The first few chapters of this book rubbed me the wrong way, but never have I been so glad that I kept reading past those initial growing pains as when I finished HALF-BLOOD. The opening of this story felt like a recipe for drama and disaster: forbidden love, bad attitude, mean-girl nemesis and evil step-father. While the world of the Hematoi never gets any kinder (the treatment of half-bloods goes beyond “second class citizenship” to just plain horrific), and destiny definitely has it in for Alex, but by book’s end I had tears in my eyes and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Covenant book two, PURE.
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As heartbreaking as any gothic novel, Alma Katsu’s THE TAKER is a sad story of beauty and love and human failing, spun out over the centuries. Though the story begins in a small town emergency room in Maine, we quickly flashback to Lanny’s origins in colonial America. To be honest, the nominal “main character” of the present day story, Dr. Luke Findley, was a forgettable foil that I mostly glossed over. I was focused on the long ago tale of the young girl Lanny once was, limited by circumstances and crippled by unrequited love.
One of my stand out favorites of the Georgina Kincaid series, SUCCUBUS REVEALED once again treads that thin line between wicked and sweet to create a fun, satisfying book that plays for the highest of stakes. Though I’ve missed a few books since the start of the series, and I had no difficulty jumping in with this installment, I don’t think a brand new reader jumping in at book six could fully appreciate the complications that come with being a succubus with a heart of gold.
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.
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 »
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.
With her lovely writing, Victoria Schwab has created a vivid, almost claustrophobic little world of myth and magic and secrets on the moors. There is no promise of a happily ever after for everyone, but THE NEAR WITCH is all the more affecting for these little disappointments. Lexi is a strong, confident young woman making decisions that will impact the rest of her life, and I cheered along with her on every page.
Gods and goddesses reborn are not a brand-new concept in YA, but compared to others I’ve read with these plot elements, WILDEFIRE has just a little bit more of everything. More complex characters, more drinking, more pantheons of gods, more violence… While some of these “mores” work better for me than others in a YA, they all added up to a memorable and enjoyable read.