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January 2009 Reads

A reminder that if you’ve got your mitts on the January 2009 Releases, you may as well move on to the February 2009 Releases.

And now for the 8 books I read in January:

Rogue – Rachel Vincent “…quite a cracker. Rachel Vincent has well and truly mastered the art of the end-of-chapter cliffhanger…and likewise for the end of the novel…wow…” Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong “…the freshest, most compelling novel Kelley Armstrong’s written for quite some time…The author’s stepped her characterisation up to a new level.” Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (UK)

The Becoming – Jeanne C. Stein Buy (US) Buy (CA)

Blood Drive – Jeanne C. Stein “Anna Strong takes on a very human problem…a step up…” Buy (US) Buy (CA)

Eve of Darkness – S. J. Day “The author’s angels and demons are well-crafted and original, as is the worldbuilding…There are a lot of possibilities, so this series could end up longer than just the three (so far) contracted novels. I hope so.” Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

The Watcher – Jeanne C. Stein “…better than The Becoming…” Buy (US) Buy (CA)

Undone – Rachel Caine “…hits hard with the kind of keen plotting sure to lift heads. Keep an eye out for the ‘shock troops’, and what follows is an absolute cracker of a read.” Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare “…look out for the delightfully creepy Silent City, a haunting setting to remember – awesome.” Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

[REVIEW] City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster McElderry (US & CA: 24th March 2009); Walker (UK: 7th July 2008; AU: 1st September 2008)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Demons are more personal when one’s father is summoning them, in Cassandra Clare’s second Mortal Instruments novel, City of Ashes.

Shadowhunters (Nephilim) can defeat antags by carving runes on their skin and surroundings, and by using various blades and whatnot. But Clary Fray’s and Jace Wayland’s father Valentine has stolen a Mortal Instrument or two, using them to summon demons. Why? I’m not sure. Will the teens hunt down their dad and destroy him? There’s definite hunting, but we’ll have to wait for the final instalment in the trilogy, City of Glass, for closure.

Meanwhile, Clary’s BFF Simon really likes her – a little too much. She tries to give him a chance, but ultimately they can’t stay in the more-than-friends category. And it’s not just that Simon’s getting to know werewolf Maia. After all, the one Clary really wants is…Jace. Yes, INCEST ALERT. You’ve been warned. Are they full siblings, or just half? I’m not sure who Jace’s mum is, but Clary’s mother Jocelyn is in a coma. Clary tries to avoid Jace, but he has no such care – he just wants to go for it, damn the repercussions. Out of all the people in New York they could’ve chosen…

The Shadowhunters seem rather up themselves, and that’s evident in their name for others: those without paranormal abilities are “mundane”, whilst vampires and werewolves are “Downworlders”. Will someone please take the Nephilim off their freaking pedestal? They have yet to understand the concept of “everyone is equal”.

An emo vampire acknowledges one’s own emoness, so at least he/she (don’t want to spoil) has humour. This is important, and well done on the author’s behalf, for emo vampires who don’t admit to being emo are just no fun. Also, look out for the delightfully creepy Silent City, a haunting setting to remember – awesome.

I can’t recollect much of the first book, City of Bones, but I enjoyed it more, so City of Ashes comes as somewhat of a disappointment. Alas, there is still one book to go, and hopefully it’ll engage more than this angsty middle.

July 2008 Releases

In case you missed them, check June 2008 Releases. I accidentally forgot to list some titles, unless they were on the May page. Anyway, those extra books are below, as well as the July 2008 Releases. For titles even further in the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey, Maggie Shayne & Kathryn Smith
Weddings from Hell
HarperCollins (US: 1st June 2008)
Buy

Some marriages are made in heaven… Some are not. What happens when “the happiest day of your life” turns into a nightmare? Forget the drunken best man or the bridesmaid dresses from the ’80s…none of these wedding day disasters can compare to a cursed bride determined to make it down the aisle, or a vampire who is about to disrupt your wedding. Join New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Jeaniene Frost, USA Today bestseller Kathryn Smith, as well as Terri Garey in four unforgettable tales of unholy matrimony…where the grooms are dark, dangerous, and mostly dead, and to love and cherish till death takes on a whole new meaning.

Vicki Pettersson
The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac, Book 3)
HarperCollins (UK: 2nd June 2008)
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Joanna Archer has won the trust of the Light Zodiac, and issued a challenge to the Shadows, but in doing so has made herself and those she loves a target. The shadows are stalking her human lover who believes Joanna to be dead. She is powerless to help him, for in doing so she will have to reveal her identity and put the entire city in peril.

Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
Hachette (UK: 4th June 2008)
Buy

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning…

Lilith Saintcrow
Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Book 1)
Hachette (US: 24th June 2008; UK: 3rd July 2008)
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Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it’s her job to patrol the nightside. In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing. Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else – something dangerous and tainted. But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind. Jill’s a Hunter, trained by the best, but she’s in over her head. Welcome to the night shift…

Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning (The Darkest Powers, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 1st July 2008); Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)
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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester (US: 1st July 2008)
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Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)
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Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Walker (UK: 7th July 2008)
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With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary is dragged deeper into New York’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning, now Clary must save the world from her own father the rogue Shadowhunter Valentine. With two of the Mortal Instruments at his command, Valentine is assembling an army of demons to wage war on the council of Shadowhunters and destroy them once and for all. As the battle begins, Clary must face her darkest fears and come to terms with her feelings for a boy she wishes wasn’t her brother.

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Running Press (US: 8th July 2008); Robinson (UK: 28th July 2008)
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Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker-the vampire. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! In a quickly expanding genre, here are 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions.

Michelle Maddox
Countdown
Dorchester (US: 29th July 2008)
Review
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THREE. Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die. TWO. The man she’s been partnered with – her only ally in this nightmare – is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him? ONE. No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the COUNTDOWN.