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January Through June 2011 Reads – Star Ratings

Books I read in January through June this year. Separated into star ratings, then listed by order in which I read them. All up at GoodReads. Some reviews here on my WordPress. Does not include books that I didn’t finish, because I’ve deleted them from my catalogue, and likely my memory.

Let me know if you decide to read or not to read them, based on my ratings. Because yes, I am that egocentric 😉

5 STARS: Rage (Jackie Morse Kessler), American Vampire (Jennifer Armintrout), Project 17 (Laurie Faria Stolarz), The Gathering (Kelley Armstrong), The Repossession Mambo/Repo Men (Eric Garcia), Moongazer (Marianne Mancusi), Wither (Lauren DeStefano), Girl Hero (Carrie Jones)

4 STARS: Outside In (Maria V. Snyder), Stocking Full of Coal (Amanda Feral), The Walled Garden (Michele Lang), The Shadow Runners (Liz Maverick), The Vespertine (Saundra Mitchell), Linger (Maggie Stiefvater), Dark Life (Kat Falls), Demonized (Naomi Clark), The Reckoning (Kelley Armstrong), Midnight Alley (Rachel Caine), Feast of Fools (Rachel Caine), Lord of Misrule (Rachel Caine), Carpe Corpus (Rachel Caine), Fade Out (Rachel Caine), Coming Home (P. D. Martin), Kiss of Death (Rachel Caine), XVI (Julia Karr), Ghost Town (Rachel Caine), The Girl in the Steel Corset (Kady Cross), Matched (Ally Condie), Uninvited (Amanda Marrone), The Bradbury Report (Steven Polansky), Uninvited (Justine Musk), Exile (Rebecca Lim), Helper12 (Jack Blaine), Darkness Becomes Her (Kelly Keaton)

3 STARS: Jealousy (Lili St. Crow), Among the Betrayed (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Among the Barons (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Becoming (Kelley Armstrong), Shadow Days (Andrea Cremer), Day of Fire (Kathleen Nance), Dreaming Anastasia (Joy Preble), Things Bogans Like, Beyond Heaving Bosoms (Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan), Fugitives (Alexander Gordon Smith), The Power of Two (Patti O’Shea), Coming Undone (Lauren Dane), In the Arms of Stone Angels (Jordan Dane), The Iron Witch (Karen Mahoney), Damaged (Yolanda Sfetsos), Falling Freestyle (Vivian Arend), Jeweled (Anya Bast), Thyla (Kate Gordon), It Takes a Village Idiot and I Married One (Alex Borstein & Cherry Chevapravatdumrong), Burn Bright (Marianne de Pierres), A Touch Mortal (Leah Clifford), Night and Chaos (Naomi Clark), Savage Transformation (Lexxie Couper), The Official Illustrated Guide (Stephenie Meyer), Exit Strategy (Kelley Armstrong), Made to Be Broken (Kelley Armstrong), You Are So Undead to Me (Stacey Jay), Hereafter (Tara Hudson), Relentless (Lauren Dane), The Scarlet Empress (Susan Grant), Close Encounters (Katherine Allred), Perfect Cover (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), Killer Spirit (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), West End (Laura Van Wormer), Moon Sworn (Keri Arthur)

2 STARS: Defiance (Lili St. Crow)

[REVIEW] Damaged – Yolanda Sfetsos

Yolanda Sfetsos
Damnation (US: 1st September 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

There’s a good reason why houses in Australia don’t have basements. Except for Lane Blume’s house. It’s not just the water heater; there’s a bigger problem going on in that basement. And Bill Sorreni may officially only be a plumber, but he knows a thing or two about banishing demons.

Lane is a full-time writer, only she hasn’t been published in ages, and even then it was just online publications for ten dollars. Coincidentally, or maybe not, this novella is published with a small press who deal mainly in eBooks, but when they publish in print they’re bloody expensive. Does my mentioning this have anything to do with the story? Yes, because Lane’s writing troubles seem…well, they’re realistic, which partially grounds her character, but in most other ways she’s a damsel in distress whom mutually feels love at first sight for the plumber/amateur demonologist. Okay, so Lane loves Bill because he believes her about the demon, and helps her get rid of it. But why does Bill love Lane? There’s mention of how stunning Lane is, and love at first sight, but it just seems shallow.

The moral of this story? Love conquers all, even demons. Which is good if you have love, as Lane obtains. Otherwise, you don’t have a hope in Hell.

Support an Australian Author

It’s Australia Day, but now’s as good a time as any to support an Australian author, even if you’re international. Here are the books by Australian authors on my wishlist – perhaps they’re on yours, too:

Keri Arthur: Darkness Unbound Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Lexxie Couper: Savage Transformation Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Sara Creasy: Children of Scarabaeus Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Erica Hayes: Blood Cursed Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rebecca Lim: Exile Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Damaged Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

September 2010 Releases

Done with August 2010 Releases? Here are the September 2010 Releases. To see further into the publishing future, check Reading Wishlist.

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9 New Covers

Marta Acosta: Haunted Honeymoon Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: The Gathering Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Amidst a Crowd of Stars
Julia Karr: XVI Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong & Ava Gray: Primal Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Rebecca Lim: Mercy Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Touching Moonlight
Yolanda Sfetsos: Damaged
Alexander Gordon Smith: Fugitives Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

June 2010 Releases

Done with May 2010 Releases? Here are June 2010 Releases. To look further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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7 New Covers

Jennifer Armintrout: Ashes to Ashes (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Ally Condie: Matched Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Exit Light
Caitlin Kittredge: Pure Blood (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Unnatural
Maggie Stiefvater: Linger (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
S. L. Viehl: Dream Called Time Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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March 2010 Releases

Done with February 2010 Releases? Here are the March 2010 Releases. To look further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Better Off Alone – Yolanda Sfetsos

Yolanda Sfetsos
Better Off Alone (eBook)
Damnation Books (1st December 2009)
Buy (Worldwide)

The zombies have taken over. With her mother now gone, the only friend Nell still has is Todd, and though he’s only a suburb over, battling zombies in order to rescue Todd may not be worth it. Then again, staying with her new-found group of survivors isn’t ideal, either – particularly because of the way they’ve kept themselves alive.

The plot is a cracker, but because the story is so short it only skims the surface of this post-apocalyptic zombie world. The survivors’ tactics are both depraved yet understandable, but Better Off Alone doesn’t supply much in the way of characterisation. However, should Yolanda Sfetsos craft a full-length zombie novel, that would be a real treat.

[COVER ART] Ann Aguirre’s HELL FIRE (UK); Karen Kincy’s OTHER; Yolanda Sfetsos’s BETTER OFF ALONE & R. J. Anderson’s WAYFARER (US)

Here we have:

-Ann Aguirre’s Hell Fire (UK)
-Karen Kincy’s Other
-Yolanda Sfetsos’s Better Off Alone
-R. J. Anderson’s Wayfarer (US/CA)

I have no idea what Better Off Alone looks like, because it’s so dark and maybe my computer settings are too low. I can see a zigzag design at the top…and that’s it. Note to Damnation Books: Please lighten up your art so eejits like me can see it properly, please. Many thanks.

Wayfarer will be published as Rebel in the UK et al, which has a completely different cover.