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Every writer is also a reader. I read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, but the genre that brings out my inner squealing fan-girl is paranormal/urban fantasy. Each of these series has me hooked, and I look forward to a new year of releases by these, a few of my favorite authors.
1. Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez. Due to be released on March 6, 2012, according to Amazon.com, this is the sixth book in Perez’s Dead Is series of young adult paranormal mysteries. It will represent a major shift in the series, though. The first of five books–starting with Dead is the New Black— focused on Daisy Giordano, a budding psychic going to high school in the quirky town of Nightshade, California. In the fifth book, Dead is Not an Option, Daisy prepared to go off to college.
The new volume will follow Jessica Walsh, a Nightshade high schooler who appeared as a minor character earlier in the series. According to the buzz on Goodreads, some fans of the series are not looking forward to the shift. Perez’s series is so addictive, though, I don’t see how they’re going to be able to resist picking this one up.
2. Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward. Speaking of addictive series, J.R. Ward’s definitely not-for-kids Black Dagger Brotherhood novels is the definition of must-read. Ward’s noir storytelling style (it may remind you of Robert B. Parker) and original vampire world-building must strike the uninitiated as rather strange. For those of us who were hooked from Dark Lover, this twelfth book in the series will be a much-needed fix. Wikipedia says, “Lover Reborn will be released on March 27, 2012. Tohrment, the Brother who had it all, but lost everything to the enemy, is destined for a second chance at love and life. But will the past and his bitterness hold him back?” When Tohrment’s wife was murdered, many Ward fans were shocked and saddened, so it will be nice to see Tohr happy again. (Yes, we all know that the couple in question will end up together in the end. It’s happened 11 times before.) We also need to know what will happen with Blaylock and Qhuinn, the best friends whose relationship is infinitely complicated by the fact that Blay is in love with Qhuinn.
3. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. Keeping pace with Ward, Charlaine Harris will release the 12th book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series on May 1, 2012. Reportedly, this will be the second-to-last book to feature Harris’ iconic character, psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Chapter 2–which Harris has posted on his website–features the faeries heavily. The faeries interest me, especially since they always signal a strong element of danger. But, what I really want to know is whether Sookie will ever get back together with her dead ex-boyfriend, vampire Bill Compton. (Sorry, fans of Eric.)