In the common urban fantasy vampire mythology, IN MEMORIES WE FEAR is a completely different kettle of fish, both in paranormal and physical terms. To further complicate the issue, vampire culture has been decimated by the villain, leaving the main characters to flounder around and find their own way. Eleisha’s band of misfits was an interesting group, with a web of interconnecting dependencies that may verge on the unhealthy (but never gets boring). I enjoyed learning about this world as they discovered things themselves.
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A skinny fashionista that eats everything in sight? An only child who doesn’t play well with others? A name dropping insider to the world of superheros? I was worried that over-the-top, in-your-face Fiona Fine was going to be a hard sell as a sympathetic heroine, but Fiona’s loyalties and vulnerabilities won me over very early in the book.
It’s not rare for paranormal romance heroines to learn about magic, secret worlds, and even their own abilities under the guidance of a heartthrob hero, and The Awakening mythology of witches and their Eternal soul mates plays right into this trope. VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, however, adds a new and fantastic twist, when the Eternal Rune finds his witch Teresa has spent her whole life studying magic, learning lore, and preparing herself for the Mating that will bind her and her Eternal together forever.
My start with Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series was a bit rocky. I loved the world, I loved the main character, I loved her love life… but I couldn’t stand her ever present sidekick, Tina. After Abigail’s review of HELLFORGED (which mentioned that it was light on my favorite part of the series, Deadtown itself), I skipped straight to book three. BLOODSTONE was worth wait, with all of the elements I enjoyed in book one and much less Tina fatigue.
*This title will be released on October 4, 2011* Title: Angels of Darkness Author: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh,Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn Series: Anthology – Alphas, Guild Hunter #4.5, The Guardians #7.5, Samaria Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal Romance Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Abigail Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Berkley Trade (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 0425243125 ISBN-13: 978-0425243121 Sexual Content: Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description Review Previous Books in Series Also Reviewed By: N/A N/A
In SPIDER’S REVENGE Gin’s battle with Mab, simmering in the background for so long, finally comes to a head. Estep pits Gin and Mab head to head right from the start, and the fight is just as explosive and difficult as one would expect. On top of that, with Owen and Bria in her life, Gin’s emotional scar tissue is breaking up. At a time with the Spider has to face the ultimate fight with her nemesis, she also has a lot more to lose than just her own life.
Title: Enemy Mine Author: Karin Harlow Series: L.O.S.T. #2 Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal Romance Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by: Julia Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Pocket Star; August 30, 2011 ISBN-10: 1439177872 ISBN-13: 978-1439177877 Sexual Content: References to rape, scenes of sex and sexual violence. Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in Karin Harlow’s explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T. adventure. . . . While tracking a hijacked cask of enriched uranium in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for… Read more »
As bawdy, crass, and hilarious as anything I could have hoped for, THE DRAGON WHO LOVED ME is a chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book. I had a hard time catching up with the politics and world, but that was my own fault for starting with book number five of the Dragon Kin series. Once Rhona and Vigholf were off alone on their mission, however, I was able to just relax and enjoy the wit, the slap-stick, and the romance.
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.