On The Bookshelves Tuesday 9/7/2010
Tue, 09/07/2010 - 5:54pm — admin
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
|Wicked Surrender by Jade Lee |
"Strong writing and three-dimensional characters add depth to a powerful and unusual plot that captivates."
|My Lord Scandal by Emma Wildes |
"Wicked and wild, deliciously sensual, with a hint of Romeo and Juliet, Wildes’ latest is a delight."
|The Countess and the King by Susan Holloway Scott |
"Through glittering descriptions of 17th-century England, Katherine comes to vibrant life. This is what historical biographies should do."
|The Gentleman Poet by Kathryn Johnson |
"[I]f one looks at this novel as being about a young woman’s growth, life in a new world and the dangers inherent in society, then this is a tale far beyond Shakespeare and with the added recipes, engaging and clever. "
|Contemporary Romance||Romantic Suspense|
|What Love Tastes Like by Zuri Day |
"The story is presented with the right balance of romance, humor, business intrigue and pure fun. "
|Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams |
"Adams wastes no time setting up the heart-stopping action and bringing her characters to life. This is one of this year’s best romantic suspense books!"
|Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen |
"Georgie is a modern girl with a penchant for disaster, a royally distasteful family and a sexy, if unreliable, suitor."
|The Spider’s Web by Margaret Coel |
"The latest of this long-lasting series by New York Times bestselling author Coel shows again her expertise about the Arapaho Indians."
|The Tale of Oat Cake Crag by Susan Wittig Albert |
"No violence, not even implied, may make this story too treacly for some readers, but others may consider it the perfect read for a hot summer afternoon spent in a Victorian rose garden."
|The Crocodile’s Last Embrace by Suzanne Arruda |
"Set in Kenya in the 1920s, the Jade del Cameron series is often compared to Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series, though Indiana Jones movies seem closer to the mark."
|Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day |
"Day serves up her best book to date with this exhilarating, funny adventure."
|Dust by Joan Frances Turner |
"The undead are given a life cycle of their own, full memories of their living existence and a thorough system of values and ethics, all of which compels readers to regard them not as mere monstrous automatons after your brains, but as creatures remarkably similar to us (it’s a myth, by the way, that zombies eat brains)."
|Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra |
"This Children of the Sea story is entertainment at its finest. The secondary story about the son is a well-done tale of a teenager with more than just the usual coming-of-age problems."
|No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon |
"Kenyon’s gift for layered characterization invests readers quickly in the trials and tribulations of all her protagonists. Half the fun of a Kenyon novel is discovering what new curveball she is going to throw!"
|Chains of Fire by Christina Dodd |
"The rocky relationship between two of the Chosen Ones reignites in this next chapter in Dodd’s mystical series."
|Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley |
"Her newest hero is a sexy and irreverent charmer, just what’s needed to shake up the set-in-her-ways heroine."
|Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast |
"Here’s a story about deep love and deep hate, and all of the complications of both."
|An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire |
"[T]his is an entertaining read that fans of the series will definitely enjoy — the rose goblin has an expanded role and there are several fascinating revelations."
|Riding the Night by Jaci Burton |
"Burton stands out in this genre not only because she can write super-steamy sex scenes but because her plots, characters and subplots are engagingly complex."
|I Spy A Naughty Game by Jo Davis |
"Action-suspense meets explicit sex in this continuation of Davis’ I Spy series. It’s as if your favorite government agent anti-terrorist TV show was X-rated."
|Forbidden by Christina Phillips |
"Set in the time of the Roman Empire, Phillips’ wonderful story of the romance between a Roman soldier and a Celt is more than entertaining."
Sci Fi /Fantasy
|Cold Magic by Kate Elliott |
"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer’s favorite."
|Veil of Shadows by Shiloh Walker |
"Walker is an expert storyteller who builds this story with layers of passion, betrayal and menace!"
|The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass |
"Glass’ novel eloquently explores the variety of choices life often presents us with, and the resulting intended and unintended consequences."
|Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell |
"The details from the life of Mary Shelley and her classic horror novel, Frankenstein, add depth and richness to Rendell’s story that explores ambition and the dark side of science."
|Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner |
"Meissner has an ability to mesh a present-day story with a parallel one in the past, creating a fascinating look at two lives where each tale is enhanced by the other."
|The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan |
"The Miracle of Mercy Land asks readers to consider how they would change parts of their lives they aren’t happy with, if they had the opportunity to do so."
|Firelight by Sophie Jordan |
"Jordan executes a refreshing and exciting tale of forbidden supernatural love and desire."
|The Duff by Kody Keplinger |
"This for-more-mature-teens novel deftly illustrates how even consensual sex can be emotionally destructive, and captures thoughts about self-image and the many different types of relationships."
|Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan |
"Nastasya fights so hard to keep sorrow from her life, using sarcasm to hide, but in time the readers are gliding along by her side, relishing the tale."
|Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin |
"Werlin’s themes include abusive relationships, religious tolerance and the intricacies of female friendship. A heartbreaking story of the difference between being ordinary and Extraordinary."