Month: December 2011

Laura Lippman, In Big Trouble

Laura Lippman, In Big Trouble

In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman Series: Tess Monaghan, 4My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fourth in the Tess Monaghan mystery series normally set in Baltimore but taking place in San Antonio, Texas this time. My Take This one is complex as there are layers within layers within layers all boiling down to a very simple plot. Crow has become involved in something but it’s deep within those layers. Right now the most critical question is why has Crow stopped calling his parents. It’s so frustrating when you think how much less trouble there would have been from the start if people would simply tell the truth… I am curious to discover just how far Tyner’s new relationship with Aunt Kitty goes… The Story A torn bit of newspaper is all the warning Tess has of trouble facing Crow. Determined to ignore it, her first contact with his parents, Felicia Kendall and Chris Ransome, causes her to change her mind and head to Texas. It takes a bit of detective work and help from Maury but eventually Tess tracks Crow down right after she finds her first murder victim. This is followed by a visit with Marianna Barrett Conyers, the […]

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Richelle Mead, Storm Born

Richelle Mead, Storm Born

Storm Born by Richelle Mead Series: Dark Swan, 1My rating: 4 of 5 stars First in the Dark Swan urban fantasy series surrounding Odile, the Dark Swan herself. My Take Sets the background for Odile/Eugenie and the prophecy that will direct the rest of her life. I feel conflicted about Kiyo. I know he loves Eugenie and that he has previously broken things off with Maiwenn. The pregnant Maiwenn. If this were a human world, I would be appalled at Kiyo walking away from his baby and Maiwenn. But this is fae and their morals are different from humans. So taking that out of the equation, I don’t understand why Eugenie has such an issue with Kiyo having had a romantic past. Eugenie whines on and on about what a “betrayal” Maiwenn’s baby is to her, Eugenie. I don’t understand that. The baby was before Eugenie. How is that a betrayal? I must confess I take a perverse pleasure in watching Odile succumb to fae wiles. Dorian doesn’t even let her get away with her attempts at denying responsibility for the sex she is “forced” to enjoy with him. Serves her right. The Story Something’s up in the world of […]

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Queen

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Queen

Second in the Daughter of the Lioness young adult adventure-fantasy series (seventeenth in the overall Tortall series) about Aly Cooper, 16-year-old spy for the raka rebellion. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. My Take Most of Pierce’s stories are written at a children’s level. This series is geared more toward young adults simply because of the longer sentence lengths, more sophisticated wording, and the greater reading comprehension required. Do not however let this hold your kids back! This is a fascinating read and much too compelling to put down easily!! I still disagree with Pierce’s placing Ulasim in the role of a footman. In most noble or royal houses, a footman is a lower class of servant. It would have been much, much more appropriate to have made him a butler or steward. I very much enjoyed Aly’s cheeky responses to people. It would be a good skill to acquire and a great way to disarm people who are angry with you. The Story The Duchess has freed Aly from slavery and Aly has taken over intelligence operations for the raka rebellion. A position made easier when Kyprioth takes her in […]

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult readers / 0 Comments

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice

First in the Daughter of the Lioness series (if you’re OCD like me, you’ll want to start at beginning; there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website, although, it isn’t necessary to read all these before starting this particular series…*grin* My Take Be careful what you wish for…you might get it as Aly finds out. Although it truly is exactly what Aly wanted…if she could just have had a bit more time to get ready for it! This is a much more, well, intelligent isn’t the right word. The writing in this story is at a higher reading level than the Tamora Pierce stories I’ve read so far — Song of the Lioness and Wild Magic from the Immortals series. Yet again, I kept checking the cover to be sure I was reading a Tamora Pierce! That said, this is an excellent story! Young adult or adult will find it a fascinating read. Nawat Crow’s courtship of Aly is just too funny as he brings his crow culture with him. There is no end to the action and intrigue — normally, I put a marker in as I read to remind me of events and characters […]

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult readers / 0 Comments

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic

First in the Immortals series that follows Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. This children’s adventure fantasy series follows the life of Daine Sarrasri in the kingdom of Tortall. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. There is a very strong resemblance to Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series only the writing is set at a children’s reading level as opposed to young adult. My Take This was an excellent story but kind of odd because it didn’t feel like a Tamora Pierce story about Tortall. I kept checking the cover to be sure it was. Now that the whining is over…if you like adventure and animals, you will adore Wild Magic. The first time a badger crawled in to sleep with Daine, I knew this was going to be an adorable tale—it reminds me of the Junior Classics I read [and still read!] as a child. You’ll enjoy learning about herd hierarchy as well as how closely oneupsmanship also exists amongst horses! It’s also a lesson in responsibility for the children who want to be a part of things as well as one which Daine needs to understand when it comes to her […]

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Middle-Grade readers / 1 Comment