Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Booyah Books! The OMG, It's Already May Edition

 The lovely Lisa from is here again with another edition of Booyah Books, highlights from her month of reading. If you have not checked out her site,  
The Novel Approach yet, you certainly should.

It’s hard to believe another month has passed, yet here we are at the end of May, rocketing into June, and ready to kick off another summer of warm days, vacations, and shiny new reads.
I had the privilege of participating in the Hop Against Homophobia earlier in the month, which, if I can gauge by the number of authors, publishers, and bloggers who joined in, as well as the huge number of readers who hopped around, leaving comments on the stories and posts that touched them, it was well received.
It was a terrific month of reading, too, with a few much-anticipated sequels being released in some of my favorite series, and they all delivered in a huge, huge way. So, without further ado, here are my picks for this month’s installment of Booyah Books.

Are there any Ty Grady and Zane Garrett fans here? ::raises hand:: Yeah, I'm saying it loud and saying it proud--I LOVE THEM. They give me anxiety, in a shut-up-and-just-love-each-other kind of way. Well, I got my wish in Armed & Dangerous, the latest installment in the "Cut & Run" series. Abigail Roux has taken over the reins and is flying solo and has performed brilliantly, finally, finally getting this couple from point A to point I-don't-want-to-live-without-you. And lemme tell you, if they hadn't done it sooner rather than later, I was going to buy them a map and two new hands so they could both find their own behinds and give themselves a good kick in the arse for the trouble. This is mushy Ty and mushy Zane, some incredibly hot sex, and Julian Cross. If you haven't read Warrior's Cross yet, read it before you pick up Armed & Dangerous, because you absolutely must know Julian. He's to die for, seriously, and he figures prominently in Ty and Zane's latest assignment. Filled with lots of action and double crossing and fantastic dialogue, as well as watching Julian and Ty outwitting each other at every turn, this was definitely worth the price of admission.
Buy Armed & Dangerous HERE.

My next pick is Andrea Speed's Infected: Shift, and I've got to say, right here and right now, I think this series just keeps getting better and better. Andrea rocked this one out of the ballpark, with two separate mysteries, each strongly paced and plotted, which are interconnected by the ongoing evolution of Virus Child, Roan McKichan, and his on again/off again relationship with his desire to live. The love of his life may be gone, but he's not forgotten, and is so ingrained into Roan's very being that Paris acts as Roan's conscience/subconscious, and God, does Roan need him. But he needs his new love Dylan, too, and he needs Holden and Fiona, and an entire hockey team that has become a part of Roan's life. He needs them to remind him that he has so much to live for--that is, as long as the virus that causes him to "lion out" doesn't take that choice away from him.
This is wicked good Urban Fantasy and I, for one, cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Buy Infected: Shift HERE.

I'm having a deeply intimate and public love affair with Carole Cummings' "Wolf's-own" series, and the third installment, Koan, was nothing short of brilliant. The series takes a shift in this book, following Fen Jacin on the beginning of his journey to fulfill a destiny for which Fate has groomed him across lifetimes. Jacin is pain; he is anger; he has been betrayed and manipulated and used and now, now he must come to terms with who he was, who he is, and who he will become.
This is a series of belonging and of finding the someone who becomes the someplace that becomes safety and security and unconditional love and acceptance. It becomes a journey of fear and choices, and gain and forfeit. This is utterly incomparable fantasy set in a world where immortals, mortals, the gods, and magic intermingle to create an epic saga that is a feast for the reader who loves symbolism and looking beneath the surface of the written word to what lies beyond the obvious.
Every word I write about the books in this series is a love letter, and Incendiary, the fourth and final book in the series, will end up right here when it's released, I'm sure of it.
Buy Koan HERE.

My final book this month is the first in a new series by Jordan Castillo Price called Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory. Daniel Schroeder lives in a world where dreams and fantasies can be bought for the right price. A mnem is a memory that isn’t designed to last; it’s designed to be a mnevermind, like a story that the subject writes with a beginning, middle, and end that a sherpa like Daniel is paid to orchestrate. He’s a tour guide of the subliminal who enters the mnem, doesn’t interact with the subject or manipulate the illusion, but is there to make sure it comes to a safe and satisfying conclusion. The routine is so familiar to Daniel that he could pretty much do the job with his eyes closed; there aren’t many surprises, until the day he enters a mnem and meets a man in black who is tangible and sentient and becomes a part of Daniel’s existence.
Elijah Crowe is that man and he is an enigma. He’s able to be where he shouldn’t be, and he becomes a near obsession for Daniel. They relate to each other on a visceral level in their fantasy world, where they talk and touch and kiss, then Elijah disappears and leaves Daniel to decipher the puzzle of who he is and leaves him determined to find his man in black in the real world. When he does, though, Elijah is nowhere near the same sexy and confident man he is within the mnems he prowls.
Mnevermind 1: Persistence of Memory is just the beginning of the mnem, so don’t expect a tidy middle or end to this chapter in the series or you’ll definitely be disappointed. Just expect an outstanding story from an author whose imagination shines brilliantly, and you’ll get exactly what you’ve paid for. The only reason I was disappointed when this book ended was because I knew I was going to have to wait for Daniel and Elijah’s complicated connection to tease out.
Buy Mnevermind HERE.
And that's it for this month's installment of Booyah Books! Until next month, happy reading!

3 comments:

  1. Oh!, these are some very nice picks. I have 3 of the 4 book you listed but sadly I haven't found time to read them all yet.

    Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are awesome and so are Julian and Cameron =D I'm so looking forward to the next installment in the Cut and Run series that hopefully be out on time in August.

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    1. I cannot wait until Stars & Stripes comes out! I'm such a huge Ty and Zane fan and am so glad that Abigail decided to carry on the series on her own when Madeleine retired.

      Julian and Cam are just as fabulous as always, and you know what? I'd love to see them both make another appearance in the series. :)

      Lisa

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  2. Loved Mnevermind and am looking forward to future installments. Just finished Infected: Bloodlines. *blots eyes*

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