In this tenth installment of the Morganville Vampire series, Shane gets himself into a heap of trouble. He joins the new gym in town and gets involved...moreIn this tenth installment of the Morganville Vampire series, Shane gets himself into a heap of trouble. He joins the new gym in town and gets involved in a human/vampire fight club. Shane is glamored into joining the fight club, but his vampire killing impulses make him an easy recruit. He alienates himself from his friends as he gets sucked into fighting these high stakes matches. The baddies behind these Immortal Battles need to be taken down in order to save the town and Shane’s life.
The Morganville vampire series always delivers a new fun adventure in a town where humans and vampires coexist. There is always a new villain to kill or problem to solve for Claire Danvers and her friends. We are near the end of the series, with only two more books planned. While I enjoyed the perfectly titled Bite Club, it was not my favorite of the series, and I did not like it as well as the last book, Ghost Town. The tone is a bit darker this time around and did not have the familiar blend of humor, fun and action as in previous books.
Shane’s journey to the dark side and separation from the group dragged down the first half of the book for me. Shane does get a chance to share his POV in this book, and it is obvious he is suffering a lot as he battles his internal demons. It’s interesting to get Shane’s POV, but in a way I think the book would have worked just as well without it.
On the bright side, Myrnin, the eccentric vampire, really shines in this book. He plays a bigger role and is protective of Claire as she tries to solve the latest crisis in Morganville. The characters really make this series, and I’m still enjoying following Claire and her friends Michael, Eve and Shane on their crazy adventures. Along with Myrnin, Amelie, Oliver, the dreaded Monica Morrell, and other familiar characters make an appearance in the book.
Bite Club delivers a different side of Shane along with some insight into other favorite characters. Fans of the series will want to read Bite Club to get the latest Morganville fix and dose of Myrnin. Even though this wasn’t my favorite of the series, there are still many hints and questions in this book that gave me pause to consider where the series may be headed. I’m in it until the end and anxious to read the next book, Last Breath, due out November 1 2011.
I listened to this book in audio format, and the narrator Cynthia Holloway does a great job as always nailing the voice of the characters. If you haven’t listened to this series in audio format, give it a try sometime.(less)
Soulless is a really fun read. It is an Urban fantasy/British Victorian/Steampunk style book written in a very witty tone. This story grabbed me from...moreSoulless is a really fun read. It is an Urban fantasy/British Victorian/Steampunk style book written in a very witty tone. This story grabbed me from the very first pages. The story and style is highly original and refreshing and kept me laughing and entertained throughout.
Soulless tells the story of Alexia, a soulless spinster who lives in a world of vampires and werewolves with her mother and step-sisters. She has the ability to neutralize the powers of other supernaturals with a touch.
Alexia is really funny and intelligent and gets involved with a police case investigating missing vampires. There are also a great cast of supporting characters in the book, as well as some romance.
This book is a great start to a new series - and I can't wait to read the next book Changeless!(less)
The Evernight series has always set itself apart in the world of YA vampire books. From the first book on there have been many surprises in this serie...moreThe Evernight series has always set itself apart in the world of YA vampire books. From the first book on there have been many surprises in this series that have kept it interesting. Keeping the series at four books feels right for the story. I don’t feel short-changed or that the series has been dragged out for too long. The author certainly does not shy away from controversial plot twists and has kept the suspense going strong. The last book HOURGLASS was a rollercoaster ride for her characters, as Bianca and Lucas found themselves becoming their own worst nightmare. AFTERLIFE is an exciting finale to the series, with the usual twists and turns. The conclusion provides answers and ties up all the loose ends. The ending is satisfying overall and in keeping with the series.
Appropriately the final book returns back to the series’ roots and back to Evernight Academy. Lucas needs some help adjusting to being a vampire and Evernight is just the place for him. In addition to supporting Lucas, Bianca also has her own path to follow. Bianca is adjusting to her new existence and her new wraith superpowers that make her the hope and envy of all the wraiths. She is also trying to maintain her relationship with Lucas now that he is a vampire. She hopes her parents will welcome her back even though she is now a wraith. Old favorites such as Balthazar, Vic and Ranulf are also at Evernight to provide their usual support and humor. Mrs. Bethany is up to her old tricks, and we find out some of her history that provides some insight into her behavior.
This book is evenly paced and kept my interest throughout. It builds nicely on the tension from the last book and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to guess the outcome for our favorite characters. The action builds to an exciting, yet bittersweet conclusion. I recommend this series for fans of YA paranormal series set in boarding schools. It is a fast-paced series full of surprises with plenty of action and romance.
It softens the blow to know that a spin-off book will follow featuring none other than Balthazar. BALTHAZAR is due to be released in March 2012. (less)
This is book 4 in the Georgina Kincaid series. It was the darkest and saddest book of the series for me. Georgina is in a funk over her breakup with S...moreThis is book 4 in the Georgina Kincaid series. It was the darkest and saddest book of the series for me. Georgina is in a funk over her breakup with Seth, and she is moody and depressed through the first half of the book.
The action picks up later in the book when Jerome mysteriously disappears, and consequently Georgina and the rest of Jerome's immortals lose their "abilities". The vampires can now go out in the sun, and Georgina can have sex without taking away human's life energies. You know where this is going, right?
Georgina is involved with solving the mystery with her friends, and doesn't know who she can trust.
This was another enjoyable installment and I'm looking forward to reading Succubus Shadows in March!(less)
I admit I was worried that this series had started to run out of steam after reading the tenth installment, Bite Club, but I’m happy to say that the l...moreI admit I was worried that this series had started to run out of steam after reading the tenth installment, Bite Club, but I’m happy to say that the latest Morganville book put my mind at ease. Last Breath offers lots of surprises, reveals, action and emotion that make it one of the most satisfying of the series so far. Literally no one is safe this time from Morganville’s latest threat where the twists just keep coming. I couldn’t have predicted any of the events that occurred this time around, and I love that Rachel Caine is taking so many exciting risks with her characters and providing such a juicy storyline this late in the series.
This time around in Morganville there’s a new threat that even has the vampires scared. Vampires are disappearing left and right and Amelie fears that the dreaded enemy that has hunted them for years has finally found them. It’s interesting to learn about this new threat and what makes it so powerful and lethal to everyone in Morganville. Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael are facing a huge challenge, and I was holding my breath to see how they would come out of it. Through multiple narrations of Claire, Michael, Eve, Shane and Amelie, we get more character reveals that give a new insight into our favorite Morganvillian’s. There is also plenty of Myrnin as well and he plays a key role in this book.
The characters go on quite a journey this time around. And the relationships they have built with each other and the other members of Morganville really make the events that occur that much more touching and meaningful. There is just the right amount of time spent with each character to move the story along and keep things interesting. The beginning of the book really threw me off track with how I expected the story to go, and the action just kept ramping up. There are plenty of emotional and romantic scenes though that balance out the drama and suspense. In fact, some of the biggest insights and vulnerabilities of the characters are revealed this time around.
This is the third installment I’ve read via audiobook, and I think this is now my favorite way to experience this series. The narrator, Cynthia Holloway, does an expert job with the characters. From Myrnin to Amelie, Claire to Shane, all of the character voices are distinct and believable. They match up very well to the character voices in my head, and the narration conveys the appropriate amount of emotion and intensity. I don’t think I can go back to the printed version of the series.
I eagerly await the next installment, Black Dawn. There will be fifteen books in the series in total, and after this game-changing book I can’t wait to see where Caine takes the story next. Black Dawn is due out in May 2012.(less)
Vampire Academy is the latest young adult series to get the graphic novel treatment, as we have seen recently with the Twilight series. As Vampire Aca...moreVampire Academy is the latest young adult series to get the graphic novel treatment, as we have seen recently with the Twilight series. As Vampire Academy is a favorite series of mine, I have a picture in my head of what the characters look like and I wondered how the graphic novel would compare. The writing in Vampire Academy is so descriptive and vivid it would seem to lend itself well to this format. This graphic novel is a fast paced and quick read, and surprisingly manages to include the entire story of the first book in its slim volume. Recommended for fans of the series and for those who want a quick visual look at what the series is all about.
I have not read too many graphic novels, but I found the artwork to be striking, and the emotions of the characters came through the pages. It is a treat to revisit a familiar story in this visual format and see scenes from the book come alive in the pages. The characters that most lined up with my expectations are Rose, Christian and Mason. Rose looks physically as I would expect and her tough and feisty yet vulnerable demeanor shines through. Dimitri looks a bit different than I would expect. He is more bulked up than I imagined, but at least he’s wearing his familiar brown duster and reading western novels. Even though the characters did not always line up with my expectations, I enjoyed looking at the scenes in this visual format. It gave me the opportunity to view the book again with fresh eyes.
The adaptation is impressive considering most of the major plot points are included from the original 332 page book. The book moves very swiftly through the story so every scene is important. Due to the book’s length and pacing some of the plot details are not fleshed out, so you may get more out of it if you have read the book first. The graphic novel does do a good job with getting the main points across and with the character traits.
The graphic novel is recommended for young adults due to language and sexual situations, as in the original book. The colorful graphic novel will make a great addition to your Vampire Academy library and give you a new way to look at the story. Graphic novel fans should enjoy reading this to get a taste of the Vampire Academy world before diving into the books.
I'm giving away my copy of the book on my blog. Ends August 5. (less)
In this 8th installment of the Morganville Vampires series, the kids hit the road on an adventure. Michael's music career is taking off and he gets a...moreIn this 8th installment of the Morganville Vampires series, the kids hit the road on an adventure. Michael's music career is taking off and he gets a chance to leave the confines of Morganville to record a demo. Eve, Shane and Claire get to tag along on the road trip with Oliver as a chaperone.
The gang gets to see life on the outside and see if it's all they hoped it would be. Will they get to go out on the town, will Michael succeed in the recording studio, will Oliver behave himself, will Shane and Claire run off together, will there be more trouble lurking for them outside of Morganville? You will have to read it to find out! It is interesting to see the group in this scenario to see what their lives are like on the outside.
This was another enjoyable fast-paced installment to the series. I'm interested to get back to Morganville and hopefully see more of Myrnin, who was missing in a lot of this book.
This could almost be a standalone book, but it helps if you read the series in order. Can't wait for Ghost Town Oct 26, 2010!(less)
I was so happy to receive my Amazon preorder a day before the release date, so I got to finish this one a little early.
Dead in the Family is book 10 i...moreI was so happy to receive my Amazon preorder a day before the release date, so I got to finish this one a little early.
Dead in the Family is book 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was not too sure what to expect with this one, but I really enjoyed getting reacquainted with this series! Since it has been a year since the last book, it was hard for me to remember some of the details of where we left off. Luckily it was easy to pick up the story again.
I was quickly caught up in this book, and impatient to read to the end. As the title suggests, the theme of family is front and center for many of the main characters. Sookie spends some time with her fae relatives including Claude, as well as getting to know her cousin Hunter a little better.
Sookie is adjusting to her new vampire marriage with Eric, and mending her relationship with Jason, which is nice to see. We meet some new vampires and weres as well. Since there are so many characters in this series now, it is hard to spend very much time with any of them. For instance, I hope there is some mention of Arlene in the next book. I was excited to get more of the vampires' back stories though.
The pace is a little slower than in previous books, not as much action. However, the pace did feel right for this story. There was a lot of set up and transition for what's to come.
I liked that there is a little nod to True Blood the tv series in the book.
There is a lot of change in the air for many of the characters, and I can't wait to read what happens next!(less)
I could not put down this book for the last 24 hours! Blood Promise does not disappoint - it is an addictive page turner that will leave you again wan...moreI could not put down this book for the last 24 hours! Blood Promise does not disappoint - it is an addictive page turner that will leave you again wanting more. In this latest installment of the Vampire Academy series, Rose leaves the Academy & Lissa and sets out on her quest to find Dimitri. There are many unexpected twists and turns on her journey, and Rose is faced with difficult choices. We also meet some interesting new characters along the way.
I really liked how the story was balanced with Rose's journey while also letting us see into the lives of Lissa, Adrian and Christian back at the Vampire Academy.
I had meant to re-read Shadow Kiss as a refresher before reading Blood Promise. However, it was easy to fall back into the Vampire Academy world.
Can't wait to read the next installment Spirit Bound in May. (less)
Hourglass is book 3 in the Evernight series. This was a very exciting, action packed installment. It takes place right after Stargazer left off. Lucas...moreHourglass is book 3 in the Evernight series. This was a very exciting, action packed installment. It takes place right after Stargazer left off. Lucas and Bianca have taken off with the vampire hunters Black Cross after their attack on Evernight academy.
It has been awhile since I read Stargazer, but it was easy to pick the story back up. Bianca and Lucas get to explore their relationship more, now that they are on the run together. And Bianca learns to be a vampire hunter while trying to keep her secret.
This is probably my favorite book in the series, there is a lot of action and jaw dropping moments in this book. We learn more about the secret Bianca's parents have been keeping from her. The story lines are well balanced, and we get to see some old familiar faces like Balthazar, Vic and Ranulf. And we also meet a new wraith character named Maxie.
I was a little reminded of the BBC series Being Human while reading this book, all we need is for the werewolves to be introduced to the series.
The parts that dragged on a little too long for me were the Black Cross training scenes. Otherwise, great pace and the book was a quick exciting read. I'm looking forward to seeing where this series is going next!