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Staff Top Picks: July 2008

Announcing the Debut
PNR Staff Top Picks for July 08


July 08 Top Read

HIDDEN by Eve Kenin

(Northern Waste Book 2)

Dorchester Shomi

July 1, 2008

ISBN: #0505527618

EAN #9780505527615

352 pages


Synopsis: Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody's mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can't be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too-including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Leslie says:I had not thought that DRIVEN could be topped, but with HIDDEN the author has done just that. HIDDEN has earned a place of its own on the keeper shelf, making Eve Kenin a "must buy" author. This is storytelling at its best. Ms. Kenin is a pro at generating edgy suspense and building relationships; pulling the reader in and making them care about her gutsy protagonists and the state of their world. Tristan and Tatiana are unbelievable strong and determined but at the same time vulnerable and compassionate, in other words - human. The emotional relationship between them develops rapidly, perhaps a necessity in a world where surviving to see another day is an uncertainty, but wholly believable. Their courage in the face of what appear to be insurmountable odds is awe inspiring. A highly recommended tale, not to be missed!”

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Leslie also recommends:

May 25, 2008: Moonstruck by Susan Grant

May 27, 2008: With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland

February 26, 2008: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

February 26, 2008: Dragonborn by Jade Lee

February 26, 2008: Netherwood by Michele Lang

January 2, 2008: The Mage's Daughter by Lynn Kurland

January 29, 2008: Twist by Colby Hodge

January 1, 2008: Time Transit by Kay Austin


July 08 Top Read

NIGHT CHILD by Jes Bettis

(Occult Investigator, Book 1)

Ace Books

May 27, 2008

ISBN: #0441016022

EAN #9780441016020

304 pages


Synopsis: For occult investigator Tess Corday, the evidence can be out of this world.

What would a vampire courtroom look like? How do you test a demon's DNA? Tess Corday answers these questions as an OSI (Occult Special Investigator) working in the city of Vancouver. Using a mixture of cutting-edge forensics technology and old-fashioned magic, Tess solves all manner of violent crimes within the supernatural community. If someone unlawfully kills a goblin or a warlock (and there are plenty in the seedier districts of town), she gets the call. But when a routine murder investigation leads Tess to a thirteen-year-old girl named Mia Polanski, her life is plunged into chaos. Mia is trapped in the middle of a turf-war between vampires and necromancers, and as she struggles to protect the innocent girl, Tess finds herself getting closer each second to a conspiracy that could rock the mystical world. All she has to do is stay alive. But first she needs to unravel the mystery of the NIGHT CHILD.

Dee says: "This story works on so many levels. Jes Battis has captured the essence of his characters; they are fairly living and breathing to the reader. Lovers of paranormal and urban fantasy will revel in the dark and dangerous world the author has created. A captivating start to an awesome new series.

Book Info:

Dee also recommends:

July 29, 2008: Lord of the Dark by Dawn Thompson

June 3, 2008: Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

February 1, 2008: Death By Ploot Ploot by Dara Joy

February 20, 2008: Battered Not Broken by Celia Kyle

December 1, 2007: Sexy Devil by Sasha White

October 30, 2007: The Road to Hell by Jackie Kessler


July Top Read

HOTTER THAN HELL by Jackie Kessler

(Hell On Earth: Book 3)

Kensington Zebra

July 29, 2008

ISBN: #0821781049

EAN #9780821781043

304 pages


Synopsis: In HELL'S BELLES and THE ROAD TO HELL, Jackie Kessler brought readers into an unforgettable Underworld populated by alluring demons and sexy devils. Now Daunuan, the most irresistible incubus of all, is facing one Hell of a challenge... So whose soul do you have to damn to get a promotion around here?

Daunuan was never the ambitious type. There's so much to love about his job just the way it is--mind-blowing sexual prowess, the power to seduce any human, excellent dental plan. But now Pan, the King of Lust, has offered to make Daun his right-hand incubus--a position other demons would give their left horn for. All he has to do is entice a soul destined for heaven into a damnable act of lust. Should take, oh, seven minutes, tops.

Then he meets his target, Virginia Reed. She's cute. Funny. Smart. Unfathomably resistant to his charms. He can't understand it. But Daun has centuries of seduction to his credit. He's the best there is. Sooner or later he'll transform this polar icecap of a female into a pool of molten desire, and every instinct tells him she'll be worth the effort.

Meanwhile, he has to deal with a plague of rogue demons Hell-bent on taking him down, sent by an unknown enemy with a serious grudge. And one other problem: the dawning realization that he's falling in love--that unholiest of four-letter words--with the woman he's about to doom for all eternity...

Mippy says: “Ms. Kessler has penned, in my opinion, the best book of the Hell on Earth series to date. Daunuan is forced to face many things about himself that he'd rather avoid all together. Between his budding relationship with the very closed and cautious, Vee, and his feelings for the ex- succubus Jezebel, we are given a deeper insight to Daun than we have yet to see since meeting the incubus. This book is filled with Kessler's characteristic witty dialogue, fantastic quirky characters, and an emotional depth not seen in the prior books. The story grabs hold of you from page one and demands your attention. This is one of those rare books that I found myself literally laughing out loud at Daun's antics. Ms. Kessler really has outdone herself this time around and has given readers a real treat with a book that is not only heartfelt and engaging but one that is also a sensuous and adventurous tale. Kessler clearly is staking her claim in the urban fantasy genre as an author that is here to stay -- and we're only too glad to have her.

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Mippy also recommends:

July 1, 2008: Twilight Fall by Lynn Viehl

June 24, 2008: Undead and Unworthy by MaryJanice Davidson

May 6, 20008: From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

May 1, 2008: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

May 6, 2008: Because Your Vampire Said So by Michele Bardsley

May 6, 2008: Playing With Fire by Katie MacAlister

April 1, 2008: Rogue by Rachel Vincent

April 10, 2008: Frostbite by Richelle Mead *YA*

March 25, 2008: Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong

March 1, 2008: Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd

March 4, 2008: Timeless Moon by CT Adams & Cathy Clamp

March 11, 2008: Staked by J.F. Lewis

February 26, 2008: Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

February 26, 2008: Vampire, Interrupted by Lynsay Sands

February 26, 2008: The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

February 5, 2008: The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy

February 11, 2008: Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin

February 5, 2008: Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

January 8, 2008: A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

January 2, 2008: Sucker Bet by Erin McCarthy

January 2, 2008: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

January 2, 2008: Elijah by Jacquelyn Frank

January 29, 2008: Vampires Are Forever by Lynsay Sands

Oldies but Goodies:

December 26, 2007: The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands

November 27, 2007: The Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair

November 2007: Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

October 2, 2007: Betrayed by PC Cast & Kristin Cast *YA*

February 27, 2007: Dante's Girl by Natasha Rhodes


July 08 Top Read


(Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 6)

Signet Eclipse

June 3, 2008

ISBN: #0451222725

EAN #9780451222725

521 pages


Synopsis: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.

Stephanie says: “Lover Enshrined is the story of Phury and Cormia and is a must read for any JR Ward fan. In true Ward style the Brother's always have your back and this book is no exception.”

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Stephanie also recommends:

June 16, 2008: Time For Clocks & Demons by Anthony Stevens

May 25, 2008: Interplanetary Passion by Jaden Sinclair

May 20, 2008: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

May 5, 2008: New Ickford Manor by Anthony Stevens

April 15, 2008: Claiming Their Mate by Paige McKellan
April 1, 2008:
Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

March 28, 2008: Stefan's Mark by Jaden Sinclair

March 20, 2008: Demon’s Torment by Rachel D. Thompson

March 5, 2008: Golden Eyes by Maya Banks

February 26, 2008: Predatory Game by Christine Feehan

February 20, 2008: Battered Not Broken by Celia Kyle

February 16, 2008: Captive of Desire by Jaden Sinclair
February 5, 2008:
Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

February 5, 2008: Into the Mist by Maya Banks

January 30, 2008: Stone and Earth by Cindy Spencer Pape



Blogger Leslie T said...

I hope every one has enjoyed the Staff's top reads. This will be a monthly feature, hopefully helping to build your TBR stack one book at a time.

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