Month: July 2012

Book Review: Meljean Brook’s Demon Forged

Book Review: Meljean Brook’s Demon Forged

Fifth in the Guardians paranormal romance series revolving around a group of supernatural beings, guardians to the world against rogue vampires and demons of any level. My Take Oh brother, talk about miscommunication! I was a good chunk of the way through this story before I got interested in it. I hated Irena’s character. I seemed as though her only concept of communication was by hitting everyone and anyone. You know, a good knock-out punch to the jaw. Gimme a break…she’s had lots of time to get over her early life and she really needs to learn to use her words…! In spite of Irena, Brook has created an intriguing story that kept pulling me in — I was dying to know what the trauma was that had Irena so off﹘balance and Brook just kept letting it out in dribs and drabs. It was maddening. Then there’s the worry about a demon being in control of the purse strings for the agency…and just what his nefarious plans are. Oh, boy, that’s a telling statement: “I do not like the man I become with you.” We get a lot of background history on Olek and Irena. It’s enough to make me […]

Posted July 31, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: David Goodis’ Nightfall

Book Review: David Goodis’ Nightfall

A psychological suspense crime story set just after World War II. My Take Nightfall is an interesting blend of a staccato-like series of events all smoothed over, almost like the humidity in this story, heating up events, slowing things down, rolling over the rough edges. It’s just a blip of time for Vanning, for us, yet it encompasses eight months. Seen from today’s perspective, it’s an awkward use of psychology and profiling as Goodis pushes new frontiers in this thriller, slipping back and forth between his protagonist’s current life and events in the past, teasing us with just enough to begin to answer questions, to raise new ones. (Keep in mind that this story was first published in 1947.) It’s very well done even if it does drive me a bit nuts. I like how Goodis portrays Fraser as a cop who questions. He has a conscience and really wants the right bad guy in jail. He thinks, he investigates while giving us free access to how he’s considering what should happen next. He certainly provides Vanning with a lo-o-ong leash. Vanning is an interesting hero. Low-key, unassuming, and totally honest even when threatened with torture. It’s a different approach […]

Posted July 31, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Simon R. Green’s Man with the Golden Torc

Book Review: Simon R. Green’s Man with the Golden Torc

For ages, Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from things that go bump in the night. But now one of his own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie’s become a menace, that humanity needs to be protected from him. So he’s on the run, using every trick in the book.

Posted July 31, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Erin McCarthy’s Jacked Up

Book Review: Erin McCarthy’s Jacked Up

Sixth in the Fast Track romance series revolving around a group of race car drivers and their friends and families. The couple focus is on Eve Monroe and Nolan Ford. My Take This was a fun if slightly uncomfortable read with the uncomfortable due to Eve’s personality and the different perspective we get. I do wish McCarthy had gone a little deeper with Nolan’s discomfort with Eve’s higher income. Although, she did find an easy out with Eve’s eventual choice at the end. It certainly solved a cause of a lot of Eve’s anger and made sense even if it was too easy. I loved “watching” Nolan get through to Eve. Man, that girl has got more defenses and auto-responses than any fifty people! With her father and brothers so wrapped up in the family sport with all the attraction it has for males, you just know how Eve protected herself and survived as a kid. it feels as though there is less exposure to the racing world in this story than in previous installments. Most of the action centers onNolan’s melting Eve’s worries. I liked the adjective McCarthy used — very unexpected! “Jalapeño pepper hot”! The whole tattoo thing […]

Posted July 30, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments