Havoc sees the return to the world of Malice and it’s sinister inhabitant Tall Jake. Seth, after successfully escaping the pages of Malice, is lookingHavoc sees the return to the world of Malice and it’s sinister inhabitant Tall Jake. Seth, after successfully escaping the pages of Malice, is looking for a way back in. While Kady, still stuck in the comic, is looking for the elusive rebel vigilante group Havoc, intent on joining them in order to both bring down Tall Jake and to escape the world of Malice.
This was a great continuation from the first book and continues the tradition of mixed media. Again, I found myself enthralled with the story and waited eagerly in anticipation for the pages of Malice that were slipped in throughout the book.
This works well for the story, instead of pages of descriptive battles, we have visuals that convey the scenes just as well. And considering that this book is aimed at children aged nine to twelve, it makes for easier reading and offers a distraction from the bulk of text. It’s also exciting, as I mentioned on my review of Malice, it’s something different and makes for a more interactive reading experience.
Malice operates on the currency of belief. Tall Jake exists because of the fear of the comic and it’s grown into a wild spread urban legend. It’s this that has given Tall Jake power, but how do you destroy belief? This is something that’s touched and almost explored, which I think is a great discussion point.
I was surprised when the book took a sudden turn and I started to realise that things were starting to wrap up. I had hopes that this series would run at least for another book. Though in retrospect, there isn’t enough content there to stretch to another book, it’s my wishful thinking that wanted to see it.
I’m hoping that this is not the end of Malice and Havoc certainly leaves it open for further adventures. The doors to Malice are certainly not closed and I have a sneaking suspicion that we’ve not seen the end of Tall Jake.
These books, both Malice and Havoc are targeted for ages 9-12 (though if you’re a twenty-something like me for a love for a semi-macabre tale you’ll enjoy them too). I have two nine year old God-daughters, and I wouldn’t give them this to read as they’re quite sensitive to content like this. I would recommend these books for a slightly older audience. ...more
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the second in the successful Jeannie Frost ‘Night Huntress World’ series. This time we get to peek into the world of MenchEternal Kiss of Darkness is the second in the successful Jeannie Frost ‘Night Huntress World’ series. This time we get to peek into the world of Mencheres. An older than dirt vampire, who sees nothing more than his departure from this world in a void of darkness, and no he’s not being melodramatic. He’s gifted with the power to see visions of the future and lately his powers have been on the fritz. He can’t see through the darkness that engulfs his visions. Leaving him to interpret them as a sign that his time is coming to an end.
In his attempt to get his affairs in order so to speak, he runs into Kira who saves him from an attack from a gang of ghouls. Fearing that she knows too much and being draw by her, a feeling that hasn’t surfaced for decades, he takes her into his world. Risking both their lives in the process.
Mencheres was introduced in the Night Huntress series and is Bone’s ‘vamp granddaddy’ of sorts and now the co-ruler of their line and is certainly an intriguing character. But it seems his loss of his visions is his undoing. Believing that that they signify his end he moves to put his affairs in order before leaving his line and it’s responsibilities to Bones. The trouble with knowing what is going to happen before it does is a luxury he’s grown far too dependent on, rather than live in the moment his visions are his crutch. Once they’re gone his own existence is brought into question.
Kira is an interesting character also, she’s not afraid to speak up and is not content to sit back and allow others to take care of her, she reminds me a bit of Cat. A private detective by trade it’s her inability to help others that finds her entangled in a world that she once considered myth. Because Mencheres cannot wipe her mind of the events she’s witnessed she has no choice but to stay with him.
My innocent illusions of Disney’s Thunder Mountain will forever be tainted by a certain, ahem, acrobatic performance. It certainly puts a whole new meaning to ‘climbing the walls’.
I love the Night Huntress series and when Jeannie Frost announced that there would be spin offs I was very eager to see what she had planned. While I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, the knowledge that there will be no further books exploring these characters besides their stand alone books, leaves me feeling a little deflated.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both books, but I couldn’t help but feel sad at the end knowing that the next time we will see these characters will be behind Cat and Bones as secondary characters in their next book.
If you’re a fan of this series and the world Frost has created, I urge you to give this book a read. While it doesn’t focus on the series main characters, which may not be appealing to some, it still is a fun read. While the mystery and suspense is easily wrapped up in the last couple of pages there’s enough going on and appearances from old friends to keep you turning the pages....more
Mind Games was the second pick for Book Bloggers Anonymous, and I must admit it wasn’t love at first sight for me, but it was BBA pick and was willingMind Games was the second pick for Book Bloggers Anonymous, and I must admit it wasn’t love at first sight for me, but it was BBA pick and was willing to give it a chance despite my indifferences. Though we started out on rocky grounds, by the end I was unable to put the book down and was horrified once I’d realised I’d completed the whole thing and would have to wait for the sequel!
At first, the whole idea of a main character that’s a hypochondriac didn’t sit comfortably with me. As the book progresses you begin to understand her neurosis and her need to be free from it. She knows on some level that there is quite possibly nothing wrong with her, she tries to quell the panic but it manages to seep out before long she’s unable to control it.
It’s this that attracts her to Packard. He recruits her for his merry band of vigilantes, set on righting wrongs that have gone unpunished. He teaches her how to channel her fear into others, alleviating her of her hypochondria for temporary lapses in time.
Packard is a bit of a character and I’m looking forward to learning more about him. I think our opinion of both him and Henji, has been tarnished by the other in their retelling of their history to Justine. I did feel for Packard though, being trapped inside a building and never being able to make any changes to the space, not even the menu, it would drive me crazy within the space of half an hour. How he’s last so long is beyond my means to comprehend.
Silver Widow? I still get the creeps when I think of her; I start brushing off imaginary ants!
Despite calling the ‘twist’ in the begging I did enjoy seeing how Carolyn played it out and I thought it was very well done.
The delusionist angle is such a unique slant on the paranormal genre. I especially enjoyed it after reading so many books that seemed to be the same thing over and over again.
I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Carolyn has created a nice little niche in her supernaturals here. I’m fascinated by them and cannot wait to learn more about their skills and further talents.
I also couldn’t complete this review without mentioning Team Cucumber and Team Kebab, a far cry from Team Jacob and Edward. The former is for Otto while the latter is for Packard. Now me, I’m kinda in the middle of them both. ...more
Now, can you picture this, at the end of the United States of America’s presidential induction he’s led down several secret stairways until he hits seNow, can you picture this, at the end of the United States of America’s presidential induction he’s led down several secret stairways until he hits secured dark room of curiosities. There he’s introduced to America’s hidden secret weapon against everything you thought was made up in stories meant to scare kids. A secret that has been passed on from one president to the next in hushed secrecy.
And what is worthy of such government concealment and limited to the knowledge of a select few?
A 140-year-old vampire.
And now, Zach Barrows is being let in on this secret too.
After a friendly indiscretion with the presidents daughter, Zach is convinced his White House days are certainly over. That is until he’s introduced to Nathanial Cade, his now new partner. Who also happens to be a 140-year-old vampire.
Zach is thrown head first into the world of the paranormal and unreal without so much as a welcome pack. After an unsettling first meeting and a briefing book full of questionable content it’s not long before Zach is following after Cade on their first joint assignment.
Someone is plotting an attack on America using a deadly biological weapon. A deadly weapon Cade has seen before and is determined to stop at all costs as he knows the full extent these weapons can wield.
I loved how Farnsworth has woven the American presidential history with paranormal threads. And the slices of either history, or excerpts from the briefing book he shares with the reader at top of each chapter give us glimpses of Cade and the paranormal events, which have happened previous without bogging the book down.
I don’t want to give too much away as I loved Farnsworth’s take on a classic monster. Put it this way, it was enough to give me the creeps!
I took a chance on this book. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself in for – a vampire whose job it is to protect the president? Does not sound overly appealing at first glance, but I took a chance. I was blown away, could not put this book down!
Cade has certainly become one of my favourite vamps! The guy is just all shades of awesome. It was actually refreshing to get away from what has become the tradition for vamps in PN books at the moment, humanized, no longer the scary creature of the night, and they brood far too often.
Cade is a predator; he sees the human race as food, nothing else more. He sees no use in emotional ties – that’s a human pastime, he’s not human. He sees himself as a wholly completely race and set away from humans. That’s not to say he holds himself in arrogance as a supreme race. Cade is tormented by what he is but is sworn under a blood oath to protect the President.
I urge you to pick up a copy of Blood Oath or add it to your TBR pile. Farnsworth has created a wholly originally take on the paranormal genre and one I will definitely be reading again! Can’t wait for the follow up. ...more
A Rush of Wings is the first group read pick for Book Bloggers Anonymous. An online reading group started by Steph at Paper Cut Reviews.
I was a littleA Rush of Wings is the first group read pick for Book Bloggers Anonymous. An online reading group started by Steph at Paper Cut Reviews.
I was a little wary at first because it seemed like something out of my comfort zone. A FBI agent, a psychotic serial killer and a mysterious guy who also claims to be a vampire? Not usually something I’d pick up at the bookstore.
But the great thing about being part of a book club is that you get pulled out of your comfort zone sometimes because other people are making your reading choices for you and that way you discover books you normally wouldn’t look twice at!
It’s been a while since I’ve read a third person narrative and it took me a while to get used to it at first. I don’t have a preference for either, though I am fond of first person, as I like to follow the story at the pace of the lead character sometimes, learning as they do.
But I wouldn’t let this stop you from picking up this book! I really enjoyed the way Phoenix laid out the plot line, letting us see all angles of the story through the narratives of the main characters.
I’m still on the fence in my opinion of Dante; I can’t put my finger on it. I did warm up to him as a character by the end, but I still can’t make my mind up. I’m looking forward to reading more about his history and learning more about his unique ‘talents’. Plus it was refreshing not to read about a vampire who is centuries old.
Heather I loved; there are not enough strong independent women in PN and UF books. Too many of them drop everything at the feet of their newfound loves. Heather’s ability to stay true to herself and her principles made me respect her all the more.
I do feel there’s a lot to explore, – Lucien for example, I’d love to know his story. I’d also like to see more of the vampire’s world explored more. Plus I’d like to find out more about Heather’s background (maybe I should just write a wish list?)
During the opening chapters I did feel a little lost. Like something had happened that I’d missed. Though this feeling quickly disappeared as I read on. I can imagine some people would find this a little off putting.
There’s also a glossary at the end of the book that maybe, could have done justice at being placed at the start of the book. Even though I’m Welsh and can speak a handful of Welsh words (the language some of the names are based on) I butchered the pronunciation and the glossary would have been a help.
In the bigger scale of things these are minor factors and by no means take anything away from the book. It’s an interesting premise and I can’t wait to see more of this world explored in the next book. ...more