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12.17.2009

Better Part of Darkness Tour & Contest


Scroll down to the end for contest rules and info!


One of the most violent prone heroines that I have come across in awhile...Charlie Madigan. Single mother, cop, tough ass chick, Charlie Madigan turns Better Part of Darkness from just your average Urban Fantasy novel into an on the edge of your seat, turn-your-head-don't-look kind of novel.

Charlie's world is a world where the discovered two different planes of existences, or other worlds. Worlds that humans had coined Heaven and Hell in mythology and religious texts.  These worlds are not spiritual though, they are the worlds of just other races of beings and now they are a part of the human world.  With their introduction into human society they have also brought a slew of other potentially deadly problems. This is where Charlie comes in.  Her job is to police the other worlders, along with her siren partner Hank.

When a string of overdoses begin occurring throughout the city, the drug screams "other world".  To make matters worse, Charlie gets called to her daughter's school, a child, a friend of Charlie's daughter has overdosed on the drug - now it is a race against time to locate the makers of this drug and find a cure to the horrible side-effects of Ash.

Charlie gets herself in momentous amounts of trouble in this who-done-it, explore-your-new-preternatural-talents novel.  You go from one action packed sequence to the next - usually where Charlie is beating their heads in - or getting her own head beat in, depending on the strength of her opponent. Definitely not for the squeamish.

What I liked about this novel, the characters were strong, the background was rich in detail, and the writing was spot on.  Ms. Gay painted a gritty picture of her world that had me imagining every last detail.  At times I believed I myself was trailing behind Charlie in Atlanta's famous Underground. I also liked that she was a single-mother, you don't see that often in these books. 

The only flaws of the novel that I found surrounded Charlie.  Sometimes she was just too much.  She was a bit too neurotic.  She was constantly analyzing herself, yet flying off the handle.  There was tons of self-discovery in this novel and I think it might have been handled a little more inobtrusive.  Secondly, with all the hot boys running around I so wanted Charlie to get a little love action, but *sigh* I feel a bit repressed now.

Yet, book was excellent.  Great read and I recommend it to urban fantasy fans galore.  If you like the Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thomas Series...you'll love this one.


Thank you to  Pocket Books for providing me the review copy.

Other tour participants:

My Life in Not So Many Words: http://www.ziarias.blogspot.com/
Parajunkee’s View: http://parajunkee.blogspot.com/
Crazy Books & Reviews: http://lindsayphotobook.blogspot.com/
The Book Tree: http://thebooktree.blogspot.com/
Book Junkie: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/
Jeanne's Ramblings: http://www.jeannesramblings.com
Drey’s Library: http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/
Poisoned Rationality: http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com
Found Not Lost: http://jmomfinds.amoores.com/
A Book Bloggers Diary: http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object: http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/
My Adventures in Mommyland: http://musingmainiac.blogspot.com/
I Heart Book Gossip: http://juniperrbreeeze.blogspot.com/
All About {n}: http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/
The Bibliophilic Book Blog: http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/
Jen’s Book Talk: http://jensbooktalk.blogspot.com/
Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
Chick with Books: http://www.chickwithbooks.blogspot.com/
Reading with Tequila: http://readingwithtequila.blogspot.com/
Pick of the Literate: http://bookrevues.blogspot.com/
Books Gardens & Dogs: http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/
Wendy’s Minding Spot: http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/
Revenge of the Booknerds: http://booknerdextraordinaire.blogspot.com/
You Wanna Know What I Think?: http://www.kballard87.blogspot.com/
Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm: http://fayeflamereviews.blogspot.com/
Patricia’s Vampire Notes: http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/
SciFi Guy: http://www.scifiguy.ca/
The Wayfaring Writer: http://moonsanity.blogspot.com/
Book Soulmates: http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/

Now for the contest.

I happened to have an extra copy - brand new - of Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay. You can win this copy.
  • You must be 18 yrs+
  • Live in the US (Funds are low peeps - Merry Christmas!)
  • Be a follower
  • Comment in this post with your email if it is not attached to your bio
  • Contest ends December 23rd
Extra Entries:
+1 New Follower
+2 Old Follower
+1 Tweet
+2 Sidebar
+3 Blog Post







40 comments:

Tina said...

Tina wants!!!
Im a follower +2

Virginia C said...

I'd love to win "Better Part of Darkness"!

+2 Already follow

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Stacy said...

I've heard a lot of good stuff about this book!

+2 old follower

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Lorri Jeanne said...

I don't want to be entered, I'm just visiting blog tour participants and reading reviews :)

I enjoyed your review!

xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me!

+2 old follower

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Melissa said...

+2 old follower
+1 tweeted!

Misty said...

I'd love to win Kelly's book. From what I've been reading it's going to be pretty for a first book. Congrats to her.

Misty said...

+2 already a follower

StephTheBookworm said...

Cool, I'd love this book!
+2 old follower

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ladystorm said...

Would love to win this book!

Thanks,
Stormi
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+2 old follower

Amanda Leigh said...

I would love to win Kelly's book!

+2 I'm a follower
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ladystorm said...

+2 sidebar at http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com

Faith Adeline said...

I'd love to win the copy, it sounds like an awesome book (:

+2 Old follower
+1 Tweet [http://twitter.com/faithadeline]
+3 Blog Post [http://faithadelinereviews.blogspot.com/2009/12/better-part-of-darkness-contest.html]

My email is on my profile of my blog (:

Sandy Jay said...

I'd love to win this book.

+2 old follower

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Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds good, count me in!

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+2 sidebar @ teensreadandwrite.com

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chelleyreads said...
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chelleyreads said...

I'd love to read this.

+2 i'm an old follower

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Melissa (My World) said...

I would REALLY love to win this book!

+3 blog - http://melissa-melsworld.blogspot.com/
+2 old follower
+1 twitting about

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Thank you!

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

+2 old follower

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Martha Lawson said...

Sounds like a good read.

+2 old follower

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donnas said...

I would love to be included.

Linked on sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com

Linked in post here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2009/12/contests-found-this-week_14.html

I am an old follower

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Cleverly Inked said...

+2 old follower

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I am so wanting to read this book. I have heard nothing but good things

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ooo...count me in!

+2 Old follower
+1 Tweeted it!

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This sounds really good. I gotta add this to my list.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh I almost forgot.
Please enter me :D

Old follower :)
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CrystalGB said...

Sounds great. I love the cover.
I am a follower.

heather said...

I would LOVE a copy of this book!!!

+2 - old follower
+1 - tweeted

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van_pham said...

Would love to win this, please enter me

+1 new follower

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justpeachy36 said...

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I am an old follower.
I retweeted here:

http://twitter.com/justpeachy36/status/6820241296

Sheere said...

Good review! Neurotic characters tends to be a little too much sometimes :)
Please don't enter me, sadly I don't live in US (damn shipping taxes!)

Anna ♥ said...

Sounds great, please count me in!

+2 Old Follower

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Cathie said...

new follower
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Cathie said...

+1 New Follower
+1 Tweet greatmasteryoda

Sounds sweet.

Heidi V said...

New follower

Thanks
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debbiejackson said...

I would love to read this.
Just became a new follower

pixie13 said...

Sounds like a good one. Please accpet my entry. Thanks!
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Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Ooh, how did I miss this?!

+2 old follower

Thank you!
- Nikki
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tetewa said...

I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

kittyism said...

Great contest!
I'm a follower. Thanks!
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Princess Allie said...

I just became a follower. Awesome site! E-mail:
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