This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I keep track!
The Mage in Black (Sabine Kane 2) - Jaye Wells
Publisher: UK - Orbit (April 2010)
Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back.
Having just finished the first Sabine Kane book, Red-Headed Stepchild, I want to find out how Sabine does with the Mage side of her family and what gets up to next!
Bite Marks (Jaz Parks 6) - Jennifer Rardin
Publisher: UK - Orbit (April 2010)
Jaz is possessed. After biting the neck of a domyter during a forced visit to his territory, she now has unwelcome voices in her head. While fighting for supremacy in her own mind, she finds herself confronted with a near-impossible task: perform perfectly on her next mission or face the unemployment line. This goal wouldn't be unreasonable, except that her newest target, the leader of a security software firm, plans on transporting a boatload of gnome larvae into NASA's deep space communication complex. Why gnomes? Let's just say that their god is a little peeved with humanity and plans on the usual: total annihilation. Joining Jaz and Vayl are their old buddies Cole, Bergman, Cassandra and Jack the malamute, each of whom has his or her own agenda. Between Cassandra's curse, Jaz's literally mental personal demons, and a host of angry gnomes, this mission is definitely going to be more complicated than any that have come before.
I've really enjoyed Jaz Parks series- more action, than thought-provoking with Jaz and pals rushing round saving the world in true CIA style - kind of like a supernatural Mission Impossible. Not that there isn't strong character growth and change through the series - as well as some very amusing moments. Hopefully Bite Marks will keep up the tradition!
Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Publisher: UK - Hodder (Paperback Out now October 2010)
In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means. Eddie's world wasn't always like this. There's evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion. Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk.
I'm a long term Jasper Fforde fan so I've been anxiously waiting for Shades of Grey to come out in paperback and it does in October! His Thursday Next books are so clever and love the Nursery Crimes series as well. Really excited about this book!