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Weekly Review List for the Week of Oct. 31

October 31, 2010

Okay, I feel like I’m getting into a kind of groove now. It’s the first week of a new month (well, it will be tomorrow), and that means it’s time for a theme. This week I’m celebrating New (Old) series. That is, old series that are new to me. All the series I’m reviewing this week are ones that have somehow passed me by, despite having been begun over a year ago. I don’t mean that I haven’t heard about them–because I have. Just that I have, until now, passed them over in search of better things. In some cases, I’ve no doubt that I have been grossly wrong. In others, well, I might have been better off.

So, what does that mean? It means you have a lot to look forward to this week, I hope.

Monday I’m beginning with Darkfever, the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s Paranormal Romance series. It takes place in Dublin, which on my list of favorite settings. It’s up there with London and Pretty Much the Rest of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Tuesday I’ll be having my second giveaway contest. This time I’ll be raffling off my ARC of Matched by Allie Condie. Tune in for the details.

Wednesday I’m checking out Soulless by Gail Carriger, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate Series. It takes place in London, so, as you can imagine, I’m delighted. I can’t believe that I haven’t read it already, also given my love of Steampunk. But, there you have it–new to me is the theme of the week.

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Thursday I’m reading and reviewing Deadly Little Secrets, the first book in Laurie Stolarz Touch Novel Series. It’s still pretty newish, but by Thursday it’ll be a year old. This is my Teen book for the week. I don’t know anything about it except the product description because as soon as I decide to review a book, I stop researching it online until after I’ve written my review. That way, I know I’m coming at the book from a fresh prospective.

Some secrets shouldn’t be kept…

Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown.  But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe he’s trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise.  Instead, she’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch.  But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help—but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something… but he’s not the only one with a secret.

Friday will be a busy day for me, but I’ll try to squeeze in a little blogging time if I can.

Saturday I’m topping off New (Old) Series Week with Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince. It’s the first book in the Carpathian Series and I’ve been told that you either love it or hate it. Stop by on Saturday to find out which reaction mine will be.

Prince of the Night. He came to her in the night, a predator – strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. She craved the dangerous force of his body – and he had only touched her with his mind. Lady of the Light. She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair and she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness.

Hope everyone had an awesome Halloween. Eat lots of candy for me–and compost those Jack-o-Lanterns.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. gothchick414 permalink
    October 31, 2010 9:00 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to read this week’s reviews – there’s quite a few here that have my interest already!

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