Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Big Bad Wolf (The Others, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Others #2

Released: 9/1/09 by Griffin

Pages: 320  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Missy Roper’s fantasies have revolved around Graham Winters since the moment they met. But the imposing leader of the Silverback werewolf clan always seemed oblivious to Missy’s existence. At least he Lupine law decrees that every Alpha must have a mate, and all Graham’s instincts tell him that the sensual, beguiling Missy is his. Trouble is, Missy is human?every delectable inch of her. Convincing his clan that she’s his destined mate, and keeping her safe from his enemies, will be the biggest challenge Graham has ever faced. And now that he is determined to have her?as his lover and as his mate?Missy’s world is changing in ways she never imagined?

My Review:

I read the first book in this series ages ago. I don’t really remember what it was about but I gave it three stars and remember thinking that I would continue with the series if the other books ever crossed my path.  It just so happens that my library has them available in audio format and needing a new book to listen to while doing chores I decided to continue.

First impression, wow that’s a lot of graphic sex to listen to while mowing the lawn.  Sure did make chore day interesting.  The plot was fairly typical for a paranormal romance.  A girl has a crush on smexy alpha male and doesn’t dream she has a snowball’s chance in hell with.  Of course, this means she is his mate and he spends the entire book trying to convince her she is good enough for him…  All of this over the span of a weekend where of course she ends up pregnant and just so happens helps the alpha keep his pack.   Lots of clichés in this book and for the first time it actually bothered me.  I think this has something to do with my changing reading taste, or perhaps it was just too over the top.

I liked Missy even though I got tired of her insecurity.  Graham, I liked a little less but enough to finish the book.  The pack was interesting but we didn’t learn much about pack dynamics and they barely had any part of the plot at all until the end. So I will probably give this series one more shot but if it doesn’t improve significantly I will most likely abandon it.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Blog Tour: Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Week One

Monday, April 17 – There’s This Book
Tuesday, April 18 – Vicarious Bookworm
Wednesday, April 19 – Bad Bird Reads | Francesca’s World
Thursday, April 20 – Read What I Like
Friday, April 21 – Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews | The Book Nympho

Week Two

Monday, April 24 – The Consummate Reader | Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tuesday, April 25 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | Literary Escapism | Saucy Wenches
Wednesday, April 26 – Cocktails & Books | Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, April 27 – Rabid Reads
Friday, April 28 – Tru Bookie’s Review


I am so excited to be a tour stop for the release of Blade Bound!  To help launch the last release in this epic series, Chicagoland Vampires!  I’m not one to sign up for many blog tours but when I saw Ms. Neill’s call for blogs to sign up I knew I had to take a shot.  I entered, crossed my fingers and here we are!  An official stop right there besides some truly amazing blogs, I am not missing a single stop on this tour and I hope you don’t either.

As to my turn to host the celebration of the release of Blade Bound I have altered my typical review post to include lots of fun stuff.  We have links to all the official tour stops above.  Next is my Spoiler Free review and links to where you can get your hands on a copy of Blade Bound.  After my review, there is a totally cool mini-interview with Merit where I got the opportunity to ask her four questions. Last but not least at the very end you will find not one but two different giveaways!  So be sure to check everything out.


Book Review

 

Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires # 13

Released: 4/25/17 by Berkley Publishing Group

Pages: 384  Price: $15.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy The Book Links: 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Books-A-Million | Indiebound

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

Book Synopsis:

The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House… 

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House.  She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House in infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined.  As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension.  It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

My Review:

I am sitting here wondering what to say… How to start this review… I mean just where does one begin?  Do I start by saying unabashedly how much I loved this book, this series?  Do I tease you with insight into the final chapter to this action-packed series?  Do I plead with the author and publishers to please, please don’t let it end? Or do I sigh, shed a tear, and smile at all the joy this world has brought into my life and wish these two characters all the best as they finally move into their H.E.A.?  I think that is where I will begin…

I did not start off loving Merit and Ethan, it took me about four books to actually warm up to these two.  It was a rocky start after all with Merit not liking who she became and Ethan having an ego the size of the State of Illinois.  I pushed on and eventually, the magic caught me.  Ironically it took losing Ethan to make me see just how special this series was.  There was so much to love; action, steam, quick-wit, drama, a fun supporting cast, and an amazing city for all their adventures to unfold in.  This has become one of my favorite worlds to explore and now it is over.  Merit and Ethan have earned their H.E.A and I wish them an eternity of joy together.  I will think of them every time I visit Chicago.

I have to say as far as series finales go this is one of the best ones I’ve ever read.  It had everything that made this series great and didn’t shove a forced farewell to all the characters that were no longer relevant to the current plot down our throats.  Most of the plot threads were wrapped up nicely, only one that I can think of that felt unresolved but such is life.  This book started off with a celebration which was an amazing way to honor this power couple that is leaving our lives.  Of course, being Merit and Ethan chaos quickly broke things up and the vampires were tasked with saving the city once again.

I loved how this series brought everything full circle and ended with a set of characters now a fully functional team working to defend their home.  We also get another tour of iconic locations in Chicago as the city is literally a central character to this story.  I  couldn’t think of a more fitting way to send off the Chicagoland Vampires series than this book.  It was perfect.

I have heard that we will revisit this city again in a spin-off series and I for one am thrilled.  Of course, it won’t be the same but knowing this author it should be one helluva ride!  I can’t wait.

My Rating:5 Stars


Mini-Interview with Merit

When I found out I would get the opportunity to ask one of the characters of the series four questions I about had a fit.  I rushed into my husband’s office to gush about this unique opportunity to interact with someone from a series I adore.  It is almost like I get to truly become a part of their world for a brief moment.  I was so excited.  My husband, less so, but he humored my enthusiasm and listened to me babble for about 10 minutes before returning to YouTube.   I left him in peace to work on my questions I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Amy:  Greetings Merit, I’m so excited to get this chance to ask you a few questions. I live in Iowa and visit Chicago about once a year, I always think of you, Ethan and the rest of Cadogan House during my visits.  My first question is this.  What are your favorite hidden corners of Chicago that the typical tourist might miss?

Merit: Interesting question! I think a visit to Washington library is a must for any reader. The Winter Garden is spectacular! I love the cake shakes at Portillo’s, the shopping in Wicker Park, and Hash House A-Go-Go on the Gold Coast.

Amy:  Continuing with the tourist theme and knowing your love of Chicago’s cuisine what is one food or dish that every visitor to Chicago must try during their visit?

Merit: Most people would say Chicago-style pizza, but I’d recommend an Italian Hot Beef sandwich. Go to Al’s, and learn how to
lean in!

Amy: Changing topics, Excluding anything connected to Ethan what is your favorite moment or aspect of your life after becoming a vampire?

Merit: Considering my answer above, probably the fact that I can eat whatever I want! On a more serious note, probably the fact that I can now handle a katana with some skill. I like being able to take care of myself and those I love.

Amy: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions today.  Lastly, as a librarian, I have always admired your love of books so my final question is what are you currently reading or what was your last great read?

Merit: You’re very welcome! Right now, I’m loving Deanna Raybourn’s novels!


But wait, don’t leave yet!  There’s more…

How about a giveaway!!!  Ms. Neill sent me some awesome swag to share with my awesome followers. Giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered. Winners will be posted on my giveaway page once I receive confirmation from them.

The fun doesn’t stop here. 

Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blade Bound Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs April 17 through April 28 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant
  • Signed 11×16 Merit poster
  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • $50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)
  • Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag

Thank you so much for joining me here at Read What I Like an official stop on the Blade Bound Blog Tour.  It was my pleasure to have you all here and to review this book and the series (you can find my other reviews on the Review Index page).  This is a spectacular series and if you have not tried it yet I envy you for I would love the chance to read it again for the first time!  For those entering the giveaway, good luck!

Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Book Series: Argeneau #25

Released: 3/28/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price:$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.  

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…

Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…

My Review:

Another enjoyable addition to a series I adore.  I was disappointed to see how some of the blogs I follow are growing tired of this series and have decided they are done.  I get that this is addition number 25 after all and we won’t always love every new release Ms. Sands gives us.  I, however, am not done.  This is one of the series that I’m (most likely) going to see through to the end.  Why?  Because I know 8 out of 10 times I’m going to get a story that I love.  One where I sit on the couch all day and do nothing but read the latest escapades of the characters in a world I enjoy.  Ms. Sands books might have similar themes but she always delivers a story that helps me escape reality and leaves me smiling at the end.

I’ve said before in my reviews of this series that the books fall into one of two camps.  They are either silly fun romps, true chick-lit, or they are more suspenseful and even a tad dark, with gripping plots that keep you on your toes wondering what happens next.  This latest addition to the series was one of the suspenseful tales but it did manage to throw in some fun as well.

This was Domitian and Sarita’s story.  I have to confess I don’t remember Domitian at all but after 25 books Ms. Sands has to be scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as finding a new Argeneau for each story.  We have to be onto second cousins twice removed or something like that.  That’s okay.  I don’t need a long history with these characters to find their stories compelling.  I did find it interesting that this was the first time that an Immortal was waiting to claim their lifemate.  I guess it had never occurred to me what would happen if a vamp met their mate when they were a child.  Had to agree that the private investigator was a bit creepy but compared to some of the other things that went down in this book easily overlooked. I liked this pairing, the couples complimented each other nicely and I enjoyed my time with them.

What really hooked me about this book, however, was all the progress with the mysterious Doctor that had been kidnapping Immortals.  We finally got some serious progress on that storyline.  I don’t want to give anything away but he is a serious scumbag and I can’t wait until they catch him.  I kind of hope we return to this island though, there are some characters left here that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.  This whole multi-book plot thread though has definitely breathed new life into this series.  I’m looking forward to the next installment that comes out later this year.  I need to know what happens next!  I do hope we return to Canada again sometime, though.  I miss the exploits of my favorite matchmaker in the series and would love to check in with what is going on up there.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2

Released: 12/6/16 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 459 Price: $28.oo Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

My Review:

Again I have to start my review out about this “spin-off” series by asking; why is it considered a spin-off?  It is set in the same location, features many of the same characters, and is pretty much a continuation of the timeline in the main series.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care either way how the author wants to give us more stories in this world.  Sign me up I’m all for it, it just feels strange to call it a spin-off series when it feels so much like simply the Blackdagger Brotherhood series.  Alright, nit-picking aside this was an awesome book and once I got a chance to get into it I loved how the plot played out.

Okay, small confession time.  I wasn’t into Axe and Elise’s storyline all that much.  Not that I didn’t like them, I did, I just wanted to know what the hell was going on with Rhage and Mary so much more.  Whenever the story moved off their POV I almost skipped ahead because I did not want to wait to hear how their drama was playing out.  I was good though and kept reading as Ms. Ward intended us to read, but man it was so tempting to jump ahead.

I did like Axe and Elise as a couple, however.  I truly believe they are a good match and loved the contrast in their upbringing. They helped each other grow past their baggage and fight for what they wanted for their life.  They learned together to stop being victims of other people’s ideas and prejudices, something all would be wise to remember more often.  I was surprised to see how they ended up and expect that we will see more from this couple in future books as their story doesn’t feel quite done yet.

I’ve already said how I found Rhage and Mary’s storyline so much more captivating.  Now I’ve never been one to be into kids but the uncertainty around their adopting Bitty just got to me.  Maybe because she is an older child and not a baby worked for me, I do better with pre-teens and teens.  This plot just grabbed me by the emotions and didn’t let go.  I was so thrilled with how everything ended up, though!

One last thought before I go.  Thank you!  Thank you, Ms. Ward, for giving Lassiter an actual part in this book.  He is one of my favorite characters in this series and usually only gets one scene where he is little more than a court jester.  I loved that he had a more substantial part in this story.  I hope we can see more of him in the future.

My Rating:5 Stars

ARC Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #10

Released: 3/7/17 by Ace Books

Pages: 352 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

My Review:

I must confess I did not care much for the last book in this series, nor did I the last release in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega…  So while I knew I wanted to read the next book, after all, many of the books in these two series I have adored, I was a little hesitant when I dove into this one worried that I would not enjoy it as I had earlier books.

That is why I am thrilled to report back that this current release delivered big time for me!  I LOVED this book!  It might be the pain meds talking or the fact that I am trapped at home recovering from major surgery but this book was exactly what I needed right now.  An action-packed roller-coaster ride full of danger, drama, and justice.  There was little missing from this book and I had such fun as I watched my favorite little coyote work her magic on a whole new continent.

This book is set up a little different from previous books but the author gives us plenty of warning and help to figure things out as the story jumps not only back and forth between Mercy and Adam but in the timeline as well.  Personally, I don’t think it would have been that hard to follow without the notations at the beginning of each chapter but it was nice to have the reminder of what sequence the following action fell in.

After all the drama with the Fae it is the Vampire’s turn to create havoc for the supernatural creatures of the world and of course, Mercy and Adam’s pack seems to have a big old bullseye painted on their back.  Perhaps they were cursed at some point in time to receive all the attention from other species looking to control the world.  I loved this peek into the complex vampire social structure with all the polite power plays.  I also enjoyed seeing Mercy mess up all their well-laid plans.

This was a phenomenal addition to this series and it left me wanting more.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

My Rating:5 Stars

Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


Born of Legend (The League, #9)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: The League #9

Released: 6/21/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 726 Price:$28.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…

No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.

Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.

My Review:

Ms. Kenyon has done it again.  She has taken a long-standing villain, turning him into a hero, and made us fall in love with him all the while breaking our hearts over the life he has led.  If you are a fan of her Dark-Hunter series this is very similar to what she did with Acheron and Styxx.  Thank you, Ms. Kenyon, thank you for encouraging us to think about the people that we think of as evil or the enemy and realize that it is always a matter of perspective.  That they are often victims too.

This is a long book that covers a pretty long time frame, five years I believe, it also covers much of the same time period and events that have been focused on in previous books.  I know some might find this annoying, they want a fresh plot, I get that, but personally I enjoyed the rehashing.  Not only to it refresh my memory it also gives us that different perspective and lets us fully grasp what happen.  It gives us a bigger picture of the action that took place.  I appreciate that as a reader it truly lets me crawl inside this universe and experience it fully.

I loved this book, probably because I come from my own dysfunctional family I could easily identify with Dagger’s feeling of abandonment and isolation and resentment.  His anger and need for vengeance too.  It also made my heart soar to see him find a family that loved and appreciated him.  For me, it had been long enough from the earlier books that I didn’t remember all the crap Dagger did to his brothers so I found myself not feeling any resentment toward the character like I did with Styxx.  It was easy for me to warm up to him.  I loved Ushara and Val too.  I couldn’t imagine a better family for Dagger to end up with.

The next book is Bastien’s and from the reviews, I see there are quite a few disappointed readers on Goodreads.  I’m thinking the fault they are finding might not be such a big deal for me but it still gives me pause.  I am going to put a book or two between this and the next one.  Give myself a bit of time to forget the plot in this one so I don’t get annoyed by recovering so much of the same plot in that one.  This one however, was a great read and if you have ever felt like an outcast in your own family then you will appreciate Dagger’s story.

My Rating:5 Stars

Killing Rocks by D.D. Barant

Book Review

 


Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #3

Released: 12/28/2010 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages: 308 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she’s been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker—and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher’s help…

Jace’s goal seems simple enough—to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she’s abducted…and she isn’t even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she’s the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world’s…Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out…

My Review:

Let me be blunt.  I didn’t care for this book that much and it has made me a little hesitant to continue on with the remaining three books.  I enjoyed the first two and still like most of the characters but this book was just off.  I struggled to become invested in the plot and kept waiting for it to simply be over.  I got down to the last 50 pages and almost walked away because I simply didn’t care.  I stuck with it and in the end, I’m glad I did, but man, this was a chore to read at times.

Now let me tell you why.  The flashbacks and side stories were the big issues for me.  I’m okay with one or two flashbacks but a reading pet-peeve of mine is when they continue through the entire book and this one did.  Also, most of the characters I cared about were absent for much of the book.  Instead, we get Jace paired up with this other woman from yet another world and I really never did care for her much so it didn’t bother me much when she simply disappeared without any resolution because I had been wanting her to disappear for most of the book.

I still enjoyed Jace as a character but this book was all over the place and felt a little like it was searching for a plot.  That the whole point of the book was to fill in back-story for the main character.  All of those details should have been spread over multiple book to lessen the info-dump feel that it ended up giving this one.

Sigh… simply put this book didn’t work for me as a reader and while I might have said good-bye to this world and moved on with my life normally I already own the remaining three books in the series and feel like I should really see this one out.  I truly hope the series gets better, closer to what attracted me to in book one.  I do think I will be taking a break, however,  perhaps if I put a couple of book by other authors between this one and the next I will be able to approach it with an open mind.  Fingers-crossed.

My Rating:2 Stars

Death Blows by D.D Barant

Book Review

 


Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #2

Released: 3/30/10 by St.Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages:  332 Price:$7.99 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…

Death Blows is a fast-paced, exciting follow-up to Dying Bites—DD Barant and The Bloodhound Files just keep getting better, and Jace Valchek’s world keeps getting stranger …

My Review:

Decided to continue this series now that I managed to get my hands on all the remaining books.  Of course, I had to go back and relisten to the first book for a refresher to this world.  Have to say it is a little weird to switch from listening to the audiobook to then read the next book.  It was almost as if I could hear a faint impression of the narrator’s voice for some of the characters as I read.  Hopefully that fades as I progress into the next book as most of the time I prefer my own interpretation of character’s personalities as I read.

I did enjoy book two, probably not as much as the first one but enough to want to dive into the third book as soon as I’m done with my review.  I am kind of digging this idea of parallel existences and how the main character struggles with the difference between the two realities.  After all it is easy to relate as a reader when you are constantly entering stories that are similar yet just a bit different from your own.

The plot of this book was centered around graphic novels or comic a culture that is pretty complex to fan and awfully confusing to those who are not into the genre.  While I respect the work I’m not a huge fan myself.  Still, I found it interesting peek into this subculture that I know little about.  Setting that aside this is still a great who-done-it detective story as Jace races around to figure out and catch the bad guy.

The same main supporting characters from the first book are back and I have to say I really like Charlie.  I am also a fan of Dr. Pete and was so disappointed in regards to what happen to him in this book.   Hope everything eventually works out with him.  We also have a fun new character come into Jace’s life that looks to be a new housemate.  I don’t want to spoil it but what an interesting twist on the were genre.

The book also manages to get some political/social commentary in without being too heavy-handed, which I always appreciate.   Overall a fun read and an interesting twist on the urban fantasy/paranormal genre.  Looking forward to the next book!

My Rating:4 Stars

ARC The Turn by Kim Harrison

Book Review

 


The Turn (The Hollows #0.1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Hollows #0.1

Released: 2/7/17 by Gallery Books

Pages: 407  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

My Review:

If you are a fan of the now finished Hollows series then you will not want to pass this one up!  Especially, if like me, you always wondered how all the turn that outed all the paranormal species happen.  This prequel will deliver that answer and more as we are taken back to the 60’s and find out how the world almost lost its humans.

I loved this book, a chance to visit this world once again and maybe see some familiar faces was such a treat.  Took me a bit to actually figure out how each new character would eventually fit into the world as I would come to know it but I caught on soon enough.  The story was a bit slow in the first half but by the second half the action had picked up to a pace that felt true to this series.

The characters were a great mix and while many were missing, not having been born, their absence was barely felt with all the new people to take their place.  Trisk was great, a strong female lead that did this series proud.  Kal, on the other hand, was a complete and utter ass.  In fact, my only disappointment with this entire book was that he got off far top easily for his crimes.  Personally, I think being drug off to hell would be the only fitting reward for his actions but then he would not be there to set up events for the future series.  Still, totally unfair he deserved worse….the spoiled brat.  I also feel bad for Trisk’s future but if I look at it logically she did some pretty questionable actions as well.

This book was not what I was expecting when I learned there would be a prequel to The Hollows series.  I was expecting a short little novella with a fun tale that would make me nostalgic for a series now finished.  What we got was a full-length adventure introducing a whole set of new characters and bringing back a few of our favorites.  This book has depth and substance and delivers so much more than just a tale about where The Hollows’ world all went wrong.  This book also takes a look and raises some interesting questions about human genetic modification of crops and viruses along with government control and coverup.  Just when does the end no longer justify the means?

So again, if you love The Hollows pick this book up and enjoy the ride.  If you have no previous history with this world or its characters I say give it a go too.  Ms. Harrison is an excellent author that delivers an excellent read.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

Released: 1/24/17 by St Martin’s Press

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Review:

Wow.  Just wow.  I continue to be blown away by this series and see no sign of getting tired of it yet!  I love Charley, Reyes, and the whole gang and plan to follow their antics to the very end.  An ending that I hope is many, many books off yet. Oh sure, there were a couple of books that felt off in the series but man,  I have to say Ms. Jones has most definitely found her groove again.

The latest release in the Charley Davidson series was the perfect blend of humor, action, drama, steam, and touching moments that I can find little fault with the book.  The only thing that truly bothered me was the freaking cliffhanger at the end and the inevitable wait the comes with being current on a beloved series.  I mean common, this ending was even more brutal than most as it set us up to deal with….oh wait.  That might lead to spoilers, so I guess you will just have to read this book to find out why I am frustrated.  Don’t worry it will be worth it!

We had some serious movement in Charley’s how-to-be-a-god lessons in this book and we are finally getting a true idea of just how powerful she and Reyes are.  There was also some resolution on plot threads from former books and of course some new drama to keep things interesting.  We are learning more about the dynamics of the group that surrounds Charley and Reyes and the role they all may play when it comes to Beep.

What can I say this series and author continues to work for me and I love reading the adventures of these characters.  This is becoming quite the rich world and I love it when an author creates someplace for me to get lost in.  I might just have to re-read this series before the next release as I think it would be interesting to go back and see what clues I might have missed.  Looking forward to book 12!  I can hardly wait!

My Rating: 5 Stars