Faeries Gone Wild by MaryJanice Davidson My rating: 3 of 5 stars A collection of frivolous stories about faeries that are off the beaten track. MaryJanice Davidson’s Tall, Dark, and Not So Faery definitely went off the usual faery track with a six-foot, four-inch faery obsessed with counting who falls in with a seven-foot-plus half-giant in Minnesota. Lois Greiman’s Pixie Lust is a cute, quirky romance between a money-obsessed man about to marry money and raze a woods who falls in love with a woods-obsessed fairy. Michel Hauf’s Dust Me, Baby, One More Time is a cute storyline that is really dorky. A tooth fairy who loves her job and equally loves living in the Mortal World—and she’ll do nothing to jeopardize it! Until a sandman comes along… Leandra Logan’s A Little Bit Faery‘s primary character finally learns the truth of her father and decides to explore Manhattan as she searches for a parent and love. Cute with a twist. View all my reviews
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson Series: Tairen Soul, 1 My rating: 5 of 5 stars The first in the fantasy romance series, Tairen Soul, it took 11 pages before I was hooked and then I could not put this book down (thank you Mandi for an excellent suggestion!). The fey destroyed and saved the world 1,000 years ago and it has been 1,000 years since the fey king, Rain, has come to Celieria. For Ellie, who has fantasized about Rain, the rumor that he is coming is both exciting and terrifying. The nightmares are back and magic always seems to be the trigger for them. Worse, the butcher’s son, Den, wants her for his bride. A bully from childhood, Ellie finds Den repulsive and even more repulsive when he tries to force himself on her which triggers Ellie’s psychic cries for help. Cries which reach Rain kindling an irresistible need to find the woman who is in such pain. There are plots within plots in this story: Rain and a very few supporters believe the Mages are beginning to stir again but it has been so long that the Mage Wars seem a myth and the existence […]
New in the village of Llanfair, Constable Evan Evans is besieged by the ladies, a tomato vandal, a flasher, a pedophile, and prisoners on the loose!
Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine Series: Cin Craven, 1 My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first in the paranormal-romance-adventure series, Cin Craven. I know, it’s a busy little series. This story begins in 1815 England with a tragic loss for Dulcinea Craven. A loss compounded by the betrayal of a childhood friend. Under siege in her home, Dulcinea learns of The Righteous, a trio of avengers who can break this siege…if she can contact them through her witchcraft. Each step Dulcinea takes leads her deeper and deeper in toward a decision from which there can be no return. Maclaine incorporates some of the time period’s mores and ignores others when she has Dulcinea living alone with only servants to chaperon her. Her family appears to be quite modern in that her cousin doesn’t condemn any of her actions nor expect to take over her life. I’m enjoying this series. Despite the picking and choosing as to which of society’s rules will apply to Dulcinea, Maclaine has created an interesting cast of characters with a purpose for “living” and I want to know what will happen to them next. View all my reviews
The unexpected heir to a long-lost power, librarian Chess Barnes is in danger, especially since she’s found those books. If Ryan can keep her alive…
The Crystal City by Orson Scott Card Series: Tales of Alvin Maker, 6 My rating: 5 of 5 stars The sixth, in the fantasy series, Tales of Alvin Maker, Alvin finally discovers the truth about building the Crystal City and of the maker that exists in all of us. In many ways, this is a sweet end to this series but the way in which Card leaves us is frustrating with all the new questions he’s left: what nasty mischief will Jim Bowie get up to, will Calvin ever get over himself, do the reds get to hang onto everything west of the how long does the Crystal City last…please, at least long enough for Alvin’s grandkids! Card is amazing in his clever twist on early American history and the flavor of Paul Bunyanesque tall tales. I particularly like the tolerance he promotes amongst whites, blacks, and Indians. I became so involved with the characters: Alvin’s kindness and desire to learn and give while the suffering poor Peggy went through as a torch and yet she did her best to do good, Arthur was such a cheeky young man with a piercing perspective and how they call came together keeping […]
The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson Series: Secrets of the Tudor Court, 1 My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first in the historical fiction series, Secrets of the Tudor Court, Pleasure Palace takes place through the eyes of Jeanne/Jane Popyncourt from age 8 through 26 in the last 11 years of Henry VII and the first 7 years of Henry VIII. Jane has a particularly up close and personal view of the court as she immediately is assigned to the Royal Nursery to speak French with the young Tudors, primarily the Princesses Margaret and Mary forming a part of Mary’s court when Margaret marries James IV of Scotland. I very much enjoyed reading this story as Emerson does a very nice job of incorporating English history and conveying the lifestyle of the Tudors and their court. I don’t really see the point of the story except to show off Emerson’s historical knowledge. Yes, there’s a mystery as to why Jane and her mother were treated as they were but it’s more of a mention than any real concern. Emerson also writes of the tension of living at the whim of princes and the machinations of greedy courtiers but fails […]
The mysterious doings at Hubbard House encourages some surreptitious snooping from Faith, and she joins the flu-depleted kitchen staff.
Chasing a cult conning the innocent, Will and Halt are ambushed. It’s a poisoned arrow that fells Halt, and Will must find the one person able to save him.
Belisarius I: Thunder at Dawn by Eric Flint Series: Belisarius, 1 & 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whoa…An Oblique Approach is the first in the Belisarius series, a somewhat paranormal historical fiction series. Somewhat paranormal as the entire story revolves around a “live” crystal which shows the future to anyone who holds it. Set in Constantinople in 528 in the reign of the Emperor Justinian with his Empress Theodora, the crystal, it appears, has been seeking General Belisarius, a soldier who is not a warrior. A man of compassion and intelligence who can change the future and defeat the Malwa. This was a fascinating story of tactics of war and politics in the Byzantine court. Flint and Drake create characters with whom one identifies and roots strongly for victory (or defeat!). And, yeah, the title so fits this story. The crystal definitely takes an oblique approach to achieving its aims. In the Heart of Darkness is the second installment in the Belisarius series. Our heroes are off to India to spy on the Malwa in 529 A.D. General Belisarius firmly believes in knowing one’s enemy and he is determined to wrest the secret of the Malwan weapons to […]