This is the first Tamora Pierce series I ever read and it's still my favorite. I can't say how many times I've read this series over the years and I sThis is the first Tamora Pierce series I ever read and it's still my favorite. I can't say how many times I've read this series over the years and I still think it's fantastic. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't like. ...more
I love this series so much. Which is the complete opposite of what I would have thought if someone told me about these books before I'd read them. ItI love this series so much. Which is the complete opposite of what I would have thought if someone told me about these books before I'd read them. It has multiple point-of-views and it's full of people talking about the politics of their world. Normally this turns me off of most books. However, these books are fantastic. It's very dry in places to me but on the whole it's the start to a very good series. ...more
I've heard good things about this series for a while now. I've checked it out from library at least 2 or three times but I never seemed to have time fI've heard good things about this series for a while now. I've checked it out from library at least 2 or three times but I never seemed to have time for it. It sucked me in by the first page and it had me dying to read the sequel. Fans of romance, moody historical fiction, or mysteries should all give this book a try. And if you're like me and a fan of all three it's quite a find. ...more
It's been a long time since I read a book that was straight fantasy. I've heard so many good things about this book and wasn't disappointed. Raine, thIt's been a long time since I read a book that was straight fantasy. I've heard so many good things about this book and wasn't disappointed. Raine, the main character, is an elf with average magical abilities who's current job is as a seeker. Meaning, she finds things that were stolen or lost. In 'Magic Lost, Trouble Found' Raine herself stumbles upon something that was once lost and is sought after by some very bad people. There is a race of goblins in this book, with some that are good and some that are bad. I found it interesting that either way, the race is described as tall and attractive. It took some getting used to, but I like it when authors mix it up a bit. The side characters are also fun especially Tam, a goblin who's got his eye on Raine. The plot isn't the most original but it was good enough to keep me interested throughout the book. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel. ...more
I think this has to be my favorite Linnea Sinclair book I've read so far. It kept me glued to the pages and the ending left me dying to read the nextI think this has to be my favorite Linnea Sinclair book I've read so far. It kept me glued to the pages and the ending left me dying to read the next book. I'd rant and rave more about how wonderful it was but I don't have the time. I'll just say that I'd definitely give Linnea Sinclair's books a shot if you haven't yet read anything by her, and I would recommend starting with this book. ...more
I have to say that when I started this series I really didn't like the heroine Mac very much. I liked that she was blond and bubbly but her personalitI have to say that when I started this series I really didn't like the heroine Mac very much. I liked that she was blond and bubbly but her personality, save for her drive to find her sister's killer, seemed vapid to me. But the past two books have made me change my mind and she's growing on me. So Mac is still living with Barron in his bookstore and she's still trying to find the evil book linked to her sister's murder. The fairie prince plays a larger role in this book as he helps Mac with a few things while Barron is MIA or she's too pissed at him to ask for his help. Barron while he is around starts to teach Mac how to resist Voice as the Lord Master tries to lure Mac into his trap. There's a lot of fighting in this book as it seems like everyone and their mother is trying to either get something from Mac or kill her. Including Vlane and Barron. Oh, and a HUUUUUUGE cliffhanger at the end. HUGE. It will be interesting reading the next book....more
Magic Bites is about Kate Daniels. A mercenary on her own, doing the odd job that no one else will take. She finds out however that her guardian has bMagic Bites is about Kate Daniels. A mercenary on her own, doing the odd job that no one else will take. She finds out however that her guardian has been murdered recently. Her guardian was a powerful man and the knight diviner. Not someone taken down easily. As he was her only surviving family member, she's decided to volunteer her services to The Order and find his killer. There is suspicion placed on both the shapeshifters and vampires of their world and each suspects the other. The Beast Lord in particular has taken notice of her and she becomes involved in certain politics way over her head.
I am still swimming thorough my homework but this book was so good I flew through it mostly in one day. The world is really interesting in that it seems to be set in the future but due to some sort of catastrophic event, hasn't developed technologically speaking past today's time. Magic is infused in the world but it comes in fluctuation. Sometimes magic flares up and most of their modern technology doesn't work. However you can now summon monsters, create wards to protect yourself, and any other number of magical things. But then after a while the magic goes away and you can't cast any spells but you can finally catch up on your favorite tv shows. There's quite a lot of things unexplained or not explained in depth but you never feel like you can't follow the story. The characters within the book are also really wonderful. Kate has just the right amount of sarcasm and wit without feeling annoying and Curran (the beast lord) was over the top but didn't feel as domineering and bull headed as other male shifters are sometimes portrayed. This is definitely urban fantasy so don't expect any kind of romance. There's a hint of something between Kate and Curran but besides from a quick kiss before the big battle that's all the romance there is. Vampire fans be warned though that don't expect a lot of vampire love here. The vampires in this world are puppets control by magic users and they aren't pretty and are rather disgusting. In general this is a great book for urban fantasy fans and something I'd highly recommend. ...more
I'd heard a lot of good things about this series and in my opinion they are absolutely right. It was totally engrossing and the writing was superb. ItI'd heard a lot of good things about this series and in my opinion they are absolutely right. It was totally engrossing and the writing was superb. It has the kind of prose that makes you feel like you're reading a fairytale without coming off cheesy or overdoing it. There were some things I didn't like about it so I couldn't give it five stars, but there was definitely more good than bad as a whole. If you're looking for some excellent female driven fantasy, this book is worth your time. ...more
In 'Nightlife' the main character is Caliban (Cal) Leandros and his half brother Niko. They share the same human mother, however Caliban has a GrendelIn 'Nightlife' the main character is Caliban (Cal) Leandros and his half brother Niko. They share the same human mother, however Caliban has a Grendel for a father. Grendel is what the brothers call the monsters. And Caliban's father's specific breed of monster is elf. These elves are not pretty and serene in the Lord of the Rings kind of way. They're scary, violent, and have been watching Cal all his life. Several years ago the Grendels finally made a move and kidnapped Caliban and killed their mother. Caliban managed to escape from their world and returned but aged significantly older with no memories of what happened between his kidnapping and escape. They've lived on their own since, dodging any Grendel they see and moving from place to place. Cal has always felt guilty about it because he feels like Niko is sacrificing his life to protect his. Niko is incredibly smart and has honed his body into a slick fighting machine. They're currently living in New York city and have been for a while now. Yet Niko spots a Grendel in the park one day and kills him. Neither brother knows if this is a one-time occurrence or a shadow of things to come. Should they run? Should they stay? Perhaps there are some things that these two brothers can't run away from after all.
I definitely agree with reviewers that this book would appeal to fans of the Supernatural tv series. I'd highly recommend it to fans of the show but also to general urban fantasy fans as well. There's enough differences between the show and these books not to feel like it's the same thing though. There were a few issues to me with the writing style but over all it had me glued to the pages. There's lots of action and the plot moved at a good pace, but the relationship between the two brothers is priceless. It completely made this book for me. Niko is just a larger than life character and bounced off of Caliban they make a great pair. I think I'm in love. ...more
Mystic and Rider is about three mystics and two King's Riders out on a mission. In their world mystics are what they call people with magical abilitieMystic and Rider is about three mystics and two King's Riders out on a mission. In their world mystics are what they call people with magical abilities. The three on this mission are a mysterious woman named Senneth, a highborn lady named Kirra, and Kirra's servant Donnal. Senneth intended to go on her quest alone but the king ordered her to have two of his King's Riders guard her on her quest. The two chosen were a young Rider named Justin, and a battle hardened man named Tayse. Neither of these two men however, are particularly trusting of mystics. Senneth's friend Kirra then wanted to follow, and where Kirra goes so does her servant Donnal. Add on to their group a man they saved from a village named Cammon and they have a much larger party than Senneth intended.
Their mission is to wander around the area and the Twelve Houses and find out if there is trouble brewing. In the northern areas where the king lives mystics are tolerated and are generally left alone to do as they please. But the further south you go mystics are tolerated less and less. What they find in their journey however is that things are even worse than they thought. Mystics are not being tolerated almost anywhere but the northern Houses. And the further south they travel the more murderous the people are toward mystics. Also a religion, once near forgotten, is now becoming more and more popular headed by a former highborn lady. And this particular highborn lady also turns out to have an agenda to wipe out magic from the earth and take the king off his thrown.
The mystics and the riders have to stop fighting among themselves and become one as a group if they are to survive the physical dangers of this mission and return home alive.
I was pretty impressed with this book. It started off a bit slow for me and all the complicated world building was hard for me at first to keep straight in my head. But after a while I got into the book and couldn't put it down once I started. There's also a romance in the book between Senneth and Tayse that's sort of understated until the last part of the book. In general I thought this was a really great fantasy book, especially for people looking for more character focused books in that genre. And also for someone looking for a some romance mixed in with their fantasy. ...more