Archive for urban fantasy
For anyone fascinated with both Hollywood and paranormal creatures, Adrienne Barbeau has them both nailed like an undertaker on a coffin. That may just be because she has a more than passing familiarity with both, being a very gifted actress before she decided to try her hand at writing. The satiric quality to the Vampyres of Hollywood series will have you wondering if perhaps some of this could be true.
In Love Bites we once again get to visit with Ovsanna Moore, a very old and very smart vampire that also happens to own, run and star in her own Hollywood productions. The commentary that runs through these books on the wolves of Hollywood (she names names, by the way) is hilarious in a dry wit manner that is perfect for this smarmy insider story of the paranormal underside of tinsel town.
The Scream Queen and owner of Anticipation Studios may be 450 years old, but you would never know looking at her. This time she teams up with a very seductive Hollywood detective named Peter to find who is attacking and killing the elite of the town. Someone has developed a taste for killing movie stars with long histories, and she wants to know who and why.
Wit and Sly Humor Abound
I admit to being unsure when I read who was writing these books, but Barbeau not only can give a great inside story, she can give it in style. I am a sucker for well-written dry wit and she does it here in spades. Not overdone, mind you, but create any character who has played on the Hollywood backlots since they began and they are bound to have attitude. Add in comments like learning to use attack geese from Louis XIV and you get a femme fatale with dangerous charm.
While this is the second book in the series, you really don’t need to read Vampyres of Hollywood to enjoy this one. However if you enjoy Love Bites you just may want to grab it too. So go ahead and grab either the Kindle or hardcover versions of Love Bites if you are looking for a witty biting paranormal look at the world of making movies. It will change how you see Lon Chaney forever after, I promise!
Disturbing times in the vampire world as the supplies of Tru-Blood begin to run out. Steve Newlin does his vampire spokesman thing, prompting Sookie to turn the TV off. There’s a knock at her door and she answers it with gun in hand. A fairy girl in a vampire world can’t be too careful these days. It’s Mike, the coroner, and he’s a newly turned vamp. He starts munching down on her but she stakes him with some chopsticks. Yet another good reason to eat take-out chinese food – as if we needed one.
The area five sheriff, Elijah, is reading the riot act to Pam and Tara about a new mandate to create baby vampires. If they don’t meet it, that’s it for Tara – Pam loses her progeny to the new sheriff. Pam informs Tara that she’ll let the bar go before she is forced to make new progeny.
Nora and Bill force Eric to accept Lilith’s blood and they start the latest hallucinogenic ride. Bill watches the two of them and even though Eric and Nora see Godric, Bill sees nothing in the room with them. Suddenly Lilith appears in all her naked beauty and she rips Godrics head off. Bill looks concerned as he watches the video feed – perhaps he is finally convinced that it is all just a drug-induced high?
Jessica comes into Merlotte’s to meet Hoyt who also arranged to meet Jason there as well. He tells them he is going to Alaska and he wants her to glamour him into forgetting both of them – Hoyt will have no memories of Jessica or Jason. It’s a very sad moment, he looks so very unhappy. That convinces her to do it and after he counts to ten, Hoyt has forgotten them both. Jason looks devastated.
Jason ends up at Sookie’s house where she laments her inability to figure out what her grandmother was trying to tell her about something under the bed. He looks under there and sees a false floor, saying “who’s the smart one now?” Opening a floorboard, they find a box with some type of manuscript in it. It’s written in characters that neither of them can understand. Taking it to a local university, the expert tells them the vellum is over 200 years old but it’s just random glyphs on a page – it’s not in any human language and Sookie and Jason exchange a significant look. Guess we know where they are headed next…
Sam and Luna are pulling out all the stops to try and get Emma back from Steve Newlin. Steve is on TV in a debate with a pro-human congressman who questions how the vampire is looking so rosy with Tru-Blood in such short supply. With his typical wily ways, Steve turns the question back onto the interrogator, calling him a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, Sam and Luna appear in Steve’s dressing room but Emma is not there.
Jessica wanders around Bill’s house, remembering her first moments with Hoyt. Suddenly, the house is broken into by a bunch of vampire security goons who tell her to come with them, she is being called by her maker. Bill shows Jessica around the vampire lair where he tells her about their new religion. She’s not impressed – she’s the product of a forced religious upbringing and that will ruin anyone’s appetite for a zealot’s appeal.
Eric is brought to the vampire cadre where he professes his belief in Lilith. He convinces them with his display of humility before Russell, even kissing his ring. It’s revolting to see Eric in this role.
Elijah shows up at Fangtasia, where Tara is in a panic thinking she killed Ginger when trying to turn her into a vampire. Elijah is disgusted as Tara rattles on – she says “I don’t know nothin’ about birthing no baby vampires”. But apparently, it was all a ploy because when Elijah approaches Ginger, she stabs him and Tara slices off his head. Pam speeds into the room, not believing what she is seeing. There is probably going to be some nasty fallout over this.
Steve returns to the vampire lair where Emma comes out looking for her mommy. He yells at her for leaving her dog form and chases her out of the room. In the background, you see two white mice run out of his briefcase – looks like Luna and Sam have found Emma.
Russell and Salome have a confrontation over harnessing fae blood and walking in the sun and that’s when the real Russell appears – throwing Salome against the wall and denouncing their religion, saying he will not be restrained by their god. He says that he will have the sun. Sookie better watch out.
Claude is trying to read Sookie’s mysterious document but it’s older than him. They get a very pregnant fairy (remember Andy’s dalliance in the field?) who’s older and she says it’s a contract between a Stackhouse from 1702 and Warlow, giving Warlow his first female descendent. And yes, you guessed it – that’s Sookie! I guess her pledge to be done with all vampires is going to be hard to keep now, isn’t it?
The vampire party continues their blood-fueled frenzy down in the vaults of the Vampire Authority. Everyone is having the time of their life (or death) except for Eric who asks Bill what he saw at the club when they were draining everyone. Bill says they were in the presence of god and Eric looks at him unbelievably.
Sookie is still working to rid herself of fae magic by sending out blast after blast of light from her hands. Jason shows up and stops her, convincing her that she is special, her power is special and with that power, they will be able to find the vampire that killed their parents.
Last week, Sam took down one of the shifter snipers in the hospital and this week Sheriff Andy carts him off to jail. Luna is freaking out because there is no where she feels safe – the killers are everywhere. Sam is his typical understanding self as he tries to help her back to her hospital bed but she angrily pushes him away so he leaves to continue the hunt. When Sam is gone, Luna painfully shape-shifts into him and ends up sneaking out of the hospital – looking so cute with his butt hanging out of the gown, prancing away down the hall.
Hoyt’s new killer buddies take him to a shack in the woods where they’ve got Jessica chained up in silver. They want him to kill her and he’s having a hard time with it. They lock him in the room with his former vampire girlfriend, telling him he can’t come out until the deed is done.
Sookie, Jason and the fairies go back to the bridge to try and identify the vampire who killed their parents. They all hold hands and concentrate on trying to access the energy of Sookie’s dead mother. She sees a figure on the bridge who suddenly attacks her parents but she cannot identify the vampire’s face.
Jessica begs Hoyt to take the silver off but he’s still bitter over their broken relationship. He points the gun at her head and you hear a shot. One of the redneck killers comes in to verify Hoyt’s kill and Jessica steps out from behind the door and snaps his neck. Hoyt saved her after all.
When Lafayette arrives home, Arlene and Holly are waiting for him. They want him to contact the dead Iraqui woman and get her to lift the fire demon curse.
Sookie describes her flashback experience to Jason and Claude, saying that she was seeing things from the vampire’s perspective which blows Claude’s mind – he said she made a connection to the vampire and that’s very concerning. One clue comes from this, Sookie heard the murderer’s name, it’s Warlow.
Tara is serving a drink to a former high school acquaintance who acts very annoying and superior in that “I was queen of high school” way that is oh so endearing. When Tara’s fangs drop down and the woman realizes she ‘s a vampire, she exclaims “wow, now you’re a member of two minorities”. Really? How can people be so stupid? But this idiot woman doesn’t stop there, she calls Tara uppity. It’s about to get violent but Pam stops it – sending the stupid woman away.
Eric and Nora have a confrontation over Lilith. He tells her he saw Godric when she saw Lilith. Nora is unyielding in her belief in Salome and Lilith, telling Eric that he will be shown the way. Nothing scarier than a religious fanatic – except for a fanatically religious vampire.
Pam tells Tara that they need to talk. She takes her down to the basement where the blond from high school is tied up, ready for the taking. Pam says it’s her little gift, Tara is owed this after having to listen to this jerk say such crap earlier. And Tara starts to feed.
The werewolves are chasing a human through the woods, planning to kill him for the fun of it. This is JD’s idea of leadership. High on vampire blood, JD kicks the crap of Alcide and is about to kill him when Martha stops him. The pack runs off to hunt their human.
Arlene tricks Terry into coming home, saying there’s a fire, and he frantically barges in looking for the Ifrit. She tells him to sit down, Holly and Lafayette are here to break the curse. Lafayette puts on quite a show, faking it to earn the $300 he charged Arlene to be her medium. When the real Iraqui spirit breaks through, Lafayette is shocked. He says she’s pissed but she’ll lift the curse if Terry kills Patrick. Patrick runs out of the room – some hero.
Sookie sees something manifesting in her bathroom and it’s Warlow, breaking into her dimension. He tells her “I’m coming for you, YOU ARE MINE”. And then he disappears. She is terrified.
The new vampire council is discussing ways to take out the mainstreamers. Russell and Steve happily flirt at the end of the table, irritating Salome who asks them to pay attention. Perhaps Russell has found the replacement for his true love, Talbot?
When Bill offers up a unique idea to get rid of mainstreamers – take out the True Blood factories, there are only five of them – Eric looks at him, asking “what are you doing?” To which Bill replies, “evolving”. Yeah, evolving into the world’s biggest jerk. I wonder when he is going to tell them about Sookie and her special blood. Any day now, I suspect.
Title: Baker’s Dozen: a Fantasy Novel
Author: David J Thompson
Release Date: January 20, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
12 strangers from different realities are kidnapped and left stranded on am Earth were magic has supplanted technology and ancient empires have prospered for many centuries. Among some are a deadly assassin from the Canadian Armed Forces, a brilliant Irish trauma surgeon, a “nuclear winter” survivor, and a medical marvel whose augmented strength does little to compensate for his irreversible brain damage. Receiving the aid of an ancient wizard of the Ethermen, the group of 12 finds themselves battling fierce creatures and witnessing marvels beyond their imaginations. But their journey becomes more perilous when a necromancer plans to use them in his overthrow of Earth…by plunging their new home into eternal night. Their survival depends on trust…but will their past lives keep them from the one chance they have to find their way home? Find out in Baker’s Dozen.
Title: Tempest’s Legacy (Jane True)
Author: Nicole Peeler
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl – at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane’s world to its very core.
After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females — supernatural, halfling, and human — Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.
And she’s not sure which she finds more frightening in Tempest’s Legacy.
Title: Accept One Book Two of The Tether Saga (Volume 2)
Author: Nick Davis
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
It’s been two months since Sarah and the Tether’s Angelic Guardian Paul defeated the Dark and she just wants everything to return to normal. Except normal is not an option for the Tether Keeper, even one as reluctant as Sarah; persuaded by CT to assist in an investigation which ultimately costs them their friendship. The Custodiet under the seemingly benign leadership of Ms.Divens step in and Sarah finds herself in over her head as a creature of the night long thought extinct comes to Baltimore… And the whisper of Vampire fills the city with fear… Accept One is book two of The Tether set against the real back drop of Baltimore city, this Paranormal action fantasy adventure by Nick Davis picks up where The Tether left off. Sarah continues her journey as the very reluctant Tether Keeper, and stumbles upon some unexpected allies as she is pulled deeper into a world that exists just under the surface of our reality.
Title: Taken By The Others (H&W Investigations)
Author: Jess Haines
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia – for very different reasons. Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties – and even her desires – in Taken By The Others.
Title: Cameo and the Highwayman (Volume 2)
Author: Dawn McCullough-White
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
Cameo, the hard drinking assassin, Black Opal the silver-tongued highwayman and Kyrian the innocent young acolyte journey to Shandow with a mission from Cameo’s vampire master. Along the way Cameo is ambushed by the other vampire, who it seems, has been waiting for her. Black Opal is plunged into danger as his past is revealed, and he is forced to face his demons head-on. An old nemesis returns, and Cameo must make a choice that will cost her the last shred of humanity she has left in Book Two in the Cameo series.