Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter Series: Alien Huntress, 1 My rating: 1 of 5 stars First in the Alien Huntress paranormal romance series. It will definitely be my last in this series. The StoryMia Snow has been called out to a homicide. A man, William Steele, has been found nude in a dicey neighborhood and it’s only luck that Mia and Dallas each find a clue that narrows the list of suspects down. All on that list are aliens, which confirms that their unit, AIR, is in charge. The team members of AIR are hoping this isn’t a serial killer as Steele is the fifth man who’s been snatched in the Chicago area although he is the first to turn up dead. Their boss, Jack Pagosa, gives them til morning to solve it…oh, really…well, that is just so realistic. Fortunately, Mia and Dallas are cynical enough that they suspect Lilla en Aar and the policeman who arrested her so they have lots to do that first night. Now if Lilla only had some realistic dialog and George Hudson weren’t so obviously an idiot. If life worked this way in the real world we wouldn’t have a lot of criminals […]
No Peace for the Wicked by Pip Granger Series: Soho, 4 My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a continuing fictional account of life in Soho (London) in the 1950s, which centers around Bert and Maggie’s café. I keep trying to make sense of the title seeing as how one of the main characters is named Peace. All I can come up with is that it’s a sort of taunt at Bandy, her family, and Peace’s parents when Peace disappears. The StoryThe main story is Liz. Jenny has been dead for over a year and Liz is just beginning to get past her grief. Rosie has continued to visit which has helped both of them. Liz has taken on a job with Freddy the Frock where both Freddy and Antony bolster her ego and take an interest in her love life. For Liz is in love with T.C., Rosie’s real father. And T.C. is still in love with Cassie. And now Peace has run away from school. Fresh from Hong Kong, Peace is a Chinese-English mix and her best friend at school has gone home to Africa on a family emergency and there is no one to watch her […]
The torture-murder of a young girl, the daughter of a fellow cop pulls Eve’s attention away from her duties as Louise’s matron of honor. Thank god.
The Setup: Buying my artwork From out of the blue, a woman emailed me about buying two of my artworks and could they get a discount for buying two? Naturally, I emailed back and gave them a price and a discounted one as well. They decided to buy one, which was cool. They would send me a check. The Rush The woman got all chatty talking about how her husband was in Johannesburg as they were moving there for his job (setting me up for rushing things so I wouldn’t take the time to think). Later emails were on how she was in the hospital, then how she was having a rough pregnancy (playing on the sympathy card). Don’t forget, her husband was not in the country…supposedly. Oh yeah, she got my sympathy up even as I was becoming wary. The Scam Another email arrived saying that there was a mixup and her husband was having a client send me the check since he was out of town. Oh, and, darn, he had sent more money than just the purchase price because he thought they were paying the shipping and could I send the extra cash onto the shipper please?? […]
An interesting anthology of thirteen short stories revolving around a theme of paranormals going on a “normal” vacation.
This is a collection of four stories about silly superiorities, too stubborn for your own good, being lazy and not thinking ahead, and confronting your fears. The Stories “The Sneetches” are divided. Some have green stars for belly buttons while others do not. Naturally, the Star-Belly Sneetches are far superior to the Plain-Belly Sneetches…until…one day…an enterprising Sneetch comes along and offers to help the Plain-Belly Sneetches by giving them stars on their bellies. Well, this just won’t do. How are the Star-Belly Sneetches supposed to tell who is who? “The Zax” is a meeting of two immovable idiots around whom freeways and roads are built because each refuses to step aside and allow the other to move forward. The South-going Zax refuses to budge to the east or the west while the North-going Zax never takes a step to the side. This, of course, explains why our roads are so silly and twisty. “Too Many Daves” is a rather stupid story of a mother who birthed 23 babies and named them all Dave. She eventually figured out that it would have been easier if she had named them each individually. “What was I Scared of?” is a cute story of […]
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa Series: Iron Fey, 1 My rating: 3 of 5 stars First in the Iron Fey Young Adult paranormal series. The StoryMeghan Chase is about to turn 16 and her life is a misery. Clothes from Goodwill, no friends except Robin, a mother who can barely remember her birthday, and she lives on a pig farm! Then she discovers a changeling has taken her four-year-old brother’s place. And Robin reveals himself as something more than she thought as he takes her into faery to rescue Ethan. A faery of monsters and other creatures who prey upon her until she finds herself in Oberon’s court only to be stunned yet again by the revelation of her true history. But Oberon’s court is no safe haven especially when the Winter Court comes to call at Elysium, the time of year when treaties are made and agreements contracted. And Prince Ash, the faery lord who has dogged her steps, insists upon dancing with her. When an attack is made during Elysium, Meghan seizes her chance and escapes with the Cait Sithe to find her way to Mab’s court in hopes of finding Ethan there only to be waylaid […]
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook Series (Published): Iron Seas, 1 Series (Chronologically): Iron Seas, 2 My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Chronology of the SeriesTechnically, Iron Duke is the first full-length story in this new steampunk fantasy series, Iron Seas, set in old England; chronologically, it’s second as there is a prequel, Burning Up: Here There be Monsters. The StoryResigned to her heritage, Mina Wentworth turns her passion to her job as a detective inspector on the Metropolitan Police force. When her evening at a ball celebrating the Victory, which freed all of England from the Horde, is interrupted by murder, Mina gratefully escapes only to find this murder is a potential political trap. One involving the savior of England, Rhys Trahaearn, the Iron Duke himself. For his part, Rhys finds himself unaccountably attracted to Mina and goes to great lengths to pursue her even as they both race to track down the identity of the dead man and the trail it leads them down. A trail of piracy and treason. Part of the treason is fueled by terror of the possibility of some power-mad fool returning some day and taking control of the country via the radio […]
Denise MacGregor knows too much about the dark and a demon shapeshifter wants Denise; now her survival depends on Spade, an immortal who craves a taste of her.