Friday, September 26, 2008

Staff Top Picks: September 2008

PNR Staff Top Picks for September 2008

September 08 Top Read

(Sirantha Jax: Book 2)
by Ann Aguirre

Ace Books
August 26, 2008
ISBN #0441016278
EAN #9780441016273
320 pages

Synopsis: Sirantha Jax doesn't take chances...she jumps at them...
Sirantha Jax is a "Jumper," a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word's out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled-which means that Jax is out of a job.
She's also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate.
But Jax's payday is light years away. First, she'll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She'll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive...

Leslie says: “I love the way Ann Aquirre puts the reader inside of each character giving a better understanding of their motivations and their angst. It’s impossible not to care about each and every one of them, even when their emotions are covered by sarcasm and bravado….WANDERLUST is an action packed, engrossing and addictive science fiction thrill ride that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat waiting for the next fix. I want a t-shirt that says, “Jax is addicted to grimspace, I’m addicted to Jax!”

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Leslie also recommends:
July 29, 2008: COUNTDOWN by Michelle Maddox
August 26, 2008: IMMORTALS: THE REDEEMING by Jennifer Ashley
August 26, 2008: RAZOR GIRL by Marianne Mancusi
August 26, 2008: THE DRAGON EARL by Jade Lee
September 2, 2008: HEART FATE by Robin D. Owens

September 08 Top Read

The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
by J. R. Ward

October 7, 2008
ISBN #0451225007
EAN #9780451225009
384 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward delivers a behind-the-scenes look at her “to die for”( Publishers Weekly) Black Dagger Brotherhood series — and a brand-new short story starring Zsadist and Bella.
This is a book no Black Dagger Brotherhood fan should miss — an insider’s guide that will seduce readers as powerfully as the sexy band of Brothers and the world they live in. And also included is an original short story about stars Zsadist and Bella!
This comprehensive guide features insider information on the Brotherhood, their dossiers, stats, and special gifts. Readers will savor interviews with their favorite characters, deleted scenes, exciting material from the J.R. Ward message board and the answers to their burning questions. They’ll learn what it’s like for J.R. Ward to write each installment of the series, and in a fascinating twist, read an interview with the author—conducted by the Brothers. Plus readers will get a sneak peek at the much anticipated next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Avenged.

Dee says: “This is just the thing to tide fans of this phenomenal series over until Rhev’s story, Lover Avenged. Zsadist and Bella’s novella alone is worth buying the book, even if it didn’t have tons of must read insider info!”

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September 08 Top Read

(Dark Swan: Book 1)
by Richelle Mead

Kensington Zebra
August 5, 2008
ISBN #1420100963
EAN #9781420100969
384 pages

Synopsis: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

Mippy says: “If you are looking for a non-stop, action-packed urban fantasy, I think you should definitely give Storm Born a read.”

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Mippy also recommends:
September 23, 2008: UNTAMED: (House of Night: Book 4) by P. C. Cast/Kristin Cast
September 16, 2008: FAEFEVER: (Fever: Book 3) by Karen Marie Moning
May 27, 2008: DAMIEN: (Nightwalkers: Book 4) by Jacquelyn Franks
October 2, 2007: MINE TILL MIDNIGHT: (The Hathaways: Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas (Historical Romance – Regency)

September 08 Top Read

(Shifters: Book 2)
by Jaden Sinclair

Amira Press
September 26, 2008
ISBN #1934475963
EAN #9781934475966

Synopsis: She has watched him from afar, thinking of him as her knight in shinning armor, but when her heart gets broken, Skyler Draeger discovers there isn’t much to her fairy tale.
Adrian Laswell made a big mistake one night and it seems an even bigger one when he makes his claim on Skyler. He lets a few months go by before he reappears in her life only to discover that claiming Skyler isn’t going to be as easy as he imagined.
An old saying goes that there is nothing worse than a woman scorned, only a man has no concept of that until he comes face to face with a shifter female. Now the battle of wills is on and a shadow lurks over their shoulders. Can Adrian mend Skyler's broken heart, or will his mistake prevent her from loving him forever?

Stephanie says: “Ms. Sinclair can weave a tale of love, heated passion, humor and intrigue that keeps you going. Her characters are passionate and really draw the reader into the story. The one thing I can guarantee you with a Jaden Sinclair book is a very good time, a very hot and steamy good time that is.”

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Blogger Ann Aguirre said...

Thanks so much! I'm very pleased and honored.

September 26, 2008 3:26 PM


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