I am a reader who likes variety. I started reading romance but then started reading mystery then eventually branched out into SF/F and urban fantasy and YA adult. Too much of one thing is well…eh, boring. Put it like this, it keeps things interesting and fresh for me. So I mix it up and these are the titles that I am looking forward to reading. Check it out.
Undone by Karin Slaughter (Hardcover) (Grant County) – I learned recently that Slaughter might be folding her Grant County series into the new Will Trent series (Fractured). Smart move on her part. I love the Will Trent series and it seems that Undone features both Will Trent and Sara Linton, working together in Atlanta. What does this mean for the Grant County series? Release date: July 21.
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Hardcover) – this looks to be a sequel to The Poet featuring crime reporter, Jack McEvoy. I look forward to each and every Michael Connelly book because he has been consistently strong and he is no doubt, a solid writer. My favorite series by this author is the Harry Bosch series. I think fans who enjoy romance and mystery would enjoy this series, too. The first book in the Harry Bosch series is The Black Echo. Release date for The Scarecrow: May 26.
One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery) by Julia Spencer-Fleming. This series has gotten a lot of notice recently. I’ve been reading her for years and I’m happy that she’s getting the recognition that she deserves. Her writing is excellent as are the characters, the town of Millers Kill, the subject matter, ah, the subject matter is always a hot bed of push button topics. The last book, I Shall Not Want, kind of left things somewhat up in the air and the characters at a crossroads. Release date: Oct 27.
I didn’t see anything listed for Alafair Burke or Jodi Compton (where are you?). I’ve bought like a ton of mystery titles within the last two months that I need to read so, moving on.
Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega Book 2) by Patricia Briggs. The first book in this series, Cry Wolf, which is an off-shoot of the Mercy Thompson series (Bone Crossed), features the son the of the Marrok, Charles Cornick and his mate and Omega, Anna Latham. This series rocks and the novella that introduced this couple, On The Prowl (which was an solid A read for me) is a good place to start. Release date: August 25.
Diamond Star by Catherine Asaro is the nth title in the long running and excellent Skolia novels. Most of these books are loosely connected and stand alones. If a reader were interested and wanted to know where to start with Asaro, I’d recommend Primary Inversion, the first book in the Skolia series or you can read Catch The Lightning, The Quantum Rose or any of her stand alones like The Phoenix Code. I haven’t read The Veiled Web yet. Release date: May 5.
Corambis by Sarah Monette is ALREADY OUT! I don’t know how I missed this but I bought the ebook version as soon as I looked it up. Corambis is the conclusion of this awesome and well written fantasy trilogy that started with Melusine. The stories are written in first person and features the dual narratives of Felix Harrowgate who is a wizard of the Mirador and his half-brother Mildmay, former assassin and cat burger. This is dark fantasy at its best. Available in ebook, all three books.
Moonburn by Alisa Sheckly – werewolves. As tired of the concept as I am, this writer managed to make it tolerable. I like her approach to the werewolf mythology. The first book, The Better To Hold You was a strong start to this series so I am definitely looking forward to the sequel. This is another author who has a rich character writing style that continues to amaze me. Release date: May 19.
Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen. To be honest, I’ve only read one book by this author and was swept away by it: The Truth About Forever. Her backlist recently became available in digital format. I love her voice and plan to catch up. Release date: June 16.
Nothing yet listed for Megan Whalen Turner (The King of Attolia) and I am always checking. Any news on her please leave in the comments below. A lot of us are waiting for another Eugenides adventure! Romances, ah, most of my favorite authors have left the field (Laura Kinsale, Judith Ivory). I am excited about Meredith Duran as she has not one but two books coming out this summer.
Anyway, I’m sure there are A LOT of new books coming out that are worth a look but my pocketbook only expands so far and my favorites list only has so many names on it. But if there are books that are coming out by your favorite author or you’re reading a new series that no one is talking about and you just love, drop me a comment. I think it’s safe to say that we all are looking for the next, undiscovered, great read.