Monday, July 27, 2009

Book - A Jolly Good Fellow

A Jolly Good Fellow by Stephen V. Masse
It’s almost Christmas and times are tough, Duncan Wagner needed money to live off of so he concocted a plan to get one hundred thousand dollars by kidnapping and ransoming off the kid of State Representative Winthrop Booker. After several attempts to put the plan in motion, Duncan watches as Gabriel Booker misses his school bus and then, as he is hitchhiking down the road, gets into Duncan’s car. No snatching, no screaming, no tying up, just gets in, sits down and says ‘Just trying to get a ride‘. All this made the first part of the plan so much easier than expected. Turns out the kid was running away from home an decides that Duncan seems nice enough to spend a few days with and will go ahead and play along with the whole kidnapping thing for a while, it might even be fun. Duncan wonders if the rest of his plan will work this well also or if he is going to get caught and go to jail.

A story of friendship and finding a way to move on, get over and get through life. Kind of cute even though it is predictable for so much of the main plot. I enjoyed the way Gabriel was written, a young boy at a difficult age, a boy very independent and with signs of his intelligence already creeping through but still having kid problems and in the end, he misses his mom and dad (how great is that). This was a different style of writing than I am used to , not just because the narration was written as if Duncan was thinking everything (first person), but it was set in Boston (nothing wrong with that) and some of the grammatical slang or dialect maybe, is what gave me difficulty. It was the ’by the by’ and the ’so I says to him’ (with the S on say, and not using said) even in the narrative. It caused a distraction for me (grammatically speaking) and I wasn’t able to get past it enough to enjoy the story more. I do typically like the happy endings and this one had mixed messages there. No real closure, for the most part it left the characters almost in a sad state and the expected answer was avoided. (***)
Jul 27, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Young Adult - City of Glass

With 2 of the Mortal Instruments (the cup and the sword) already in Valentine Morgensterns possession, the main obstacle to his plan was finding the 3rd (the mirror). All th shadow hunters needed to get to Alicante in Idris to see how the Clave had decided to handle the information that Valentine was not only still alive, but was still hoping to cleanse the world of demons, downworlders and any who did not follow in his own beliefs of how that should be accomplished. Arriving in Alicante with the main goal of finding the wizard (Ragnor Fell) that could help her mother, Clary (Clarrisa Fray) discovered that no one wanted her there so she took the help of the only person who was offering, Sebastian Verlac. With Jace otherwise occupied, and Simmon thought to still be in New York, the familiarity she felt with Sebastian was almost comforting at first. Learn more details about Jace’s upbringing, see pieces of Jocelyn and Valentines history, hear about more and more secrets that have been kept for far too long. The Angels once helped the Nephilim, but can that save them now?

Book 3 ….. Fast paced, exciting, ever changing, action packed fun. I didn’t want to put it down till the end. As the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series this book was very involved, the need to have read the first 2 of the series (City of Bones and City of Ashes) not just to know the characters, but the main story line is continual. The characters gained depth - more personality and definition, even Valentine. The conclusion wrapped thing up (with one exception) and left things - characters were they should be and with who they should be with. I really enjoyed this whole series even though it was labeled as a young adult, I found the action, adventure and suspense very intriguing and the romance aspect at times frustrating but always sweet and touching. ( )

Jul 23, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Book - A Fool and his Honey

Having a strange day already, Aurora (Roe) Teagarden was not shocked by the appearance of her husband’s (Martin Bartell) niece Regina Graham. The surprise was Regina showing up with a baby nobody knew about. Returning home later that evening, Martin and Roe find Regina gone, her husband (Craig) dead on the steps, her baby (Hayden) under the bed, and their friend (Rory Brown) half passed out on their couch. With so many questions and Rory not giving any answers, Martin and Roe head to Ohio to try to put some of the pieces together.

Book 6 ….. Don’t really understand how the title of the book ties in with the book (they usually do). It is a basic, straight forward - who, what and why mystery. You get the information early on to the what and even to the why, the who comes later but is also fairly easy to spot. That is not to say the whole thing is predictable (although thinking back on it, I should have seen it all coming). Loved the reference to other mystery novel heroes (especially the shot at Stephanie Plum of Janet Evanovich’s number series). Have to admit, I did not like the ending (trying to avoid spoilers here), I am just hoping that Charlaine Harris has a good reason for such a difficult ending. I will just have to get a hold of a copy of the next Teagarden Mystery (Last Scene Alive) to find out. ( )

Jul 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Young Adult - Across the Pond

Left with limited option while his parents took a vacation to Australia, Frederick (Fred) Squire decided to vacation in the United States with his parents friends. Not knowing what to expect Fred started his list (for a school project) right away he found that England and America both spoke English, but sometimes the differences could be embarrassing or it could get you in trouble. With the help of Phil, Julie and their daughter Brittany (Brit), he learned many new words and alternate meanings of some common words. Phil and Julie helped Fred be part of the family, meeting Brits friends helped him feel comfortable in a foreign land, hearing about her enemies made him have a purpose, finding a connection with Brit gave him a chance to feel like Sir Lancelot. The whole vacation was wrapped around Fred’s visit with some fun outings scheduled for the whole family.

A short, sweet and innocent sort of romance (just kissing) between Fred and Brit. Sort of skipped some of the ‘getting to know each other’ stuff. Felt rushed from arrival to big event, to the next big event, would have liked more detail at each of those events. More of the fun at the barbeque, or at the baseball game, even more of the interaction with Brits friends at the Mall. The baseball thing was a great way to really bring out more of the differences between England and America. While I don’t like the idea of Fred fighting and Brit not being honest with her parents (coming from a parents point of view here), I am encouraged by her telling someone she trusted and that he was someone who wanted to protect the girls, do the right thing even if it could have been handled differently (kind of a moral to the story type of a thing). These are good characters that I would have enjoyed getting to know better, but for a pre-teen or early teen type of book it doesn’t get bogged down with a bunch of unimportant information which could be good. Everything is important to those of this age and this book reflects that. Really enjoyed the ending (no spoilers here), it is a little predictable (got to know Fred well enough for that) but still makes a good point. It is left open for more, Fred’s return to America or Brit venturing to England, a good adventure for the pair would be nice to see. ( )
Jul 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book - Stuck in Shangri-La

The sad news that her Uncle Hecuba (Horry) Willikins had passed away came at a good time, Darcie Reed’s boss was unfortunately chasing her around his desk. She quit her job, packed her stuff and headed out to Uncle Horry’s estate (affectionately called ‘Shangri-La’). Saying goodbye to the last of her relatives was going to be hard enough, but the reading of the will made things worse. Finding out that she had to live with her ex-fiancĂ© Cameron Pierce, a picky spoiled cat named Lucky and a cranky possessive housekeeper, Lily for one month if she wanted to get her inheritance was bad enough, but then a long lost Uncle Edwin (who Darc never even knew about), along with his girlfriend Pookie and then the ghost of Uncle Horry all showed up to make things feel even more like a circus. Listening to the ribbit-ribbit of the frog statues is enough to driver Darc and Cam crazy, but maybe not back together as Uncle Horry obviously was trying to do with his strange will request.

Cute, funny and a bit naughty. Hearing (reading) about the intimacies of the older generation is at times weird, but can be funny. I typically like to see the initial ‘falling in love’, but this one had enough of the back story to show that they really hadn’t done the ‘falling’ the first time they were together - they jumped in and then she ran out. Good characters interactions, like between the ghost of Horry and Lucky the cat. I am not a big fan of Darcie, but Cam was open minded and funny and was able to carry the story. On a side note, I have to like any book with so many references to ‘Young Frankenstein’, that has to be one of my favorite movies.
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Jul 15, 2009

Young Adult - The Seventh Daughter

Finally finding her mother, the Queen, in the mortal world (The Lost Queen, book 2 of The Faerie Path), Princess Tania, her sisters and boyfriend Edric returned to the Faerie Realm to discover that their father, King Oberon had been taken prisoner. Locked away in an amber sphere wrapped with isenmort (metal bands) and then exiled to Ynis Maw (a tiny, inhospitable, prison island) King Oberon was waiting - for his daughters and the fate of the entire Faerie Realm. Witnessing the destruction that the Sorcerer King had brought to the Palace and the surrounding areas, the sisters knew the only hope was for them to find, rescue their father and reunite the King of the Sun with the Queen of the Moon (their mother). The journey was long with many unforeseen obstacles to overcome and many fears to be face for each them.

Book 3 ….. Action packed in a fast a furious search for Oberon. From one end of the Faerie Realm to the other, the descriptions of the different areas and weather patterns was wonderful. I enjoyed the way it picked up within seconds of where the last book (The Lost Queen) left off. There is a lot more interaction with each of the sisters and we get to know each of them so much better. Edric’s role in this book is less ‘wonderful’, he is just a dutiful boyfriend, always in the shadow of Tania. (Without giving too much away), the ending felt like a nice closure to the story, but I know there is another (The Immortal Realm), so I am interested to see were Frewin Jones takes Tania, if Edric plays a bigger part and which of the sisters finds happiness next.
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Jul 10, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Young Adult - Awakening

Awakening by K. Lippi
Fifteen year old Emilia (Mia) Miani had finally seen the boy of her dreams (Shin Kurosaki), now with his help she is learning about herself and her ancestors. Believing in the existence of God, Lucifer, angels, vampires, witches and demons was difficult enough, but meeting them, talking to them, dating one of them, or finding out she is something just as different as them is all together another matter. Learning that a death angel has been trying to kill her and that Shin has been her guardian angel by his choice, puts a whole new spin on her growing relationship with him. Accepting her part in keeping the balance of good and evil so that the ‘humans’ are not aware of the supernatural world or get destroyed by it, Mia learns of her own special abilities including what her blood will do to her in the near future.

**** 4 star - Awakening has wonderful characters, their interaction is at times comical with all their teasing of each other, while still showing the serious nature of each relationship, makes for some laugh out loud moments. The story of Mia’s ancestors is woven in as memories of the immortal Shin, with some Japanese mythology to explain what he is, but this part felt rushed. The back story is good, but I wanted more information, an in depth explanation of how and why things were turning out the way they were. A few minor grammatical ‘speed bumps’ along the way slowed the flow of the story, making it necessary to re-read some of the sentences to follow the meaning. Interesting way of ending the book (’….Welcome to your new life‘ - To be continued), I will be watching for a second book, it would be a shame to waste such a dramatic cliff hanger. This book is considered for young adults, the couple of fight scenes are slightly graphic (PG-13 stuff) and the romance between Mia and Shin is tame (even though he is older - by about thousand years), it is a quick and easy read, a decent introduction into the genre of supernatural or paranormal romance for young adults.

July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Book - Lady of Desire

Lady of Desire by Gaelen Foley
Growing up under the ‘protection’ of five older brothers, the thought of marriage to another man that felt like a brother was out of the question for Lady Jacinda Knight. Running away to France was the only solution that she could come up with, until she ran into trouble, got her money pouch stolen and witnessed a brutal beating and death of a man in the back alleys of London. Finding her hiding in a garbage pile and scared to death, Billy Blade soon realized she was not a normal ‘Jane Smith’ but a lady who didn’t belong in the shadowed alleys with the thieves. Shocked to find out who she was, Billy had no choice but to take her home and admit to her intimidating brothers that he had kissed her, before realizing who she was. Big brother that he was, Lucien informed Billy never to see her again unless he was willing to admit and accept his past and himself as Lord Rackford, William Spencer Albright, the future Marques of Truro.

**** 4 star - Book 4 ….. London 1816, is a very different time, and yet Gaelen Foley has the ability to write these brash, unusual characters that keep with the era, the dignity and the stringent rules of decorum is amazing. I liked Billy Blade from the start (having actually first met him in ‘Lord of Ice’) and was happy that Lady Jacinda had a spunky side to match him. While there are a few fighting scenes and some harsh memories, the bulk of the story revolves around the tough street kid (Billy Blade) dealing with his own self doubt because of his abusive father. Makes for a great character - to show such strength as leader of the street gang and then to show how each of his decisions has effected him since he was a young man. Great to also see Robert (who has the best line in the book - “Ahem. How shall I say?” …..) and a little bit of Lucien and their ladies. I will be looking for the next of the Knight Miscellany (Devil Takes a Bride).

July 6, 2009

Book - Under the Blood Red Moon

Under the Blood Red Moon by Mina Hepsen
Princess Angelica Belanov grew up knowing she was different, she was able to her other peoples thoughts, so she had decided to seclude herself from others to protect herself as well others. Finding that another seemed to have that same gift, gave her hope as a way to control it better. Prince Kourakin was so used to reading other peoples minds that he thought nothing of it, until he realized that the enchanting beauty that had just been in his mind was not of the same race as himself, a vampire. The search for the rouge vampire, the need to track down the newest vampire slayer and now he had to decide how to deal with this human, beautiful as she may be, but still she couldn’t be left knowing about his race.

****4 star - The added combination of paranormal (vampires) and historical romance (set in 1871) was well done. Vampires and all the legends surrounding them could be summed up as legends, the book, the rituals, the ceremonies, the fight scene all down played (but still very well detailed) so that the romance, the emotion of the characters is what the plot of the story revolved around. That emotional link to the characters kept me reading this book (it should have taken much longer to read), I did not want it to end. I really enjoyed this genre and this writer. Couldn’t resist Angelica’s spirit or Alexander’s (for lack of a better word) - change. I would love to find out if Mina Hepsen has written any of this as a series, to visit or re-visit some of these characters would be fun.

July 1, 2009

Book - Cherokee Stranger

Cherokee Stranger (Silhouette Desire) by Sheri Whitefeather
Knowing, witnessing and even participating in criminal activities of the mob haunted Reed Blackwood (now known as James Dalton) to the point that he decided to turn himself over to the authorities. He served his time, made his statements and was placed in WITSEC (Witness Security/Protection). During his relocation process, his handler (Zach Ryder) took him to a hotel just outside of his final destination of Silverwolf Idaho. He met the women of his dreams (she resembled his wife) but luckily he would never see her again. The man in the hotel was stunning to Emily Chapman, and she needed a distraction. She had come to the hotel because she didn’t want to drive home after her pre-surgery doctor visit, now that she was back home in Silverwolf, she couldn’t get him out of her mind. The relationship they were forging had hurdles to overcome starting with Emily’s cancer, James’ real name and if love really ever could be enough.

*** 3 star - Not what I expected. Being called ’Cherokee Stranger’, implies more of Indian ties than what was really present, although I liked the bit about the Cherokee incantation written and put in the locket. This is a new writer to me, I will possibly try to find others of her work (that has more to do with my interest in Cherokee Indians in novels than her), I would also expect a ‘Silhouette Desire’ to have a little more in the romance, it has some, but it is not as detailed as I had expected. Overall a short, nice afternoon read.
June 30, 2009

Book - Wife for Hire

Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
Living in the small town of Skogen Vermont, Hank Mallone’s youthful antics were part of town legends - as entertainment. Needing a loan from the bank to expand his business, Hank found that those past mistakes really can impact his future. Coming up with a scheme to convince the whole town that he had become a responsible and stable member of the community led him to New Jersey to find a wife. The only person to respond to his request was Maggie Toone, she was tired of living under her mother and Aunt’s judgments. Maggie had decided she needed someplace quiet to write her book and the offer of a fake marriage might just be exactly what she needed.

***** 5 star - Each of the characters have such a sense of humor and wit that, when put together makes for a laugh out loud story. The mystery of who is breaking into house and why may be a serious concern but how each of the situations turn out is just one more thing to laugh at. From the dinner party with the ex’s showing up and the flaming table to being kidnapped with the housekeeper and her handy-dandy pocketbook this is a loaded with lots of fun and misunderstandings. There is also a love-at-first-sight romance that has a few highs and quickly turns the fake marriage into a real proposition. I have read several of Janet Evanovich’s re-releases and this, so far is my favorite, it has such a great mix of emotions and out right comedy to keep the pages turning. I can actually say I couldn’t put it down till it was done.

June 27, 2009

Book - Lord of Ice

Lord of Ice by Gaelen Foley
Spending six years in the war was all Damien Knight could take but when he came home he still couldn’t seem to get it out of his head. Reliving moments of the war during his dreams and even in his waking hours. Hearing that one of his comrades had died finally gave him something to do, Jason had left him as the guardian of his niece. She had been left at the boarding school and virtually ignored by her Uncles for so long, Miranda FitzHubert was shocked to hear her guardian was there. It wasn’t Uncle Jason, but the stranger who had turned wild the night before to save her life. Together Damien and Miranda set of for the Knight house, the hope of a new life for Miranda and maybe hope for Damien too.

**** 4 star - Book 3.…. This is a really good Historical Romance, the emotional connection to Damien is well written. Such a strong and courageous hero, then showing a very vulnerable side - without it being odd or obvious. Keeping Miranda so innocent but giving her such experience and a traumatic past. Well done - and with the inclusion of Napoleon (and the war), so much of the Knight family (Robert, Bel, Lucien, Alice, Alec, and Jacinda), all the action (several intense fight scenes), and the romance, this is a great example of a good series. Now that the twins are happy and healthy with their little families, I want to know more about Jack, but I will be looking for the next book (Lady of Desire) which seems to be Jacinda's story.

June 26, 2009

Book - The Spy Who Wants Me

The Spy Who Wants Me by Lucy Monroe
The new assignment for Elle Gray (Special Agent in the black-ops unit known as ‘The Goddard Project’) was simply to improve security at Environmental Technology Research and Design. Since they had a recent breach in their security, now was the time to get an agent in to see what progress the scientists have had on their different projects. The antigravity project was headed by Dr. Beau Ruston and since the breach was on his project, he was very interested to know what was being done to prevent any further theft. Finding her brother (Matej Chernichinko) working in the facility surprised Elle, now Mat and his girlfriend, Chantal Renaud, seemed to be caught up in the middle of her investigation. Primary goal was the protection of all involved, but with personal feelings involved she is even more determined to get the job done right.

*** 3 star - Book 3... Jammed pack full of ultra alpha males and headstrong, independent women. Almost a cliché - Supermodel type spy hooks up with the sexy Texan brainiac all while trying to unravel a mystery. That mystery is a bit mundane, but the graphic nature of the relationships spices things up. Beau is almost too arrogant, Elle is almost too flexible. Some of the characters are difficult to connect with, but very erotic anyways. Now that I have read book 3, I may just go try and find the rest of the 'Goddard Project' books.

June 23, 2009

Book - Naughty Neighbor

Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich
After once again being woken up in the middle of the night by her upstairs neighbor’s ringing phone, Lousia Brannigan opened her front door to discover her morning paper had been stolen by the same neighbor. Then her car was vandalized (his fault) and she lost her job (again, his fault), but now they were working together to find out what had happened to a diplomatic pig. Pete Streeter was intrigued by a missing pig (of all things?). As a screen writer, he spun stories all of the time, he just couldn’t follow this one. He had dug into dangerous areas, but no one had ever tried this hard to get him to back off. Phone calls in the middle of the night, vandalizing his car (well his neighbors, she was parked in his spot), and now firing his neighbor because of her association with him. Now they both wanted answers and were determined to get them.

*** 3 star - Not the same caliber of most of the re-releases are. I found this one to be more about the mystery and intrigue of the pig and not as much of the romance, or even the comedy the Janet Evanovich is most famous for although, there was a colorful secondary character that brought out a few laughs, Kurt Newfarmer. It was a quick read that won’t stick in my head for too long, so all in all, I would just give this one an adequate rating, but it is good read on a boring day.

June 19, 2009

Book - The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale by Janet Evanovich
In a short amount of time, Berry Knudsen was able to see a half naked man, which caused her to fall out of a tree, land on a large pizza, then she had to watch her own Jeep fly off a cliff, see two different cars get stolen and watch her apartment burn to ash. The next week she was living with Jake Sawyer in his unfurnished Victorian style home with three old ladies, all while she was still trying to run her pizza place, and go back to school. Luckily Jake was a 1st grade teacher and had the patience to wait, and the determination to win her over - maybe.

**** 4 star - Another great example of Janet Evanovich's earlier work, it is light hearted and fun and the characters are written in a way that allows a connection (at least for me it does). Absolutely great way to start a book, (in a tree going after a cat and seeing a man undressing in the window)and the addition of the old ladies and there personalities gave a great mix to the story.

June 16, 2009

Book - Lord of Fire

Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley
Growing up as a twin left Lord Lucien Knight always in the shadow of his more athletic brother, even after they had decided to take different career options. Serving in the war left Lucien wanting to serve his country but not the way his hero of a brother did. Putting his life and his name on the line for his country was a difficult decision, one that he never regretted until he met the ’goody two-shoes’ Alice Montague. Being left with just a licentious sister-in-law, Alice took charge of her nephews care and up bringing, only to be faced with the moral decisions of allowing the boys mother to go home to him or to save herself from the possible seduction that Lord Lucien seemed to have planned for her.

**** 4 star - Book 2 ….. Drama, suspense, mystery, intrigue all in small measures with a mix of guilt, regret, forgiveness, compassion and understanding. This was a pretty good example of Historical Romance. Lucien is a strong, virile character that also shows to have an sensitive emotional side that rounds him into a palpable hero. It was great to get a little glimpse of Robert and Bel (from the first book ‘The Duke’) and the additional information that hints of another story that is to come. The fact that this is a series is great (to me), I have really enjoyed getting to know Lucien and a little of Damien, more of him is suppose to be in the next book, Lord of Ice.

June 15, 2009

Book - The Duke

The Duke by Gaelen Foley
He, the Duke of Hawkscliffe (Robert Knight) needed to know the truth about how his ladylove died. Thinking it involved foul play, he enlisted the aide of a beautiful and popular courtesan. She, Belinda (Bel) Hamilton had tried everything she could think to remain respectable until her soldier returned, but some plans are forced to take a different path. Looking for a courteous ‘protector’ was difficult, after finding Robert, keeping her heart in tack would be even more difficult to do.

*** 3 star - Book 1 ….. I really wanted to like the ‘paragon’ (Robert) and Bel, he was everything I usually like in a main character, she had lots of tragedy and drama, but something was just off. I couldn’t seem to find that emotional connection to either of the characters. A good basic, predictable historical romance. The best part took forever to get to (the grand gesture) and then it was over. I hope the second book (Lord of Fire) will give us a glimpse of the ‘happy ever after’ as well as give Lord Lucien’s story.

June 11, 2009

Book - Dead Over Heels

Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 5)… by Charlaine Harris
Having a body fall out of the sky into her yard left even Roe (Aurora Teagarden) wondering if there was some connection between the death of police Detective Jack Burns and him landing in her yard. Everyone knew that Jack and Roe didn’t like each other but what connected the strange things that had started happening around Roe and Angel (Youngblood, bodyguard, neighbor and friend)? The mysterious delivery of flowers, a pretty ribbon on Madeline (the cat), the death of the Librarian assistant, the attack of Shelby (Angel’s husband), then another police officer was stabbed. Could these things all be connected to Angel, Roe or is it all just a coincidence?

**** 4 star - Book 5 ….. I was so happy to see Roe and Martin still together, still trying to make the marriage work. I really enjoyed the new side of Angel and the scene between Shelby and Roe in the kitchen was fun and in character for Roe. This time through, the mystery was fun to try to piece together. The character development is so much more complex now that we ’know’ her better. This was (for me) one of the better Aurora Teagarden stories. Not sure why, it wasn’t action packed but it kept a very good pace and the personal aspects of the crime as well as other situations Roe found herself in, gave the book a good overall fun and happy feeling to me.

June 7, 2009

Book - Mysteria Lane

Mysteria Lane (Berkley Sensation) by MaryJanice Davidson
Welcome back to Mysteria, Colorado. Meeting up with some of the same residence that were met last time, and a few new ones, including the cantankerous ghost, a water nymph, the Faithfull’s (complete with a junior demon, I mean Damon Jr.), demon hunters, a new demon, several witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, a Certified Discipline Nymph, a school teacher whose magic is a little different, and the pizza man. With all the beautiful pink love petals falling from the sky all over the town of Mysteria, how can there not be new love blooming and growing.

**** 4 star - I enjoy revisiting characters that I have read before. The return to Mysteria was better then the first trip there. I was a little confused during the first story (Mary Janice Davidson), it was an interesting story it was just not up to the standard of the previous book. The way Susan Grant’s story was a continuation of the stories from the first book was great, the reminder of Lucifer and his anger was well done. The fun and exciting way these 4 writers have of putting together a great story is neat. Once again, Gena Showalter and P.C. Cast wrote together so well, it was almost like one continuing story. Bringing back the vampire and werewolf lovers for the witch sisters was so great and Falon was a surprise. Then there is Colin and Summer, what a way to end this book. I love the happy endings for all of the stories, but this one is my favorite. I have to admit to never having read Jane Eyre, with the comparison made of Colin to Mr. Rochester, I might take up that classic now.

June 3, 2009

Magna - Dark Hunger

Dark Hunger by Christine Feehan
Chained to a wall by the humans, caught in a trap surely set by a master vampire, Riordan was running out hope. Witnessing the men take more wild animals into the new research building, Juliette and her sister Jasmine needed to save the animals before they were tortured, finding not only animals but a man, nearly broke her heart. Binding themselves together meant one big family.

** 2 star - Several months ago I read the novella version of this story, so I knew what was going to happen. I know several people that like to read Manga books and wanted to see what they were so I thought I would start with a story I knew and liked by an author I liked. This was my first Manga a will probably be my last, apparently I am not the type that likes this version of story telling. The pictures did not seem to fill in the information that I felt was missing, the print words were choppy and seemed to lack all the emotion that I am used to from the Carpathian books. I was disappointed (maybe since I already knew the story) that it didn’t offer more of the information that is needed to really understand the Carpathian men and their need for the bond. If I had just read this one, I never would have liked Riordan or the cousin Solange. I am sure this kind of work appeals to some people, but for me, I need more information. I can create the pictures in my head a lot better (IMO) than Imaginary Friends Studios did.

May 29, 2009

Book - Vision in White

Vision in White (The Wedding Quartet, Book 1)… by Nora Roberts
Four friends since childhood turn a favorite childhood game into a business that each can contribute to. Vows is an all inclusive wedding facility with planning (Parker), catering (Laurel), flowers (Emma) and photography (Mac) all available on site. When a clients older brother (Carter McGuire) steps into Mackenzie (Mac) Elliott’s photo studio unannounced he is momentarily shocked to find her not only partially dressed, but the women version of his only high school crush. Knowing what he wanted, and getting it without making a complete idiot of himself were two totally different things. Cater was not the type that Mac usually found herself attracted to, he was smart, a school teacher, and he was kind. With the track record of her mother’s love life running through her mind, Mac decided she was probably not ever going to get married (ironic considering her job as a wedding photographer), knowing that left Carter with one idea, be patient.

****4 star - Book 1 ….. Great introduction to a whole cast of characters. It was so easy to really like Carter and his gentle (if a bit klutzy) ways. Mac is funny and realistic, she has a temper and she pouts and throws fits and loves her friends and trusts herself with a camera and doubts herself in a relationship - she could be the next door neighbor, she could be anyone. These characters are all so real and this story is so sweet, no tricks, no turns, no twists, just an emotional journey and the epiphany being able to love. I say simple and sweet and sometimes those can be down falls to a story, but this time it is an absolute advantage. Thank you to Nora Roberts for getting back to what you do so well, Romance. I am really looking forward to her next book of this quartet, ‘Bed of Roses’ due out in December 2009.

May 29, 2009