Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our Most Anticipated Books for July

Jane's pick:

The book I'm looking forward to the most this month is Twice Bitten, the third book in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill. Merit, the heroine in this series, rocks. She's smart, loyal, sassy and can kick butt when she needs to. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments in the first two books in this series and I'm looking forward to seeing what Merit is up to next. If you haven't read anything by Chloe Neill yet you might want to give this series a try!

Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.
Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.

Jen's pick:

Boy, this is a toughie. On one hand, there's Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, the sequel to that awesome YA pararom Shiver. Everybody who read it has been eagerly awaiting Linger since they finished the Shiver in 2009. Grace and Sam, I have missed you. 

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love - the light and the dark, the warm and the cold - in a way you will never forget.

On the other is As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding, a crossover pararom/urban fantasy that picks up where the first book, Three Days to Dead, ended. If you like a kickass heroine mixed with just about any supernatural bugaboo you can imagine and a decent pinch of romance (but not too much) then Kelly Meding's series is for you.

Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . .

. . . or the power to die and live again in someone else’s borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help—even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps—and increasingly outgunned humans—a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it—unless, of course, her own side gets her first.

I pick them both :) Happy reading!

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