Recently a number of new books have come out in popular series. Here’s a brief synopsis of some of the new releases.
If you’re a fan of vampire saga stories, you are probably already a fan of Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Blood series. Book #4 The Van Alen Legacy was released in October and follows Schulyer Van Alen (of the Van Alen Legacy) and the rest of the usual characters, Jack and Mimi Force, Bliss, and Oliver. I’m a fan of the Blue Blood series because I find it is really good at blending supernatural vampire lore and the usual teenage angst and intoxicating consumerism (I covet most of Mimi’s extensive wardrobe.) Ever wanted to read a book about vampires with age-old secrets and underground secret societies who talk like they are on a CW show and wear Gucci? Then the Blue Blood series is for you!
“With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss’s true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver’s brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.”
I was surprised to notice that there is a new book in Cecily von Ziegesar’s wildly popular Gossip Girl series, book #12 I Will Always Love You. The book finds the GG gang back home to NYC from college for the holidays. I don’t know if it is just me, but I assumed because Ziegesar’s last book about Blair, Serena and Dan was a prequel and provided a backstory to the rivilaries and petty jealousies of the series that Ziegesar was done with Gossip Girl. Plus she’d moved onto the It Girls series following Jenny at a posh boarding school and her Carlyles series [both of which disclaimer: I’ve never read] Anyway, I’ve read the rest, so I will probably pick up the newest in the series. Anyone else a longtime GG fan?
“Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives.
Now they’re coming home for the holidays.
A lot can change in a few months … but some things never do.
It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we’ve coveted, what we scored on the SATs,where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We’ve learned new things, made new friends, and maybe even met the loves of our lives. We’ve changed.
Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break-especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups. begin!
Lucky for you, I’m here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games
You know you love me,
xoxo Gossip Girl”
At this point I’m really behind. I’ve been trying to read Graceling for about a year since everyone keeps telling me how absolutely fantastic it is (and I have no excuse, since we have it at Tucker Free.) And now it has taken me so long that Kristin Cashore has released asecond book, Fire. Described as a “companion” to Graceling, Fire is actually a prequel, so maybe it’ll actually work out in my favor and I can START with Fire and then finally read Graceling? Suggestions?
She is the last of her kind…
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.
Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.
Book #6 in The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast was released in October. I’ve never read any books in the House of Night series, but they are popular and described as a unique blend of fantasy and supernatural romance. I’m guessing if you liked Twilight you will also enjoy the House of Night books. Anyone a fan?
“So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?”
I must confess that the release I’m most excited about is Splendor, the fourth book in Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series. I always describe the Luxe series as Gossip Girl meets Edith Warton. It’s drama, intrigue, and social-climbing set in the confines of historical fiction, at the turn of the 20th century (the 1900’s) and it’s deliciously filled with period costumes and customs, beautiful dresses, forbidden love, and backstabbing that would make Blair Waldorf cry with envy.
As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father’s death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.
Carolina Broad, society’s newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty — but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father’s rule extends well beyond New York’s shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.
In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York’s most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city’s oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter.
So here’s a question: did I miss any? Any books in series that were recently released that you were really looking forward to? Do you tend to read series? Or stand-alone books? Anything in the upcoming months you’re looking forward to?