Title: Blood Oranges
Author: Caitlin R. Kiernan (writing as Kathleen Tierney)
Genre: urban fantasy
Release date: February 5, 2013 by Roc
My name’s Quinn.
If you buy into my reputation, I’m the most notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of medieval weapons, I’m an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or…whatever.
Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I (mostly) didn’t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I was “saved” by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too.
So now…now, well, you wouldn’t think it could get worse, but you’d be dead wrong.
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Lady Eve’s Indiscretion (The Duke’s Daughters, #4) by Grace Burrowes
Magic at Midnight by Gena Showalter*
Midnight Alias (Killer Insincts, #2) by Elle Kennedy
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Well, now. Looks like the urban fantasy set is putting it all out on the table this week. From the featured title by Kathleen Tierny (Blood Oranges–I don’t know about you, but I had to add it to the TBR for the title alone), to Stephen Blackmoore’s Dead Things (about a necromancer for hire), to the new steampunk YA by Gail Carriger (more Carriger, huzzah!), to the latest installment in Chloe Neill’s popular Chicagoland Vampires series (and the stakes do, indeed, go even higher). Genre benders like the Texas-based UF Soulbound, as well as The Queen is Dead, a steampunk-flavored urban fantasy, and the science fiction The Burn Zone, further go to show that this week is all about the fantastical. One thing I was surprised to see, actually, was the handful of single-title releases in urban fantasy/science fiction/gothic (and there were several that were cut from the original list, for economy of space–sawry!). It’s more often that we find series in those genres, so its rather nice to see the occasional one-off UF title.
Of course, there’s still plenty available in the contemporary and historical realms. There’s about four new releases from the late, great romance author Penny Jordan, essentially a set of stories bundled in anthology-like books. Cowboys are here in force, with titles from Alison Kent, Georgina Gentry, and Joanne Kennedy bringing the country love. And most exciting is the new hockey-themed contemporary, Hip Check. I’m telling you, there just aren’t enough hockey-themed romances out there.
Need another reason to check out this week’s releases? One word: dragons. ^_^ A Natural History of Dragons reads a bit differently than most (perhaps all) of the other titles listed above, but it sounds fresh and amusing…good enough to put in on the TBR, I’d say.
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Odds are this week will bring at least one title that you’re going to have to add to the TBR….which is it? ^_^