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    Saturday
    Jan292011

    New Fiendish Review: American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout

    BOOK:                                  American Vampire

    AUTHOR:                             Jennifer Armintrout

    PUBLISHER:                        Mira Books

    ISBN/ASIN:                         9780778328780

    RATING:                               3.75 Stars

    RELEASE DATE:                  February 22, 2011

    Turned in 1967, Graf McDonald is your easy going laze-the-night-about vamp…but with attitude.  Yeah, he’s blonde-blue-eyed hot, tall, and ripped and he knows it. He’s got a fabulous sexy sire, Sophia who he lusts after, a 1974 De Tomaso Pantera L, and crazy-wild Fourth of July party to go to.

    That is, until his detour to Penance.

    And Penance he’s going to end up paying because this one-dog town he’s stuck in is a white trash nightmare filled with pitchfork hillbillies…fighting a supernatural creature that has kept them trapped and isolated there for the better part of five years.  And sexy, urban, sophisticated, Graf is stuck in it with only jean-shorts-wearing Jessa to help him out. Will he gulp her down, or get off his pedestal to be a bit more civilized, just enough to survive?

    Armintrout’s American Vampire is about as far right you can get in the lore. She managed to make her readers ride the fence about Cyrus in her Blood Ties series, and Graf is no different. Do we love him or hate him? It’s as if Armintrout is intentionally annihilating all the vampire stereotypes and in a strange devil’s advocates way…I love it. It gives us something to work for….hard. Readers are definitely not going to immediately swoon over Graf (I know I’m not…when all I really want to do is kick him in the ‘nads) until Armintrout is good and ready.

    But as Jessa and Graf try to face down the demon that has had a stranglehold on the town, and personal nastiness starts to bubble over with residents turning against one another…something flowers between them, reluctantly. Graf admits to finally striking Jessa off his Plan B menu…but that’s just about all he’s willing to admit.  Together they have to figure things out, kill the demon, get out of town, and oh yeah…try to get along...

    Painfully and belly-achingly funny in a dark comedy sort of way, and romantic in Armintrout’s trademark matter-of-fact writing style…with priceless….and I mean priceless dialogue…shows that Armintrout has razor sharp wit and an even greater sense of humor. I really adored American Vampire…especially watching an unfolding non-sparkling,  anti-vampire hero like Graf get his comeuppance from sassy Jessa…by the end and the last page is turned, Graf will be admitting to a lot more…and doing a lot more than crossing off Jessa of his meal plan…Slurp!  

    Part of the 2011 Book Chick City Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Saturday
    Jan292011

    New Fiendish Review: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

    BOOK:                 Bloodshot

    AUTHOR
    :
                 Cherie Priest

    PUBLISHER:
            Spectra

    ISBN/ASIN
    :         9780345520609

    RATING:
                   4.5 Stars               

    RELEASE DATE:
      Out Now!!!

    Raylene Pendle is full of snark and a damn fine princess of pilfering….after all she’s had practice. Like close to a century of donning sleek and stylish cat burgling attire, as she stealthily acquires pretty baubles in which to store in her warehouse of goodies.

    But this time, her latest job comes knocking at her door, not the other way around, and despite being spooked that she’s been tracked down, she ends up being pulled into a vampire conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of government. It will drag her through a virtual storm of grenades, abandoned military installations, gunfire, parkour, a drag queen review, multiple unmarked cars, and a whole lotta blood.

    Raylene is an irreverent self-serving gruff- but with a gooey center-though she doesn’t know it yet. She’s also a ruthless vampire who has lived as a rogue for much of her life which puts her at a disadvantage when it comes to caring for people.  She hasn’t had much to live for besides acquisition and looking continually over her shoulder. But Priest gives her something to live for…her acquired pet people….Pepper and Domino, the enigmatic Ian Stott who she is drawn to…for his fragile vulnerability and his exquisite killing force….and Adrian the hot-to-trot former Seal turned entertainer…their verbal ripostes are a constant source of amusement zinging merrily back and forth.

    I have a thing for flawed, broken, characters and Priest has wrapped Raylene up so nicely for her readers….presenting us with the ripe opportunity to see this character grow and that she does…from the very first explosive pages. Her determination to find those responsible for Ian’s predicament, and to hone in on the fear that it could easily happen to her….to any other vampire… is a compelling push for the truth…no matter what the cost. She and Adrian will burn it all down with the added reward of some bloodthirsty revenge along the way.

    I would have liked to see a more intimate glimpse of the inner workings and politics of the Houses…and their leaders-but maybe in Hellbent (Cheshire Red #2) Priest has something planned? I am rubbing my hands in maniacal glee just conjuring all the angles this amazing series can go.

    What more can I say? I just got off the Bloodshot ride at the Cherie Priest amusement park and I gotta tell you it was a hell of a ride. Even my lipstick is smeared from the G-force Priest turbulence. And I got a runner in my pantyhose.

    Part of the 2011 Book Chick City Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Friday
    Jan282011

    New Fiendish Review: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

    BOOK:                  Mind Games

    AUTHOR:             Carolyn Crane

    PUBLISHER:        Spectra

    ISBN/ASIN:         9780553592610

    RATING:               4 Stars  

    RELEASE DATE:  Out Now!!!

    There is power in fear and better yet….a lot of money to be had if you know the right people….

    Justine Jones might be a hypochondriac and a neurotic…and yes she might have chased away a few boyfriends with her ridiculous fears, but her personal demons rise to a new level when she is recruited by a shadowy group that makes it their mission to rehabilitate criminals by disillusioning them. That is tactilely invading their psyche and breaking them down emotionally. Once you’re in, you can’t quit, you can’t leave….or you’re dead.

    In this “intacto” urban fantasy, Carolyn Crane ventures into graphic novel territory with a plot that can either be interpreted as campy or interesting. I found I really gravitated towards Crane’s vision of MidCity, plagued by a constant onslaught of terrorizing crimes perpetuated by rogue highcaps, a fringe group of telepaths, precogs, and telekinetics who possess the genetic disposition for extraordinary psychic ability. Even some MidCity residents believe they are myth, and the high caps have never come out of the closet so-to-speak….so essentially they exist as an urban bogeyman. But for others like Sterling Packard who has been imprisoned in a tawdry ethnic restaurant for eight years….he knows they exist. After all…he is one.

    Mind Games was highly entertaining, suspenseful, fresh and astoundingly unique and has an overwhelming graphic novel feel to it-like a stunningly rendered urban fantasy in neon blazing with quirky style. Conflicts like The Brick Slinger and the Dorks are classic comic kitsch, as is Justine’s crush on Chief Otto Sanchez. And Packard’s psychic assault team? They are essentially nothing more than vigilante super heroes; but warm and fuzzy vigilantes with a mission.

    The best thing a writer can do is break the rules…and break them well. Yes, there are cases that this has failed miserably in other novels, but Crane has succeed, done that effectively blurring the line between good and bad, interjecting quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor…um yeah…the vein star syndrome thing…classic. Crane reveals an even bigger ethical conflict with the highcaps. Is Justine doing the right thing as a disillusionist? What is Packard hiding? Cranes bigger picture of the highcaps, and their plight as they infiltrate MidCity society on all levels, is clearly a set-up for action in Double Cross, and further for the third installment. I envision an all-out psychic war on the horizon.

    I loved Mind Games because it was so different that the typical urban fantasies I’ve read chock full of snarky humor at every page turn. I’ll definitely be going to read Double Cross, Crane’s sequel.

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Thursday
    Jan272011

    New Fiendish Review: The Right Hand of Magic by Nancy Collins

    BOOK:                                 The Right Hand of Magic

    AUTHOR:                             Nancy Collins

    PUBLISHER:                        Roc

    ISBN/ASIN:                         9780451463661

    RATING:                               4.5 Stars

    RELEASE DATE:                  Dec 7, 2010

    Check out Golgotham online...and don't forget to stop by Witch Alley to pick up some fly agaric and goofer dust along the way....

    Nancy Collin’s inventive urban fantasy is amazing wrought as her characters both mundane and magically-inclined, intertwine in the most notorious and guarded suburb of New York, Golgotham. When trust fund baby and industrial artist Tate Eresby ventures to find an apartment in the largely magically populated Golgotham, she has no idea that she will embark on an adventure that will change her entire world, put her at death’s door, and perhaps find her true calling. And maybe….just maybe…love.

    Collin’s Golgotham is rich, fetid, humming with environment, and my only comparison on the level of atmosphere is Downside, my favorite series by Stacia Kane. Collin’s imagery invokes similar edgy themes, a press of races diverging on a portion of a city rife with crime, magic both benign and malicious, where you can get fried gator-on-a-stick as well as essentials to replenish your magical arsenal.  Flavor reigns heavily in The Right Hand of Magic, and of course, the simmering attraction between its two leads: Tate and Hexe.   

    When Tate moves into Hexe’s family mansion (aka the Boardinghouse), she’s overjoyed by the space she’s rented, a place where she can create her art in peace. But peace is in short supply. With Scratch, Hexe’s familiar that shapeshifts into a diminutive hairless cat with wings, a shadowy oracle bunkered down in the basement, and an Uncle who despises humans…Hexe and Tate have a lot of nonsense to deal with in the beginning-least of all his being a Kymeran prince who only uses right-hand magic to heal and heir to the realm, and her rather annoying human status.

    Life in the otherworldly borough hits critical mass when they rescue Lukas a were-couger, whose plucky escape from the fighting pits of the Malandanti overlord Boss Marz forces them to engage the magical cabal head on as he tries to retrieve his property. Despite Tate’s lack of magical ability, Collin’s manages still to pull off a coup de grace full of action by allowing Tate’s creations to be imbued by Hexe’s magic with the foreshadowing of a cryptic prophecy, half of which is yet to be fulfilled. Now that has whetted my appetite for the sequel!

    I was in a perpetual state of amazement reading The Right Hand of Magic, it was engrossing, fueled by Collins’ storytelling verve, pitch perfect, and with all the elements that urban fantasy buffs hunger for. Loved it!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Sunday
    Jan232011

    A Fiendish Look at 2011 Debut Authors...

     A new year, new authors, new stories. New adventurous places to go.  

    After combing the galaxies of bookdom....and squinting myopically at catalogs, these are the following authors that I am keeping my beady eye on...and am inexplicably drawn to. 

    I've included as much info as I have been able to drum up. Please note that all covers are not final, and release dates are never static.

    For those stopping by, feel free take a load off. Enjoy. If you see a mistake somewhere please let me know. Or if I have left someone important off please let me know. I know I might be missing a few people so this is a continual work in progress. 

    FYI, if you are going to use the "add to your Goodreads" link, make sure you are logged in first....:)

    ~Miz Fiendishly 

    In Release Date Order

    TITLE:                       Bonded by Blood

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      Laurie London

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780373775446

    PUBLISHER:             Harlequin

    RELEASE DATE:        January 18, 2011 

    BOOK BLURB:                Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

    For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her…(from Laurie London Books) EXCERPT

     

    TITLE:                        Darkness Dawns

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Dianne Duvall

    ISBN/ASIN:              9781420118612

    PUBLISHER:             Zebra

    RELEASE DATE:        February 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:                

    Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can 
    barely control . . . 

    In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life hewould do anything to protect. (from Dianne Duvall.com)EXCERPT


    TITLE:                        Visions of Magic

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Regan Hastings

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780451232465

    PUBLISHER:              Signet Books

    RELEASE DATE:         February 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:                   In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate. EXCERPT

     

     

    TITLE:                      First Grave on the Right

    DEBUT AUTHOR:     Darynda Jones

    ISBN/ASIN:            9780312662752

    PUBLISHER:           St. Martin’s

    RELEASE DATE:      February 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:       Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.  EXCERPT


    TITLE:                          Invitation to Ruin

    DEBUT AUTHOR:         Bronwen Evans

    ISBN/ASIN:                9780758259196

    PUBLISHER:               Kensington Books

    RELEASE DATE:          February 22, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:           The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible-and unobtainable-man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accept his proposal.

    Avowed bachelor Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, never meant to seduce an innocent like Melissa. Yet now that the damage is done, it does seem like she'd make a very convenient wife. After all, she is so naive he won't have to worry about ever being tempted. Or so he thinks, until the vows are spoken and they are left alone-and his new bride reveals a streak just as brazen and unrestrained as his own...EXCERPT ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

    TITLE:                          Fated

    DEBUT AUTHOR:         Rebecca Zanetti

    ISBN/ASIN:                9780758259233

    PUBLISHER:               Brava

    RELEASE DATE:          February 22, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:            Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous stranger with an attitude problem…

    Sure the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and her daughter.  He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire.  Of course the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…(from www.rebeccazanetti.com)EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                    Darkness Becomes Her

    DEBUT AUTHOR:   Kelly Keaton (Kelly Gay)

    ISBN/ASIN:         97814442409248

    PUBLISHER:        Simon Pulse

    RELEASE DATE:   February 22, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:     Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 
    Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. 
    She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. 
    Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed. (from GoodReads). ADD TO YOUR GOOD READS 

     

    TITLE:                      Under Wraps

    DEBUT AUTHOR:     Hannah Jayne

    ISBN/ASIN:            9780758258922

    PUBLISHER:           Kensington

    RELEASE DATE:      March 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:   As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

    Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…EXCERPT   ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                        Falling Under    

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Gwen Hayes

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780451232687

    PUBLISHER:             NAL

    RELEASE DATE:        March 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:    In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.

    Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.

    Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.(from www.gwenhayes.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                       Taste Me

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      Tamara Hogan

    ISBN/ASIN:             9781402245012 

    PUBLISHER:            Sourcebooks

    RELEASE DATE:       March 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         He wants her so badly he can taste it…

    Ever since their tempestuous fling years ago, incubus Lukas Sebastiani has known that siren Scarlett Fontaine was meant to be his. But when you’re a sex demon with an insatiable desire, relationships are…complicated.

    Her siren song brings men to their knees…

    Rock star Scarlett Fontaine desperately needs a break after a grueling tour. But with murder and mayhem surrounding her band, and Lukas guarding her body, life is going to be anything but peaceful.

    Every encounter between them creates more turmoil—and heat—until Scarlett pushes Lukas to the boiling point, and unleashes forces that go way beyond anything she can hope to control…(from www.tamarahogan.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                        The Spiral Path

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      Lisa Paitz Spindler

    ISBN/ASIN:              Unknown           

    PUBLISHER:             Carina Press

    RELEASE DATE:        March 28, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         After defecting from the Star Union eleven years ago, spaceship Captain Lara Soto is now the leader of the free Chimerans. Her only regret is the intense young officer she left behind. But when Terra’s S.U.S. Interlace goes missing with her brother Rafael on board, she has to push aside the pain of her betrayal and team up with her old love once again.

    Commodore Mitch Yoshida has never stopped thinking about the woman who deserted him. He’s also witnessed first-hand the Terran discrimination Lara foretold, from sequestering Chimerans on spaceships to enforcing indentured military service.

    With Rafael and the Interlace crew held prisoner by a being out of legend, will Lara and Mitch be able to resist their long-denied attraction and complete a rescue mission? To secure the Chimerans’ release, they must risk traveling to a whole new dimension.(from www.lisapaitzspindler.com) EXCERPT

    TITLE:                         Seaborne

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Katherine Irons

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780758261403 

    PUBLISHER:             Brava

    RELEASE DATE:        March 29, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:          Shrouded in mist, the hidden shoreline near her family’s Maine estate is a place of refuge for Claire Bishop. There, she can forget the physical limitations imposed by a tragic accident and escape judgmental eyes. Yet someone is watching from the depths of the sea, a being who senses her inner despair and is drawn to help her. Prince Morgan, risen from the waves and as perfect a man Claire has ever laid eyes on. She is sure she has dreamed him into existence—Morgan’s masculine beauty and sensual tenderness cannot be real. Then the dream overtakes reality…

    With Morgan at her side, Claire is suddenly freed, swimming with him to a lost paradise, a fantastic underwater world with a sunken stone city at its heart. Soon the lovers find that their union has aroused the wrath of his warring clan—but Claire would rather die than return to her crippling life on earth, and Morgan will not live without the woman he adores...(from www.kensingtonbooks.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS  


    TITLE:                         Secrets of a Proper Countess

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Lecia Cornwall

    ISBN/ASIN:               9780062018939 

    PUBLISHER:              Avon Books

    RELEASE DATE:        March 29, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:          If Lady Isobel Maitland is caught even speaking to an incorrigible rogue like the Marquess of Blackwood, she stands to lose everything she holds dear. Strict rules in her husband's will ensure that if she remarries or even forms friendships her mother-in-law does not approve of, then she will never see her young son again. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation, and lets an innocent flirtation turn into seduction...(From www.leciacornwall.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                      Born at Midnight

    DEBUT AUTHOR:    C.C. Hunter (Christie Craig)

    ISBN/ASIN:          9780312624675 

    PUBLISHER:         St. Martin’s Griffin

    RELEASE DATE:    March 29, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:      Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it's a camp for troubled teens.

    They thought wrong.

    Kylie's surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she's one of them. They're just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she's got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie's determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can't she trust? And most of all . . . What is she? (from www.cchunterbooks.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS
     

    TITLE:                        Deadworld

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      J.N. Duncan

    ISBN/ASIN:             9780758255662 

    PUBLISHER:            Kensington Books

    RELEASE DATE:       April 5, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

    Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

    So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…(from www.kensingtonbooks.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

    TITLE:                                    Hounded

    AUTHOR:                             Kevin Hearne

    ISBN/ASIN:                         9780345522474

    PUBLISHER:                        Del Rey

    RELEASE DATE:                  April 19, 2011

    SERIES TAG:                        The Iron Druid Chronicles

    BOOKS IN SERIES:            #2 Hexed, #3 Hammered

    BOOK BLURB:

    The first novel in this addictive and wildly imaginative series introduces us to hero Atticus O'Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. With a memorable cast of characters—including a seductive death goddess, a talking Irish wolfhound, a vampire lawyer, and a feisty bartender possessed by the soul of a Hindu witch—and told in a compelling voice that makes Atticus' magical adventures come to vivid life, Hounded gets this new urban fantasy series off to a roaring start! (From Del Rey) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

    TITLE:                         Ascension

    DEBUT AUTHOR:        Sable Grace

    ISBN/ASIN:               978-0061964404               

    PUBLISHER:              Avon Books

    RELEASE DATE:        April 26, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:          Nada…cannot find a blurby-blurb. Guess its not written yet. ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TITLE:                        Demon Hunting in Dixie

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Lexi George

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780758263094 

    PUBLISHER:             Brava

    RELEASE DATE:       April 26, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she’s not looking for a man. Mama’s wrong. Addy has looked. There’s just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that’s for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he’s from another dimension.

    Addy couldn’t care less where he’s from. He’s gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he’s a whack job. Says he’s come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what’s going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down…(from www.kensingtonbooks.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                        Touch of a Thief

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Mia Marlowe

    ISBN/ASIN:              9780758263520 

    PUBLISHER:              Brava

    RELEASE DATE:        April 26, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:          Lady Viola Preston can relieve a gentleman of the studs at his wrists without his being any the wiser and pick any lock devised by man in less than a minute. But she's careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. Because when Viola touches a gemstone, it "speaks" to her, sending disturbing visions--visions almost as unsettling as the sight of the cool-eyed stranger who catches her red handed.

    Now Viola will only be stealing at Greydon Quinn's behest. And even more daunting than the violent history of the red diamond he's after is the prospect of a night in the devastatingly handsome lieutenant's arms. Touch has always been Viola's weakness and the full body-to-body contact Quinn has in mind is about to shatter her defenses and set her senses reeling.(from www.miamarlowe.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS  
     

    TITLE:                      Awaken the Highland Warrior

    DEBUT AUTHOR:    Anita Clenney

    ISBN/ASIN:            Sourcebooks     

    PUBLISHER:           9781402251238

    RELEASE DATE:      May 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:   He's had centuries to dream of her...Mis-adventurous historian Bree Kirkland discovers a one hundred fifty year old warrior buried in a crypt behind her house. But Faelan, the warrior, isn’t dead. When this chauvinistic Scottish Warrior awakes, he has no choice but accept the help of this modern-day woman who’s rescued him, but she’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him. If he’s not careful, she’ll uncover every secret his clan has bled and died to protect.(from www.anitaclenney.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                   Divergent

    DEBUT AUTHOR:  Veronica Roth

    ISBN/ASIN:         9780062024022 

    PUBLISHER:       Katherine Tegan Books

    RELEASE DATE:  May 3, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:    In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions—Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)—each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue in an attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must make a dramatic, irrevocable choice: To which faction will they devote their lives? 

    On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris and makes a choice that surprises everyone—including herself. As she and her fellow initiates undergo an intense initiation into their chosen faction, Tris transforms, finding a new sense of self, friendships like she’s never known, and unexpected romance with a boy who constantly challenges and continually fascinates her—but she also discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society. To survive and save those she loves, Tris must stand up for the person she has become while uncovering powerful truths about her identity, her family, and the order of her society itself. 

    Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with a dystopian thriller filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, and stunning consequences.(From Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Books) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                       Mind Storm

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      K.M. Ruiz

    ISBN/ASIN:             9780312673178 

    PUBLISHER:            Thomas Dunne Books

    RELEASE DATE:       May 10, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything.

    K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

    Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.(From Macmillan) Thomas Dunne) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                          Flawless

    DEBUT AUTHOR:         Lara Chapman

    ISBN/ASIN:                9781599905959 

    PUBLISHER:                Bloomsbury

    RELEASE DATE:           May 10, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:            Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killer blue eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all right, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame.

    On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. For someone so smart, what was she thinking?

    This hip retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with hilariously misguided matchmaking, sweet romance, and a gentle reminder that we should all embrace our flaws.(from www.bloomsburykids.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                         The Devil in Disguise

    DEBUT AUTHOR:        Stefanie Sloane

    ISBN/ASIN:               9780345517395 

    PUBLISHER:              Ballantine

    RELEASE DATE:         May 24, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:   Ridiculously wealthy and admired by all, Lady Lucinda Grey is most intently not looking for a suitor. Dangerously handsome with a reputation to match, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, has, in every sense of the word, contempt for the state of matrimony.

    The universe chuckled, and the whole of England would never be the same again.

    Thrown together when Will’s ties to an elite branch of His Majesty’s Forces assigns him the task of protecting the beautiful lady, neither could have imagined in their wildest dreams just where their association would lead.

    A French assassin with a penchant for pain, three aunts known about town as The Furies, an elaborate scheme that goes awry at a deliciously decadent mid-spring masked ball, and a priceless Thoroughbred stallion are at the heart of Lucinda and Will’s adventure.

    And that is only the beginning. The truly death-defying twist? Can a man who’s spent his entire life attempting to forget the existence of his heart accept the one gift that could save him? Is it possible for a woman so sure of what’s right to acknowledge all that is wrong in order to offer her love? (from www.stefaniesloane.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                         The Girl in the Steel Corset

    DEBUT AUTHOR:        Kady Cross

    ISBN/ASIN:               9780373210336 

    PUBLISHER:               Harlequin Teen

    RELEASE DATE:          May 24, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:           She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right.
    Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

    Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.(from www.kadycross.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                       Putting Makeup on Dead People

    DEBUT AUTHOR:      Jen Violi

    ISBN/ASIN:             9781423134817 

    PUBLISHER:            Hyperion

    RELEASE DATE:       May 24, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:         In the spring of her senior year, Donna Parisi finds new life in an unexpected place:  a coffin.  

    Since her father’s death four years ago, Donna has gone through the motions of living:  her friendships are empty, she’s clueless about what to do after high school graduation, and her grief keeps her isolated, cut off even from the one parent she has left.  That is until she’s standing in front of the dead body of a classmate at Brighton Brothers’ Funeral Home.  At that moment, Donna realizes what might just give her life purpose is comforting others in death.  That maybe who she really wants to be is a mortician.  

    This discovery sets in motion a life Donna never imagined was possible.  She befriends a charismatic new student, Liz, notices a boy, Charlie, and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too, and finds herself trying things she hadn’t dreamed of trying before.  By taking risks, Donna comes into her own, diving into her mortuary studies with a passion and skill she didn’t know she had in her.  And she finally understands that moving forward doesn’t mean forgetting someone you love.

    Jen Violi’s heartfelt and funny debut novel is a story of transformation—how one girl learns to grieve and say goodbye, turn loss into a gift, and let herself be exceptional...at loving, applying lipstick to corpses, and finding life in the wake of death. (from Hyperion Teen) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                         Changeling Moon

    DEBUT AUTHOR:        Dani Harper

    ISBN/ASIN:               9780758165142 

    PUBLISHER:               Brava

    RELEASE DATE:          May 31, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:            As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw…and ultimate evil. (from www.kensingtonbooks.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

     

    TITLE:                 Demons Prefer Blondes (formerly entitled Beauty School Demon)

    DEBUT AUTHOR:  Sidney Ayers

    ISBN/ASIN:         9781402251740 

    PUBLISHER:        Sourcebooks

    RELEASE DATE:   June 1, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:    Hairstylist Lucia Gregory has  serious problems. Who knew opening an antique chest would unleash Hell’s minions? Then again, when the chest is labeled Arca Inferorum, she should’ve known better. Strange things happen the moment it’s opened. Mirrors implode and shampoo bowls erupt like geysers. But that’s the least of her worries. Overnight, she turns into a sexpot. Men, including her gay coworkers, throw themselves at her feet. Only one man is immune—Rafael Deleon, a broodingly sexy man who says he’s a demon. He’s everything she’s avoided—stony and reserved—but that only adds to his mysterious appeal.

    Rafael has his own personal demons where the opposite sex is concerned. Any woman he’s cared for has met a horrible demise. As a demon protector of Limbo, He’s sent to retrieve the chest before it’s opened. He’s too late. Hell is unleashed in the most unlikely of places, a suburban hair salon. What’s worse–Lucy, a beautiful half-succubus, has no idea about the power she possesses. Being a demon, he should be able to resist her charms. That resistance is slipping when he needs it most.

    When an evil demon arrives to sink his claws into Lucy and the chest, Rafe is determined to protect Lucy, who’d rather go into battle with guns blazing and daggers zinging. Sparks fly as they fight their growing attraction. Will Lucy be able to break through the stone fortress Rafe’s built around his heart, or will they suffer their own demonic demise? (from www.sidneyayers.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                          Possession

    DEBUT AUTHOR:        Elana Johnson

    ISBN/ASIN:               9781442421257 

    PUBLISHER:              Simon Pulse

    RELEASE DATE:         June 7, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:           Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

    But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

    This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.(from www.goodreads.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS 

     

    TITLE:                           Hereafter

    DEBUT AUTHOR:         Tara Hudson

    ISBN/ASIN:                978-0062026774               

    PUBLISHER:                HarperTeen

    RELEASE DATE:           June 7, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:             Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

    Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that has held her captive for so long. 

    Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter will linger with fans of The Lovely Bones and those who enjoy paranormal romance and dark intrigue set in a very believable contemporary world. (From HarperTeen) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                           Vicious Little Darlings

    DEBUT AUTHOR:          Katherine Easer

    ISBN/ASIN:                 9781599906287 

    PUBLISHER:                 Bloomsbury

    RELEASE DATE:           June 21, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:             Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting—and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's secrets.

    So why does Sarah feel like something's bizarrely wrong? As more and more cracks start to show in Maddy's and Agnes's perfect veneers, Sarah notices some strange and disturbing things: Maddy's compulsive lying, Agnes's obsession with Maddy, and the deterioration of their friendship. And just when Sarah begins to question her own sanity, things turns deadly. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will devour this juicy debut novel.(from www.goodreads.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                           Dead Rules

    DEBUT AUTHOR:          Randy Russell

    ISBN/ASIN:                 9780061986703 

    PUBLISHER:                HarperTeen

    RELEASE DATE:           June 21, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:             Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were destined to be together forever. Of that, Jana was sure. 

    But Jana just died—in a bowling accident. And now she’s trapped in Dead School. Jana is certain that it won’t be long before Michael kills himself in order to spend eternity with her—but the days are passing and Michael is, inexplicably, still alive. So Jana decides to take matters into her own hands. And nothing—not even Dead School bad boy Mars Dreamcote’s enticingly warm touch or the devastating secret he holds about her death—will stop her from making her dreams come true.

    Romeo and Juliet meets Heathers in this hilariously macabre take on paranormal romance, packed with heart-stopping suspense and sizzling star-crossed love.(from HarperTeen) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                          Luminous

    DEBUT AUTHOR:         Dawn Metcalf

    ISBN/ASIN:                9780525422471 

    PUBLISHER:               Dutton

    RELEASE DATE:         June 30, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:            When sixteen-year-old Consuela discovers she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow, a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering them, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.(from www.goodreads.com) ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                        Lost Voices

    DEBUT AUTHOR:       Sarah Porter

    ISBN/ASIN:            9780547482507

    PUBLISHER:             Harcourt

    RELEASE DATE:        July 4, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:          Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.(From Harcourt)  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS

     

    TITLE:                           Wildfyre

    DEBUT AUTHOR:          Karsten Knight

    ISBN/ASIN:                 9781442421172 

    PUBLISHER:                Simon & Schuster

    RELEASE DATE:           July 26, 2011

    BOOK BLURB:             Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She's struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve's violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California's redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn't go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she's one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she's got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there's guaranteed to be a storm. (from www.simonand Schuster.com) EXCERPT  ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS