Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Review

 


Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Dark Protectors #8

Released: 6/19/18 by Lyrical Press

Pages: 292  Price: $5.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot-blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

My Review:

The Dark Protectors was a completed series and the author had moved onto other series including a spin-off that failed to capture my interest.  I loved the series and was sad to see it go but completely satisfied with where it left us.  After rereading my review for book 7, however, I see that I had wished the author would revisit the world and continue someday.

Well, today is that day!  If you don’t take into account the novella and short stories…  Anyway, Vampire’s Faith is a full-length novel set in the Dark Protectors world and I’m thrilled to see that this series is back!

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew there were going to be a strong-willed defiant female lead and a pig-headed yet completely sexy alpha male that would swoop in and throw her over his shoulder to claim her as his mate.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The action was plentiful and nicely paced, and the romance full of tension and chemistry.   I so enjoyed watching Faith defy and attempt to resist Ronan knowing full well he would win her in the end.  some days you are just in the mood to read about a female standing up to a pushy mate.  My only complaint about their relationship is one sex scene near the end bothered me a bit as it felt that sex was being used for a punishment and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  Otherwise, this was a great couple and I enjoyed reading about their pairing.

If you are looking to check in on some of the previous characters in this world you might be a bit disappointed.  They were mentioned several times but largely stayed out of the plot.  We do have a couple of their kids play prominent roles in this new book but the rest stay out of the picture mostly.  I don’t want to spoil the plot but the way the story went gives me hope that the series will continue and we might get a chance to see familiar faces.

This was a great read and I loved the fresh plot and new adventures that await us.  If you enjoyed the first seven books you won’t want to miss this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Book Review

 


Only Human (Themis Files, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction,  Dystopian

Book Series: Themis Files #3

Released: 5/1/18 by Del Rey Books

Pages: 336  Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

My Review:

I am so glad I gave this series a second chance.  The first time I attempted book one in this trilogy the way the story is told threw me for a loop.  Each chapter is a government document or letter or some other sort of file.  There is no or very little setting description and dialog is not formatted the way most fiction books are.  It was just too difficult to adjust to and I gave up. Then I got into audiobooks and decided to give this book another try.  Listening to the story with different narrators for each character made it so much easier for me to follow along.

Then I saw this book available at Net Galley and hesitated.  I really wanted to know how it ended but wasn’t sure I could get into the print version… Perhaps I should just wait until the audiobook comes out.  Well, my curiosity won out and I put in a request.  This time while I was reading I could hear the voice of the actors and way the story was formatted wasn’t as big a hurdle for me to overcome.  Still strange but I quickly adapted.

This was an awesome ending to a highly interesting and innovative trilogy.  There is so much I loved about this book that I’m not sure where to start.  There is so much social commentary on the current state of our society and I loved every comparison or parallel the author drew.  Xenophobia, fear, hate, over-reaching governments all of it was touched on in this book.  The author portrayed us pretty accurately and it might be enough to make you frustrated but by the end, after a few moments where I teared up I have a feeling of hope for our future.  The author doesn’t solve our problems for us in this book but he did give me perspective.  I’m not going to share more because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

This was a probably my favorite book in the trilogy.  Something that doesn’t often happen as I usually enjoy the first book far more than the others.  This series though ended strong and I’m glad I read them.  I hope you give this series a chance because it is one that I think people should read if we are ever going to evolve as a society.  Sometimes it takes an author to hold a mirror up to us show us who we truly are as a society.  And if they are really good they will deliver a great story along with it.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Head On By John Scalzi

Book Review

 


Head On (Lock In, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Book Series: Lock in #2

Released: 4/17/18 by Tor Books

Pages: 336  Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.

Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth―and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

My Review:

Took me a bit longer to get into this one than the first book in this series.  The part focusing on the game Hilketa just bogged me down and made me struggle to focus on the book.  I’m not a sports fan, any sports apparently, as this is a made-up game in a made-up universe.   The parts focusing on the politics and business, or rather the corruption, of the sport, were a bit more interesting for me.

My favorite parts, however, were the scenes with Shane and Vann as the banter between these two is pure gold.  I also enjoyed Shane’s time with his flatmates and the parts about the cat never failed to crack me up.  It has been a while since I read the first but it felt like we spent more time with Shane’s parents and it was nice to explore the dynamics of their family.

Another part I found fascinating was the exploration of the virtual world, I forget its name, that the hadens create for themselves and use to interact with each other.  Parts of that reminded me of Ready Player One.

Like I said I struggled a bit more with this book but after reading the acknowledgments it appears like Scalzi did too.  I’ve long believed that often comes out in the writing.  The last third of the book worked the best for me and I often found myself laughing out loud as I read well past my bedtime to finish the book.  I so hope that Scalzi writes another book in the series as it is such an interesting world to explore.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Twice Bitten (Argeneau #27)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

Book Series: Argeneau #27

Released: 3/27/18 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes.
Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious “accidents” besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies—and rediscover the man determined to love her for eternity.

My Review:

Long time fan of this series because I know when I pick up an Argeneau book I’m in for a good read that will fall into one of two categories.  It will either be a fluffy fun romp or a more serious suspenseful mystery.  Twice Bitten falls into the latter category but it still has plenty of fun lighter moments to be had and as always just the right amount of steamy scenes.

I have to confess, however, this book stressed me out a bit.  I ended up with bad dreams the first night of reading because apparently, a super controlling parent is a trigger for me.  I grew up with a controlling parent, not as extreme in this book, but it was easy to put myself in Elspeth’s shoes.  I also found myself hating a character for the first time and desperately wanted them to get what was coming to them.  Felt a little disappointed at the end when I thought they got off way too easily but that plotline might continue into future books.  At least I’m hoping it does.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the chance to ‘visit’ with some of the characters featured in earlier books in the series.  It was nice to get the opportunity to check in with them and see what they were up to.  I believe I had also mentioned how I was missing one uber-matchmaker of the series and was delighted to see she was in this book.

As to Elspeth and Wyatt, I thought they were a cute couple and a good match.  I also liked Merry Wyatt’s grandmother and would like to see her again as her plotline didn’t feel resolved either.

Ms. Sands books are reliable and highly entertaining.  Picking up one of her Argeneau books is a far too brief escape from my everyday life that I always look forward to.  I am eagerly awaiting my next opportunity to revisit this world.

My Rating: 5 Stars

If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress

Book Review

 


If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy

Released: 3/6/2018 by Tor Book

Pages: 336 Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base–and no cure for the spore disease.

A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed.

Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all. Amid devastation and plague come stories of heroism and sacrifice and of genetic destiny and free choice, with its implicit promise of conscious change.

My Review:

When I was given the opportunity to read and review the upcoming release from the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy I jumped all over it.  I loved the first book! I appreciate the complex characters, moral dilemmas, and real science (as far as my liberal arts educated mind can tell) that Ms. Kress uses to weave her story.  So I cleared my reading calendar and sat down to see what happen next in If Tomorrow Comes.

If you are or have picked up this book without reading the first in the trilogy I think that you will be alright.  I still encourage you to go back and read that first book but I think you will still appreciate this story.  It could almost work as a stand-alone title if it wasn’t for the freaking cliffhanger at the end.

I have to confess that while I enjoyed this book I loved it a bit less than the first.  Still dealing with great topics but the book got a little bogged down in the middle.  I managed to zip through the first hundred pages but after a short break to finish another book (due back at my library) I struggled with the second half a bit.  Of course, that could be attributed to interrupted reading time.  Every time the story started getting good again I had to set it down.

What I loved about this book; the chance to explore a human society that developed vastly different from humans on earth.  Almost an opportunity to see how we could have been without many of the societal hangups we have here on Earth.  Of course, being the humans we are we still manage to muck up this other world with our influence.  I did appreciate how Kress didn’t make this other human race a utopian society.  It had its own share of issues but compared to the current state of our society it sure fell like a vast improvement.

I think what hurt this story the most for me was a character for me to truly connect with.  There were several I definitely didn’t care for but there wasn’t really anyone I really rooting for.  Perhaps humanity as a whole, but it wasn’t quite enough.  The end of the book managed to wrap things up nicely and if I had ended the story a chapter or two early I could have walked away satisfied and ready to move on.  But I didn’t and that last chapter reached out an grabbed me and now I anxiously away the next book to see how this trilogy ends.  I need to know what happens next and I think you will too!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Baby, I’m Howling for You by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Baby, I'm Howling for YouBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Suspense

Book Series: Alphaville #1

Released: 1/30/18 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 304  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

My Review:

Ms. Warren is a hit or miss author for me yet I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to try her spin-off series Alphaville, after all its fun, and frustrating…, to be part of a great new series from the beginning, even if that means having to wait for future releases.  I was also offered a copy of the prequel novella so I already had a feeling this was going to be a fun read, having enjoyed Something to Howl About.

I was not disappointed!  This book was just as action-packed and steamy as its predecessor.  The book started with quite the nail-biting chase scene as the female lead Renny was literally running for her life and land in the lap of Mick who just happens to be her mate.  Not really a cute meet but definitely a memorable one.  Of course Mick is the typical stoic alpha male and Renny is a little more beta than I’m used to in my paranormal novels, but she does stand her ground from time to time and gives Mick a challenge to his domineering ways.

The plot is a bit dark yet timely for the current debate over the Me Too movement.  As it deals with issues of harassment, stalking, and touches on rape (no actual rape takes place in the book).  We get to know a few members of the community and I look forward to future books where we get a chance to explore the town and its residents.  I think the next book features one of the lion shifters of which there were two in this story.  I enjoyed them both, brother and sister, and one of them finding a mate might be a lot of fun.  Especially if the other sibling has protection issues.

This was a good read, took me longer than I thought it would but that was all on me no fault of the storyline.  When I found the time to sit down and read I was surprised at how quickly I consumed the pages. There was tons of action and suspense mixed in with just the right amount of steam.  If you are looking for a new shifter story to sink your teeth into then I would check this one out for sure!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Something to Howl About by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Something to Howl About (Alphaville, #0.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shifter, Novella

Book Series: Alphaville #0.5

Released: 1/2/18 by Swerve

Pages: 86 Price: $0.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don’t quite fit in in the “normal” shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home…if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it’s not much of a favor when you’re helping the hottest shifter in town…

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven’t had a child born in over a hundred years…and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn’t count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn’t about to let her go…

My Review:

I requested and was approved for the first book in this new series by Ms. Warren, Baby, I’m Howling For You.  A week or so later I was offered a copy of the prequel novella along with an invitation to join the blog tour.  Unfortunately, health issues prevented me from being able to join in the fun… I’m still battling the flu.  Anyway, I finally found a moment and motivation in wanting to finish just one more book before 2017 ends and decided to spend the afternoon reading this title.

I’m so glad I did because I now plan to spend the first day of 2018 devouring the next book!  This was such fun read that had me laughing at so many moments.  It was simply perfect!  There was humor, science (y) plot, relationship drama, and a really good steamy scene.  We have a smart sassy strong female lead and a horny yet bumbling commitaphobe mate that really puts his foot in his mouth.  My only complaint is that it was simply too short! The dialog was great and setting up of this new society was just right no info dump here but I didn’t feel lost either.  I do understand that this is to be a spin-off from her Others series but you do not have to have read that one to dive into this world.

I’ve not read a shifter series for a while and it looks like Alphaville is going to be a fun new playground for me to spend my reading time in.  This book while short had plenty to offer and I hope you go grab a copy for yourself after all the price is quite the deal. Perfect to get you hooked.  This was a great title to end my reading year on!

My Rating: 5 Stars

How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey

Book Review

 


Life According to Chickens: An Insider's View of the Language, Manners, and Rules of the FlockBook Genre: Non-Fiction, Rural Life, Chickens

Book Series: N/A

Released: 11/28/17 by Storey Publishing

Pages:144  Price: $16.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publishers for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?

My Review:

What an incredibly sweet book!  I have been an owner of chickens since we moved to the country more than ten years ago and when I stumbled across this book up for review I didn’t hesitate to put in a request.  Especially since I am starting over with my flock after a series of raccoon attacks.  The title jumped out at me and I thought it might be an interesting read and perhaps give me some tips on how to communicate and bond with my new flock.  It provided that and so much more!

The book is broken down into five main section dealing with chicken calls, behavior, intelligence, motivation, and emotions.  All the while sprinkled with beautiful pictures, interesting interviews, and touching personal stories.  Being such a short book it doesn’t delve too deeply into any one topic but I tried out some of the chicken calls on my girls and did receive a reaction, much like what was described in the book.  If you are new to chickens this book isn’t an instruction manual on how to care for them, this publisher provides many other books that fit that bill.  This book is more of a touching look into flock life.

If you have chickens, want chickens, or know someone who loves their flock this book would make a great gift!  The only drawback I had is that with the beautiful pictures included in it made my e-reader a little slow to turn pages, so perhaps pick this one up in print.  Charming read.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Artemis by Andy Weir

Book Review

 


ArtemisBook Genre: Science Fiction, 

Book Series: N/A

Released: 11/14/17 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 384 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Artemis: A Novel

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

My Review:

Let me start this review off by stating that I love The Martian,  I mean really love that book.  If you follow my blog then you already know this because it seems like I am constantly pimping the book.  I have reviewed it three times after all…(all linked in this review) I was super excited to get my hands on Mr. Weir’s second title because I have also enjoyed many of his short stories that he has published on his website.  Let me also get this out-of-the-way, Artemis is not as strong a story as The Martian.  It simply isn’t.  That’s okay, though, there was a lot to live up to in The Martian and that doesn’t mean that Artemis isn’t a thoroughly enjoyable book because it is.  I’m still giving it five stars, not that I think they are equal, just that The Martian probably deserved like ten stars from me.

Before I started my review I decided to check out some of the other blogger’s thoughts on Artemis and found a mixed bag, some glowing some more critical.  I tend to agree with many of the points of either type of review but they didn’t sway my opinion and decision to give this book five stars.  Let me tell you why.

Lets start with Jazz who seems to receive most of the harsh criticism from reviewers.  Yep she is a little rough around the edges and it can be difficult for a male author to capture the essence of female-hood.  Not that it can’t be done, but it can be a challenge, just as the opposite can be true of a female writing a male.  The tendencies to get carried away with stereotypes can be strong, also sometimes the character can come off feeling a bit off.  Personally I liked Jazz.  I thought she was well written, sure a bit awkward at times and juvenile, but that isn’t necessarily mean she isn’t authentic.  When you take into account the history of the character I think Jazz is pretty true to form.  She was a young girl raised by a single father on the moon.  She is a tomboy and probably didn’t have a strong female role model in her life.  I think she works and have known people in real life like her.  She was smart and funny and I appreciated the strong moral code she lived her life as a smuggler under.  She was flawed but redeeming which makes for a pretty strong character in my book. Just because you might not like someone and think they are awkward doesn’t mean they are lacking.

Now for what I love most about Andy Weir’s books.  The science!  I love that his science fiction is based in real science.  He doesn’t cheat, at least to my non-scientific liberal-arts fine art-degree mind that is.  I might not understand everything he explains in his stories but I love the fact that he takes the time to anyway and doesn’t make me feel stupid in the meantime.  I also enjoy how the lead character talks to the reader, breaking the fourth wall can be tricky.  Easily overdone but not in this instance.  Weir uses it to keep the reader engaged and invested in the story not to mention for comedic reasons.  I loved it!

On last point in this book’s favor that I feel has been overlooked in all the reviews I’ve read thus far.  The diversity in this book is amazing!  I can’t think of a more diverse cast of characters in any book that I’ve ever read, and there have been quite a few.  I don’t know if this speaks more to my reading taste or the industry in general but one of us needs to expand our horizon’s more.  This book was amazing in this regard.  Jazz is a Muslim Saudi female who is the hero of this story!!!  I don’t want to spoil anything else (that was leaked already by Mr. Weir on Facebook) but this book does an excellent job of portraying a diverse blended society.  One other thing I noticed in this book was the lack of Americans.  I’m sure they were there but most of the main functions of this society were not run by companies or people from The United States.   Hmm.  I wonder if this was a bit of social commentary by the author of what might happen to a powerful society that rejects science.  I think it does.

Is the book perfect.  No it can feel a little awkward at times but it was still fun and the ending was amazing.  I can’t wait to add this title to my home library permanently.   I also can’t wait to share this review and book with you my followers and my library patrons.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Charley Davidson #12

Released: 10/31/17 by St. Martian’s Press

Pages: 352  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series)

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up. 

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

My Review:

This book took me so long to get through.  Not because I struggled with the story but life got in the way, majorly.  I wish I had held off starting this book until I had the time to commit to reading it straight through.  I know I missed bits and pieces because some days I only had time to read a page or two.  The last hundred pages I was able to sit down and focus and was blown away by how much this book made me laugh, I don’t want this series to end.  Book number 13 will be the last and I get it, better to end on top than let the series stretch on and compromise its integrity.  My only hope is that Ms Jones brings us a new series to fall in love with because I would miss fresh titles to look forward to from her.  Her humor is something I need in my life.

The 12 instalment of this series felt much like the books near the beginning of the series.  Reyes was absent from much of the book thanks to plotting but when he was there he had that dangerous bad-boy feel to him again.  I did miss him for much of the book but felt that those moments he did show up were all the more delicious.  While this book had the feeling of earlier books it is an interesting twist to have Charley fully aware of who she is and the role she plays in the universe.  Her grasp on her powers is almost complete yet she continues to be the Charley Davidson that we all fell for.

Being the book before the last book there was movement on loose plot threads that are beginning to be wrapped up.  Some surprises that I did not see coming and a character that has been around but up until now had no page time is summoned and I found the way Ms Jones handled that fascinating.  No spoilers so I won’t say more.  Of course, the book ended with a major cliffhanger that I am super curious to see how this new issue is going to be resolved and only one book left in which to tie it up in!

If you are a fan of this series I would not miss this book or the next.  There isn’t much further to go before getting some resolution in this world.  Personally, I plan to reread the series before the last book which comes out in October of next year.  I simply adore this couple and will be sad to let them go but you have to give it to the author it has been one helluva ride!

My Rating: 4 Stars