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Book Reviews for the Week of Sept. 19

September 19, 2010

This week I am catching up with some TBRs that I bought last week, along with a few fresh titles I have picked up. It will be a Teen Fiction-heavy week, just FYI.

On Monday, I’ll be reviewing a book by a new (for me) author. Susan Sizemore’s name came up on a list of authors who like Kresley Cole so I jumped on Primal Instincts the moment I saw it in the store. Primal Instinct is book nine in the Primes Series–which means there’s a lot I’ve missed out on. Still, I liked the idea of reading about the Uber Prime’s romance first. It’s kind of like starting the Psy-Changeling series by reading Hawke’s book. Here’s the description:

Tobias Strahan leads the elite vampire squad known as the Dark Angels, protecting the city’s paranormal denizens. It’s the perfect job for an übermacho Prime . . . until clan heiress Flare Reynard stirs an obsession in him that refuses to fade. Flare’s mother—desperate for a grandchild—has made Tobias an intriguing proposition, and it’s soon clear to Tobias that Flare is nothing like the spoiled princess he’d assumed her to be. She’s smart as hell, wickedly funny, and loyal, and Tobias knows deep within that she is his bondmate—the bondmate every Prime searches for.

Flare has every intention of providing her clan with children—but on her own terms. That means a donor and a clinic, not a wild tumble with the most potent Prime of them all. Flare knows it’s a mistake to get close to a warrior like Tobias, since their searing connection puts her heart, his loved ones, their entire world at risk. But logic is no match for fierce, instinctive desire. . . .

On Tuesday, I’ll be getting busy with The Twin’s Daughter, a Teen novel that gives more than a nod at one of my favorite genres–the Gothic novel. It’s got romance. It’s historical. The cover is pretty. Is it any wonder I couldn’t resist it?

Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy’s own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy’s mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn’t sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

On Wednesday, I will be reviewing Delcroix Academy, Book 1: The Candidates by Inara Scott. I love private school novels. At least, paranormal private school novels. Hey, I think I just invented a new genre! Or, not me exactly. Teen authors were the ones to do that, obviously.

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just…happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt.  So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.
But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies.  So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.
And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what.  But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

On Friday, I’ll get back to you with a review of Paranormalcy, that book I’ve been eying forever. It’s another Teen book and no surprise–it’s also a Paranormal. I was attracted by the cover originally, but it seems to have gotten some pretty good buzz. Plus, I love reading books by new authors. Although, what’s with everybody being named Evie all of a sudden? Here’s the blurb:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Saturday I’m going to review the first book in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Trilogy, Cold Magic. I’ve heard good things about Crown of Stars, but I’ve never read any Elliott myself. This one looks to be right up my alley: Historical Fantasy.

It is the dawn of a new age… The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy.

Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can’t be trusted, who can you trust?

See you tomorrow!

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