Monthly Archives:: January 2011

5bat! Review & Giveaway: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

5bat! Review & Giveaway: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

January 31, 2011 Uncategorized 80

Title: Shadowfever Author: Karen Marie Moning Series: Fever/MacKayla Lane #5 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Urban Fantasy Hardcover: 608 pages Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 18, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0385341679 ISBN-13: 978-0385341677 Source: TLC Book Tours Reviewed by: Abigail Book Description “Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.” MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering… Read more »

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Guest Blog & Giveaway: Sarwat Chadda “Dark Goddess”

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Sarwat Chadda “Dark Goddess”

January 30, 2011 Uncategorized 59

Our guest blogger today is Sarwat Chadda, the author of DEVIL’S KISS and DARK GODDESS, “two novels about the only girl squire in the Knight’s Templar. If you like your romance tragic and bloody, and your fairy tales dark and filled with howling wolves, you’ve come to the right place.” My reviews for both books will be up next week.  Thanks to Disney Hyperion, we’re giving away a set of both DEVIL’S KISS & DARK GODDESS.  See details below.  Spooky Cities by Sarwat Chadda I love cities. London. New York. Barcelona. Varanasi. I could go on and on. I have never… Read more »

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Interview: Allison Pang “A Brush of Darkness”

Interview: Allison Pang “A Brush of Darkness”

January 29, 2011 Uncategorized 8

Allison Pang is joining us today to answer questions about her urban fantasy debut, A BRUSH OF DARKNESS (available now).  In my review, I called it a “smart, irreverent, and super sexy urban fantasy.”  If you like unicorns, incubi, succubi, angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, mermaids, and yummy delicious bacon, you’ll want to read this book. Interview ATUF: There are all sorts of paranormal creatures in A BRUSH OF DARKNESS.  Can you explain the world building? What is unique about it? AP: I borrow extremely loosely from Celtic mythology in general and specifically Scottish mythology with the whole concept of the… Read more »

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Early Review: Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

Early Review: Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

January 29, 2011 Review 0 ★★★★

I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in the spin off Paranormal Scene Investigations books.

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Review & Giveaway: Saltwater Vampires by Kristy Eagar

Review & Giveaway: Saltwater Vampires by Kristy Eagar

January 28, 2011 Uncategorized 52

Title: Saltwater Vampires Author: Kristy Eagar Series: N/A Cover Art: Marina Messiha Genre: Urban Fantasy Published: 30 Aug 2010  ISBN 13: 9780143011460  ISBN 10: 0143011464  Type: PAPERBACK (PB)  Pages: 372 Source: Author Reviewed by: (Guest) Tori from Smexy Books Book Description He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him …  And the sky around it was cold and clear and black … They made their circle of… Read more »

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Hot Off The Press: 73 new urban fantasy titles for February

Hot Off The Press: 73 new urban fantasy titles for February

January 28, 2011 Uncategorized 6

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! *Release dates are subject to change.  Most of the descriptions have been truncated for space.  Clicking the ‘more’ link will take you to that title’s Goodreads page where the full description may be read. February (50 Adult Titles) Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Avon A; Original edition (February 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0061434779 ISBN-13: 978-0061434778 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . …. Read more »

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Interview & Giveaway: Laurie London “Bonded By Blood”

Interview & Giveaway: Laurie London “Bonded By Blood”

January 27, 2011 Uncategorized 68

We’re welcoming Laurie London to ATUF today to talk about the first book in her debut Paranormal Romance series called BONDED BY BLOOD (releasing on January 18, 2011, read my review HERE).  I’ve been drooling over the cover for months and in case you missed my review, it’s just as hot inside as it is outside.  I emailed Laurie the second I finished reading her first Sweetblood book and not only did she agree to an interview, but she is also giving away a signed copy of BONDED BY BLOOD and a Revlon lip stain/lip balm called Just Bitten.  See… Read more »

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Giveaway at Tor Urban Fantasy: 6 copies of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

Giveaway at Tor Urban Fantasy: 6 copies of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

January 26, 2011 Uncategorized 6

Want to read ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers 6 months before anyone else?  Then check out the giveaways on Tor.com Urban Fantasy on Facebook & Twitter to enter by noon MST Sat 1/29.  Enter on Twitter:  @TordotcomUF Want to read ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers 6 months early? We’re giving away 3 copies! RT by noon MST Sat 1/29 to enter #TorUFgiveaway Enter on Facebook: Tor.com Urban Fantasy Giveaway & Excerpt: 3 copies of ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers (July 5th 2011 by Tor Teen)! This is the follow up to last years PERSONAL DEMONS which Barnes & Noble called… Read more »

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Review: Immortalis: Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

Review: Immortalis: Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

January 26, 2011 Review 4 ★★★

Vampire stories have become so prevalent in today’s fiction that even readers outside the genre are aware of the trend. This preponderance of preternatural fantasy can make it more and more difficult to find a truly original spin on the vampire myth. Sparkles, soul mates, daywalkers, and boarding school… even though there are great examples of each of these tropes, sometimes it’s hard to find the good hidden amongst the derivative. HUNTER AND PREY stands out from the crowd by being retro, embracing parts of the old school vampire myth that are largely neglected in Urban Fantasy today.

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Review & Giveaway: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Review & Giveaway: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

January 25, 2011 Uncategorized 102 ★★★

Title: The Iron Queen Author: Julie Kagawa Series: The Iron Fey #3 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YA Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Harlequin (January 25, 2011) ISBN-10: 0373210183 ISBN-13: 978-0373210183 Source: NetGalley Reviewed by: Abigail Book Description The winds of war gather in acclaimed author Julie Kagawa’s newest novel. Meghan Chase thought they’d left Faery behind forever, but pressing matters cause the three exiles to be summoned to war. A new alliance is made, along with a few contracts, of course, and Meghan, half Summer faery princess, half human, is pressed to choose Fey over her… Read more »

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