First up was DARK SECRET by Hannah Howell, the latest story in her MacNachton Vampire series. The story was very, very similar the the previous MacNachton Vampire novella from the anthology HIGHLAND HUNGER. In both novellas, a MacNachton vampire goes on the run with a women through a forest.
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The concept of characters replacing the Greek gods was a unique one and I was excited about having Greek mythology infused into my Urban Fantasy. I couldn’t enjoy it though because the I was too busy trying to figure out what was going on.
After struggling with The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series all week, I am coming to the realization that I like steampunk more as a flavor added to other story lines than as a genre all on its lonesome. Gail Carringer’s gorgeous Parasol Protectorate series mixes steampunk with fantasy and regency romance, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series is almost indefinable with the gritty mix of apocalypse, technology, and history, and my expectations were high as A LADY CAN NEVER BE TOO CURIOUS started out as light, fun, historical romance with familiar class boundaries being drawn along fanciful technological lines.
All kids long for special powers like the ability to fly, become invisible, or read minds. And while I dabbled with dreams of soaring into the sky, it’s the ability so lovingly described in Jim C. Hines’ LIBRIOMANCER that stayed foremost in my mind even into adulthood. Libriomancy is the unbelievably cool ability to reach into books and pull out objects.
I enjoyed the general concept of INNOCENT DARKNESS where a young girl is rescued from a dire situation, is spirited away to a magical land (the Otherworld in this case), and finds out she not simply an ordinary girl.
Almost great books infuriate me. They’ll have some great things about them which only make the not great things about them all the more grievous. Such is the case with THE FORSAKEN, the first book in The Forsaken trilogy by Lisa M. Stasse. My experience reading this book was similar to my experience picking it up: the cover was a complete turn off for me, but the description was fantastic.
Hearts of the Anemoi is a new paranormal romance series built around seasonal mythology (gods of winter, spring etc). It’s a great springboard for a series, sadly, WEST OF WANT was a really sub par paranormal romance that included just about everything that I dislike about the genre.
LIQUID LIES, the first book in The Elementals series, is a blend of paranormal and light sci-fi romance that despite its enticing description didn’t grab me as much as I expected. I enjoyed learning about how Gwen and her race of aliens called Ofarians came to Earth…
*This title will be released on June 5, 2012* His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley Genre: Paranormal Romance | Excerpt: Yes Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (June 5, 2012) ISBN-10: 1420121332 ISBN-13: 978-1420121339 Rating Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
CHASE ME, the second book in Tamara Hogan’s Underbelly Chronicles series, quickly grabbed my attention with a premise that added a sci-fi twist to the origins of the many paranormal creatures that populate this word. Unfortunately, that interesting concept never took flight. I ended up feeling like I read a 352 page prologue that never actually got around to the story. The set up was there, but by the end of the book…nothing had happened.