Ever find yourself wondering about a loved-book’s backstory reference and thinking “hey, I wish I could read that”? I did when I first read Cursed. I loved Emma and Zach from the start with the references to their first case, I kept going back to Goodreads, wondering if I’d missed one.
Monthly Archives:: June 2014
A big welcome to JC Nelson who is here to telling us how it’s good to be bad and celebrating the release of Free Agent, The Grimm Agency (published on 7/29/2014 by Ace books). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. It’s Good to Be Bad by JC Nelson I confess I love a great villain. Someone who isn’t just the man or woman in black, twirling his or her mustache and laughing evilly. Not that I have anything against evil laughs. In fact, it seems like most of the time, the bad guys and gals have more reasons to laugh…. Read more »
It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re reading next month in: Want to know what titles came out in previous months? View previous Hot Off The Press posts —————————————– *Release dates are subject to change. Click ‘+ Description‘ to reveal the full description. Please visit our Titles Received For Review page to see which of these titles will be reviewed this month. 24 Adult Titles Releasing in July 21 YA Titles Releasing in July What are your must have titles for July? Tell us in the comments. Authors/Publishers: have a book coming out… Read more »
Even the most diehard urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans have to read something different every once in a while to shake things up! This series, which we hope will become an every-so-often feature here on All Things Urban Fantasy, will showcase some of our recent reads which don’t generally fit with our normal genres. DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer Armentrout Published April 15, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion There’s a definite UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER feel to this story, especially where mirrors are concerned, but they’re so much freakier in DON’T LOOK BACK. This story picked me up, sat me down… Read more »
SCORCHED by Erica Hayes: wherein a young woman by the name of Verity Fortune is a telekinetic Batgirl in a city with a rogues’ gallery to rival Gotham’s. Appropriately nicknamed the Gallery – part mafia, part supervillain cabal – its members wage a never-ending war against the ‘augmented’ Fortunes, who run the multinational Fortune Corp by day, and masquerade at night in various superhero guises. It’s Verity who gives this novel its Christopher Nolan-esque grit right from the start, after she escapes an asylum where she was held and tortured for nine months, with a shattered memory and little control over her powers.
Of the many, classic Urban Fantasy books of the 90’s, the Vicki Nelson series holds extremely well. This strong source material lends itself well to revival, from the Canadian TV show “Blood Ties” to the recent reissues of the books themselves. Re-reading Victoria Nelson now, every description of Vicki brings to mind the strong jaw and dry sense of humor of her televised incarnation, adding to the experience of the re-read.
I’ll fully admit to being in a sucker-for-a-kilt stage in my reading tastes, which is why I decided to read this one just on the cover alone. Apart from issues with occasional sketchy choices with accent-writing for their Scottish burr, I was mostly satisfied on that front.
DEADLY CURIOSITIES is one scary, creepy book. I grew up with King and Koontz, so it takes a lot to scare me when I’m reading. Or, it takes demons and men who meddle with them, and characters who touch objects and fall into their dark, disturbing history.
I listened to Pop Culture Happy Hour’s “Judging Books by Their Covers” podcast the other day, and couldn’t help but consider how the images below will look reduced down to eReader size. While Urban Fantasy has seen some of the more minimalist covers the podcasters discuss, I can’t help but feel that detail and complexity are alive and well in genre fiction. Certainly many of the Paranormal Romance covers don’t mind signaling their contents with bare-chested, often headless men. Other than cover art coverage, or the books beloved enough to migrate to my shelves in physical form, I rarely… Read more »
I think I’ve mentioned my love of all things angel at least once, so I won’t reiterate, but I will say that ANGEL KIN was a lovely addition to that bookshelf. The Nephilim ride again in this battle for good versus evil in an urban Detroit rife with supernatural creatures.