Bloody good fun- a fitting readalike for fans of The Ranger's Apprentice. Definitely on the violent side, so maybe not appropriate for younger readersBloody good fun- a fitting readalike for fans of The Ranger's Apprentice. Definitely on the violent side, so maybe not appropriate for younger readers....more
Hilarious. Profane. Touching. Thought-provoking. Satirical. And did I mention hilarious?
Becky Randle is an ordinary teenager who has grown up with herHilarious. Profane. Touching. Thought-provoking. Satirical. And did I mention hilarious?
Becky Randle is an ordinary teenager who has grown up with her 400+ pound single mother in a trailer park in East Trawley, Missouri. She works at the about-ready-to-close supermarket and has no real plans for her life beyond work hard and be kind. Her mother, in this, has set a great example because even though something happened to make her fearful of the outside world, inside their trailer Becky has always known her mother was a kind, caring, sweet soul who loved her very much. But when her mother dies unexpectedly, Becky is left without direction, until she finds a mysterious stranger's phone number among her mother's belongings. When she calls it, she finds herself whisked away on a modern fairy tale adventure that is romantic, touching, hilarious and also a biting, sarcastic social commentary on what is worshipped these days in pop culture.
I loved this book. I would stack it right next to "Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray as a new favorite satire about modern pop culture. It is intelligent and witty, and very, very profane, so for that reason, I would recommended it to older or more mature readers. The language is raw and uncensored, which made it funnier to me in places as I found myself thinking "I can't believe she said that!" or "I thought I was the only one that ever said 'shits and giggles'!" There isn't really any sex or violence, mostly just raw unfiltered f-bombs dropped strategically over the page. Yet I never felt like they were obtrusive or out of character, as in some other books were the f-bombs were jarring and/or far too distracting....more
Confession time. I took this book on vacation specifically because it looked like trashy, brainless, romance novel but with a paranormal twist that woConfession time. I took this book on vacation specifically because it looked like trashy, brainless, romance novel but with a paranormal twist that would keep me interested, because I have never been able to read "normal" romance books (ala Nicholas Sparks). I wanted something light, fun and a bit steamy, since I was going to the tropics. On those points, this book did not disappoint. I mean, just look at that cover! I couldn't even bring myself to read this on the airplane because of it. LOL.
However, the surprise came when I found myself actually really interested in the plot and caring about the characters. Jeaniene Frost managed to take a premise that at first seems stale- lady meets Vlad Tepesh, the "real" Dracula (but don't call him that) and falls in love- and made it unique and entertaining. And there was plenty of steam.
Leila is an acrobatic circus performer, traveling the carnival cicuit with her performing partner, a dwarf named Marty, who happens to be a vampire. Because of a tragic accident involving electricity, Leila generates high amounts of the deadly energy, and must be careful who and what she touches. But there is another reason she must be careful- she also has gained the ability to see the past, present and possibly the future of people who have left strong psychic imprints on items or places. So for years she has lived apart, alone except for Marty, and isolated by her abilities.
But then she is kidnapped and forced to use her powers to track down the most powerful vampire of all time, Vlad Tepesh. Recognizing that she was just a pawn in his enemy's plan, Vlad rescues her and enlists her help to try to track down the person responsible for setting the plot in motion. And that is when the sparks really begin to fly.
I liked Leila. A lot. I thought Vlad was a little over the top at first (violent, power-hungry, bossy, etc.), but as the story progressed I could see how and why someone who has lived so long and experienced so much would behave that way. So I think the author did a pretty good job of making the characters, with their fantastical back stories, behave in a way that promoted character development and understanding. Besides the character development, the progession of the mystery was also very well planned and I felt like the book contained plenty of surprises and discoveries that kept it interesting all throughout.
So yeah, surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed it. So much so that I immediately picked up the sequel and started right in, thankful I had also packed that one for my trip and still embarassed by the cover to be seen reading it in public. :-)
PS: Definitely ADULT in nature, not one I would recommend to my teen readers.
Last week I stayed up half the night finishing this book, and even though my eyes were shutting of their own accord, I still did not want to put it doLast week I stayed up half the night finishing this book, and even though my eyes were shutting of their own accord, I still did not want to put it down. A sequel, this title lived up to its predecessor, and how! Taking a mysterious character from the first book, Grave Mercy, this story picks up where that narrative left off from Sybella's POV, a convent trained assassin who has been placed in the most dangerous covert operation conceivable- returning to her family home. Historical fantasy fiction, intrigue, suspense, romance, danger, and a strong, capable female character, this has to be one of my favorite books of the year so far. I can't wait for the next in the series!...more
Elisa is back, and things are not looking good for the now Queen. There is unrest within her own palace walls, as well as in her kingdom following theElisa is back, and things are not looking good for the now Queen. There is unrest within her own palace walls, as well as in her kingdom following the defeat of the invading forces. But before she can address those who are plotting against her from without, she must focus on her own unrest...within. Will she learn to be the queen she is meant to be? or will she be swept away on the tide of powerful political and mystical forces that sweep over her land?
I really ejoyed this book. I have read the critics, and acknowledge that they have a greater range of knowledge than I when it comes to many things, aI really ejoyed this book. I have read the critics, and acknowledge that they have a greater range of knowledge than I when it comes to many things, and I acknowledge that this is what I call total wish fulfillment fantasy, but darn it, sometimes I like to read books like this. I mean, who wouldn't want to form a telepathic bond and be able to ride a white tiger gryphon while being a badass ninja in a steampunk Japanese setting???...more
Recommended by a parent at my library, I am glad she put this book in my hand. I didn't realize at first it was a fairy tale retelling, but I think reRecommended by a parent at my library, I am glad she put this book in my hand. I didn't realize at first it was a fairy tale retelling, but I think retelling is the wrong term- this is more like a reinvention. Hale brings the entire cast to full life in this medieval fantasy novel about a princess trying to find her own path, and the evil plots that force her to go in directions she never knew existed. A quick, highly engaging, entertaining read that comes to a very satisfying conclusion, I peeked ahead to see what the following novels in this series could possibly be about, and now I am excited to check those out as well....more