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Book Reviews for the Week of Sept. 27

September 26, 2010

It’s different, shopping for books with blogging in mind. For one thing, it takes a lot longer. Not that I’m complaining. Time passes and the world turns while I’m in a bookstore. I don’t notice the passage of time until the people I’m with cough gently and say they’re going to go have coffee or possibly run a marathon and, will that give me enough time? Anyway, I’m resolved to be a little catholic in my tastes, by which I mean that I want to be sure that I’m not reading and reviewing only Paranormal Romances or mostly Teen fiction. I don’t mean that this will never happen, but that I’m trying to keep it that way. That way there’s variety.

So what’s up this week? Glad you asked:

Monday will feature my long-awaited (and sadly delayed) review of Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic. This is the first in Elliott’s new Spiritwalker Trilogy. It’s Steampunk, alternate history and fantasy all wrapped up in a pretty package. Here’s the official description:

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?

Tuesday I’m going to write about a subject that I’ve given a lot of thought lately–Categorizing Fantasy Fiction. You’ll just have to wait for this one.

On Wednesday I’m going to review Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon. It has a beautiful cover. Check out the description:

A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny.
After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

On Friday, I’ll be back with a review of Kresley Cole’s newest addition to the Immortals After Dark series, Demon from the Dark. I am so ridiculously excited. Yea!
From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect—even from himself.A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.


Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.


In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

Cover of "Generation Dead"

Cover of Generation Dead

Saturday I’m going to review a book I’ve avoided because, honestly, I’m not that into zombies even though they’re all the rage right now: Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. The only reason I’m giving this book a chance is because I read the Daniel Water’s short story in the anthology Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love. It’s a pretty good anthology if you like short stories. I tend to go back and forth. Anyway, I liked what I read enough to buy Generation Dead and give it a go. Wish me luck!

Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush.  He’s strong and silent.and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening.  Some teenagers who die aren’t staying dead.  They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same-they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower.   Termed “living impaired” or “differently biotic,” they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn’t want them.

Fitting in is hard enough when you don’t have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you’re not, it’s close to impossible.   The kids at Oakvale High don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing.  And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear-for good.

With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd.  But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids.  Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past.  And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team.  Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship.   He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

Generation Dead is a sharp, funny, and breathtakingly original novel from an exciting new talent.

Okay, see you tomorrow. I’ve got some reading to do.

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