WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE
The seventh book in Harrison's Hollows series feels like the middle book in a long-running series: The plot meanders between two storylines and never really seems to settle on which should be primary. The saving grace is Rachel herself -- she's one of the most self-aware heroines in the genre, and her negotiation of her position in the world is fascinating.
As Rachel deals with her internal turmoil, a new predator comes to the fore, one that feeds on emotion and is willing to sacrifice nearly everything for those she loves -- a parallel Rachel doesn't seem to notice. (EOS, Mar., 512 pp., $25.99)