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.
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In the past week, I have been gorging myself on Ann Aguirre in three different series and subgenres: SHADY LADY (urban fantasy), NIGHTFALL (paranormal romance), and now ENCLAVE (paranormal YA). If I didn’t already have her on my short list of authors par excellence, there is no question that ENCLAVE would have catapulted her over the edge. It’s a creepy and shocking and thrilling look at post apocalyptic New York that will remind readers of THE HUNGER GAMES and LORD OF THE FLIES.
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.
Title: Wither Author: Lauren DeStefano Series: The Chemical Garden #1 Cover Art: Ali Smith Genre: Dystopian YA | Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher | Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; 1 edition (March 22, 2011) ISBN-10: 1442409053 ISBN-13: 978-1442409057 Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex, polygamy, prostitution. A 13 year old has sex with a 20 year old. No description but the effects on her body are alluded to. My Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel. Description What if you knew exactly when you would… Read more »
THE SKIN MAP opens with light humor and mysterious promises. Kit Livingstone embarks on inter-dimensional, inter-generational exploration in the same spirit Arthur Dent grabbed a towel and hitchhiked his way through the galaxy: hapless, unintentional adventure. Whereas Dent remained the star of his series, Kit was soon eclipsed by supporting characters: the villain, Kit’s ex-girlfriend (Wilhelmina), and even the man you know will eventually be skinned for a map.
From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the series.
A grown-up mix of Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew, GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS was a light, quick read that blends a realistic present day with a dash of the spirit world. An entertaining ghost story to fill a few hours, the characters of GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to hurry out and pick up the rest of the series.
*This title will be released on March 1, 2011* Title: River Marked Author: Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #6 Cover Art: Dan Dos Santos Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Ace Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0441019730 ISBN-13: 978-0441019731 Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex. References to homosexuality. References to rape. My Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel. Description Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit… Read more »
DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR is a fast paced, violent, smoking hot thrill-ride of a book, and I loved every minute of it. From the moment twelve-year-old Reginleit the Radiant walks into a mead hall filled with wenching berserkers (yeah, I did a double take at the number “twelve”, too), this story breaks the humdrum expectations of a “soul mate” driven paranormal romance.
When considering the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole, MAGIC AT THE GATE was my slow point, as so much of the book revolved around the relationship between Allie and her father. While, by design, we don’t get much Zayvion (and more Daniel Beckstrom than I’d like), Shaymus and Allie and Stone have more than enough gravitas to carry a story on their own, enough so that I eagerly await MAGIC ON THE HUNT in April.