Grave Memory, Gunmetal Magic, and The Phantom Tollbooth

NEW: GRAVE MEMORY, Book Three in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price (Roc, 2012)

Set in the fictional Nekros City in modern day America, this urban fantasy romance focuses on Alex Craft who…

… as a Grave Witch, solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…

A community reviewer on Goodreads named Wendi said, “Kalayna Price brings another intensly original heartpounding novel to readers with Grave Memory.” Heather, another community reviewer, said, “I was already a fan of the Alex Craft series, but Grave Memory dives deeper into the paranormal worlds and changes the game for some favorite characters, making Book Three my favorite in the series so far.”

An excerpt of the first book in the Alex Craft series is available on the author’s website. To start reading Grave Memory, Look Inside on Amazon. Order it from these popular booksellers:


SOON: GUNMETAL MAGIC, Book 5.5 in the Kate Daniels series, by Ilona Andrews (Ace, July 2012)

The Kate Daniels series is one that straddles the line between fantasy in sci-fi—pretty much right on the edge of FairyRoom’s purview. If it weren’t for the shapeshifters we might have missed it. Yes, it’s set in an apocalyptic future Earth, but it’s magic that is battling against human technological progress, literally gnawing on skyscrapers until they topple down, allowing shapeshifters and vampires prowl the streets. Kate Daniels is the heroine of the series and, according to Andrews’s website, “makes friends, falls in love, and when the universe tries to kick her in the face—she kicks back.” This newest book brings a secondary character, Andrea Nash center stage:

Some people have everything figured out — Andrea is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.

When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea’s former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate … and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world…

A community reviewer on Goodreads named Katie said, “An offshoot of the amazing Kate Daniels series? Heck yes! Getting to see things from Andrea’s perspective was refreshing, and I enjoyed learning about this character who is so integral to the KD novels.” Nicole, another community reviewer, agreed, “As always, Ilona delivers an incredible story wrapped around myth and folklore that leaves me desperate for more!” Suzanne said, “Frankly, I love this series so much that by July they could do a book about an orange spotted monkey called Dave and so long as Kate and Curran arrived in it at some point I would still give it 5 stars.”

An excerpt of Gunmetal Magic is available on the author’s website. Look for this book on July 31 or preorder:


CLASSIC: THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, by Norton Juster (Random House, 1961)

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams…

If this was your favorite book when you were little—join the club!—and you’re worried that it won’t withstand the test of time, Emma, community reviewer on Goodreads assures us, “I am certain that I will always love this book. I loved it when I was younger, and I love it even more now.” Andy, another community reviewer agreed, “Wordplay, puns, silly jokes, a rare sense of gleeful whimsy that makes you forget you’re a busted old grownup and reminds you of the kinds of things you thought about when you were nine years old.” Another community reviewer Snorkle pointed out that there is really something in Tollbooth for children and adults alike: “Every page had a little piece of wit that if you weren’t carefully watching out for, you’d miss entirely. The Phantom Tollbooth was a book that taught you why things were important all the while cleverly hiding them in a seemingly harmless story tale. This was the sort of book that when reading you would burst out laughing and have an urge to find someone, anyone so that you could read them the clever little line that was so spectacular.”

An excerpt of The Phantom Tollbooth is available from NPR. Order this book from these popular booksellers:

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