The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz is a very short book comprised of two confession sessions with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren and Eleanor. The restThe Confessions by Tiffany Reisz is a very short book comprised of two confession sessions with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren and Eleanor. The rest of the book is an informative Q & A with the author. This book is geared towards fans of the Original Sinners series and contains a few spoilers, so if you have not yet read the books, you should read them in order.
Part 1 is a confession session with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren (Marcus). Soren is 29 and is describing his attraction to Eleanor to Father Stuart. They discuss the implications of a relationship with Eleanor who at the time was only 16. What I enjoyed about this was the fact that Father Stuart was so understanding and open, even when Soren describes how outrageous Eleanor could be. I enjoyed the banter between the two men.
Part 2 takes place about 20 or so years later. Father Stuart, now 81 years old, is listening to Eleanor's confession, which is quite entertaining if not a little shocking. I was struck by the amount of time Eleanor spoke about Grace. I know that a lot of people dislike Grace immensely, however I am one of her fans and I enjoyed this part. Eleanor has a few regrets and it's nice to get that perspective on her life.
Part 3 is a an informative Q & A about the series. It helps fill in some information about the characters.
Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.
Update 12/27/15 - The Game Plan was one of my Top 10 Picks of 2015. See what other books made my list on Badass Book Reviews
Loved, loved, loved TheUpdate 12/27/15 - The Game Plan was one of my Top 10 Picks of 2015. See what other books made my list on Badass Book Reviews
Loved, loved, loved The Game Plan!
There's so much to love about this book. The hero Dex is an NFL football player - he's big, muscled, tattooed, and quite the imposing figure. He's compared to Jason Momoa's Khal Drago, only blond. Dex is a down to earth kind of guy, preferring to hang out with his friends over the sports groupies that throw themselves at the players. And, believe it or not, he's a virgin. How many times have you seen that in a romance book? I can only think of Outlander. Oh, and he's great with colicky babies, too. Swoon.....
Fiona or Fi is a force to be reckoned with. Fi is tiny and looks like Tinker Bell, but she is tough. Fi has never really had a long term relationship. Fi is career driven, a designer with eyes on advancing in her company. Fi is on vacation, visiting her sister in San Francisco when Dex arrives to visit his pal, Gray.
The romance is a slow burn. While Dex has been attracted to Fi since he first saw her a few years earlier, Fi never knew that he liked her. I loved the build up, the sexual tension was well done. I also liked how the two worked together to find a way to be together as they both lived in different cities.
If you have not yet had a chance to read a Kristen Callihan book, she has two series - Game On a contemporary sports romance and Darkest London a paranormal romance.
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book.
The Mistake was a fun, light, fluffy, sexy read. I've been told that the first book in the series The Deal is much better, but I still enjoyed being iThe Mistake was a fun, light, fluffy, sexy read. I've been told that the first book in the series The Deal is much better, but I still enjoyed being inside Logan's head as he wooed the love of his life, Grace.
A few things bothered me about the story - it's been a while since I've been in college and I really don't remember that much debauchery - lucky, I guess? Or I'm just feeling nostalgic for those days of freedom.
Anyway, I loved Grace, especially when she played hard to get. I loved her creativity with her 6 tasks for Logan. I had to chuckle through the bad poetry. It was nice to see Grace through Logan's eyes and how she was the one for him, right from the moment they met.
As I was reading How We Fall, I was surprised that I was enjoying the book so much. After all, How We Fall is a book that deals with "kissing cousins.As I was reading How We Fall, I was surprised that I was enjoying the book so much. After all, How We Fall is a book that deals with "kissing cousins." My curiosity got me Googling - and guess what? In Canada, it is legal to marry your cousin. The US however, is a different story. Our story takes place in small town Wisconsin, so these guys would be a no-no. They want to go to college in California - where cousins CAN get married. Anyhow, back to the book.
How We Fall is written from the point of view of Jackie, our 17 year old narrator. I loved her voice and how she described her family. Jackie's family moved from California and is now living a granola style life with her aunt and uncle and their six children. Jackie is not a teenager with a crush - she is very much in love with her 17 year old cousin Marcus. As the older children in the combined family, Jackie and Marcus have a lot of chores and they get to spend a lot of time together. They are best friends and they fall in love. They know that their attraction is not conventional and they know that it would cause a lot of turmoil in the family, but they continue, sneaking off for time alone. Jackie sets some rules about the relationship and Marcus agrees.
It's a busy household and the parents (all 4 of them) seem to be very busy with their jobs, the farm, and the like to notice what is going on. (Enter Young Adult absent parent trope). Jackie and Marcus are caring for the young ones quite often. Jackie escapes to her old movies, the ones that the kids would never want to watch.
Realizing that they could never have a public relationship, Jackie and Marcus break it off. Marcus starts dating Sylvia, a new girl in town. Jackie meets Will through Marcus' younger brother Chris. Will is awesome and fun and wonderful and every girl needs a Will in their life.
In the meantime, all is not perfect in this small farming town. Jackie's friend Ellie is missing and presumed dead. Someone runs Marcus and Jackie off the road. A stalker has been leaving things for Sylvia. Marcus' truck gets vandalized.
With regards to the stalker, it wasn't hard to figure out - I hate when that happens. Also Jackie does a TSTL (too stupid to live) moment that had me wanting to throw the book across the room.
Overall, How We Fall was an enjoyable read with a very sweet couple.
Thank you to Merit Press for a review copy of this book...more
While the story is something new in the paranormal romance world, something about the story just didn't click for meAbout a 3 -3.5 star read for me.
While the story is something new in the paranormal romance world, something about the story just didn't click for me right away. We have Eric the brooding hero, contending with a horrible family curse which turns him into an ice man and makes him want to hunt down and attack a woman on every winter solstice. Our heroine Olivia is tasked with bringing some documents for Eric to sign. Little does she know that Eric's father had ulterior motives. Then there's the wolves who hold a grudge against his family. They want to kill Eric and will stop at nothing. The story takes place in an isolated mansion surrounded by snow.
I liked that the story was loosely based upon Nordic mythology of Loki, Fenrir, and Odin. This is a mythology that I am not familiar with and it added an interesting perspective to the story. With regards to the romance - it was a very slow buildup, most of which was Eric getting all angsty that he should not be anywhere near Olivia. Olivia had way too much confidence in their love - not really worrying that she would be hurt.
Paranormal romance fans should enjoy this book.
Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.
Update 12/25/14The Hook Up was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
InitUpdate 12/25/14The Hook Up was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
Initial Thoughts: About a 3.5 to 4.0 stars for me and another decent New Adult read. This was a quick read for me and I enjoyed the main characters Anna and Drew. The two have a definite chemistry together even though Anna is hesitant to start a relationship with a football star. I liked watching these two work out their feelings for each other. Lots of sexy times too.
The Review:The Hook Up is a nicely done New Adult romance. The story is told in alternating points of view of the main characters, Anna Jones and her love interest Drew Baylor. Anna does not want a relationship but when she meets Drew, the two have an instant attraction. Yah, I hear you, there are those of you out there that do not like insta-love, but it works in this book.
There's some great chemistry between Anna and Drew and there's a lot of hot and steamy sexy times for the two of them. While the plot felt a little predictable, The Hook Up is a perfect read for when you want a nice, light romance. There's a lovely little HEA (happily ever after) at the end and I did enjoy the second half of the book more than the first half.
There are three books planned for the series so far and I can't wait to read them all.
Thank you to the publicist for a review copy of this book....more
Initial Thoughts: Wow. Once again I am awed by the awesomeness of this series. If you have not yet had a chance to start the Kate Daniels series, whatInitial Thoughts: Wow. Once again I am awed by the awesomeness of this series. If you have not yet had a chance to start the Kate Daniels series, what are you waiting for? Amazing battles with supernatural creatures, cool magic, intricately detailed world, fantastic dialogue, sexy lead couple - and a fantastic story. Full review to come...
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Initial Thoughts: Book 3 of the Associates series was a thrill ride! Take one strong and damaged operative on an undercover operation in the gangs andInitial Thoughts: Book 3 of the Associates series was a thrill ride! Take one strong and damaged operative on an undercover operation in the gangs and add one daughter of a mob boss on a mission of her own and you get sizzling sexual tension.
The Review Wow. This was a thrill ride. If you have not yet started Ms. Crane’s The Associates series, you don’t know what you are missing. This is the third book in that series, however you can read each book as a standalone without really missing any important details.
In this installment, Thorne has infiltrated the Hangman gang and is presently number 2 in control. His deep cover is jeopardized by a series of thefts at some of the gang’s warehouses. Thorne needs to find Victor Volkov’s CD detailing all of his gang businesses. Problem is, Victor’s daughter Nadia found the CD and is using it to find her mother, who is being held in a gang run sweat shop.
Thorne works alone which is probably an asset in his world. He idolizes Bruce Lee and uses many of his idol’s moves in order to prepare and accomplish his dealings. I liked those Bruce Lee moments – they were very Zen-like. Thorne has a damaged past – he watched his sister die and then was left to die in the desert, surrounded by scorpions.
Nadia Volkov aka The Party Princess has her own agenda. She has assembled a team and they are raiding sweat shops and freeing the women. Each raid puts Nadia closer to finding her mother, yet they also put her in increased danger. Nadia’s raids also put Thorne in danger as he is the prime suspect for the raids.
Thorne and Nadia have a torrid past and when they meet again, their attraction is still there. The sexual tension sizzles as the two of them try to deny their feelings. Plus there’s secrets!
This was a smoking hot read. Thorne is clearly in love with Nadia, but he is unable to express that love. He calls his feelings for Nadia “lovehate” and he plays all sorts of games where he calls himself a loser. In the past, Nadia played along, but she’s looking for more.
If you enjoy romantic suspense novels and have not yet started this series, what are you waiting for?
A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Initial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me lInitial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me loved 1 character. Here goes: Monroe's father collects Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia for his restaurant. When Monroe nicks her finger on a bloodstained bullet, something strange happens. She hears Bonnie's voice inside her head and Bonnie wants to stick around. Later that evening Monroe attends a party and he experiences something similar, only this time it's Clyde's spirit. Both spirits want to stick around and live. Monroe must do all she can to get rid of the spirits. The story is told from alternating points of view - that of Monroe and of Clyde. I loved the parts that were in Clyde's voice. His reaction to our technology was quite amusing. The book had a lot of interesting facts about Bonnie and Clyde.
The Review: I think that there’s always been some sort of morbid fascination for stories about Bonnie and Clyde. Wanted: Dead or in Love is a modern day take on their story.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I loved the chapters that were told from Clyde’s point of view. Imagine waking up to a world 80 years after your death. Think about all of the technology that Clyde was not aware of. Then, think of his worldview. Clyde was a most entertaining character and perhaps more adaptable to the present than Bonnie. The funny thing was that he was completely ready to continue his crime spree even though with today’s technology he would probably be caught right away. It was kind of creepy how Clyde took a liking to Monroe right away and Bonnie’s ghost sensed it, too.
I also liked the idea of Monroe working at a Roaring Twenties dinner theatre. That was kind of cool as was the Half Dead tour of Chicago. The last third of the book was quite exciting as well.
I did have a few issues about this book. I would have liked to have had more background on Monroe’s situation and why she was in trouble.
Overall, an quick and enjoyable read.
Thank you to Merit Press for a review copy of this book....more
Initial Thoughts: While the premise of this book is intriguing - an all girls punk band in the 1980's - I had a lot of difficulty keeping focused whilInitial Thoughts: While the premise of this book is intriguing - an all girls punk band in the 1980's - I had a lot of difficulty keeping focused while reading this book. I liked the girls, with the exception of Trudy who was somewhat of a loose cannon. I also liked that each character suffered from some sort of issue: parental abandonment, disfigurement, sexual identity, and unreasonable parental expectations. I was rooting for Harumi throughout the book because she had the most potential of all the characters. Full review to come....more
Initial Thoughts: This was between 4 and 5 stars for me, still deciding. Fans of Easy will adore Breakable, which is told from Lucas' point of view. LInitial Thoughts: This was between 4 and 5 stars for me, still deciding. Fans of Easy will adore Breakable, which is told from Lucas' point of view. Lucas is a surprisingly complex character, having undergone a horribly traumatic experience at age 13 which resulted in the death of his mother. The story is told with flashbacks to Lucas' earlier life before college and the present where he is a teaching assistant in an economics class.
The Review: I’m kind of torn about this trend where an author writes one book entirely from one character’s point of view and a second book entirely from another character’s point of view. Sometimes it just feels like you are reading the exact same book. Not so with Breakable by Tammara Webber. Breakable reads like a new book and I felt that it worked very well.
Now, if you remember Easy, Lucas was this “knight in shining armor” character, who ran around from job to job, studied hard, and had some pretty strong beliefs on the treatment of women. This is the story of Lucas before all that. This is the story of Lucas when he was known by his other name Landon.
It was interesting learning more about Lucas, especially after only seeing him through Jacquelyn’s eyes in Easy. Lucas is a complex character shaped by a traumatic life-changing tragedy when he was thirteen. Not only was Lucas emotionally scarred, he also carries physical scarring to remind him of the day his mother died. That, combined with guilt, and a grief-stricken father, sets up some self-destructive behaviors.
Lucky for Lucas longtime family friend Charles Heller intervenes and offers Lucas a chance to attend college. Lucas jumps at the chance. The Hellers provide Lucas with a caring, loving surrogate family, complete with siblings.
I loved watching Lucas’ interest in Jacquelyn. He seems to be attracted to her from first sight when she watches her tap out music with her fingers during a lecture. His observations on her boyfriend Kennedy are dead on as well. Their relationship blossomed slowly. I loved his protective streak – he watched out for Jacquelyn – but it didn’t feel like the usual young adult/new adult stalker character.
I enjoyed how the author presented Lucas’ story. The story is told in first person point of view, with flashbacks to Lucas’ pre-college days when he was called Landon, his given name.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I’m a sucker for happy endings and I am so glad that Lucas and Jacquelyn have their very own happily ever after. I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
Thank you to Penguin Berkley for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: Loved this! I loved the setting (Savannah, Georgia). I loved Mercy and Jilo. I loved the story. Nicely done.
The Review: Witchcraft,Initial Thoughts: Loved this! I loved the setting (Savannah, Georgia). I loved Mercy and Jilo. I loved the story. Nicely done.
The Review: Witchcraft, hoodoo, and even Jewish lore combine to create an enthralling narrative. The Line kept me on the edge of my seat with its unexpected twists and turns.
Savannah's paranormal side is brought to light in The Line. The Line is the first book in J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series. The book focuses on the Taylor family witches, notably fraternal twin sisters Maisie and Mercy. Maisie is the golden child, the stunningly beautiful sister gifted with all the magical powers. Maisie was groomed to become her Aunt Ginny's replacement as anchor of the line and head of the family. In contrast, Mercy had little or no magic and was shunned by her aunt. Mercy sees herself as plain looking and passes her time working as a walking tour guide in Savannah.
Mercy comes under the radar of her aunt when she visits Jilo the root doctor for a love potion. There's some family history between the Taylors and Mother Jilo and any deal with Jilo may not turn out as expected. Mercy is hopelessly attracted to her sister's boyfriend even though her own boyfriend is smitten by her. Upon arriving at her Aunt Ginny's home, Mercy discovers that Ginny has been murdered which sets off a series of events that change Mercy's life.
I loved the atmosphere of this book. We're in Savannah, Georgia and it's hot, humid, and sweaty (in contrast to the freezing temperatures outside while I was reading this book). It's a perfect locale for witches and hoodoo. Then, as an added plus, there's some interesting ghosts and even a golem.
J.D. Horn is a natural storyteller. I was absolutely glued to this book. The Line is a solid debut and a fantastic start to a new urban fantasy series. I can't wait to see what comes next!
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Thoughts before reading:Want it...want it...want it....NOW!!!!
Can't wait to read this one.
The Review: Another fantastic addition to the Alpha & Omega series. When I read a series, I like to watch the character development over the course of the series. This book has one of my favorite UF couples - Anna and Charles and they have grown together nicely over the course of 4 books (and hopefully more). When we first met Anna in the first book, she was very skittish. Now she has come into her pack position as an Omega wolf, using her calming abilities on both human and wolf. She stands up for herself and the people she is protecting. Charles seems to have mellowed out. He seems genuinely happy and eager to please his mate and he's taken her horse shopping in Arizona. But this book doesn't really dwell on their relationship. In the last book, the fae went to ground. In this book, one of them is up to no good. Charles and Anna work with both Cantrip agents and their FBI contact to catch this fae before he kills again. I love how the author incorporates Native Indian (mostly Navajo) mythology into her narrative. A must read for Patricia Briggs fans.
This is a DNF (did not finish) review. The premise of this book was promising and I was excited to receive a review copy of this book. In a way, it reThis is a DNF (did not finish) review. The premise of this book was promising and I was excited to receive a review copy of this book. In a way, it reminded me a little of the Sandman Slim series but it just didn't do it for me. I could not get into this book and while others may enjoy this one, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Thank you to Angry Robot for a review copy of this book....more
Initial Thoughts: Another satisfying addition to the Darkest London series. This installment focuses on Holly Evernight and her love interest Will ThoInitial Thoughts: Another satisfying addition to the Darkest London series. This installment focuses on Holly Evernight and her love interest Will Thorne. These two are sizzling hot together, even if it does take a little time for their romance to develop.
Update 12/5/14 Christal and I discuss this book over at Badass Book Reviews as part of the Jumble Your Genres reading challenge. Check it out!...more
Initial Thoughts: Ilona Andrews always makes me smile. Each book has its own little quirky sense of humor, hunky alpha males, freaky scary monsters, aInitial Thoughts: Ilona Andrews always makes me smile. Each book has its own little quirky sense of humor, hunky alpha males, freaky scary monsters, and an interesting pet. Clean Sweep is a solid start to a new series about an innkeeper and her Bed and Breakfast in Texas.
The Review: Leave it to the husband and wife writing team of Ilona Andrews to come up with a fresh new series revolving around an innkeeper of a seemingly innocuous bed and breakfast. Sounds kind of mundane, right? When you read anything by this author, you know that there will be some kind of magic and a host of interesting, if not freaky scary, creatures involved. And don’t forget – the snarky sense of humor. Ilona Andrews writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read. I’m always reading passages out loud to my family and literally laughing my head off.
The story begins as a third dead dog is discovered in the quiet Avalon subdivision in Red Deer, Texas. Our innkeeper Dina is saddened by the death of another dog and she instantly suspects one of her neighbors, Sean Evans who happens to be a werewolf. Later, Dina encounters the creature that was responsible for the kill and whoa, does the story become interesting.
Dina takes the creature back to her inn. On the outside, the inn appears to be just a regular house, but inside it certainly isn’t. It’s almost a sentient being. The rooms can be reconfigured in any way that Dina wishes and the technology is out of this world. Literally. Dina also has some magical powers while she is near the house.
I loved the authors’ take on the origin of werewolves and vampires. It was so very different from the usual stuff out there. I also loved Dina’s little dog Beast, a shih tzu with very sharp teeth.
Clean Sweep is a solid start to the new Innkeepers series. Keep them coming, please!
Favorite Quote: Protocol was important. It kept everyone civil and limited the disembowelment to a bare minimum.
Initial Thoughts: 3.0-3.5 stars. When I think of the main character MacMillan, that James Bond pun comes to mind: James, you're a cunning linguist (foInitial Thoughts: 3.0-3.5 stars. When I think of the main character MacMillan, that James Bond pun comes to mind: James, you're a cunning linguist (forgive me if it's not an exact quote). MacMillan is both a spy and a word geek - a forensic linguist. If you like grammar and linguistics with your romantic suspense, you'll love this. The female main character annoyed me with her serious lack of self preservation skills.
The Review: Off the Edge is the second book in Carolyn Crane's romantic suspense series The Associates. This book focuses on Peter Macmillan, a geeky professor operative who specializes in forensic linguistics and how speech and language patterns can be used to identify an individual. His love interest Laney has been on the run from her abusive husband Rolly. Both Macmillan and Laney are in Bangkok and their paths meet when Macmillan is staking out the hotel where an arms dealer is planning to hold an auction for a deadly weapon.
If grammar,speech patterns, and linguistics get you all worked up, then this is definitely the book for you. For the less geek-inclined, there's also some action and sexy moments too.
Peter Macmillan was an interesting alpha hero. He was very tough, able to withstand bullets and beatings. Macmillan was damaged. He lost his family and fiance in a train bombing and while he survived, he is haunted by the experience. Laney was another story. In many ways, she was childlike, naive, and trusting. She lacked essential self-preservation skills. Even when Peter tells her to run away, she still thinks everything is OK. As more of her background with her abusive husband is revealed, I began to understand her motivations. Later in the book, Laney's bravery surprised me.
Peter and Laney make an unlikely pair in this action packed story that takes the reader through the seedier streets of Bangkok. Their attraction is steamy-hot, even though Peter doesn't feel that he could commit to a relationship because of his job. When these two get together, the results are smoking hot.
Off the Edge is a solid additon to the Associates series. If you enjoy romantic suspense in exotic locales, try this series out.
Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: Awesome. So much to like about this book. First of all, who would ever think that trolls could be a sexy love interest for a human?Initial Thoughts: Awesome. So much to like about this book. First of all, who would ever think that trolls could be a sexy love interest for a human? And - get this - it actually works in this book. Fantastic hero/heroine combination - she a plucky heroine, brave, kind, compassionate, and caring. He - a troll prince with responsibilities and the weight of his world on his shoulders.
Never in my reading experience have I come across a sexy troll. Never. Ever. Until now.
Debut author Danielle Jensen managed to convince me that trolls could be attractive, even sexy. Especially a certain troll named Tristan.
Stolen Songbird was a captivating read. Once I got into the book, I really could not put it down. I think that I enjoyed it because it was told from the main characters’ points of view: Cecile de Troyes and Prince Tristan. Most of the first part of the story is told from Cecile’s point of view as she is kidnapped and sold for her weight in gold to the trolls. We learn a lot about her character. Cecile is a talented soprano, destined to join her mother in the big city to sing for large audiences. She’s smart, compassionate, and caring. What I like most about Cecile is her ability to take a horrible situation and see the good. She takes advantage of her captivity in Trollus to learn more about the world and the people around her. In doing so, she forms some very useful friendships.
It’s certainly not easy being a prince or a troll, let alone the Prince of the Trolls. Prince Tristan certainly has his work cut out for him. Expected to marry and bond to Cecile to fulfill a prophecy, Tristan is not happy with the situation. It’s not because he is not attracted to Cecile, he most certainly is, and he just doesn’t think that she belongs in his world. Prince Tristan comes off as being aloof and uncaring, when in fact he does care for Cecile a great deal. As a leader, Tristan is quite capable although others in his world vie for leadership roles. Tristan also possesses a very strong magic: it is his magic that keeps his world intact.
Tristan and Cecile develop a genuine affection for each other. When Cecile realizes that Tristan is not a threat, she begins to discover the world around her and sees the conditions of the people inhabiting Trollus. Trollus is a pretty brutal society. Trolls cannot leave the world at all. Humans can come and go at their own risk as the tunnels leading to Trollus are full of deadly creatures called Sluags. Trollus is full of full blooded trolls, half trolls, and humans. Full blooded trolls have the most magical power. Those without magic are given menial labor and are eventually fed to the sluags.
Stolen Songbird is an awesome debut for Danielle Jensen. I enjoyed her take on trolls, so very different from the childhood fairy tales I was used to. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
Thank you to Strange Chemistry for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: OK, it seems that I was one of the few people who did not know about the Donner party, so this stuff was new to me. When I wasn't scInitial Thoughts: OK, it seems that I was one of the few people who did not know about the Donner party, so this stuff was new to me. When I wasn't scared out of my mind(creepy stinky monsters), I found myself enjoying the story and wanting to read it all in one sitting.
The Review: Apparently history class in Canada is lacking. I had never heard about the Donner Party so I went into this book with an open mind. It's probably a good thing. Donners of the Dead is one spooky book.
Donners of the Dead is loosely based upon the events of the Donner Party who in the mid-19th century ventured through the Sierra Nevada mountains and were never seen again. Rumors about cannibalism persisted. This is a very different book for Ms. Halle, a historical romance western horror story. It starts off a little like the Experiment in Terror series with a creepy dream sequence that sets up the story for the reader.
This is a short novel and a fairly quick read. I did like the main character Eve Smith, half-breed Native Indian. Eve lives with her Uncle's family along with her mute mother. It's hard to believe the amount of racism Eve endures, even from her own family. Eve is an accomplished tracker and when some strangers arrive waving large amounts of cash, Eve's uncle allows her to accompany the strangers into the mountains.
Eve, along with chaperone Donna and Avery the farmhand join the men for a long and arduous trek into the mountains. It's a difficult trip, made worse by the change in weather and elevation. The men are incredibly racist, threatening Eve. One of the men takes an interest in Eve. At first, he is repulsed by her Indian heritage, however he grows very attached and protective of her as the story progresses. He begins to call her "Pine Nut" which I suppose was a bit of an endearment, though it was a little annoying after a while.
Jake and Eve hit it off and their attraction is intense. I guess being chased around the wilderness by scary hungry sharp toothed blue eyed zombie creatures will do that. Nothing like sex on the run. Speaking of monsters, there really were two kinds in this book. First, the members of the search party were some very shady characters. Then, the monsters on the mountain - think land shark zombies. Truly scary.
Fans of Karina Halle should enjoy this short novel.
"I'm not a savage"
He smiled handsomely and with a shake of his head said, "No, you aren't. And you're not a lady either. I reckon you just might be perfect."
Thanks to Xpresso Tours for a review copy of this book.