Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Hardcover354 pages
Published March 4th 2014 
by Roc Hardcover
Dear Readers, 

Some weeks ago, I read the first book in The Others series by Anne Bishop, and absolutely loved it. I liked the story line, and fantasy and I was itching to get my hands on the second book. Well, I did, and I've read it and it was AWESOME!

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Blurb: 

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

♥My Thoughts♥

I thought this was a fast paced, methodical novel. I loved how the story pivots around the Controller in that it's his actions that drive forth the building trust and changing relationships between humans and Others, whiile at the same time are the root of the danger in this novel. And he gets his just desserts ☺ I didn't really antiicipate that everything that was happening would come back to him, and yet the Controller gets so little page time. The story unfolds along other, more complex lines but the connection between that and the Controller is very interesting I thought. 

Meg grew in this story. The growth is stubtle but important and I think she will come into her own as this series progresses. She remains sweet, but I can see that she has an underlying layer of nerve and steel that will become quite formidable in time. And her developing feelings for Simon can't be denied forever, and nor can his for her. I'm very curious to see where the story will lead relationship wise, and not just in the romance department which I think will develop opver time. The humans and Others still distrust one another, humans are still nothing more than tasty meat, but groundwork is being laid to begin something of an alliance between some humans and Others, and this is going to change the interaction between the two groups. I can't wait to read more. 

I'm super curious about the some of the other grooups introduced as well, especially the Humans First and Last movement and the Intuits as well as all of the cassandra sanuge who are now under the protection of the Others. This series is rich in imagination, teeming with intelligent, feelings characters and is just plain wonderful. I can't remember the last time I was so drawn by in a series, or wanted to really delve into a world so much as I do with The Others. Now, if only I didn't have to wait a whole year to read book three. Le sigh. I'll just re-read the first two sometime throughout the year to keep me with the Others. ♥

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Paperback325 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 
by Hodder and Stoughton 
(first published May 21st 2011)

Dear Readers, 

This is a great first novel for a series that I'm looking forward to reading more of, and a refreshing read to boot. Again, I wonder why I waited so long to read this novel! I'm so glad I had a chance to, and hopefully sooner rather than later I can delve into book two.

My Rating: 

The Blurb: 

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

♥My Thoughts♥

This book really impressed me. I was a bit thrown up by how in the middle of things the novel started off, but you soon get past the fact that Penryn is literally running for her life with a family that is more hindrance than help, but that she loves and is responsible for keeping safe. Soon enough, you are drawn into world that is ravaged and even savage at times, where angels have been sent--from God?--to destroy human kind. You're drawn into a story about a girl who is desperate to save her family, desperate enough to travel with and begin caring for, an angel. 

Book Two, released 2013

I love the development of this urban fantasy novel, it builds up logically and slowly, but you're never bored because there are so many questions that need answering, and a ton of action and suspense too. Towards the end I was blown away when Penyrn found her sister, and have more questions now that Raffe has gone than I did before--what will happen to Raffe now? Will Penryn look for him? What is to be done about Paige, Penryn's sisters? What about her crazy mom? What role will the resistance and Obi play in the next book? I've no idea where this story will go, but there are a lot of possibilities and I'm intrigued. 

I ought point out that the novel does not end on a cliffhanger though it ends very much as it began, right smack in the the middle of things. Also, I agree that this a series for a more mature audience even though it's borderline YA. I think this is a great read for more mature adolescents, and adults alike. So if you are a fan of urban fantasy but not of YA, I'd recommend this because it blends the two genres beautifully. An engaging and creative read. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Quote It!~7

Dear Readers, 

I always look forward to bringing you a Quote It! post, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Today I'm sharing quotes from an amazing YA urban fantasy novel,  Angelfall, by Susan Ee.

I have been meaning to read this for a long time, but as Frost says, way leads on way and I didn't get around to reading this for far longer than I meant to. I'm so glad I finally bumped it up!

But it's time for quotes, so ere we go!

It's not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss. The ferocity of his grip around my waist and shoulders, the grinding pressure of his lips, has me off balance so that my thoughts whirl out of control. 

The combined effect of the soft light behind him from the bathroom and the steam curling around his muscles gives the impression of a mythological water god visiting our world. 

I want so bad to stroke his face and tell him that it will be okay. That everything will be all right. And I wish so badly that it would be. 

I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Review: Midnight Surrender by Nancy Gideon

Paperback412 pages
Published May 1st 1995 
by Pinnacle
Dear Readers, 

I hope you love vampires because today I'm bringing you a review of a great PNR, Midnight Surrender by Nancy Gideon. I'm soo glad I found this series. I am always very impressed each time I crack open one of the Midnight novels.

My Rating: 

The Blurb: 

Determined to solve a case involving a series of strange murders, ambitious publisher Cassie Alexander meets the elusive Louis Radcliffe, whose erotic embraces and dark hunger bring her into a sensual and dangerous world. 

♥My Thoughts♥

I really enjoyed this novel. Nancy Gideon's blending of the paranormal genre in a history setting always sweeps me off my feet. I loved that this was set at the turn of the last century (circa 1900s) and that her characters are vividly portrayed. I also love the way the story is a beautiful balance of romance and suspense. 

The story focuses on Cassie and pivots around the fact that a murderer of women--who look exactly like Cassie--sends her trophies from the victim's while instructions on where to find the body. It's creepy and sparks off the reporter in Cassie, who has to know, has to follow those instructions and find the body. I loved that about her character, that she was a truly liberal minded woman who went about her own way, and pursued her own desires.

Even Louis. Despite the fact that Cassie has misgivings about the way Arabella gifts Louis to her, and is struggles with his true nature, Cassie has the bravery to seek out the truth and follow her own heart. I loved her caustic wit and intelligence and my hat goes off to Ms. Gideon for painting such a strong female character. 

This novel was gripping tale intelligently spun that had romance and raw emotion oozing from characters in a dynmaic of relationships that I was not expecting, and had me turning the pages impatiently so that I could learn more about them and the murder mystery that was playing out. It made me cry, it made me smile and it made me le sigh. I'd recommend this series to lovers of PNR and historical romance alike. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Review: The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark

Published April 3rd 2014
by HarperImpulse
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Dear Readers, 

I'm very excited to share my review of Jane Lark's The Scandalous Love of a Duke, book three in the Marlow Intrigues. I have read and really loved the first two books, and I was really looking forward to John's story.

I would like to thank the author, Jane Lark for providing me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 

The Blurb

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of
Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closeras lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.

The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet andcaressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he'd like to kiss. She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine's heart into her limbs. It was so long since she'd seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. Sheloved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood
between them. 

♥ My Thoughts♥

Having been swept away by both Edward's and Robert's romances in the first two novels, I was itching to get my hands on this novel. I love the way Ms. Lark writes, crafting her scenes together with beautiful language and poignant emotion, and her characters are all vastly different from one another. John was entirely different than I had anticipated. From what I knew him as a young man in The Passionate Love of a Rake, he seemed to be a thoughtful and sensitive character. I was not prepared to encounter a man who was in a lot of ways, broken and isolated from his family and peers. 

Jane Lark

John was especially touching to read, and it was often both frustrating and heartbreaking to read about his thoughts and emotions, so much of them had been bruised by his grandfather, and those bruises had left imprints on his soul that acted like gaping wounds, forcing him to build layers of defense against himself as well as the world. And there was only one person who could break through layers, and that was Katherine.

Oddly, Katherine was very like John, and yet entirely opposite. While John suffered from too much attention focused on him because of his position in society, Katherine suffered from an utter lack of consideration because of the state of her being born out of wedlock, and having a family that did not shield and protect her from the judgement of society. Both these characters suffered due to external circumstances that were connected to their birth. But while John shrouded himself in defenses, Katherine sought to instead to make herself useful and to peel away the layers of John that were the duke to reveal his true self. I found this rather fascinating to read, and the rocky nature of their relationship perfectly captured their insecurities and characters while highlighting that real love can draw us to our better self. 

An impressively spun story that depicts emotions and the true nature of love and romance with intelligent beauty. 

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