ASHES TO ASHES
Armintrout continues to impress with her plotting and characterization in the third installment of her Blood Ties series, and her use of Carrie's first-person point of view works even better than before. Readers who appreciate a touch of humor with their gore should love this -- but at least read book two first, because the recap's a bit sketchy.
On top of that, the headquarters of the Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement has recently been destroyed by the Oracle, a centuries-old vampire. The Oracle has a serious and bloody agenda -- one that may include a dark pact with the Soul Eater. With the Movement in disarray, it falls to Carrie, Nathan and their friends to stop her -- if they can.
(MIRA, Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)