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Reviews for the Week of October 3

October 3, 2010

It’s werewolf week here at Ruby’s Reads. That’s right–all werewolves, all week long. I’ve thought long and hard about the first theme I would do. All Teen Fiction? Meh. All vampires–been done. In fact, I’m sure that all werewolves has been done before. But I. Do. Not. Care. When done right, werewolves are awesome. They are certainly better than only-available-at-night-vampires. And don’t get me started on the long list of reasons why they’re better than zombies. Just trust me.

So, what’s on tap for this week? An entire roster of books featuring werewolves. Or, at least, changelings who turn into wolves. I warn you now, however, that not all of these feature a werewolf hero. Some of these books make the grade simply because they feature a werewolf character. So, enjoy!

Monday I’ll be review Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. I’ve been dying to have a reason to read the rest of the Kate Daniels books and a werewolf week theme seemed like the perfect opportunity. If you haven’t already started this series, check it out. It’s awesome urban fantasy, even if the first book was a slow starter.

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

Tuesday I am planning to post my work-in-progress Comprehensive List O’ Werewolf Books. This is a list of werewolf books that I have heard of and begun to compile with the help of the members at the All About Romance boards. I welcome any additions. In fact, my hope is that others will help me build the list.

Wednesday I plan on reviewing an old favorite: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresely Cole. It’s my automatic go-to book for werewolves. Well, it’s up there with the Mercy Thompson series. Let’s say it’s my favorite werewolf stand-alone. I count it as one because even though Hunger is part of the Immortals After Dark Series, Emma and Lachlain’s story is self-contained. Mostly.

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her . . .

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . .

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents — until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae — and their notorious dark desires — ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire . . .

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

Thursday I’ll review Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin. This is my Teen offering for the the week. It hasn’t been getting great reviews on Amazon but I’m giving it a go anyway. It might be because of my old weakness for a red cover, but I spent a fantastic amount of time looking through the Teen section at Borders and decided that I wanted to give it a try.

The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver—deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can’t, and there’s nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school—Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she’s ever experienced. When Ben reveals he’s a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash inhuman silver. And she learns that she’s not the only one who can’t remember the night her parents died.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.

Friday I have a painfully full day of work–so nothing.

Saturday I review the long awaited second book in the Edge series: Bayou Moon. I’ve been salivating over this book since I read On the Edge all those months ago. I’m saving the best for last. I hope.

Cerise Mar and her clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect. But all is not as it seems.

Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge-and Cerise’s life.

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