Book Birthday Tuesday: New Releases 10/29

Welcome to the final Book Birthday Tuesday of October! This month has flown by and I can’t believe it will already be November. Christmas shopping needs to start happening ASAP which is a tad scary. Some of you who regularly follow this weekly installment might have noticed a lack of it this past week. Honestly there were no books coming out that I’d been monitoring or really cared to mention. It as a slow week but it did give me time to not purchase new books and dig into my current new releases TBR. This week is a bit slower than usual with just two books on my list, but check them out for yourselves!

Forgotten by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast – TBR

Title: Forgotten
Series: Hour of Night Otherworld #3
Author: P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher:  Blackstone Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 350

Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all… 

In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? 

Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high. 

What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!

When I was in high school I really enjoyed the House of Night series and while I did end up finishing it I do think it was way too many books. That being said this new series sounds like it will only have four books which is the perfect amount for me and since I just was a part of a book tour (linked above the giveaway is still going!) I now own the first three books and will definitely be reading it. I got to ask P.C. Cast a few questions for my blog and she seems really nice and I think it’s so awesome the she gets to write with her daughter for a living. I have high hopes for this series and hopefully I get to it soon with my never ending TBR.

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland – DNF

Title: Beyond the Black Door
Author: A.M. Strickland
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 400

Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom…

Hardcore DNF’d this one. I will have a review of it up on Friday so I don’t want to say too much and risk repeating myself later on but this was just a hard no for me. It was like reading a summary of a book with a lot of telling versus showing that lead to me not being able to care about the story or any of the characters. I’ve heard really good things about this book so I might be in the minority here. It does have good LGBT+ representation, I just wish the book had been written in a different style to really back up that representation that can be hard to find.

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