Since I’m always up for a good twist on the classic fairy tales, FREE AGENT sounded right up my alley. And does it ever have all the right twists! A modern version of Snow White’s poisoned apple, werewolves who don’t like red because of a red-hoodie-wearing female in their past, and fairy godparents in mirrors are just some of the aspects of the mythology Nelson has created. Add the nearly non-stop action, an awesome cast of characters, and we’ve got an excellent opening to a new series!
If there’s one thing you can count on with book series, it’s cliffhangers. If you’re lucky, it’s a trilogy and you only have to deal with one, maybe two. Multi-book series, you get little ones along the way leading up to the Big One in the penultimate book. I knew this going in to SILVER SHADOWS because I remember the similar cliffhanger between books five and six of the Vampire Academy series. I was prepared, I told myself.
THE MERMAN AND THE BARBARIAN PIRATE was one of those books that captured me with the beautiful cover and failed to live up to the expectation it set. Though intriguing, THE MERMAN AND THE BARBARIAN PIRATE felt shallow and lacking in development.
In a future where bureaucracy and totalitarianism have supplanted capitalism as our national language, the city of Recoletta’s own police force has a hard time getting permission to do its job. In Carrie Patel’s THE BURIED LIFE everything is compartmentalized and strictly need-to-know, which makes solving a series of murders amongst the elite very difficult. Not that that would stop a couple of investigators looking for the truth.
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Mix the short-lived NBC show Awake with the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors, and put the protagonist in high school, and you get ONE PAST MIDNIGHT by Jessica Shirvington. Unlike Jason Isaacs in Awake, however, Sabine has been shifting between two lives for as long as she can remember. Though there’s some confusion early on about the mechanics of Sabine’s double lives, not to mention the unlikely reality of a young girl living in two universes without going mad, Shirvington paints a beautiful portrait of a lonely, desperate girl struggling with a lack of identity. Despite the extraordinary circumstances, the push to meet other people’s expectations at the cost of personal expression is something a lot of adolescents can relate to.
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. 38 Adult Titles Releasing in August 30 YA Titles Releasing in August What are your must have titles for August? Tell us in the comments. Authors/Publishers: have a book coming out… Read more »
Urban Fantasy is full of high stakes, of world breaking power or near apocalypses. It’s common for heroines and heroes to find some heretofore unknown power at the eleventh hour, some massive, nuclear ability that negates risk. The Kate Daniels series, by contrast, brings the epic down to the human level, without ever pulling danger’s teeth. The stakes stay huge, the world is never quite a safe place, but in the meantime there’s dinner and date night and all the badass abilities that Kate and Curran have had from day one.
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A big welcome to Max Gladstone who is here answering a few of our questions and celebrating the release of Full Fathom Five, Craft Sequence #3 (published on July 15, 2014 by Tor Books). Interview with Max Gladstone by Max Gladstone All Things Urban Fantasy: The Urban Fantasy genre is no stranger to mixing magic with familiar parts of society. Turning that practice on its head, the Craft Sequence mixes familiar elements from our world, namely economic and legal structures, with a completely fantastical parallel universe. What came first, the drive to create a new world or a fascination with the mutable potential of… Read more »