Angel’s Ink (The Asylum’s Tales, #1)
by Jocelynn Drake
Genre: urban fantasy
Release date: October 16, 2012 by Harper Voyager
Buyer beware . . .
Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.
No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.
Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.
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Dig YA dystopians/post-apocalyptic tales? This week is for you. Ashen Winter features a world altered by the Yellowstone supervolcano (which really exists, making the fictional elements that much more fun). Crewel is a new series following a woman who is coerced into controlling the lives of us all, while the awesomely-titled Break My Heart 1,000 Times sees a world in which ghosts are a part of everyday life–perhaps what Ghostbusters 2 might have looked like if the good guys hadn’t saved the day. ^_^ Shadow Society is rather self-descriptive. And the new series opener Beta sounds like a winner, if a bit familiar…some elements of the premise remind me of the movie The Island, as well as of the book Brave New World.
If post-apocalyptic stories in an adult context is prefered, Justin Cronin’s sequel to the popular book The Passage is finally being released–but note that it’s just as hefty a book as its predecessor, coming in at just over 700 pages.
In adult paranormal romance, Tangled Web sounds exciting, starring a female assassin in a high-fantasy setting. And this week’s featured title, Angel’s Ink, is an urban fantasy with a male tattoo-artist protagonist in a first-person-POV. Not to often that you hear all of that with a female author. Yay for switching things up!
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Are you tempted by any of these mid-month releases? Do you ever make reading selection decisions based on the gender of the author (female authors who write romance; male authors who write male protagonists)?