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Books 91-94: Toby Daye, Sookie and Queen Betsy

Book 91: Rosemary and Rue (October Day 01)
Author: Seanan McGuire, 2009.
Genre: Urban Fantasy. Crime.
Other Details: Paperback. 368 pages.

Seanan McGuire quickly established herself as a new favourite with me with this début novel, which is the first in her October (Toby) Daye series of urban fantasies set in modern day San Francisco. The opening is rather stunning in terms of character development and it is one I don't want to spoil. It really does set the tone though for Toby's ambivalent relationship with Faerie. The book is narrated by Toby, a halfbreed Fae, and she quickly proves herself a able guide to the complexities of her world. In this first outing she reluctantly takes on the role of detective to investigate the murder of a powerful Fae and soon finds herself becoming embroiled again in the politics of the Unseen world.

The novel does suffer from the same problem encountered in a number of urban crime fantasies as its protagonist finds herself under attack from various beings with little respite. Still the strength of the world building, the appeal of its central and supporting characters, meant that I was happy to ignore this rather over-used formula and just enjoy. I could hardly wait to get my paws on others in the series and recommended it widely.

Author's Page on Rosemary and Rue' with sample chapter link.

Book 92: Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 10)
Author: Charlaine Harris, 2010.
Genre: Southern Gothic. Supernatural Mystery.
Other Details: Hardback. 320 pages.

This tenth outing for Sookie Stackhouse deals with issues associated with family, both of blood and heart, for Sookie and other characters.

After a number of books containing major events, this one had a change of pace allowing for things to settle down. Still there was plenty of foreshadowing for the future as well as the pleasure of just spending some time with a group of characters that I've come to love.

Book 93: Undead and Unwed (Undead/Queen Betsy Book 01).
Author: MaryJanice Davidson, 2002.
Genre: Supernatural Chick Lit. Comedy.
Other Details: Unabridged audiobook; Length: 9 hours, 13 mins. Read by Nancy Wu.

Betsy Taylor's week isn't going very well. She turns 30, gets laid off from her job, is killed by an SUV and then wakes up dead. Bummer. The local vampire community is convinced that she's their prophesied Queen. However, Betsy has more important things to do like buying shoes. Meanwhile, there is the local vampire big-wig who wants to ensure she meets the final death and another who rather fancies her.

This was perfect fluff for in-car listening. Comedic vampire chick-lit with a central character who lives (or rather is undead) for designer shoes. It had plenty of comic moments though rather a lot of effing and blinding that proved a wee bit off-putting.

Book 94: Undead and Unemployed (Undead/Queen Betsy Book 02)
Author: MaryJanice Davidson, 2004.
Genre: Supernatural Chick Lit. Comedy.
Other Details: Unabridged audiobook; Length: 7 hours, 26 mins. Read by Nancy Wu.

Three months after the events in the first book, Betsy gets her dream job selling shoes at Macy's though she finds that her employee discount is proving too tempting. Meanwhile, someone is staking vampires and Betsy is urged by her friends and allies to discover who is behind it.

Again, a slice of vampire fluff that never takes itself too seriously and proved an enjoyable in-car listen.
Tags: audio book, chicklit, humor, urban fantasy, vampires, werewolves
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