Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bookworm News: April



Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Salted by Aaron Galvin 


Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
Aniri, the Third Daughter, looks forward to her eighteenth birthday when she can choose love over duty, but a pending war may change all her plans in Susan Kaye Quinn's Third Daughter. I loved how this novel is set in an alternate world India. The details are vivid and exquisite. The political intrigue, the steampunk gadgets, and the beautiful costumes kept me in wonderment. Aniri is a likeable character, and my heart went out to her. The barbarian prince is swoon-worthy with his kindness and bravery. The only reason I'm giving this novel four stars instead of five is because I found the beginning a bit too slow, so it took me awhile to be fully invested in the story. But when I was, Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn was magical. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
What seems like a simple case of retrieving a lost necklace takes a deadly turn in William Rabkin's The Call of the Mild. This novel is a TV tie-in book for the show Psych. The best part of the book is the witty dialogue. Rabkin often had me laughing at what Shawn, Gus, Henry, and the others said. Some of the pop culture references went over my head. The plot was a bit all over the place, and there were instances when the narrative could've been tightened, but I still figured out who was killing people. Shawn's antics always make me smile, and I enjoy how Gus is the main narrator. Although not the best written novel, if you're a fan of the show, then you'll enjoy The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin. It's a feel-good novel and an all right read for us fans who are already missing Psych.

Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
Jules waited three-hundred-and-six days to return home in Rachel Morgan's Forgiven. This novella sped right along. Jules is a likeable character with a haunting past she wants to leave in the past, but her secrets are about to come out into the open. Her emotions felt very real to me, and I found myself holding my breath for her. I love Jules's interactions with her sisters. Their relationships were wonderfully complex and endearing. The exotic setting of Durban, South Africa adds an exotic flavor to the read. And the touch of sweet romance budding anew left this tense and emotional read on a high note. I'd highly recommend Rachel Morgan's Forgiven and am looking forward to the rest of the Trouble series.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Evie's quest for normalcy may be beyond her reach in Kiersten White's Paranormalcy. Evie has such a strong teenaged voice, although she's a bit clueless in all she doesn't know. Lend is a good match for her. The world-building is phenomenal. White manages to take the paranormal realm and make it unique to her world. I loved learning about the different creatures and mythologies. The villain is equally tragic and terrifying, and I loved the hints of problems within the Seelie and Unseelie courts, which I think will be expanded upon in book two. An unique and entertaining read, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is full of twists and turns. I can't wait to read book two!

Salted by Aaron Galvin
Life in the Salt can make a runner out of anyone in Aaron Galvin's Salted. I loved Galvin's unique take on selkies and the underwater world they live in. I hope in future books we learn more about their history, mythology, and the creatures themselves. Most of the characters are a rough and tumble group. They've lived a hard life and are products of said life. This novel is told from multiple points of view, and my favorite characters' narratives were Weaver's and Chide's as I found the other characters somewhat unsympathetic at times. Although a few of the situations seemed unrealistic (a school bus driver chewing tobacco and some of the language teachers/principals used), I totally bought into the Salted world Galvin created. Not an easy read but a unique one, I would recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin for people who are looking for something beyond the typical mermaid and selkie tales.


 On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

Terri Rochenski's Secret of the Souls releases from J. Taylor Publishing on October 6, 2014.

And a special message from Nicole Zoltack:

Hey, howdy, hey! Nicole Zoltack here and I'm so happy to share with you the cover for WHITE HELLEBORE. The second book in the Heroes of Falledge trilogy kicks off with an amazing cover.

All right, all right, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. I know you're dying to see it!

Told you it was awesome! I'm not biased at all. Nope. Not even a little bit.

BLURB: After destroying Skull Krusher, Nicholas Adams thinks Falledge is safe and becomes a security guard at the museum, watching a valuable statue. Unfortunately, the Egyptian statue houses the soul of a scorned witch, biding her time to have her revenge on the descendants of her cheating lover.

Kiya the witch isn't the only new foe in town as the drug that created Skull Krusher has now transformed a scientist into yet another monster, forcing Nicholas to don his Black Hellebore mask again and save Falledge.

Nicholas has no help this time as Kiya gains possession of his love Julianna's body and brings the soul of Justina, Nicholas's high school sweetheart and Julianna's twin, with her. Despite himself, Nicholas is torn between the sisters. If he can't stop the fiends from taking over the world and destroying humankind, he'd never be able to find lasting, true love.

So I'm sure you're dying to know the release date and luckily it's not that far away! WHITE HELLEBORE releases April 21st! Be sure to grab it on the 21st! :D

BIO: Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit


Unnatural by J.A. Belfield
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
Plaster City by Johnny Shaw
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
Salted by Aaron Galvin
 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone
My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
Forgiven by Rachel Morgan
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Fighting for Infinity by Karen Amanda Hooper
The Sin Circus by Rachel Firasek
White Hellebore by Nicole Zoltack
The Challenge by Cas Peace


Although I'm not participating in A-Z on this blog, we authors at Untethered Realms are talking about fantastical creatures. Be sure to stop by!  


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Terri and Nicole!
Call of the Mild - now that's a funny title.

Aubrie said...

Love Nicole's new book cover! And that's a lot of bookworm news. I don't know how you keep up with all of it. Good job, Cherie!

TBM said...

I'm really impressed by how you keep up with everything!

cleemckenzie said...

I'm with TBM. You've read, reviewed and covered tons of other blogs. Good grief slow down, so I don't look so bad. :-)

debi o'neille said...

You are definitely one of those multitaskers. Can you share you secret?
I'm proud to be the newest follower (for this moment) to this blog. :-)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Thanks for sharing White Hellebore's cover! Love Terri's!

J.L. Campbell said...

Your reviews remind of how much I haven't been reading lately.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I really liked Paranormalcy and the whole series. I'm hoping to read Susan's book one of these days though lately my reading has slowed down quite a bit and I'm behind.

Carol Riggs said...

Nice cover for Nicole's latest book!! And thanks for sharing your reviews on the other books; I've heard of some but haven't read them. YET. ;o)

M Pax said...

So many great books! Congrats to Terri and Nicole on the upcoming releases.

Cathy Keaton said...

Great covers! Congrats to everyone. ;)

Christine Rains said...

Lots of great books! More to add to my ever growing TBR list. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

I am amazed at how much you read! I really like the covers of the new books.

DMS said...

Looks and sounds like you were able to read some great books. I enjoyed the reviews!

I love the cover for Secret of the Souls. White Hellebore sounds fascinating!

Wishing Nicole and Terri the best of luck!

Anonymous said...

I read Paranormalcy and I'd like to read the others.

Awesome cover reveals.

Heather R. Holden said...

Great reviews! You're making me want to dig out my copy of Paranormalcy sooner rather than later. It's been gathering dust in my TBR pile for way too long!

Anonymous said...

Seriously impressed by how much you read. Probably what makes you such a good writer. I'm still making progress through Shift by Hugh Howey. Clunky prose at times, but a great story.

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations to Terri and Nicole!
Call of the Mild sounds great!

Unknown said...

Thank you once again for the review of FORGIVEN! I've read both THIRD DAUGHTER and PARANORMALCY and I enjoyed them both. Both have really fun, yet completely different, worldbuilding!