Weekly Book Round-Up

Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of 3/4/18-3/10/18 Weekly Book Round-Up

New Release this Week

My go-to-genre for a reality escape is urban-fantasy.  The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs would be a great series to jump into if you are eagerly awaiting then next books to come out for Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, or Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.  All of these series are excellent gateways to fantasy if you haven’t stuck your toe into the genre or want to explore the sub-genre of Urban Fantasy. I’m thrilled that Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs is now available.  This urban fantasy takes place on the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana.  This is the 5th book in the Alpha and Omega series.

From the publisher Penguin Random House

In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

 What People Are Saying:
“Anna is such a great heroine…There’s enough action to keep me on the edge of my seat and enough humor to give readers a break.”—USATODAY.com

“An amazing character-driven addition to an already excellent UF series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Grade: A. A definite recommend.”—Dear Author

“Gripping and intense, Dead Heat is everything an urban fantasy novel should be — it doesn’t get better than this!”—RT Book Reviews

“Briggs offers the complete package, a book with interesting world building, lovely characters, and stakes that could not be higher. Dead Heat is a great addition to the series.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

Here’s a picture from my trip to Montana in 2016. This series will take you there. I’m missing the mountains.

Book Awards: 

Several Longlist, Shortlist and Finalists announced this week Click the images below to discover the lists of books for breakdown of categories or to learn more about each award.  


Still waiting to hear who Anisfield-Wolf will nominate this year.  If you are keen on reading diversely – this will be the award program to check out.  I had not heard about this award program until researching this year, but this program has been in place since 1935.  If you want to check back or learn more, you can read more about The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards here. 

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. For over 80 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds.

In other blogs:   Beauty, Books, and Cats with Brooke

Brooke at Beauty, Books, and Cats with Brooke reviews Chris Bohjalian’s latest book, The Flight Attendant, which is being released this Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 

Brooke’s Insights at a Glance:  The Wife Between Us has been dethroned! The Flight Attendant has taken the top spot as my favorite book of 2018 so far.  

Cassie is the type of character you should not like. She is irresponsible, she takes too many risks and she is selfish, among other things. Despite all of her flaws, I found myself caring about Cassie and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, worrying about what might happen to her next.

I could not read the words fast enough, but I also wanted to savor the ending.

Check out her full review:


BookTube:  Robyn at Driftless Reader

With March Mystery Madness well underway, you can check out my suggestions for mysteries and thrillers to check out here  Robyn breaks down what she is reading for the March Mystery Madness subcategories.   

What I’m Reading:

This week I’m reading Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave. 

This is about Sunshine, who is not just at a cross-roads, she’s at a 6 corner intersection and all the lights are out, everything is going wrong and falling apart.  If you like youtube, twitter, cooking how-to shows, this book will be for you.  It’s a book for everyone who has made a mistake that caught up with them and how to correct your own path.



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