I absolutely love this book. This is what had me wander over to the Urban Fantasy genre (other than Anne Rice, which is a genre in itself).
Anita Blake...moreI absolutely love this book. This is what had me wander over to the Urban Fantasy genre (other than Anne Rice, which is a genre in itself).
Anita Blake is a "special" human who refuses to work with vampires, as she has a very black and white opinion of them. Her beliefs are challenged and then destroyed as she works to solve a case involving a vampire serial killer and save a master vampire and his human minion (who are both really hot).
The character development in this book is delicious, compared to many others in the genre. In one book, we're able to watch Anita Blake transform (albeit unwillingly) into a person slightly more tolerant of vampires. We see a "bad guy" who isn't all that bad, a baddie who is an epic villainess, a fellow vampire hunter who is exponentially more dangerous but caring, and a minion who finally learns to stand up for himself.
I had originally given this book 4 Stars, but I upped it to 5 after rereading it. The more I read, the more I understand the beauty in Laurell K. Hamilton's writing style. This is a GOOD book, even if you don't like the genre. I would recommend it to anyone who reads Urban Fantasy, Sci Fi-Fantasy, or just has an open mind in general.(less)
Mage in Black is Jaye Wells’ sequel to her fantastic urban fantasy debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild. Like its predecessor, it is fast-paced, funny, a...moreMage in Black is Jaye Wells’ sequel to her fantastic urban fantasy debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild. Like its predecessor, it is fast-paced, funny, and hard to put down.
The novel opens with Sabina headed to NYC with Adam to meet the identical twin she recently discovered having, on the run from her grandmother and the Dominae after their betrayal. In typical Sabina fashion, she immediately lands in trouble and stays in that condition, setting up a great plot for the book. She is out of her element and back to square one in training, as she knows nothing of being a mage after living her entire life as a vampire.
Wells’ characters are well-developed and as realistic as the dark races can be, just as in the first book. The world-building and mythology in this series is fantastic, which gives depth to the characters’ believability. Sabina is still a fireball, as in the previous book, but she’s become a more complex protagonist by being forced to face another part of her heritage, which is well outside the scope of her comfort zone. Adam Lazarus is absent throughout most of the book, but there is definitely some heat sizzling between him and Sabina while he’s around. Of course, Giguhl (Sabina’s minion) is still running amok and playing an even bigger role in the story than RHSC. He is a great comic relief and one of the best parts of the Sabina Kane series. Wells introduces us to Maisie, Sabina’s twin sister. I won’t spoil, but I will say that she is everything that Sabina is not. There are some other mage characters adding to the fun, and someone from Sabina’s past comes along that may just be the main ingredient for a very interesting love triangle.
All-in-all, this was a very fun read and a great sequel. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Green-Eyed Demon.(less)
Leah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but Cliff...moreLeah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but Clifford’s debut novel still manages to stand out. She did not choose to go with the ever-popular choice – vampires and werewolves – but chose instead to throw together zombies and angels.
We begin the novel with Eden, our heroine, as a flawed teenager, bored with life and contemplating suicide until she meets the two friends, Az and Gabe. There is something different about the two young men, but then again, she’s not quite normal herself.
The plot twists, turns and flips upside-down as we watch Eden adjust to her new life and fight her inner (and outer?) demons. I read the book in less than a day, and it left me yearning for more. I must also mention that the beautiful cover art by Paul Zakris is genius. I spent probably ten minutes savoring the outside of the book alone. Not only is the young girl on the front cover gorgeous, but what you do not see on the back just catches the essence of the book. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford is the total package for a good read.(less)
I liked this book, but it was not easy for me to finish it. Sure, the mythology was fantastic (the spin she does on angels, demons, vampires, werewolv...moreI liked this book, but it was not easy for me to finish it. Sure, the mythology was fantastic (the spin she does on angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, etc.) but through no fault of hers, I had to put the book down for a while. Young Adult and even adult urban fantasy (or fiction if you will) is bulging with those above stated supernatural forces. However, Cassandra Clare is just different enough to make this a very enjoyable ride. There are unexpected twists and turns and beautiful world-building involved in the book. I was even surprised by one twist and books seldom surprise me anymore.
All in all, this was a good book, and I plan on reading the sequels soon.(less)