A big welcome to Alex Hughes who is here for an interview and also celebrating the release of Marked, Mindspace Investigations #3 (published on April 1, 2014 by Roc). Interview with Alex Hughes ATUF: Mindscape Investigations has a noir detective feel too it. Who are some of your favorite detectives? AH: There are so many great detectives in so many media! Let’s say (for now): Sherlock Holmes, Archie McNally (the hero of a series by Lawrence Sanders), Brenda Leigh Johnson from The Closer, Sharon Raydor from Major Crimes, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s Death novels, and The Big Bad Wolf from the video game… Read more »
Sometimes I have hard time separating how I envision a character from how well produced a cover is, and the Mercy Thompson series is a great example of this. I think they’re gorgeous covers, colorful and eye-catching, but Mercy hasn’t really looked like herself since MOONCALLED. Are there any covers you love despite the mismatch with the series? If you’re a blogger interested in joining in on the commenting fun, fill out our Guest Commentator form here! Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Ace Hardcover Source: Goodreads Covers… Read more »
THE HAVEN is a thrilling, romantic way to introduce young readers to dystopian human rights, but may not be satisfying for anyone who knows where Soylent Green comes from or who has been to The Island with Ewan McGregor. A short, age-appropriate adventure, THE HAVEN is best suited for a younger audience.
SEA OF SHADOWS is an action packed and kind of spooky departure from what I am used to with Kelley Armstrong’s writing. I really enjoyed the concept of a society that must keep angry spirits at bay with the help of specially born twins. Aside from dealing with the angry spirits there
Something I love about the paranormal world lately is that authors seem to be shying away from copycat success and really taking paranormal elements and, to quote Rose Hathaway, making them their bitch. Larrieu takes some elements of mind magic, adds a few twists of her own and makes a wholly enjoyable universe.
A big welcome to A. J. Larrieu who is here to telling us about Interview with A. J. Larrieu and celebrating the release of Twisted Miracles, The Shadowminds #1 (published on April 7, 2014 by Carina Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Interview with A. J. Larrieu by A. J. Larrieu A. J.: First, I want to say thanks for having me on All Things Urban Fantasy today! It’s great to spend release day with you. ATUF: I almost have to ask about the bad poetry mentioned in your Goodreads profile…. I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned my bad… Read more »
While serving up her usual mystery, romance and humor, Harlow’s second Midnight Magic Mystery, WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES, failed to live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. I loved WHAT’S A WITCH TO DO, and was hoping for more of the same here. Unfortunately, Vivian was a hard character for me to like, and I couldn’t get into the developing relationship, making it hard to enjoy the book.
A brilliant, chilling ghost story, SILENCE FOR THE DEAD created such a vivid world I couldn’t bear to put it down. This story is as romantic and terrifying as reading Jane Eyre for the first time, and as soon as I finished it I rushed back through my gothic favorites to continue savoring the tone.
I love a good cover, and any cover that puts a children’s rhyme in my head is great in my book. “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her father forty whacks…” Mixing paranormal and historical elements can be tricky, but I think Cherie Priest’s MAPLECROFT nails it. What do you think?
Giveaway Alert courtesy of Julia Kagawa celebrating the release of THE FOREVER SONG, Blood of Eden #3 (published on April 15, 2014 by Harlequin Teen). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. 2 copies of THE FOREVER SONG Available on April 15, 2014 by Harlequin Teen Description: VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has… Read more »