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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)

February 2009 Releases

Finished purchasing/pre-ordering January 2009 Releases? Now you can move on to February’s. And if you want to look further into the future (and the past), check my Reading Wishlist. If cover art, summaries or release dates change, ’tis not my fault: I just collect what information is available at the time of compiling this list.

Rachel Vincent
Pride (The Shifters, Book 3)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 1st February 2009) – Mass Market Paperback
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

I’m on trial for my life. Accused of infecting my human ex-boyfriend – and killing him to cover up the crime. I’m not guilty. But tell that to the panel of Alphas sitting in judgement. Infecting a human is one of three capital offences recognised by the Pride – along with murder and disclosure of our existence to a human. I’m two for three. A goner. On top of that, Marc is in danger of being tossed from the Pride, then we discovered a rogue stray terrorising the mountainside, hunting a wild teenage tabbycat. I think I can protect her from both the ambitious rogue and the scheming of the territorial council. If I survive my own trial…

Richelle Mead
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Random House Bantam (AU: 2nd February 2009) – Paperback
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Some days, a girl just can’t catch a break…especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there’s her relationship with gorgeous bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It’s not just that they can’t have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth’s obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina’s under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused – especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge – rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again.

Anya Bast
Taken
Samhain (3rd February 2009) – eBook
Buy

Anne’s morning starts like any other normal day – and ends in a race for her life. The surprise that interrupts her regular date with a latte looks a lot like Frankenstein, except this monster is for real. And it chases her straight into the arms of two mouth-watering hunks who whisk her away from everything she knows. That would be Earth. Suddenly life isn’t so normal anymore. Caleb and Van have been watching Anne for several weeks. Women are scarce in their world, a situation that sometimes forces two or more males to share one wife between them. Anne is their perfect match. Now all they have to do is convince her of that – while trying desperately not to let their intense desire for her scare her away. Then there’s the little matter of protecting her from the Guardians, who want to make sure no match is ever made…

Rachel Caine
Undone (Outcast Season, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 3rd February 2009) – Mass Market Paperback
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Once she was Cassiel, a Djinn of limitless power. Now, she has been reshaped in human flesh as punishment for defying her master – and living among the Weather Wardens, whose power she must tap into regularly or she will die. And as she copes with the emotions and frailties of her human condition, a malevolent entity threatens her new existence…

Kelley Armstrong
Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld, Anthology)
Hachette Orbit (UK & AU: 5th February 2009) – Paperback
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

As a curious and independent six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite – he asked for it. But as a lone child werewolf his life is under constant threat. So when enigmatic Pack member Jeremy Danvers saves him, Clayton is determined to protect his adoptive father, no matter what the cost. So begins this gripping collection of four tales chronicling the bloody feuds of the American Pack, and the coming of age of Clay Danvers, a very powerful – and very singular – werewolf.

Mario Acevedo
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez, Book 4)
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 11th February 2009; US: 24th February 2009) – Trade Paperback
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Felix fights a zombie re-animator to save a special girl with clairvoyant powers.

Kim Harrison
White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7)
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 11th February 2009; US: 24th February 2009) – Hardcover
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Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost. Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her. Literally.

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Robinson (UK: 12th February 2009) – Paperback
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Paranormal romance is now a supernatural force to be reckoned with. From some of the biggest names in the field, here are over 25 tales to take you away from life ordinary. Contributors includes the likes of Karen Chance, J. R. Ward, Lilith Saintcrow, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Keri Arthur. The stories cover the full range of paranormal romance themes, including werewolves (and weregirls), vampires, shape-shifters, time travel, fiery mages, and fae. From lycanthropic love triangles, and shape-shifters struggling with new powers, to mercenaries who have to clean up after magic has gone wrong, and whole paranormal worlds rent into good and evil factions, it’s all here!

Kelley Armstrong
Made to be Broken (Nadia Stafford, Book 2)
Random House (US & CA: 24th February 2009) – Paperback
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Nadia Stafford isn’t your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she’s known only as “Dee” to her current employer: a New York crime family that pays her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when Nadia discovers that a troubled teenage employee and her baby have vanished in the Canadian woods, the memory of a past loss comes back with a vengeance and her old instincts go into overdrive. With her enigmatic mentor, Jack, covering her back, Nadia unearths sinister clues that point to an increasingly darker and deadlier mystery. Now, with her obsession over the case deepening, the only way Nadia can right the wrongs of the present is to face her own painful ghosts – and either bury them for good, or die trying. Because in her book everyone deserves a chance. And everyone deserves justice.

Mark Henry
Road Trip of the Living Dead (Amanda Feral, Book 2)
Kensington (US: 24th February 2009) – Trade Paperback
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Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her “Mommie Dearest” gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch – or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticised. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his “luxury” resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of “moderately accurate” psychics, they hit the highway – their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of Kmart shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning…

Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)
Penguin Puffin (UK: 26th February 2009) – Paperback
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St Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school – it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St Vladimir’s – the very place where they’re most in danger…Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable night-time rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi – the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires – make Lissa one of them forever.

January 2009 Releases

If you’re done buying your December list, now move on to January 2009’s releases (see below). For even further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Scholastic (UK: 5th January 2009) – Paperback
Buy

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin Berkley (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback
Buy

Claire, a demon’s handmaiden, is rescued from enslavement by a handsome playboy. Now they’re both in danger of being captured by warlocks who are determined to harness Claire’s powers for evil.

Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5)
Penguin Signet (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback
Buy

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat. Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

Faith Hunter
Host (Rogue Mage, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback
Buy

In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbours accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally – or her most dangerous foe. And when her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice – and risk her own life in the process.

Stacey Jay
You Are So Undead to Me (Megan Berry, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (US: 22nd January 2009; CA: 29th January 2009) – Paperback
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Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. All Megan wants is to be normal – and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead. Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party – the bloody kind. Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life – and more importantly, homecoming – depends on it.

Kelley Armstrong
Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld, Anthology)
Random House Spectra (US & CA: 27th January 2009) – Hardcover
Buy

As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite – he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage – until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. Featuring three of the most intriguing members of the American Pack – a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics – including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is…

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: January 2009) – Hardcover
Buy

Genevieve Taylor is a Sidhe, one of the noble fae and she’s unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population. Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers.com, where she finds the ‘M’ in magic – and that invariably leads to mischief, malice and – too often – murder. Spellcrackers.com is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there’s her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny certainly doesn’t want any closer involvement with the vampire community. But when Mr October, one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, is accused of violently murdering his girlfriend, Genny’s called on to repay an old debt and prove his innocence.