The Rings of Haven by Ryk Brown

Book Review

 


The Rings of Haven (The Frontiers Saga #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Audiobook

Book Series: The Frontiers Saga part 1 #2

Released:  2/3/2012 by Ryk Brown

Pages: 241  Price: $2.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  Ep.2 – “The Rings of Haven” (The Frontiers Saga)

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food.

The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy.

Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.

My Review:

I was surprised that my library actually purchased the second instalment of this series, there must be someone else that suggested the addition to their online catalog too.  I still don’t have high hopes that I will ever finish the series, as there is something like 19 parts and the only easy way to get a hold of them is an e-book through Amazon limiting their availability.

Took me a moment to piece together what happened in part one but once I remembered I did enjoy the story.  Not quite as much as the first but it is difficult to keep the action going in episodic fiction.  Sometimes you have a slower book than others, wherein a longer piece the slow parts are used to break up the action.  Sometimes when a story is released this way, in parts, you end up with a part that is simply all slow.

The story still feels a lot like an episode of Star Trek where the crew interacts with a potentially hostile new world after being marooned on the other side of the galaxy, Voyager anyone.  Don’t get me wrong I love that aspect of the story.  I would like to know more about what happened to humanity on Earth, we still get teased with the setback to the human race but I don’t feel like we were ever really explained what happened.  A couple more pieces were shared but the events still a great mystery to me.

Bottom line I still like the series.  The author is talented and tells a great science fiction space opera story.  If I get a chance to continue through my library I will but if not then I will probably let this one go.  The price is fair, but for so many parts $3 will add up quickly and prices this story right out of my affordability range.  If you have access to Kindle Unlimited, however, this story is one that you can read for free and would be a great option.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Book Review

 


The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)Book Genre: Fantasy, Western, Post Apocalyptic, Adventure

Book Series: The Dark Tower #1

Released: 6/10/1982 by NAL

Pages: 231 Price: $20.00 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

Source: I borrowed this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

My Review:

This my second reading of this book. The first time took place in January of 1991 when I was in high school.  How do I know this? Because I wrote the dates I finished each section in the table of contents of my book which is currently being read by my husband.  All through middle and high school I read everything I could get my hands on written by Stephen King.  Partially because it was a way to rebel, another because these were books my deceased mother had read, and because I enjoyed how pieces or clues to this epic series would be found hidden within other stories he wrote.  I have long since broken up with the author but still, I hang onto the main books in this series in case I ever wanted to revisit them.

My husband and I recently went to see the movie loosely based on the books and my husband enjoyed it so much he decided to read the first book.  Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to read the same book he was I decided to check this one out from the library and read it too.  I was also curious to see if I would feel the same about this epic fantasy that I once did.  I was obsessed with this series, after all, it was time to see if I still was.

I wasn’t.  I can see why my younger self was so enamored by the story but my 26 years older self found a lot lacking.  Younger Amy fell hard for the epic good vs evil the magic and the mysticism.  She wanted a story to get lost within something to sink her teeth into.  Older Amy knows how this story plays out and isn’t interested in taking this journey twice.  Ironic when you think about how the last book ended.  My older reading self comes to this story with more experience and was able to see the flaws of this story.  It wasn’t awful but I’ve read better where my 17-year-old self most likely hadn’t.

Basically, I’ve moved on much like the world Roland inhabits.  There were a time and place for this series in my life and it was 26 years ago.  This is one I am fully able and willing to let go because after reading this book for the second time I will not be rereading the rest. The book was a bit slow-paced for me and near the end, I kept thinking I should just put it down. But I finished it and now the husband and I can discuss it over lunch sometime.  I didn’t care for the characters much, Roland was alright and Jake was just annoying.  The man in black was probably the most interesting which surprised me.  If they ever make a second movie I’ll probably go see it but quite frankly I don’t think that is going to happen.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: I give up…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

July 25, 2017: Series I am giving up on. 

There comes a time when we all have to face facts, tastes change. We evolve as readers and books or series we once enjoyed might not work for us anymore.  Or perhaps too much time has past and we don’t remember what is going on anymore.  Whatever the reason sometimes we just stop turning to authors or series we once enjoyed in favor of something shiny and new.  Below are ten series that I am removing from to-read list today.  I’m not saying that I will never consider picking up the next book in these series but it is becoming more and more unlikely.  It was fun while it lasted but it is time to move on.

Ten series that I am putting out to pasture.

  1. Broken Heart Tails (Broken Heart, #10) Broken Heart Series: This was such a fun series that I enjoyed once upon a time.  The author is quite funny and the series was hilarious at times.  I was keeping up with this one and then the author didn’t publish any new books for a while and I moved on to other series.  I tried to go back but the book I attempted just didn’t work for me and so I fell even further behind.  I need to just own up that I probably won’t be returning to this world. Weeded.
  2. Tracking the Tempest (Jane True, #2) Jane True Series: Read the first book in this series and just never got around to picking up the second.  Now I don’t even remember what happen in the first book.  Time to let it go. Weeded.
  3. Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed, #14) Midnight Breed Series: This one pains me to say goodbye to.  I really enjoyed this series and it is still the best example of a series reinventing itself that I’ve seen.  Another case of I didn’t get review book and put off requesting and Inter Library Loan to keep up and then I see that many of the next works are actually novellas inside anthologies.  I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to keep track of what book I need to request anymore.  Goodbye dear friend.  Weeded.
  4. Eternal Sin (Mark of the Vampire, #6) Mark of the Vampire Series:  I think this is a case of the author moved on without me.  She hasn’t published a book in this series in some time.  So I don’t feel too bad about letting this one go.  It was a great series while it lasted.  Weeded.
  5. Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls, #2) Dragon Falls: This one I feel a tad bit guilty over.  I was gifted the first two books in the series and then bought the third… I read the first one and attempted the second and it just didn’t work for me.  I think it might be time to break up with this author in a case of it isn’t you it is me.  I’m not into the fluffy fun paranormal romance as much as I used to be.  Only a few authors do I actually enjoy anymore.  Weeded, but not deleted from my Nook I might go back some day with this one.
  6. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) Half-Moon Hollow Series: I’ve tried time and time again to request review books in this series and have been turned down repeatedly.  Not big deal except that it means the series doesn’t often make it into my reading priority list, top that with the need to request the books through inter library loan through my library and it means that I am now three books behind in this world.  I’m giving up.  No mater how much I enjoy the series it obviously isn’t a priority for me and I’m going to move on.  Weeded.
  7. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) Throne of Glass Series: This was a kick-ass series and so popular that I could never get my hands on it at the library.  So I waited and waited and now there are two or three books out and I don’t care anymore how it ends up.  So I’m moving on.  Maybe someday when the series is done I’ll come across them while thrifting and pick the series back up again.  Weeded.
  8. Cain's Identity (Scanguards Vampires, #9) Scanguards Vampires Series:  I DNF one of these books a long time ago and meant to pick up the next in series to see if the story still worked for me.  Didn’t happen so now its time to let this world go.  Weeded.
  9. Accidentally...Cimil? (Accidentally Yours, #4.5) Accidentally Yours Series: I think I might own at least two of the remaining three books in this series…. I’ve not made time to get to them and I don’t think I ever will.  I enjoyed this one while it lasted but it fell victim to too long of a wait between releases.  Weeded, but not deleted.
  10. Outlander (Outlander #1) Outlander Series: Several people have recommended this series to me.  I’ve not started it and I probably won’t ever get around to reading it.  Why?  I’m not a huge fan of historical romance and there are a ton of books in the series and they are all bricks.  My reading pace has slowed down considerably.  I hate to say it but a thousand some page book by an author I’ve never tried before just isn’t in the cards for me currently.  Maybe I will look into this one as an audiobook selection from my library.  Weeded before even starting.

 

There you have my list for this week.  What series have you moved on from recently?

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Book Review

 


Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel, #1)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Humor, Fantasy, Audiobook

Book Series: Lizzy & Diesel #1

Released: 9/14/10 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 313  Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  Wicked Appetite (Lizzy and Diesel)

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.

That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She’s freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston’s North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.

Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

My Review:

Full disclosure, I only checked this book out so that there would be an E author on my reviewed index page on my blog.  I only need a U and an X author now.  For some reason, I’m not a big fan of Ms. Evanovich.  I know people love her and we have library patrons that loyally check out and devour each new release in her Stephanie Pulm series.

This wasn’t bad, I enjoyed listening to it more than the other series, probably because of the supernatural element to the story.  There are moments of humor but on the whole, I found the female lead kind of annoying. Diesel was an alright male lead but he just lacked chemistry in my opinion.  The monkey was over the top but I loved the one-eyed cat.

Basically, this story is the beginning of a supernatural series full of immature humor and low-level sexual tension.  If I am ever desperate for another audiobook I might listen to the next book but probably not.  There are far better, far funnier paranormal mystery series out there and I would suggest trying the Charley Davidson series instead.

My Rating: 2 Stars

The Long War by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Book Review

 


The Long War (The Long Earth, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Book Series: The Long Earth #2

Released: 6/18/13 by HarperCollins

Pages:426  Price: $9.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon The Long War (Long Earth)

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth – but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind… A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…

Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation… Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

My Review:

While I am enjoying this series I have to agree with other criticism that has been made about this book.  That this is an interesting story that is fairly lacking in plot.  The authors have a point (I hope) and seem to feel that it is going to take hundreds of pages and several volumes to get to the heart of the action.  Also, much of this second book feels as if it is simply setting up future books.  Not the first time, and probably not the last, that a second book simply feels like filler.

I had trouble getting into this second book mainly because I had to wait so long for my turn at the library’s copy.  If I had been able to dive right into this one after the first I might have had an easier time remembering who carried over from the first book and who was new.  Around half-way through I was invested enough in this storyline that it didn’t matter that much and I could follow what was going on.

Still, I did enjoy listening to this book as the authors continue to bring up interesting questions of what makes a society, or makes us human, and what would happen if the people were truly free.  The technology continues to fascinate me as well as the idea of exploring parallel Earths with slightly changing variables in its environment, history, and development.  The characters continue to be well-developed and I spend much of the time thinking who they might represent in our own society.  Even though this book was written in 2013 I have to say who the authors wrote as the President reminds me an awful lot of who is our current President-elect…  Not a pleasant indicator of what our country might be in for in the next four-year.

Even though this story felt as if it was all over the place, though still interesting, I am going to continue for one more book at least (last one offered in audio format at my library).  I did get my act together and requested it before finishing this book and able to start right away.  I’m going to see if that makes a difference or not.

My Rating:3 Stars

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Book Review

 


Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Book Series: Old Man’s War #1

Released: 12/27/05 by Tor Books

Pages: 362 Price: $6.99 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Old Man’s War

Source: I own a signed copy of this book.  

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce– and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine–and what he will become is far stranger.

My Review:

Redshirts was my introduction to Mr. Scalzi’s work, then I tried Locked In and was approved (and read) his upcoming release of short stories titled Miniatures I figured it was about freaking time to try the series this author is most known for Old Man’s War.  When I started the book I knew the odds of me liking it were pretty high and figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  I had no idea.  Not a clue of what I was getting myself into.

Let me end the suspense, I loved this book like I loved The Martian sort of love, and if you have been following this blog for any amount of time you know just what that means ( I pimp The Martian frequently).  I have to say this one is most definitely better: deeper, richer characters, more complex plot, just more…  But both are great science fiction stories, just slightly different branches of the genre so it really isn’t fair to compare the two except that they are both these author’s first published work read by me, someone who enjoyed them both.

Like I stated above I really had no clue as to how great this story would be.  It is also a story that I didn’t love every single minute of, it does have its faults in my opinion.  Let’s start there so we can end with the love.  There were a couple of points where I thought some information was conveniently dropped for the reader to have on hand for an upcoming scene.   There was one really bad spot where I was reading and thought where the hell did this come from and why are we getting this little tangent only to have the details become uber-relevant in the next scene.  Made me roll my eyes a bit when I realized what Scalzi had done.  Thought the history or concept we needed to know could have been woven into the story a little smoother.  Not a big deal really.  Another not really problem I had but more of a feeling I felt was that I didn’t quite like humanity for much of this story.  We kind of came off as bullies, arrogant, and entitled in our quest to take over the galaxy.  Our less than favorable traits came shining through, which is perhaps a good thing, too often people forget that humans are not infallible and good vs evil is simply a matter of perspective.

On to what I loved.  The humanity, yes the very thing I was criticizing is also what I loved about this story.  Scalzi shows the good and bad of human nature in this book and we are also treated to just how good humans can be to one another.  The characters made this story, getting to know them and grow with them and grieve them.  Took my breath away at the end.  John is, of course, the main character in this story but also my favorite.  He was everything you would want in a hero and in the end Mr. Scalzi brought me to tears over this man.  His story isn’t done, I believe we return to him in book 3, but man,  I was feeling all the feels for him by the third section of this book.  Of course, there were times that I thought he was a bit too perfect, he has all the answers, always lucky, saves the day one too many times.  He is the hero, though, and Scalzi is no George R.R. Martin (thank God) and does not feel the need to kill off all the likable characters in a story.  If you want that go read A Game of Thrones…  No, Scalzi’s Hero is fairly typical for most stories and a bit too perfect at times.  Still, I loved him and eagerly await book three to see what happens to him.

This was perhaps the best Science Fiction story that I have read in quite some time, definitely as far as space opera’s go.  I must leave this here, as I have book two sitting by my side, go read this book if you enjoy Science Fiction at all.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Aden by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Aden (Vampires in America, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Vampires in America #7

Released: 11/26/13 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 258 Price$6.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Aden (Vampires in America Book 7)

Source: I own an e-copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

She was seeking revenge. What she found was a vampire who swept her into the darkest depths of passion.

Chicago, Illinois… the windy city. Home to football greats, dinosaurs named Sue, and, when the sun goes down… powerful vampires battling for the right to rule the city and beyond.

Born into slavery, Aden is one of the most powerful vampires in North America, waging war on others of his kind in a struggle to become the next Lord of the Midwest. But in the midst of the deadliest fight of his long life, the ghosts of his past have come back to haunt him. Slavery still exists, and Aden is hellbent on destroying it and the vampires who profit from it.

Sidonie Reid is an investigative reporter in pursuit of the biggest story of her career, until that story costs the life of a friend and Sid realizes she has to do much more than write about it. Intent on bringing down the vampires and their slave network, Sid gains entry to the highest levels of vampire society, where she finds herself confronting the raw sexuality that is Aden.

Caught up in a dark passion that neither can resist, Aden and Sidonie join forces, determined to defeat the old regime and everything it stands for. The dangers are beyond calculation, but the ultimate reward is worth the risk. If they survive…

My Review:

Not having any review books and still suffering from a slight reading slump I decided to go back to some favorite authors to read something I knew I would enjoy.  This is one of my favorites and the only book I had yet to read in this exciting series so I decided it was time to catch up.  Good call.

This series has its ninth title coming out soon, fingers crossed for a review copy, and so far it seems to only get stronger with each new release.  This one is a few books back and I have to confess not my absolute favorite in the series, but still you just can’t go wrong and any detracting factors as so minor.  Simply I didn’t enjoy Aden and Sid’s story as much as some of the others, still a great action packed read though.

This book brings us to Chicago as the Midwest territory east of the Mississippi gets a new lord, a totally drool worthy alpha from Morocco named Aden.  Having a husband of Turkish decent I did enjoy the Middle Eastern twist.  I also appreciated the Chicago setting for this story as it is a city I’m quite familiar with.  I also liked how the author delved into the topic of modern slavery in this country.  Sure vampires aren’t really the cause but it is still relevent and happens more often than people realize in this country.  Kudos to the author for shedding light on the subject and hopefully it can help create more dialog about the problem.

The coming together of the two love interests in this book is fairly typical for the series, this one attempting to take a bit more exotic turn by delving into a little BDSM.  Have to say this fell a little flat for me, not that I’m a real fan of bdsm anyway, but the author didn’t take it much beyond a little spanking and tying up.  We take a look at Aden’s toy collection but it all stays put away.  The sex in these books is plenty steamy on its own there really wasn’t a need to tease all the readers with this toe-dip into the romance genre.  Really my only issue I had and it wasn’t really even a problem, simply an observation.

This is a strong series, with strong female leads paired up with yummy alpha males. If you haven’t given it a try yet I don’t know why the hell not.  I am so looking forward to this author’s next book and those beyond as she takes up Europe.  Can’t wait!

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Beast by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Back Dagger Brotherhood #14

Released: 4/5/16 by NAL

Pages: 508 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

My Review:

Well I’m all caught up with what is going down with the brotherhood.  I rather enjoyed reading these three books back-to-back.  Gave me the opportunity to get really entrenched in the world and not have to refresh myself with the current rules of the world I was visiting.  I also have enjoyed the revisiting of each of the brothers from previous books that Ms. Ward has been taking in her stories.  This book we got to check back in with Rhage and Mary to see how things aren’t always perfect once the H.E.A hits. As with life there will always be issues, there will always be challenges and a couple needs to work together to build the life they want.  The work never ends but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the journey.

As with all Ms. Ward’s books there are several plot threads to keep track of, this one, though, was a bit easier to follow, but that might have to do with the fact that I was in the world already and up-to-date on what was going on.  Rhage and Mary had been having issues for several books now and all the drama comes front and center in this story. The story started off rough and after how The Shadows played out I was a little cautious as I read this one but had faith that Ms. Ward probably wouldn’t rip our hearts out two book in a row.  I was not really expecting the issue that these two to be facing to be the one that unfolded but I could totally see it once we knew the root of the problem.  While it wasn’t easy for me to identify with what they were feeling, I tend to lean in Doc Jane and V’s philosophy on this topic, you would have to be a total cold-hearted bitch to not feel for their pain.  I know it isn’t all resolved at the end but I have hopes that these two will get what they want and deserve in the end.

On the other front there was a lot of development with Assail’s story line in this book and I must say he is starting to grow on my.  Finger’s crossed for his own book eventually.  We also had the introduction of a new human character, Jo.  I can’t wait to see what develops with her! Then there is Layla and her Bastard.  I am not really looking forward to her book which is next.  I just don’t care about these two.  The only saving grace I can find is that it won’t be the only plot thread in that book and there is enough going on that I probably won’t hate the book.  After all The Shadows really surprised me.

This was a good book and like I said I’ve been enjoying these revisits with the boys and the peeks into the daily lives that goes on in the compound.  There were some issues resolved in this book but like anything in life it has just lead to a new set of problems that need to be solved.  I have a feeling we will be focused more on V and Payne in future books and I hope these two get a chance to resolve their feelings about their mother.   This series feels like it is regaining its footing a bit and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


Invision (Chronicles of Nick, #7)Book Genre:
YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #7 in Chronicles of Nick series

Released: 6/3/16 by St. Martin Griffin

Pages: 368 Price: $19.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Think your life is complicated and confusing? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world…It’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.

But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.

Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.

My Review:

Okay, here is the deal Nick is one of my favorite characters in the Dark Hunter series this one is spun off of; so I am invested in this series and will stick it out no matter how frustrating I find it at times.  I will admit that this book was tons better than the last one. This one struck a better balance between info and action.  It still takes place over one freaking day…  When is this boy ever going to age?  And if there is going to only be one book a year, with 14 titles and only half way through it means we have to wait seven more years until Nick gets his Dark Hunter book.  Seven more years!!!  I am going to be 49!  I might stop caring by then…  I know Kenyon has a plan, and it will probably be worth it, but I wish she would release more than one of these a year.  Let’s speed things up a bit shall we?

Anyway, bitching done.  Like I already said this book was a much better balance and the characters actually did something besides stand around and talk.  I still feel like Kenyon is trying to catch all of the YA Only readers up to speed and prep them for the jump to the adult Nick book that is coming…eventually…  This time, she did so through a series of flashbacks, flash forwards, flash sideways, alternate timelines, etc.  I kind of liked this approach except for it got to be a bit confusing as to when we left reality and entered a flash.  Perhaps a paragraph or page break would have made that a bit clearer  I know it was meant to be confusing for Nick, but as the reader, I wanted to know what the hell was going on.

Some of the main characters from the adult series had just minor cameos in this book which as fine as this is a series centering around Nick, and some like Simi did have a more prominent role in this book.  There were a few new characters introduced and I am looking forward to learning more about them.  There were some peeks into the future and I definitely want to know more about what the hell happen there, how did that come to pass.  Kenyon also throws some hints into Nick’s future H.E.A and that it might not be Kody.  I’m not sure what I think about that.  I like the character but am not sold on her destined to be with Nick.

There  were some info-drops that came out of the blue.  Some important information just casually mentions like it was common knowledge already and I’m not quite sure it was shared in an earlier book.  Oh well, I’m not going back and re-reading this one yet.  I will just move on for now.  It is interesting to see how these characters all are connected and if you are a fan of the adult series then I would highly suggest reading this one as well.  Sure it is an alternate timeline, but we still get to learn interesting tidbits about the characters we love.

One character I was thrilled to see was Jaden.  He has always interested me in the Dark Hunter world and I crave more details about him.  Which we got in this book, in spades.  This was one of the better books in the series, kept me interested and revealed quite a bit.  Too bad it ended with the mother of all cliffhangers and we have to wait another freaking year to find out what happens…  Channeling my inner teenager:  Life is so unfair.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Damian by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Damian (Stone Warriors, #1)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Suspence, Mystery, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Stone Warriors #1

Released: June 15, 2016, by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 250  Price: $7.99 e-book

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:

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.

My Review:

Alright, be prepared for a love-fest because this book was freaking awesome.  Damian is the first book in a spin-off series from Ms. Reynold’s main series Vampires in America.  In this series, we get to explore the race of sorcerers that inhabit this world.  Nick is the main carry-over character from the other series, as he works to free four of his warrior ‘brothers’ from a stone curse.   The curse being cast by Sotiris, another sorcerer, and the main bad guy of this series.  This book takes place slightly overlapping the last novella Compelled in the Vampires in America series.  You don’t need to have read Compelled to enjoy Damian, but there is some set-up in that story that adds to the enjoyment of this one.  Also, if you haven’t given that series a try yet just what the hell are you waiting for, go read them already!

Alright so what can you expect from Damian? You can expect the same compelling story with a kick-ass heroine and a yummy alpha male thrown in with a whole helluva lot of steam, but there is a different and distinct tone to this series.  One that I found quite refreshing and fun.  There is a new set of problems in this series and Ms. Reynolds kept a clear separation between the two series.  There is none of the Vamp drama leaking over into this plot, oh sure they are mentioned, but this series comes with its own set of baddies and issues that need solving.

From the teasing in Compelled and my history reading this author, I had high expectations when I requested this book.  I am happy to report that I was not disappointed, actually, this story far surpassed what I had hoped for.  It started out with a great action sequence and then jumped right into the mystery of these warrior’s curse.  We also learned quite a bit about Nick’s history in this book, which was great as I find him quite intriguing as well.  The chemistry between Damian and Casey was spot on.  Their connection felt authentic and while it developed quickly (typical for the genre), they came off with more of an old married couple vibe than a new lover’s one.  They teased and interacted at times not that different from my husband and I do and that was a nice change of pace for a paranormal romance.  Oh sure there was some tension and personal baggage for both characters to work through, but the author needs to throw some obstacles in their path to H.E.A. doesn’t she.  Otherwise, it would be a much shorter book.

The chemistry between all the characters was pretty great actually.  We got to meet Nick’s personal assistant who had some good scenes and a fun personality.  The friendship between Damian and Nick was warm and endearing.  The bond these two shares is tangible and it was interesting to learn how they were connected.  We actual learned quite a bit about the curse and history of these characters in this book, which was another nice change of pace from what I typically read.  The only character that I don’t feel like I learned enough about is the bad guy Sotiris, but I’m sure more about him will come out in future books.

One other difference between this book and the other series is the alpha males.  They just seemed a little more light-hearted in this book, but I’m not sure that is the right term.  Damian while just as formidable as the vamps was a tad more fun in my opinion.  He had a sense of humor that shined through and was a bit more sensitive than the characters I am used to from this author.  Perhaps the vamps in this world are just more serious than these stone warriors.  Whatever it may be I found it a lot of fun.

If you enjoy the Vampires in America series by Ms. Reynolds you will definitely not want to pass this one up.   Of course, at the end of this book, we are left with a teaser for a jumping off point for the next stone warrior book.  That one takes us from the mid-west back out to the west coast as another warrior is about to have his curse broken and we get another shot at destroying Sotiris and stopping him from unleashing havoc on the world.  I can’t wait!

My Rating: 5 Stars