Darkeva’s Top 5 UF Picks for February 2011

It’s February, readers, and it’s cold (for most of us anyway ;-)), so here are 5 of my top picks for this month that you can bundle up with.

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
Feb 22

Plot Summary (from Goodreads.com): Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after. Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passanger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.
A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana G. Oliver
Feb 1

Plot Summary (from Goodreads.com): Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen. But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex) by Caitlin Kittredge
Feb 22

Plot Summary(from Goodreads.com): In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical — born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way — every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Dead Waters by Anton Strout
Feb 22

Plot Summary (from Amazon.com): The fourth book in the Simon Canderous series. Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it’s making some people crazy. Literally.

Darkeva’s Notes: I have yet to get into this series, but I’ve heard great things from Simon R. Green fans, so I think I’ll start with the first book. Also, doesn’t the guy on the cover look like David Beckham? Kinda cute :-)

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5) by Jeaniene Frost Feb 22

Plot Summary(from Goodreads.com): Danger waits on both sides of the grave. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . . With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumours abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Darkeva’s Notes: I know, I know, most of you are gunning for Bones, and don’t get me wrong, he’s an interesting guy, but I’m gunning for Marie Laveau. I thought that Ms. Frost handled her…differently in “Destined for an Early Grave” so that’s what I’m most looking forward to.

What’s everyone else really antsy for? I know the Harrison and Frost fans have been gearing up for a major *squee* session, and many people are looking forward to the return of Trent in The Hollows series, and of course, the previously mentioned Bones in the Night Huntress series, but Lovecraft fans will be in for a treat with Kittredge’s newest offering, I should think :-)

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4 thoughts on “Darkeva’s Top 5 UF Picks for February 2011”

    1. Hi Alison, great! :-) I’m glad to hear that you’re also excited for Iron Thorn, because I’m especially looking forward to that one.


  1. Fantastic picks Anita! I can’t wait for This Side of the Grave and The Iron Thorn, both have been on my list for what feels like forever and I’m so ready to get my hands on them!

    1. Sounds great, Jenny! I think a lot of people are excited for Jeaniene’s book but I think Caitlin’s will be very interesting too :-)


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