As usual, Diesel appears out of nowhere with no warning. Stephanie has three accused who have missed their court dates, and none of them seem to be pa...moreAs usual, Diesel appears out of nowhere with no warning. Stephanie has three accused who have missed their court dates, and none of them seem to be particularly challenging. There's Gordo Bella who ran over his ex-wife's new husband twice and is otherwise law-abiding. Denny Guzzi shot himself in the foot while robbing a convenience story, so he probably isn't going to run very fast. The other is Martin Munch, a skinny, five-foot two-inch scientist who looks like a kid in a SpongeBob T-shirt.
Now all that would seem pretty straightforward, but there's a complication. Susan Stitch has left her pet monkey, Carl, for Stephanie to baby sit while Susan is away on her honeymoon. You guessed it. Carl's part of the investigation team. Now, Carl's not your usual monkey. You'll have to read the book to understand what I mean, but it's all very funny.
The story has one other complication. Have you ever read any of the Carl Hiaasen novels about cleaning up the creeps who are ruining the environment? Well, Carl Hiaasen could have been a coauthor for parts of this story as we read about the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey and the mythical men and beasts of that area (including the Jersey Devil who flies noisily above the trees at night).
Oh, and there's also a plot to control the world. Diesel has a cousin, Wulf Grimoire, who is partnered with Martin Munch to develop some pretty dangerous technology. Diesel claims that he needs Stephanie to join him so that Wulf will not be able to detect him.
As you might expect, Stephanie is happy to help . . . but she's got to meet her other responsibilities, including those other skips, helping Morelli's brother, and advising women on how to handle their men.
With so much at stake, you might not realize that there will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys (perhaps because there are lots of monkeys in the story). Lulu's love life takes an unexpected turn. And you'll meet one of the most dangerous characters ever . . . who has a most remarkable secret problem (that doesn't remain secret for long).
This story is so off-the-wall you could almost imagine it ending with Stephanie waking up from a dream to be relieved that it's all over. But it's no dream, it's Plum Spooky.
The only thing that's missing is some movement of Stephanie permanently toward one of the men in her life. (less)
After reading the whole series i couldnt believe that the last was still as good as the first. I loved this book as it co...moreA must for all Hamilton fans!
After reading the whole series i couldnt believe that the last was still as good as the first. I loved this book as it concentrated more on the vampire politics and introduced Belle Morte, and her brand of malevolance into the series, should make the next book a little more interesting as we are allowed to delve more into the council and its strange brand of politics.
It allows us to get past the "anita and Richard" part of the book as richard features very little in this book. However who knows for the future, as we see our heroine jump from lover to lover the door has certainly been left open for Richard. This book also see the development of the mica and asher characters which is interesting in itself.
What was also unique is in this book we get to see a little more of jean claude - her vampire lover- and how he was made, and how he became as powerful, and as sexy, as he is currently.We for the first time are allowed to feel sympathy as some of the past experiance he had at 'court' come to light.
One of the reasons i loved this book is because at the end there were just as many questions as answers.It has to be said out of all of this 'vampire hunter series' the ending of this book was perhaps the most open ended, I cant have been the only one who expected a few more questions answered but then again that is what makes this as a series so compelling.
I really cant wait for the next book to see how anita's relationships turn out. What wil happen betweeen richard, jean claude, asher and mica... who knows we may even get a glimpse of the now domesticated- well partly- edward.
Read this book it really isnt a dissappointment! (less)
Strange Angels is like Buffy and Supernatural thrown together, which, for me, is a very good mix indeed. Dru is a fast-talking, hard-hitting girl, wit...moreStrange Angels is like Buffy and Supernatural thrown together, which, for me, is a very good mix indeed. Dru is a fast-talking, hard-hitting girl, with a knowledge of what's really out there. Dru knows about the 'Real World' the one where the things that go bump in the night exist, she's been hunting those things along side her father for years. But now she's on her own in a new town with no one she can turn to, grieving the loss of her father and trying to deal with the trauma of what happened with him. To her surprise, it's a human boy from her class, Graves, who comes to her aid giving her somewhere to stay and some much needed company. But Graves doesn't know about Dru's world and that's risky. For him and Dru.
While Graves is getting a crash course about the reality of the Real World, Dru is learning that it's far bigger than she imagined and that everything is not exactly what she's been told. The one enlightening her is Christophe, a (very cute) guy who isn't all human. And while he seems to want to help, there's a lot he's not saying. And whilst Dru is busy dealing with her grief, trying to keep Graves alive and deciding if Christophe can really be trusted, she learns that she's been targeted by a very nasty sucker (as vampire's are known here) and she's going to need more than the knowledge and skills her father taught her to stay alive.
This is the first YA book from Ms. St. Crow and I love it. It's dark and dangerous with great characters you can relate to. Dru is tough, but she's also very vulnerable, particularly after losing her father and unlike so many heroines she does scream and run when she's attacked out of the blue and is way out of her league. The way her relationship develops Graves is great reading. It's kind of slow, awkward and cute, and realistic. Both Graves and Christophe make excellent secondary characters, with their own history and issues to deal with.
The plot is pretty tight. There is a fair bit of world building in this first book which is necessary although a little slow at times, but despite that the plot moves along quickly with some great twists and turns. I was left wanting a lot more. A fantastic book and I think the series is quickly going to be a favourite of mine. Dru is far from perfect, but she's easy to relate to and despite wanting to slap her a couple of times, I really, really like her. I'm looking forward to much more of her story!(less)
Betrayals is the second book in the Strange Angels series and picks up right where the series titled first book left off. Dru and Graves have just arr...moreBetrayals is the second book in the Strange Angels series and picks up right where the series titled first book left off. Dru and Graves have just arrived at the Schola Christophe sent them to, and it doesn't take long for Dru to get herself in to trouble. Wulfen and djamphirs don't get along, add in super strength and fast healing with testosterone fueled teenage boys, and fights are a common occurrence. Dru isn't one to back away from a fight, but she doesn't yet have the strength or healing powers all the boys do, making it dangerous territory for her. Something she's used to.
But Dru's real problem is figuring out who to trust. Someone in the Schola clearly wants her dead, or in the hands of the most powerful vampire, Sergej. No one is willing to teach Dru, or explain things like what she is, her mothers ties to Sergej and the Order, to her. The only person Dru knows she can trust, is Graves. But he seems to busy getting in with the other wulfen teens to give her the support and help she needs. As attacks on the Schola get bigger and more dangerous for Dru, she realises she can't just stay there, waiting for the inevitable. But who can she trust to get her out alive?
I loved Strange Angels, and this book wasn't a let down in anyway! The plot is tight with plenty of twists and turns you don't see coming. Like Dru, just when you think you've got something figured out, or someone she can trust, the whole thing is twisted upside down and Dru's chances get slimmer and slimmer. I really felt for Dru as she attempted to find out about her past, what she is, the connections between the Order and her mom, as well as trying to figure out who to trust. She isn't a very open person in the first place and she's not used to relying on anyone but her dad, and he's gone now, so it's all the harder for her. I really liked her character in SA, but I really love her now. I find her very realistic with her flaws and actions.
The tension and despair builds really well through the book and left me hungry for more come the end. This series is one I think will be a favourite for a long time to come! And book three, Jealousy, can't come quick enough for me!(less)
"Guilty Pleasures" was my very first introduction to the author and the Anita Blake series. And what an introduction !!! I was so taken by the book fr...more"Guilty Pleasures" was my very first introduction to the author and the Anita Blake series. And what an introduction !!! I was so taken by the book from the very first page, that I read the whole thing in one day.
In this book you will meet Anita, the strong, independent, brave heroine who is a vampire executioner and raises zombies for living. Jean Claude, the dark, dangerous and extraordinarily handsome master of the city vampire with many secrets and mysteries. And of course many other terrific characters. The story is action-packed, exciting, gripping and you will not at ANY point feel bored nor will you find it dull or monotonous.
Do buy this book without any hesitation. You won't regret it, you'll only love it !!!(less)
I really enjoyed this book and read it cover to cover in a few hours because it made me totally lose track of time and before i knew it, i'd finished...moreI really enjoyed this book and read it cover to cover in a few hours because it made me totally lose track of time and before i knew it, i'd finished it and was looking for the next one. I found the characters engaging and interesting. They were significantly different from the characters in Keri Arthur's other work to pique my interest further, as was the set up of the reservations etc. Thoroughly enjoyed its twists and turns and the info alluding to things that i hope will be in the second book. And while it is true that Arthur's werewolves are highly sexed. All in all, a good romp that has lingered in my mind and made me wish I could book a cabin in Ripple Creak for the winter. (less)
A great read if you need cheering up as well. I've read all Christina Jones' books and I've enjoyed them all. They're full of memorable characters and...moreA great read if you need cheering up as well. I've read all Christina Jones' books and I've enjoyed them all. They're full of memorable characters and you always get old favourites cropping up in later books as well. In this one Mitzi Blessing makes a welcome re-appearance.
Cleo Moon is starting life over again after a divorce. She lands a job as PA to Lady of the Manor - Mimi - having settled herself in a caravan in the sleepy little village of Lovers' Knot. But the trouble starts when the most beautiful boy in the world - Dylan - turns up on her doorstep drunk one night.
The fast paced plot keeps you laughing and crying from the first page to the last. There are some serious issues involved in the book and these are treated well and sensitively but this is still a good light hearted read. The scene towards the end of the book at the Harvest Home is marvellously funny and the sub plot with schoolgirl Elvi and her budding romamce is really good. Christina Jones is well up to her very high standard in this latest book. (less)
If I could have given this book 10 stars I would have. I have read some of her books and enjoyed them but this is the best by far. All of the characters...moreIf I could have given this book 10 stars I would have. I have read some of her books and enjoyed them but this is the best by far. All of the characters are likeable, but the dad is one of the loveliest characters I have come across in a long time. Although the plot may seem a little far fetched, it is still somehow believable, maybe because you want it to be. It is laugh out loud funny in places, especially the part with the dad and the baggage carousel - but also some great one liners. There is some beautifully written insight into emotions, with the opening chapter being very moving and profound. I whole heartedly recommend this book and will very probably read it again(less)
**spoiler alert** Anyway, our paths crossed eventually and I read Vampire, Interrupted. It tells the story of Marguerite Argeneau, a 700-year-old vamp...more**spoiler alert** Anyway, our paths crossed eventually and I read Vampire, Interrupted. It tells the story of Marguerite Argeneau, a 700-year-old vampire. After the death of her husband, she is relishing her new-found freedom and has decided to begin a career as a private investigator. Her first task, track down Christian Notte's father and convince him to give up the name of his son's mother.
However, things are far from simple. Christian's father, Julius Notte, has loved Marguerite for a long time - a very long time. When she turns up on his doorstep, demanding answers to very sensitive questions, it's clear that something is wrong. They were so close, yet she doesn't recognise him.
As he slowly fits the pieces of the puzzle back together, Julian believes he can find a way to help Marguerite and hopefully rekindle their long-lost love. However, he must do it quickly, because someone clearly doesn't want his family history to be revealed, as the attacks on Marguerite have indicated. Can Julius, Marguerite, Christian and their friends work out what's going on and put a stop to it, before it's too late?
Vampire, Interrupted was, on the whole, a good read. It was fast-paced and very erotic in places. The storyline was excellent too. (less)
What a fantastic story. Bold and exciting women that do not let anyone get in their way. A new and different Heroine then the usual novels contain. I...moreWhat a fantastic story. Bold and exciting women that do not let anyone get in their way. A new and different Heroine then the usual novels contain. I really liked this powerhouse novel. (less)
Gabriel is a great character. Sexy, like Drake, but in a definitely different way. The gentleman in him is so funny at times - trust me you'll know wh...more Gabriel is a great character. Sexy, like Drake, but in a definitely different way. The gentleman in him is so funny at times - trust me you'll know which parts I mean if you read the book! His is such a sad story at the beginning but May is brilliant for him. She is such a strong, independent character that a reader cannot help but like her. I also love how Gabriel is not as controlling as Drake - although there was something sexy about that, lol. May and her twin sister's relationship is equally funny and at times incredibly frustrating. Characters from the previous series occur in this one too, so it is nice to see them again, like old friends.
Once again, this is a series so ends on a cliffhanger. I didn't realise that so when I ended the book I was left with my mouth hanging open and desperate to get the next book.
It is a great book but heed my advice and buy both the first and second books together! (less)
Along come mad scientists, secret sub-government agencies and...control over the four elements? In a non-stop thrill of a laughter-inducing ride, one...moreAlong come mad scientists, secret sub-government agencies and...control over the four elements? In a non-stop thrill of a laughter-inducing ride, one simple gal just trying to make a buck finds out there's more to life than coffee and the next lame job. Only problem is, will her new talents consume her, or will she master the potentially volatile forces?
Belle Jamison needs a new job to support not only her needs, but those of her elderly father too. She's trying extra hard not to screw up the job she has currently as well as the interview she's got later the same day. Only problem is she's a bit of a smart alec and she's hanging by a thread because of it. When a man bursts into the coffee shop where she works, begging for help, it's Belle who catches his eye. Hours later, after being detained by some pretty convincing agents, Belle's not feeling so hot. All she had was a mocha latte, so why the sudden flu-like symptoms? In a haze, she stumbles through her interview and barely makes it home where she collapses. The next morning doesn't bring any relief and to make matters worse, there's a hot man at her side--only his hotness is not the issue--his wanting to kill her is. With new powers come all new problems and Belle has to find a way to get back to simple `ole her. Only, she might be starting to like the new her...
Belle's story is in first person, so anyone not fond of those need be aware of this. Belle is perhaps one of my most favorite female leads I've ever encountered in a romance. She's determined, loyal to the good side and she knows what she wants and goes after it. Plus, she's got some faults and she's not afraid to admit it. It's the combination of her pluses and minuses that make her so unique. The dialogue throughout, with whomever she interacts with, is riddled with laugh-out-loud wit and I was very impressed with how the secondary characters shown through. Rome's role as hero was no less emphasized than Belle's and he is hot, hot hot! The addition of his family lent the story a desperate feel at times as he and Belle strive to make the world a safer place for people like them. If you are a fan of first person comedy/paranormal romances, heroines that save the day make you smile, heroes that make you sigh and a great cast of secondary characters, then I can't recommend this one enough. The plot wraps up very nicely, but sounds as if it might continue with more? Either way, I was thrilled and would love to see more if Ms. Showalter chooses to do so. (less)
Kitty is a werewolf, no surprise there, but she's at the bottom of the pecking order in her pack where she relies on her relationship with fellow pack...moreKitty is a werewolf, no surprise there, but she's at the bottom of the pecking order in her pack where she relies on her relationship with fellow pack member and Beta wolf, TJ. This dynamic was really interesting as any other book I've read involving werewolves glosses over the social/pack system and Ms. Vaughn really brings this forth and you suddenly realise how important it is to both Kitty the human and Kitty the wolf. The two different personas of Kitty (human v wolf) is also excellently rendered, Ms Vaughn really makes you understand that human and animal are very different and at odds with each other. Kitty is strong and determined when it comes to her extremely successful late night radio show "The Midnight Hour" (which is a supernatural talk-show) but in regards to hunting or the pack, Kitty is weak and self-conscious.
There are many interesting characters throughout the book, and as I think Ms Vaughn intended, Kitty, Rick and Cormac stand out and I really hope to see more of both (I wont give details but lets just say there is an outstanding scene with Cormac’s introduction and Rick [a vampire:] has something powerful about him that really deserves exploring). Ms Vaughn also sets the possibility of further Kitty adventures (indeed there is an extract of "Kitty Goes To Washington" in the back) with unresolved issues with the Church of Pure Faith and pack alphas Carl and Meg.
The hostility towards Kitty as she develops inner strength and resolve learns to come to terms with her dual nature and increasing determination towards keeping her radio show, pack relations and developing her human self are ongoing themes. I truly couldn’t put this book down and read it cover-to-cover in hours it gripped me so much, and that doesn’t even begin to cover the tension when hunting for a murdered showing signs of being a rogue werewolf. . . . (less)