I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in the spin off Paranormal Scene Investigations books.
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Vampire stories have become so prevalent in today’s fiction that even readers outside the genre are aware of the trend. This preponderance of preternatural fantasy can make it more and more difficult to find a truly original spin on the vampire myth. Sparkles, soul mates, daywalkers, and boarding school… even though there are great examples of each of these tropes, sometimes it’s hard to find the good hidden amongst the derivative. HUNTER AND PREY stands out from the crowd by being retro, embracing parts of the old school vampire myth that are largely neglected in Urban Fantasy today.
Title: The Last Jewish Virgin Author: Janice Eidus Series: N/A Cover Art: N/A Genre: Fiction Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Red Hen Press ISBN-10: 1597093939 ISBN-13: 978-1597093934 Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Julia Book Description Lilith Zeremba, a young woman rebelling against her intellectually complex, feminist Jewish mother, is The Last Jewish Virgin. In this playful and provocative, sensual and suspenseful novel, Janice Eidus merges the timeless, romantic myth of the vampire with contemporary life in volatile New York City —and beyond. Determined to make her own way —on her own terms —as a successful Jewish woman in the world of… Read more »
You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Julia’s Paranormal Picks for 2011 This was my first year diligently updating my GoodReads account, and I was a little shocked to see how many books I had read in 2010 (162 by their count, eep!). Then I started looking through all of the amazing books that are going to be published in 2011 and I realized my total will be even higher this year. The hardest parts about putting this list together was how it reminded me of all the books I can’t wait to read, all the books… Read more »
DEMON UNDERGROUND was a solid second installment in the Allay series, deepening the development of Allay herself as well as bringing major changes to her world. Wright takes the entire series in a direction I hadn’t expected at all, making me very excited to follow up with the next book in the series (and very nervous that I couldn’t find hints of the next book on-line).
Title: Tempest’s Legacy Author: Nicole Peeler Series: Jane True #3 Cover Art: N/A Genre: urban fantasy Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Orbit ISBN-10: 031605660X ISBN-13: 978-0316056601 Review Copy Source: Netgalley Reviewed by: Julia Book Description Jane True has become proficient in basic magics, confident in herself and her abilities, and happily rooted in Rockabill. Her life is still divided between her supernatural brethren and her human friends and family, but it’s a division she maintains with very little trouble. Everything changes, however, when Anyan brings Jane news that will force her to confront her dichotomized existence – supernatural females are… Read more »
This anthology hinges around the forbidden and irresistible; the compelling touch of the person you know you shouldn’t be with but just can’t deny. Of the three stories presented, Jeaniene Frost did not disappoint, Shayla Black’s story didn’t work for me, and Sharie Kohler’s Darkest Temptation led me to add her other books to my TBR pile. All in all, a well balanced collection and an enjoyable read.
MERCY BLADE swept me back into a familiar series, carried me along without breath, and then spit me back out at my desk to write a review. In hindsight, I do have a few minor criticisms for this book, but at no time while reading did any of these issues slow me down. I gulped down the story and loved every minute, putting it down at 3 a.m. with an audible “Oooooh.” Talk about your cliff hanger endings, I can’t wait to pick up RAVEN CURSED when it comes out.
*This title will be released on January 4, 2011* Title: The Lost Gate Author: Orson Scott Card Series: The Mither Mages #1 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Fantasy Length: 384 pages Publisher: Tor Books ISBN-10: 0765326574 ISBN-13: 978-0765326577 Review Copy Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Julia Book Description Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would… Read more »
Title: Ecstasy in Darkness Author: Gena Showalter Series: Alien Huntress #5 Cover Art: Cliff Nielsen Genre: paranormal romance Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Pocket Star Date Published: October 26, 2010 ISBN-10: 1439175772 ISBN-13: 978-1439175774 Review Copy Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Julia Book Description New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No… Read more »