July 24, 2014

Review: Poison & Wine

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Poison & Wine (Poison & Wine series, book 1) by C.H. Valentino, Eldon Hughes

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Goodreads

Danni Toussaint has a nail in her chest as a mark of her debt to The Baron Samedi - a debt she can only repay with the souls he forces her to steal. Michael Belew is desperate. Someone is kidnapping nuns in the Ninth Ward where he was raised an orphan, and he suspects a powerful enemy armed with voodoo magic. When Michael asks for Danni's help to find the kidnapper - or killer - they become pawns in a vicious game between The Baron Samedi and his brother, Lacroix. The prize? Control of the most powerful source of magic in New Orleans. Now, to protect the people of his city and save Danni from Samedi, Michael may have to sacrifice his soul.(


Review:

There is no doubt that Poison and Wine is one of the coolest voodoo books I have read. The twist at the end. Epic! Clearly this writing duo is bringing a lot of new ideas to a genre that has gotten stale recently. (Sure there's still the tried and trued greats, but the Urban Fantasy genre hasn't been bringing in any new blood lately. Just readers' favorites.) Yet, there are a few things lacking from this debut that didn't quite keep it to the 3/5 I had strongly suspected I'd give it when I first started.

Now, the world. Ahh!! Seriously I'm still so in ahh my mind can only come up with terms like “freaking awesome!” and “let's do that again!” No really. Good voodoo books are hard to find. Especially ones dealing with the Barons. Some just baffle you with the lingo, or lose themselves in convoluted plots and mythology. Poison and Wine handles everything nicely. If you know your basic Baron myths and voodoo, easy. If you're going no prior knowledge of voodoo/hoodoo, readers might need to look up a few things. Other then that easy as cake. The Baron Samedi is the main face of voodoo if you read it, and while his basic look is always the same. Baron Samedi is simply amazing in Poison Wine. Hands down my all time favorite literary version to date!

The mystery surrounding the disappearances of the nuns starts off creepy right out of the gate. The magic and horrors still happening after the aftermath of Katrina is an amazing twist. A lot of Urban Fantasy authors have been playing around with Katrina in their worlds, and I'm impressed with what I found here. The tough as nails Nuns were a treat, as I love “super” nuns. (Anime ruined me.) The interactions of the lead female, Danni, with the nuns was priceless at times. Moving at others. New Orleans may be a city of magic, but I've always loved it when authors play up the dark side of the Crescent City and how it affects the people there.

Now for why I can't quite give Poison and Wine a 3/5. First up the writing. I can tell that C.H. Valentino and Eldon Hughes are quite the writing team. Once they get their stride going I suspect they're probably going to be one of the most powerful writing duos in the Urban Fantasy genre. At times I could taste the salt water from the bay and hear the city's rough noises, but then it would completely fade a way leaving me with just words. The worst part was the minor grammar errors that would just pull me out. “Pair of pants” was “pair pants”. The word “stay” lost it's “t”. “That” as somehow a “the”. Of, as, an, and other minor words were missing. I read every word in a book. I do not speed read or skim. So yes, I am allowed to be that picky. If I put forth the effort to enjoy the book, I expect the editing process to have picked up on those errors. Because nothing pulls me out of a story faster then grammar errors. Especially when they're sprinkled through out the book from beginning to end, happening sometimes on the same page. Not even chapters between them to spread the errors.

My final gripe and the one thing that always, always, smacks me out of a read. Character development, and more accurately the connection I have with them. Danni is awesome, and she's everything I love in a female lead. She isn't a super warrior woman, but she is tough. Michael is the charming white knight, who has enough naughty in his past to make him interesting. (The plot twist about him, was a bit silly. Come on, Danni knew what he really was. She's too smart to be claiming ignorance.) Both were introduced beautifully and instantly drew me under the spell of Poison and Wine. Sadly, I felt like I was in a car pressed up against the glass looking out at the rain and waiting to touch it. However, the window never gets rolled down. It's stuck, and the car is getting muggy!

Danni and Michael have enough of a reveal about what led to their attachments to the Barons, but nothing else. They're lonely isolated characters, which is the norm for the genre. The trick is to develop the characters outside of their current story and past so that reader feel like they're connected to them now. You know going from one dimensional to four dimensional. This story is told in third person, and I know third person can develop characters really well. Sadly that doesn't always happen with third person writing, which is why I'm usually a sucker for first person. The whole time while reading I felt like the characters where keeping me at arms length and I was just waiting for them to finally let me in.

The pacing of Poison and Wine was perfection. No dull dragged out moments. No. Nothing but a perfect rush. The mystery was amazing and the battle of wits during the “game” the Barons are playing was . . . “Freaking awesome!” C.H. Valentino and Eldon Hughes have something here. Despite the grammar issues—so cruel when the writing is sooooo close to being perrrrrfection—and the lack of connection with the characters, I am in for the next book! If these two nail it my mind will probably explode! (In a good way.) The setting is amazing and after that ending! Oh, that ending. This series is well worth giving it a chance to see where it goes.

Sexual Content: Some minor sexual content, nothing over the top.

 
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Poison & Wine (1)
Dust to Dust (2)

Poison & Wine (1)
Dust to Dust (2)

Poison & Wine (1)
Dust to Dust (2)

July 23, 2014

Wednesday Wishes

Filler


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

blue-lily-lily-blueGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series: The Raven Cycle, book 3

The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

While I have some issues with the title of this book, I want it so much!! I’m waiting for it to release before I read the second book. Because the wait in between the first and second was horrid. And to be honest there is so much going on that this is a series that’s better to binge read.

 

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

what-i-thought-was-trueGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Contemporary Romance Young Adult
Series: N/A

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.

Normally I don’t really read or get into Contemporary of, any kind. But occasionally a YA title catches my eye. With Khanh’s hard one 4 star review how could I pass it up! Plus, this quote has me wanting to know more:

Just sex. Am I never going to be anything more than somebody’s strategy, a destination marked off on a road map and then passed through for someplace better?

Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield

just-a-kiss-ally-broadfieldGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: It’s In His Kiss, book 0.5

Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she'll be forced to marry her guardian's loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn't have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can't refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

A Historical Romance made it on my list, even more it’s a short story!! What! However, I love the premise of this book and the glowing reviews.

July 22, 2014

Review: Fireborn

Fireborn (Souls of Fire, book 1) by Keri Arthur

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Goodreads

From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…


Review:

Claims that this book was a lot like the Riley Jenson series had me practically foaming at the mouth for Fireborn!! Pretty please and thank you. Ironically that's probably why I didn't love it. Because it was too much like the Riley Jenson series. Emberly had plenty of potential, but I didn't feel like she was fully fleshed out. Instead she had all the basics of Riley, and not enough Emberly to separate them. She has a male roommate, her soul mate who she can never be in love with—but still a lot like Riley's brother. Emberly is completely comfortable with her sexuality and owns it! (And really that is an aspect I'm happy to live with.) Emberly wants to live a quiet and normal life—this time around—but she's clearly all over the action and her justifications for getting involved seem stupid. Even the love interest has a lot of qualities like the Riley series, but worse.

Sam is already at that he's-an-asshole-who-felt-betrayed-but-really-just-didn't-understand-and-hurts-Emberly-continually jerk state. No really. Sam is already introduced as Emberly's ex. And he's probably one of the most insufferable male love interests to grace the pages of literature. OK, I've read a few worse ones, but this is a status update as I read: “Queue bus. Sam splatter. Now.” Arthur doesn't set up any time span for readers to get to know Sam as anything but an ass. There's no tender flashbacks. Readers are just supposed to take Emberly's word for it that their love was amazing, and that five years was not enough to get over him. Even though now that he's back in her life he's drugged her multiple times, threatened her, expects her to help him but practically gives her nothing, and one of those druggings leaves Emberly and another person completely defenseless against some enemies he knew where coming after her! Emberly annoyingly pining and Sam being an unmitigated ass gets old fast. Knowing Arthur she will drag this out, and I hate Sam. No matter what there will be no redemption for him.

Other then that, this book is a great start to a knew series! Jackson enters as a fire Faye who's down right sexy and helps Emberly steam up the page! While there is some questions to whether he is a good or bad guy, Arthur is kind enough not to torture readers too long. Also, some question to whether Jackson will be the other side of the love triangle. The vibes I’m getting are just good friends with benefits. They're a great team together and I like the idea of following a series where they both interact. Rory is also a surprisingly fun character, and I hope to see more of him considering he has a pretty tight connection to Emberly.

Which brings me to the coolest aspect of this series. Phoenixes! There's only one book that actually had a lead who was part phoenix that I've read, and others they've just been magical creatures. Arthur spins her mythology well. As phoenix are fire spirits and are quiet different from humans. They have three forms: human, fire, and phoenix! Phoenixes come in pairs, or soul mates, and can not live without their other half. Of course there's a tragic twist that pairs cannot ever be in love, romantically, with each other. Every life they are reborn their destined to have true love, and it is fated to never end well. Really sad crap. But I wonder how much it is they find that “true love” for that life and then they give up on “normal love”. You know the practical kind that you have to work at? Just a thought.

While Fireborn didn't have as powerful a murder mystery as what I'd grown accustomed to from my beloved Riley, I did have fun. (Come on, we all no ones different/wrong with Sam.) The setup for the Red Cloaks was interesting and left open to sprawl out in future entries into the series. (Though how no one would think that there's something fishy to a bunch of “crazy mindless beings” all having red cloaks? Mindless creatures don't wear uniforms.) The dark world and humor that readers have grown to love, and expect, from Arthur is present! While I find two of the men in Riley's life fantastic and love them without actually needing them to be her HEA. I will say that if Sam is dragged out as “the one” I'll probably not continue this series too long. However, I love the promise and I hope to get to know Emberly more! Arthur can deliver better mystery and love story then this and I look forward to it.

And no. You do not need to have read the Riley or Dark Angels series to read this It’s the same universe, but no cross over a that feeling of missing something.

Sexual Content: Hot bedroom scenes, plenty of sexual humor, and well . . . tons of sexual content. It’s Arthur it comes with the turf.

 
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Fireborn (1)

Fireborn (1)

Fireborn (1)

July 21, 2014

Cover Coveting(20)-Hot covers!

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

As the “Hot covers” bit states, there are some hot covers here! At least covers fans have been waiting for!! So exciting! So many lovely ladies, my mind! Neill is a very lucky author, however my mind is flipping out over Briggs cover. Hmmmmm.


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A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Goodreads | Amazon
Dark Debt by Chloe Neill Goodreads | Amazon

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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Goodreads | Amazon
Panther Prowling by Yasmine Galenorn Goodreads | Amazon

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Soulbound by Kristen Callihan Goodreads | Amazon
The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson Goodreads | Amazon

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Viper Game by Christine Feehan Goodreads | Amazon
Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh Goodreads | Amazon

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Charmed by Michelle Krys Goodreads | Amazon
Death Marked by Leah Cypess Goodreads | Amazon

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Demons in My Driveway by R.L. Naquin Goodreads | Amazon
Dust to Dust by C.H. Valentino, Eldon Hughes Goodreads | Amazon

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Frostfire by Amanda Hocking Goodreads | Amazon
Ghost Killer by Robin D. Owens Goodreads | Amazon

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Half Wild by Sally Green Goodreads | Amazon
Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger Goodreads | Amazon

July 17, 2014

Review: Touch the Dark

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, book 1) by Karen Chance

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Touch the Dark

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay....


Review:

“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.” - Cassie Palmer

The first time I read that sentence of Touch the Dark I was hooked. Many years, and many rereads later, that line gets me every time. Well, that and one of the single most unique stories—Ok series—that I have had the pleasure of reading in the Urban Fantasy genre. (Also fond memories of being the first book that I waited for the book store employees to put out on the shelf on the release date.) Touch the Dark is one of my favorite blends of magic from Greek mythology to voodoo, satyrs to haunted jewelry, magical warded tattoos to the coolest vampire feeding styles ever! Let's be honest Touch the Dark—basically the whole Cassandra Palmer series—is all kinds of messed-up-totally-awesome-fun-with fantasy and mythology.

The most important part is how totally awesome the time travel plays into the storyline. A lot of time traveling books can over play it to the point where it's boring, or so tedious that it actually doesn’t fit into the story. Cassie also has the gift of Sybil, those able to see into the past and future. Again another thing that rarely gets used well enough in paranormal books. Usually meaning authors use it so heavily it kills the book. Chance is one of the few authors that can use time traveling and foresight so magically! The best part is when Cassie changes the time line and the ripples are immediately seen. Things can have amazing and horrible ramifications.

Touch of Dark does suffer from some bad pacing, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the book. (At least for me.) This book is ambitious, and I have no disillusions on how hard it had to be for Chance to find her rhythm. There's a lot of history here—literally—and in the way of back story. This world is rich. From Cassie's tragic past, to pretty much every character that steps onto the page. It was fun playing guess the famous people. From the man in the iron mask to Eve herself. I have mad respect to any author who would have Jack the Reaper and Shakespeare on the same counsel! Chance does a beautiful job giving enough information to make readers love her characters, but not entering into information overload.

Cassie is one of my favorite characters! It's strange that readers who don't like her say she's whiny, but her humor is simple sarcasm. Which a lot of characters within the Urban Fantasy genre utilize. That humor never failed to make me laugh and put a content smile on my face. Cassie is a character that I'd love to be friends with in real life. She’s a tough independent woman who does what she needs to do to protect said independence. Despite the tragedies of her life she still remains compassionate when she needs to and is smart enough to know when to step in. Unlike many characters in the genre she can muddle with politics of the world. Though she may not be so handy with weapons. She's a different kind of hero. But I still have mad respect for her.

Really I don't think I can fully do this book, or series justice, with words. It's a fantastic blend of a little bit of everything. It's sexy and humorous, reminding me why I love long haired male vampires so much. The time travel here is a great example of why there is a niche in the genre for that kind of thing. Because when it's done right it is: Freaking. Amazing. Not to mention that world history just got a lot more interesting with Chance’s fun twists. The best part is how great all the characters are. Billy Joe is one of my favorite ghosts. Come on who doesn't love an Irish cowboy who's gambling issues led him to an early grave? Mircea is one of the top 10 hot vamps of the genre in my book. And now I know that Chance has the skills to take a character that I actually had hoped would die while reading Touch the Dark—Pritkin—and make me totally-fan-girl-cray-cray later in the series. It's refreshing to have an author who can develop characters as the series progresses. This is a wonderful series to invest in. Even if the first book doesn't blow you away, like it did for me, the next books only get better.

Sexual Content: Sex and sexual humor, clearly an adult title.

 
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Touch the Dark (1)
Claimed by Shadow (2)
Embrace the Night (3)
Curse the Dawn (4)
Hunt the Moon (5)
Tempt the Stars (6)
Reap the Wind (7)

Touch the Dark (1)
Claimed by Shadow (2)
Embrace the Night (3)
Curse the Dawn (4)
Hunt the Moon (5)
Tempt the Stars (6)
Reap the Wind (7)

Touch the Dark (1)
Claimed by Shadow (2)
Embrace the Night (3)
Curse the Dawn (4)
Hunt the Moon (5)
Tempt the Stars (6)
Reap the Wind (7)

July 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishes

So it’s no secret that I’ve had the breaks on my reading, again. This is just a bad reading year for me. But despite my hot and cold reading habits lately, I still lust. Oh, the lusting.


Free Agent by J.C. Nelson

free-agent-jc-nelsonGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Grimm Agency, book 1

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To pay off her parents’ debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she’s called on to deal with.

Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm’s turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can’t resist: her heart’s wishes.

Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm—or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…

This is one of the few Urban Fantasy debuts this year, and I’m really excited about it! It doesn’t come out until July 29th. Something to look forward to this month.

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

exquisite-captive-heather-demetriosGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle, book 1

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Unique magical creature stories are my weakness. On the rise looks like Jinn are making a show of it this year. Now some of the reviews have not been positive for it, but I still have to try it out.

Heller by J.D. Nixon

heller-jd-nixonGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heller, book 1

Despite having no experience or skills, Tilly Chalmers can’t believe her luck when she lands a dream job in a security and surveillance business owned by the dangerously attractive Heller. But she soon discovers her new boss is a man of many secrets. And what is she to make of the strange group of people who live with him? After her first two assignments go disastrously wrong, and with a ruthless competitor on the scene, Tilly must decide if she has what it takes to survive the rough world of security work.

This one is actually one that I wouldn’t normally add to my list. However, a good Goodreads friend recommended to me. It’s also free on Amazon right now! Can’t pass that up.

July 15, 2014

Author Gossip: Nicole Peeler

As promised I dug into Jin and Juice by Nicole Peeler! Just trying to get my hands on any information about her new series.


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It’s clear the cover is lovely, and in Peeler’s official reveal post she asked fans if they knew the city. Well do you? I didn’t! To be honest I am not that great with skylines. New York and Seattle are about it for me. (Look below to find out which skyline it is!)

So I found the blurb!

Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude -- only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?
Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry -- by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni, herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.

Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more -- it could risk her very soul...
Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.

Now after digging around further . . .

  • It’s being published by Orbit with an expected publication of November 25th, 2014.  And if you’re wondering, yes Orbit is her usual publisher.
  • The skyline is Pittsburgh!
  • The artist is  Nathalia Suellen, the artist behind A. G. Howard books. Which I’m hoping to see more cover art by Suellen. The designer is Lauren Panepinto.
  • The title Jinn and Juice is the original name that Peeler came up with, and she even admits that it is a throw back to the 90s.
  • Quote from the author:

Because I turned in JINN AND JUICE last week (May 2nd 2014)! Which was very exciting. I can’t wait to show you the cover Orbit’s working on and share more with you about my new novel and its crazy, crazy people. There are jinn! And drag queens! and spider wraiths! And fodden! And PITTSBURGH! So basically it’s the other thing you’ve always wanted, besides Charlaine Harris introducing stories in your ear hole.

  • Hachette UK is claiming that Jinn and Juice is “MaryJanice Davidson meets Charlaine Harris”.
  • It is being classified as an Urban Fantasy. (To my relief as so many authors are jumping ship for Paranormal Romance or YA. Stay with Urban Fantasy my beloved UF writers! Stay!)
  • Oh and here is Hachette UK’s alternate blub:

Leila's a little bitter. Then again, she has every right to be. Hundreds of years ago in Persia, she made a deal to escape her arranged marriage. But when the deal went south, Leila found herself transformed into a jinn - and bound to the very man she was desperate to escape.

Now, years later, Leila has escaped and is laying low, posing as a tarot reader with a reputation for helping those in need. But when a Magi finds her and binds her again, she must choose between serving him to help save a little girl or fighting for her freedom.

Yeah. You guessed it. That's all I could dig up. Which blub did you guys like better?

And don’t worry I’ll be on the prowl for more information on this series as it releases. Either way this series sounds amazing.

 

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