I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and am glad I did!
Bloodline by Gabriella Messina is the first of what will hopefully be a multi-book series abI won a copy of this book in a giveaway and am glad I did!
Bloodline by Gabriella Messina is the first of what will hopefully be a multi-book series about Detective Samantha Karolyi, her friends Detective Lenny Jackson and Ben Lewis, and “the man in black”, Vincent Kremer. Samantha, while out on medical leave, takes her grandfather to the hospital for a checkup not knowing it is a hotbed of Nazi-werewolves who have been searching for him since the camps at Auschwitz were liberated. Becoming impatient he leaves the hospital alone and is attacked by a werewolf. Don' want to give spoilers, but from there things spiral out of control for Samantha as she tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together after being attacked herself, while waiting for her imminent first turning. This is a real page turner and a great action book. Oh, and did I mention Vincent is hot?...more
As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew - including the suIt's another awesome entry in the Arizal series!
As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew - including the super hot Reid - on an adventure that sees them moving seamlessly from world to world. Fallon has grown as a character, not just personal growth, but physical growth as well. She's gone from being a pretty normal twenty-something in book 1 to a kick butt fighter. This is a transition that few authors handle well, and generally leave me shaking my head and saying "yeah right," - but not Coppola! She handles it beautifully and makes Fallon's transition feel not only plausible, but believable.
Another thing she does well is turn a phrase. I always enjoy her writing and this book was no exception. Several of the descriptions, such as "His fingers unfold like flower petals in bloom", literally made me stop reading and think "Dang! I wish I'd thought of that!"
And did I mention Reid? Still as hot as ever, a little bit of a love triangle gives him the chance to be just possessive enough to be hot, but not so possessive as to be creepy. Even better, I appreciate the way Fallon handles it - no throwing herself at the other guy like so many book heroines do.
Basically this book (and thes series) are a perfect example of the right way to handle...well... everything! Coppola has an amazing sense of timing and flow, and seems to know just when we need some action, or some tension, or a tragic flashback, or some romance. I don't want to get into too much because of spoilers, but I can say that I loved, loved this book and I love, love this author and am so excited for whatever she writes next! ...more
I won this book in a giveaway - I was glad I did then and having read it I am doubly so.
Paternus is the first of a series that weaves the tales of seI won this book in a giveaway - I was glad I did then and having read it I am doubly so.
Paternus is the first of a series that weaves the tales of several characters together. Fi, a teenage girl who works at a nursing home and lives with her uncle Edgar, has no idea of the turn her life is about to take, thanks to one of her patients. Peter is an old man with dementia, but little does she and her crush Zeke know the secrets this "old man" is hiding.
The story is action packed, well told, and exciting, with enough clues to keep the reader guessing, and enough twists to keep them surprised. The descriptions are rich, the characters are fun - and the villains are vile. The Firstborn are truly imaginative, with well rounded personalities, backstories, and origins. Though the main star, in my opinion, is the way Ashton has woven together so many mythologies to create a solid fabric. I've done a little of this myself for a project - though I only attempted three cultures - and it was very complicated. I can't imagine sorting mythologies the world over and tying them together into a neat package the way he has. Beautifully done! The book does end on a bit of a cliff hanger, as most series books do, though the major questions have been answered.
I thought I reviewed this back when I read it, but apparently not! Eek! That's terrible because this book deserves the good review! The Dimidiums - orI thought I reviewed this back when I read it, but apparently not! Eek! That's terrible because this book deserves the good review! The Dimidiums - or Hablings as they call themselves - are human/vampire hybrids with a society all their own. Trevor, the son of a high council member, is essentially a tracker who hunts down the bad guys - which are usually full blooded vampires. His world makes sense until he takes an assignment to deal justice to a murderer who happens to be human. Oh, and a beautiful woman. It doesn't take long for Trevor to discover she's innocent, but can he convince her to accept his world? The handling society is interesting and their mythology is original and creative. A new take on vampires....more
The story opens when Abe is a teenage Spellbringer - a magic race that is a cross between humans and faes. After a near indiscretion with a human, AbeThe story opens when Abe is a teenage Spellbringer - a magic race that is a cross between humans and faes. After a near indiscretion with a human, Abe's father sends him away to the Spellbringer's academy to learn to be a warrior, even though Abe would rather be a veterinarian (a bookish career his father looks down on). His time there flies by and soon he's graduated and on assignment in Africa. And then he comes face to face with a demon. In a fit of rage, he kills the monster and is labeled a hero. But was it really heroism that led him to defeat the demon, or did he just snap?
I wasn't sure what to expect from a prequel about Abe - the father of Jase and Bryce from the Spellbringer's series - but from page one I actually forgot that he was their dad. Abe is just as interesting and complex as his sons in the main series, and I found myself quickly turning digital pages to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed reading about events that are mentioned, or in some cases just hinted at, in the series, and felt like this filled in a lot of gaps. There's also a nice romance between Abe and Jerrica and, though I knew how it would turn out, I enjoyed seeing how it got there.
As usual, Tricia's writing is delightful - no unnecessary words, no paragraphs I had to skim or skip, just well crafted and creative storytelling. I can't wait for part 2! ...more
I enjoyed the first book, so I went into this sure I'd like it to - and I was not disappointed. If anything, I liked this one better!
The story of LillI enjoyed the first book, so I went into this sure I'd like it to - and I was not disappointed. If anything, I liked this one better!
The story of Lillian continues where the last left off. Apprenticed to Lucius, Lillian is the center of political intrigue and the target of hatred because of her father's mistakes, but she glides through both with her head held high. No wilting flower, Lillian is strong and intelligent - her ability to find patterns and note discord are an immeasurable benefit to Lucius - but at the same time she is still feminine enough to be believable, with just the right amount of strength and weakness to make her feel like a real person.
Though there is detailed sex scenes, I don't think they are as frequent in this book as the first, allowing more time for the meat of the story. I enjoyed getting to see more of Lucius and his family, and the explanations given for why he is taking full advantage of his apprentice also made me feel a bit easier about it. Though having relations with apprentices while being married is acceptable - even expected in their culture - there were still moments in the first book where I thought "Yes, but..." However, those are gone in the second.
I can't review this without taking a minute to comment on Manetti's world building. Can I say WOW? The world is so detailed, so fleshed out, so full - complete with their own words for things (such as "riser" for elevator - and instead of hours in the day they have "bells" and instead of weeks "Sevendays" etc.), a detailed history (each chapter opens with snippets from "historical documents"), a well thought out mythology that blend history and n doubt fancy, the universe is so detailed that I would expect to see it on a television show. In fact, I was telling a friend about it and they misunderstood me and thought it was. As this is something that is so often lacking in books, I can't rave about it enough, especially when you consider it's not the work of a team of writers - but ONE talented author! ...more
Slightly Off the Mark is a collection of unpublished humor columns written by Mark Hunter for the newspaper - that is until he was labeled 'redundant'Slightly Off the Mark is a collection of unpublished humor columns written by Mark Hunter for the newspaper - that is until he was labeled 'redundant'. However, these columns are anything BUT redundant. With a variety of topics from writing to household injuries, to storm chasing, higher learning, and the mystery of Ohio's predilection for flight, there is something for everyone within the pages of this collection, and a chuckle on every page. Mark's wit, humor, and ability to make the mundane (and even the horrific - a prostate exam!) hilarious makes you eager to turn the digital pages. You can sit down and enjoy this gem in an afternoon (as some reviewers have done), or enjoy an article or two a day (like I did.) No matter your preference, you're bound to find giggles, guffaws, and laughs galore. Here's hoping there's a Slightly Off the Mark 2!...more
Tricia Drammeh is one of my favorite authors because she writes awesome books, and this story was no exception.
Rowan harbors a tragic past; one nightTricia Drammeh is one of my favorite authors because she writes awesome books, and this story was no exception.
Rowan harbors a tragic past; one night changed her life from a cheerful drama girl into a fearful zombie. After months of "dropping out" of the world, the senior play entices her to come back - just in time to notice Eddie, a hot senior football player who has trouble of his own. When she lands the part of Juliet to his Romeo she's ecstatic, but is he really the bad boy everyone thinks he is, or has he just gotten a rough deal being one of the few poor students in a rich school?
Tricia's ability to write real characters continues to astound me. Rowan, Eddie, her father, any one of these people could walk right out of the pages and drop into the world next to you and fit right in. She is so good at capturing the personalities and nuances of the people she writes about. She also captures the pettiness of high school - the good, the bad, and the in between: that time when getting a zit or dropping you notebooks in the hall was the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you - and then she gives her characters something real to deal with. They don't respond in a too mature way, like so many YA books that leave you thinking "What? no way would a 17 year old do that!" but they also aren't annoyingly immature, either. That's why Tricia remains one of my favorites. ...more
The three hoodies are at it again! When Wilkes-not-Wilkes turns out to be also not dead, there's only one thing for the trio to do - embark on anotherThe three hoodies are at it again! When Wilkes-not-Wilkes turns out to be also not dead, there's only one thing for the trio to do - embark on another adventure! Beset by time loops, new aliens, and other disaster, they are aided by Yoreth, a mysterious "friend" from their last adventure.
With the same wit, humor, and fun of the first book, this sequels carries on and does not disappoint. Fun for any age, though I suppose it's probably meant for a YA crowd, but I still got a kick out of it. An example of British at it's best!...more
I've had this book on my kindle for awhile and kept meaning to read it but there was always something going on; finally I said "No more! I will read tI've had this book on my kindle for awhile and kept meaning to read it but there was always something going on; finally I said "No more! I will read this or else!" And I'm glad I did. LC's humor, seen in her myriad short stories, gets to shine through in this vampire parody. Eugene (whose initials spell EEK) is not your average junior high kid. Plagued by bullies, embarrassed by his step mother, and adept at clumsy escapades, Eugene is famous throughout the school for his humiliating hi-jinks. His life can't get any worse. But of course, it can. Eugene (literally) runs into a kooky old vampire who accidentally bites him. Trapped in the change, Eugene tries to find a way back to humanity before it's too late. Though most YA books are predictable, this one had many surprises hidden among the laughs. I won't spoil it, but suffice to say there were several scenes I did not see coming. If you're looking for yet another serious YA vampire story then give this a miss, but if you want something that not only pokes fun at the genre, but manages to hit werewolves, diary stories, and about every other YA book out there, give this a read....more
My favorite of the four Night Touched origin stories, Jason was not what I expected - it was even better! I enjoyed getting a better look at him and sMy favorite of the four Night Touched origin stories, Jason was not what I expected - it was even better! I enjoyed getting a better look at him and seeing the world through his eyes, even if only for a few pages.
Could be a stand alone story, but I recommend reading Becoming Lily first to enjoy one of the surprises....more
This is the first Night Touched I read because chronologically it's the first. It was a great look into the past of the character Lily from the NightThis is the first Night Touched I read because chronologically it's the first. It was a great look into the past of the character Lily from the Night Touched series. The best part about this one is that I took the end at face value, and then when I read Jason I was more than surprised. Love the way those two stories connected!
This can be a stand alone, but I recommend reading Jason afterwards ;)...more
A look back at how Celine became a night touched. I really enjoyed getting her perspective on things, and getting to know her a little bit better. ThiA look back at how Celine became a night touched. I really enjoyed getting her perspective on things, and getting to know her a little bit better. This is a great expansion of the universe and I am looking forward to more of these short stories!