Hi, everyone! I have several books for you guys this week (All links for books and authors are to Goodreads, descriptions are from Amazon, click the book covers to go to the Amazon.com page for the book)
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
I picked up an ARC of this book at BEA in 2011, but even though I heard good things I never cracked it open. When I got the e-mail from Audiofile offering this as the free download of the week, I didn’t hesitate to download it. I’m about halfway through this and I love it. The woman reading this book is great, and her accents are perfect, her voice for each character is unique!
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.
No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
I’ll admit, I still haven’t gotten around to reading book #5 in this series, Drink Deep. I’m still a bit irritated that she killed off my favorite character. But I see that she’s fixed that from leafing through both books four and five (since I don’t care about spoilers), now I just have to find time to catch up with this series.
It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.
As soon as this book showed up on my doorstop on Tuesday, I just wanted to tear right into it. But I had two books ahead of it in my pile–and it’s taunting me, teasing me, daring me to read it right now. I loved Anna Dressed In Blood, so much so that I downloaded the audiobook from Audiofile Magazine earlier this summer just like I did Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I wasn’t a big fan of the guy they had reading the book, his accents were kind of lame to me, and this was the first audiobook I’d ever listened to, but I really wanted to revisit this story before I picked up book two. So I perservered and listened while I worked, thankful that I didn’t try to listen to it on the train or while I was sitting still.
What’s in your mailbox this week? Any audiobook suggestions with lively narrators?