"The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness picks up where "Shadow of Night" leaves off. Diana Bishop, pregnant with twins, and her husband, vampire Matthe...more"The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness picks up where "Shadow of Night" leaves off. Diana Bishop, pregnant with twins, and her husband, vampire Matthew de Clermont, return from their journey to the 16th century. Aunt Em is dead, and the witch responsible has gone missing. Diana'a secret─that she is a weaver and time walker─is slowly making itself known, as she is forced to reveal it time and time again in order to untangle webs that ensnare those that she loves. Diana is now the blood sworn daughter of the previous family leader, and must prove her worth. He original task of finding the missing pages of Ashmole 782, a mysterious manuscript that is rumored to contain origin stories of vampires, daemons, and the first spells of witches, is once again her focus. Armed with new allies and old friends, some of whom have survived the more than 400 gap in their friendship, the Bishop-Clermont family faces the odds. An even more dangerous enemy threatens them and the babies, and is not afraid of who knows it.
"The Book of Life" had it's moment of "is this important?" and "this feels so contrived!" yet manages to be a captivating read. It is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Beware: you MUST read the first two books in order to follow the events of this one. Recommended for lovers of: history, supernatural/paranormal, witches, romance, and long books.(less)
A trio of friends─Justin, Tien, and Gibbo─experience life, love, rejection, shame, self-hatred, and inferiority as they battle their cultures, their f...moreA trio of friends─Justin, Tien, and Gibbo─experience life, love, rejection, shame, self-hatred, and inferiority as they battle their cultures, their families, and each other.
Justin, a Chinese-Australian whose family hails from Singapore, attempts to hide his homosexuality and reject his Asian-ness. Tien, a Vietnamese-African-American, tries to escape what she feels is a curse of blood and parentage. Gibbo, overweight and Australian, re-imagines himself in the image of the Asians he admires. Their families, bound by their friendship, navigate boundaries as a group.
The book is, rather than a linear-plot novel, is a series of short stories/windows into each character's life and thoughts. While the main trio comes across as unlikeable─Tien is selfish and rude, Gibbo is a whiny stalker, Justin despises his ethnicity─we are able to learn deeper motives and emotions, the most prevailing of which is loneliness. (less)
Princess Meredith is finally giving birth...to triplets. Her uncle, King Taranis, who raped her, is attempting to lay claim to the children and Merry...morePrincess Meredith is finally giving birth...to triplets. Her uncle, King Taranis, who raped her, is attempting to lay claim to the children and Merry in order to keep his throne. Merry and her men must keep the children, and themselves, safe from his plots.
After such a long wait for this book, I am disappointed with the work. The writing is redundant, the (many, many, and oft repeated) descriptions are overdone, and the (long winded) dialogue does little to advance the plot. 2.5 stars, and only because the ending (rushed, convoluted, and out of left field) almost redeems the effort of reading this book. Almost.(less)
In the city of Pandemonium, the old...moreI received an e-copy via Net Galley for review.
Hoo, boy, where do I start with this one?
** may contain spoilers**
In the city of Pandemonium, the old gods walk among mortals. Specifically, one old god owns the hippest, hottest tech company and, therefore, the city. Meet Lain, a Norse god who, disguised as human, happens to become enamored with a mortal employed by the company by the name of Sigmund Sussman. Sigmund is, by his own definition, a big dork. He works in the IT department of the company, and has two close friends, Wayne and Em. He falls for Lain─hard─and discovers that he might have bitten off more than he can choke down. Flames, dead gods, realms-pillage, ancient secrets, and kick ass action compliment the adorkable romance between Sigmund and Lain nicely. Even when you think you've figured it out, it throws you for a loop.
"Everything is true, especially the lies. That's the trick."
Since this is an uncorrected proof, there seems to be a coding issue with a text conversation. Beyond that, the story flowed so smoothly that I hated to have to stop reading for whatever reason. Seriously looking forward to book #2.
Recommended for lovers of: queer (clean) romance, Norse mythology, video-game type action, clever genre/geek references, and the perfect blend of snark and humor.(less)
Lana Harvey is an eighth-generation reaper, working under the authority of the mayor of Limbo City and the...moreI downloaded this novel for free from NOOK.
Lana Harvey is an eighth-generation reaper, working under the authority of the mayor of Limbo City and the owner of Reapers, INC, Grim. She and her partner, Josie, collect souls from the human realm and take them to whatever afterlife their beliefs lead them to. After an attack on their ship, Lana begins to suspect that something i amiss in Limbo. Big names from folklore and religion─Malaik, Gabriel, Charon, and Lucifer, for example─make appearances in ways you've never seen them. Quite the enjoyable read, and ends in a way that is somewhat satisfying. Certain parts fill a bit rushed─interactions between Maalik and Lana, for one─and some information seems to repeat unnecessarily. Overall, I'd recommend this book for people who like urban fantasy, paranormal romance (though there is not an abundance of romance, and no sex scenes), mystery-lovers, and people who like quirky heroines who are good with a scythe. (less)
3.5 stars. Olivia Taylor-Jones has it all: she's a socialite with an English degree, a sizable trust fund, a gorgeous, ambitious fiance, and a loving...more3.5 stars. Olivia Taylor-Jones has it all: she's a socialite with an English degree, a sizable trust fund, a gorgeous, ambitious fiance, and a loving upbringing. After a night out, she receives news that destroys her world--she is adopted, and her biological parents are convicted serial killers.
On the run from the press, she is manipulated into traveling to Cainsville, where she begins to see signs and omens, and is suddenly a fount of old wives' tales. She starts digging into the truth of the twenty year old murders and her past.
Decent, intriguing read, full of folklore. "Omens" loses its way briefly, first by trying to introduce several plots at once, then by trying to wrap up the initial mystery in a hand full of pages. Looking forward to continuing the series.(less)
Mercy Thompson is back for a new adventure. Her husband and mate, Adam, invites his stalked and terrified ex-wife to their home to hide, and she bring...moreMercy Thompson is back for a new adventure. Her husband and mate, Adam, invites his stalked and terrified ex-wife to their home to hide, and she brings with her lingering emotions, pack division, and an angry, spurned lover. Mercy must keep Adam's love and the pack's loyalty while fighting monsters, serial killers, and government agents. (less)
Master vampires have fallen under a sleep spell and the city is out of control. Rachel Morgan is, once again, in the thick of things. On the hook to s...moreMaster vampires have fallen under a sleep spell and the city is out of control. Rachel Morgan is, once again, in the thick of things. On the hook to stop the rampant crime and solve the mystery, Rachel and company do what they do best: act, then deal with the consequences later. Ancient hatred comes to the forefront between elves and demons, with vampires and weres thrown in for good measure.(less)