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    Wednesday
    Feb222012

    On the Fiendish Radar: "Wicked As They Come" by Delilah S. Dawson

    BOOK:                Wicked as They Come

    AUTHOR:            Delilah S. Dawson
              
    PUBLISHER:         Pocket Books

    ISBN/ASIN:        978-1451657883

    RELEASE:             March 27, 2012

    BOOK BLURB:

    “When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits.

    At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home.

    Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?” (from www.amazon.com)

    Thursday
    Feb092012

    Fiendishly Reading: "Arcadia Awakens" by Kai Meyer

    Book:                  Arcadia Awakens

    Author:               Kai Meyer

    Publisher:           Balzer & Bray

    ISBN/ASIN:        9780062006066

    RELEASE:             Feb 14, 2012

    Book Blurb:

    To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that — exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.
    Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night — a tiger with very familiar eyes — she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.
    Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love … or run as far and as fast as she can. (from kaimeyer.com)

    Wednesday
    Feb012012

    February 2012 Notable New Releases

    RELEASE DATE TITLE AUTHOR GENRE
    2/1/2012 EMBER (PREQUEL) CALLIHAN, KRISTEN HIST-PNR
    2/7/2012 BORN WICKED SPOTSWOOD, JESSICA YA-PNR
    2/7/2012 MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT BAST, ANYA PNR
    2/7/2012 INKED MAGIC STRONG, JORY PNR
    2/7/2012 KING OF DARKNESS STAAB, ELISABETH PNR
    2/7/2012 ALPHA INSTINCT REUS, KATIE PNR
    2/7/2012 FURY OF FIRE CALLAHAN, COREENE PNR
    2/7/2012 APOCALYPSE TO GO KERR, KATHERINE UF
    2/14/2012 FRACTURED LIGHT MCCLELLAN, RACHEL YA-SCI-FI/FANTASY
    2/14/2012 ARCADIA AWAKENS MEYER, KAI YA-PNR
    2/14/2012 WOLF BLOOD BROWNE, N.M. YA-HIST PNR
    2/14/2012 THE WOLF GIFT RICE, ANNE ADULT-PNR
    2/14/2012 SLAYER'S KISS CARVER, CASSI PNR
    2/16/2012 JUGGERNAUGHT (UK) BAKER, ADAM APOC/HOR
    2/21/2012 FEVER DESTEFANO, LAUREN YA-DYSTOPIAN
    2/21/2012 KISS ME, I'M IRISH SHALVIS, ET AL ROM-ANTH
    2/21/2012 A PERFECT BLOOD HARRISON, KIM UF
    2/28/2012 PANDEMONIUM OLIVER, LAUREN YA-DYSTOPIAN
    2/28/2012 PARTIALS WELLS, DAN YA-POST APOC
    2/28/2012 NICE GIRLS DON'T BITE… HARPER, MOLLY PNR
    2/28/2012 JANE VOWS VENGENCE FORD, MICHAEL THOMAS PNR
    2/28/2012 BY A THREAD ESTEP, JENNIFER UF
    2/28/2012 CARPATHIA FORBECK, MATT UF/HOR
    Thursday
    Dec012011

    On the Fiendish Radar: Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla

    Book:                  Shaedes of Gray

    Author:               Amanda Bonilla

    Publisher:           Penguin Books

    ISBN/ASIN:       9780451235299

    RELEASE:           Dec 6, 2011

    Book Blurb:

    In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

    When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished... 

    Tuesday
    Nov292011

    Let Loose the Electro-Bombs over Batalla Hall...Reviewing "Legend" by Marie Lu

    Book:                  Legend

    Author:               Marie Lu

    Publisher:           G.P. Putnam and Sons

    ISBN/ASIN:        9780399256752

    RELEASE:             Nov 29, 2011

    RATING:               4.5 Stars

    Check out the series here

    The United States is gone.

    In its place, the Republic stands in all its stifling glory, devolved into a military state, fragmented into sectors, overpopulated, citizens brow-beaten, and plague ridden. 

    Such is the world of Marie Lu’s Legend, her debut YA dystopian novel that tells the tale of two very different enemies…and two disparate views of a harrowing future where survival-of-the-fittest takes on new meaning.

    There is an overwhelming sense of grey in Legend, its military industrial complex has absolute control over its citizens…and perpetually forces a chasm between the have and have-nots through a series of Trials and punitive measures. Those that pass the Trials with high scores enjoy an education at the top universities, and those who fail miserably enjoy the work camps…or that’s where everyone believes they go. Lu is sure to remind readers that the Republic has absolute control….is always watching and this works to deliver the conflict, however abrasive it is to its two lead characters.

    For June Iparis, the Republic has always been home. Everything she has experienced in her short life…the intense political nationalization…the rigid structure has essentially sheltered her. And the privilege of birth has enabled her to see the world from a different lens.  As a child prodigy, June is the only child in the Republic to have received a perfect score in the Trials. Her future is set…or so it seems to venture into the highest ranks in government.

    But for Day, the Republics’ most wanted terrorist and would-be revolutionary, the Republic has done nothing but opress. Since his “detour” to a work camp and his rumored death, Day emerges from the Lake Sector a thorn in the Republic’s side. But he has to watch over his family too, and that misstep could cost him his life.

    Destinies and paths collide when June’s brother Metias is killed, and the Republic suspects that Day is responsible, and June will risk everything  to capture him. When it comes down to facing her beliefs…and hidden secrets revealed, she will end up questioning everything she knows.

    Legend is intensely good…hard to put down and Lu’s strength shines through her enigmatic characters and the journey she takes them (and her readers) on. For June and Day, their relationship wavers…trust lost and then gained…pain, rage, duplicity, friendship, fear of the Republic… hope…and perhaps something close to love.

    A few key scenes are present in Legend, reminiscent of those last skirmishes in Mockingjay that amp up the intensity. If you’ve read Collins’ series and remember some of those scenes…Legend simmers with similar conflict. After all, the Republic is at war and as harrowing as it is, even its citizens are fodder. Lu’s creation of Commander Jameson is simply a work of art…a zealot who will turn readers blood cold. In many ways she is representative of the cold heart of the Republic…vicious. ruthless. Totalitarian. I was literally gripping the book at the imagery that Lu created. I wonder what is next in store for the characters. Where can she take this next? What an amazing debut!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review