Month: January 2012

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Realms of the Gods

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Realms of the Gods

Fourth and last in the Immortals fantasy adventure series for children revolving around Daine, a wielder of the wild magic. If you like to read an author’s series in order, start with Alanna: The First Adventure in the Song of the Lioness series or explore the chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website. My Take Oh, I do adore Tamora Pierce’s stories! Great characters with fantastic adventures that emphasize kindness and consideration for others. In this installment, the war is pressing hard on Tortall until kindness turns the tide. And the focus of all this kindness is Daine. I found it odd that the gods saw Daine’s kindnesses as meddling. That they thought her actions created trouble and disorder. I don’t see that. I’m also thinking I’d better read through the Protector of the Small series because the choices the gods give Daine here don’t seem to match up with what I read in the Daughter of the Lioness series. So, now I’m curious… I did enjoy Daine’s response to Numarin’s proposal of marriage! Hee-hee… The Story The barriers mages put in place to keep the immortals in another plane collapses one night — the final blow by […]


Jaye Wells, Green-Eyed Demon

Jaye Wells, Green-Eyed Demon

Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells Series: Sabina Kane, 3My rating: 2 of 5 stars Third in the Sabina Kane urban fantasy series revolving around a half-mage, half-vampire twin who needs to learn to stop being so dang selfish. Most of the action occurs in New Orleans. My Take Drama queen, oh, yeah, she’s a drama queen. Can you tell Sabina is really irritating me? At times, I think I was rooting for the bad guys to take her out and put her out of my misery. I mean, she wants to kidnap one of the Dominae ruling council and she’s got one. WHAT is the problem??? Sabina is definitely one of those characters who is better off just pointing and shooting, ’cause, for sure Sabina cannot think on her feet. She hasn’t a clue about diplomacy or discovering the facts before pullin’ a trigger. Wells has Sabina making the stupidest decisions just to create drama and tension and all it did was piss me off. Mostly we suffer through Sabina’s stupidity. She acts as though she’s the only one who wants Maisie back when she only met her a short time ago completely ignoring the fact that Adam, Rhea, and […]

Posted January 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Stieg Larsson, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Series: Millennium Trilogy, 1My rating: 5 of 5 stars First in the Millennium Trilogy suspense series revolving around a computer hacker with some mad skills. My Take Oh wow! Oh…wow!! I actually saw the movie before I read this book—Steven Zaillian did a very nice job on the screenplay. Yes, there are some chunks of the story that aren’t included in the movie and there were some minor changes, but I finally grasped a bit of how a screenwriter approaches a novel to write a screenplay. It’s a matter of focus and this movie is not at all hurt by the sections that were not included even though there were some useful bits in the novel with a better explanation than was provided in the movie. I’ve been avoiding reading these books if only because everyone is reading them. That’s a mistake. I’m very grateful to my friend Karole for dragging me off and insisting that I at least see the movie!! There are two parallel plotlines at the start: Blomkvist coping with the judgment against him and digging into the job for which Vanger hires him and our learning about […]

Posted January 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead Series: Vampire Academy, 6 (and last)My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sixth and last in the Vampire Academy urban fantasy series for young adults revolving around Rose Hathaway and her friends. My Take Someone is trying to frame Rose for killing Queen Tatiana and Rose and her friends and family are racing to find proof as to the real killer. True to form, Rose doesn’t think, she simply acts on the first thought out of her head with no thought for consequences, screwing up their ability to move. It’s rather funny how prejudiced Rose is about the Keepers; Sydney is certainly disgusted by them. I did love how democratic the Moroi culture became with the monarch elections, especially when Lady Badica tries to kick people around. It’s a tale of revelations. Dimitri faces his time as a Strigoi. Of course, it helps that Sonya Karp is also brought back. By helping her face her return to life, Dimitri gets a better handle on his own return. Lissa must understand the ramifications of ruling over the Moroi. Rosa must face her actions against Victor. She must also learn to slow down and think! Snicker…Sonya gives a […]

Posted January 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments