Month: March 2013

Book Review: Jaye Wells’ Silver-Tongued Devil

Book Review: Jaye Wells’ Silver-Tongued Devil

Fourth in the Sabina Kane urban fantasy series revolving around a half-vampire, half-mage who suddenly finds herself very wanted. This story is based in New York City. My Take There is no lack of melodramatic action in this story, and with a turnover in leadership amongst the vamps, it just gets better?…worse?…I mean, WTF? There’s a murder at Slade’s club, therefore all the years he’s done a great job in NYC suddenly mean nothing? I don’t get this logic. Besides, I thought NYC was supposed to be independent of the official group of vampires? When did that change? And why would Slade agree to it?! Then putting Alexis in charge? Oh, no. I can’t believe anyone would be that stupid! Then there’s Sabina’s lame reasons not to tell Adam about her and Slade’s one-night hook-up. The whiny drama about Gighul not wanting Sabina on his roller derby team. The whole routine with Michael mating Mac off. The big breakup. The assassinations. The convenient, sudden change of heart by Maeve. I dunno, I just get the feeling that Wells didn’t really know what to do with this and just wanted to get this installment out or the way so she could […]

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Peter V. Brett’s Daylight War

Book Review: Peter V. Brett’s Daylight War

Third in The Demon Cycle fantasy revolving around Arlen Bales, a man who refuses to allow demons to take any man. In 2013, The Daylight War was nominated for the Goodreads Choice for Fantasy. My Take Sure, it’s a lot of pages with plenty of space to tell a story, and there is so much story that Brett tells. This particular one brings us up-to-date on what’s happening in Deliverer’s Hollow while Leesha is off with Jardir and what Arlen Bales and his Promised are doing, but it’s primary concern is in filling us in on Inevera’s story and how she brings Jardir into prominence. There’s the infighting amongst everyone: Jardir versus his people and Inervera; Leesha and the people who accompany her on her visit with Jardir and the return; Rojer’s wedding and its myriad issues that slap up against whose loyalty goes where and the strictures of the Evejah; the clash of rulers in Cutter’s Hollow; and, the politics that crash against everyone and everything at every level. Keep track of the date/time at the start of various chapters. It will help you keep track of when you are in the story as well as act as a […]

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Anne Perry’s Midnight at Marble Arch

Book Review: Anne Perry’s Midnight at Marble Arch

Twenty-eighth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series. I was provided an ARC from the publisher. My Take It’s been awhile since I’ve read this series, and I’ve recently started back up, to catch up with events because I just adore Charlotte and Thomas. Two people who hold to a sense of morality and justice no matter what. It doesn’t hurt that I enjoy reading an historical mystery! This particular story was an odd combination of melodrama, what I consider overly twisted clues — the times when everyone sat down to go over the clues and conjecture was both over the top and lazy *eye rolling moments*, lacking in the warmth I was expecting, and more about Lord Narraway than the Pitts. They had more of a guest appearance in this. The premise of this story is an exploration of rape, how people treated women who suffered through such a brutal crime. Sad to say, we haven’t changed much. The story uses this to leap into a discussion of the duty of people to step forward, to prevent such miscarriages in future. Sadly, we haven’t made a lot of progress in this either. Considering how Angeles kept reacting […]

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Cat Adams’ Eldritch Conspiracy

Book Review: Cat Adams’ Eldritch Conspiracy

Fifth in the Blood Singer urban fantasy series revolving around Celia Graves, a vampire bodyguard in Los Angeles. My Take I think Adams is setting us up for a new stage in Celia’s life as this was rather dull overall, surprisingly. That’s not to say the action is lacking. Between the runaway dramas, the assassinations attempts — physical and verbal, the nasty bits cropping up from some unexpected places, and all the wedding drama, events are full. It just lacked that immediacy and world-threatening proportions I’ve gotten so used to in this series. Adams has a sweet cast of characters. Hmmm, sweet in the sense that they’re an interesting bunch, not as in granny-in-her-rocker. Thinking back to what I wrote above, I feel as though this story is a shakedown of the characters (and buildings), sorting out who remains, how their interaction with Celia will change, and who gets tossed. Creede’s been a jerk, so is Christopher. And just to keep things even, Olga and Natasha cover the female version of the jerk. I just love how supportive Lopaka is of Celia! As for Okalani, it makes no sense to me that she gets involved as she does. No, I […]

Posted March 21, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments