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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.
COLD KISS is a mood piece, haunting and clear. It is a sad song, a scrap of poetry, an intimate glimpse of grief and adolescence and redemption. Despite the oh so brief moment in time that we share with Wren, the author fills in all of the real, delicate little details that allow all of these characters to go straight to the heart.
Title: Entangled Author: Edie Ramer, Misty Evans, Michelle Miles, Lori Brighton, Dale Mayer, Nancy Haddock, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Liz Kreger, Jennifer Estep, and Allison Brennan Series: N/A Cover Art: N/A Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Misty Evans, Michelle Miles, Nancy Haddock, Jennifer Estep, Cynthia Eden Source: Jennifer Estep Reviewed by: Julia Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 537 KB Publisher: Authors4theCure; September 7, 2011 ASIN: B005LXWPI6 Sexual Content: Sex scenes. Rating: Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list. Description Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from… Read more »
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.
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.