True BloodWe’re less than a month away from new True Blood episodes!

On June 1, HBO will be hosting a fan event at fifty movie theaters across the country. There will be a Q&A with Alan Ball and cast members, a screening of the season two finale, and a “sneak peek” of season three. To win free tickets to one of these events, you have to become a fan of True Blood on Facebook and then go to the “Sweeps” tab on that page. Once you get registered for the contest, you need to wait until your city comes up – the city that they’re currently giving seats away for changes every six minutes. When I won my seats the locations were coming up in alphabetical order by state abbreviation, so it was easy to see about how long I’d need to keep an eye on the site. Good luck!

And while you wait, check out the first four minisodes:

We’ll get a new minisode each Sunday until the show begins. And for those that need to catch up, the Season Two DVD set releases next Tuesday, May 25. Pick it up to find out why there’s blood in Eric’s hair.

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A Taint in the Blood (Shadowspawn, #1)Adrian Brézé is a Shadowspawn, one of the long-lived powerful beings who are the source of most of the world’s myths and supernatural lore. Adrian once fought side by side with humans against his own kind, but in recent years he’s tried to live a more reclusive life. Then his evil twin, Adrienne, stole his girlfriend. Ellen, who knew nothing about Adrian’s powers or thirst for blood until she was snatched away by his sadistic sister, now finds herself prisoner in a world where not even her thoughts are private.

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Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)During Dead in the Family, Sookie is still dealing with the physical and emotional fallout from the Fae War. Sookie’s boyfriend, Eric, is having difficulties with Louisiana’s new vampire power structure, and her friend and employer, Sam, is facing increased scrutiny now that shapeshifters have made themselves publicly known. Sookie faces ambitious vampires and vengeful fairies, and is also drawn back into drama surrounding the Shreveport wolf pack, all while many of her strongest allies are distracted with troubles of their own.

This review doesn’t include any major spoilers for this book, though I will bring up a few more of the many, many plotlines than the cover blurb does – because it would be hard for me to write much about this book without them. Those who don’t want to hear what could be thought of as light spoilers should read no further, and of course you shouldn’t read this review at all if you haven’t finished the previous Sookie books.

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Crimes by MoonlightCrimes by Moonlight is an anthology featuring members of the Mystery Writers of America. It was edited by Charlaine Harris, and the stories are all a mix of mystery and the supernatural.

Like every anthology, this one has its ups and downs. I’m a bit picky about short stories, so only a few of these tales really worked for me. Unless you’re the kind of reader who wants to own every story from one of these authors, I’d suggest checking it out from the library first before you buy a copy.

A breakdown of the individual stories is below.

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Kitty's House of Horrors (Kitty Norville, #7)In the seventh Kitty Norville book, Kitty joins the cast of a reality show and travels to a remote lodge for the taping. The plan is for the shifters, vampires, and psychics gathered for the series to attempt to engage with the skeptic in their midst. This promises for some interesting on-air drama, but their concerns about the production go out the window once a body is discovered.

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We all know how spotting a piece of eye-grabbing cover art is a fun part of the book shopping experience. A good cover can let you know what to expect from a book in terms of tone, genre, and style, at least until it a particular cover style becomes trendy enough that all the examples of it tend to meld together. And of course a bad cover, unfortunately, can turn readers away from an otherwise great read.

I’ve really enjoyed the covers for Gail Carriger’s books, they certainly stand out from the pack and reflect the writing fairly well. So I was happy to see this video show up in my inbox today. Watch as a graphic artist puts together the pretty for us.

Also, stay tuned for upcoming reviews of Kitty’s House of Horrors, A Local Habitation, Black Magic Sanction, The Better Part of Darkness, and Death’s Mistress.

Fallen, by Lauren Kate

January 7, 2010

Fallen is about a girl who goes to a new school and meets two guys. One is ethereally beautiful and perfect but mostly ignores her or is rude to her when he isn’t giving her just enough scraps of attention to keep her interested. The other is nice and attentive, so she strings him along while keeping her mind firmly on Mr. Unattainable. She also makes some friends, but she ditches them quite a bit too, because, well, there’s this guy. And he’s hot. So very, very hot. Oh, and there’s some supernatural stuff.

Sound familiar?

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