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About the book:

The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love.

Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as “Sister Genna,” a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he’s more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.

After her ill-fated attempt three years ago to rescue her twin sister, Janet of Mar has found salvation acting as a royal messenger—until she surrenders to a darkly handsome warrior whose rough, sensual kisses stir feelings the woman in her can’t deny. But when betrayal leads to danger, and a crucial communiqué is put in jeopardy, Janet has no choice but to put her faith in the hunter who can find anything—perhaps even her heart.

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Review: ZOM-B: City by Darren Shan


Title: ZOM-B: City

Author: Darren Shan


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:


After escaping a secret military complex amid the zombie apocalypse, B roams the streets of a very changed London, dirty and dangerous and eerily quiet, except for the shuffling of the undead. Once again, B must find a way to survive against brain-eating zombies –and now also against those who have seized control of the city. With danger lurking around every corner and no one to trust, B must decide whether to join the creepy Mr. Dowling in exchange for his protection. When everyone around you is dead, where do you turn for help?


Darren Shan’s ZOM-B books are like crack.  You can’t read just one, and because each one ends on a cliffhanger, you squirm with anticipation until the next one hits store shelves.  While I normally abhor cliffhangers, the release schedule is accelerated, so you get a new installment every 3 months.  The story is also so straightforward that there’s not much to forget from one book to the next.  B, an revived zombie who managed to keep her intelligence, is fighting to keep her undead life.  The world is a dangerous place since the zombie apocalypse, even for a zombie.  Danger lurks behind every corner, and only quick thinking and luck keep B from a final, horrible death.

Told in tense, in your face prose, ZOM-B: City follows B from her escape from the underground research bunker to her journey through a devastated London.  Along the way, she encounters a handful of surviving humans.  None of these guys are right in the head, but after witnessing the end of the world, I guess everyone is entitled to their idiosyncrasies.  Some of the living want nothing more than to end her unnatural life, while others, though wary, mean her no harm.  As she wanders from one encounter to the next, she pieces together the reality of the new world after the zombie attacks.  Billions have been wiped out, the government is ineffective, and martial law is in effect.  The remaining humans have huddled together in walled compounds, and the search is on for survivors.  B thinks that she can help save humanity – since she hasn’t become a mindless monster, perhaps a cure can be manufactured from her blood.

Shan pushes the envelope with this series.  It’s truly horrific; he doesn’t shy away from gore and violence, and he paints an interesting picture of how the survivors would behave.  They have all been twisted by their experiences, B included.  They have all seen things that aren’t meant to be seen, and there is no going back to a time before the bloodshed and death of the zombie uprising.  Mr Dowling is particularly disgusting.  This sicko clown accessorizes with human remains.  I really want to know his story, and what’s the deal with the mutants?   How did the whole zombie nightmare happen in the first place?  These short novels are impossible to put down, and I look forward to hunkering down with each new installment.  While occasionally disgusting, ZOM-B isn’t so scary that I’m afraid to read it after dark, and plot advances so quickly that it’s hard not to gobble up each new installment in one sitting.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

Meet Caspian Mort From Shona Husk’s The Outcast Prince and Giveaway!

Please welcome a very special guest this morning!  Caspian Mort, hero of Shona Husk’s The Outcast Prince, has dropped by the virtual offices to answer a few questions.  After the interview, he has a copy of The Outcast Prince for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Caspian] Changeling, divorced, psychometric (which isn’t as much fun as it sounds).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Caspian Mort?

[Caspian] I always top up the tea and cookies for the Brownies that keep my house clean before I go to work, then I spend the day in the shop. While I’m there I look up the details on any antique that I need to legitimately verify—most people wouldn’t accept a psychometric valuation even if they believed in it. I also have a newspaper column to write and I sometimes to insurance valuation, less often deceased estates.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Lydia?

[Caspian] Smart, caring, beautiful.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?

[Caspian] She cares too much about what other people think. I guess growing up a Callaway has made her really conscious about how people judge her and her family, but you can’t live for other people’s expectations.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Caspian] Not buy the damn Rococo mirror that caught the Grey’s attention would be a good one, or possibly not marry my first wife. My fairy guardian never liked her and I never got around to telling her that I wasn’t as human as she thought. It didn’t end well.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Caspian] Aside from the practical things like wallet, phone and keys? I don’t carry any good luck charms and I have no jewelry except for a ring my biological father gave me. By biological I mean fairy, that’s where the blue blood comes from, my mother was human.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t searching for hidden portals to Annwyn?

[Caspian] I don’t make a habit of that. Avoiding all things fairy is a way to stay safe. Until I met Lydia, it’s easier not to be around people when you can’t tell them the truth. Talking about fairies is a quick way to get a psych evaluation. I always had a large puzzle set up in the house. And like most fairies, I like card games. I also like going to yard sales and auctions looking for the item everyone will overlook, knowing an objects history from one touch is very useful when it comes to antiques. It’s the gift I love to hate, but I can’t get rid of it so I use it as best I can.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Caspian] Hopefully a normal life. Marriage

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Caspian] You’re welcome.


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About the book:


Just One Taste Is All It Takes…

This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation…if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.

To Be Forever Lost…

Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He’s just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.

Praise for The Outcast Prince:

“Brilliantly unique, beautifully sensual, The Outcast Prince had me spellbound from the first page! Shona Husk’s engaging voice and vivid, creative world-building make every one of her books a must-read!” — Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author

“Innovative fantasy… An emotional and engaging tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. Look for the next book in the Annwyn Series, Lord of the Hunt in January 2014. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.

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