Dead Man’s Reach (The Thieftaker Chronicles)
by: Tor Books
Product rating: 4.3 with 3 reviews
Let the battle for souls begin in Dead Man’s Reach, the fourth, stand-alone novel in D.B. Jackson’s acclaimed Thieftaker series.
Boston, 1770: The city is a powder keg as tensions between would-be rebels and loyalist torries approach a breaking point and one man is willing to light the match that sets everything off to ensure that he has his revenge.
The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in and the jobs that are available are reserved for Sephira Pryce. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking on jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Torries from Patriot mobs. But, when one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. Even more troubling is that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble.
Once Ethan realizes why he is at the center of all the violence, he finds out that some enemies don’t stay buried and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan’s life. Even if that means costing the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most.
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Chronicles, Dead, Man's, Reach, Thieftaker, Tor Books
The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreak Chronicles)
by: Sourcebooks Fire
Product rating: 3.9 with 8 reviews
“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara―even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver ― dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band ― when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
Posted in Contemporary Tagged with: Chronicles, Heartbreak, Heartbreakers, Sourcebooks Fire
The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker & Glass
by: Spring House Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 7 reviews
Not every revolution requires an insurrection, and not every renaissance begins in salons, galleries or cloistered chambers. The cocktail seemed an unlikely candidate to start either a revolution or a renaissance, but somehow over the past decade, it has managed to become the center of both. Today the cocktail is celebrated at week-long conferences and festivals that draw thousands. Taking cues from a wider culinary movement that’s been building steam for decades, craft-cocktail bars (and the bartenders and writers who inhabit them) are digging in the depths of the drink’s rich history and apply these fresh-taught lessons to new drinks, appropriating techniques and skills acquired everywhere from centuries-old handbooks. However, as fascinating as today’s artisan-driven or tech-savvy craft-cocktail bars can be, there’s also a need for cocktail comfort food―for exciting drinks that have the benefit of being delicious, and that can be easily prepared by non-professionals. From Paul Clarke, the 2014 Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer and founder of the groundbreaking spirits blog, The Cocktail Chronicles, comes an approachable guide to the cocktail renaissance thus far and―as the name implies―a chronicle of the cocktails that have come along the way. The Cocktail Chronicles is not a lab manual for taking the cocktail experience to a molecular level; nor is it an historical monograph tracing the details of our forebears as they developed and mixed the drinks we enjoy today. Instead, The Cocktail Chronicles is a collection of approachable, and easily replicable drinks that all share the same thing: a common deliciousness and a role — both big and small — in the ongoing and thriving cocktail renaissance. This collection of expertly curated recipes represent a photo album of sorts―snapshots of people encountered over the years, with some close friends and family members depicted alongside a few dimly remembered strangers. The Cocktail Chronicles believes cocktails should be fun: it doesn’t demand the purchase of a new product for every recipe or require hours spent preparing a single ingredient — that is a sure way to suck the joy right out of it. Life is complicated―a good drink doesn’t have to be. To that end, The Cocktail Chronicles has you covered.
Posted in Cocktails & Mixed Drinks Tagged with: Chronicles, Cocktail, Glass, Jigger, Navigating, Renaissance, Shaker, Spring House Press, with
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles)
by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Product rating: 4.8 with 92 reviews
The Heart of Betrayal
Posted in Dystopian Tagged with: Betrayal, Chronicles, Heart, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Remnant
Crystal Kingdom (The Kanin Chronicles)
by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Product rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she’s the Kanin people’s only hope.
Bryn Aven-unjustly charged with murder and treason-is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?
As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…
Posted in Fantasy & Magic Tagged with: Chronicles, Crystal, Kanin, Kingdom, St. Martin's Griffin
Jesus Triumphant (Chronicles of the Nephilim) (Volume 8)
by: Embedded Pictures Publishing
Product rating: 4.9 with 9 reviews
A Theological Novel of Christ’s Victory Over the Powers
The story of Christ like you’ve never heard it before. Told through the eyes of the two thieves on the cross and the spiritual warfare hidden from mortal men. It starts with the temptation in the desert by Satan and ends with Christ’s descent into Hades, his resurrection and his ascension.
In between, we see Jesus’ ministry in the context of the Biblical motif of Christ taking back the inheritance of the nations from the rebellious Sons of God. The demons that rose up in that day were not random but were the spirits of the dead Nephilim, and part of a comprehensive battle strategy between Christ and the Powers. When it comes to spiritual warfare, Jesus was no pacifist.
Jesus Triumphant explains why most people misunderstood the deliverer to be a worldly warrior king instead of the suffering Servant he was. He was a warrior, but it was a war they could not see with mortal eyes. In Jesus Triumphant, we now see it.
Part of the Biblical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Nephilim
Jesus Triumphant is the eighth book of the Biblical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Nephilim, an epic story that begins with Enoch and Noah and tells the Biblical storyline of the Genesis 6 Nephilim giants, hybrid offspring of the angelic Watchers mating with human women.
- Show the spiritual warfare hidden from mortal eyes that attended Christ’s victory over the principalities and powers. The gods of the nations fight back with demons and face their ultimate battle.
- Tell the story of Christ’s descent into Hades to free the captives and proclaim triumph to the bound angels from Noah’s Day (1 Peter 3:18-20).
- Use the fantasy genre to express theological truth. Just like Lewis and Tolkien did.
- Maintain respect for the Biblical text, while filling in gaps with Biblical imagination.
Learn About the Historical and Biblical Research Behind the Novel
Author Godawa shares the scholarly research that undergirds the fictional adventure. Jesus Triumphant has an appendix that explores the Biblical theology of Christ’s descent into Hades, as well as the true nature of demons and their purpose in the Gospels, the binding of spirits, the Gates of Hades and how it connects with Mount Hermon. You will never read the Gospels the same again.
A NOTE ON THE AGE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE NOVELS
Some Christians have asked what “rating” the novels have in terms of the portrayal of sex and violence. I would say the series is rated PG-13. The Chronicles do deal with evil behaviors that would be appropriate for mature teens and above. The violence in the Chronicles is like the book of Judges. The sexuality is like Song of Solomon, alluded to poetically, but obviously. The description of sexual evil is like Ezekiel 16, sometimes shocking, but never glorified. There is an occasional profane word or vulgarity like in Ezekiel 23, revealing spiritual wickedness.
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Chronicles, Embedded Pictures Publishing, Jesus, Nephilim, Triumphant, Volume
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles
Product rating: 4.2 with reviews
THE VAMPIRE WORLD IS IN CRISIS . . .
Old vampires, roused from deep slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn their kin in cities across the globe, from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to San Francisco. Left with little time to spare, a host of familiar characters including Louis de Pointe du Lac, Armand, and even the vampire Lestat, must embark on a journey to discover who—or what—is driving this mysterious being.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014: Over a decade since the last installment of the Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat reignites the love affair with the quixotic nosferatu who inspired writers, readers and Hollywood filmmakers. The newly resurrected, but no less rebellious, Lestat addresses a mysterious twenty-first century vampire genocide with the same panache, self-absorption, and drama readers have come to know and love. Rice masterfully populates the present-day storyline with a cast of characters from her previous novels along with new blood, so to speak, and reading this book is like seeing old friends whom you’d sort of forgotten about, but are thrilled to meet again—even if you are reading about them for the first time. Prince Lestat raises interesting questions about the boundaries of science, conflicting beliefs, and a universal need to belong; a welcome return to a narrative that spawned an entire subgenre of fiction. —Seira Wilson
Posted in Occult Tagged with: Anchor, Chronicles, Lestat, Prince, Vampire
The Elementia Chronicles #1: Quest for Justice: An Unofficial Minecraft-Fan Adventure
Product rating: 5.0 with 60 reviews
Introducing an unofficial Minecraft-fan adventure series inspired by the bestselling game!
Fans of the bestselling video game Minecraft, middle grade readers, and action-adventure story enthusiasts of all ages are about to embark on an exciting journey that will take them far beyond the world they know.
Dark forces are at work on the Elementia server, and when new players Stan, Kat, and Charlie arrive on the scene, they quickly find themselves in peril. Targeted by more experienced players, the noobs must band together against the king, battle the natural forces of the game, and unravel the mysteries of Elementia in the name of justice.
Written when he was sixteen, Sean Fay Wolfe’s Quest for Justice is the debut novel by an unstoppable young storyteller and the first book in The Elementia Chronicles trilogy.
Disclaimer: This book is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed or licensed by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp. or any other person or entity owning or controlling any rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks or copyrights. Minecraft is a registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.
Posted in Action & Adventure Tagged with: Adventure, Chronicles, Elementia, HarperCollins, Justice, Minecraft-Fan, Quest, Unofficial