Tuesday, 31 August 2010

ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG by Ally Carter


When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. She just didn t know that life would start during her junior year of high school. But that's exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against a mysterious organisation called the Circle of Cavan.

Now even Cammie ‘The Chameleon’ can't hide. Danger has followed her to London where she discovers one of her most trusted allies has been labelled a double agent. The Gallagher Girls quickly realise that the Circle's agents are closer than they d feared—maybe even within the Gallagher Academy's own walls. Cammie and her roomates must call upon old friends if they want to find the traitor at their beloved school before it’s too late…

This is the fourth (and latest) book in the fantastic Gallagher Girls series. Yes, I'm now up to date with the series. And as happy as that makes me because I'm loving it, it also makes me a little anxious... because I really want to read the next book. Now. Seriously.

Cammie's on winter break with one of her best friends, Bex. They happen to be in London with Bex's (MI6) spy parents, but it's not the ideal vacation the two friends might have hoped for. Nope. See, it's more like hiding out. Since they found out that the Circle of Cavan have their sights set on Cammie, she's been under constant guard. So it's no different when they're in London.

Yet, when her teacher Mr. Solomon appears out of nowhere and everyone acts as though he's a threat, Cammie's totally confused. And telling her to 'follow the pigeons' only confuses her more. She has no idea what he's talking about, or what's going on.

Agents are now saying that Mr. Solomon, the man she's trusted and respected so much, is a traitor. A double agent, who is part of the Circle and has been for years. All of a sudden, Cammie doesn't know what to think. She doesn't know who to trust, but at least her best friends are always there to help.

Returning to school only makes things worse. Now they've got a new CoveOps teacher, a man called Agent Townsend. Who happens to want to get his hands on Mr. Solomon at any cost. And he'll stop at nothing to do so, including using Cammie as bait.

This book got my heart racing and adrenaline pumping from the very beginning. I was exhausted just a few chapters in, and so hooked that I couldn't shake the story from my head. That's why I finished it in under 24 hours, because I couldn't put it down. It was a fun and very intense ride, following Cammie, Bex, Liz, Macey, and Zach as they race to find out the truth about their teacher. Actually, we get a lot of answers in this installment. But of course, for every answer, there are a new set of questions.

I really liked finding out a little bit more about Cammie's father. As well as what type of institution Blackthorne really is. Oh, and I can't forget to mention Zach. We get to see a lot deeper into his life, what he's been trained to become and why he keeps so many secrets from Cammie. All I can say to that is: Wow!

Only the Good Spy Young is totally outstanding! This series just gets better and better. Cammie's life gets more complicated with every new book. I just love the way the story, action, personality, and the dark world of spies is slowly unravelling until Cammie is pushed into an extreme decision that I'm really looking forward to reading more about. This is one excellent series!

BTW, I love this:

"There always has to be some truth among the scraps. Covert Operatives call it chicken feed. But in that room on that day, my mother simply called it hope." 

Only the Good Spy Young: The Gallagher Girls #4, June 2010, ISBN 9780734411143, Lothian Children's Books

Monday, 30 August 2010

So...

I've been feeling a little moody lately. There's no real reason for it. It's just one of those things that happens sometimes and will fade in a few days.

I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. lol.

Anyway, in spite of that, my brain's been working overtime. I didn't mean to think so much about other stories, but there you have it. I've been waking up with bits and pieces, and even the start to a short story that I wanted to write but didn't know how to tackle. Now I do.

But primarily, I'd like to spend the majority of this week working on another Sci-Fi rewrite. My gosh, that's pretty much been the tone of this whole year, hasn't it? Revision, re-write, squeeze in a new novela, revision, re-write, repeat. ;)

Still, it means that I'm getting stuff done, which is always cool.

Speaking of which, time to get back to it. Progress has been mega slow because I decided that the entire first chapter needed to be re-written by moving things up from the back, to the front. More action, less thinking. For the beginning, anyway.

See ya!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

BLUE DIABLO by Ann Aguirre

Right now, I'm a redhead. I've been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled colour change usually means relocating in the middle of the night. So far, I'm doing well here. Nobody knows what I'm running from.

Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border to Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover and her 'gift' - for Corine is a handler: she can touch something and know its history and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing - and that's why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance...

Chance's uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep. He needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas and the only hope of finding her is through Corine's gift. But their search is going to get dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies - and the blackest of black magic.

This is the first book in the Corine Solomon urban fantasy series. I'd been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and boy, it didn't disappoint.

Corine is a handler. She can see the history of an object just by touching it. But the 'gift' doesn't come without a price. Every time she handles something she gets a new burn mark on her palm and it hurts like hell. Both physically and emotionally. She once used this ability as a way of making money with her former lover, Chance. A man with his own bizarre gift of luck that can play havoc on other people.

But when something truly awful happened and she ended up in the hospital, she left Chance and that life behind.

Now she's been living in Mexico City as an illegal. She runs a pawn shop and loves the fact that she's just another normal woman living a normal life. Well, that's until Chance walks into her shop and confuses the hell out of her. Not only does his presence play havoc with her emotional state, but it also rouses a lot of uncomfortable memories about the hard life she'd lived as a child, after her mother died. But the reason why Chance has tracked her down affects her the most. His mother--Yi Min-chin, someone she cares about--has disappeared and he needs her help to find her.

Not happy to get caught up in the life she wanted so badly to escape, Corine agrees to help him at least chase the trail before something horrible happens to Min. And that's when she ventures into Texas with Chance and finds herself caught up in one bad situation after another. But she does meet a very exotic cast of characters. Ranging from Chuch and his estranged wife Eva, to the sexy cop Jesse, as well as a chihuahua called Butch, who seems to have his own doggy abilities. Oh, and the very strange Twila, as well as the resourceful but secretive Booke. All of these characters added an awesome depth to the story with their many talents and contacts.

I found myself getting deeper and deeper into this very dangerous world filled with dark magic, shadows that can kill, warlocks, zombies, and cartels. It's a wonderful blend of real-life action and that of dark magical forces. As well as combining a great dose of emotion, magic, friendship, and confusion when Corine finds herself in a bizarre love triangle, that I really enjoyed.

I also have to mention Kel Ferguson. A killer--though he calls himself a holy warrior--who Corine and Chance put behind bars provides one amazing subplot when they have no choice but to trust him. I can't wait to find out more about Kel.

Blue Diablo is an amazingly fast-paced, well-written, captivating tale that kept me wondering and glued to the page until the very end. It's also another one of those books that makes me realize just why I love this genre SO much! Everything about this book was awesome, and I'm totally hooked on this series.

I can easily see it becoming one of my faves. Lucky for me, I've got the second book in the series already...

Blue Diablo: Corine Solomon #1, July 2010, ISBN 978-057-509397-3, Gollancz Paperback 

Thursday, 26 August 2010

MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares


Not everyone believes in the existence of 'the one', the love of our life that we are destined to find, but Daniel knows it's real. How could he not?

He has spent centuries meeting and falling in love with the same girl over and over and over again. Life after reincarnated life, generation after generation, spanning continents and dynasties, he and Lucy have been drawn together - and though he can never tell her, he remembers it all. He has the gift, or the curse, of 'the memory' - the ability to recall past lives and recognize the reincarnated souls he has known.

The problem is, the force that draws Lucy and Daniel together also always tears them painfully, fatally apart, to the point that he has started trying to protect her from falling in love with him and the heartbreak he knows it will bring.

This was one of those books that I had a good feeling about as soon as I read the blurb. That feeling continued when I started to read it, because I found myself captivated by it. Any time that I could sneak in another chapter, I did. Until I just had to sit down to read the last 100 pages in one sitting.

This is the story of Daniel. He's lived for a very long time, but not in the same body. He's actually died many times, and is reborn every time. His soul keeps going, but so does his memory. Actually, although there are other people in the world like him, he's even unique amongst them. Why? Because he can remember everything he learned, experienced, and felt in each and every life he's lived.

This is also the story of Lucy. She's only a teenager when she meets the mysterious, brooding and quiet Daniel. She can't understand why, but she's drawn to him, fascinated by his weirdness. And although they haven't exchanged a word during high school, she can't help but be interested in him. Yet, she doesn't know why. Not until the night of the Senior Ball. The night where she meets him in a dark room and shares a special moment with him that quickly turns into a confusing and scary situation. That's the night she walks away from him and his weirdness, walks away from the guy who calls her by another girl's name.

After this, we go back in time with Daniel. Back to North Africa 541, when his ordeal with the woman he would eternally love began. The turbulent and bizarre circumstances behind their adventurous love was dizzying, and heart-breaking.

Not only did I love the way the story weaved in from the present to the past, each new chapter adding depth and throwing me deeper into this very complicated but lovely love story, but I also loved the way it was written. Both Daniel and Lucy's voice were amazing at grabbing my attention, and whenever we were taken back to another time and place with Daniel, I felt his intimate portrayal was wonderful. More of a vivid experience than just reading words off a page.

I also didn't expect there to be a nemisis, but was pleasantly surprised when one was introduced. As well as a 'mystic' soul called Ben that I find myself wanting to know more about.

My Name Is Memory is an enduring and fascinating love story that spans through the ages. The tale of a romance that most of the time feels one-sided because although Daniel can remember every detail of the past and sometimes even plays it to his advantage, Lucy takes a long while to accept and give into the way she feels, as well as what she really is. But in the process, almost winds up getting herself killed. 

I really, really enjoyed this wonderful book. Loved it! I also have to admit that I was sad when it ended. I wanted to know more, so much more... This has found a place on my keeper shelf. :)

My Name is Memory, June 2010, ISBN 978-144-471077-9, H&S Fiction Paperback (C)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

THE ETERNAL PRISON by Jeff Somers


Avery Cates is a wanted man. After surviving the worst bioengineered disaster in history, Cates finds himself incarcerated - in Chengara Penitentiary. As Chengara has a survival rate of exactly zero, the System's most famous gunner must do some serious plotting. And a betrayal or so later, he achieves his goal. At a price. All he has to do next is defeat some new personal demons, forge some unlikely alliances, and figure out why the people he's killed lately just won't stay dead. Plus pull off the biggest assassination of his career...

After reading THE ELECTRIC CHURCH and THE DIGITAL PLAGUE I couldn't wait to get stuck into the third book in this series. This is one seriously dark and awesome world. It's very bleak and dangerous, plus Avery isn't exactly a good guy, but you still can't help but like him. lol.

Avery Cates is a gunner. He's also an old man who's been through a lot in his life. Well, okay, he's really not that old, but in his world youth is already considered a long life, so you can understand how someone several decades older would be viewed. He's pretty much reached his limit, and seems ready to just give up and relax for a while. Let someone else take up the fight.

This book was a trippy read that I really enjoyed making way through.

The story starts out simple enough, with Avery on his knees and bound by a System Pig. Then he's in Las Vegas stalking a Russian, before signing himself up for some serious trouble when he agrees to track down and kill Director Dick Marin. That sounds simple enough, doesn't it? But soon, I was taken back to Avery's stint in the worst prison in the world--Chengara. A place where People of Interest are dumped, and eventually processed. Which, ah, means that they disappear.

So, two different stories seem to be going on--one in the present and one in the past, to let you know exactly how Avery got to The Star. Of course, after that happens, everything got spun around and I kept thinking: what the hell is going on? In a good way, of course. I don't want to go into it too deeply because I'll give everything away, and trust me, the twists, turns, and surprises are definitely worth it. And a lot of things get answered about Avery's very peculiar behavior and how he can be in two places at once. 

This cyberpunk-noir nightmarish world is so bleak and horrible that you just can't help but cringe at the horrid state of it. Everything's collapsing and a war between the SSF and the army is making everything worse. As if the digital plague didn't wipe out enough of the population. Poor Avery goes through hell, and is pushed to his physical limits so many times that you just can't help but feel bad for him and wish he could have a holiday already. He's also forced to place his trust in a variety of very colorful lowlives--one of whom betrays him severely, and changes the path of his life--as well as cops.

The Eternal Prison is as gritty as it gets. It's another full-throttle, action-packed, violent romp filled with unpredictable situations, the expected attitude, and more explosions. Not to mention a sick and twisted plan--that's much worse than the Monks--by one corrupt individual who wants to take over the world. Or at least, he wants to replace everyone in it.

This is a series that I don't think I'll ever get sick of reading. I love that it's so darn clever and well-planned. I love that little hints were constantly dropped like bread crumbs that don't seem to matter but then turn out to be vital to finding your way out of the labyrinth. And it just doesn't rest until the very end.

Every book makes matters worse than the one before, and I can't help but wonder if Jeff Somers has any clear vision of an end to Avery's series... I hope he doesn't, because I'm hooked. Bring on the next one!

The Eternal Prison: Avery Cates #3, June 2010, ISBN 978-184-149705-1, Orbit Paperback

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Books 1, 2, 3 in the Psy-Changeling Series

Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind...and none of the heart...

Since I read these one after the other, I thought it might be cool to write smaller reviews. That way I won't be giving anything away and won't rave on for ages about each one. :)

Book 1, SLAVE TO SENSATION: Sascha Duncan is a psy, but she's having a bit of trouble finding her way in the very cold and emotionless world she lives in. She's not supposed to feel emotion, but she does, and tries very hard to keep her shields intact and concealed from others. However, when she becomes involved in a business deal that brings her close to a changeling called Lucas Hunter and others of his kind, it challenges the only way she's ever known how to live her life.

Throw in a serial killer, some sensual moments, a large cast of characters, and a world that is as fascinating as it is scary, and you've got yourself a very interesting and good book.

Book 2, VISIONS OF HEAT: Faith NightStar is a psy who can predict the future and for that reason is very valuable to her people. However, when she finds out that her sister has been murdered, it changes everything because she 'saw' it happen. So she ventures out to see Sascha, the only psy she knows that is no longer on the PsyNet. But Sascha lives with changelings, and when Faith goes there she meets Vaughn D'Angelo.

This was another fascinating tale.

Book 3, CARESSED BY ICE: Judd Lauren is an Arrow, a psy soldier who is also telekenetic. He has to keep his power under control by using the Silence, which makes him efficient. It also makes him unreachable by emotion. Which makes it really hard for Brenna Kincaid, who not only needs his protection but longs for his touch. Brenna was kidnapped and has many mental scars, but with Judd by her side she's kept safe from a new threat to her life. The problem is that no matter how much they want each other, without the Silence, Judd's power is so dangerous he can kill unintentionally.

Once again, very good book. It was cool to watch this psy character 'thaw' out. 

I have to admit that for some reason, I've put off reading this series for a while. And now that I've started, I think I know why. Although the characters, storyline, and world are unique and very interesting there's something that kept me from fully connecting with it. And I'm not sure why. Still, they were enjoyable stories and Nalini Singh is a wonderful storyteller with a flair for in-depth narrative.

Maybe reading the first three books in succession wasn't such a great idea because they've sort of become one chunk of interwoven tales inside my head. lol. But at the same time, I got a chance to experience this strange and unique world.

If you're a paranormal romance fan, you'll really enjoy this series.

Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling #1, June 2010, ISBN 978-057-509566-3, Gollancz Paperback
Visions of Heat: Psy-Changeling #2, June 2010, ISBN 978-057-509568-7, Gollancz Paperback
Caressed by Ice: Psy-Changeling #3, June 2010, ISBN 978-057-509570-0, Gollancz Paperback

Sunday, 15 August 2010

DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER by Ally Carter


Cammie Morgan has a cover for every occasion. Being a spy-in-training, aliases, phony passports and fake IDs are a means of survival. But what happens when the ghosts of her past see through her flawless facade?

This semester, Cammie continues to flirt with danger at Gallagher Academy. When a national political convention turns into a trap, Cammie is forced to lose her cover to save her best friend, Macey a major political target from being kidnapped. But are the kidnappers political extremists or something more sinister? And why has Zach, Cammie s mysterious (and totally hot) crush, suddenly returned?

With the help of a glamorous ex-Gallagher Girl, Cammie and her friends are determined to hunt down the group that threatens to tear their secret sisterhood apart. This time it’s personal.

This is the third book in the very awesome Gallagher Girls series.

Cammie's almost ready to start her junior year at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, but first she's meeting one of her best friends, Macey, in Boston. Macey's father, Senator McHenry, is at a national political convention to accept the vice presidential nomination, so Macey has to make an appearance with her parents. And Cammie finds herself being escorted by Secret Service agents watching Macey and her family.

Just like Cammie, Macey's good at keeping her cover intact, but when the two end up on the roof of the building and a bunch of masked men attack them, they both have to break that cover in order to make it out alive. Which includes making sure that Preston (the son of Governor Winters) is also out of harm's way.

These people are after Macey, and want to take her for some reason. Luckily, Cammie gets them out of there quick smart. Only they both suffer injuries that go beyond the physical. After waking up with a concussion, Cammie finds that the experience has changed Macey. It's also affected her because she can't get it out of her head. And remembering the emblem on the ring one of the attackers was wearing has her mind racing, because she's sure she's seen it somewhere before.

When school starts and Macey returns too, she's given a personal bodyguard--Cammie's aunt, Abby. All of a sudden, life isn't as much fun anymore and Cammie's got a lot to think over and worry about. So many things don't add up and she's sure that her mother, aunt, and Mr. Solomon are once again keeping secrets from her. Just like Zach is. He keeps appearing out of nowhere, always warning her to stay out of the way and 'be careful'. If only the spy in him would stop talking, and the boy in him would hurry up and tell her where they stand.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover is another excellent addition to this wonderful, engrossing series. Although there's still a nice level of fun and spy jargon, as well as the close friendships between Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey, there's also a more serious edge to this installment. Which is actually awesome because the older Cammie gets, the more serious things are bound to get. Especially when the truth comes out at the end of this book and a new threat is revealed. One that involves Cammie.

This is fast becoming one my fave series.

Like I did for the other two, I'm going to end this review with one of my favourite lines in this book:
"...as a girl, that's a good reason, and as a spy, it meant he wasn't conspiring to commit high treason."
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover: The Gallagher Girls #3, May 2009, ISBN 9780734410818, Lothian Children's Books

Friday, 13 August 2010

Not feeling 100% today...

...I guess it's my turn to feel like crap. lol. *sneeze, wipe, cough, curse, and repeat* 

That's okay. The weekend's just around the corner. And it looks like we'll be having a quiet one. Actually, asides from going for a daily walk, I'd like to do a lot of nothing else. Okay, maybe I want to do a little reading and a little watching. And if my throat's not too bad, I think we need to get some Rock Band going. ;) Haven't played it for so long.

So I haven't got too much planned for today. I'd like to drop my daughter off at school, go for a walk by the river, get back and take care of a few things that aren't writing related, while thinking about my plans for the next few weeks. There are two main things that I'd like to finish up by mid-September: Trina novella revision (which is actually due 15/9), and a Sci-Fi rewrite that I'd like to have ready for another editor very soon.

Of course, there are a LOT of other things that I want to do but I really need to sit down and put together some sort of schedule. It just makes it hard when things pop up out of nowhere sometimes... mainly delivered by my muse. lmao.

Before I go, you know what I noticed yesterday? That SHADE OF GREY is sitting at #4 on the Best Sellers for Eternal Press/Damnation Books LLC. How cool and awesome is that? Very exciting stuff. :)

Time to get going...

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Just, y'know, stuff...

You know what I keep forgetting to mention? That I now have an Author Page at Amazon. Yay! :)

My gosh, I've been listening to Adam Lambert a lot lately. A lot.

Thanks to Michele Hauf, who posts one of his pics every Tuesday, I started getting curious. And now I can't stop listening to his album. It's so catchy, so very cool, and even inspiring. Yep. His song Sleepwalker has already helped add more spark to a WIP. It was a story that I happened to be thinking about when that song started on my MP3 player. And when I started listening, it just helped with other facets of the story. So very cool.

Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day: I finished the second round of edits for my upcoming novella, DAMAGED. Then I subbed three connected short stories to the Static Movement Ghosts and Demons Anthology. And they all got accepted. So very excited about this.

They're all set in the same world as a novel I wrote several years ago, and now intend to add to my website as a FREE READ. Actually, this morning I've been formatting it so that when the Ghosts and Demons antho is released I can add it. It's an idea that struck me while I was walking yesterday morning. Man, I love going for walks. I've had some pretty cool things strike out of nowhere while I'm walking.

I think I'll just take it easy today. My daughter's school's got an open classroom thing going on this afternoon and she wants me to pop in. That means I need to leave a little earlier than I usually do. That's okay.

Well, have a nice day!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

FEED by Mira Grant


The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

I'm a huge zombie fan, so I couldn't wait to get stuck into this very 'meaty' book. Seriously, it's a long book. :)

The story takes place twenty years after the Rising. That's when everything went wrong, and the dead started rising. When scientists found a cure for the cold, and others were perfecting a cure for cancer, something worse struck the world. Now, people no longer get either of those, but they do become zombies as soon as they die and/or are infected with Kellis-Amberlee.

Georgia and Shaun Mason are a brother and sister team of bloggers living in this uncertain world, where you have to constantly get tested to make sure you're not infected. Georgia's what they call a Newsie, which is a journalist who states the facts. Shaun's an Irwin, which is a daredevil-type who likes to do things for the thrill. There's also a third member in the team, Buffy Meissonier. She's what they call a Fictional, and writes poetry and fantasy but is also a techie.

The story starts out pretty action-packed with Georgia and Shaun in the wild. While Shaun's busy poking a zombie with a stick, a hoard of zombies appear out of nowhere and give chase.

After that incident, things slow down. A lot. Especially when they get accepted into the Ryman presidential campaign. It's an awesome oppotunity for them, and they're looking forward to doing it because it will propel their blogging ratings sky-high. So they head out with Senator Peter Ryman and his people across the country, campaigning in a  lot of different places. This introduces the Masons into a world of danger, mystery, backstabbing, conspiracy, and politics that gets them into a lot of trouble. Things become so serious that they might just end up paying with their lives.

Although I enjoyed this book a lot, because of it's original take on the zombie outbreak, I also found it a little frustrating at times. For me, the politics seemed to outweigh the zombies. And I'm one of those zombie fans that needs more zombie, not less. lol. Like I said before, it's a really 'meaty' book, which in some places felt weighed down by facts and politics. I kept hoping to see zombies on the page. And that's what kept me going. Sure, there were some great zombie scenes in this book, but they were more background noise than anything. Though I suppose that makes sense. After all, twenty years have passed, right? People have adapted to having them there. 

One of my favourite scenes takes place in Eakly, Oklahoma. It was awesome. I didn't expect any zombie action here, but got plenty of it.

I had a few issues with the characters, too. Although I found Georgia and Shaun interesting, I also found them to be a little annoying, and never really felt close to either of them. And I just can't put my finger on why that was. All through this book, I kept changing my opinion of it. One minute I loved it and couldn't wait to sit down to read some more. The next I had to put it down and didn't like it anymore. Then I would get stuck into it again. I found the blog excerpts at the end of each chapter refreshing. I really enjoyed reading them. Very cool. 

At the end of the day, I'm glad I read this book. Because any story that makes me go through so many ups and downs while reading it--excited, enthralled, disappointed, frustrated, sad--is worth spending time with. The social commentary of how the world has changed and how bloggers have taken over the news media is fascinating. And I got a kick out of the George Romero references.

FEED is an interesting, clever, and engrossing book that kept me reading to the very end. Sure, it took a little extra time to get there, but I was glad that I stuck with it. Because what happens in the end was unexpected and very risky for a writer to do. Yet, I think Mira Grant pulled it off very well. It's also well-written, and the worldbuilding very detailed.

If you're a huge zombie fan, you might be a little disappointed with this book. If you like policitics, you'll love this book because it's full of twists, turns and controversy. Also, if you're looking for a different angle in the zombie world, then this one's for you. 

Feed: Newsflesh, Book 1, June 2010, ISBN 978-184-149898-0, Orbit Paperback

Saturday, 7 August 2010

AT GRAVE'S END by Jeaniene Frost


It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover has finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

And if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones' past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learnt as a special agent won't help her here. She's going to have to fully embrace her vampire instincts if she's going to save herself - and Bones - from a fate worse than the grave.

It's no secret that I love Cat and Bones. I love spending time in their very dangerous world. I love catching up with old characters, and enjoy meeting new characters. So, reading this book was another thrilling experience.

Things seem to be going very well for Cat and Bones. They're going to get married, he wants her as much as she wants him, and they're working together. So what could go wrong? Several things. Firstly, no matter how well Cat tries to disguise herself, her father still manages to find her. And he wants to cause her as much pain as he can.

Still, with all the usual suspects nearby, there's nothing they can't face and defeat. Even if Cat needs to go through a little heartbreak and pain first.

At Grave's End was another awesome addition to this action-packed urban fantasy series. There's a little bit of everything in here. And we get to delve a lot deeper into the vampire world. I just love these characters and world so much that I totally lose myself in the story while I'm reading. It's no wonder that it's one of my favourites!

Love these books, and always look forward to getting stuck into more. :)

At Grave's End: Night Huntress #3, June 2010, ISBN 978-057-509380-5, Gollancz Paperback

 
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