29 February 2012

It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in:

View all the previous Hot Off The Press posts here

(Here is the monthly conversation snippet from Abigail and her murderously hostile TBR Pile)

 

ME: So...how are you?

MY TBR PILE:That's very considerate of you to inquire after my wellbeing.  One would almost think you had a heart inside that cold husk of yours.

ME:That's not fair.  You know I try very hard to keep you as small as possible.

MY TBR PILE:How thoughtful.  And here I thought you were a gluttonous demon hellbent on acquiring book after book without any regard for those who pay the high price for your addiction.

ME:Stop being so dramatic.  You make me sound like I'm some kind of hoarder.

MY TBR PILE:I rather think that term describes you perfectly.

ME:If you ever watched TV you'd know that's not true...what? Why are you looking at me like that?

MY TBR PILE:You actually thought I wouldn't find out, didn't you?

ME:That's super vague.  What exactly am I supposed to be hiding from you?

MY TBR PILE:I know about Edelweiss.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a cover show up on both the Best and Worst side of our wrap up, but the vibrant SOUL TRADE cover has divided opinions here at ATUF.  Over all, I’d say this is a darker than average crop of covers.  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to use the adjective “creepy” so much in one post. 
 
 

28 February 2012

Review: Black Howl by Christina Henry

Black Howl (Madeline Black, #3)

Title: Black Howl
AuthorChristina Henry
Series: Madeline Black #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; October 30, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1937007332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007331

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Sexual Content:

References to sex and attempted rape.


Rating:

Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


*This title will be released on March 6, 2012*

Vampire's Kiss (The Watchers #2)

Title: Vampire’s Kiss
AuthorVeronica Wolff
Series: Watchers #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 045123572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235725

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Sexual Content:

Kissing. References to sex


Rating:


Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


27 February 2012

Today we are welcoming Allison Pang, author and artist responsible for the Abby Sinclair urban fantasy series.  We’re gearing up for the second book in the series, A SLIVER OF SHADOW (available on February 28, 2012 by Pocket Books), which Abigail reviewed last week.  What better way to get excited for more Abby and Phin than looking at some of the amazing art inspired by the series.  Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments.

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You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE

Top 10 Images Inspired by the Abby Sinclair Series

by

Allison Pang

I’ve been rather fortunate to know so many fabulous artists who have graced me with their wonderful talents over the last year or so. With that in mind, here’s a few of my favorite pieces. (Some of these are gifts and some of these were commissioned by me for various projects.)

 

Brystion ~~ Darchala (http://darchala.deviantart.com)

26 February 2012

Winners: OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thank you all for entering this giveaway to win one of three ebook copies of OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The winners are…

*This title will be released on March 6, 2012*

Illuminate

Title: Illuminate
Author: Aimee Agresti
Series: Gilded Wings #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: No
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (March 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0547626142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547626147

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Sexual Content:

Kissing


Rating:

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.


25 February 2012

Review: The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

 

The Wolf Gift

Title: The Wolf Gift
AuthorAnne Rice
Series: N/A
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; February 14, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0307595110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595119

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Sexual Content:

References to sex, threats of rape, sex scenes.


Rating:

Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


24 February 2012

Early Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

*This title will be released on March 1, 2012*

Perception (Clarity, #2)

Title: Perception
AuthorKim Harrington
Series: Clarity #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: No
Source: ARC Swap
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Point (March 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0545230535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545230537

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Sexual Content:

Kissing. References to sex


Rating:

Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


*This title will be released on February 28, 2012*

By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6)

Title: By a Thread
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #6
Cover Art: Tony Mauro
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; February 28, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1451651767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451651768

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Sexual Content:

Sex scenes, references to rape.


Rating:


Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


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