WICKED AS SHE WANTS
No sophomore series slump here, as Dawson invites readers back into the land of Sang where Bluds (vampires) rule and Pinkies (humans) struggle to survive. Told mostly from the viewpoint of a dethroned Blud princess, Wicked as She Wants is delightfully edgy with hidden charms — and Ahnastasia is definitely no shrinking violet. Dawson is on the fast track to the top of the genre!
Casper Sterling was pulled from Earth London to the alternate reality of Sang London. He has survived by making use of his musical talent. Unfortunately his addiction to bludwine has brought on hard times. Casper’s luck takes a dramatic turn when he discovers a nearly drained Blud princess stuffed in a suitcase. Upon being revived, Princess Ahnastasia is furiously angry and out for vengeance. She will do whatever it takes to kill the usurper who murdered her family and stole her throne — even accept help from a lowly musical Pinky and a scrappy orphan named Keen. (POCKET, May, 416 pp., $7.99)