HUSH HUSH BY BECCA FITZPATRICK
Reviewed by Cheryl Vanatti at www.examiner.com: Part mystery thriller, part romance, part paranormal-fantasy, Hush, Hush from debut author Becca Fitzpatrick, is going to be snatched up by the Twilight-styled girls of middle and high school and might well fall into the hands of more than a few adult fans of the genre also.
When high school student Nora Grey gets a new lab partner, it seems she’ll be doing all the work. A newcomer to the school, Patch seems more intent on playing pool than completing assignments. Yet, Nora finds herself attracted to the bad boy and begins noticing him wherever she goes.
Hush, Hush is tightly written, with a good mixture of action sequencing and character development.Protagonist Nora is living in a setting where readers know something bad is looming: absent parents, distracted best friend. Additionally, she’s part mystery detective, trying to figure out the good guys from the bad ones along with the reader.
MAGIC STRIKES BY ILONA ANDREWS
Reviewed by www.bittenbybooks.com: Ass-kicking good times, sarcastic humor, sizzling love interests, fantastic supporting characters, and a world to die for – this series has it all and so much more. Kate Daniels made her way onto the urban fantasy scene as a rough and tumble merc in an Atlanta torn apart by magic returning to a technical world as envisioned by Ilona Andrews in her debut novel, Magic Bites. Now, with the release of the third novel out of a contracted seven, Magic Strikes pulls Kate into even greater focus.
Ilona Andrews has set a new standard for first person stories, and I can’t wait to see how far they go with this series and beyond. My one and only regret about this story is how quickly it ended and how long it will take for the next one to be published. Oh, and that I can’t give it a higher rating *grin*.
QUEENE OF THE LIGHT BY JENNIFER ARMINTROUT
Reviewed by Liviana at www.goodbadandunread.com: Jennifer Armintrout wrote a popular series about vampires, and now she’s moving onto that other familiar supernatural creature, faeries. I enjoyed her premise, since posits the opposite of many supernatural “coming-outs.” The humans remain more powerful, and the supernatural is forced to live in the sewers. But the Seelie and Unseelie still don’t like each other, causing life in the sewers to be sharply divided.
There were not many twists and turns in Queene of Light, but there was an enjoyable story set in a solid world. I look forward to the other two novels in the series to see what Armintrout will do with her sewer-bound faery land. I may also pick up the aforementioned vampire books, to see if her premise in them is as inventive.
TRICK OF THE LIGHT BY ROB THURMAN
Reviewed by Sandy Amazeen at www.monstersandcritics.com: First of a new, action packed urban fantasy series, Thurman introduces Trixa Iktomi, a Las Vegas bar owner and information vender on the seeder side of town who enjoys demon hunting with Zeke and Griffin.
This inventive new series builds on the alternative world built in Nightlife with the involvement of Robin Goodfellow, an amorous puck with a knack for trouble. Trixa comes off as a strong willed heroine with a long-standing ax to grind yet that is only one facet of her character. The plot is suitably complex with enough clue dropping along the way to point attentive readers toward Trixa’s true nature while still packing plenty of surprises.
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