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[CONTEST WINNERS] Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter

It’s Monday 10th November, and 9AM just passed. The powers that be at http://www.random.org/integers/ have selected these 5 people as winners:

3. Jennifer Snyder
10. Brooke
14. Beverly
12. Darby Lohrding
13. Wendy

The winners have been emailed, but if any of them fail to reply to me with their non-PO Box snail-mail US address before Monday 17th November (9AM Melbourne time), I’ll select another winner.

Even if you didn’t win, you can still purchase any (or all) of Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress books. I highly recommend the two Teen ones: Red Handed and Blacklisted. The already published adult novels are Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly and Savor Me Slowly. There’ll also be an Alien Huntress novella in the anthology Not That Innocent. And I noticed yesterday that the next full-length novel is up for pre-order: Seduce the Darkness.

June Reads

Ill Wind – Rachel Caine “…fresh ideas no one else seems to be writing about…melding physics with metaphysics to create the ultimate urban fantasy read.” Buy

The Séance – Heather Graham

Countdown – Michelle Maddox “…that very rare kind of book: a thriller that is genuinely thrilling. This is action-packed, non-stop adventure, combining the physiological, psychological and technological in a story that grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go.” Buy

Third Degree – Greg Iles “Greg Iles is a fantastic thriller writer, with complex characterisations, interesting information, and thought-provoking scenarios…An engrossing read set in the timeframe of just one day, Third Degree should not disappointment fans, and will hopefully bring in new readers.” Buy

Sliver of Truth – Lisa Unger: The author’s Beautiful Lies was an interesting novel of a life built on lies. However, this companion novel takes things too far. The FBI, CIA, going from America to the UK, involving the Albanian mafia…it just seemed over the top, and thus didn’t engage me as a reader.

Bound to Love Her – Esri Rose “…social commentary involving the environment and real estate…this novel has something to say – which a lot of stories don’t…Fans of Tate Hallaway’s novels should enjoy this.” Buy

Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula – Marta Acosta “Mil is sparky, with a sense of adventure, humour and – most importantly – an affable personality…the Casa Dracula series is more than just another vampire tale…plenty of social commentary, with a smart but not toffy intelligence.” Buy

The Action Heroine’s Handbook – Jennifer Worick & Joe Borgenicht

Blood Price – Tanya Huff “Originally published in 1991, Blood Price holds up well 17 years later…the novel has an important role in the history of urban fantasy in fiction.” Buy

Oh My Goth – Gena Showalter “…interesting enough to read it in basically one sitting.” Buy

Red Handed – Gena Showalter “…focuses on what’s dearly missing in teen fiction…and showcases fabulous world-building that I can’t wait to read more about.” Buy

Blacklisted – Gena Showalter “For fabulous world-building, how power corrupts, and thoughtful issues, look no further than Blacklisted for a novel with surprising depth.” Buy

You can still check lists of stuff published in June or will be published in July. And if you want to look further into the future, see my Reading Wishlist.

Thanks for voting in my poll, and keep ’em coming.

[REVIEW] Red Handed – Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Red Handed (Teen Alien Huntress, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster MTV Books (19th June 2007)

Welcome to New Chicago, where numerous alien species are abundant, and some can get along with humans. But the ones who viciously attack must be destroyed. Enter the Alien Investigation and Removal agency.

With two stints in rehab to combat her addiction to Onadyn, Phoenix Germaine is living the clean life – even when her best friend doesn’t, and repeatedly offers her the drug. (Some friend, eh?) A party in the woods turns chaotic when Sybilins attack and Phoenix is returned home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Her mother sends her away to what Phoenix learns to be the AIR training academy. There she and her fellow recruits undergo strict studying and prac work that will prepare them for the rigours of life as a fully fledged AIR agent.

Be warned that this is a character-driven novel, not plot-driven. The story seems as if written by the pants and not plotted. Phoenix’s backstory, entering the academy, learning her lessons, social interaction… There is the obligatory second stoush with the Sybilins at the climax, but it seemed like it was just thrown in there.

Characterisation is kind of scattered – some work well, and others don’t. While Phoenix’s character is interesting enough, her obsession with Ryan distracted from an otherwise intriguing read. Allison, the designated bad girl, seems like your typical fictional nemesis, although she and Phoenix are not enemies at the end. I often got the classmates confused for one another, but by far the most fascinating character is Kitten, Phoenix’s new BFF who’s a Teran, a species of alien that has commonalities with felines.

Note that this is a companion series of sorts to the author’s Alien Huntress series for adults, which I haven’t yet read. Mia Snow and Mishka Le’Ace, instructors at the academy, have their own novels, as does Eden Black, whom we don’t meet here but whose name is mentioned.

The epilogue seems extraneous, and won’t tell you anything important that the next novel, Blacklisted, won’t (judging from the copy). So while Red Handed has its flaws, it focuses on what’s dearly missing in teen fiction (aliens) and showcases fabulous world-building that I can’t wait to read more about.