UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018

Posted November 9, 2018 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Front Page, Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 4 Comments

Fall is up on us, for those of us from the UK who are always a little fuzzy on what exactly Fall is…it’s Autumn, which means it’s time to say goodbye to the sunshine and to greet cold winds and rain. Again, if you’re from the UK, we’ve been doing that all summer… But, it is the perfect excuse to curl up with your favourite blanket on the darkening evenings and lose yourself in a book. So, we thought we would show you the books we are most excited about for the season and give you a peek into what we will be reading this Fall/Autumn.  So settle in with your apple cider or hot chocolate and enjoy some great fall reads.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Kill the Queen
by Jennifer Estep

BOOK INFO


Released: October 2, 2018
Series: Crown of Shards #1
Published by Harper Voyager
Pages: 480
 

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

The first in a brand new Fantasy series by Jennifer Estep, this book really kicks things off with a bang. With a new kickass heroine and lots of twists and turns, this book is a really fast-paced read with wonderful imagery and world building. I would compare this to the likes of Game of Thrones, but with a Urban Fantasy twist. So for something a little more fast-paced and imaginative this fall, I would highly recommend this read.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018

BOOK INFO


Released: October 2, 2018
Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery #15
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 320
 

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

Fall for me is the perfect time to read Cozy Mysteries and one of my favorite authors has a new release in my favorite series of hers. GLITTER BOMB is fun and light, with an interesting twist. Shamus, Carmela’s ex-husband plays a really big role in this book and I have to say that I really loved his presence. Doesn’t reading about your ex always make things more interesting?

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Consumed
by J.R. Ward

BOOK INFO


Released: October 2nd 2018
Series: Firefighters #1
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 416
 

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

With this new series by J.R. Ward, I really had no idea what she was going to do with it. However, this book surprised me in the best way possible. It’s far more intense than I thought it would be, bordering on suspense at some points. Like always, Ward puts a lot of heart and emotion into this book, making it feel larger than life. So if you’re looking for a good book to cozy up to that has a bit more heat and suspense, then I would highly suggest checking this new series out.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Archangel's Prophecy
by Nalini Singh

BOOK INFO


Released: October 30, 2018
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Published by Berkley
Pages: 368
 

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy...

Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind--and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she's regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena's very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena's mind, a haunting voice whispers that isn't her own.

This time, survival may not be possible...not even for the consort of an archangel.

Singh returns to the original couple of the series, Raphael and Elena, and although I must admit I was a little skeptical about this choice, I found that the conflict of this book was very interesting. Elena starts to lose her powers and as the first individual to be turned, this is quite concerning. It’s this conflict that I think really made the book interesting and made me want to read about Elena and Raphael despite the numerous times we have already gotten their book.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Diamond Fire
by Ilona Andrews

BOOK INFO


Released: November 6, 2018
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse
Pages: 384
 

together with their parents

NEVADA FRIDA BAYLOR

&

CONNOR ANDER ROGAN

invite you to join

their wedding celebration

November 6, 2018

Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

I am hopelessly bias. I adore Ilona Andrews, so I when I picked Diamond Fire up I had no doubt that I would love it. And love it I did! It’s a novella in the Hidden Legacy series and it gives us a more in depth introduction to Catalina Baylor. Catalina has dangerous powers, she’s a powerful Siren, and can make people literally kill themselves to please her. Because of the strength of her powers she’s spent most of her time staying away from people, but in this novella she gets a chance to use her powers to help her sister’s wedding go off without a hitch…and catch a thief. It’s left me hungry for more and I can’t wait for the new books with Catalina as the heroine.  

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Close to the Bone
by Kendra Elliot

BOOK INFO


Released: October 23rd 2018
Series: Widow's Island #1
 

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.

Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case—and by nagging memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was fourteen.

Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead

There’s nothing I love more than a good murder mystery! Kendra Elliot beings the Widow’s Island novella series with Close to the Bone when the skeletal remains of a teenage girls are found on a small island community. There are two possibilities, it’s either a girl who went missing a few years ago, or for Deputy Tessa Black and Special Agent Cate Wilde something much closer to home; their best friend who went missing when they were teenagers. It’s a great read, and part of a series where each book is being alternately authored by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Trailer Park Heart
by Rachel Higginson

BOOK INFO


Released: October 23 2018
 

Trailer park born and raised. It’s my legacy. That’s how my mama lived. And that’s how her mama lived. It’s the life I was born into and it’s the life I swore I would leave the second I was old enough to make it out.

Only legacies have a funny way of sneaking up on you. An innocent decision the night of high school graduation led to a series of complications in my plans to escape.

Seven years later, I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here.

Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow.

Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious—because his family will always pay for his mistakes. He’s also the only living heir to Cole Family Farms, after his brother Logan was killed in duty seven years ago.

He sees something in my life that he thinks he has a right to. But he’s wrong. And obnoxious. And he needs to take his stubborn good looks and that intense way he looks at me and go back to wherever it was he came from.

I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts. Especially from gorgeous, kind, pigheaded men like him.

There’s something about a small town love story that is perfect for any season.  Especially when it’s packed of emotion and heart.  And that’s exactly what I loved about this second chance love story.  It’s sweet and addictive and has one of my favorite heroes of the year.  Plus it’s a nice slow burn romance and has a cute kid AND Christmas in it.  Like a perfect Hallmark movie, right?

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Royally Yours
by Emma Chase

BOOK INFO


Released: October 31 2018
Series: Royally #4
Published by LLC
 

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase returns with a sweet and sexy standalone in the Royally Series.

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t… is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

**

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

**

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.

For something set in a different time period, why not go for a Royal romance?  Tough rules sometimes are made to be that way.  And that is something you’ll find with Queen Lenora in this book.  Starting off as Princess Lenora, she was groomed from childhood to one day become a Queen and she has to take on that role much earlier than she thought.  Her life was one of sacrifice but she loves fiercely and I admire her character.  It’s one of my faves in this series and definitely one not to miss.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Shades of Wicked
by Jeaniene Frost

BOOK INFO


Released: October 30, 2018
Series: Night Rebel #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…

Cuddle up with a wicked vampire under the covers!  Ian is perfect, really.  There isn’t much else to say because you should know his character by now (please read Night Huntress World in order).  But this book goes deeper into Ian as well as Veritas and I loved both of them so much.  And together they are explosive and kick ass. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
The Other Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn

BOOK INFO


Released: November 20th 2018
Series: Rokesbys #3
Published by Avon
 

She was in the wrong place...

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed…

He found her at the wrong time...

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

When you want a well written, but light-hearted and heart-felt historical romance, packed with humour and a dash of quirkiness, there’s only one option: Julia Quinn. In her latest release we have another Rokesby-Bridgerton romance and I can’t wait to dive in. It’s guaranteed to lighten up the dark and gloomy nights and leave me with a smile on my face. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Shadow of The Fox
by Julie Kagawa

BOOK INFO


Released: October 2, 2018
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
 

Once Every Thousand Years...

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has...and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.

This book was so unexpected! One because I don’t read much young adult and when I do, it isn’t often a hit and two because Julie Kagawa is a new author to me. So why did I pick it up you ask? It was the cover…For once, judging the book by its’ cover was successful. Set in feudal Japan and full of the mythos of the time and place it had a very interesting setting and one that was entirely new to me. It told the journey of a 17 year old half human and half kitsune girl who is on an important quest. This book incorporates action, romance alongside an array of interesting characters, I can’t wait to read the next book. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2018
Sacaren
by Sadie Carter

BOOK INFO


Released: November 9th 2018
Series: Sky Warrior #2
 

Frankie Ricci grew up in a household of men. She could change her own tire, fix a leaking faucet and she wasn’t afraid of squishing a spider, so what did she need a man for? Well, sure there was that. But so far, Frankie had never found someone she was interested in enough to do that.
Nope. She was happy with her life just the way it was.

Sacaren wasn’t happy. He’d always believed his pack would share a mate. Having six of them watch over one mate meant she’d always be guarded, safe. Now, the idea of having to take care of a mate on his own…it made him feel a little ill.

Especially when these human females were so fragile, so easily harmed. How was he supposed to keep one safe?

Well, at least they were small. He’d just have to find a submissive, obedient one and ensure that he kept her tightly under his protection at all time. That would be simple.

Right?

I could do a autumn reading guide full of sci-fi alone – and if you want any recommendations of books that have come out please let me know in the comments! But, for this I have picked the romance where I one, take a great amount of joy drooling over the cover and two, is a little more mainstream (I like my alien sci fi romance alien). Sacaren is the second in the Sky Warriors series. The first book was great, funny and sexy with a hero and heroine I adored, I am expecting the same thing for book two!

 

Check out our older fall reading lists here: 2016 | 2017

 

What books are you looking forward to read this fall?
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Hate notes and kingdom of ash are on my list.

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Awesome recommendations!! Have some on my tbr gr list and I found a couple more!! Ty! Shared on all my socials!!💖😉

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Fall by Kristen Callihan

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I’ve read a few on the list and a few more are on my wishlist.