But to prepare you for it–to give you some advance warning as to exactly hoe awesome Caitlin is–I’ve prepared this little list. Since Top 10 Lists seem to be sort of my thing lately. It’s a phase I’m going through.
10. Her heroine, Luna Wilder, has an incredibly cool name. C’mon. Luna Wilder? And she’s a werewolf? Can you taste the awesome?
9. Luna Wilder drives a 1969 Ford Fairlane. I don’t know if any of you know that my family has always been a big Ford family? Oh, yes. And Fairlanes rock, too. Not flashy, but totally cool in a James-Garner-Rockford-Files kind of a way (which, if you don’t think James Garner is cool, I don’t really know why you’re reading this blog.)(And before you say anything, yes, I know Rockford drove a Firebird. So?)
8. Bloody, mutilated corpses.
7. Irritating angst? NO!!
6. Genuinely creepy and scary? HELL yeah!!
5. She brings off one of my favorite types of heroes with panache: the guy you shouldn’t like, because he’s a bad man (for real, not some pseudo-bad-boy like you see so often) but damn, he’s sexy as hell anyway, even if he does smoke cloves. The chemistry is amazing and the sex scene…okay, it takes some damn good sex writing to make this jaded girl reach for the hubs.
He never knew what hit him.
4. A totally original world. Nocturne City is so spooky and lovely and interesting I would glady have sat and read a plotless travelogue of the place.
3. Oooh, the writing! No lines go clunk. No similes confuse. It’s all There was not one moment where I thought, “I would have worded that differently” or had to go back and read a line again.
2. Luna is an extremely appealing character. In a genre (or subgenre) where first-person female heroines can grate after a while, where so many of them are supposed to be ballsy and snarky but in reality seem like either cast-iron bitches or whiny girly-girls hiding behind leather corsets pretending to be much tougher than they actually are, Luna genuinely is funny, smart, ballsy, and real.
1. This is the first werewolf book I’ve read that I actually want to read again. Weres on the whole are not normally my thing; not sure why, but they just never appealed to me. But here I actually got the appeal. For real.
1 (again). IT KICKS ASS.
And if I get it…you will too. So go buy the book! You can pre-order it here or rush down to your local bookstore Tuesday morning and wait for them to open so you can get your copy right away. Because seriously, you do not want to miss this one.
And yeah, I know. I’ve been recommending a few books lately. And yes, funnily enough they’ve all been written by my friends. Can I help it if I’m lucky enough to have such incredibly talented friends?
Seriously. I know a lot of writers, guys (as do a lot of you). So many, with so many releases, that I could probably recommend a new one every day of the year. But I don’t. Because–and I certainly don’t intend for this to sound like I don’t like and enjoy my friends’ work–I don’t recommend a book unless I think everyone I know will be hugely, hugely missing out if they don’t buy it. There will be a hole in your life if you miss Caitlin’s first novel. So don’t have that hole.
Monday I’m starting promo month, so come back and find out what I’m doing, what the contest is, how you can help, when the excerpts will be up, all that good stuff.