First off, I know Christmas is over. But Orthodox Christmas is January 7, 2014, so technically it’s still the Christmas season. (Hey, a technicality still counts.)
Anyway. Sometimes even I want to read something sappy and happy and romantic (shocking, right?), so I got my hands on a review copy of the Christmas romance anthology A Christmas to Remember. (So I have to review it now. You know how it goes.)
Aside: I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. Also, I love the holiday season (with the possible exception of the insanely crazy Christmas dinner season). So really, reading a Christmas romance book isn’t that far out of the realm of possibility.
I had posted this on Twitter, but it should go on the blog too.
As of now and for the foreseeable future, I will no longer be doing book reviews on this blog. To be honest, I don’t have the time to do book reviews at the moment. I will still discuss books every now and again (because I’m a geek and books are my thing), but they will not be full reviews. I will hopefully be able to do reviews again in the future (maybe sometime next year). I’ll let you know!
If you’re an author wanting to have your book reviewed, head over to In Case of Survival. My colleagues may have room in their review queues. (If you’re wondering, no, I will not be doing reviews on ICoS either, with the exception of whatever is currently in my queue. I will not be taking more books/review requests at this time.)
Apologies if this affects you. Unfortunately, I need to focus on other things at the moment. (Like the baby I’m incubating.)
Author: Sean Cummings
Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot
Release Date: September 17, 2013 (US/UK); available now in the UK
Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.
After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.
If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.
The Midnight Zone
Author: Elizabeth Delisi
Genre: SF/F Anthology
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
When Cassie buys an antique compact, little does she know it can foretell the future–her future. Marjorie, a Florida girl unwillingly transplanted to Vermont, learns there’s more to fear from the alien snowfall than just the cold. Neil Dallas’s jagged descent from rock and roll singer to drug-addicted has-been is unstoppable . . . or is it?
Travel deep into unknown territory, where life and death are not as they seem; where you have to be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. These stories will take you beyond the realm of the solid and real, into the deepest, darkest corner of your imagination. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight . . .
Scent of Magic
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.
War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible…again.