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October 2008 Reads

If you haven’t already checked out October 2008 Releases and November 2008 Releases, I suggest you do so now.

But onto the six books I read in October:

Enslave Me Sweetly – Gena Showalter “…the world-building, and the different alien races, and futuristic life, are what make this series worth reading.” Buy

The Electric Church – Jeff Somers “…snappy…apt social commentary for contemporary society.” Buy

The Digital Plague – Jeff Somers “Science and technology combine for another intriguing cyber-noir read…interesting concepts and characters…” Buy

The Chosen Sin – Anya Bast “Keep an eye out for the show-stopping, devastatingly heartbreaking scene that alerts this is not just an escapist read…It’s memorable, emotional, and I don’t remember ever having a scene in any book remain with me so long after the book’s over.” Buy

Tripping to Somewhere – Kristopher Reisz “The writing is breezy and pretty…” Buy

Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter “…the world-building is outstanding and the Schön case is intriguing…” Buy

[REVIEW] The Chosen Sin – Anya Bast

Anya Bast
The Chosen Sin
Penguin Berkley Heat (US: 7th October 2008)
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Vampires in space make for a bizarre but intriguing read in Anya Bast’s futuristic/paranormal/erotic romance mash-up.

Circa a thousand years from now, The Chosen Sin is mostly set on the desert planet, Darpong. Earth-born Daria Moran is an Allied Bureau of Investigation agent whose mission in life – both personal and professional – is to bring down Christopher Sante, who killed Daria’s best friend, and others, and may be guilty of other ghastly deeds.

But in order to infiltrate Sante’s vampire commune, Daria has to become Chosen – and Alejandro Martinez will Choose her. But first Daria must break through the succubare, which could make her a sex vampire instead of a blood one. For an erotic romance, you’d assume Daria would become succubare, but for the sake of plot she enters the blood coven.

Daria’s a strong-willed, pissed-off, kick-arse woman who wants revenge. Alejandro will teach her to love again, and release her inhibitions. But like a toddler who claims ownership incessantly, Alejandro plays the “mine” game repeatedly. I’m not a fan of Alpha males like him; don’t like how he claims ownership of Daria, instead of her belonging to no one but herself. And Daria doesn’t trust Brandon Nichols, thinks he’s shifty, and yet chooses to sleep in the alcove of his door. Christopher Sante, however, is the most well-written character, all shades of grey and neither totally good nor completely evil.

Even if vampires and romance aren’t your thing (they’re not really mine), stay tuned for what happens around the time of the meteor shower and beyond, because this is where the action really kicks in. Keep an eye out for the show-stopping, devastatingly heartbreaking scene that alerts this is not just an escapist read: it’s a reminder that contemporary society has horrors that most would like to pretend don’t exist. It’s memorable, emotional, and I don’t remember ever having a scene in any book remain with me so long after the book’s over. (I won’t spoil it for you here, but feel free to contact me privately.)

Futuristic fans may want more about the Nabovsky Galaxy, its planets and citizens, and how they relate to Earth and other worlds. But romance fans may be wholly satisfied.


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Young Lady Owner Needs to Get Over Herself

Just a lazy day on the patio…until your annoying Young Lady Owner carries you inside. And then waits for you to lounge on the kitchen lino, and then introduces you to her recent acquisitions.

Ooh, a book. Like she’s never had one of them before. Well, she’s never had this particular one before. (Anya Bast’s The Chosen Sin – and if you look closely, you can see the top of a Witch Heart bookmark. Usually Young Lady Owner photographs before she begins reading. But Young Lady Owner is slow.)

Then Young Lady Owner presents you with a cover flat, and it’s tolerable. More than tolerable, enough to make sure part of your paw is on it. Just so everyone knows: MINE.

Young Lady Owner loves cover flats, likes looking at and owning pretty, shiny things; she’s superficial that way. She particularly loves the kooky-looking lads amongst the trees on this one; they look like fun. But why’s she showing you only part of the back cover?

Oh. Okay. Once upon a time, Young Lady Owner reviewed for an urban fantasy website. And the bottom quote on the back of this cover flat is from the review Young Lady Owner wrote for the author’s previous novel, Happy Hour of the Damned: Worth a look; priceless, really. Road Trip of the Living Dead can’t come soon enough.

Oh. Young Lady Owner’s name isn’t even on it, yet she knows they’re her words, and this is the closest she’s likely to get to print publication. So she’s chuffed. Thinks this is a big achievement, or something. Owners, eh? That’s why cats like you exist: to put their Young Lady Owner’s ego back in place. Yeah, get over yourself, girl…

Read Young Lady Owner’s full review of Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned here. The snippet also appears on Kensington Books’ website. And this isn’t the first time a snippet of one of Young Lady Owner’s reviews for an urban fantasy site has made it onto a publisher’s website: visit the site for Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox. (Full review here.)

Purchase/pre-order Happy Hour of the Damned, Road Trip of the Living Dead and The Adoration of Jenna Fox. And The Chosen Sin, while you’re there…


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twilight convention-melbourne

Haven’t heard of one, and even if there was, I’m not sure I’d attend.

I think some bookstores had launch parties for Breaking Dawn (the closest one to me may have been in Richmond). Release dates around the world were not totally in sync – in some parts it was released on August 2nd, other places August 4th. Australia fell into the latter.

Even though I’ve never read the Twilight series (though I have books 1 and 4 on my shelf in the To-Be-Read pile), I briefly considered attending one of these functions. Because Breaking Dawn was released earlier in the US, and thus I was reading Cleolinda‘s fabulous recaps/snark. (She’s currently recapping/snarking True Blood – who needs HBO when you can have snarkalicious hilarity?)

So, yeah – was thinking of crashing a party and shouting out a spoiler. (I’d even picked a particular one, though others were contenders.) I didn’t go, of course. But I thought about it. Contrary to popular belief, I actually do occasionally use my brain 😉

I totally wouldn’t have fit in, though, because I’m so not a fangirly. Not just of this particular series. I just have a very sceptical brain: when lots of people really love something, I’m more inclined not to like it. Maybe I wouldn’t dislike things so much if others didn’t love them so much. I don’t know.

My reason? Well, the thing better blow my freaking mind if everyone loves it so much. And if it doesn’t? DISAPPOINTMENT. Harry Potter is so overrated. Just didn’t interest me, though I read some of them to at least give them a chance. THEY FAILED.

I still intend to try the Twilight series at some stage – as I said, I own books 1 and 4. As for the middle two, the library reservation lists are probably miles long, so I’ll have to go without.

But by all means, I’m not against Stephenie Meyer. I loved The Host. Generalisations around the Web seem to go that if you love Twilight, The Host won’t cut the mustard, and vice versa. They’re also different genres: one paranormal, one futuristic.

Is it possible to combine those two genres into one novel? Vampires in space…and Anya Bast has done it with The Chosen Sin, which I believe is released October 7th – that’s today. Haven’t read the book myself yet, but Anya’s a dear, and I do like the other books of hers I’ve read (Witch Fire and Witch Blood).

Smooth segue, Tez. And don’t you readers think I made up that Twilight convention thing just so I could sneak in an ad for vampires in space – I’m not clever enough to think up a lie like that 😉

October 2008 Releases

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2 – Paperback)
Hachette Livre Orbit (AU: October 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.

Anya Bast
The Chosen Sin (Trade Paperback)
Penguin Berkley (US: 7th October 2008)
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The Chosen are vampires fighting for their very existence. It is Daria Morris’s destiny to become one of them…Daria is a special forces agent with one obsession: to wreak vengeance on the vampire who nearly destroyed her. But to succeed, she must become something she detests: a vampire. Her fate rests upon Alejandro Martinez, a sexy vampire with whom she once shared an unforgettable night of scorching passion. Now, while Daria struggles against her newfound bloodlust, the two must slip into the shadows to bring a monster to justice – even as their desire threatens to consume them…

Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner (eds.)
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Hardcover)
Penguin Ace (US: 7th October 2008)
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The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard for lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest and saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.

Kevin Anderson (ed.)
Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association (Trade Paperback)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US: 21st October 2008)
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Charlaine Harris reveals the dark side of going green, when a quartet of die-hard environmentalists hosts a fundraiser with a gory twist in “An Evening with Al Gore”…In an all-new Dresden Files story from Jim Butcher, when it comes to tracking deadly paranormal doings, there’s no such thing as a “Day Off” for the Chicago PD’s wizard detective, Harry Dresden…Sherrilyn Kenyon turns a cubicle-dwelling MBA with no life into a demon-fighting seraph with one hell of an afterlife in “Where Angels Fear to Tread”…Celebrity necromancer Jaime Vegas is headlining a sold-out séance tour, but behind the scenes, a disgruntled ghost has a bone to pick, in Kelley Armstrong’s “The Ungrateful Dead.” Plus tales guaranteed to get under your skin – in a good way – from Janet Berliner, Don D’Ammassa, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, J. A. Konrath and F. Paul Wilson, Joe R. Lansdale, Will Ludwigsen, Sharyn McCrumb, Mark Onspaugh, Mike Resnick, Steven Savile, D. L. Snell, Eric James Stone, Jeff Strand, Lucien Soulban, Matt Venne, Christopher Welch.

Kelley Armstrong
Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9 – Hardcover)
Random House Spectra (US: 21st October 2008)
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Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband’s sudden death, trying to put some distance between herself and her memories. Though she’s still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane – the world’s most famous celebutante wannabe – can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in the back room of a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn’s best friend, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn’s side. Hope Adams follows the kinds of stories whose headlines scream from supermarket checkout lines. But the difference is that Hope’s stories are even weirder – and they’re all true. Though determined to help Robyn, Hope knows it’s only a matter of time before her friend is caught. But it’s not the police Hope is worried about. For Robyn has gotten herself in the middle of a turf war between two powerful Otherworld cabals who’ll spill any amount of blood – human and inhuman – to protect what they consider theirs for all eternity. And the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about.

Mario Acevedo
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez, Book 3 – Mass Market Paperback)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 28th October 2008)
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Felix Gomez returned from the war in Iraq a changed man – once a soldier, now forever a vampire. So the undead underworld put his skills to work as a private detective, specialising in the sordid, the sexy, and the supernatural. After surviving aliens, nymphomaniacs, and x-rated bloodsuckers, it’s high time for a vacation. Now the aliens are back in a fiendish conspiracy with the U.S. government, and only Felix stands between them and the Earth women they covet. But when an army hit man attacks Felix and the bodacious vampire sexpert, Carmen, not even the astonishing erotic powers of the Kama Sutra for the Undead may be able to save them.

Keri Arthur
Destiny Kills (Myth & Magic, Book 1 – Mass Market Paperback)
Random House Dell (US: 28th October 2008)
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When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has – and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game. Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human – and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive – until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…

Kim Harrison
A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, Book 4 – Hardcover)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 28th October 2008)
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The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her – not necessarily in that order. Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses – savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary. Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.

A. J. Menden
Phenomenal Girl 5 (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1 – Mass Market Paperback)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 28th October 2008)
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Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist. Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world – and Lainey’s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.