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Giveaway! Win a Complete Set of THE TAKER Trilogy + $50 Gift Card!

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To celebrate the publication of The Descent, one of my favorite authors, Alma Katsu, has a fantastic giveaway going on until January 14th. THREE WINNERS (U.S. only) will win the complete The Taker Trilogy in paperback, PLUS a $50 gift card from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes, plus some Taker swag! If you’ve been following this blog, you know how *taken* I am with this trilogy (ha ha terrible pun). I just read the final book in the series and loved it (you can read my review here.)

It’s hard to sum up what this series is about, so here’s a short blurb from Alma’s website:

A young woman learns that love can make the impossible possible—but the greater the love, the greater its price. Historical and romantic elements combine with fantasy and suspense to tell a unique story of love and loss, betrayal and redemption.

Check out the story descriptions on Goodreads: * The Taker

The Reckoning * The Descent

Please remember that this giveaway is U.S. only! Big thanks to Alma for this fantastic giveaway! Ready to enter? Simply click the Rafflecopter button below:

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THE DESCENT (THE TAKER #3) by Alma Katsu – Review

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The Descent (The Taker #3) by Alma Katsu
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: January 7 2014
Source: ARC from author
Pages: 352

four and a half

In a word: A mysterious island setting, a visit to the Underworld, described in lush prose that made me feel as if I were there, and a worthy finale to a dangerous and intriguing series.

Without saying a word or even thinking about it too strenuously, he made the temperature begin to fall. A frosty veil of white started to blossom over the black rocks. Plumes of breath rose over the sleeping goats. Where the sea met rock, a ring of ice began to form, then spread out to the sea, until the island was encircled by a huge disk of thick ice. Adair tried not to be surprised, because he knew that—in some way that wasn’t clear to him but was nonetheless undeniable—he’d willed this change to happen.

**Alma has a fantastic giveaway that will start on January 7th, The Descent‘s release day! I’ll be posting about it then, so don’t forget to stop by and enter!

**Mild spoilers ahead for The Taker and The Reckoning.

Lanore and Adair have had quite the rocky relationship. While Lanore spent most of the last book (The Reckoning) running away from and trying to stay one step ahead of Adair, in The Descent she realizes that Adair is the only person in the world who possesses the ability to help her, and so she desperately tries to find him. The dreamlike quality of The Descent felt much different than the previous two books, where the character of Adair is portrayed as a very dangerous man who wields control over his “companions,” as he calls those people fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you see it) enough to have been granted immortality by Adair. But I enjoyed this difference and once more was swept up in Katsu’s storytelling, never quite sure what she had in store for her readers. Newbies take note: if you haven’t read the first two books, you may be out of your element if you start The Descent first. This isn’t a stand-alone story, and the series is best enjoyed by starting at the beginning.

When the story opens, Lanore has been having nightmares about her former lover Jonathan, a man who has been dead for some time. In her dreams, Jonathan is being imprisoned and tortured in the underworld, and Lanore is sure the dreams are real. With no other options, she decides to seek out Adair, a man with the power to send Lanore herself to the underworld to rescue Jonathan. She finds Adair on a tiny, secluded island off the coast of Italy, but convincing him to help her may be impossible. A spark of jealousy flares when Lanore realizes that Adair is playing host to two young women named Terry and Robin, tourists who are holing up with Adair and sharing his bed at night. When she finally convinces him to help her, Lanore is not prepared for the trials that await her, and Adair is not prepared for the feelings he still has for Lanore, feelings he thought were gone for good after Lanore betrayed him. Can Adair get Lanore back, or will she be forced to stay in the underworld forever?

One of Katsu’s talents is creating vivid worlds that feel utterly foreign, yet once you experience them, you can’t imagine the story written any other way. My absolute favorite parts of The Descent were the scenes that took place on the secluded island where Adair is hiding. The fact that Lanore has a hard time even finding this place sets the reader up for a very surreal experience once she gets there. Adair’s immense house is built nearly on the edge of a cliff, and access to it is limited, which made me feel as if the island itself were a living thing, trying to keep Lanore away. When she finally gets inside, the interior appears larger than the outside, and she gets lost in its winding and dark hallways more than once. The strangeness of the girls who are staying with Adair also added to the otherworldly feeling of unease swirling around the house.

When Lanore gets to the underworld—and she does eventually—Katsu again creates a magical yet unsettling world where doorways lead to unexpected places, and past and present seem to exist at the same time.

The other thing I loved about this book were the glimpses into Adair’s past. As Adair stands watch over Lanore’s body while her soul visits the underworld, he dreams of his life before he was an immortal being, when he was fifteen years old in 1262 Venice. As a boy, Adair is desperate to learn as much as he can about alchemy, and this passion drives him to become the Adair we know from the first two books. These flashback scenes were some of my favorites, and I enjoyed seeing Adair’s vulnerable side.

The Descent is oddly light on action, as much of the story is told in a static dream state. This didn’t bother me too much, but I think it did have an effect on the overall pace of the story, which felt a bit uneven. As I neared the end of the story, I was wondering how Katsu was going to wrap things up with only pages left to go. The ending did feel rushed, and several surprises at the end felt just a little too convenient to me. I wanted more—more pages, more explanations, and more character development. I thought that Terry and Robin had terrific potential, but their few tantalizing scenes weren’t enough for me to get a complete feeling for their characters.

But this series is still one of my favorites, even if I’m not sure I like the way it ended. Katsu has created unique characters in Adair and Lanore, and after all they’ve been through, it was nice to see their relationship come to a satisfying close. Their epic tale continues to linger in my mind, and I’m dying to see what Katsu does next.

Many thanks to the author for supplying a review copy. The above quote was taken from an uncorrected proof, and may differ from the finished book.

Don’t miss the first two books in the series!

The Taker (my review)

The Reckoning (my review)

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Have you read this series? I’d love to know what you think!

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Kindle Big Deal Alert! THE RECKONING by Alma Katsu

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Do you own a Kindle? Are you looking for a deal? Better yet, are you looking for a story that is gorgeously written, romantic yet dangerous, and has everything a great story should have? Then you should be reading Alma Katsu’s The Taker Trilogy! Starting today (December 8th) and going through December 29th, the second book in Alma’s trilogy, The Reckoning, is a Kindle Big Deal at only $1.99! This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the series, or simply dive into it if you’re new to these books. This Kindle Big Deal is available only in the U.S. on Kindle (sorry UK folks!)

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About The Reckoning:

Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.

She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive façade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.

Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.

With the stunningly imaginative storytelling and rich characterizations that fascinated readers worldwide and made The Taker a singular and memorable literary debut and an international sensation, Alma Katsu once again delivers “a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love” (Publishers Weekly) in her breathtaking new novel.

Click here to purchase the Kindle Big Deal now!

And if you’re new to the series, check out The Taker (Book 1), and the upcoming finale to Adair’s story, The Descent, out in January:

The Taker for Amazon Kindle is only $6.83! If you’ve already read The Reckoning, you can pre-order The Descent here.

This is a series I highly recommend. I’ve been a fan of Alma’s since the beginning, and you can read my reviews of The Taker and The Reckoning. I’ll be reading The Descent soon, so stayed tuned for my review!

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Stacking the Shelves (40)

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I’m happy to be participating in Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, where we share our book hauls from the previous week. I have two weeks worth of books to share with you. It turned out to be an excellent week for packages in the mail! I made some awesome purchases, which all arrived this week, and I got some review books in the mail as well. Here’s what I received:

For Review:

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The Descent by Alma Katsu. Release date: January 7 2014 (Gallery Books). Alma sent me this herself. She’s one of the few traditionally published authors out there who contacts bloggers directly and asks them if they’d like ARCs of her books! She’s awesome. This is the third book in the series and I’m so excited to see how everything ends up. If you haven’t read The Taker or The Reckoning, you’re missing out. Not for teens, however!  (in my opinion) These are adult-themed books.

Mist by Susan Krinard. I won this from The Qwillery, and I’ve read some pretty good reviews of it. Thanks so much, Sally!

Meat and Garbage Man by Joseph D’Lacey. Soon to be released from Oak Tree Press. I loved D’Lacey’s Black Feathers, and I’m looking forward to reading these earlier books that he wrote, which are being re-released by Oak Tree Press, a small UK publisher. Thank you Tabitha!

Digital ARCs for Review:

Scarecrow by Matthew Pritchard. This book isn’t in the Goodreads database, which makes me a little nervous. It’s from a small UK publisher and comes out next week. Big thanks to my publicist buddy Tabitha for sending me a copy!

Sekret by Lindsay Smith. This was a “read now” on NetGalley, and so I decided to give it a try. Sekret doesn’t come out until next April.

Roomies by Sara Zarr. This sounds so good, and I love the cover. This was also a recent “read now,” and I’m sure I won’t be the only one with this on my list this week.

The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank. OK, so the Goodreads reviews on this one are all over the place. So who knows? It sure sounds good to me, though, and I like the pretty cover:)

Purchased:

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Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig. OK, I do realize this is the SECOND book in the series, but Barnes & Noble didn’t have a copy of Blackbirds. I’m dying to read this series, especially since the third book, The Cormorant, is coming out soon. So anyway, I bought Mockingbird, but I’ll have to track down Blackbirds soon. In case you don’t know, Chuck is one of my FAVE authors. And he should be one of yours, if you love weird, urban fantasy that is different from anything else you’ve ever read.

Scorched by Mari Mancusi. Wow this book is gorgeous! Sometimes you really miss out by reading ebooks, and this is one of those times. The boards of the book (when you take off the dust jacket) are printed in full color with artwork of the dragon. Just beautifully designed!

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’ve been pining to read this for quite a while, and the way my reading schedule is going, I’m going to have to wait a little longer.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Oh you guys…this book. I love this book. You can read my review here. I had to own my own copy, since I borrowed an ARC from VICTORIA HERSELF! You. Must. Go. Read. Now.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I’ve heard pretty good things about this sequel to The Shining.

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I love this book too! Jay is an amazingly visual writer, he literally brings his world to life. Reading Kinslayer was such an emotional experience, that as a reader it’s hard not to completely fall into the lives of his characters. You can read my review here.

That’s what’s on my shelves! Please link me up to your book haul post, whichever one you do!

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Stacking the Shelves (23)

STSWelcome to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! I love to see what books other bloggers get during the week, and I love to share my new books as well. This week was a particularly fun week for me, because in addition to some new review titles I got a couple of surprises in the mail.

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A huge thanks to Lucy at The Reading Date for this amazing stack of ARCs! I entered her contest and frankly forgot all about it. When she told me I’d won the “Anti-Valentine” box, I was thrilled.  She also threw in a cool Comic Con bag! Thanks Lucy:)

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Alma Katsu was kind enough to include me in The Companion Club, a group of Adair followers who will help her promote her amazing trilogy. She sent all of us a package with pins, stickers, postcards and other goodies, including a note with this intriguing statement: “Please wear your pin proudly and if you draw blood with it—someone else’s of course, not yours—so much the better.” If you’ve read The Taker and The Reckoning, you’ll understand:) The third book in the trilogy, The Descent,  will be out in 2014.

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I pre-ordered my copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer from Amazon, and for doing so I got a surprise Scarlet lip gloss in the mail! Thanks to MacMillan for making my daughter very happy:)

e-Books for review from NetGalley & Edelweiss: (click on book covers to go to Goodreads)

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Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler. Release date: July 23 2013 (Dundurn). I had never heard of this publisher before, but I believe they are better known for their non-fiction titles. I don’t have a lot of info on this book, but from the Goodreads description it’s a YA paranormal about three teens and a Ouija board.

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. Release date: May 7 2013 (Strange Chemistry). I remember getting the news about this acquisition from Angry Robot, and I’m really excited to have a review copy in my hands. You’ve got to click on the cover and read the book description. It’s out-of-this world! I’m really looking forward to this one.

Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen. Release date: April 29 2013 (Pocket Star).  This book sounds hilarious! It’s about a group of monsters who form a support group. Wow.

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé. Release date: April 9 2013 (Bantam). Set in 1915 England, this story takes place in a boarding school. It’s a historical paranormal and is recommended for fans of Libba Bray (!) and Lauren Kate (!) and gets a blurb from Melissa Marr (!)

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty. Release date: June 13 2013 (Putnam Adult). This historical novel blends real events with a mystery that spans many years. I love that is revolves around the novel Dracula.

What did you stack your shelves with this week?

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Link Salad (1)

Link Salad button copyWelcome to Link Salad! I know lots of bloggers do roundup posts with links to interesting internet content, and I’ve been coming across so much relevant information lately, that I wanted to start my own roundup of sorts. I’m not sure how often Link Salad will appear, but I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature. Here are some of the fun bookish things I found around the web this past week:

fifty-shades-of-grey-hardcover_510x329Fifty Shades of Grey is a book that just won’t go away. It’s still in the news, and now, after achieving bestsellerdom in paper and digital formats, it’s finally going to be published in, ahem, hardcover. Here’s the article from EW’s Shelf Life.

The Witch SistersAuthor Alma Katsu has written a new short story set in the world of her The Taker trilogy, and it’s only 99 cents on Amazon. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy, The Taker and The Reckoning, and loved them. Book three, The Descent, won’t be out until 2014, but in the meantime The Witch Sisters will help you bridge the gap until book three arrives! Click here to purchase it now!

Subterranean PressSteven R. Boyett, most fabulous writer of fantasy, horror and speculative fiction, has a free novelette in this month’s Subterranean Press called Hard Silver. He’s calling it “fantasy Western,” which is one of my new favorite genre mash-ups. Boyett’s last novel was Mortality Bridge (reviewed here), but it came out almost a year and a half ago, so I’m happy to see something new from him. You can read it for free here.

Madmans jkt Des1.inddAny aspiring authors out there? Are you trying to find an agent? Then you’ll be interested to hear what newly published author Megan Shepherd’s experience at querying her manuscript was like. Megan’s debut The Madman’s Daughter, a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau,  had a typically bumpy road to publication, and she gives YA Highway the scoop on how she finally landed an agent. You can read her story here.

Ghost Planet biggerAuthor Sharon Lynn Fisher tells USA Today the top five reasons she loves to blend science fiction and romance, another mash-up genre that I’m loving. Ghost Planet is her sci-fi/romance debut, and I loved it! (You can read my review here.) Check out the USA Today article here.

Shades of EarthBeth Revis, author of the Across the Universe Trilogy, did something unique to promote the last book in the series, Shades of Earth. She and her publisher launched a copy of the book into space. Yes, you read that correctly. You can see the video on EW‘s Shelf Life here.  Is it real? Is it fake? I’m not sure how they did it (if in fact they did), but it sure was a cool idea!

And just because this is so damn funny, I had to throw in this dog video (which has nothing to do with books, but I guarantee it will make you laugh…):

That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by:)

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books I Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday2Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)  is definitely my favorite of the year! And what a hard Top Ten to narrow down…I read so many wonderful books this year. Every book on my list received a five-star review, but many of my five-star reviews aren’t on this list. Cutting the list down to ten was very painful and agonizing, but in the interest of keeping this a true “Top Ten” list, I did just that. It was interesting to discover that eight out of the ten are adult books, which surprised me since I read a lot of YA as well. So here they are, my faves from the past year! I’m listing them in alphabetical order, so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings:) Oh, and I’m trying out WordPress’ new slide show feature, what do you think?

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1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Yes, this book came out in November of 2011, but I didn’t get around to reading it until January. And I’m so glad I did! Although long (849 pages), I loved every word. King writes a tense and engaging time travel novel about the repercussions of changing events in the past (like for example, JFK’s shooting). But it’s a lot more complicated than it seems on the surface. One of my all-time favorite King stories.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I love fairy tale re-tellings, and this has got to be one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever read. Cinderella as a cyborg?? Yes! This imaginative story is only the first of four books in the series, the next of which comes out in February. So if you loved Cinder, you have a lot to look forward to. You can read my review of Cinder here.

3. Edge of Oblivion by J. T. Geissinger. Wow, this book took me totally by surprise! It’s published by Montlake Romance, a publishing arm of Amazon, and I really wasn’t expecting the quality of writing and story building that I found in this amazing book. Not for kids, though! I’d rate it NC17 if it were a movie:) You can read my review here.

4. The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. The second book in Katsu’s The Taker Trilogy did not disappoint. It was a lush and dangerous descent into the minds of some very fascinating characters, and I can’t wait for the third book in the series, which will hopefully be published in 2013. You can read my review here.

5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.  This adult paranormal story was funny, entertaining, confusing, surprising, and amazing! It was one of the most unique stories I read all year, and it has been compared to Harry Potter, X-Men and Ghostbusters. It’s really none of those, but something completely original. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.

6. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I read this for book club back in March, and was blown away by the violent, gritty and unexpectedly funny Eli and Charlie Sisters, two outlaw killers that seem more human than many of the “good guy” characters I’ve read in other books. Reading this book has given me a fondness for westerns, and I hope to read more like it soon.

7. Something Red by Douglas Nicholas. I don’t usually seek out historical fiction, but this book seemed too good to pass up.  Something Red has some of the best characters I’ve read all year. Mysterious and epic and filled with action as well as tender human moments, I hope more readers discover this amazing book. You can read my review here.

8. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. It’s hard for me to describe how much I loved this book. Oddly, I’ve read some really mixed reviews, and I think the reason some people just didn’t get it was that it wasn’t what they were expecting. It’s a beautifully written fantasy with a lovely relationship between a girl and a griffin, but it’s set in a harsh world where lots of bad things happen. Just read it already! You can read my review here.

9. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Gladstone is a master of world-building, and the odd but compelling city of Alt Coulumb has wonders to spare. I was completely immersed in the story of Tara, Abelard, Cat and Raz and I can’t wait for the sequel next year. You can read my review here.

10. Velveteen by Daniel Marks. I just managed to squeeze this in before this post was due to go up, and I’m so glad I did. Wow. Marks’ wonderful but horrifying depiction of purgatory is tempered by some pretty awesome characters, especially Velveteen, a very angry girl who has died horribly and now wants nothing more than to take revenge on the madman that killed her. Oh, and to get to know the newest and hottest soul in town, Nick. Look for my review coming soon.

I’d love to hear what your top ten books are! Please link me up, or just let me know in the comments! Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, and although it’s Christmas day, I’ll be posting my Top Ten Indie Books of 2012. I read some amazing indies, and they deserve some love as well:)

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Free Today & Tomorrow! A New Short Story by Alma Katsu

I’m hoping I got you with the word “free.” Did it work? Alma Katsu, author of The Taker and The Reckoning has written a story based on two of her characters, and that story is free to download from Amazon today and tomorrow only, August 7th & 8th. If you are familiar with Jonathan and his young, but ultimately unhappy wife, Evangeline, this story is a peek into their lives before many of the events that take place in The Taker. And if you haven’t yet experienced Katsu’s lush and magical world, this is a great way to get a taste for free! Here’s the story description from Amazon:

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DREAMS CAN COME TRUE—BUT THE PRICE IS STEEP in this short story from THE TAKER saga

Evangeline McDougal is the luckiest girl in St. Andrew, Maine. She’s to wed Jonathan St. Andrew, eldest son of the town’s founder and heir to the timber business that has made the St. Andrews one of the wealthiest families in the state.

Nor does it hurt that her bridegroom is so very handsome. Irresistible, in fact. And when rumors fly about her husband-to-be and several of the other girls in town. . . . What is Evangeline to think? There is a price to pay for her marriage to Jonathan, but surely it is worth the cost.

Isn’t it?

If you don’t have a Kindle, not to worry. You can read it on any smart phone or computer just by downloading the Kindle app. Here is the link for your free copy of The Marriage Price. Please note that all of Katsu’s stories and books are for mature audiences. I’ve read it, and I loved seeing the events leading up to the marriage of Jonathan and Evangeline, this time through Evangeline’s eyes. Let’s help Alma try to push The Marriage Price into Amazon’s top 100! And if you are intrigued by the short story, please consider reading her other books. Click the book covers above to go to their Amazon pages.

BONUS: Click HERE to read the first chapter in the third book of the series, The Descent, coming from Simon & Schuster Spring 2013!

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THE RECKONING – by Alma Katsu – Review

(Caution: This review contains spoilers for The Taker, the first book in The Taker Trilogy)

Alma Katsu is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved her first book, The Taker (you can read my review here), and I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader’s copy of the second book in the trilogy, The Reckoning, which will be released on June 19. Both books are filled with lush and descriptive writing, historical details, and a delightfully agonizing tension that makes them worthy of the description “page turner.” But at the core of the story are Katsu’s characters, enormously flawed individuals that the reader wants to root for, kill or sleep with, often all at the same time.

The Reckoning picks up soon after the ending of The Taker. Our heroine Lanore, who was made immortal by the charismatic and dangerous Adair in The Taker, and then managed to imprison him in the concrete walls of his own mansion, has run away with Luke, the doctor who helped her escape the police after she killed her true love Jonathan.  Lanny and Luke are in London visiting the Victoria and Albert museum, where Lanny has anonymously donated her precious collection of objects d’art acquired from her travels over the past two hundred years. By giving away hundreds of objects, she is attempting to distance herself from the past and move on from the devastating loss of Jonathan.  But her peace is short-lived. While gazing at her objects behind the museum glass, Lanny feels a terrible and long-forgotten sensation, the tingling approach of a headache that could only mean one thing: Adair has escaped, and will certainly be looking for her to exact revenge.

In alternating chapters, Katsu goes back and forth between Lanny, who manages to ditch Luke while trying to stay one step ahead of Adair, to the monster himself, released from his prison by happenstance and thrust into the modern world without a clue about how to survive in it. Of one thing he is certain, however. Lanny must pay for her treachery no matter how long it takes to find her, and so he uses his powerful connection to the members of his immortal “family” to track down Jude, another immortal who has used his freedom from Adair to build a comfortable life for himself. Jude is shocked to see Adair on his doorstep, but reluctantly agrees to help him adapt to modern life and find Lanny. As Jude searches the internet for clues to Lanny’s whereabouts, the two discover the truth about Jonathan’s death.  Adair is sure that Jonathan is the key to locating Lanny, and so he sets out to find his burial-place and attempt to resurrect him from the dead, using his book of magical “recipes” that also contains the secret to immortality. Jonathan does indeed rise from the dead, but he is fundamentally damaged, and to Adair’s dismay, has no lingering respect for or fear of Adair. He tells Adair that he has met “the Queen of the Underworld,” a character that I’m hoping makes an appearance in book three.

As Adair gets closer to tracking down Lanny, she herself has made contact with friends from the past that can help her hide from Adair. But fate is cruel, and from this point on the story is a dizzying game of cat-and-mouse as Lanny realizes she cannot outrun her past. Katsu is brilliant at pacing her story and dropping bits of information about the characters’ pasts in just the right spots to spark the reader’s imagination, but she’s very careful not to give away too much. She takes us from the past to the present and back again, weaving together a story that spans centuries. The characters themselves go through many changes throughout the course of the story. Adair especially surprised me when his cruelty and power over the other characters became something else by the end of the book.  Katsu also digs deeper into some of the lesser characters from The Taker, and we discover that Adair is not the only immortal with cruel intentions. But all of the characters seem to have one thing in common: they are all capable of lies and deceit, and the reader is never really sure who to trust.

The Reckoning never loses momentum and unlike many “middle” books, it was even better than The Taker, if that’s possible.  The writing is gorgeous and almost visceral, and there was more than one occasion when I marked a lovely passage to go back again read again.  Katsu ends the book in a highly satisfying way, but wisely leaves many questions unanswered that she will most likely address in the final installment. A heady mix of intrigue, cruelty, betrayal and enduring love, The Reckoning will leave you breathless and impatient for more.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for supplying a review copy.

You can purchase The Reckoning here and visit Alma’s website here.

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CONTEST!! Win a Finished Copy of THE RECKONING by Alma Katsu

Look at these beautiful books! These are finished hard cover copies of Alma Katsu’s second book in The Taker Trilogy. Alma is generously giving away ONE book to ONE lucky winner. All you have to do is send her an email at contest@almakatsu.com and tell her how much you’d like to win the book. You might want to mention the beautiful cover, too.

But hurry!  Contest ends at midnight PT on May 28th.  That’s tomorrow! Please email her soon if you’d like to be entered in the contest. Contest is open internationally! The winner will receive the book before the release date.

The Reckoning hits stores on June 19th, and I am so happy to have received an ARC from the publisher. My review will be posted soon.

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