Drink Deep (Book #5 Chicagoland Vampire) by Chloe Neill
I had to wait months to write this review because I was kind of pissed at the previous book so much I thought it would spill over into this review. And it will, just a little, but a lot less than it would have. So I love the Chicagoland Vampire series. I do. I love Merit. I want to be Merit: smart and kick-ass and a literature lover and a foodie, I’m practically there. BUT in the previous book someone died. Someone who was really really important to the series for me and I was SO ANGRY. We’re talking somewhere between the filled with bees and rage and white hot burning under your skin angry. So I thought, ok, she’ll fix this in Drink Deep. And to be honest, she sort of does, but it’s kind of confusing and the way it is left is not at all settled. Now, apart from that one character who is like a gaping hole in the story for me, I loved the plot of this book. It’s smart, it’s gripping, it’s diabolical even. I believe the conflicts here and in the consequences from the previous books finally being played out. I am very, very interested to see where the plot goes from here regarding Cagdogen House’s liberty or allegiance. Anyway, fans of the series won’t be disappointed and here’s hoping for a really strong clarification on the ending in the next book.
Drink Deep is out now. Order your copy here.
The Diviners- Libba Bray
Ok so, I loved it. I seem to be stumbling upon lots of books set in 1920s New York and each one teaches me more than the last. The Diviners was awesome—a dark, creeptastic mystery with insights into religious zeal, the occult, flapper culture, racial divides, and literary and theatre culture. Seriously the book had everything (even a Louise Brooks reference that I got because of my recent reading of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty). The language is utterly authentic and pos-i-tute-ly fun! There’s some interesting paranormal and steampunkish elements to the plot which was kind of cool. Frankly what hooked me was the banter between Sam and Evie which read exactly like His Girl Friday (one of my favorite movies of all time).
NOTE: Fast-paced, witty, snarky banter is the way to my heart. You should all write that down.
This book sets up the series nicely but not all of the story lines have converged just yet. I will also say, I’m rooting for a different boy to get Evie’s heart then who she’s with in the end so here’s hoping for a change of course in Book 2 on that front. Overall, this was a tightly wound storyline where as you read the plot moves in ever diminishing concentric circles until you’re shocked at how well all these things are connected. I have to say I loved learning as much about 1920s NY as I did all the characters. This is definitely a series to keep your eye on!
The Diviners is due out from Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 18th. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis by Little Brown via BEA
Maybe This Time- Jennifer Crusie
I received Maybe This Time as a gift from Inara Scott, who you know I love. The cover and title make you think, hmmm this could be a cute romance. WRONG. ALL LIES. Well not all lies, but definitely misleading. You know I’m easy to scare and frankly when you have my imagination you don’t need any help. I will say apart from reading this book far too late at night and during a rain storm, the story is a good one—a creepy mix of gothic houses, peculiar children, and spooky occurrences. There’s a bit of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights about the book and I appreciated that in the end. That being said there is some of that cute romance floating about too. North and Andie have a riveting relationship and there are points of absolute comic genius with them and those around them, i.e. the seance. I guess in the end Inara was right, it’s a good book even if it did give me the heebie jeebies. If you like gothic, paranormal, or ghost stories, this is a book for you.
Maybe This Time is out now from St. Martin’s Press. You can get your copy here.
Spellcaster (Spellbound #2)- Cara Lynn Shultz
Hey there, long time, no reviews! Welp, I’m back and I have a dozen (no seriously 12) reviews to write for you guys starting today with Spellcaster. Spellcaster is the sequel to Spellbound, which you make recognize from my Top Ten of 2011 list. Spellcaster picks up shortly after Spellbound left off and fans of the first book will not be disappointed: there’s plenty of hot boy Brendan, quirky goth girl Angelique and our girl next door Emma in the sequel. What Shultz does better than anyone is get the teen language right. Not only is it accurate, but dear lord the woman’s got a gift for comedy. I laughed out loud at some of these lines, and frankly the best sentence in the history of ever may involve the phrase a “coterie of baby hookers.” Seriously.
Spellcaster is frought with danger, romance, an amazing NYC setting, and lots of laughs. It’s definitely worth the read and the pre-order. Come back tomorrow for the Verb Vixen stop on the Spellcaster Blog Tour and see an interview with Kristin, who puts the movie Mean Girls to shame with her antics in this book. Did I mention you could win a Spellcaster iPod? So I guess I’ll see ya tomorrow, loves.
Welcome to The Marked Blog Tour stop at Verb Vixen! We’re delighted to have an exclusive interview with Inara Scott as well as a chance at a copy of The Marked, the second book the The Talents series (formerly known as Delacroix Academy). Not sure you if you want the book? You do, just read my review of The Marked here.
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1. A sequel is never an easy task. What was the biggest challenge you faced in writing The Marked?
2. What was on your playlist while you were writing and what was your go to snack or reward?
3. The Marked finds Dancia growing more confident. She becomes more of a leader, can you talk a little bit about her evolution from book 1 to book 2?
4. I love the morality aspects of the series and there’s quite a few interesting questions about right and wrong, good and evil that come up. What is Dancia’s governing principle that guides her decision making?
5. We’ve found out more about enemies outside of Delacroix and there are definitely shady characters within the walls. Which is the bigger threat to Dancia and friends?
6. Who would you pick: Jack or Cam?
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March 6 Murphy’s Library, interview
March 9 Chick Loves Lit, interview w/celebration pictures
March 16 The Book Life, guest blog
March 18 Up! Brazil, interview
March 22 Chapter by Chapter, guest blog
March 29 Two Chicks on Books, guest blog from Jack’s POV
March 30 Buried in Books, interview
April 2 Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks, guest blog
April 4 The Hardcover Harlequin, interview
April 9 A Reader’s Adventure, guest blog
April 12 The Book Cellar, interview questions
April 13 Steamed, guest blog
April 16 Fangs, Felines, Fins, & Fun Fiction, interview
April 20 Icey Books, interview questions
April 27 Good Choice Reading, guest blog
Ok, I haven’t read the Vampire Academy books so it probably wasn’t a good idea to read Mead’s new Bloodlines books which take place in the same world. The world is an interesting one, but I think I’m just vamped out. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters and its not because they weren’t good. They were! I just need a break. What I’m trying to say is paranormal YA, it’s not you; it’s me. I will say this the plot twists in this book are quite good and is definitely a book paranormal fans will like.
Bloodspell had an interesting premise to start with—what if your blood was your enemy? What it didn’t do new is the vampire love interest and the danger of them being together. Been there, read that. I loved the idea behind Tori’s power and the history of where it came from. Howard has some great ideas and some strong writing. Apart from that I really just wished that Christian wasn’t a vampire. It sort of ruined the romance portion of the plot for me. It was okay. That’s really all I got on this one.
Cold Kiss- Amy Garvey
The only thing I can say about Cold Kiss is that it was okay, which if you think about it, is actually disappointing. I found Garvey’s presentation of a different kind of zombie interesting but not revelatory. The female protagonist suffers from Scarlett O’Hara levels of procrastination and denial, yet without Scarlett’s pluck, energy or drive. The points made about loss, secrets, and first loves are accurate though they’re nothing new. All in all, I’d much rather hate a book than only be able to say it was unoffensive.
You can get a copy here.