series, by Gemma Files

New Mexico, 1867: Months have passed since hexslinger Chess Pargeter sacrificed himself to restore the town of Bewelcome, once cursed to salt by his former lover, “Reverend” Asher Rook. Now a coalition led by Allan Pinkerton’s Detective Agency lays siege to reborn Mayan goddess Ixchel’s notorious “Hex City,” the one place on earth where hexes can act in consort, and the desert just outside Bewelcome has become the front line in what threatens to become a new Civil War – one in which wild magic and black science clash headlong, producing carnage like nothing the world has ever seen!

Adventures of Lilli and Zane: The Golden Flute, by Catherine Lanigan

Masterfully written by award-winning author Catherine Lanigan, this thrilling action story keeps you guessing through every twist and turn. Cross continents and connect the clues along with teen treasure hunters Lilli and Zane as they try to stay one step of ahead of danger, find the ancient artifacts, and keep them far away from their enemies. A must-read for adventurers of all ages!

The Fear (An Enemy Novel), by Charlie Higson

The sickness struck everyone sixteen and over. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters, and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups who are hungry, bloodthirsty, and not giving up.
DogNut and the rest of his crew, in search of the friends they lost during the fire, set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund 

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel, by Richelle Mead

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

The Guardians of Elijah’s Fire, by Frank L. Cole

Just when she thought she was safe, Amber learns she’s become a target and it seems even her closest allies can t be trusted. Now Amber, Trendon, and the whole gang are facing their most terrifying enemy yet. This thrilling tale ups the action and doubles the danger! Bestselling author, Frank L. Cole delivers an engrossing tale for adventurers of all ages.

Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Rapture (Fallen), by Lauren Kate

RAPTURE, the fourth & final FALLEN novel, is the Lauren Kate book the world has been waiting for.
The sky is dark with wings. . . . Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win? The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

The Shapeshifter’s Secret, by Heather Ostler

Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia’s used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia’s reactions become oddly vicious and angry—more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very last page.

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel, by Myra McEntire

A threat from the past could destroy the future.
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples–cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered–with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most. Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their extraordinary powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? Even if they succeed, just finding him may not be enough …
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

All descriptions from Amazon.

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New Excerpt from THE GOLDEN LILY, Book Two in the VAMPIRE ACADEMY Break-Away Series

More buzz is building around The Golden Lily, book two in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, which breaks off from her wildly successful Vampire Academy series and is set to hit shelves on June 12th. has a new exclusive excerpt for readers to get their greedy hands on, along with an awesome interview with the author. Since it’s exclusive, we can’t post it here, but here’s the link for you to check out yourself!

Curious about this book? Here’s the description from amazon:

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Her books are pretty great, so if you haven’t read any and enjoy paranormal romance YA, definitely check them out (but start with the Vampire Academy).

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Exerpt, and Cover Reveal for Sequel!

Another newly-released chapter hit the web from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy breakoff series, the first of which, Bloodlines, hits stores on August 23rd. Bloodlines is set to follow one of the secondary characters from the Vampire Academy series, Sydney, and alchemyst who helped the characters from time to time throughout the six books. Here’s the summary on Amazon:

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive – this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

The excerpt is an exclusive for, so you’ll have to click here to read it.

While I was checking this out on Amazon, I saw a link to the second book in this series, The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel. No details are yet listed except the release date, which is May 1st, 2012, but they did have the cover:











What do you think? It is definitely keeping in theme with the first one. The title seems odd, but I’m interested in reading it and seeing how it ties in.

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Vampire Academy Being Turned Into a Graphic Novel!

Things are only looking up for New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy books, among others. Her beloved series is being turned into a Graphic Novel.

Here’s the dish from the USA Today exclusive:

Adapted from [author Richelle] Mead’s prose by Leigh Dragoon, the Vampire Academy graphic novel (Penguin/Razorbill) is slated to be released Aug. 23 — the same day the first chapter of Mead’s spinoff series, Bloodlines, arrives in stores.

“When I first wrote the book, all I was focusing on was the book, but I’ve always hoped other things would come of it,” Mead says. “I was really excited to see this. You suddenly get the pictures that are worth a thousand words.

“I feel very lucky. You hear horror stories from people when things get done with their books, but for me it’s been smooth sailing.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Check out the first 6 panels below. I think it looks pretty great. Fans of Richelle Mead’s world, does it match up with how you see things in your mind? I figure, if the author is happy with it, it can’t be all that bad, right?

(click on the images to see them larger)


[via USA Today]

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“Bloodlines” Cover Revealed Today

For fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, the cover for the first book in the spin-off series, Bloodlines, was revealed today in an exclusive:

Here’s what the article had to say about the new book:

Bloodlines will be a spin-off ofVA, moving the previously tertiary character Sydney, a human alchemist, from the sidelines to the forefront. It will also be set in a sunny Californian high school instead of that rigid, preppy-bloodsucker academy

Richelle Mead also made a video for them, talking about the differences in the series. you can go to the exclusive page to view it.

Bloodlines will release on August 23rd of this year.


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10 Books to Look Forward to in 2011!

This list was really hard for me to do. There are so many amazing books coming out this year, by equally amazing authors, that I honestly didn’t know how to decide. But as I thought about it, here at Lytherus we have already been posting news on some upcoming books written by popular authors. So instead of repeating, I thought I would try to find ten that aren’t currently in the headline news, but that should still get the bibliophile in all of us a little excited!

Beauty and the Werewolf (Mercedes Lackey)

Release Date: June 21st

This is the sixth book in Lackey’s successful 500 Kingdoms series. The cover for this book isn’t released yet, so forget about a blurb, but I did get a little info from an interview with the author, courtesy of Bookyurt:

Byrt: And what other projects are on your horizon?

ML: Next 500 Kingdoms book, which is based on Beauty and the Beast crossed with Red Riding Hood. And werewolves.

If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about this series, check out the summary and review of the fifth book in our holiday guide.

(If you want to read the rest of the interview, click here!)

The Power of Six (Pittacus Lore)

Release Date: August 23rd

This is the follow-up to the amazing I am Number Four. There aren’t any blurbs out about the book yet that I could find, so actual info on the plot is still up in the air. However,I did find an interesting interview with the author (yes, Pittacus Lore the alien, not James Frey the human writer), and here’s what he had to say (After starting off talking about I am Number Four):

Are you hoping then for your book to bring about some action from people?

Earthlings will play no part in this war. You cannot affect the outcome in any way whatsoever. It will be won or lost by us.

I’m assuming since you’re using the present tense that the war continues.

Yes, the war is ongoing. We are writing the books a year or two behind the actual events.

Gotcha. So you’re currently working on the sequel, which covers events that happened last year?

We are writing another book right now, yes, called The Power of Six.

Is Number Four in that one?
Number Four is in it too. It’s the next battle in the war, the first two have been fought. The third is being fought right now.

If it is as even close to as good as the first one, this will be one of the highlights in science-fiction publishing this year. To Learn more about the awesome first book in this series, check out the summary on our holiday guide.

(If you want to read the rest of the interview, click here!)

Forever (Maggie Stiefvater)

Release Date: July 12th

I really enjoyed Maggie’s books, and hope to get a review of the first two in this series up here on the site in the not-too-distant future. But for those of you (like me) eagerly awaiting the final installment, here’s a little teaser:

In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Ganymede (Cherie Priest)

Release Date: Winter 2011

There is hardly any information about this book, as it is due out at the end of the year. Even so, I wanted to put it on this list because this series is becoming more and more popular–and it is steampunk at its finest! Here’s what author Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) had to say about Boneshaker, the first book in the series (which should give you a better idea about the feel of the series):

[This is] more of an adult novel, set in an alternate Civil War America where a horrible accident has turned Seattle into a quarantined wasteland filled with zombies. Briar, the widow of the mad scientist who caused the disaster, must enter the city to find her son, who has gone there determined to find evidence that will clear his father’s name. This is a highly original pageturner and a must-read for steampunk fans.

The second book, Dreadnought, is also getting rave reviews. I can’t wait to see what Priest has in store for us next!

The Warlock (Michael Scott)

Release Date: May 24th

This series is a favorite of a few of us here at Lytherus, so it is with excitement we wait for the fifth book in this incredibe series. Here’s a summary:

In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning. With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.

If you want to know more about this series, check out our summary in the holiday guide.

Caster Chronicles #3 (Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl)

Release Date: Fall 2011

There isn’t even a title out for this one yet, but I had to put it on the list, because I know it is a highly anticipated book for 2011 and one I’m sure we’ll follow here at Lytherus. The first two books in this series, Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness, quickly became New York Times bestsellers, and are complex and beautifully written. Sometime this year I hope to post the reviews of these books, but until then, you can check out the series here:

Mastiff (Tamora Pierce)

Release Date: November 2011

For all the Tamora Pierce fans out there, 2011 brings about the third book in the Beka Cooper Trilogy. The date for this book has been moved around a lot, but it has seemed to settle on the fall of this year. Here’s a little teaser:

Beka and her friends will face their greatest and most important challenge ever when the young heir to the kingdom vanishes. They will be sent out of Corus on a trail that appears and disappears, following a twisting road throughout Tortall. It will be her greatest Hunt—if she can survive the very powerful people who do not want her to succeed in her goal.

Heartless (Gail Carriger)

Release Date: June 28th

This is the fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate series, which is a personal favorite of mine. Check out what amazon has to say about the upcoming novel:

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

This series is funny and smart, and has a touch of steampunk in the Victorian feel. I am currently working on a review of the first three books, but until that’s posted, here’s a link to the author’s site.

Pathfinder #2 (Orson Scott Card)

Release Date: October 1st

This is the second book in the Pathfinder series, Card’s newest YA series. I couldn’t find even a hint of info on this book except for the release date, so we can only speculate on how the story of Rigg will continue. But, knowing Card’s talent as a writer, I’m sure it is a book his fans can eagerly await.

If you want to learn more about the first book in the series, Pathfinder, check out the Lytherus review.

**As I was looking for info on this book, I found some news about the author on his website. Apparently Card suffered a minor stroke on New Year’s Day of this year. he lost the use of his left hand, and is currently re-training it to be able to type. So I put this book on the list with the high hopes that he recovers fully and is able to go back 100% to the job he loves, which would mean the release date stays the same. I know his fans all across the world are wishing him a speedy recovery!**

Darkest Mercy (Melissa Marr)

Release Date: February 22nd

Fans of Melissa Marr’s work have waited anxiously for the conclusion to her amazing NY Times Bestselling Wicked Lovely series, and it is almost here! Here’s a summary of the upcoming fifth and final book:

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life. Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything. The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

You can also go to her website to check out the book trailer.

Other Books:

Since I mentioned at the beginning of this article that there were books coming out we already mentioned here on Lytherus, I thought it was only fair to list them here as well:

City of Fallen Angels (Cassandra Clare), Release Date: April 5th

Bloodlines (Richelle Mead), Release Date: August 23rd

Dead reckoning (Charlaine Harris), Release Date: May 3rd

The Throne of Fire (Rick Riordan), Release Date: May 3rd

Book Reviews, Books, Reviews

Review: “Last Sacrifice”

Last Sacrifice, book six in the Vampire Academy series

Richelle Mead

Published: 12/7/10

Warning: Spoilers for the series. Stay away if you haven’t read the previous five!

There is always a lot of expectation when the final book of a beloved series comes out. Ends need tied up, and tasks need to feel like they are completed, or we the reader are left hanging. And of course we can’t say goodbye to the characters, unless we know they will be well-taken care of. Luckily, there were no such problems awaiting the reader in Last Sacrifice, book six in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.

This was a highly-anticipated book. Each subsequent sequel has been desired more than the last, verified by Mead’s outrageously successful book sales. I know I started feeling that way about her books at the end of book 3, with Dimitri’s unfortunate accident. And seeing him in book five broke my heart, right along with Rose. But in this book, he is slowly coming back to himself, step by step, and Rose is there to help him along, even if he doesn’t want her to all the time.

I love Rose. She is one of my favorite female protagonists in more recent YA fiction. There are a lot of females who try to be strong, and in their own way are, but not like Rose. The girl can seriously kick ass, and in Last Sacrifice she doesn’t disappoint. But besides the stints of Rose fighting Strigoi (or other Dhampirs, depending on the situation), there was so much other excellent stuff going on, both with Rose and in general, that I couldn’t put it down. I literally read until 4am and fell asleep with the book open on my pillow, to rise and finish it the following morning.  Because Mead is just that good. She gets inside the characters so well, that I felt like I was truly living within Rose’s skin. Not to discount Lissa, whose head we are also in, thanks to their connection. And that happens a lot in this book, because Rose is on the run, with help from various friends (and enemies) from previous encounters.

At the end of book five Rose was accused of killing the queen, and at the beginning of this book we find out the trial date has been moved up, so that there really won’t be any time for Rose’s friends to find the proof they need to help clear her name of the murder. So she escapes, and though ninety percent of the book she isn’t in court, because of her connection with Lissa we’re able to follow along with all of the investigations and the elections for the new queen. Oh, did I mention that Lissa is running for the seat? It’s only as a distraction, since she has no family (so she thinks!) to help actually elect her, but the controversy of it all is buying more time to help Rose. Plus, we can’t forget about the note that Ambrose slipped Rose at the end of book five. The information on it provides a pivotal plotline that blends seamlessly within all the other turmoil happening around our main characters.

I know, as far as reviews go, perhaps this is a bit convoluted. But to say more is to give way too much away, and if you love this series, I can’t do that to you. It is worth discovering how Mead ties everything up in the end. There are some surprises, some things that were expected, and some ends that are left a little loose, but overall it was a breathless ride on the coaster of YA vampire fiction. I truly hope you enjoy it.

Book News, Books, News

Richelle Mead Interview sat down with Vampire Academy author sensation Richelle Mead for an interview two days prior to the release of her highly anticipated book, The Last Sacrifice. This will be the sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series, coming out this Tuesday, December 7th. Check it out here!

From the Interview:

Since the success of Vampire Academy, how has your life changed? Do you get recognized on the street?

No, I’m never recognized.  I don’t think authors have as much star power as authors and actors.  Sometimes my name doesn’t even get recognized, though fans of the genre almost always know the series title when they hear it.  But it’s still been a life changer.  It’s heady knowing that what you write reaches and affects so many people, and every day, I get a lot of email from readers talking about the series.  Knowing that so many people are waiting for the next book certainly puts a lot of pressure on me, but I’m really grateful do what I do for a living.  I love my job.

[via the Harlequin Teen Panel]

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Preview of Richelle Mead’s Final “Vampire Academy” Book

USA Today got exclusive rights for a preview of Richelle Mead’s newest book, Last Sacrifice, the sixth and final book in the sensational best-selling Vampire Academy series. The book is set to hit shelves on December 7th. USA Today posted all of chapter one, which you can view here.

Here’s some info about the release from the article:

And it’s a book that fans all over the world have been waiting to sink their teeth into since the fifth book Spirit Bound, which debuted atop the USA TODAY best-seller list in May 2010. Release parties will be held at more than 150 bookstores nationwide on the day of release, when Mead launches a 10-city book tour. (Penguin Books will be webcasting the first event of the tour on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.)

[via Penguin Group (USA)]