It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in: Want to know what titles came out in previous months? View all the previous Hot Off The Press posts here We’re so excited to launch the new website, and we’re almost ready! Just a few last details to setup, but we should be live tomorrow! In the meantime, please consider subscribing to our RSS feed or subscribe by email since once we move to wordpress, Google Friend Connect (GFC) will no longer work. For those of you… Read more »
Monthly Archives:: May 2012
Title: Body & Soul Author: Stacey Kade Series: Ghost and the Goth #3 Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: Yes | Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Ages 12 and up Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 1423134664 ISBN-13: 978-1423134664 Sexual Content: Kissing Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description Alona Dare has been living as Lily “Ally” Turner for over a month…and it’s not been easy. Besides being trapped in a body so not as good as her original one, she’s failing miserably at playing the… Read more »
I have often used the words “world-building” and “mythology” interchangeably to mean the magic an author brings to their book. In DARK KISS, however, Rowen’s magic is definitively mythology, as her angels and demons inhabit a city that is almost featureless. Other than a school filled with between-class-hallways and a club where Samantha encounters the paranormal for the first time, this book takes place entirely in the characters’ conversations.
*This title will be released on June 5, 2012* Title: Hex AppealAuthor: Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Carole Nelson Douglas, P. N. Elrod, Simon R. Green, Lori Handeland, Erica Hayes, Carrier VaughnSeries: See belowCover Art: N/A Genre: Urban FantasyExcerpt: Yes Source: LibraryThing ERReviewed by: Abigail Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (June 5, 2012) ISBN-10: 0312590725 ISBN-13: 978-0312590727 Sexual Content: See each title below Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal… In the magical world that lies hidden beneath… Read more »
*This title will be released on May 29, 2012* Title: Darkness Before Dawn Author: JA London Series: Darkness Before Dawn #1 Cover Art: Derek Brewster & Sammy Yuen Genre: Paranormal/Dystopian YA Excerpt: No Source: Publisher | Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Ages 14 and up Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: HarperTeen; Original edition (May 29, 2012) ISBN-10: 006202065X ISBN-13: 978-0062020659 Sexual Content: Kissing Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the… Read more »
The conclusion to Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane urban fantasy series; BLUE BLOODED VAMP was in a word; epic. This book was jam packed with complex characters, thrilling action, and startling realizations about Sabina and her heritage. I think just about every character from past books got at least a mention if not a small cameo which was nice as it felt like a kind of final curtain call. What I really enjoyed most about this book was that it constantly moved (we even begin the book on a moving train) towards a huge finale involving an intense confrontation with Cain, the father of vampires.
THE PECULIARS was a book of great potential that offered alternate history, fantastical creatures, and technology. The heroine’s core was unique and well-written, from her own insecurities to her very real physical differences. The racist and colonialist attitudes of citizens towards the Peculiars of Scree made for a compelling frame around McQuerry’s steampunk fantasy, but predictable character behaviors and a disappointing ending overwhelmed my initial excitement about this book.
*This title will be released on May 29, 2012* Title: A Blood SeductionAuthor: Pamela PalmerSeries: Vamp City #1Cover Art: Tom Egner Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban FantasyExcerpt: Yes Source: EdelweissReviewed by: Abigail Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2012) ISBN-10: 0062107496 ISBN-13: 978-0062107497 Sexual Content: Scenes of sensuality, sex scenes, references to rape, references to sexual torture Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who… Read more »
It’s been a long time since the Anita Blake series and I have been on the same page. Once the subject of many, many re-reads, the world of Anita and her boys have fallen by the wayside as of late (though Merry Gentry still gets re-reads every few years). The series’ later books have become largely internal, both in terms of the pedantic dialogue explaining the world according to Anita and the disappearance of the mundane world. I’ve heard HIT LIST is a return to police work, but I’m not entirely convinced that wouldn’t just find OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY repackaged (How many times have we read Anita facing off with a local cop that thinks she’s either A. just a pretty face B. a vamp whore or C. a witch. Mayhem ensures). Still, it is on my TBR list for when I can get my hands on a copy, and after reading the excerpt following BEAUTY, KISS THE DEAD lands on that list as well.
*This title will be released on May 29, 2012* Title: Dark FrostAuthor: Jennifer Estep Series: Mythos Academy #3Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YAExcerpt: Yes Source: AuthorReviewed by: Abigail Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Kensington (May 29, 2012) ISBN-10: 0758266960 ISBN-13: 978-0758266965 Sexual Content: Kissing Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing… Read more »