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[REWIND] February 2020 Releases

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If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.

FEBRUARY 2020 RELEASES

V. C. Andrews: Out of the Attic: 4 Feb 2020: Buy: Goodreads
Kelley Armstrong: Alone in the Wild: 4 Feb 2020: Buy: Goodreads
Keri Arthur: Blackbird Rising: 3 Feb 2020: Buy
Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre: Honor Lost: 11 Feb 2020: Buy
Megan E. Hart: In the House of Broken Glass: 13 Feb 2020: Buy
Jennifer Iacopelli: Break the Fall: 18 Feb 2020: Buy
Carrie Jones: The Places We Hide: 1 Feb 2020: Buy
Seanan McGuire: Imaginary Numbers: 25 Feb 2020: Buy
Tara Moss: The Blood Countess: 4 Feb 2020: Buy: Goodreads
Tara Moss: The Spider Goddess: 4 Feb 2020: Buy: Goodreads
Tara Moss: The Skeleton Key: 4 Feb 2020: Buy: Goodreads
Danielle Rollins: Twisted Fates: 25 Feb 2020: Buy
Kristen Simmons: Scammed: 4 Feb 2020: Buy

[REVIEW] The Blood Countess – Tara Moss

Tara Moss
The Blood Countess (Pandora English, Book 1)
Pan Macmillan (AU: 1st November 2010)
Buy (US) [Audio CD]

If the title rings a bell, you probably already know the antagonist and their motives. Therefore, there’ll be no mystery for you here. But if you’re looking for an entertaining read, stick around.

A lower-class teenage orphan from the sticks moves in with a wealthy long-lost relative in a big city. The mansion is a dusty old apartment building with spooky sounds, in a misty suburb that no other New Yorker seems to know. Thanks to her great-aunt’s sophisticated outfits and suspect job connections, Pandora English is now an assistant at Pandora magazine (yes, they have the same name), where she’s investigating the dubious new anti-ageing cream, BloodofYouth. It clearly has a secret ingredient, and model Athanasia is decidedly creepy…

Throw in a lopsided love triangle (a contemporary men’s magazine player versus a Civil War lieutenant ghost), and The Blood Countess has all the ingredients for a YA paranormal that will no doubt sell its pants off here in Australia. Whether it’ll succeed overseas is less certain. Though set in New York, this novel remarkably does not feel American. The Gothic tone and language seem more suited to an upper-class English accent, which is how my brain read it.

References to the Addams Family, Count von Count, Anne Rice, and some other unnamed novels (which no doubt readers will be able to identify) may be included as homages, but they really make their similarities with The Blood Countess more obvious. I wish they’d been deleted. Reading this books feels rather familiar, which is kind of comforting in a way, but less fresh in others.

Gothic elements, paranormalcy, and high fashion combine for a delightfully trashy, entertaining read. Great-Aunt Celia’s wardrobe is to die for, the mansion in Spektor is suitably creepy, and there’re more than just a few secrets in the family’s skeleton closet. The Blood Countess is jolly good fun, and best recommended for young adults.

6 New Covers

Kelley Armstrong: The Gathering (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Stacey Jay: The Locket Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Tara Moss: The Blood Countess
Beth Revis: Across the Universe Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Angie Smibert: Memento Nora
Rachel Vincent: My Soul to Steal Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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