This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teache...moreReviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.
This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teacher Shannon Parker gets much more than she bargained for when she buys a vase at an antiques sale. Suddenly she finds herself transported to another universe where she is a goddess. A goddess that also happens to be a bit of a b*tch too.
I loved the originality of this book, the new world with goddesses, magical powers and mythical creatures. But also the twist of Shannon being transported into this world and only her handmaiden knowing that she's any different.
Shannon is a fun and determined character, she embraces her new life and all of the responsibilities this includes. The plot takes a little which to take off, the whole antiques buying thing was a little too long, but once it got into its swing I was absolutely hooked. Shannon soon discovers that life as a goddess is not all gorgeous clothes, beautiful jewels and luxuries. With the threat of war and a small pox outbreak, as well as the bizarre need not her to do a topless ceremony every two weeks (I'm not quite sure what that was all about), the story is engaging and the baddies perfectly, hideously creepy.
The other big part of the book is of course the romance. When I first started reading, I was slightly nervous about it. The hero is a centaur - top half man, bottom half horse, and for a while the mind boggled! I'm sure you know what I mean! But thankfully I needn't have worried, it all worked out fine. Actually by the end of the book, I quite fancied a hot centaur of my very own, even if he did have a weird name - ClanFintan.
One thing that slightly annoyed me was Shannon's habit of referring to her friends as 'girlfriend', this may be a culture thing, as it's not really an English turn of phrase.
There were some superb characters in this book, and Shannon's real world friends and family were cleverly written into her new reality, although often with a twist. The impact of Rhiannon's selfishness (the goddess Shannon had swapped place with), often making Shannon's job a difficult one. But they are written so well you become engaged with many of their fates and not just of Shannon and ClanFintan's.
The book is not simply a romance, in fact the impending war with the vile Fomorians, and the reality of their brutality does add a nice horror edge that I very much enjoyed.
A really fantastic book, I loved it and was sad when it finished. I hope to be able to read the next two in quick succession. Shannon was a great, witty heroine and ClanFintan the perfect, chivalrous hero any girl would want."Divine by Mistake" is a fab mix of romance, fantasy, paranormal and horror. (less)
How can you not love this book. It reminded me of my family dog and the unconditional love he gave us. He wasn't as nuts as Marley, but he had the sam...moreHow can you not love this book. It reminded me of my family dog and the unconditional love he gave us. He wasn't as nuts as Marley, but he had the same amount of devotion and loyalty. This book pulls the hearts strings and I'm sure if you haven't owned a dog you will still enjoy this book. It made me laugh and cry, nod my head in recognition of some of the antics Marley got up to. It's simply written and is an easy read. I would definitely recommend it.
NB: I actually saw the film before reading the book, even with all the bad press, and I thought the film was great. It captured the book brilliantly, so if you haven't seen the film then I would recommend that too!(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)