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The Taste of Night

Been awhile since I've done one of these quicky reviews, hasn't it? (Ok, less "review" and more "my ego requires me to randomly spurt opinions other people likely don't care about" but that's too long to type out each time, even if it's more honest.)

Several months ago, I read Vicki Pettersson's The Scent of Shadows and loved it. I immediately ran out and got the second one and then let it sit in my TBR box unread. See, I have this tendancy to save books I'm really anticipating until I "need" them, either because I've just read something so awful I'm desperate to get rid of the aftertaste, or because I've read so many mediocre books in a row I've forgotten why I get excited about reading. I was excited over this series, so I figured I'd hold off on book 2 for awhile.

Some nine months later, calico_reaction posted her own review of The Scent of Shadows and it reminded of all the reasons I'd enjoyed reading it so very much. And I decided to screw with my reading queue so I could get through book 2 and then sit and bask in the afterglow.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, feel free to take a peek at either of the reviews linked above. calico_reaction's has spoilers, genrereviews's does not. Book two picks up more or less where book 1 left off, with Jo hiding in plain sight, straddled somewhere between light and dark due both to her lineage and her nature.

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Child of a Dead God

I (finally) finished reading Barb and JC Hendee's Child of a Dead God this week, but decided against reviewing it on genrereviews because it's the sixth book in the series, doesn't stand well on its own, and gives major spoilers for a series full of mystery and slow reveals. I know there's at least one person who wants to hear my thoughts on the book, though, so I'm giving a mini-breakdown here. I'm assuming anyone interested has at least some idea of what the book/series is about, so I'll skip any attempt at plot summary.

(If you don't know anything about the books, I do recommend checking them out. D&D-style high fantasy involving vampires? Awesome. sarlias reviewed the first one, Dhampir, over here.)

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What I'm reading now

My count for science fiction reviews over at genrereviews is dipping a little low, so that's what I was supposed to be reading this weekend. I even had a shiny new copy of Endgame, but as it turns out, that's the fifth book in the series, and even 50 pages in I have absolutely no clue what's going on. Publishers, take note: if the latest offering in the series doesn't work as a standalone novel, mark on the cover that this is part of a series, kthxpls. If a book looks interesting enough, I have no issues hunting down a copy of book one. However, having spent my money on book 5 already, now I'm annoyed and don't really want to be spending the extra time and money it will cost to dig up the rest of the series. Why yes, I am petty like that.

So instead I devoured the Kelley Armstrong novel that's been sitting, patiently waiting for me to have a chance to get around to it. I'm not going to write out a full review for a number of reasons, but if anyone really cares, random thoughts behind the cut.

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Lately I've been doing a bit of hunting for YA sf, actually. With the recent success of Twilight, there seems to be no shortage of dark fantasy and horror clogging up the YA section, and my TBR stack reflects that. I have no science fiction for teens, though, and my mad powers of search on the interwebs seem to indicate that's because there isn't much of it out there right now. Which makes me very sad. I did manage to find a book or two during my last trek to the library, but if any of you have recommendations for YA sf, please let me know. (Vampires and zombies need not apply.)