Book Giveaway: Assassin’s Creed 1-3!

Courtesy of Titan Books, I have a copy of Assassin’s Creed 1: Desmond Assassin’s Creed 2: Aquilus and Assassin’s Creed 3: Accipiter by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 11. I’ll draw a name on January 12, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: Dearly, Beloved

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

Synopsis:
Can the living coexist with the living dead? That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

Review:
Nora and Bram are the zombie equivalent to Twilight’s Bella and Edward. Putting aside the “ick” factor every time they caress or kiss, this was a highly enjoyable read. I’m sorry, but there’s no way to make a rotting zombie attractive to me.

I haven’t read the first in the series (Dearly, Departed), but I had no problem jumping into the story. Though some of the minor characters’ motivations would have made a bit more sense, I’m sure. But the premise of living side-by-side thinking and reasoning zombies – as well as the prejudices– is a fascinating take on the popular genre. Blending romance, zombie horror, and alternative history – this was a unique and surprising story with plenty of adventure and suspense.

Cold Fury Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

A special, two-for-one cover reveal… Cold Fury, by T.M. Goeglein, has been redesigned, as well as the second installment in the Cold Fury trilogy… Flicker & Burn!

Cold Fury in paperback will be released in June 2013…and Flicker & Burn comes roaring onto the scene in August 2013!

Synopsis:
The thrill ride that began in Cold Fury kicks into high gear in Flicker & Burn, as the threats to Sara Jane Rispoli come at her from all directions. She continues the desperate search for her missing family, but this time she’s on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and ghostly white skin chasing her through the streets of Chicago in black ice cream trucks – they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re skeletal and ferocious, hell-bent on catching or killing her, but also a weird link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them.

While Sara Jane battles these new pursuers, she learns painful lessons about the phenomenon that possesses her, cold fury. At the same time, she’s uncovering buried secrets about the misdeeds of her family – old murders and blood vendettas – that might be connected to the disappearance of her mom, dad, and brother. The mysteries, violence, and constant state of chasing or being chased could be the undoing of her relationship with handsome Max Kissberg. Despite the love growing between them, Sara Jane can’t tell him the truth about her life, and fears for his safety.

Not only do the Ice Cream Creatures display the grisly amputated finger of her mom to prove their viciousness, and not only does Lucky, the Outfit Boss of Bosses, whistle in Sara Jane for a sit-down with deadly consequences, but her gorgeous cousin, Heather Richards, enters the scene, as well. All that matters to Sara Jane is saving her family and keeping everyone she loves alive and safe. But the forces she encounters, both external and the ones crackling inside of her, fight her every step of the way.

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Courtesy of the author, an ARC of Flicker & Burn by T.M. Goeglein will be given away to one (1) lucky winner as soon as it’s available!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 4. I’ll draw a name on January 5, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: London Eye

London Eye by Tim Lebbon

Synopsis:
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends—some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday—know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London—and it is incredible.

Because the handful of London’s survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving. Upon discovering that his mother is still alive inside London, Jack, his sister, and their three friends sneak into a city in ruins. Vast swathes have been bombed flat. Choppers cruise the streets, looking for survivors to experiment upon. The toxic city is filled with wonders and dangers that will challenge Jack and his friends… and perhaps kill them. But Jack knows that the truth must be revealed to the outside world or every survivor will die.

Review:
Jack and his friends are a self-made family of young adults. When Jack and his sister decide to track down their mother in the dangerous and forbidden London, his friends don’t think twice about going along – even the one girl who still has family safe on the outside. Lebbon’s post-apocalyptic London is a foreign, wild place – with feral animals, mutant humans with little control, and a malevolent crew with orders to capture and experiment on the mutants.

Fast-paced and full of adventure and mystery, fans of dystopian scifi will certainly want to check out this new series. The setting is creepy and dangerous and the characters are engaging. I really enjoyed this dark and intense start to a promising new series.

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