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 »
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As I would have hoped at the close of VENOM, the Elemental Assassin series really hits it’s stride with TANGLED THREADS. Containing the best of the action sequences, bad-assery and romance from previous books, it also sets the stage for what promises to be the ultimate life-or-death confrontation of Gin’s career.
While it was the premise that caught my eye, ABITHICA held my attention with it’s contradictions. Despite having a light, playful tone, the concepts and situations driving this book are both complex and dark. The main character’s completely disorienting and frightening reality is leavened with silly banter, shoe philosophy, and a few Sleeping Beauty “dance with the animals” moments, and together, these elements worked for me.
A meticulous novel, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES brought to mind an elaborate version of THE HISTORIAN, told from the vampire’s perspective. As much a historical novel as anything else, the supernatural elements of the story were as realistically imagined as any other aspect of daily life. To further add to the feeling of reading primary source material, Yarbro intermixes letters between the chapters, a device that made me feel as threatened and engaged as any of the main characters trying to unwind the political and religious intrigues around them.
Sometimes an author can do their work all too well when creating a villain for protagonists to overcome. As in the Jane True series (where I felt I would never be truly satisfied until Jarl was dead), my dislike for the rogue djinn Pearl has now reached fever pitch. Her cult-like followers, cultivated through a combination of magical manipulation and murder, are heartbreaking enough on their own. Add an army of children being trained as holy warriors and cannon fodder, and I’m out for blood.
*This title will be released on April 12, 2011* Title: The Gathering Author: Kelley Armstrong Series: Darkness Rising #1 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by:Julia Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: HarperCollins (April 12, 2011) ISBN-10: 0061797022 ISBN-13: 978-0061797026 Sexual Content: Mention of sexual relationships and a steamy make-out scene. My Rating: Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Description Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle… Read more »
*Cover art may not be final* Dearly Departed by Lia Habel (Click to enlarge) Description: A maximalist, post-apocalyptic, neo-Victorian steampunk zombie novel in which a girl, whose blood is impervious to the “Z-virus,” searches for her missing dad, is kidnapped by (good) zombies, falls improbably in love with a rather sweet zombie boy, and sets out to save the world from a zombie plague beyond imagining. As far as romantic pairings go in the year 2195, you don’t get much more unlikely than an upper-class schoolgirl and a poor miner from enemy tribes. Filter in the fact that… Read more »
My only complaint at the end of RED GLOVE was just that, it had ended. In just two books this series has developed such an intricate world and consistent voice that for both WHITE CAT and RED GLOVE I had no more put down one book when I was ready for the next. I’m in love with the mix of magic and mafia and noir that is the Curse Workers universe, and the characters Holly Black has created within it.
*Cover art may not be final* One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost (Click to enlarge) Stepback (inside cover) Description: N/A Series: Night Huntress #6 Artist: Tom Egner Goodreads: Link Publisher: Avon Release Date: August 30th 2011 Source: Jeaniene Frost “Yes, the model for Cat has changed. I was told by my publisher that the previous model is no longer doing book covers. However, I think the art director found a great replacement, and hey, Cat finally gets to let her hair down. After six books, she’s earned that, right? Considering that Halloween is the… Read more »
*Cover art may not be final* Nightshine: A Novel of the Kyndred by Lynn Viehl Description: N/A Series: Kyndred #4 Artist: N/A Goodreads: Link Publisher: Signet Select Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011 Source: Author’s Blog “Here’s a first look at the cover art for Nightshine, the fourth and final novel in the Kyndred series, which will be released on November 1, 2011.” – Lynn Viehl Pre-Order From: Julia’s Thoughts: Abigail’s Thoughts: Not yet available for pre-order. Love the turtle tattoo, though I need to catch up on this series so I know how well the model’s appearance… Read more »