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Monday, June 3, 2013

The 2013 Hundie Challenge #40: Blood Echo

(If you're wondering why this book is on here, why I'm not giving it a proper review, and why this isn't a vlog entry, check out my post about some tweaks I was obliged to make to the challenge here.)

When I was considering which Red Adept book to spotlight first, I ran over a couple of possible criteria in my head: the first I read, the first RAP published, alphabetical, the one with the most cats (discounting imaginary cats) and so on and so on.

BLOOD ECHO by Melissa Simonson doesn't really fit any of those criteria (although it does have a fully realized cat character, Allie.)  It just happened to be kismet, though, that at the time I was trying to figure out what to do with this post, Kindle ebooks of BLOOD ECHO are 100% free on Amazon.  (No joke.  Get it here before June 4, 2013.)

Like I said, kismet, right?  Anyway, as I've explained already, it's kind of a conflict of interest for me to REVIEW books from my own publisher in any sense.  That being said, I'm still going to kind of spotlight these books over the next few weeks.

BLOOD ECHO is kind of like INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE for the GOSSIP GIRL set.   Does that make sense?  I'm not really sure what to compare it to.  It's about some of those unbearably rich and bored Upper East Side types, some of whom just happen to have mystical, ex-parrot related powers.  It's packed with mystery and what I'm increasingly starting to think of as fashion porn, which is somewhat lost on me since the limit of my understandings of fashion are the difference between a skirt and a dress.  And I often mix those up.  So, yes, it is kind of female-oriented, but I had no problems reading it and I'm not even sure which hand to hold a cosmo in.  (Does that make me a "Carrie?")

Anyway, you can check out an excerpt here.

And the back book copy here.

And for all the places to buy it that AREN'T Amazon (but also Amazon) click here.

Thanks for checking in, thanks for bearing with me on the changes to the Hundie Challenge, and we'll be back on Wednesday with the last E.M. Forster book on the Modern Library List, A PASSAGE TO INDIA.

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