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Reviews (and Other Things) for the Week of Oct. 24

October 24, 2010

Yes, I’m back again. Oh, you were hoping to be rid of me? No such luck. Or, as I like to say, tough cookies.


This week is gonna be a good one. I’m catching up on a certain TBR that I’ve been inspired to pick up and finish because of Meljean Brook’s week of Steampunk Romance. She’s totally psyched me up. Also, you’ll get that review of Anya Bast’s Witch Heart you missed last week. Plus one or two (okay, two) other titles currently occupying the limbo space between the bookstore and my shelves (also called my nightstand).


Monday I’ll review one of the books from my very own (Somewhat) Comprehensive List o’ Werewolf Books. You know, it was fun at first, but I’m kind of getting sick of typing that. I’ll have to come up with an abbreviation. Like (S)CLoW. Hm. I think this requires more thought. Anyway, the lucky book is Christine Warren’s Big Bad Wolf. I thought I was reading the series in order because the back blurb says this:

Cover of "Big Bad Wolf (The Others, No. 8...

Cover of Big Bad Wolf (The Others, No. 8)

New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren introduces a new breed of hero–all the better to seduce you with…

Missy Roper’s fantasies have revolved around Graham Winters since the moment they met. But the imposing leader of the Silverback werewolf clan always seemed oblivious to Missy’s existence. At least he was, until Missy collides with him at a party and then abruptly runs away—arousing Graham’s interest…and wild desires.

Lupine law decrees that every Alpha must have a mate, and all Graham’s instincts tell him that the sensual, beguiling Missy is his. Trouble is, Missy is human—every delectable inch of her. Convincing his clan that she’s his destined mate, and keeping her safe from his enemies, will be the biggest challenge Graham has ever faced. And now that he is determined to have her—as his lover and as his mate—Missy’s world is changing in ways she never imagined…

But I was wrong. It’s number two. Oh, well. It’s the first book featuring a werewolf hero,  at least.


Tuesday, just because I love you so much, I’m going to review Anya Bast’s Witch Heart. I know I said I would post it last week. I’m a bad blogger for not doing it. But I have an excuse! I was away! At a conference! For work! Anyway, I’m not going to repost the info. You’ll get that on Tuesday.


Wednesday is the day you’ve been waiting for. Yes, that’s right, I’m reviewing Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti. I’ve been sitting on this book since the summer, when I came across a copy in an NYC Barnes & Noble. I suspect it might be worth the wait. It’s currently getting a lot of buzz because of Meljean Brook and her Steampunk Romance Revolution. I’d heard about it on the Booksmugglers but Meljean’s the one that inspired me to pick it up again.

A steampunkish romantic fantasy set in Ondinium, a city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart. Taya, a metal-winged courier, can travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. A daring mid-air rescue leads to involvement with two scions of an upperclass family and entanglement in a web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and secrets.




Thursday I’ll catch up with you for the long awaited follow-up to the first Books I Wish I Could Have (But My Wallet Won’t Let Me) post. Unlike Start Up the DeLorean, these posts feature books that have been published. If you’re anything like me, by Thursday you’re starting to think about the shopping list you need to take with you to the bookstore over the weekend. This means I’m providing a kind of community service. You’re welcome.


Saturday I’ll be rounding off the week with my Teen selection. It’s Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus. If you’ve been following this blog at all, you’ll recognize why this book appealed to me. Or did you forget my love of private school Teen Paranormal Romances? Ha! Didn’t think so.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has  been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out  what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow  Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s  something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that  decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and  gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more  entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what  links her to this town…might cost  her  her life.


I’m looking forward to a fun week. See you tomorrow. I hope.

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