Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: Maplecroft

Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1)Author: Cherie Priest
Series: Borden Dispatches, #1
Released: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Roc Trade
Length: 448 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the story of Lizzie Andrew Borden, a young woman accused of killing her father and her stepmother with an axe in 1982 and subsequently acquitted. The murders remain a mystery to this day – while Lizzie was released, no one else was ever accused and she remained the prime suspect, at least in the eyes of the community.

Something Wicked Strikes Event Announcement!

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Fall is creeping up on us and that means it is time for the return of Something Wicked!

All during the month of October, you can expect guest posts, interviews, reviews and giveaways for all types of paranormal reads.  Heidi@Rainy Day RamblingsMaja@The Nocturnal Library, Candace@Candace's Book Blog and Ali@My Guilty Obsession will be hosting again this year.

This event promises to be bigger and better than last year!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwaker Trilogy, #1
Released: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Lenght: 384 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.
What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Although it has a firm connection to our world, Trial by Fire could very well be considered a fantasy novel. Our heroine, Lily, crosses into a different world at the very beginning, and while designed to mirror our own, this new world is different enough in everything including social structure to be considered a fantasy setting.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Rites of Passage

Rites of PassageAuthor: Joy N. Hensley
Published: September 9th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Lenght: 416 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Sometimes, though not nearly often enough, a book grabs my attention from start to finish and refuses to let go. Rites of Passage is one of those books that make you experience and react strongly to everything that happens, but also forces you to realize some harsh truths about yourself, truths you could have kept hidden and unacknowledged otherwise.

In other words, it made me face the fact that I’m a wuss.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guest Post: Naomi Clark, Author of Undertow

Hello, nocturnal librarians! 

I'm honored to welcome Naomi Clark, author of the fabulous new urban fantasy, Undertow. By now, you all know that urban fantasy is my favorite genre, so I'm always thrilled to support authors like Naomi. 


Title: Undertow
Series: Ethan Banning, #1
Published: August 25th 2014
Publisher: Ragnarok
Buy: Amazon

Private Investigator Ethan Banning is a desperate man.
He’s desperate to rid himself of the demon possessing him. He’s desperate to stop the nightmares and the evil urges that fill him. He’s so desperate, he’s agreed to quit smoking and drinking in exchange for help.
Professor Benedict Walters thinks he can exorcise Ethan with clean living and ancient history, but he won’t do it for free. Ethan’s got to track down Heather, a missing colleague of Walters in the quaint and creepy seaside town of Beacon’s Point. It should be simple...but Heather may not want to be found.
Even if Ethan can crack the case, he’s still got to deal with a trainee necromancer, his own fading self-control, and an ancient entity that terrifies Ethan’s own demonic denizen.
Crack the case? Hells, P.I. Ethan Banning may not even survive it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Mill River Redemption Blog Tour Review

Hi everyone!
I'm extremely proud to be part of The Mill River Redemption blog tour, organized by the publisher.

Author: Darcie Chan
Series: Mill River
Published: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Sphere
Lenght: 388 pages
Source: Publisher for  review

Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie's aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up - until a shocking tragedy tears them apart.
Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother's will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie's safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . . .

The only thing I needed to know about Mill River Redemption before deciding to read it was that it’s perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy. Trust me, that’s pretty much all you need to know as well, but here, I’ll share a few more details about this marvelous read just to be safe. What can I say, I’m generous like that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Harmony, #11)Author: Jayne Castle
Series: Rainshadow, #3
             Harmony, #11
Published: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Piatkus
Lenght: 352 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository
The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret...…
Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.
And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….

I went into this book blindly, with no prior knowledge of this author, series, or the world she created. It’s not something I normally do, especially not this late in a series, but the synopsis was too alluring to pass up and I fervently hoped it could function as a standalone. As it turns out it can, or at least the main storyline can since it focuses on two previously unknown point of view characters.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Short and Exciting: A Curse Awakened Blog Tour

A Curse Awakened (Weird Girls #0.4)Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, #0.4
Published: August 18th 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Lenght: 94 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.
Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.
Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.
Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.
A Curse Awakened is another prequel novella in Cecy Robson's Weird Girls series (one was released before the first novel). It takes place right before the girls gained their full powers, which I thought was very interesting. The curse that was placed on them by a distant relative remained more on less a mystery until now, and it was great to learn more about it. The curse, it seems, actually backfired, but while the girls didn’t die like they should have, they didn’t reach their full potential either. So when Celia’s first boyfriend Danny (fans of the series undoubtedly know and love the shy geek) comes to her for help because the vampires kidnapped his father, the girls have to find a way to deal with the curse and become stronger before they run to his rescue.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nocturnal Quotes: The Oversight Edition

Hello, lovelies!

It's time for our second ever Nocturnal Quote, courtesy of Le Non Design. For this week, I've chosen a quote from a historical urban fantasy novel I loved, The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher. I reviewed The Oversight just yesterday - if you missed it, you can find my review HERE.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: The Oversight

Title: The Oversight
Series: Oversight Trilogy, #1
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Publisher for review
Lenght: 448 pages
Buy: Amazon
The Book Depository

Only five still guard the border between the worlds. And when they fall, so do we all... The Oversight is a gothic fantasy that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
"The end always comes faster than you think."
Once there were hundreds of members of the Oversight, the brave souls who guard the borders between the mundane and the magic. Now there are only five. And their numbers are dwindling further still.
When a vagabond brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, she might answer their hopes for a new recruit, or she could be the instrument of their downfall.
In his first novel for adults, Charlie Fletcher (The Stoneheart Trilogy) spins a tale of witch-hunters, supra-naturalists, mirror-walkers and magicians. Meet the Oversight, and remember: when they fall, so do we all.

The Oversight is Charlie Fletcher’s first foray into adult fiction, but the control he has over his complex narrative is astonishing. Told from multiple perspectives, The Oversight is a complicated web of episodes that combine perfectly into a breathtaking and well-executed story. Admittedly, due to its complexity, the beginning might be a bit slower for some, but once the pieces start coming together, The Oversight becomes practically unputdownable.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Shifting Shadows

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy ThompsonAuthor: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson
Published: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Lenght: 464 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…
A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…
Includes the new stories…
“Roses in Winter”
…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

Shifting Shadows is a collection of short stories and novellas from the world of Mercy Thompson. Most of these stories (like Alpha & Omega, the Charles & Anna prequel) were previously published, but the four new ones (Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption and Hollow) are motivation enough for running to your nearest bookstore on Semptember 2nd.