Armintrout continues her Blood Ties series with style and verve, taking the reader to a completely convincing but alien world where anything can -- and does -- happen. There are touches of wild humor,
and Carrie's first-person passages give
Now Cyrus has been resurrected, and his father -- aka the Soul Eater -- has turned Nathan into a monster. Carrie must round up Cyrus and find Nathan before the Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement exterminates him. In the meantime, staying alive -- or is that undead? -- is the real challenge.
(MIRA, Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)