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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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.
While I knew BLACK DUST MAMBO was going to be a hard act to follow, my surprises in reading BLACK HEART LOA had nothing to do with those high expectations. LOA was a different breed of book all together, as the story line changes from the human villains of BLACK DUST MAMBO to the more amorphous magical threats. It took me a few chapters to change gears, but despite that slow start I devoured the last two thirds of this book.
I am a little behind on the Jaz Parks series, which made the first few chapters of THE DEADLIEST BITE that much more satisfying. While there may be a little too much exposition and explanation for up to date fans, I found the amount of back story just right to keep me in the loop with this latest book. And oh, what a book. Witty and touching and funny, it’s amazing how much emotion Rardin evokes without ever sacrificing a moment of comedy or action.
I’m wary of mixing too much religion with the paranormal (Nalini Singh’s fierce, pagan angels are just about my speed), but DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE takes things into the realm of myth and magic without treading on too many dogmatic toes. This paranormal romance surprised me quite a few times, most particularly in the way that the main character/supporting character dynamic was reversed. While it’s unusual for me to be interested in world building over romance, I enjoyed the glimpses of this particular devil’s world so much he quite stole the show.