Month: May 2013

Book Review: Lisa Marie Rice’s Hotter Than Wildfire

Book Review: Lisa Marie Rice’s Hotter Than Wildfire

Second in The Protectors romantic suspense series. The couple focus is on Harry Bolt and the mysterious Ellen who turns out to be Eve. My Take After Rice’s Into the Crossfire, 1, I had had high hopes for this one. Obviously, those hopes were misplaced because this one was just lame. Maybe it was simply too close to reality — god knows it made me cry over and over again. However, it felt too full of clichés: the corrupt and brutal mercenary willing to do everything and anything; the suffering of innocents; the woman who flees without thought; and, the incredibly stupid, WTF-was-she-thinking walk. Gimme a break. With the life Ellen has lived for the past, what?, year?, and ooh, she just can’t bear having to stay inside a minute more? Despite what she knows about Montez? And she’s willing to endanger Nicole?? Then she follows it up with that last action…*big-time eye roll*… I think I’d’ve willingly shot her myself. More and more I wonder about America’s need to reach out and help other countries when we have so many problems in our own backyards. We worry about the starving children in other countries and not about the ones […]

Posted May 28, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Charles de Lint’s Under My Skin

Book Review: Charles de Lint’s Under My Skin

First in the Wildlings urban fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around a core group of kids who have been infected. Somehow. Set in Santa Feliz, California. My Take Not at all what I was expecting. For one thing, it was located in California, and it focuses on middle-class high school kids. However, it quickly picks back up with Native American myths, supportive friends, and hey, it’s urban and fantastic — all in typical de Lint fashion. The chapters alternate between Josh’s and Marina’s points-of-view, and each has their own big concern in this story: Josh’s new abilities and Marina’s love interest. Both characters are complex, warmhearted, and loyal with secrets that create most of the conflict. Of course, it’s the outside forces that rev the conflict up even more, adding plenty of twists and turns. It’s an interesting twist on the shapeshifter genre, blending in Native American myths with mystery and conspiracy. And de Lint gives just enough to intrigue, just not enough to answer all the questions I have, and, dang it, I hate having to wait until the next story comes out! Parents, you’d like this for the integrity and leadership qualities Under My Skin promotes. […]

Posted May 28, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Book Review: Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni

Book Review: Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni

It’s fiction with the magic of the Kabbalah and Arabic myths complicating the lives of immigrants in New York City in 1899. In 2014, The Golem and the Jinni won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award. It was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. In 2013 it was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the Goodreads Choice for Debut Author, Best Fantasy. My Take It’s a very subtle romance between two unsuitable, but well-matched people and absolutely brilliant! A look at humanity and life, of the individual’s needs, dreams, and desires as seen through the eyes of immigrants arriving in America. It’s kindness and evil, care and frustration, and lastly the need to connect with another. It’s cause and effect that twists around and about, over and over, affecting everyone with whom each comes in contact. Wecker has taken a classic plotline of immigrants trying to find their place in this new world and given it such a twist. Including the hopes and worries of the individual, creating complex characters. Characters I could identify […]

Posted May 28, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s The Rising

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s The Rising

Third and last in the Darkness Rising urban fantasy for Young Adults. The series has revolved around a small group of friends who were betrayed by a long-running conspiracy. Based in British Columbia in Canada. It is loosely associated with Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series in that the cabals are involved and does follow the Darkest Powers series. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the SERIES books on my website at Chronological Lists of Complex, Intersected Series. My Take Whew…there was no lack of action, drama, or tension in this one. And I really hate that Armstrong has ended this. Although…I do wonder if it’s merely the end of this particular trilogy. Maya’s plan to use the cabals seems to be setting us up for a new series. This story was both irritating and fascinating. I loved the action, drama, and tension with all the chases, captures, and escapes. I also loved Maya’s reactions to the ego-ridden Cabal guys. I mean, what did they expect? Why on earth would they imagine any of the kids would be polite to them?? OR help them…get real. I did not love Maya’s stupid behaviors. Her insistence on attending the […]

Posted May 25, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 1 Comment

Book Review: John Maddox Roberts’ King’s Gambit

Book Review: John Maddox Roberts’ King’s Gambit

First in the SPQR historical mystery series revolving around Decius Caecilius Metellus and his interest in snooping, LOL. In 1991, The King’s Gambit was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. My Tak Roberts is using a first-person narration, and it’s odd to hear him tell us what’s happening now AND of various characters’ futures at the same time. Useful, but odd. It does, however, contribute to my feeling of being hit over the head. As though I’m not bright enough to pick up on the clues. That bit when Roberts introduces the forensics aspect of it with Asklepiodes and his wounds study helped that feeling along. Definitely an eye-rolling moment. The overt patriotism Decius proclaims is very admirable, but it has a juvenile feel to it. It doesn’t help that Decius stumbles over so many clues that should have had him questioning events and people much earlier in the story. Roberts does spend a lot of time informing us of the history of wars and Roman politics; I’m assuming it’s to ensure we have a background against which we can follow along with the clues. I just wish it didn’t feel quite so much as if he […]

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Jo Piazza’s Love Rehab

Book Review: Jo Piazza’s Love Rehab

A terrific romance with excellent insight into women and men. I received this as an ARC from the publisher. My Take At first, I slogged along, reading and thinking, oh boy, a lame chick lit story. Was I ever GLAD I persevered. This was excellent! A very thoughtful story that probed at the ugly pain of breaking up, and then dove deeper into the traumas of women who just can’t keep from revisiting the reasons for the breakup OR falling for the same type of men over and over. Piazza makes it personal and homey with a tremendous dose of fun while being serious about AA and its twelve-step program. I loved living along with Sophie as she comes to terms with her issues, with the other ladies as they come to understand more about themselves. You’ll adore their intervention for Stella! Piazza used Dr. Fisher’s studies to beautifully integrate details on the physical reactions of people falling in love, which helps with Love Rehab. It was so easy to imagine myself in Sophie’s position, and I suspect it was a good thing that Facebook wasn’t around when I was that young! It’s a warm cast of characters — yeah, […]

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments