What a long, strange trip it has been… with flashes of humor, convulsing and convoluted mythology, treachery and loyalty twisting back on each other like snakes, and at long last, some measure of peace for a world that has lost none of its strangeness but just a bit of its peril. Robson does a good job bringing readers up to speed at the start of DOWN TO THE BONE (with prophetic, faerie beer, of all things), but even with the bare bones of the conflict laid out, I can’t say if new readers would be able to catch up to the complex emotional lives of these characters without starting at the beginning.
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*This title will be released on August 23, 2011* Title: Bloodlines Author: Richelle Mead Series: Bloodlines #1 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Razorbill (August 23, 2011) ISBN-10: 1595143173 ISBN-13: 978-1595143174 Sexual Content: References to sex. References to rape. Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy. When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the… Read more »
There is something about the werewolf mythology that lends itself very well to the trials of female adolescence. By making her particular brand of lycanthropy a secret matriarchy with strict rules, Christine Johnson marries her myth even closer to the teenage plight. By tradition, Claire doesn’t discover her heritage until her sixteenth birthday, making her a very human girl who has to deal a whole set of inhuman challenges.
It has been a very long time since I’ve read a young adult novel with this breadth of creativity and world-building. CITY OF FIRE gathers an unlikely band of confederates together and sends them whizzing out into an incredibly imagined world of adventure and wonder. From the broad political landscape to the delightful little details about daily life, I was enchanted through it all.
Under normal circumstances I’m not a huge short story fan, I miss the deeper character development arc that a long story offers. I turn to short stories as a last resort on vacations, or seek them out to tide me over until a favorite author’s next full length book is available. KITTY’S GREATEST HITS turned this paradigm on it’s head. Rather than tiding me over until the next book, these stories deepened my appreciation for the rest of the series and made it more likely that I’ll bump the next Kitty Norville novel to the top of my TBR pile.
Title: Storm’s Heart Author: Thea Harrison Series: Elder Races #2 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal Romance Excerpt: Yes Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Julia Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Berkley; August 2, 2011 ISBN-10: 0425242668 ISBN-13: 978-0425242667 Sexual Content: Several sex scenes. Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who… Read more »
This is my first experience with this type of broad, category driven anthology, and I find myself as enamored with the physical organization of the book as I was with it’s contents. Opening with Charles de Lint’s exploration of Urban Fantasy and it’s more precise sub-categories, the book itself is divided into “Mythic Fiction”, “Paranormal Romance”, and “Noir Fantasy”. Each section begins with an essay that explores the origins and characterizations of this genre so much of us enjoy, and while the stories in each section don’t actually match the content from de Lint, Guran, or Lansdale’s essays, they do have an interesting relationship to one another that makes this anthology as thought provoking as it was enjoyable.
In DRAGON BOUND, Thea Harrison has melded the animal alter-egos of her Wyr hero and heroine with their human behaviors to create one of the most delightful paranormal romances I’ve read in a very long time. While Dragos Cuelebre, the one and only dragon, may be too Alpha for some, I was a big fan of this eons old creature turned “boyfriend”. Add interesting mythology, snappy dialogue, and smoking chemistry, and it’s no surprise that I couldn’t bear put this book down.
The whys and wherefores of Jeremiah Hunt’s world are fascinating, a mix of grim reality and arcane practicality. As the chapters switch between the past and present, Hunt’s growth from comfortable academic to iron-hard, isolated mystic unfolds page by page. While I loved all of the chapters from Hunt’s perspective, I could have done without the present-tense chapters from other characters’ points of view. They never reached Hunt’s level of charisma and interest, and I found myself anxious to get back to our hero.
THE UNFORGIVEN opens like a mid-series book; characters have complex and painful pasts, there are rivalries and vendettas, all of which were introduced through summaries or asides or context clues. I’d applaud this book for being easy to jump into, but when I circled back to find the start of the series I found… THE UNFORGIVEN.