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Roll Call for the Week of Dec. 5

December 5, 2010

Well, it’s one week away from the beginning of Private School Paranormals Week, so that’s something. I’ve gotten to the stage where I can cross things off my lists, which is reassuring. It’s like hosting a party. You hope people will come. You also hope that they enjoy themselves. It’s too bad you can’t have an open bar because they usually get people to come.

This week I’m going NetGalley crazy. I’m reviewing three titles that I got from publishers.

Monday, I’ll be reviewing Ellen Schrieber’s Once in a Full Moon. You might have noticed that I like werewolf stories. So, yeah, I’ve been looking forward to this one.

December 28, 2010

Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Tuesday I’m leaving open, to fill as the inspiration strikes me. It’ll be nice to be a bit spontaneous.

We’re also getting close to Christmas. This week, of course, is Hanukkah. I love Hanukkah. Probably because I love latkes. But I also love the way the menorah looks in the window at night. Anyway, I bring up Hanukkah because I’ve decided to do a giveaway. On Wednesday, the eighth (and last) night of Hanukkah, I’ll post eight books available for you guys to choose from. More details on the contest later.

Thursday I’ll be reviewing a Steampunk novel from Carina Press, a division of Harlequin. It’s called Like Clockwork and it’s by Bonnie Dee. I know nothing about it except for the NetGalley description. And that I liked the cover.

December 13, 2010

Victoria’s work with automatons has gained her renown and changed the face of London. But her concern that the clockworks are taking too many jobs away from humans, creating social unrest, is ignored. Given the ugly mood of the underclass, she fears more outbreaks of violence similar to the murder spree of the notorious Southwark Slasher.

Dash, unemployed thanks to the clockworks, has pledged fealty to The Brotherhood, a group determined to bring about the downfall of the automatons by any means necessary. His plan to kidnap Victoria goes awry when the unorthodox scientist pledges her assistance to their cause.

Despite their opposite social classes, a bond grows between them, and Victoria begins to feel emotions she never expected for the passionate Dash. But when the Slasher strikes close to home, Dash and Victoria realize that the boundaries of polite society are far from the only threat to their happiness…

Friday I’ll be doing the Book Blogger Hop thing. Exciting, no?

Saturday I’ll review Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I’ve seen this one getting a fair amount of buzz. Angels seem to be the new vampires–given the number of titles I’ve seen on the shelves. There are angels in Kim Harrison’s Madison Avery books, there’s Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, The Fallen books Thomas E. Sniegoski, Lauren Kate’s books…I’m sure I’m leaving a lot out. Anyway, I’m giving Unearthly a go.

January 4, 2011

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees. . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what it is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place–and out of place, at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make–between honesty and deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

See you all tomorrow. Happy Hanukkah!

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