So, first, I have to talk about my crack - I mean "Amazon" - habit. I preordered a set of books that I knew were coming out this spring. Then I found out that Amazon has been fucking over their publishers and authors by jumping the official release date by as much as two weeks. While this drives more consumers to the site, it drives the first-week-release numbers down because those pre-shipped books don't count towards things like the New York Times's Bestseller list. So, I got my March 6th book a whole two weeks early, and cried a little at what my/our weakness for Amazon has done to the author. Yes, I will be buying a second book on March 6th as penance and donating it to the library. ::sigh::
And on with the show...
The basic plot is that Verity Price is a woman who was raised in monster self-defense as well as monster civil rights, but she would rather be a professional ballroom dancer. In pursuit of her American dream, she has taken herself off to New York to seek her fame and fortune. Unfortunately, a cute-but-straightlaced male member of a historical monster hit squad (The Covenant) shows up in town just as some of the nicer monsters start disappearing. Tempers flare, knives fly, and everything promptly goes sideways as both of them realize something is Very Wrong Here.
That said, the book was fun. It was funny, cute, smart-alecky, and had great lines to quote out of context. For example: "Parthegenesis means never having your Mom say stop that or you'll go blind." The book had a huge cast of really interesting characters, about all of which I want to know more. It had a typical I'm-right-you'll-see relationship between the two main characters, and that was ok because we knew that was the relationship vehicle from the beginning. We had the know-it-all best girlfriend, the sudden-yet-inevitable betrayal, the sniggering cad, the resilient sidekick, the surprise "you knew?" moment, and most of the other tropes that make this kind of book So Much FUN.
If you were looking for deep reading... keep looking. If you were looking for a good romp across the roofs and through the sewers of Manhatten, then this is your book.
I picked it up because: I've been eagerly anticipating this release for half a year!
I'd recommend it to: fans of Kate Daniels and early Anita Blake, and people who like mouthy chicks with guns.
New-to-me Books for 2012
House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan, YA fantasy. 282 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey, Fantasy. 404 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 2/5 stars on Goodreads (2 = "it was OK"), 3/5 stars on Amazon (3 = "it was OK"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, Urban fantasy. 336 pages; paperback; first in the series. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); going to keep it around and loan it to friends
Hexed edited by uncredited, listed under the first author, Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, 326 pages. Paperback; anthology of four novellas. 3/5 stars on Goodreads, 4/5 stars on Amazon; going to loan it to friends who like Kate Daniels, then likely give it away.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. YA Fantasy, 335 pages. Hardback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Stormwalker, by Allyson James. Urban Fantasy, 330 pages. Paperback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. YA Fantasy, 423 pages. Hardback, stand-alone. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole. Urban Fantasy... sort of... 382 pages. Paperback, first in the series. [4/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, fantasy. 672 pages. Paperback; first in the series.[4/5 on Goodreads] Borrowed.
Westward Weird edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes. Hell-if-I-know, 302 pages. Paperback, anthology. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Discount Armageddon, by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy, 360 pages. Paperback; first in the series. Keeping it for now.