|October 31, 2011|
Happy Halloween! The end of October means costumes and candy and all things spooky, but it also means books! Last year, Neil Gaiman had the idea that in addition to giving candy, book lovers should also give a scary book to someone. As book lovers ourselves, we approve. And we have a few scary books from our catalog to suggest.
|All Hallow's Reads|
Spend Halloween in the Vampire Empire! Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, Clay and Susan Griffith's The Greyfriar brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism. The story continues in The Rift Walker.The Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north.
"A vivid, startling, and horrifying depiction of a world where humans no longer sit at the top of the top of the food chain... 4.5 tombstones out of 5." -Bitten by Books
"If you're going to go vampire then I figure go all the way and embrace the fear and cruelty...I loved every minute of it and can't wait for more." -Bookslut
"Are you ready for a fresh vampire book... one that portrays vampires as they should be seen? Are you ready for action, romance and adventure? ...The vampires are violent and frightening... This book is an intense, clever and unique tale packed with intrigue and surprises." -Portland Book Review
For more vampires with fangs, Jasper Kent's Danilov Quintet spans generations of evil in Russia. Twelve begins in 1812 as a last stand against Napoleon's invading army and ends as a fight against an enemy of mankind itself. The saga continues in Thirteen Years Later and The Third Section .
"Kent's sprawling historical horror debut, the first of a quintet, brings blood-gushing brutality back to vampire fiction... the vampires are genuinely scary villains, more vivid than most of the living characters. With no romantic yearning or teen angst in sight, this is just a bloody good tale." -Publishers Weekly
"Readers will enjoy this terrific horror thriller as vampires turn the snow red."
-Midwest Book Review
"Brimming with betrayals and violence, seductions and patience, this is the series you've been waiting for if you prefer your vampire fiction to be more Bram Stoker than sparkly... These are characters I can't bear to leave behind, in a place I don't want to leave." -The Little Red Reviewer
"Manages to weave military history and chilling, paranormal horror into an engaging tale."-Library Journal
Experience a tale of Victorian ghosts and demons in Michaele Jordan's Mirror Maze.
Jacob Aldridge is being stalked by a demon, a succubus-like entity that feeds on human pain and desire. His family grow entangled with the demon as they try to free him-- and themselves.
"A blend of old fashioned horror, some mild romance, and a bit of occult adventure, all nicely wrapped together. This is a very impressive first novel." -Critical Mass
For the werewolf lover, M.D. Lachlan's Wolfsangel
stunning multivolume fantasy epic that will take a werewolf from his beginnings as the heir to a brutal Viking king down through the ages. Fenrir
powers forward into new territories of bloody horror, unlikely heroism, dangerous religion, and breathtaking action.
"Sent chills down my spine. Dark, bloody, and dangerous." -Stephen Deas
It's the end of the world as we know it. In World's End,the Age of Misrule has dawned. Mark Chadbourn's group of misfit heroes travel a Britain changed beyond recognition as things go from bad to worse in Darkest Hour. And in Always Forever, the modern world has been transformed into a land of myth. Mankind's days appear numbered. Our only hope--the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons.
"A sumptuous feast of fairytale, magic, dark gothic horror and romance." -The Times
For the younger reader on your All Hallow's list, K.D. McEntire's Lightbringer is a YA urban fantasy/romance set in a world a breath away from our own.
Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on-but she does not seek them out. They seek her. They yearn for her . . . or what she can do for them. Without Wendy's powers, the Lost, the souls that have died unnaturally young, are doomed to wander in the never forever, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the light.
Each soul costs Wendy, delivering too many souls would be deadly, and yet she is driven to patrol, dropping everyone in her life but her best friend, Eddie--who wants to be more than friends--until she meets Piotr.
Piotr, the first Rider and guardian of the Lost, whose memory of his decades in the never, a world that the living never see, has faded away. With his old-fashioned charms, and haunted kindness, he understands Wendy in ways no one living ever could, yet Wendy is hiding that she can do more than exist in the never. Wendy is falling for a boy who she may have to send into the light.
But there are darker forces looking for the Lost. Trying to regain the youth and power that the Lost possess, the dark ones feed on the Lost and only Wendy and Piotr can save them--but at what cost?
Similar in tone to Holly Black's Tithe and Kristopher Reisz's Unleashed, Lightbringer tiptoes down the line between love and horror as Wendy discovers herself and the darkest parts of the afterlife.
"Lightbringer's beautiful, haunted world will swallow you up. You'll never escape it; you'll never want to." -Kristopher Reisz, author of Unleashed
"Thrilling, beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking, all at the same time--Lightbringer will haunt you long after you've turned the final page." -Robin Wasserman, author of The Cold Awakening trilogy
That's it for this All Hallow's issue. Have a safe and very happy Halloween! As always, please check out our entire catalog
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