Happy Release Day to:
Visions (Cainsville, Book 2)
Penguin Dutton (US: 19th August 2014), Random House (CA: 19th August 2014)
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Olivia Taylor-Jones is the daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh is the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes. Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most. Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago – the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder? Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.
Brazen (Otherworld, Novella)
Subterranean Press (US: 10th January 2014)
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An internationally best-selling author signing up with a small publisher is great, theoretically. Bringing a large fan-base to a press who could do with more business – it’s a nice match. And a niche publisher is more open to hiring an illustrator to create interior art for an adult book – that’s pretty cool.
But the actuality of all this comes with its share of problems, namely exclusivity. Limited print runs, though audio and eBook versions are also available. However, Subterranean Press’s eBooks seem to be geo-restricted, so I can’t purchase and therefore can’t read them.
I managed to get my mitts on a hardcover of Kelley Armstrong’s Brazen, and was immediately a little lost. Admittedly, I haven’t yet read the last two full-length Otherworld novels (Spell Bound and Thirteen), and those likely would’ve helped me with back-story. But while another Subterranean Kelley Armstrong book (Hidden) is self-contained, Brazen clearly isn’t. The story’s not even finished, though I imagine it continues in the upcoming Bounty Hunt – but whether it will conclude there is anyone’s guess.
The issue with having side-characters in other books switching to main characters in their own is that they may not have the same affability. I enjoyed Nick on the side because of his distinctive personality, but in Brazen he’s all grown up and settling down with one woman, and his voice could’ve been that of any other Otherworld character.
There’s one genuinely shocking moment in the book, though. (Just wait ’til you see the attic!) But other than that, I struggled to connect with this novella. I’m really looking forward to Bounty Hunt, though – it’ll be narrated by Reese, and urban fantasy could definitely do with more Australians ;-)
DISCLAIMER: All four authors shared their covers, so they’re official.