It feels as though the first half of 2012 has just raced past. Seriously. But on the other hand, July releases – yay! And gosh, these are good ones.
Kalayna Price‘s GRAVE MEMORY (urban fantasy): This is the third book in the Alex Craft books, and I’m hoping it’ll be just as good as the previous ones. While we’re on the subject of Kalayna Price, I finally picked up her other series after resisting for a very long time (I’ve been feeling burnt out on shapeshifters and vampires) and well, I’m kinda hooked. On paper, the Haven books sound like a complete mishmash of everything popular in UF – apart from the previously-mentioned shapeshifters and vampires, you also have mages and demons, portals, other worlds etc etc – but she makes it work. It’s addictive. Sorry.
Anyway, back to GRAVE MEMORY, here’s the back cover blurb:
When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.
But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…
Out now (book page)
Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan‘s TEAM HUMAN (YA urban fantasy): It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a massive fan of SRB’s books – her writing is laugh-out-loud funny (as is her blog), her characters have heart, and she just tells plain good stories. So it’s a given that I’m getting her collaboration with Justine Larbalestier, and what promises to be a unique take on vampires in the YA genre.
Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
Out now (excerpt)
Kelley Armstrong‘s THIRTEEN (urban fantasy): The FINAL book in her Women of the Otherworld trilogy. Yes, that deserves capitals. This was one of the very first UF series I started reading way back then. This was when UF had yet to become mainstream – heck, I’m not sure if the term “urban fantasy” had yet been coined – and way before I started blogging. I haven’t loved all the books in the series, but quite a few have made it onto my keeper shelf. However, I do have a slight peeve with this release – only the hardcover has a bonus story, which means I’ll be waiting for my library reservation to come in.
A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.
Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.
Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-not-forgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.
Out July 24 (book page)
Ilona Andrews‘ GUNMETAL MAGIC (urban fantasy): I’ve realised it’s urban fantasy all the way for me this month. It’s obviously one of those months. So this isn’t quite a Kate & Curran book, but let’s face it – Andrea and Raphael are almost quite as fascinating. Perhaps even slightly more fascinating, as they’re both grappling with that unresolved sexual tension thing. I’m looking forward to reading their story.
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.
When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea’s former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate … and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world…
Out July 31 (excerpt)