MaryJanice Davidson books are like really sugary candy - if you intake too much at one time you'll get sick, but taken one at time, with great distancMaryJanice Davidson books are like really sugary candy - if you intake too much at one time you'll get sick, but taken one at time, with great distance in between - delicious!...more
The latest outing with Betsy was hit or miss - a lot of hits, but also a lot of misses. I'm gonna keep
Oh MaryJanice Davidson - I just can't quit you!
The latest outing with Betsy was hit or miss - a lot of hits, but also a lot of misses. I'm gonna keep reading this series - but am selling my MJ collection and will only get her books from the library from now on. They are worth reading once - like candy - but not worth keeping - the same way there is no reason to always keep a Whitman Sampler on hand in case of an emergency romance. ...more
Although the main character leaves much to be desired (the term Mary Sue has been batted around by some) the book has an interesting set up of werewolAlthough the main character leaves much to be desired (the term Mary Sue has been batted around by some) the book has an interesting set up of werewolves-among-us....more
So, when all is said and sifted, the main character, Quincie, is offered a choice between a werewolf and a vampire,**spoiler alert** Spoilers ahead...
So, when all is said and sifted, the main character, Quincie, is offered a choice between a werewolf and a vampire, both of whom basically have ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND written all over them. So she chooses her career over both of them. Smart choice, and yet... what does it say about the modern woman? That men hold a woman back? That women definitely can't have love and a career? Am I reading too much subtext into this?
I wonder if she is setting things up for a series, as most of the main characters are still alive at the end, and she occasionally throws out bits and pieces but doesn't elaborate on them, such as vampires having ADHD, and the 'Werewolf Registration Act.'...more
The book is unintentionally funny. It's so bad it goes all the way round to good. It's a story of a vampire who got mega rich when he invented fake blThe book is unintentionally funny. It's so bad it goes all the way round to good. It's a story of a vampire who got mega rich when he invented fake blood like in TruBlood, but takes it a few steps better - he's hailed by the live community as a medical hero for inventing a way to save lives and hailed as a culinary genius by the dead community for coming up with an alternative to blood - that /tastes/ better! He has a whole range of flavored blood, including chocolate, as well as some Lite options. Hilrious.
Its meant to be all about the romance with the human he falls for (a dentist, and how they met is really funny), and his feud with another vampire (whose mad that his vampire girlfriends are gaining weight from drinking his sworn enemy's chocolate blood drink) and I just couldn't stop laughing. ...more
This book is impossible to rate as a whole - the four stories are by different authors, each telling a different type of romantic short story, and allThis book is impossible to rate as a whole - the four stories are by different authors, each telling a different type of romantic short story, and all of a different rating.
Think of the book as a sampler box of para-normal chocolate - the coconut one tastes awful to people who hate coconut, while at the same time the solid dark chocolate one can taste delicious to some, while others wonder why there weren't more pecans in the mix, and why there was so much nugget.
But I digress.
"Blood Upon My Lips" by Laurell K. Hamilton is for those who like Hamilton's Anita Blake series - you aren't going to really get it unless you've read the books, or rather, there's enough exposition thrown in that you'll get it - you just won't care.
"Dead Girls Don't Dance" by Mary Janice Davidson takes place during her Undead series. I'm a huge fan of the series, so its an extremely biased opinion when I say I loved this short story and the main character - a nerdy vampire who misses cake.
However, I was an even bigger fan of "Originally Human" by Eileen Wilks. Even without reading her Lupi series I was able to quickly fall into her world - and even faster fall for her characters. She mixes magic and the mundane together quite well, and sets up a very clever twist at the end. Michael is basically the most perfect guy ever and I was quite jealous of Molly getting to curl up with him. I also groaned at the final pun.
I was not so much moved by "Burning Moon" by Rebecca York. Werewolves. Gypsies. Moonlight nights. Murder. Revenge. yawn. Haven't we seen all of this before?
So, an interesting sampling of the paranormal romance genre - makes for a good tasting to find out if you're interested....more
We are presented with a world where vampires and humans have assimilated as much as any group has become part of American culture.
No hiding under bed We are presented with a world where vampires and humans have assimilated as much as any group has become part of American culture.
No hiding under beds or in closets, no stalking through the dark forests, no secret meetings in basements and no angsting over outside prejudice – vampires are just part of the new normal, like his and his cake toppers.
So, now blood is an option on any restaurant menu, as ordinary as the gluten-free section, the ADA has been stretched to cover the vampiric need for banks to have nighttime hours (woot!), and magazines commonly run articles along the lines of how-to-date-a-vampire. One magazine has a “Dear Vampy” advice column, about human-vampire relations.
So, are vampires stand ins for a particular social, cultural, physical, ethnic, or sexual group here? I don’t know, and don’t really care, because I was too busy laughing at the both ease and hilarity of making vampires just another carrot in the American stew.
For the main character, she finds vampires to be her ‘type’, and is eager to find a way to meet one who’s single – working in a bridal store, she meets few guys who aren’t already engaged. Luckily, her vampiric mailman (I know, right?) offers her an invite to a party being thrown by one of the most handsome, rich, single vampires of them all.
Wacky erotic hijinks ensue with the girl enjoying, sort of, two sexy vampires expressing intense interest. The toothsome twosome cross multiple lines, to the point where even the main character (of a erotic/romance novel – the kind of story where any male behavior goes) realizes she might have to file two restraining orders.
She’s also incredibly insensitive, which annoyed me, until she actually articulates that she might be insensitive. She’s the equivalent of the “nice” girl who walks up to a lesbian couple she doesn’t know at a bar and asks, all innocence, “how” they have sex. >rolls eyes< Oh vey.
Basically, I found the setting more interesting than the characters. ...more