03 October 2011

Review & Giveaway: Wolf at the Door by MaryJanice Davidson

Just in time for Halloween reading, MaryJanice Davidson's newest novel, due in stores tomorrow, combines her Wyndham Werewolves series with her Queen Betsy vampire series. Oh, and just in case you're a zombie fan, Davidson threw in one of those too.

Are you thinking this all too much? You might be right, but if you like fun, humor, and romance mixed with your paranormal, you shouldn't miss Davidson. I listened to the first two Betsy Taylor books and truly laughed out loud several times.

MaryJanice Davidson's Wolf at the Door stars Rachael Velvela, cousin of Cape Cod Pack leader Michael Wyndham. When she is sent to St. Paul to spy on keep an eye on Queen Betsy, Rachael has no idea that her life is about to be turned upside down. Here's the back-of-the-book summary:

For a werewolf, Rachael's life is pretty calm. Honestly, how hairy can doing people’s taxes get? Mostly she minds her own business and wishes other werewolves did, too. But she has a loyalty to them and when her cousin Michael, leader of the Wyndham Pack, wants a favor, Rachael has to jump—this time, all the way to St. Paul, Minnesota.

All she has to do is keep one eye on St. Paul's resident vampire queen, Betsy Taylor, and the other peeled for a rogue werewolf who's itching to start an all-out war. As tensions build, Rachael finds herself torn between the vamps and the weres, and fending off the attentions of not just a new colleague, but of a mysterious stranger as well.

If only Rachael knew which one of them to trust. If only the Minnesota nights weren't so unsettling. Because in the dark, it's getting harder to tell the good werewolves from the bad . . .
I haven't read any of the other novels in Davidson's Wyndham Werewolf series, but that didn't throw me off. Wolf at the Door includes enough background information so I didn't feel lost. The plot moves along at a good clip, and the relationship between paranormal beings and humans is good entertainment. Along with the mystery, this book is all about setting up Rachael in her new city and building a foundation for future tales in which both wolf and vampire will play a role. I think the teaming of Rachael with Betsy is a great idea, and I'm looking forward to more light, fun reading from Davidson.

To learn about MaryJanice Davidson, visit her website, where you can read about all her series. She also maintains a fairly active blog and a Facebook page.

Giveaway: Thanks to the publisher, I am able to offer two of my readers a copy of Wolf at the Door. Because the books will be sent directly from the publisher, this giveaway is limited to people with a U.S. mailing address. To enter, simply fill out the form, and I'll contact the two winners on October 13.

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Published by Penguin USA / Berkley Trade, October 2011
ISBN-13: 9780425243114
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B-
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Julie P. 10/3/11, 6:32 AM  

Sounds perfect -- especially this time of year.

Jenn's Bookshelves 10/3/11, 8:49 AM  

What a perfect book for Halloween!

bermudaonion 10/3/11, 9:17 AM  

I listened to one of her books (I can't remember which one) and thought it was fun.

Zibilee 10/3/11, 10:33 AM  

I have myself convinced that I need to try some of the urban fantasy out there, but have no idea where to start. These books actually sound like the perfect choice, as it is still fairly early in the series for me to jump in and enjoy. Thanks for sharing this post, and the great giveaway as well!

Beth Hoffman 10/3/11, 10:50 AM  

I think the gal down the street would love this. I'll send her your link.

Have a great week, Candace!

Belle Wong 10/3/11, 10:33 PM  

Another one for the audiobook TBR - good thing, too. I have accumulated quite a few Audible credits!

MaryJanice Davidson 10/12/11, 1:01 AM  

Thanks for all the kind words, gang!

Ana S. 10/12/11, 11:33 AM  

Nothing is too much if done well, and it definitely sounds like that's the case here!

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