October 2013 Books On My Radar…

Only a few books on my radar this month…and I won’t buy most of these this month.

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October 1

This is another series I’d like to catch up with! I’m far behind…I’m not even sure which I read last. 😦

Ttempt-the-starsempt the Stars

by Karen Chance

Series: Cassie Palmer series #6

Published by Signet Select

Genre: Urban Fantasy

432 pages

Synopsis: Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?

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I read the first book in this series and liked it pretty well, but I’m not sure I’ll read this book. It doesn’t sound as interesting to me.

Spy’s Honor

by Amy Raby

Series: Hearts and Thrones #2

Published by Signet

Genre: Fantasy Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Rhianne, mind mage and Imperial Princess of Kjall, cannot openly challenge the emperor. Instead, she acts in secret to aid the victims of his worst excesses. But now the emperor plans to wed her to the cruel Augustan, the man leading Kjall’s attack against the nation of Mosar. Soon she will be torn from her supporters and shipped overseas, where she can help no one.

Mosari crown prince Janto is desperate to save his country from invasion. When one of his most trusted spies disappears while gathering intelligence at the Kjallan palace, Janto takes his place and continues searching for information that could save his people. But falling for the Imperial Princess was not part of his plan. Nor was having his true identity revealed…

Now Rhianne must make a choice—follow the path of tradition or the one of the heart, even if it means betraying her own people.

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October 15

I bought the first book in the series a couple weeks ago. I hope to read it soon and if I like it will want to buy this second book!

across-a-star-swept-seaAcross a Star Swept Sea

By Diana Peterfreund

Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars series, book 2

Published by Balzer & Bray

Genre: YA Science Fiction Distopia

464 pages

Synopsis: Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

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October 29

The second in a new series (the first book was published in September). I haven’t read the first book yet, but have bought it so I want to read it and not forget about this book.

A Studya-study-in-darkness in Darkness

by Emma Jane Holloway

Series: The Baskerville Affairs series, book

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan’s doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey’s already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can’t keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey’s got to figure out who’s behind the hunt…and she’s got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

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I like Sarah Morgan’s writing so I’m looking forward to this book and hope to read it in the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon!

Sleigh Bells isleigh-bells-in-the-snown the Snow

by Sarah Morgan

Series: ?

Published by Harlequin HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

384 pages

Synopsis: Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

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I only plan to buy Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan this month. Before I buy any of the other books I need to read earlier books in the series!

What books are you looking forward to this month? What books have I missed?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “October 2013 Books On My Radar…”

  1. Jan, I couldn’t find a contact email for you–sorry to post this here but hope you read this soon. You have won the $10 Amazon (online) gift certificate which I will send to your email when you provide it to me! Congratulations, and thank you for participating in the Banned Books Month Challenge at My Home of Books!!
    send your email to my address: duffygal777@gmail.com
    to receive it, and buy whatever books you would like 🙂


  2. Congrats, Jan! More money for new releases 😉

    As for your Oct list, I love Karen Chance, so really pleased that she’s has a new one out this month. I’m also most definitely getting the Diana Peterfreund. I’ve started seeing those Emma Jane Holloway covers all over the place, but I’m still not quite sure…



    1. I know, Li, it’s always fun to have a little extra money! I bought the first Emma Jane Holloway which I’ll read before I decide on this one. I also bought the first Diana Peterfreund so I need to watch that!! Same with the Karen Chance…lol. Lots of books to catch up on and/or read.


  3. I’m reading A Study in Silks now; it’s pretty good so far, though I haven’t read very much yet. The Peterfreund series has been luring me for a little while now — I love the Scarlet Pimpernel, and the parallels are intriguing. The others I’m not familiar with, but they look interesting, too!

    I’m looking forward to Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce and the new Collegium Chronicles book by Mercedes Lackey, too.


    1. The Baskerville Affair series looks good. They’re on my someday list! I wasn’t aware Tamora Pierce had a book out. I’ll have to add it to my list, too!


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