Divas Most Anticipated Books of 2014
In the spirit of the last Diva Chat, I challenged the divas to give me their personal picks for the book they are most anticipating for 2014. This was a tough choice for most of us because there are so many good books to look forward to in 2014. Plus, we all read several different book series and have waited patiently for the next book to arrive. So, on with the picks!
The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward
Expected Release Date: April 1, 2014
Long live the King…
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.
Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.
The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?
This book takes us back to the first couple, Wrath and Beth. They are the reason I fell in love with the series. The Blind King? Come on, how can you not fall for the dichotomy of strength and vulnerability that wars within him.
I think within him also lies the desire to restore the lineage, but he’s terrified of placing Beth in that position—many females die during childbirth, and though she’s half-vampire, it’s still a worry. And he’s terrified of having young to lose, considering the ongoing war with the Lessening Society. A male heir of Wrath’s would automatically become the next king. I wonder if a female heir would be queen? Wrath doesn’t want to take this risk.
I look forward to each Black Dagger Brotherhood book. With each one, we revisit characters we’ve grown to love, but we also get new characters, new story lines, new details. But this book… since it takes readers back to the beginning, I hope we see more of the shellans we didn’t see in Lover at Last, more of Bella and Nalla.
Oh, and more George. Gotta love George.
The Pagan Lord (Saxon Chronicles #7) by Bernard Cornwell
Expected Release Date: January 7, 2014
Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.
Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.
The Pagan Lord is the 7th book in the Saxon Chronicles and one I’ve looked forward to for a long time. I started reading this series a little over a year ago and found Cornwell’s series exciting, bloody, and violent (and I loved every word). But woven throughout this tale was Uhtred’s honest and often times humorous observations of the people, customs, and locals. It’s also a very frank portrayal of conflict and the machinations of warlords and kings. War isn’t romantic or aspiring to lofty heights of grandeur. It’s grueling, frightening, and deadly. I appreciated that Cornwell didn’t try to whitewash it.
Water Walker by Ted Dekker
Expected Release Date: March 18, 2014
“My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that’s a lie.”
Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she’s creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it’s possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.
I tend to wait in nail-biting expectation for anything that Ted Dekker writes. He’s a master of suspense with a spiritual edge. He’s one author who’s never disappointed me, so I tend to go by “faith” and automatically buy any book he puts out.
Sixth Grave On the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones
Expected Release Date: May 20, 2014
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
I’m excited for this book because it’s the first book in a long time that I’m dying to get my hands on. The last book in the series left us with an interesting question at the end and I can’t wait to read what happens.
What book(s) are you anticipating the most in 2014? Please leave a comment and let the Divas know. We’re always on the lookout for a good book to read!