Preview of The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Want to see a preview of The Reckoning (The Darkest Powers Series) by Kelley Armstrong? Featured on her site, the first 17 pages are up.  The book will be released in April of this year.

Summary: “Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.”

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from Ella Taylor at the LA Times: ‘Shades of Grey’ by Jasper Fforde
In case you haven’t had the pleasure, Jasper Fforde is a British writer whose bestselling Thursday Next series featured a go-get-’em girl detective who, among other feats, restores Jane Eyre to the pages of the Charlotte Brontë novel from which she’s been stolen.

“Shades of Grey,” his eighth novel, is equally phantasmagoric: a full-bore futuristic sci-fi fantasy, if that’s what you call a book that prizes character above techno-wizardry and dips its happy little toes into any genre that comes in handy.

Fforde has clearly read his Orwell — what British child hasn’t, whether by choice or curriculum? But while “Shades of Grey” offers the obligatory crushing autocracy, along with the usual plea for civil disobedience, the dystopia Fforde creates in a quietly horrid England several centuries from now comes with no jack-booted enforcers, no stiff-limbed surveillance robots, no predatory super-computers.

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via News Wire: New thriller transforms traditional view of werewolves
While many are mesmerized with werewolves, Garrity takes a different approach to the typical werewolf story. In his chilling page-turner, Garrity shows his detective characters racing to find the perpetrator of recent homicides in and around the urban area of Boston.

“Despite the large amount of werewolf fiction in film and print, I found most just merely rehashed the same old story,” says Garrity. Unlike most werewolves, the werewolf in Vargulf is conscious of its actions and is more comparable to a serial killer. In addition, Garrity steers clear of stereotypical werewolf features, such as only being able to change during a full moon and silver bullets.

Believed by many to be the source of the modern English word werewolf, the term “vargulf” describes a particular type of wolf which killed members of a shepherd’s flock. More than just a suspenseful tale, Garrity intends for Vargulf to be an entertaining read that deviates from the typical werewolf story.

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