Monthly Archives:: April 2011

Early Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Early Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

April 30, 2011 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

*This title will be released on May 3, 2011* Title: Hounded Author: Kevin Hearne  Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1 Cover Art: Gene Mollica  Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers Reviewed by: Abigail Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Del Rey (May 3, 2011) ISBN-10: 0345522478 ISBN-13: 978-0345522474 Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex. Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for two thousand years and he’s a bit tired of it. After he stole a magical sword from the Tuatha Dé Danann… Read more »


Hot Off the Press: 62 new paranormal titles in May

Hot Off the Press: 62 new paranormal titles in May

April 29, 2011 Uncategorized 4

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: *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. May (42 Adult Titles) Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: BRAVA (May 1, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0758263090 ISBN-13: 978-0758263094 Demon Hunting In Dixie by Lexi George A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door. . . Looking For Trouble Addy Corwin is a… Read more »


Early 5bat! Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Early 5bat! Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

April 28, 2011 Uncategorized 7 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on May 3, 2011* Title: Divergent Author: Veronica Roth Series: Divergent Trilogy #1 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Dystopian YA Excerpt: Yes Source: Amazon Vine Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011) ISBN-10: 0062024027 ISBN-13: 978-0062024022 Sexual Content: Kissing. A non graphic sexual assault Rating: Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Description In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless… Read more »


Top 10 List & Giveaway: Jennifer Estep’s reasons she loves Urban Fantasy

Top 10 List & Giveaway: Jennifer Estep’s reasons she loves Urban Fantasy

April 27, 2011 Uncategorized 55

We’re always thrilled to have urban fantasy author Jennifer Estep stop by ATUF, especially when she has a new book out. TANGLED THREADS, the 4th book in her Elemental Assassin series just came out on April 26th, and, according to Julia, it “contain[s] the best of the action sequences, bad-assery and romance from previous books.”  Today Jennifer is sharing her Top 10 reasons why she loves writing & reading urban fantasy and giving away a copy of TANGLED THREADS.  See details below.   You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Why I Love Writing & Reading Urban… Read more »


Review & Giveaway: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Review & Giveaway: Abandon by Meg Cabot

April 26, 2011 Uncategorized 82 ★★★

Title: Abandon Author: Meg Cabot Series: Abandon Trilogy #1 Cover Art: Elizabeth B. Parisi Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher (via Big Honcho Media) Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Point (April 26, 2011) ISBN-10: 0545284104 ISBN-13: 978-0545284103 Sexual Content: Kissing. References to statutory rape. Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld. Though she tries returning to the life she knew before… Read more »


Early Review: Uncertain Allies by Mark Del Franco

Early Review: Uncertain Allies by Mark Del Franco

April 25, 2011 Uncategorized 2 ★★★

*This title will be released on April 26, 2011* Title: Uncertain Allies Author: Mark Del Franco Series: Connor Grey #5 Cover Art: Jamie DeJesus Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace (April 26, 2011) ISBN-10: 0441020402 ISBN-13: 978-0441020409 Sexual Content: Kissing. References to homosexuality. Rating Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description After a night of riots and fires, the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird is in ruins. And when a body is found drained of its essence, ex- Guild investigator Connor Grey… Read more »


Giveaway & Top 10 List: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

Giveaway & Top 10 List: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

April 24, 2011 Uncategorized 85

  Calling all Chicagoland Vampires fans! Just a few short days until the release of HARD BITTEN (May 3, 2011 by NAL Trade).  Our review will be up soon, but in the meantime, Chloe Neill dropped by with some delicious Merit themed goodness and NAL sent two extra finished copies of HARD BITTEN for me to giveaway.  Details below. You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Merit’s Top Ten Things/Places to Eat in Chicago by Chloe Neill 10. Goose Island Brewery  I’m not much of a beer person, but you can’t beat the root beer at Goose… Read more »


Early 5bat! Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Early 5bat! Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

April 22, 2011 Uncategorized 5 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on May 3, 2010* Title: Shift Author: Jeri Smith-Ready Series: Shade #2 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 3, 2011) ISBN-10: 1416994084 ISBN-13: 978-1416994084 Sexual Content: Kissing. Scenes of sensuality. References to sex. Rating: Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Description Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more… Read more »


Early Review: Ascension by Sable Grace

Early Review: Ascension by Sable Grace

April 21, 2011 Uncategorized 5 ★★★

*This title will be released on April 26th* Title: Ascension Author: Sable Grace Series: Dark Breeds #1 Cover Art: Tom Egner Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: NetGalley Reviewed by: Abigail Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Avon (April 26, 2011) ISBN-10: 0061964409 ISBN-13: 978-0061964404 Sexual Content: References to rape.  A semi graphic sex scene Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed — vampyre, demons, shape shifters — and mankind fight their last… Read more »


Cover Art Coverage: 12 new titles!

Cover Art Coverage: 12 new titles!

April 20, 2011 Cover Art Coverage 3

   The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney  (Click to enlarge) Description: Two weeks after the events of The Iron Witch, reluctant alchemist-in-training, Donna Underwood, must face the consequences of her actions–actions that some believe make her a traitor. At the same time, Donna’s iron tattoos are acting strangely and she experiences bleak visions filled with warnings of a coming darkness. When the Wood Queen steps into her life once more, it appears that Donna’s role in the centuries old war against the fey is very far from over–only this time it is her mother’s life that hangs in the balance…… Read more »