I’ve had some wonderful book mail over the last few weeks, three review copies and one that I treated myself too. There’s no better post to receive than a book shaped package (even if it does make my husband roll his eyes every time and my bookshelf wonder how it has any more room).
May Day by Josie Jaffrey
It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.
May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.
The author was kind enough to send me an ARC copy of this book after I saw it being talked about on Twitter. I love a good Urban Fantasy story (nice to see Vampires making a bit of a comeback too – they feature in 3 of the books above) I’ve visited Oxford a few times as well so it will be nice to read a book who’s setting I’m somewhat familiar with.
Thanks Josie for sending me a copy.
Grave Secrets by Alice James
Agatha Raisin meets Sookie Stackhouse, with croquet and zombies.
Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent.
All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve. And it’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies.
Oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires too. It can’t be the best decision she’s ever made, but he’s so pretty.
Really, what’s a girl meant to do?
I’m signed up for a blog tour for Grave Secrets later this year. I was completely grabbed by the description and the cover is stunning too.
Thanks to rebellion Publishing for sending me this one.
Love Bites by Ry Herman
Angela likes Chloe. Chloe likes Angela. It should be simple enough – there’s just the small matter of Angela’s aversion to sunlight. And crosses. And mirrors . . .
In 1998, Angela was a smart, gothy astronomy student - until her then-girlfriend accidentally turned her into a vampire. A year later, she divides her time between her post-graduate degree (working on it in a dark, basement room, and only at night) and controlling her need for human blood.
Then she meets lonely but wryly humorous slush-pile reader Chloe, who’s battling demons of her own. Chloe’s anxiety and depression can make it hard for her to leave the house, while memories of her ex haunt her at night.
As sparks fly and romance blooms, Angela and Chloe struggle to hide their difficulties from each other – but sometimes the only way out is to let someone else in.
This is a refreshing take on Vampire dating with all the classic Vampire tropes – garlic, no reflection, drinks blood, dies in sunlight etc. A tale of adjusting to Vampire life and maybe dating too, this is a fun read with dark moments. I’m part of a blog tour for this book in July so look out for my full review then.
Thanks to Jo Fletcher books for sending me a copy.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
I’ve recently discovered Rachel Caine’s work through the ‘Honors’ series she co-authored with Ann Aguire. I couldn’t resist buying this one when I found it – looking forward to starting a new series that I can just work my way through.