I read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and the...moreI read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a good first book to a series. It sets of up the characters nicely, sets the scene and even adds a bit of mystery and romance to keep those pages turning.
Most of the time it succeeded in giving me everything I want in my urban fantasy, however, I did find Kitty to be a little on the submissive side for my taste. I understand that as part of a pack and only being a werewolf for a few years Kitty's position would be right at the bottom, but it was still hard to take. I could have accepted it a little more if when she was human she was more assertive and sure of herself, but she wasn't.
Thankfully, Kitty does grow as the story progresses and we find out how she became a werewolf in the first place. I hope that her character will continue to develop with each book in the series (the ninth is published this month). I like to see my heroine mature with each book so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this with Kitty.
Kitty is a DJ and has a talk-radio show called The Midnight Hour where all the creatures that go bump in the night can phone in for advice or just to talk. It becomes a huge success. The male and female Alpha of her pack however don't like it as they think this could mean Kitty getting a bit above her station. There's a lot of pack politics but Kitty keeps things together most of the time, especially with the help of her team pack member and friend, TJ.
As things progress Kitty learns there is a rogue killer werewolf hunting humans and decides to help the police with their investigation. This is a great plot and has a very satisfying ending.
We also learn a little more about Kitty and how she became a werewolf along the way. It connected me to Kitty as it was a horrible way for her to become a supernatural creature and my heart went out to her.
The storyline was a little confusing at times. I didn't really know if the human population at large knew about the werewolves and vampires or if all supernaturals were a secret. One moment it seemed as though it was all a big secret, but then the police wanted her help to scent out the rogue werewolf. Also the origin of supernatural creatures was also a bit shaky. Kitty explains that scientists had studied them and while they have found different characteristics distinguishing them from humans they weren't genetic, viral, bacterial or even biological - and yet the following quote from a conversation between Kitty and a detective sounds otherwise...
"How do I tell if this is a lycanthrope and not a big angry dog?" "Smell," I said without thinking. "What?" "Smell. A lycanthrope smells different. At least to another lycanthrope." "Okay," she drawled. "And if you aren't around to use as a bloodhound?" I sighed. "If you can find DNA samples of the attacker, there are markers. There's a obscure CDC report about Lycanthrope DNA markers. I'll get you the reference..."
Well, DNA is genetics... genetics is biology...Hmmm
However, putting science aside "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a fun read. I like Kitty and although I hope she finds herself (and a backbone), which I have a feeling she will, due to her erratic bursts of bravery throughout the novel, I think she's going to be a great character to follow in subsequent instalments.
My favourite character though has to be Cormac. He's a werewolf hunter and a rather yummy one at that. They meet while Kitty is at work doing her radio show when Cormac calls in and tells her he is in the building, coming up to kill her. She didn't seem too concerned though and plays it out as a bit of a joke live on her show - this is a bit too much in contrast to the submissive person we see most of the time and therefore had a bit of an unbelievable air about it, however, it didn't make it any less enjoyable to read. Kitty is quite funny and this scenario put a smile on my face.
We're not given too much information about Cormac in this instalment, which makes him all the more mysterious and intriguing, but I hope to see more of his character in future books. He has great charisma and I like the way Kitty and Cormac interact with each other; there's definitely some sexual chemistry going on...
"Kitty and the Midnight Hour" sets the scene to Kitty Norville and her world. There's lots of great witty dialogue, relationship dynamics and a bit of mystery. A solid start to the series.(less)
"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings wh...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings where 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' finished.
Kitty is on the run after leaving her pack and abusive alphas. She's moving from city to city, doing her radio show, The Midnight Hour as she travels. This time she ends up staying in Washington after agreeing to an interview with a senator. She's also asked by the Vampire Mistress of the City to stay with her, which is a little awkward as Kitty doesn't know or trust her.
There's lots of political intrigue and Kitty is called to testify at a Senate hearing about supernaturals. Also, the creepy Elijah Smith who we meet in 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' is back and there's a surprising twist to his story which was quite exciting.
There's a little bit of romance but not with who I wanted it to be, which was a bit disappointing - it's sure to come in subsequent books, right? Kitty also meets up with different Lyncanthropes, a were-fox and were-jaguar, and finds that harmony can be achieved to a point without a pack.
However, for me Kitty still has to move on with regards to her submission. She's getting better but it's still there. I want her to be independent and see her stand up for herself more, but she wants to submit to everyone who challenges her, which frustrates me.
Despite this slightly annoying personality trait, I am growing to really like Kitty, I feel as though she's just working things out herself, she hasn't been a werewolf long and I'm hoping we'll soon see an amazing, determined, independent women who utilises her werewolf strengths.
I really enjoy Vaughn's writing. It gives a definite sense of where Kitty is in her world and creates believable characters. I love all the secondary characters, especially Ben, her Lawyer and Cormac, a bounty hunter. We also get to meet other interesting characters in this book, although not all likable, such as an irritating reporter who keeps getting in Kitty's face and asking intrusive questions and a scientist who's researching supernaturals, who I dislike intensely and don't trust at all, and rightly so after what he does to Kitty...
A really enjoyable second instalment. "Kitty Goes to Washington" is jam-packed with action and mystery, and I'm interested in seeing how Kitty deals with things after all that has happened to her. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, 'Kitty Takes A Holiday'!(less)
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever so slowly (emphasis on slowly) moving towards being an independent, strong woman.
Kitty takes some time away from her call-in radio show, The Midnight Hour, to relax and try and write her memoirs - as Kitty is quite young and has only been a werewolf for a couple of years, I thought this was a bit premature - but she buys a little cabin in the middle of nowhere and of course it ends up being the holiday from hell.
Kitty is terrorised by an unknown entity who is cursing her with dead animals which they leave on her doorstep or hanging from tree branches. I must say I was rather surprised that this frightened Kitty so much, considering she's a big bad werewolf an' all. In the first book, 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour', her life was threatened by Cormac, a werewolf hunter, live on her radio talk-show and she really didn't bat an eye.
There is a little inconsistency with Kitty's character as she's very submissive and yet can be dominant at the same time. She cowers from certain people only to then throw herself into danger. She's also dominant sexually, which doesn't add up with her submissive nature as a werewolf. Kitty is a bit of a paradox.
But as with the two preceding books I can't help but like her. She's quite sassy in her own way and I am liking her more with each book.
There's also a bit of a shift regarding the romantic dynamics. I'm not sure I like where Kitty is going romantically but it was definitely a twist I didn't see coming. There's also one character who gets bitten and is now a werewolf, which Kitty has adopted and has taken on as her 'pack'.
I loved seeing the caring side of Kitty. She has a lot of compassion and as she only knows too well, being turned is hard enough, but being turned against your will is almost soul destroying. But Kitty steps up to the plate and is there through the entire process and I liked her all the more for it.
This third instalment is a fast read and a really good addition to the series. I love that Cormac is still very much part of Kitty's life, even though it's not in the way I want it to be. The author writes great action and it's really this that keeps me turning the pages.
Overall "Kitty Takes a Holiday" is a really great read; exciting, full of action and brimming with lively and interesting personalities. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next in store for Ms Norville in 'Kitty and the Silver Bullet'.(less)
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series ju...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series just seems to get better and better with each book. There's plenty of action as always as well as a few rare scenes of Kitty with her family, which was nice.
Kitty is called back to Denver by her father as her mother is ill. It's hard to juggle werewolf life and human life and when the two mix it's not pretty. Kitty has also been asked by a very powerful vampire to take sides in a coming war, which she is reluctant to do but inevitably has to, to save her family, her boyfriend and herself.
Kitty also acquires a few more werewolves to her "pack of two" and she's not sure how to deal with it. I must admit that there are some parts of Kitty's life that are hard to fathom. Kitty doesn't overly display any power, and when she gets into a sticky situation her immediate reaction is to run. I find it difficult to understand what it is about Kitty that have other wolves thinking she is leader material.
Of course there are moments when Kitty mans up, but most of the time she's quivering in her boots and just wants to run away. This is the part of Kitty I don't like. However, she does have other very good atributes. She tries her hardest to keep others safe; she's loyal and caring. Maybe it's these traits that others can see that makes her Alpha material.
I'm still uncomfortable with Kitty's love life and I can't help feeling a little miffed at their relationship. It seems they are too - they still don't know if they're only together because of the werewolf thing or if it's because they actually love each other, but we find out which in the last few chapters.
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is great fun and hugely entertaining. I can't wait to read the next instalment, 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand'.(less)
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her l...more"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her life. But things pan out a bit like a screw ball comedy.
Kitty ends up: staying in a hotel that's hosting a gun convention attended by bounty hunters who hate werewolves; hosting her radio show, 'The Midnight Hour', live on TV the night before her wedding; her beau gambling away their money and then disappearing without a trace; and finally delivering a letter to the Vampire Master of the City from Rick, Kitty's vampire friend and Master of Denver - which of course leads to lots of drama and trouble for Kitty!
Kitty also meets a group of were-animals that perform in a show on a daily basis in their animal form and after seeing it with her own eyes, Kitty senses something's just not right.
We also get to meet a new character, Odysseus Grant, a true magician. He's one of my favourite characters, he's so intriguing and I never really knew if he was friend or foe until the end.
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" doesn't have as much action as the previous books, but there was still enough going on to keep me reading. I must admit that I am a little disappointed that Kitty is getting married. This seems to really cement the relationship between her and her man (I won't say who incase you haven't read the books yet). I much prefer my urban fantasy heroine to struggle with romance rather than it be all wrapped up neatly.
However, I keep getting mixed signals. Kitty says she's in love but then let's everything get in the way of actually getting married. Her man plans a poker tournament at the time of their wedding so they have to rearrange it and instead of getting married in the afternoon that push it back to six o'clock. This doesn't really convince me that they are in love...
Despite my reservations about certain aspects, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" is still a fun read. It's not on the same par as some of the preceding books, but I have a feeling that more is to come in the next instalments.(less)
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous boo...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous book finished. Kitty is on the look out for the The Band of Tiamat, the cult she came face to face with during her trip to Las Vegas, due to an ominous sign left on her door. But she soon realises that they are not in town but have cursed her with a fiery demon. People are killed, property is burned and Kitty is left trying to figure out what to do.
Although Kitty has definitely grown as a character, she still has a tendency to leave it to others to work things out. She places a call to Odysseus Grant, a magician she met while in Las Vegas and asks him to figure out what to do with the fire demon. He gives her the recipe for a potion to place around her home and of those she loves for protection. When her own pack questions her on what more she intends to do about protecting them, she doesn't really show her authority, instead her Alpha mate, Ben does, and yet she takes the credit for it. Kitty herself doesn't really do much fighting, however, I still find myself liking her and enjoying the troubles she finds herself in, even though I wish she was a little more kick-arse.
There is some light relief in the way of a paranormal investigation team that comes into town to investigate a haunted house. Kitty wants in on the action in the hope of getting an interview with them for her radio show, The Midnight Hour. She gets a lot more than she bargained for and the action flows thick and fast from this point on.
There is only a fleeting glimpse of Cormac in this instalment. He's still in jail but something ghostly is happening. It's very intriguing and nothing is really revealed which makes me think this could be setting us up for the next book.
Although I do like Ben I miss Cormac and still wonder why Vaughn put him in jail. Cormac is a very charismatic character and I'm surprised as to why she would lock him up and keep him out of so many books. I'm hoping he's released from prison soon, so there can be more Cormac and Kitty and maybe a little romantic tention.
Overall, "Kitty Raises Hell" is another great addition to the series and is very entertaining, with a lots action and intrigue. I look forward to reading the next book, 'Kitty's House of Horrors'.(less)
Wow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's als...moreWow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's also one of the best. It's jam-packed with action from practically the first chapter and doesn't let up until the last page.
Kitty is invited to participate in a reality TV show full of supernaturals. As Kitty is quite fond of the lime light and revels in publicity for her show, she agrees. When she enters the house, which is situated in a gorgeous cabin miles from anywhere, she meets the other contestants. I was wondering how the book would read without her love interest, but I didn't miss her Alpha mate one bit!
It was great to see a few characters return from previous books, such as Tina a psychic and paranormal investigator, who we first meet in 'Kitty Raises Hell'; Jeremy a TV psychic who Kitty works alongside in 'Kitty Goes To Washington'; Odysseus Grant a true magician who Kitty meets for the first time in 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand' during her trip to Las Vegas.
There were many others in the house too: Lee, a were-seal; Anastasia, Gemma and Damian, two vamps and their human servant; Jerome, a werewolf and pro wrestler; Ariel, Priestess of the Night, talk-radio show host; and last but not least, Conrad, a human and a disbeliever in all that is supernatural.
After the introductions everyone settles in. What I noticed more than any other novel is that Kitty likes to ask lots of questions of others, but when someone asks her a question she gets annoyed. I must admit that Kitty did irritate me a little in this instalment. She puts herself out there and then wonders why people think she's an expert, she roles her eyes and gets annoyed when people look to her, but always places herself in danger - she's in danger of becoming a martyr and I didn't really like seeing that side of her. However, with such great writing and fast-paced storyline, this was a small niggle I could handle.
After a few days Kitty begins to have suspicions about some of the other participants, beings to create conspiracy theories and one morning the contestants wake up to find that the producers and staff of the show have left, there's no electricity and the phones are dead. As Kitty leaves the cabin to try and find out what's going on, she finds the first body...
However, there was a big leap of faith on my part with regards to the believability of the plot. A house full of werewolves, vampires, magicians, psychics, were-seals (who can be surprisingly violent as it happens, and have very sharp teeth) are being hunted by three mortal men. Yes they have guns, silver bullets, explosives and silver tipped arrows, but surely the fast moving vamps with their hypnotic eyes could have snuffed them out in a matter of minutes?
Despite these few niggles I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment - it was a very entertaining and exciting read. This series seems to get better and better with each novel. I really appreciate Vaughn's easy writing style and punchy storylines and her characterisation is second to none.
A great addition the the Kitty series and one of the best in my opinion. I can't wait to read the next book 'Kitty Goes To War', I have no doubt it will be a bumpy, but enjoyable ride.(less)
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disab...moreJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disability', she can read people's minds. Because of this disability, she struggles with personal friendships & relationships and rarely dates. Nothing worse than knowing what your date is thinking of you!
Living in a small Southern town, Sookie is a mix of endearing naïveté, strong morals and a good share of guts and determination. Working at Sam's bar, she is waitress, and takes pride in her work. Her relationship with her grandmother, whom she lives with is lovely and written with real, believable warmth. And her promiscuous and selfish brother, while infuriating at times is still engaging.
I agree, all the characters are interesting and quirky. I especially love Sookie - she's a warm, down-to-earth kind of gal and not the type of urban fantasy heroine I'm used to reading. I really like the TV show, but I must say I like the books more.
If you watch the TV series, you will notice the distinct absence of best friend Tara in the book, in fact she's not even mentioned. While Sam and fellow waitress Arlene are important friends, Sookie does not have a best friend in the book. This adds to her overall isolation and loneliness, brought about by her telepathic ability.
Then enter vampire Bill. Bill's mind is delightfully and blissfully blank and Sookie is immediately fascinated. But with the arrival of Bill, the town suddenly becomes the victim of a serial killer and young women keep turning up dead. Before she knows it, Sookie ends up caught in the middle of the deadly game.
I must admit I was put off reading this series basically because of the TV show. I do enjoy 'True Blood' but I've never really got on board with Anna Paquin and I was worried that this would rub off on the books. When I started "Dead Until Dark" I did unfortunately see Paquin as Sookie, but after about fifty or so pages, the Sookie of my own imagination started to push through and I began to enjoy the book a lot more. In fact I had difficulty putting it down.
I read the first three books in this series years ago and for some reason didn't get around to reading the subsequent books. Unlike Carolyn, I read them before 'True Blood' hit our TV screens, so I wasn't put off by the TV show. But as I started re-reading them I couldn't help make a few comparisons as I wrote my review.
I really enjoyed the southern setting and the way that everyone spoke - I'm a big fan of the southern drawl anyway, so it just made this book even more enjoyable for me. The fact that Sookie is just an ordinary girl (apart from her supernatural abilities), working in a bar as a waitress, making an honest living rather than a gun-wielding, martial arts expert, gave this urban fantasy a fresh twist.
"Dead Until Dark" is an easy read. Charlaine Harris has a unique writing style, which I really enjoy. She often focuses on the detail, but in a way that adds richness to her story rather than coming across as tedious.
There isn't much to fault with this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I had just have one tiny complaint, I did feel that Sookie and Bill fell in love just a little bit too quickly. I could understand it from Sookie, but maybe not from a several hundred year old vampire.
CAROLYN: "Dead Until Dark" is a fun and entertaining urban fantasy. It's pretty light compared to some of the other UF series out there, but it's still definitely worth a read. Harris has a great relaxed writing style that made this book a quick and easy read, as well as hard to put down. The characters are great and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
LAURA: A fun and even delightful supernatural mystery set in a small town in the deep South. Sookie is a refreshing and charming lead character. She's not your normal tough, ass-kicking urban fantasy heroine, but I actually loved her even more because of it. As for the TV show... I much prefer the book! :-) (less)
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who is...moreJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who is dating the town's local vampire. She is so genuinely warm and wholesome and the last person at all you would expect to end up with a vampire. But it's these qualities that make the books so engaging.
I've read three of Charlaine Harris's series and her writing has a unique, quirky style to it. But they're also funny, laugh-out-loud so at times. The second book is similar to the first in that at the core of it is a supernatural mystery, with Sookie once again playing the unwitting sleuth.
Although the TV series, ‘True Blood’ does keep some of the aspects of the book, there are many differences. Therefore, it was easier for me to read “Living Dead in Dallas” without drawing too many comparisons, I tried to keep them separate and read the book on its own merit. Reading it this way is actually much more enjoyable. I do like the TV show, but I’m not sure on some of the castings therefore I would rather imagine the characters, especially Sookie as my imagination intended.
However, as with the first book, ‘Dead Until Dark’, I found this a wonderful, easy read. Harris has a great writing style that’s witty and charming and I read this book with relish. I'm with Laura on Sookie, she's is a fabulous heroine. I love her warmth and wholesomeness, but she's also quite feisty, which is a definite plus.
Sookie's relationship with the vampires continues to grow, when Sookie is attacked by a Maenad she & Bill have to turn to them for help. But nothing in life ever comes for free and before she knows it she is on her way to Dallas, rented out by Eric to help the vampires there with a missing vampire case. In typical Sookie style, her favour comes with a condition, that the vampires do not kill anyone she helps to bring to justice. As Carolyn says this is part of Sookie's feistyness that you can't help but love her for.
The book does dot about quite a bit as there are two stands to the story. We have a murder mystery at the beginning, when Sookie discovers the dead body of one of her co-workers. Then Sookie's attack and visit to Dallas, followed by her return home when the original murder mystery gets picked up again.
We are introduced to 'The Fellowship of the Sun' an obsessive, anti-vampire church who I can only imagine will continue to have significance as this series progresses.
Sookie’s ‘abilities’ of listening in on people’s thoughts is hired out by Eric to vampires in Dallas. Sookie and Bill, once there find themselves mixed up with The Fellowship of the Sun, a cult of vampire haters. There’s a few twists and turns that keep you wondering, and new characters and supernaturals are introduced.
As with ‘Dead Until Dark’, there’s enough intrigue to keep the pages turning and although Sookie isn’t the typical kick-arse urban fantasy heroine, she uses what she has to her benefit, including her sassy southern mouth.
“Living Dead in Dallas” is somewhat darker than the previous book, but it’s still a fairly light read. There’s something about Harris’s writing that makes these books addictive reading without having to go into too much detail.
I'm with Carolyn these books definitely make addictive reading. Harris's writing style cleverly mixes a lightness with the dark undertones you come to expect in urban fantasy.
This book introduces new species and characters. I had a real chuckle at Bubba, the mentally challenged vampire who used to once be a famous rock star. But above them all, I'm fast becoming an Eric fan, *swoon* and I do hope Sookie ditches Bill for him. While I enjoy the romance between Sookie and Bill, I am beginning to find him a little bit boring. Kind of like the equivalent of vampire slippers.
There is a truly superb scene when Eric attends a sex club with Sookie to 'protect her' that will make you want to laugh and fan yourself all at the same time.
Fans of the TV series will notice similarities between this book and the second series. But the TV show also diverges quite significantly in parts. But this means it's very easy to enjoy both. I love the TV show, but so far I love the books even more. Carolyn references the casting of the series earlier and it's a really interesting point. Paquin and Moyer are not how I imagine Sooke and Bill to be at all, however, I think that Skarsgard is superb as Eric. Or maybe I just have an Eric fixation! ;-)
Sookie is by far my favourite character, and so she should be being the main character and narrator. She’s sweet, naive at times but endearingly so, but she also has a strength that shines through and makes me smile fondly. I would love to befriend Sookie.
Next in line is Eric. Yummy Eric *sigh* I’m not usually into blonde guys, but I do like the bad boys so I am drawn to him. I know there’s a sensitive side to him too which makes him all the more alluring. Bill is a little stiff for my taste even if he is tall, dark and handsome. There’s just something about Eric’s humour that gets me. I’m hoping that something happens to Bill so my favourite character can get it on with my second favourite character! Sorry, Bill...
LAURA: As good, if not better than the first book. This series will appeal to fans of both murder mystery and supernatural genres. It's a quick read, you could easily get through in a day. I love the mix of dark, supernatural mystery, with romance and warm humour.
CAROLYN: A great instalment to the series. I'm crushing on Sookie and Eric and hope things go in the direction I want it too in subsequent books. An easy read with great characters combined with mystery and romance makes "Living Dead in Dallas" a definite win!(less)
When I began reading “Club Dead” I did wonder if now three books in it would continue...moreJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
When I began reading “Club Dead” I did wonder if now three books in it would continue holding my interest, especially as these books are quite light, although they do hold some serious issues. But “Club Dead” held my attention throughout and I found myself loving Sookie even more than I did in the previous book. It was also nice not to have so much Bill. Although I enjoy his character it was great to see Sookie interact with other men, especially the werewolf and, of course my favourite vamp, Eric.
I wasn't nervous about picking up "Club Dead" at all, I found it was great to be submerged back into Sookie's world again and this series only seems to be getting better. It combines humour with sexiness, all tied up in a supernatural mystery. I also enjoy the fact that these books are very different from other urban fantasy novels and Sookie isn't a tough, gun totting heroine, but she's got guts and I love her anyway.
In this installment we see Sookie getting tougher and definitely braver. But without losing her lovely Southern charm and flawless manners. One scene just sums it up for me, when Sookie has been badly injured and waiting for a strange vampire to heal her, even then she does not forget to be polite. She just makes me smile.
"How de do." Good manners would make you welcome anywhere, my gran always told me.
In the first book 'Dead Until Dark' the focus was very much on Sookie’s home town of Bon Temps. In 'Living Dead in Dallas' she took off to Dallas, which was lots of fun. In this instalment, Sookie takes another trip, this time to Jackson, Mississippi to try and find Bill who’s gone missing. She has also found out that he has been unfaithful although I had my suspicions if this was true, I found the answer at the end of the novel...
The writing is just so wonderful, I can’t seem to stop reading once I’ve started and the supernatural mystery element is so well done, I never really know what’s going to happen, and it also balances well with Sookie’s love life.
As the story centres around Sookie travelling to Mississippi to rescue a kidnapped Bill, you don't see very much of Sam or Sookie's friends in Bon Temps, but we are introduced to some fab new characters, most notably the introduction of werewolves. Alcide, the werewolf Eric assigns to protect Sookie when Bill goes missing is certainly very yummy, and there's an interesting amount of chemistry bubbling away between him and Sookie.
Just as Carolyn says the writing is wonderful, Harris is a very talented lady. This book has plenty of action, poor old Sookie seems to get injured a lot in this series. But lots of humour too. I enjoyed the return of Bubba, the mentally damaged vampire who used to be the South's most famous popstar and also has a thing for cats (don't ask!).
As mentioned by Laura, there is a new character addition in the form of a yummy werewolf, Alcide. He’s such a great character, and just for a moment I wanted Sookie to let down her guard and give in to the temptation to be with him and forget all about stiff ole Bill. But then I remembered I wanted her to end up with Eric *I love me some Eric* and although I very much liked Alcide, I like Eric more.
We get to see a real soft side to Eric and it melted my heart, I can’t think why Sookie hasn’t been swept off her feet by him. I really love Sookie and Eric’s banter though, it’s funny. Sookie is a feisty chick even with a very old vampire who could snap her in two with just two fingers, but I love seeing her mouth off in her cute southern way - I can totally understand why all these men fall for her.
I am very disappointed in Bill. His betrayal of Sookie cuts deep and I’m not sure how she’s going to come back from this. In just a few months her life has been turned upside down, she’s been beaten, nearly raped and fed upon violently, and yet she tries to keep chipper and not give in to self-pity. She really didn’t deserve Bill’s treatment of her, and I for one hope this gives her the reason to forget Bill, and give Eric a chance!
It looks like we both fell a bit for Alcide *quickly fans oneself* ;-) I like that we see a marked change is Sookie's attractiveness in this book. While I've always believed her to be very pretty, she's been a bit of a pariah amongst human men who are frightened by her abilities. In this book there's the potential for not only a love triangle, but a love square and that's without including Sam who isn't really in this book. Sookie's a popular lady! But with her usual polite demureness, Sookie is charmingly baffled by this, rather than letting it go to her head.
As Carolyn said, Bill went down in my estimations in this book, in fact I felt like he needed a bit of an ass-kicking! There is one scene I'm not actually sure I can forgive him for. And Sookie was perhaps a little too polite about it all. But in the long term it didn't matter as I just fell in love with Eric a little bit more. And you get to see a lot more of him in this book - hurrah! I hope in book four she realises just how super hot he is!
CAROLYN: This series is consistently great. "Club Dead" was a fab read from start to finish. I love the relationship dynamics and I just can't wait to see what happens next!
LAURA: Once again a fantastic book, I have long been a fan of Harris's quirky writing style, having read two of her other series aswell. I whizzed through "Club Dead" in no time at all. If you're a fan of the TV show you'll see a lot of similarities between that and the plot of series three, but be warned it's also markedly different in places too. (less)
"Shakespeare's Landlord" is a really good start to what I hope will be a fun, addictive mystery...moreOriginally posted on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.
"Shakespeare's Landlord" is a really good start to what I hope will be a fun, addictive mystery series. It has all the elements to be so, with a great heroine and supporting cast, and a cosy town where they all live weaving in and out of each others lives.
Lily Bard has a dark past that Harris only hints at, by the end of the book I still really didn't know what had happened to Lily to make her run and set up home in a small town like Shakespeare. But she's managed to create a little niche for herself by starting a cleaning business and keeping herself to herself. That's the way she likes it.
But one night, while out for a walk, she discovers a body in the local park. Instead of phoning the police Lily heads back home and calls the police anonymously to let them know. She really didn't want the police digging around in her past...
From here on things get a little out of control and Lily's well controlled private life suddenly begins to spiral. She has more conversations with her neighbours in the week surrounding the murder than she has done for the few years she's been living in the town. Which is saying a lot since she cleans most of their homes!
One of Lily's favourite past times is working out at the gym and her martial arts class, which she never misses. But as her organised life slips so does her relationships with the men around her, including her instructor. There are two main love interests and I have my heart set on one rather than the other, so I'm really eager to know where Harris takes me in the subsequent books.
As always, Harris's writing is vivid but also easy going. I really love her writing style. One of the most fun aspects to "Shakespeare's Landlord" is that it had me guessing until the very end, which is a very good thing for a mystery and something which doesn't happen for me very often. As with most first books in a series it took me a little time to get into the story, but when I did I had great time visiting Shakespeare town.
"Shakespeare's Landlord" is a fun cosy mystery. Harris weaves her writerly magic once again and has captured my imagination. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, 'Shakespeare's Champion'. (less)
I have heard such good things about this series and I'm so glad to have now started it as "Moo...moreOriginally posted on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.
I have heard such good things about this series and I'm so glad to have now started it as "Moon Called" was really good.
Mercy Thompson is a mechanic and also a Walker, the refreshing twist is that she doesn't turn into a werewolf or a big cat, but a coyote. She can also change at will and it's not painful or ruled by the moon as it is for the werewolf. I loved this aspect to Mercy's character, although she is surrounded by the popular supernatural creatures such as werewolves and vampires, it was fun when she turned into a coyote because it really gave the book a different dimension.
Mercy is very independent and lives on her own in a trailer - well, relatively alone as she also has a cat. Her immediate neighbour is Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, and despite not being a werewolf herself, Mercy has been accepted into the pack and is protected by them. The other reason Mercy is so "in" with the werewolves is because she was raised by them.
One of the aspects of Mercy's character I found really likable is that she acknowledges she doesn't have the supernatural strength of the werewolves or the vampires, so has to rely on weaponry and her wit, she also trains to give her body strength, and combined with her fearlessness, she's one tough cookie.
While working in her garage, Mercy finds a young boy called Mac. She instantly realises he is a werewolf and finds out he's on the run from some very bad people. To keep him safe, Mercy hands him over to Adam, but things go badly wrong. Adam is nearly killed and his fifteen year old daughter, Jesse is kidnapped.
"Moon Called" is very much an urban fantasy and is fast paced and action-packed, and is particularly light on the romance. However, there is potential for a love triangle. Her relationship with Adam, although just friends at the moment has the possibility of being much more. But there's also Sam, Mercy's ex-boyfriend who only wanted her for breeding purposes. This didn't sit well with me or for Mercy for that matter. When she found out she left him straight away - good for her!
There are certain scenes where, through Mercy's actions, shows that she cares for Adam and his daughter, Jesse very much. I felt as though they were almost like family and she would do anything to protect them. However, I didn’t really get the vibe that Mercy had romantic feelings for Adam. Her thoughts are quite detached, statements, a matter of fact rather than emotional, and when she goes on a date with Adam and they share a kiss, it is all a bit flat. There isn't any heat or passion and I really wanted there to be, especially as we knew Adam had feelings for her with the small details that hinted to the fact, like a picture of Mercy in his bedroom!
I do hope that Mercy’s narrative gets a little more personal as I like her very much; I just don’t think I know her or how she feels to be really connected with her character yet. Overall though, the characterisation is great and I enjoyed meeting all the other characters from fae to vampire, werewolf to witch, they were all well rounded and interesting.
I really enjoyed “Moon Called” and look forward to reading the rest of the series. I love the author's writing style and world building - I just hope that I begin to connect with Mercy a little more as I like her character a lot.(less)
"Blood Bound" is a fun, action-packed read with a great story line. I really enjoyed this instalment. Mercy is c...moreOriginally posted on Book Chick City.
"Blood Bound" is a fun, action-packed read with a great story line. I really enjoyed this instalment. Mercy is creeping up my list of best urban fantasy heroines – she’s feisty but not cocky, she’s sassy but not annoying. I love the fact she’s a coyote and not the typical werewolf or vampire too.
There’s lots of twists and turns and lots of different plot lines that really kept me engaged. Mercy's vampire friend, Stefan, requires her help and draws her into a complex situation.
Stefan has gone missing along with Adam and Sam and Warren has been violently beaten and is in a really bad way. As usual Mercy finds herself in the thick of it and sets out to find them, along with vampire Andre, while others take care of Warren.
There’s also a newly-made vampire containing a demon on the lose and it’s causing deathly havoc. It murders several people and nobody can kill it. It’s having a negative effect on the werewolves, who are all becoming a bit more growly with it in their town.
I really feel as though I'm following Mercy through her life. We get to be with her when she’s eating breakfast, what she’s going to wear and while she's working on a car in her garage, as well as all the supernatural shenanigans she has to put up with. I thought this would become increasingly annoying, but in fact it’s becoming one of the aspects I love about this series. I really get a feel for who Mercy is and I’m feeling more connected with her with each book I read. I hope it continues.
The only aspect I would say that the author hasn’t got quite right yet is the romance. There are a few more Mercy thoughts in this instalment than there were in the first book and so I know a bit more how Mercy is feeling about Adam, but Sam is still a bit fuzzy. In fact in this book she’s kissed by three men! She’s a popular girl!
Of course it is always great to have scenes with Adam and Sam and I like them both a lot. I do feel as though I’m leaning towards Adam with respects to Mercy’s love interest as I know his liking her comes from his heart and not from the fact that Mercy can possibly produce live young, which is how Sam sees her. Although, things are clarified a little with regards to Sam and his feelings towards Mercy at the end of this book, which leaves me guessing.
"Blood Bound" is a fabulous second instalment in this series, which is fast becoming a favourite. Mercy is coming into her own and I'm loving her character more and more. I would definitely recommend starting this series if you haven't already! (less)
I’ve had this series on my shelf for a long time, and as it was All Hallow's Eve and I fancied a...moreOriginally post on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.
I’ve had this series on my shelf for a long time, and as it was All Hallow's Eve and I fancied a mystery I thought it was a good time to start Victoria Laurie’s ‘Ghost Hunter Mystery’ series.
I really enjoyed Laurie’s writing. It’s a nice easy writing style and the pages flew by pretty quickly. The characters are fun, especially MJ’s African Grey parrot who sits on her shoulder and chats away – sometimes saying very inappropriate but funny things.
M. J. herself is a lovely character and I connected with her straight away. She is a medium who can talk to the dead, but she’s created a business with her friend and partner, Gilley, by ghostbusting – sending spirits over to the other side. Sometimes this kind of job can be dangerous, which is what they found out when hired by sexy doctor and millionaire, Steven Sable.
M. J. and Gilley are hired by Steven to find out how his grandfather died, even though the police put it down as a suicide. But Steven doesn’t believe it and wants M. J. to talk to his grandfather’s ghost in the hope of finding out the truth. But things go a lot deeper than that and there are many twists and turns. I really didn’t know where this story would end up and enjoyed the fact that I really didn’t know ‘who dunnit’.
I did find that although I enjoyed M. J. and all the other characters, I would have liked a lot more ‘ghostbusting’. There just wasn’t enough of it in my opinion, which was disappointing. Much of the book is researching the mystery and following living people, rather than interacting with the ghosts.
Overall, “What’s A Ghoul To Do?” is an entertaining read with fun and quirky characters. A really good start to a series and one that I will be continuing, with the next book in the series, ‘Demon’s Are A Ghoul’s Best Friend’. (less)
Wow! This book is amazing. 'Angels' Blood' had me enthralled from the first page - I loved it! It fits int...moreI gave this 9/10 on my blog: Book Chick City
Wow! This book is amazing. 'Angels' Blood' had me enthralled from the first page - I loved it! It fits into the paranormal romance genre as well as the urban fantasy genre very well, as there are strong elements of both. It's dark and edgy, and so atmospheric.
The main character is Elena, a Vampire Hunter for the Guild. Her ability is to track vampires by their scent. Angel's Make vampires and the contract states they cannot go their own way until a year is up, but some don't want to stick around, Elena is hired to track them down and send them back to their owners.
Elena is very much an urban fantasy heroine, she a fighter, strong and brave. She's also intelligent and stands up for herself even when she's terrified. She has a dark and painful past which gives her the depth I love in my characters. However, we don't get to know everything and are just given snippets of information and glimpses of her past through her memories which she pushes away as they are too painful to remember. I'm looking forward to finding out out what they are, very intriguing.
Elena is also stubborn, even when her life could be at risk. I loved this about her, it gave her a strength I love to see in my heroines.
"You shouldn't look at me in that fashion, Elena." "Why?" she asked, prodded by some heretofore unknown suicidal streak. "Scared?" He leaned a fraction closer. "My lovers have always been warrior women. Strength intrigues me." She refused to let him play with her like this, even if her body disagreed. Vehemently. "Do knives intrigue you too? Because touch me and I will cut you up. I don't care if you throw me off the nearest balcony." He seemed to pause, as if thinking. "That is not how I would choose to punish you. It'd end far too quickly." And she remembered that this was no human male she was parrying with. This was Raphael, the archangel who'd broken every single bone in a vampire's body to prove a point...And while she knew her worth, she also knew that to an archangel, she was, in the end, expendable.
There's a rogue Archangel on the lose and he's causing bloody destruction wherever he goes. The powerful Archangel of New York, Raphael, wishes to hire Elena to track him. She doesn't know if she can as she's only ever tracked vampires and isn't sure if her ability goes as far as detecting the scent of an Archangel, but she takes the job as Raphael doesn't understand the word no.
Raphael is dark and dangerous, mysterious and so sexy you can't help but fall in love with him, even with his terrifyingly brutal traits. When Elena first meets him she feels his strength and overwhelming dominance, but his beauty isn't lost on her either..
She took a deep breath and a step back before turning to face him. The impact hit her like a physical blow. He was... "Beautiful." Eyes of such pure undiluted blue it was as if some heavenly artist had crushed sapphires into his paints and then coloured in the irises with the finest of brushes.
Yes, he was beautiful, but it was the beauty of a warrior or a conqueror. This man had power stamped on every inch of his skin, every piece of his flesh. And that was before she took in the exquisite perfection of his wings. The feathers were a soft white and appeared dusted with gold. But when she concentrated, she saw the truth - each individual filament of each individual feather bore a golden tip.
The plot is action-packed and fast-paced. The mix of action and romance is very well balanced. The romance which blossoms between Elena and Raphael is just wonderful and will satisfy any romance fan. It's intense and beautiful, and I can't wait to see what book two holds for these two.
As well as Elena and Raphael, the other cast of characters are just as brilliantly written. The devastatingly handsome but deadly vampire, Dmitri; the sweet and sexy angel Illium, who Elena has affectionally named "bluebell" due to the colour of his wings; Michaela, a strikingly beautiful Archangel who has a cold and murderous nature and has taken an instant dislike to Elena, which causes a few problems - all are vividly written and are fabulous to read.
This is an amazing book - I loved the characters, the story, the writing - basically everything. I'm so glad it's part of a series, and I already have books two and three in my possession - Yay! If you haven't started this series yet, don't wait as long as I did, go read it now!(less)
This is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'Th...moreI gave this 7/10 on my blog: Book Chick City
This is the second book in the 'Sabina Kane' series by Jaye Wells, and although I enjoyed it very much 'The Mage in Black' didn't quite live up to my expectations of what I hoped would be a fantastic follow up to the brilliant 'Red-Headed Setpchild'.
It could have been that I preferred reading about the Vampire world present in the first book rather than the Mage world which was dominant in this book. It may have been the fact that there was less humour and snarkiness between the characters, especially Sabina and Giguhl, the demon-cat (which I found very funny and endearing in book one). It may also have something to do with the fact that Adam was hardly present at all, which was a bit disappointing as I enjoyed the sexually infused banter between him and Sabina.
However, the void left by Adam was replaced with another male character in the form of the lovely, although very different, vampire, Slade, or better known to the dark-race as 'The Shade' (such a slight change to the name I'm not sure I understand why). His relationship with Sabina began many years ago and they didn't leave each other on good terms.
The writing in 'The Mage in Black' is just as good as the previous book, the imagination is still as vivid and Sabina continues to kick-arse, but the sparkle was missing for me. I didn't particularly like Sabina's sister, Maisie or the rest of the Mage characters. They dictated just as much as Sabina's grandmother, they were just more subtle about it. They told her she shouldn't fight, she should get in touch with her Mage side and learn magic and she shouldn't drink from humans but rather from a bag. One of the aspects I love about Sabina is that she doesn't apologise for who she is, which is a vampire and that means drinking human blood. Considering Sabina had just met them, I found their rules annoying and couldn't connect with any of them.
When Sabina meets up with 'The Shade' it was rather nice to get back to the world of vampire, and Sabina was just as relieved as I was. It was comforting and familiar. I don't often read books about lots of magic, but prefer to immerse myself in the world of vampires and werewolves rather than witches. And as this book if full to the brim of witchy magic it was a little slow going for me.
There's also the inclusion of a demon fight-club run by 'The Shade' in his bar/club Vein, and of course Giguhl wants to join. There's also love on the cards for Giguhl, which I'm not sure I liked. I preferred him as the demon-kitty much more than the love-sick randy demon. In fact, I saw him as a bit asexual and was surprised and a little disappointed if I'm honest that his character went down this route.
There is lots of action and intrigue. Sabina is being hunted and is nearly killed on numerous occasions, but who is behind the attacks? I was hoping for a sting in the tail...her sister maybe, or the leader of the Mage-race, Orpheus, but it turned out to be who I suspected, and unfortunately the culprit was a little dull. However, the suspense is very much there and with a fab character such as Sabina, it was easy to read this book in a short space of time.
Overall 'The Mage in Black' is a very good read and I really enjoyed it, despite the above, and the ending sets us up nicely for what will hopefully be a great third instalment in this exciting series.(less)
"Nylon Angel" is the first book in the 'Parrish Plessis' sci-fi series by Marianne de Pierres. I don't read an awful l...more7/10 on my blog: Book Chick City
"Nylon Angel" is the first book in the 'Parrish Plessis' sci-fi series by Marianne de Pierres. I don't read an awful lot of sci-fi but when I do it's usually been a male author, with male characters and rather hard core sci-fi at it's root. Because of this, although I enjoy it, I have to be in the mood for it and the mood doesn't come along that frequently.
When deciding which book to read for my "women of science fiction" event, I decided on "Nylon Angel" and it was this quote that clinched the deal: 'A kick-ass girl surviving in an ultra-violent world run by the media... This is a character driven series that should gather a strong following in much the same way as Anita Blake' THE BOOKSELLER - this book was exactly what I was looking for for my event...and it didn't disappoint.
It had everything I love about urban fantasy but in a sci-fi setting: character driven story, check - kick-arse girlie, check - similar to Anita Blake, double check. The quote is totally on the money. Parrish is real, strong, independent and kick-arse, and has some seriously cool moves, but she's also flawed and vulnerable and has an interesting background which gives her the depth of character I love in my urban fantasy heroines, and now I have it in sci-fi! I honestly didn't know it existed!
There are two cities the story revolves around: Vacinity and Tert. The former is for the rich and the latter for everyone else, where gangs dominate and food is hard to come by. It begins with Parrish trying to escape the clutches of Jamon Hondo, a horrid character that rapes and abuses her. She's given a way out by stealing something from Vacinity only to become a scapegoat and accused of murder.
I loved Parrish from the first page - this is a girl after my heart. She's a determined soul and doesn't stop until she finds out the truth. She has a seriously troubled past which keeps her guarded towards others and makes her the independent woman she is. I loved her feisty, fighting nature.
There is a lot of action in "Nylon Angel", a bit of mystery and a smidgen of romance. All these threads kept me turning the pages; each story is exciting and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
The romantic aspect is very secondary to Parrish and her plight, but it's still good. Parrish meets a mysterious guy called Dark (but eventually finds out his real name is Daac). The chemistry is instant for me, although it wasn't to them. This is a romance that I feel will be a slow burner. I'm also very interested in how the relationship evolves as things don't end well between them and the ending is certainly intriguing.
The supporting cast of characters are also well written and each one has their own story. But I never knew who to trust - they all have their own game plan.
This is a very good start to a series and sets the scene nicely for further books. The characters are brilliantly written and I just can't wait to read how Parrish evolves. I really enjoyed this book and if you love character driven stories that are gritty, dark and exciting, then look no further. I've already bought book two - 'Code Noir' :)(less)
'Red-Headed Stepchild' was such a fab read! It's the first in the 'Sabina Kane' series and what a fantastic start. I was pulled into Sabina's life fro...more'Red-Headed Stepchild' was such a fab read! It's the first in the 'Sabina Kane' series and what a fantastic start. I was pulled into Sabina's life from the get-go and I liked her immediately.
Sabina Kane is an assassin, which means she's one tough cookie. She fights hard and enjoys it, but to do this she has to sacrifice her personal life and do the bidding of her grandmother, the head of the Dominae, to the point that she will kill even her friends. She's also a 'half-blood' - half vampire and half mage. This is a difficult place to be as both are on the verge of war...with each other. Sabina's sassy, snarky attitude is just perfectly written and exactly how I like my urban fantasy heroines.
He grabbed my arm and spun me around into a choke hold. "If you wanted foreplay, you just had to ask," he whispered in my ear. By adjusting my weight, I managed to flip him over my shoulder easily. His body hit the ground like a sack of potatoes drenched in too much cologne. He lay still for a moment, shocked by the impact. I placed the heel of my boot against his neck. "You need to learn some manners," I said. "And while you're at it, try a breath mint."
However, although Sabina is a loner her character development is evident as the story progresses. In her fight to eliminate the enemy, in the form of vampire villan Clovis, Sabina meets a few people on the way who change her life. She begins to realise that having friends isn't such a bad thing and it was great to see her grow and become fond of them all.
'Red-Headed Stepchild' is definitely an urban fantasy but it also has a lot of humour. I usually prefer my UF to be on the darker, grittier side but with this book there are so many really well written light-hearted moments that I couldn't help but love it.
Most of these moments come in the form of a demon-cat, 'Mr Giggles', who is in fact a huge Mischief Demon called Giguhl, who was sent to kill Sabina. Unfortunately he doesn't succeed and instead becomes Sabina's familiar. To disguise himself to the outside world he transforms himself into a cat, and then for some unknown reason cannot transform back. It gets even funnier when Sabina tries to use magic she's never used before to turn him back into his very large, powerful imposing demon self, only to remove all the fur from Giguhl's cat body, to his utter embarrassment, revealing shiny wrinkled skin!
These moments were great and had me smiling and chuckling to myself. Having said that, if they weren't included it wouldn't have influenced the plot as the demon's role doesn't impact Sabina's mission. Also, I wasn't sure about this amount of humour in my urban fantasy at first, but only a short way into the book I was so enjoying Ms Wells' writing and the witty dialogue she used between the demon and Sabina that I couldn't imagine this sub-story not being there.
The other characters were also very well-rounded. Vinca is a sweet faery, more correctly a nymph. She's sweet and bubbly, but not as innocent as she looks as Sabina finds out when they go for a drink together...She's Sabina's first real 'friend' and it takes some getting used to, but Sabina soon warms to Vinca's peppy nature.
Clovis, on the other hand, is vile. He's the vampire villan who wants to rule over all the dark-races and he immerses himself in this role. I didn't like him one bit and I felt all of Sabina's disgust when he drinks from her. She's been sent by her Grandmother - who is an evil piece of work, I might add - to assassinate him, but while on the mission she discovers many unknown truths about her vampire family that leave her reeling and unable to fulfill her mission.
Now we get to the hero hottie, Adam - one word...Yum! Adam is a powerful Mage who has been sent to deliver Sabina to the mage family she never knew. Adam is a great character, just yummy, and delicious, and have I mentioned yummy? There is lots of sexual chemistry between Sabina and Adam and it begins with the love/hate kind - my favourite. They argue and fight and pretend they dislike each other immensely but it's obvious these two are hot for each other. Despite the fact there is this romantic aspect to 'Red-Headed Stepchild' it doesn't dip too far into the paranormal romance genre and feel it's still firmly within the urban fantasy camp.
I really loved this book! With such great characters, an exciting story with a fast-paced, action-packed plot, and a hint of romance, 'Red-Headed Stepchild' is a must read for any urban fantasy fan.(less)
'Archangel's Kiss' is the second book in the 'Guild Hunter' series by Nalini Singh, and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, 'Angels'...more'Archangel's Kiss' is the second book in the 'Guild Hunter' series by Nalini Singh, and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, 'Angels' Blood', this one had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. I loved it. The prose is just as lush as the first book, Elena and Raphael are still fantastic characters and the world-building just as vivid.
However, I did feel as though the balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance was slightly out of kilter. The first half of the book definitely sits in with the latter genre as there is a lot of sex, verbal adoration, basically lots of lovin's! Don't get me wrong, I love the romance between Elena and Raphael but I felt for the first half of the book I was a bit saturated with it and it did get a bit repetitive. But the second half of the booked kicked into high gear with lots of action, suspense and Elena back in the role she fits so well, that of the kick-arse chick. I was worried she was turning into a love sick puppy but her fighting personality won out - yay! I do adore the relationship between Elena and Raphael, it is swoon-worthy and very intense, but I'm pleased it didn't dominate the entire book.
The story picks up a short time after 'Angels' Blood' ended and Elena's friends are wondering if she's dead or alive, or more accurately one of the undead, as in vampire. But nobody is telling them anything and they are becoming increasingly frustrated. They decide to break into where they think Elena is being held, but once they set eyes on what she's become they can't believe their eyes...
There's a big learning curve for Elena and she needs her friends and Raphael to help her through, especially when she is invited to a ball by the eldest of Archangels. Raphael is worried as this could be the perfect opportunity for others to kill Elena for real and so he instructs his most loyal and dangerous vampire to train Elena in the fighting skills she will need if an attempt is made on her life. Unfortunately for Elena she's still weak from the transformation, but Dmitri does not go easy on her.
Apart from what's going on in Elena's personal life, she is asked to help when there's a new bout of fresh vampire kills, and one of the angel children is kidnapped and found brutally beaten to the point of death. Elena has to use her abilities to track the scent of the killer and it leads to an unexpected source.
We get more of a glimpse in to Elena's painful and horrific past. She begins to lean on Raphael more and more to give her strength and support. Her memories of her past are throwing up all sorts of visions about her mother and father. The more that is revealed the more I want to know. Elena is a complex character and she is fast becoming one of my favourite heroines.
There is a lot going on in 'Archangel's Kiss' and I lapped up every word. This is a wonderful series with gorgeous prose, fantastic characters and the world-building so vivid I could be living along side Elena. Elena and Raphael are becoming two of my favourite characters as well as one of my favourite couples. A great addition to the series!(less)
**Warning - possible spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Goes to War" is the 8th book in the Kitty series. Kitty, Ben and Cormac...more7/10 on the blog
**Warning - possible spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Goes to War" is the 8th book in the Kitty series. Kitty, Ben and Cormac are back together, the "pack of three", and it's fun reading. I can't tell you how glad I am to see Cormac out of jail!
There are two main plots running through this novel. Firstly there's something going on with Speedy Mart stores across the country and Kitty as usual is in the thick of it trying to find out what is going on. Of course, because of this she nearly gets herself killed along with Ben and Cormac.
The second plot is that Kitty has been asked by the military to help three werewolf soldiers back from the war in Afghanistan who are finding it difficult to stay human. The military wants to know if these men can be rehabilitated or if there is just no hope for them. This was my favourite part of the book. As always the action flows and the pages fly by due to the easy nature of Vaughn's writing style.
Kitty has grown a lot throughout the series and I definitely felt she was making more of the decisions herself in this instalment rather than relying on others as she had done previously. Her compassion and understanding of the soldiers was really good.
Cormac is back but he's a bit different. I'm not sure I like what's happened to his character but I'm certainly intrigued. I also don't really know if the feelings between Kitty and Cormac are well and truly in the past as there are a few hints that they both still have feelings for one another, but nothing is said. I wish this would resolve as it's really not fair on Ben, even if I do want him OUT and Cormac IN! ;)
"Kitty Goes To War" is not as good as the previous book, 'Kitty's House of Horrors', which is my favourite in the series, but it's definitely another great instalment for Kitty fans!(less)
"They Call Me Death" is a very strong title, which means this book had a lot to live up to. It started ou...moreOriginally posted on my blog: Book Chick City
"They Call Me Death" is a very strong title, which means this book had a lot to live up to. It started out well, with a prologue that was pretty intriguing, but unfortunately it fell at the first chapter due to poorly thought-out world-building and unimaginative characters.
In the prologue we are told how the world became what it is; an America divided into North and South between shifters and humans. Alexia is at home with her husband and child and watches a news anchor-man kill everyone in the studio live on TV, after shifting into a cougar.
This suggests that shifters had been living alongside humans for years, taking on human jobs, living human lives. However, further along in the next few chapters the main character, Alexia, tells us how she is able to differentiate between species even in human form due to "canines having overbites" (let me point out here that in another paragraph a few pages on it states 'underbite'), "felines can't hide their teeth when they talk" and "reptilians can be spotted by their skin" - wouldn't this have been noticeable before the shifters declared war and ate their work colleagues?
There is also mention that shifters had families - human families. How is this possible? What about children? Were they born shifters and if so wouldn't the parent have noticed reptilian skin or feline teeth?
The plot is also rather thin. In a nut shell there's a laboratory where shifters are presumably being held for some kind of experimentation. Andor, a Golden Eagle shifter, thinks his daughter is being held there and needs Alexia's help. There are a few twists along the way but that's pretty much it. We are given no explanation as to why the shifters turned on humans so violently and so suddenly.
Most of the story is 'told' rather than 'shown' which makes for tiresome reading, and the author had a habit of skipping chunks of the story by adding "10 days passed", "after two weeks" or jumping to the next day. Wouldn’t it have been better to show us what happened rather than tell us in retrospect in the next chapter?
Being called "Death" by the enemy is a pretty big statement and Alexia had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately she didn't manage it and did absolutely nothing to back it up, as we never get to see her in action. We do see her, however, throwing her weight around with the guys at work. This was a little unrealistic to be honest, especially when she's only five foot eight and the guys she works with are well built and six feet tall. There needed to be more evidence as to why these guys would be scared of her and why shifters nicknamed her "Death".
Alexia and Andor's relationship happens too fast and isn't particularly explosive or toe curling. It took them only a couple of weeks to fall in love and shorter still for Alexia to trust him, even though she has a self-proclaimed loathing of shifters due to them killing her husband and child. The sex scenes were awkward and clumsy and didn't get me hot and bothered at all.
Andor's most appealing aspect is that he shifts into a Golden Eagle, which I think are magnificent birds. The author did try and express how beautiful and powerful Andor is in bird form but didn't quite manage it and therefore I didn't get a sense of how amazing he is.
Also, with just a little bit of research you can learn that Golden Eagles have a flight speed of approximately 30 miles per hour; their wing span can be up to 7 feet and they can carry prey three times their own body weight. Andor in shifter form is 6 feet tall with a wing span on 15 feet - therefore, taking all this into consideration, why oh why were Andor and Alexia running for their lives from the Alpha of the shifter divide when all he had to do was carry her and fly?
Although Alexia didn't get the opportunity to show us why shifters called her 'Death', she did have a tough-guy attitude, but her demeanour changed almost immediately when she met Andor. He kept telling her to keep behind him or wait in the other room. She even leaned into him at times like a simpering wimp! This isn't evidence of a woman called "Death"!
Another aspect I found rather strange was all the shifters seemed to speak in formal English, and yet have mixed with human society for years, blending in, pretending to be human, surely modern day speech would have rubbed off, if not then the human's around them would have found them all rather odd. Alexia starts out sounding like a modern day woman, but for some reason even she begins to speak formally:
I'm not his to command, but I may be death for you unless you explain why you're here unbidden," I replied.
I really wanted to like "They Call Me Death" as I am a huge urban fantasy fan, but it had a lot to live up to with such a statement for a title – unfortunately the heroine, Alexia didn't pull it off. The world building and plot needed a lot more thought and better execution. It could have done with being longer with more 'show' than 'tell'. There were too many unanswered questions and hugely noticeable inconsistencies. I was constantly niggled, frowning in displeasure and sighing with annoyance. I may be reading about supernatural beings but it still has to be believable.
However, it wasn't the most awful book I’ve ever read, but would I recommend it? No...there are far too many fantastic urban fantasy novels to be read, so I wouldn’t waste your time with this one.(less)
"Breathers" is a black comedy combined with horror and a little romance and lots of icky moments. We follow Andy, a newly risen zombie and the other m...more"Breathers" is a black comedy combined with horror and a little romance and lots of icky moments. We follow Andy, a newly risen zombie and the other members of his support group.
Zombies in "Breathers" are a little different, in fact the concept is quite original to me and was fun to read. Not all people who die become zombies, but when the selected few do rise as the undead they are ridiculed by society and despised by their families, who have to take them home again. The one aspect of the novel that kept niggling me is that the reason for zombies is never given. I have to know why, how and when and "breathers" didn't give answers to any. We never know how zombies are made, or why, and I will admit that this drove me a little nuts! However, it does mention that zombies existed far back into history.
There are many passages that made me smile, but it's not a 'laugh-out-loud' kind of novel, it's a bit too dark for that, but it is amusing. The human world know that zombies exist and they treat them pretty badly like they are at the bottom of the pile with no feelings or thoughts. But zombies come back with as much of these aspects of humanity as they left with. There are many rules and restrictions which zombies have to abide by and if they don't? Well, people just turn a blind eye to the cruelty inflicted. There are times when Andy's feelings about the injustice of the treatment of zombies by society becomes slightly repetitive but I did feel their repression.
Andy was killed while driving and so was his wife. She didn't come back as a zombie and remained dead, which Andy finds difficult to deal with although prefers in many ways. He's not sure she would have loved him the same way if she had survived. To deal with his feelings, Andy meets up with a support group who he begins to grow to love, especially a zombie called Rita. There is obviously romance on the cards and there's even a bit of zombie sex, although nothing is described explicitly - thank goodness.
At first Andy can't speak, can't use one of his arms and walks with a limp due to a crushed ankle. But after meeting a zombie called Ray who introduces him to the lip-smacking pleasure of human flesh, everything begins to change...and this is where the novel gets really interesting...
However, there is just something missing for me - I didn't particularly connect with or care much about any of the characters, which is always a disappointment. The ending is rather abrupt and cruel and somewhat out of place, in my opinion, to the rest of the novel.
Although I didn't love "Breathers" I did enjoy it and would still recommend it to other zombie fans. It is an interesting take on the zombie and there is a fair amount of humour which I liked.(less)
"Undead and Unappreciated" is a fun addition to the 'Undead' series, although it's a very short read, a lot happens.
Betsy, the Queen of the Vampires,...more"Undead and Unappreciated" is a fun addition to the 'Undead' series, although it's a very short read, a lot happens.
Betsy, the Queen of the Vampires, is a shoe loving, blood-obstaining vampire who drinks milk instead. However, because she's queen nothing harms her, including crosses and even stakes.
There is the Book of the Dead though, and after fighting with Eric Sinclair, she closes herself off in the library and reads for hours. But she ignores the warnings that reading too much for too long can make you go insane. Unfortunately, it gets to Betsy and she ends up hurting many of her friends, including Jessica, Marc and also Sinclair.
Betsy also finds out that she has a half sister who is also the devil's daughter. She decides to seek her out, which she does, but the girl she finds is far from what the image of the devil's daughter should be.
When Betsy became the Vampire Queen she inherited a bar, Scratch, but the vampire staff are not happy and she finds a mutiny on her hands. They group together to go on strike for better working conditions as Betsy has said no to biting and drinking from humans, but they disagree. There is something more sinister going on too...
"Undead and Unappreciated" is a very short novel, more of a novella really, and therefore with so much going on it felt a bit like a whirlwind through Betsy's life. However, Davidson's writing is so witty and I really enjoy her writing style. The sarcasm, snarkiness and banter from Betsy is so funny. Although this isn't the strongest book in the series so far, it is still pure entertainment. (less)
"Rot & Ruin" is a difficult review to write. It took me almost a month to finish and yet I really enjoyed it. It's quite a lengthy novel but for t...more"Rot & Ruin" is a difficult review to write. It took me almost a month to finish and yet I really enjoyed it. It's quite a lengthy novel but for the first 250 pages, not very much happens other than a lot of ground work and characterisation, which I must say is out of this world.
However, although the first half took me weeks to get through due to putting it down, reading something else and then picking it up again, the second half of this book I gobbled up in two days, and now I've finished it I have to say that "Rot & Ruin" is a pretty sensational young adult novel.
Benny is a fourteen year old boy who lives with his older step-brother, Tom, in a fairly small community which banded together after 'First Night' when zombies took over the world. The humans that survived still really don't know what caused the rise. Benny is old enough now that he needs to find a job and so joins Tom in the family business of killing "zoms".
Benny's character arc is just fantastic. He begins the novel as an annoying child that really doesn't understand much of what is going on around him, and interprets memories as he sees fit. But as the story moves forward Benny learns a lot and begins to understand his brother Tom and by the end of the novel Benny is a true hero, much more mature and certainly more likeable.
Tom is a great character and I identified more with his character than Benny's but I think that is because he is more my age. He's strong, talented with a sword and has a good soul. He kills "zoms" not because he finds it entertaining like a lot of the other bounty hunters but because he wants to give families of the damned closure and he does it with as much dignity as the situation and circumstances allow. His character is very central to Benny's as Tom helps him understand and grow. Tom teaches Benny a lot knowingly, by directly trying to teach and show him things, but also unknowingly, by his actions and attitude.
The characterisation is superb. The descriptions of the surrounding desolated, zombie ridden landscape is vivid and the community the characters live in is described well. You can tell that each character has had time spent on them; fleshing them out so they are realistic and believable. As well as Benny and Tom, there are many other characters that make up this novel and give it its depth. They are all crucial to my overall impression of "Rot & Ruin" and without them I'm not sure the characters of Benny and Tom would have worked so well.
"Rot & Ruin" isn't all about the zombies. In fact there's not a lot of zombie action, it is mostly about the human interactions and confrontations which occur because of the messed up world they live in. It is very thought-provoking.
I knew what was coming at the end, in the epilogue, but it was incredibly effective all the same. The ending moved me and brought tears to my eyes. It really is a fantastic ending and yet leaves the story open to more books in the world of The Ruin.
"Rot & Ruin" is a fabulous novel that has much more to do with the characters and the world they live in rather than just undead brain munchers. However, although I would have preferred a bit more zombie action, this novel is amazing and I would definitely recommend it to everyone - but be patient because it's totally worth it.(less)
"Magic Burns" is the second book in the 'Kate Daniels' series by husband and wife writing team,...moreOriginally posted on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.
"Magic Burns" is the second book in the 'Kate Daniels' series by husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews. I enjoyed it but, as with book one, 'Magic Bites,' I still can't connect with this series like I have with other urban fantasies. I think it's mainly due to the fact that the world is a little confusing to me. I still don't fully understand it or have a clear picture of it in my mind.
Having said that, there is a lot that I love about this book. The first is Kate - she's a great heroine, strong, kick-arse and stubborn. I really enjoy her interactions with Curran and they are too few in my opinion. They are constantly butting heads; Curran trying to dominate and Kate refusing to submit (which is another thing I love about her). The second is Curran. I love Curran. He's my favourite character and I wish he was part of the story a lot more.
As well as being hired by the pack to retrieve some stolen maps, Kate has to take care of a young girl who is in danger and goes in search of her missing mother who is part of a witch coven. Kate meets many new people and monsters on the way, which she has to slay, while also having to deal with a huge magic flare, which is making everything just that little bit more difficult.
The fight scenes are great - I particularly enjoyed the part where Kate uses her full power and all the demons kneel...it gave me goose-bumps. We now realise Kate has a huge amount of power but we're not sure why - the suspense to find out about Kate's past is increasing, which is exciting. There's also a little hint at Curran's feelings for Kate - awww.
"Magic Burns" is an entertaining read with great characters and lots of fantastic action. Although this series isn't one of my favourites yet I am looking forward to reading 'Magic Strikes' the third book in the series.(less)
'Ravaged' is the second book in the 'Werewolves' series by David Wellington, and I must say it was a much better read than the first b...more7/10 on the blog
'Ravaged' is the second book in the 'Werewolves' series by David Wellington, and I must say it was a much better read than the first book, 'Cursed'. I did enjoy 'Cursed' but this was a much more exciting and engaging read.
The story is full of mythology, ancient stories and spirits. There are a few new spirits introduced as well as meeting Powell's spirit friend, Dzo again, who I find quite funny. All the characters are fleshed out nicely, with a lot of interesting backgrounds. The introduction of another werewolf causes the dynamics between Chey and Powell to change quite a bit.
The werewolf introduced is Lucie, a woman from Powell's past. She's very different from Chey in that she loves her wolf, and she wants Powell, which of course creates a lot of tension between the group. It also brings problems when in wolf form as the females have to fight to determine who is the alpha female of the pack.
Powell tries to deal with his feelings towards Chey, which are getting stronger by the day but Chey still isn't sure how she feels about him, and considering their checkered past, which I won't go into in case some of you haven't read 'Cursed', I don't blame her. Although I still want them to be together...
There is considerably more information about the werewolves and how they evolved, where they come from. Chey and Powell can't remember anything from when they are in wolf form and vise versa. This gets a little complicated when they are being hunted by Varkanin, a man with bloodthirsty revenge in mind as Chey and Powell can't warn their wolf counterparts of what is happening.
Although there are many chapters which are just from the wolves perspective, the story isn't any less exciting. Wellington does well at describing the wolf hierarchy, their behaviours and their emotions, especially when it came to their hatred for humans which keep my attention and the pages turning.
The ending was the one aspect I didn't really like. I didn't like what happened to Powell, at all. And the way Chey felt about Powell at the end was very disappointing. I wished it had ended differently.
'Ravaged' is a great read. There's plenty of action and interesting characters making it a thoroughly enjoyable second instalment. After reading the ending I'm not sure there will be a third book in this series, but I do hope so. I would love to find out what the future holds for these characters.(less)
“Slave to Sensation” is the first book in Nalini Singh’s ‘Psy-Changeling’ series. I was very much looking forward to starting this series, although I...more“Slave to Sensation” is the first book in Nalini Singh’s ‘Psy-Changeling’ series. I was very much looking forward to starting this series, although I will admit I was a little cautious, worrying if it would meet my expectations having read and absolutely loved her ‘Guild Hunter’ series.
Of course there was really no need for any apprehension. I was hooked from the first page. Singh’s vibrant writing shines and I was so happy to be off to a fantastic start.
And to be honest, “Slave to Sensation” just didn’t let up, from the scorching scenes between Sascha and Lucus, to the thrilling underlying story of the psy-changeling world. There’s also a little mystery thrown in for good measure, with the murders of several Changeling women, which just adds to the excitement and intricacy of these two races.
Sascha Duncan is a cardinal Psy, living in a society that doesn’t feel any emotions and are plugged into a central Internet system. Since she was a child she has felt very different from the other Psy as she can feel emotions that should have been removed by conditioning when she was young. She thinks she is broken and has to put in place many psychic shields to prevent any other Psy from finding out her secret. It doesn’t help that one of the most powerful Psy is her mother.
I liked Sascha. I enjoyed seeing her open up like a butterfly to different sensations and stimuli after hiding behind her shields for so long, to act like the unemotional Psy around her. But when she meets Lucus Hunter, she finds it increasingly difficult to keep her emotions in check.
Lucus is a Changeling and Alpha of one of the most powerful Leopard packs. However, he is a panther, strong and powerful. Lucus is just gorgeous. Typically an Alpha and wanting to take control, but it was lovely to see Sascha fighting back and Lucus liking his feisty mate, enjoying when Sascha took control and challenged him.
The supporting cast of characters are just as vividly drawn, each with a history that gives them depth and makes them interesting to read. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the characters again in their own book further along in the series.
The emotions that emulate between Sascha and Lucas is just magical. I loved it when these to joined together as mates. It was a very happy and satisfying ending and I just wished I could continue reading and living in their world. I wasn’t ready for it to end.
Another fantastic read from Singh. I loved the characters, the complex world building and the tender but steamy romance. It’s obvious I just can’t go wrong with reading Nalini Singh – she’s without doubt my favourite author of paranormal romance.(less)
“Secondhand Spirits” is a cosy paranormal mystery. It’s warm, inviting and cute. I had fun readin...moreOriginally post on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog
“Secondhand Spirits” is a cosy paranormal mystery. It’s warm, inviting and cute. I had fun reading this book, the first in the ‘Witchcraft Mystery’ series by Juliet Blackwell.
Lily Ivory is a witch who has settled down in San Francisco after moving around for many years. She owns a vintage clothes shop and is enjoying putting down some roots and has even begun to make friends, especially with her two co-workers, Maya and Bronwyn.
One day, while meeting with a client, Frances Potts, who wishes to sell her vintage clothes, a young girl is snatched from outside her home. The rumour is La Llorona has taken her.
Legend has it that La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) abandoned by her husband, took her children down to the river and drowned them one by one, finally joining them in their watery grave. Now she haunts the banks of rivers crying for her lost children and abducts children by taking their souls.
The next day, Lily finds out that her sweet elderly client has been murdered and there seems to be a connection between the two with La Llorona right in the middle.
Lily does a bit of sleuthing on her own, by good old-fashioned foot work as well as casting a few spells and boiling a few brews. All while the local police are keeping tracks on her, suspicious she is involved somehow after they learn she was with Frances Potts the night she was murdered, and subsequently, after only meeting once, the recipient of her entire estate, which of course means the police think she now has a motive.
Along the way, Lily meets handsome Max Carmichael, a cynic who doesn’t believe in anything supernatural, and Aidan Rhodes a powerful male witch, who Lily knows she will have to call on for help of if she is to go up against La Llorona and recover the young girl.
The characterisation is great and I really liked all the characters, especially Oscar, Lily’s familiar. He’s a goblin but most of the time he transforms into a cute pig. I also love the descriptions of San Francisco, I really got a feel for this great city.
“Secondhand Spirits” is lighthearted and entertaining. If you love cosy mysteries and enjoy the paranormal, then this book is for you. Great witchy fun! (less)
'Married with Zombies' is such a fun book! The main characters, Sarah and David, are married, and while there is a zombie apocalypse unfolding around...more'Married with Zombies' is such a fun book! The main characters, Sarah and David, are married, and while there is a zombie apocalypse unfolding around them, they still argue about the issues that had them in therapy to begin with, and because of these two characters, 'Married with Zombies' gives a slightly original slant on the usual characters offered in zombie fiction.
However, that's where the originality ends, this book is full of zombie fiction cliches, but you know what, I didn't care. This is such a great read because it is pure entertainment. I giggled at their quibbles and yet there is still enough substance and depth to make me care about both these characters. There's also enough disgusting viscera and brain munching to keep me happy with regards to action and it's a fast-paced read.
It begins when Dave and Sarah are on their way to see their marriage therapist and notice that the roads aren't as busy as usual. But they don't think much about it and continue bickering. When they arrive at their therapy session they wait outside the room. After waiting for what seems like ages, Sarah opens the door to find Dr Kelly munching on her previous clients.
The first thing I noticed was that Dr. Kelly's eyes were no longer blue. Now they were red with huge pupils that didn't seem to focus on anything in particular, even when she looked right at us. Her skin was a greyish tone, sickly and pale and...dead-looking, honestly. Except for her mouth, which was covered with a black substance that clung to her lips and teeth. Her chin was bright red with blood and sticky with flesh from the fresh meal she had just devoured. "Um, Dr. Kelly," I said, hardly able to breathe. "Dr. Kelly, are you okay?"
From there chaos ensues and Dave and Sarah find themselves in a zombie infested world where they have to fight, kill and steal to stay alive. It's the same old story I've read many times within this genre, but it's wrapped in snappy dialogue and contains two very interesting, fun characters.
There are a few other characters throughout the book but they are fleeting acquaintances. Mostly, Dave and Sarah have to pull together to survive, and they begin to surprise themselves at what they're actually capable of.
I shook off my surprise and started booking it across the parking lot again. One of the zombies broke toward us and caught up to us pretty easily since we were slowed down by Dave's injury. I pushed my husband behind me and did the thing you always see at some point in zombie movies. I went all kung fu on his zombie ass.
They soon begin to work as a team and although this is a story about a married couple with zombies, there's still enough action to keep the story moving along at a perfect pace. It's also narrated by Sarah, who's funny and brave - I like her a lot. Dave's great too but for me Sarah is the star.
'Married with Zombies' is a wonderfully entertaining read. The writing is witty, the characters are warm and funny and the story is suspenseful and exciting. The slight twist on the typical hero and heroine of zombie fiction makes this is a refreshing read and I highly recommend it to any zombie fan.(less)