Month: June 2016

Black Dawn, by Rachel Caine

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Book 12 in this series is perhaps the best one yet. The Morganville Vampires face their ultimate rival, the draug, and their continued existence, and that of the humans in Morganville, is at risk. Claire and her friends have already had one run-in with the draug, and they are willing to take the fight into their own hands. A ripping good page-turner, for 16 and up.
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Blood Kiss, by J. R. Ward

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A sensational debut to this next-generation spinoff series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this book has everything we love about the BDB: sophisticated fight scenes, sexytimes as part of a powerfully unstoppable romance, and the wonderful characters Ward has created that we love spending time with over and over again. In this one, we meet a new couple-in-waiting and we also spend time with Butch and Marissa (among others) as they try to right a wrong in the vampire community. Fantastic for BDB fans and a nice introduction for those starting a new series without having read the prior one. 18 and up.

Bitter Blood, by Rachel Caine

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Book 13 of this series continues the second wind its author has had for the last couple books. In this one, things seem back to normal, but a new normal is in effect for the humans of Morganville. In this one, vampires are given free reign over humans – perhaps even to hunt them for their blood. Can Claire and friends save the town from civil war and avoid the firestorm caused by a human/vampire marriage? For 16 and up.

Marrying Winterbourne, by Lisa Kleypas

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This bodice-ripper opens with the heiress Helen trying to resume her engagement with the Welsh businessman, Rhys. Rhys wants to marry Helen, but he thinks she disdains him when she is only shy. Extensive (and steamy) complications ensue, that combine for a terrific read. Both these characters are strong in their own way, and we really have a chance to root for this relationship. It’s also fascinating to watch the transition of Londoners from small shops to a major department story, so historically interesting. A great read, for 18 and up.

Knight’s Wyrd, by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

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This skews very young, for all that there is plenty of hacking off limbs type of violence, and death of secondary characters is treated with near indifference. I’d call it an adventure story for 12 and up. That said, it is very short, with minimal world building and lots of fighting and magic and reversals. The character building is also given short shrift, and I’m not sure I care enough about any of it to read the next book in the series.

The Fetch, by Laura Whitcomb

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Caldar is a Fetch, an escort for the newly dead, one who helps them along their journey to heaven. He isn’t supposed to be involved with the world at all, yet one day that is exactly what happens. His extraordinary journey through the world and humanity in the wake of the Russian revolution is engrossing and heroic, a mix of historical fiction, romance, and adventure. Very well written and of interest for 16 and up.