Month: August 2011

Jenna Maclaine, Grave Sins

Jenna Maclaine, Grave Sins

Grave Sins by Jenna Maclaine Series: Cin Craven, 2 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Second in the Cin Craven romantic urban-fantasy series. The StoryThe purpose of The Righteous is to preserve law and order throughout the vampiric lands and as such, The Righteous comes under the authority of the High King in Ireland. One of those laws is that no vampire may kill a human for fear of coming to the attention of humans. It seems that Marrakesh, the Queen to MacLeod’s King of the Western Lands, is guilty of breaking that law for 17 men have died, albeit under mysterious circumstances, and the queen was seen delivering one of those men to Dr. Knox for purposes of dissection. Their assignment is delivered only five days into Cin, Michael, Devlin, and Justine’s two-week holiday at Ravensworth so you can imagine how upset Cin is about this. Even worse, she doesn’t particularly like Drake, the High King’s messenger. The CharactersCin Craven is obviously our heroine. She’s also a witch turned vampire and a member of The Righteous. The other vampire members of the Righteous include Michael, Cin’s lover/consort; Devlin, and Justine. Drake is also a vampire and the representative of […]

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Kelley Armstrong, Gathering

Kelley Armstrong, Gathering

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong Series: Darkness Rising, 1 My rating: 4 of 5 stars First in the Darkness Rising urban-fantasy series for young adults set, for this story, in a company town, Salmon Creek, on Vancouver Island. Upon first appearance, this series appears to run in conjunction with Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. At least in that it involves the cabals; the St. Cloud Cabal in particular. The StoryThe Gathering begins with an introduction to everyone in Maya’s life including the animals. The real start is her trip to Nanaimo with her parents where she gets the birthday surprise she’s been bugging them about for months. Except, she doesn’t get it. The artist’s great-aunt drives them off with insults. The final insult is calling Maya a witch, Yee naaldlooshii in Diné. The next day Maya experiences her first vision and one of her patients is healing much too fast. Then she runs into Mina Lee, the reporter whom Maya rescued from Marv. Salmon Creek has a policy about strangers asking questions about the town, the lab. The kids string ’em along and tell the adults about them. Rafe’s a bit of a player except that he only goes […]

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Sara Douglass, Devil’s Diadem

Sara Douglass, Devil’s Diadem

The Devil’s Diadem by Sara Douglass My rating: 5 of 5 stars The StoryMistress Maeb Langtofte falls in love the moment she sees Stephen de Mortaigne. A golden boy of 19 or 20 who immediately flirts with Maeb until his father, the Earl of Pengraic chances upon them, ordering Stephen to the barge and their meeting with the king. Pengraic lingers but only to inform Maeb that her lack of dowry and influence will not net Stephen. That any mishap will result in her being tossed out the door. Old Pengraic does not want her in his household. Then a plague breaks out while the household is still at Rosseley Manor. The king has arrived with his men to discuss strategy with the earl and develops a fascination for Mistress Maeb. And Maeb is only half shocked, thanks to Mistress Evelyn’s information, when Lord Saint-Valery offers for her hand—for the king only takes his mistresses from the married ladies. Fortunately for Maeb, the plague takes precedence and Pengraic orders the household to his castle in the Marchers with Stephen in charge. And it seems that Stephen is just as fascinated by Maeb as she with him until plague arrives at […]

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Erin McCarthy, Bit the Jackpot

Erin McCarthy, Bit the Jackpot

Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy Series: Vegas Vampires, 2 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Second in the Vegas Vampires paranormal romance series. The StoryWhile trying to discover Brittany’s dad’s name, Seamus falls in lust with a luscious stripper, Cara Kim, except that it’s so definitely the wrong time and the wrong place. Wannabe assassins are waiting on Seamus and Kelsey in the alley. The same alley that Cara steps out into. That she attempts to flee from only to be killed by an SUV pulling into the alley. Seamus is too soft-hearted to simply leave Cara to her death; instead, he brings her over as a vampire, flying her home to the Ava. He wants her. It’s been 200 years since Seamus has made love to a woman. Besides he has to teach her the rules by which vampires live…doesn’t he? The CharactersSeamus Fox is the campaign manager to Ethan Carrick, the residing President for the Vampire Nation. A bad experience 200 years ago has caused him to eschew women and it’s been a very long 200 years. Cara Kim is a stripper working her way through veterinary school as well as paying the bills for her great-grandmother’s […]

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Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s In the Hand of the Goddess

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s In the Hand of the Goddess

Second in the Song of the Lioness fantasy series for children. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. My Take I am enjoying this series very much. I suspect partly due to its resemblance to Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series as it brims over with lessons for children and honor for adults as the great adventures in both. One of those lessons in In the Hand of the Goddess is very pertinent to Alanna as she learns how to use the amulet she’s given. Of course, Alanna is getting older and hormones start their little dance and when George adds his romantic assault on Alanna’s heart along with Jonathan’s, Alanna realizes she wants more from life than this masquerade. That what she thought she wanted is no longer true while yet other truths will force her to act. In the Hand of the Goddess appears to be more of a collection of mini adventures as we follow Alanna along through to the Chamber of Ordeal that is the last stumbling block in Alanna’s goal to become a Knight. The Story It’s a lucky dream that provides Alanna what she needs to discover the […]


Book Review; Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure

Book Review; Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure

First in the Song of the Lioness fantasy adventure series for middle-grade readers. The series revolves around Alanna Trebond, a ten-year-old, who passionately wants to become a knight. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. In 2013, Alanna: The First Adventure was nominated for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. My Take Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series owes a great debt to Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series. I had to keep checking the cover title and author because, for the first few pages, I couldn’t understand why the culture, characters, and place names were so different while the feel of the writing and the adventures were so similar. The story is mostly of “Alan” and her arrival in the city, making friends, the life and routine of a royal page with the added ordeal of bullying…the unexpected and unwanted surprise of puberty. I enjoyed this story very much. It grants children greater responsibility and independence than we know in our own world while teaching them how to wield such tasks with conscientiousness and consideration. The realities of the human character are presented well with only a slight exaggeration. It is a […]


Kelley Armstrong, Spell Bound

Kelley Armstrong, Spell Bound

Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong Series: Women of the Otherworld, 12 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Twelfth of the Women of the Otherworld urban fantasy, young adult series starring Savannah Levine that starts in Columbus, Washington and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana. The StorySavannah is still suffering from the poison injected into her by Leah O’Donnell in Waking the Witch and it seems the witch hunter is still after her. Then something goes wrong when Savannah expresses the wish that she could offer up her powers so Kayla can go back to her grandmother and her grandmother would not be in jail. For something is watching and gladly takes Savannah up on her offer. It’s a good thing that Adam is there with her in Columbus. Someone to, hopefully, ride check on the crazy ideas Savannah gets. Someone who will know where she’s going. Hopefully, someone to be sure Savannah gets to Paige and Lucas to help her regain her powers. Because Savannah is fighting the embarrassment of telling her guardians just what she’s been up to since she has been spewing information right and left to a witch-hunter. A witch-hunter who scammed her and now everyone she knows […]

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Alice Kimberly, Ghost and Mrs. McClure

Alice Kimberly, Ghost and Mrs. McClure

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly Series: Haunted Bookshop, 1 My rating: 4 of 5 stars First in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in a bookstore, Buy the Book, in Quindicott, Rhode Island. The StoryThe second item on the agenda is booking an author appearance with Timothy Brennan, author of that very popular detective series, Jack Shield, when his latest book, Shield of Justice comes out. With such a popular author, Pen hopes it will help put Buy the Book a bit higher up on the map not expecting that the author will drop over dead and incite a frenzy of book buying. It takes the ghost of the real Jack “Shield” Shephard to make Pen understand that she’d better solve this murder before she’s arrested for it. The CharactersPenelope Thornton-McClure is newly widowed after her husband leapt to his death from their New York City apartment building. When she hears from her Aunt Sadie that she is about to close the family bookstore, she and her young son, Spencer, head up to Rhode Island and invest the life insurance money in the shop. Spencer is 8-years-old and the center of a tug-of-war between his mother and […]

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Shannon Delany, Secrets and Shadows

Shannon Delany, Secrets and Shadows

Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany Series: 13 to Life, 2 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Second in the 13 to Life Young Adult series. The StoryAfter all the trauma in 13 to Life, Jessica is seeing a psychologist who believes nothing of what she says. But, hey, Jessie tried. Everything’s cool. Pietr is going to break it off slowly with Sarah. Wanda has agreed to let Max, Cat, and Pietr Rusakova see their mother although they insist on Jessica being the mediator between them and the CIA. But then things start going wrong. Pietr is drawing away from her and getting gooey with Sarah nor will he talk to her even Cat has no idea why Pietr is behaving this way. Dexter is cozying up to Jessica and, if this had been last year, would have made her decade but Dexter is not the one that Jessica loves. Even Max is getting up close and personal with Jess. In all this emotional confusion, Jessica decides to concentrate on her show jumping with Rio and Wanda talks her into competition shooting. Jess also intends to help the Rusakovas find their mother and free her before she dies. Pietr may […]

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