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.
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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.
THE PECULIARS was a book of great potential that offered alternate history, fantastical creatures, and technology. The heroine’s core was unique and well-written, from her own insecurities to her very real physical differences. The racist and colonialist attitudes of citizens towards the Peculiars of Scree made for a compelling frame around McQuerry’s steampunk fantasy, but predictable character behaviors and a disappointing ending overwhelmed my initial excitement about this book.
It’s been a long time since the Anita Blake series and I have been on the same page. Once the subject of many, many re-reads, the world of Anita and her boys have fallen by the wayside as of late (though Merry Gentry still gets re-reads every few years). The series’ later books have become largely internal, both in terms of the pedantic dialogue explaining the world according to Anita and the disappearance of the mundane world. I’ve heard HIT LIST is a return to police work, but I’m not entirely convinced that wouldn’t just find OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY repackaged (How many times have we read Anita facing off with a local cop that thinks she’s either A. just a pretty face B. a vamp whore or C. a witch. Mayhem ensures). Still, it is on my TBR list for when I can get my hands on a copy, and after reading the excerpt following BEAUTY, KISS THE DEAD lands on that list as well.
As someone generally unfamiliar with the Love at Stake series, WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE started off very slowly for me. The first several chapters were a crash course in vampire politics, and “Queen Corky” is not the type of villain that could keep my attention. Phineas was up to his neck in some ridiculous reality T.V. plot to find Corky, and it was not until he and Brynley get some face time that the story picked up.
As a paranormal romance, DEADLY IS THE KISS made me terribly nostalgic. Despite the gloss of vampires and otherworldly politics, this book is an brand of novel that I haven’t read in while. With the merest fringe of plot, the hero and heroine conjure up trope after trope as they sex their way to happily ever after. Unfortunately, none of the many plot devices that were presented were in a new or clever incarnation and the characters themselves were not any brand of archetype that I found appealing, leaving me finishing DEADLY IS THE KISS with a shrug and a sigh.
JINX had the misfortune of running afoul of one of my personal pet peeves, a negative heroine. Despite all of the color and flash of Bigtime, Bella Belluci is trapped in her own little world of resentment and anxiety. Even her delightful beta hero, Debonair, wasn’t enough to salvage my opinion. If nothing else, by book’s end I was ready to steal Debonair for myself and leave Bella to her own devices.