There are just a few weeks left of 2011, so of course the bloggers at All Things Urban Fantasy are already anxiously awaiting some of the biggest releases of 2012. Over the next three weeks, we’ll each be listing our Top 12 for 2012 titles as part of a new feature officially launching in 2012 called Paranormal Picks (more about that later). Abigail’s picks were posted on Dec 4th and Julia’s were on Dec 11th. These 12 titles (and a few honorable mentions that are scant on details but big on expectations) make up our most coveted releases, so it goes without saying that we would LOVE to review them. Please contact Abigail directly AllThingsUrbanFantasy AT gmail DOT com and we’ll get back to you right away.
And my Top 12 are…
Discount Armageddon introduces us to Verity Price, journeyman cryptozoologist, ballroom dancer, and former reality television star. She’s on assignment in Manhattan, researching the local cryptid community while she pursues her dance career. It’s a cushy assignment…at least until local cryptids start disappearing, and all signs start pointing to a man from the Covenant of St. George. But is Dominic De Luca really to blame? And if she casts her suspicions in the wrong place, is she going to survive the experience?
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
The cover is really cool looking and I am secretly fascinated by cryptozoology so I’m quite excited about this book. Hopefully Nessie (aka the Loch Ness Monster) is in it somehow! I also wonder what type of reality show Verity was on? Perhaps something akin to Dancing with the Stars or Big Brother?
t when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words — Save Anna — and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.
Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot…
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
This looks like The Avengers/Sherlock Holmes with an added paranormal flair which sounds like a pretty cool concept. I am also a sucker for alternate histories so I want to see what this author decides to do with magic affecting the Industrial Revolution. Hopefully like The Avengers and Sherlock Holmes they get into many fun and dangerous situations.
ngel from a martial court.
Received for review
These are the titles releasing later in 2012 that have neither covers nor descriptions yet, but they are the next installments or spin-offs of my favorite series, so even sight unseen, I’m already dying to read them:
Untitled (The Edge, #4) by Ilona Andrews – November 29th 2012 by Ace
Etiquette & Espionage (The Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger – 2012
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn- 2012 by Grand Central Publishing