Another intricately plotted, vividly sensual love story from a romance favorite.

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OCEAN LIGHT

With life-threatening injuries, Bowen Knight is spirited away to a lab deep in the ocean where he meets Kaia, a BlackSea changeling who considers him the enemy despite the disconcerting attraction they share.

Human Alliance security chief Bowen Knight is fighting for his life. Not only has he been shot through the heart, but he’s also facing a degrading brain implant that was originally developed to help humans block invasion from the Psy race but is now failing, becoming a life-threatening time bomb. Installed in a supersecret underwater medical research facility run by BlackSea, the oceanic changeling pack, he wakes after two months in a coma to learn he has healed from the gunshot wound thanks to a new robotic heart and that the BlackSea medical team has developed a possible treatment for the brain implant. Humans across the planet have these implants, so a successful treatment would be a huge relief. However, his chances of surviving the experiment are slim. That makes it a problematic time to meet Kaia, his BlackSea doctor’s cousin and the first woman who’s attracted him enough to consider a relationship. Kaia can’t deny she’s attracted to him too, but she’s also convinced that he's directly responsible for the disappearance of a number of members of the BlackSea clan, including her best friend, Hugo. Bo and his BlackSea security counterpart, Malachai Rhys, begin investigating the disappearances and realize Hugo has a few secrets of his own. Meanwhile, the bond between Kaia and Bo intensifies and they try to pack a lifetime of experiences into the limited time they have before Bo's treatment might fail, but when the chemical compound at the heart of the treatment is stolen, a whole other set of threats may come between them. Paranormal romance author Singh continues her Psy-Changeling Trinity series with her typically impeccable worldbuilding, and fans will enjoy the foray into the oceanic world of BlackSea. This installment captivates with its intensity and liveliness despite an oddly zigzagging final quarter.

Another intricately plotted, vividly sensual love story from a romance favorite.

Pub Date: June 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-101-98782-7

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: May 29, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

DEVOLUTION

Are we not men? We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006).

A zombie apocalypse is one thing. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.” Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Brooks places the epicenter of the Bigfoot war in a high-tech hideaway populated by the kind of people you might find in a Jurassic Park franchise: the schmo who doesn’t know how to do much of anything but tries anyway, the well-intentioned bleeding heart, the know-it-all intellectual who turns out to know the wrong things, the immigrant with a tough backstory and an instinct for survival. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. Taking up our resources, our time to care for you.” Brooks presents a case for making room for Bigfoot in the world while peppering his narrative with timely social criticism about bad behavior on the human side of the conflict: The explosion of Rainier might have been better forecast had the president not slashed the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, leading to “immediate suspension of the National Volcano Early Warning System,” and there’s always someone around looking to monetize the natural disaster and the sasquatch-y onslaught that follows. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.” Grossness aside, it puts you right there on the scene.

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

Pub Date: June 16, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-2678-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine

Review Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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A breezy and fun contemporary fantasy.

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

A tightly wound caseworker is pushed out of his comfort zone when he’s sent to observe a remote orphanage for magical children.

Linus Baker loves rules, which makes him perfectly suited for his job as a midlevel bureaucrat working for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, where he investigates orphanages for children who can do things like make objects float, who have tails or feathers, and even those who are young witches. Linus clings to the notion that his job is about saving children from cruel or dangerous homes, but really he’s a cog in a government machine that treats magical children as second-class citizens. When Extremely Upper Management sends for Linus, he learns that his next assignment is a mission to an island orphanage for especially dangerous kids. He is to stay on the island for a month and write reports for Extremely Upper Management, which warns him to be especially meticulous in his observations. When he reaches the island, he meets extraordinary kids like Talia the gnome, Theodore the wyvern, and Chauncey, an amorphous blob whose parentage is unknown. The proprietor of the orphanage is a strange but charming man named Arthur, who makes it clear to Linus that he will do anything in his power to give his charges a loving home on the island. As Linus spends more time with Arthur and the kids, he starts to question a world that would shun them for being different, and he even develops romantic feelings for Arthur. Lambda Literary Award–winning author Klune (The Art of Breathing, 2019, etc.) has a knack for creating endearing characters, and readers will grow to love Arthur and the orphans alongside Linus. Linus himself is a lovable protagonist despite his prickliness, and Klune aptly handles his evolving feelings and morals. The prose is a touch wooden in places, but fans of quirky fantasy will eat it up.

A breezy and fun contemporary fantasy.

Pub Date: March 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-250-21728-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Tor

Review Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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