Kangaroo Too


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: Kangaroo Too by Curtis C. Chen, the sequel following the hilarious sci-fi thriller, Waypoint Kangaroo, to be published on June 20th, 2017.

If you haven’t read Waypoint, you need to stop reading this post and go read that, instead. Be prepare for sore abs, because the hilarity of Kangaroo and his misadventures is refreshing and pure fun.

I read a lot of long, fantasy epics. A lot of intricate worlds and plots. And there is plenty of humor, don’t get me wrong. I also love those books. But when reading Waypoint, the laughter was as constant as my turning pages and it was so easy to get invested in the whimsical, hilarious characters and situations they found themselves in.

I have the same expectations for Kangaroo Too.

Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis C. Chen’s Kangaroo Too is bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in this unique outer space adventure.

On the way home from his latest mission, secret agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot. The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired asteroid miner―code named “Clementine” ―might have information about who’s behind the sabotage.

Clementine will only deal with Jessica Chu, Kangaroo’s personal physician and a former military doctor once deployed in the asteroid belt. Kangaroo accompanies Jessica as a courier, smuggling Clementine’s payment of solid gold in the pocket universe that only he can use.

What should be a simple infiltration is hindered by the nearly one million tourists celebrating the anniversary of the first Moon landing. And before Kangaroo and Jessica can make contact, Lunar authorities arrest Jessica for the murder of a local worker.

Jessica won’t explain why she met the victim in secret or erased security footage that could exonerate her. To make things worse, a sudden terror attack puts the whole Moon under lockdown. Now Kangaroo alone has to get Clementine to talk, clear Jessica’s name, and stop a crooked scheme which threatens to ruin approximately one million vacations.

But old secrets are buried on the Moon, and digging up the past will make Kangaroo’s future very complicated…

I mean, with a blurb like that, how could I not be stoked? Plus, the fact that it comes out during the summer is absolutely perfect, as that is my slow time during work (though, let’s be honest: even if work was at its busiest, I’d still be devouring this book within the first week of publication).

Read on!

Waiting On Wednesday: Inherit the Flame


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

If you’ve read my recent book review, it comes to no surprise that I am anxiously awaiting Megan E. O’Keefe’s third installment in The Scorched Continent series, Inherit the Flame. Luckily, I don’t have to wait too long, as it is slotted to come out from Angry Robot on April 4th, 2017. And it’s a good thing the wait is short, because the ending from Break the Chains…that ending…

*starts sniffling*

However, despite the surprising and painful ending of the previous book, the blurb for Inherit the Flame actually gives me a strange amount of comfort that things might be okay.

After Detan retrieves the renowned engineer Nouli from the clutches of the empire, he returns his aunt’s city to find it under siege by Thratia’s army. With Nouli’s help, they turn back the tide – ­until imperial forces show up, prepared to hammer Thratia’s army against the anvil of the city’s walls. Worse yet, the imperial advance is aided by an elite force of deviant magic users.

His aunt is forced to forge an uneasy alliance with Thratia to keep the city from falling back under imperial control – but Detan’s wary. While Thratia and his aunt bring their forces to bear against the imperial threat, Detan puts his own plans into motion, scheming to ensure that when the final blow is dealt, Thratia and her army find themselves on the other side of the city’s walls.

Then again, Detan is involved, so that comfort is probably misplaced (sorry Detan, you know I love you. Even if it’s difficult, after what you did. AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID). Regardless, I want–no, I need–to know what happens next. I feel like everything previously has been building up to this. And I’m ready for it. Oh, so ready.

Also, can we pause for a moment and just stare at this gorgeous cover?

Inherit the Flame by Megan E O'Keefe

Seriously. Whoever does the cover art for this series is top notch.

*goes back to flipping days on the calendar, hoping the gesture might speed up time*

Happy Waiting!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tethered Mage


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week’s victim: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso.

This is Caruso’s debut novel and even without a cover, as far as I’m aware (I’m sorry I keep finding books without a cover, but there are just too many good books that are coming out that I want to rave about, eye candy or no!), just based off the blurb alone, I am absolutely so stoked to read the start of this new fantasy series:

In a world where magic is scarce, those born with power must be strictly guarded—for their own good, and for the good of the Crown. Conscripted by the Falcon army from childhood, the mage-marked are cared for, trained, and housed in luxury. But for some, the life of a Falcon is a prison.

Zaira has lived her life in hiding to avoid becoming a Falcon, thieving on the streets to survive. But a rare and dangerous magic flows through her veins: fire bends to her will, and sparks rise at her thoughts alone. Without training, she is a threat to herself. And to the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. There are many that would see her dead, simply for the power her last name holds.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

Why isn’t this hardcover already on my bookshelf!?

I discovered Caruso on Twitter, where I started following her blog. I immediately fell in love with it and ensure I never miss a post. Her posts are a delight to read. They have spunk, they are usually about writing (so obviously, as an author myself, I always get giddy when I find awesome writing blogs) and they are so informative and fun. And it’s allowed me to follow her publishing journey as we both, I think, anxiously await the release of The Tethered Mage, which is ambiguously coming out this Fall from Orbit Books. I have a pretty good feeling this is a writer and trilogy that we are all going to get stoked about. I’m certainly waiting for her debut to find out.

*stares at the calendar hoping a magical date will appear of when her wait will end and the glorious nights of staying up past her bedtime reading begins*


Waiting on Wednesday: Warlock Holmes: The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

I cannot describe how eager I am to read this week’s highlight: Warlock Holmes: The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles by G.S. Denning. I absolutely adored the first book. After meeting the author and realizing how fantastic of an individual he is–and pairing that knowledge with how much fun his books are to devour–it’s a no brainer that I’ll be supporting this series for life (and anything else he writers, frankly, so apologies in advance for how many times I rave about G.S. Denning’s books on this blog over the coming years). Oh, and as if I didn’t need another reason, the next book in the series is retelling my all-time favorite Holmes case.

And then look at this beautiful cover:

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And then this teaser:

The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes.

I mean, what more can you ask for here, friends? Oh, wait, I know: the book to be published and in my hands so I can devour it in a single afternoon. I’m just going to continue lying to myself and saying that May 16th really isn’t that far away.

Seriously, it isn’t. It’s just around the corner. In a blink, I’ll be sitting in the sunlight and snort-laughing at whatever trouble Warlock has gotten himself into. Hardly a wait at all. Hardly…any…wait…

*goes back to being impatient when her tactic at convincing herself the wait isn’t that bad fails miserably*

Read on!

Waiting On Wednesday: The Olympian Affair


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

I know we’re supposed to highlight books that we’re stoked are being published, but this week, I’m taking it a step further and highlighting a book that hasn’t even been written yet, but still is definitely going to be published…we’ll just be waiting a long time.

But based off how much I adored the first book, it’s going to be worth it, I think.

I’m waiting on Jim Butcher’s The Olympian Affair, the second installment of The Cinder Spires series. In his steampunk debut, Butcher absolutely rocked it. From his fantastic characters (particularly men like Captain Grimm and Benjamin, who raised the bar as to what I expect from a gentleman), the vivid world and the ultimate dominance of a cat named Rowl, The Aeronaut’s Windlass is a book where the only times I put it down was to pause and wipe my eyes from laughter. It was funny, it was moving, it was such a joy to read and ever since I turned the last page, I’ve been itching for the sequel.

Which hasn’t been written yet.

Hasn’t even been started yet.

Butcher is writing Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) first and then he’ll write The Olympian Affair. (I also must say that I’m eagerly awaiting Peace Talks, as I’m a huge Harry Dresden fan, so I’m not complaining about this in the slightest). So really, this post could just be titled: “Waiting (Gladly) On Jim Butcher” and it would be just as apt. Because I’m eager for everything he’s working on and while no publication dates are in sight, you know I’ll be the first one in line to pick up either of his books once they grace the shelves.

So, until we can read the next fantastic work by Butcher, let’s just enjoy him cosplaying as the fantastic Captain Grimm, shall we?

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Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Oathbringer


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.

This week, I’m drooling thinking about Brandon Sanderson’s third installment of The Stormlight Archive, Oathbringer.

There isn’t a cover yet. Nor a synopsis. There are plenty of teasers and honest updates in Sanderson’s 2016 State of the Sanderson post, which was such a joy to read (not to mention raised my respect for him as an artist and creative genius even more, which were already unorthodox). There is a release month and year: November, 2017. Which happens to be my birthday month.

Actually, in the minuscule chance that Mr. Sanderson happens to read this and just so happens to get a say in the matter of which date is chosen, I would–unbiased, of course–suggest, perhaps, the 3rd of November, as a very reasonable and respected release date for Oathbringer. 

Even without a cover or a synopsis to give insight on Oathbringer or amp up the growing excitement for its release, I am so pumped for this book. When I discovered The Ways of Kings, I started reading it on the way to a family vacation in North Carolina–a 15 drive from where we live. On that drive, I skipped many bathrooms breaks and chances to stretch my legs for the sole purpose to keep reading. I finished the book a couple days into the trip, where I convinced my family to stop by a bookstore so I could splurge on Words of Radiance. I got lost again during the return trip and my bladder almost paid the price for it.

So yeah, I think excited is an understatement in regards to my emotions that Oathbringer is coming out this year. 2017. November. The 3rd.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Kaladin, because…well, it’s Kaladin. My main man. One of my favorite literary characters of all time. Hello.

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Read on!

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Immolation


Erlebnisse is still in the baby stages as far as book blogging goes. Part of my goals for this year is to really dedicate my time to all three of my blogs, but I’ve been really actively looking for new ways to spice up this blog in particular. So when I discovered, through the other book bloggers that I follow, that there is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine called “Waiting on Wednesday” that highlights books everyone is eagerly awaiting, I was stoked to join in.

And for the first time doing this, I can’t think of a better book to salivate over than Christopher Husberg’s Dark Immolation, the second installment in the Chaos Queen Quintet, to be awarded to the public June 20th of this year from Titan Books.

In case you were wondering, that’s five months, fifteen days, two hours, eleven minutes and fifty-five seconds from now.

If you’re still wondering, that’s five months, fifteen days, two hours, eleven minutes and thirty seconds too long.


Dark Immolation follows Duskfall, which I truly raved about here. I claimed it was the best new book of 2016 that I read and that claim still stands as we enter the new year. Ever since I read that book, I have been low-key stalking following the author, because he’s seriously shot up the ranks as one of my favorites (plus, I’m waiting for him to hit that spot in author fame where he has the desire to be a mentor and then I’ll be ready to fight for that spot, Hunger Games style, if necessary, because the way he interweaves backstory is flawless and I want to learn). Not only did I love his first book, but I also really enjoy his blog and the honesty he uses when describing his publishing journey.

Anyway, if you’ve read Duskfall, then you should check out the blurb for Dark immolation, quoted below. If you haven’t read Duskfall, why in Canta’s name are you still reading this post? Go and purchase Duskfall IMMEDIATELY. And then let me know what you think after you’ve read it. I need people to discuss with me. I have opinions that need voicing.

There are rumours in Ashta – a new religion is rising, and Cinzia, one-time Cantic priestess, has escaped the Holy Crucible. Fleeing from Navone, Cinzia travels with Knot, a man of many parts, and Astrid, the child-like vampire. They are gathering followers, but the murderous Nazaniin are still on their trail. Meanwhile, Winter is losing her grip on sanity, grappling with immense powers beyond her understanding. Where she goes, chaos and death follow.

Did that get your heart thumping like mine? I sure hope so.

Come on June 20th, hurry up.

Read on!