Monthly Archives:: September 2010

Is Paranormal Romance hijacking Urban Fantasy?

Is Paranormal Romance hijacking Urban Fantasy?

September 30, 2010 Uncategorized 4

The tireless Rebecca from Dirty Sexy Books has put together a panel of bloggers to answer that exact question.  I was fortunate enough to get an invite to this roundtable discussion that in addition to myself and Rebecca includes: Carolyn of Book Chick City Shara of Calico Reaction TJ of Dreams & Speculations Within the “Is PNR hijacking UF?” topic, we’re answering the following questions: Do you agree or disagree with the notion that urban fantasy is trending toward stories that include romance?  How do current stories compare with ‘vintage UF?’ Is the inclusion of romance in urban fantasy a… Read more »

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Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

September 29, 2010 Uncategorized 13 ★★★★

Title: Bloodfever Author: Karen Marie Moning Series: Fever/ MacKayla Lane #2 Cover Art: N/A Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Dell; Reprint 8/26/2008 Language: English ISBN-10: 0440240999 ISBN-13: 978-0440240990 Review Copy Source: TLC Book Tours Reviewed by: Abigail     Book Description I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not… Read more »

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Early Review: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Early Review: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

September 28, 2010 Uncategorized 12 ★★★★

Title: Grave Witch Author: Kalayna Price Series: Alex Craft #1 Cover Art: Aleta Rafton Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Roc (October 5, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451463803 ISBN-13: 978-0451463807 Review copy source: Kalayna Price Reviewed by: Abigail Book Description As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be… Read more »

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Interview & Giveaway: Kalayna Price “Grave Witch”

Interview & Giveaway: Kalayna Price “Grave Witch”

September 27, 2010 Uncategorized 91

Kalayna Price is my guest today talking about her new urban fantasy series about a witch P.I. who has a close and personal relationship with Death himself.  GRAVE WITCH is being published on October 5, 2010 (my review will be up tomorrow but I’ll tell you now that it reminded me of Laurel K. Hamiliton’s early Anita Blake books mixed with Tanya Huff’s Blood Lines series.  In a word, excellent), but you can win a copy and some swag today courtesy of Kalayna & I’m giving away my ARC as part of my Blogoversary giveaway.  See details below. Kalayna Price… Read more »

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Early 5 bat! Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Early 5 bat! Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

September 25, 2010 Uncategorized 7 ★★★★★

Title: Bayou Moon Author: Ilona Andrews Series: The Edge #2 Cover Art: N/A Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: Ace 9/28/2010 ISBN-10: 0441019455 ISBN-13: 978-0441019458 Review copy courtesy of: Penguin Reviewed by: Abigail       Book Description Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint… Read more »

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Hot Off The Press: 50 new UF releases for October

Hot Off The Press: 50 new UF releases for October

September 24, 2010 Uncategorized 7

It’s the last Friday of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in: HOT OFF THE PRESS! To clarify, for this post I’m using Urban Fantasy as an umbrella term to include books that combine paranormal elements with modern characters in contemporary settings (Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal YA, Contemporary Fantasy, even a little Paranormal Steampunk etc.) All titles below link to BookDepository.com (free worldwide shipping to 90 countries) Or Amazon depending the earliest release date. I make a commission from purchases made through the Book Depository links,… Read more »

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Early Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep

Early Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep

September 23, 2010 Uncategorized 8 ★★★★

*This title will be released on September 28, 2010*   Book Description What kind of assassin works pro bono? It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends,… Read more »

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Review: Mob Rules by Cameron Haley

Review: Mob Rules by Cameron Haley

September 22, 2010 Uncategorized 4 ★★

Book Description As LA plunges into an occult gang war, mob sorceress Domino Riley must unravel a conspiracy that reaches beyond the magic-soaked mean streets into a world of myth and legend. Domino investigates the ritual execution of a mob associate, a graffiti magician named Jamal. The kid isn’t just dead, he’s been squeezed — the killer stole his magical power or “juice.” Domino summons Jamal’s shade, and the ghost points to Adan Rashan as his killer. This is tricky, because Adan is the favored son of Domino’s boss, Shanar Rashan, a six-thousand-year-old Sumerian wizard. It’s even trickier because only… Read more »

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Guest Dare Review at The Book Smugglers

Guest Dare Review at The Book Smugglers

September 22, 2010 Uncategorized 2

Me and my big mouth.  You might remember a Top 10 List I did recently about my Favorite Features from Other Bloggers which included the Guest Dare feature from The Book Smugglers.  I may have mentioned that I’d be up for a dare and Ana and Thea actually took me up on it.   The whole idea of the Guest Dare is to get people to venture outside their comfort zones and try a genre/author they would never read on their own.  For me, that genre is science fiction.  I love Sci-Fi TV and movies but you’d never catch me browsing… Read more »

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Early Review: Siren Song by Cat Adams

Early Review: Siren Song by Cat Adams

September 21, 2010 Uncategorized 2 ★★★

*This title will be released on September 28, 2010* Book Description Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend’s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her. The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence—and possibly fight for… Read more »

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