06 9 / 2011
I like a good romance with my urban fantasy but this crosses over into paranormal romance (by the way, what are the genre boundaries for PR vs UF? Anyone?). Not that that is a minus, but I seriously felt like this book was less strong in that department compared to the potentially amazing story I almost, almost got sucked into 100%. But 80% is pretty damn good too!
Chosen by Blood is definitely the first in a series in that a lot of time is spent prepping us for book two. Again, not necessarily a minus, but I wanted more of the adventure!
So much potential which I hope book two brings out.
06 9 / 2011
"He clearly wasn’t dissuaded, and stroked my jawline with his thumb. “You can run. You can keep running to the ends of the earth. But I won’t be far behind you.”
-Ethan Sullivan in Chloe Neill’s - Hard Bitten"
seriously counting down to the next Merit book in November…
30 8 / 2011
Do you have an ‘A’ list of books and a ‘B’ list? My wishlists always have books from the ‘B’ list on it. Reminders in case I’m ever hard up for a book and need something that isn’t going to be a complete disaster but then again isn’t an auto-buy. Unfortunately, despite having this on my to-read list (oh boy, I have waaaaaayyy too many lists. I apologize!) for over a year, the Red Headed Stepchild and the rest of the series is going on the ‘B’ list. I just couldn’t get into it, couldn’t fall in love, no matter how much I wanted to! I’m always looking for a new series to adore to fill in the gaps between books and dull the pain of waiting (drama!) but this isn’t it.
What is wrong, you ask? Or maybe you just want me to get to the point, NOW! Our heroine just isn’t believable. She is this assassin extraordinaire who just can’t quite convince me that she is ‘all that’. Too weak at strange moments and instead of revealing her vulnerable humanity, this just creates an odd frustration for the reader. It felt like this book was just step one in ‘how to set up a UF series’ and unfortunately it missed the all-too-important step of ‘make reader fall in like with protagonist’. And to be honest, I have forgotten huge chunks of the story already. But it could just be me, so go ahead and check it out for yourself. I will probably even give the second book a go because I so badly want to like more series.
04 8 / 2011
Avalon Revisted by O.M. Grey was on my to-read list for a while with good reviews and an intriguing steampunk world with vampires and spinsters.
And it started off strong, with a interesting and different male voice completely unapologetic for his lifestyle with a fantastic backstory. And then he met the girl. And instead of being something that took the story to the next level it actually put a dampener on the whole thing.
That said I did finish it and the action and pace was great to the end. Just a shame about the eponymous Miss Avalon and her rather unfortunate effect on the hero…
11 6 / 2011
"Although security and warfare had never been my gig, vampire security was highly contextual and thus incredibly interesting. There were links to history (Vampires were screwed over yesterday!) and politics (House X screwed us over yesterday!), philosophy (Why do you think they screwed us over yesterday?) and ethics (If we didn’t bite, would they have screwed us over yesterday?), and, of course, strategy (How did they screw us over? How can we keep them from screwing us over again or, better yet, screw them over first?)."
24 4 / 2011
Can’t believe am about to start another review with a cover rant, but yeah, this one does not do this book justice either! Nor does the title actually, but luckily, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom was a Kindle Freebie (oh-so-smart-move Publisher Person because now I’m hooked and I will buy the rest of the series), so it was easy to press the ‘Buy’ button.
This book is black, funny, wry, and felt as ‘real’ as a supernatural tale can feel in terms of relationships and dialogue. I liked the fact the two protagonists are well-matched, no newbie versus master thing going on here, just a well explained back story (spanning nearly a millennium) that doesn’t interfere with a great mystery and some real tension as the nefarious doings of the villain unfolded.
The secondary characters were also great and, while providing light relief, definitely not one dimensional, especially Irma, the ghost very much attached to our heroine’s car.
Not really sure why this is classified as ‘lite paranormal’. It seemed too developed for that but I give up trying to understand the shades of gray in fantasy sub-genres. Suffice to say, great story, great alternate universe creation, and great characters means I will be snapping up the next three books in the series as soon as possible.
16 3 / 2011
I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so deceived or influenced by a cover as much as I was by this one:
I’ve been circling around this book for about a year because of that cover- it is YA? Is it one of those ‘comedy paranormals’? (Which I can’t stand but will leave that rant for another post!). On and off it went from my wish list, until last week when I saw the Kindle ebook price had been reduced to $2.99, I thought I’d give it a chance. Oh selkies and fairies, am I glad I did! Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler is the start to a fabulous series!
One reviewer on Amazon likened it to Charlaine Harris’ Sookie series and I agree, except it’s a much dirtier, more self-aware version! And it’s not really fair to say it’s a ‘version’ of anything- the premise is seriously original and Ms Peeler creates a strong and unique voice for the main character.
As I am less-than-talented at synopses I’m going to let you read the official version:
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.
Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.
It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie’s lamp.
It may seem like a YA book, but again, it’s just that cover wreaking more mischief! Definitely not YA material when the relationship between Jane True and her vampire lover Ryu heats up and becomes one of the most refreshing relationships of the genre. No prevaricating or guilt about sex and relationships here and I for one say YAY for no angst-ridden vampires.
And the best thing is- there are already two other books for me to read immediately and a fourth coming in a few months! I get so frustrated when I dive into a new world and discover I have to wait a whole year for book two.