Dark Memories, the second book in The Phantom Diaries series, continues where the first book leaves off. The unique thing about this book is it starts...moreDark Memories, the second book in The Phantom Diaries series, continues where the first book leaves off. The unique thing about this book is it starts off with Eric’s Diary. The dark presence in Annette’s life has completely taken over her life and set on destroying everything. Annette, is described as “beautiful beyond reason” – I think Megan Fox, but kind, sweet, with an innocence that is rare, and a natural singing talent that allows her to hit the highest and lowest notes – I think Taylor Swift or Kelly Clarkson. Everything she had worked so hard for, weeks and endless hours of practice honing her talent with Eric, comes crumbling down. As Annette fights desperately for her life, Eric has to go through the past into the memories of Annette’s, his, and Kristine.
Dark Memories take you on a journey of the past through New York, New Orleans, and even Paris. Many questions are answered in Dark Memories, and the ending is a happy one. There is a book 3, Immortal Darkness, and although I’m very happy with the ending to Dark Memories, I can’t wait to read Immortal Darkness to see if Annette’s lingering questions are answered.
Simply, Forever Frost makes you root for the heroine Breena Malloy, right away. Gone are her insecurities from the first book, and now she is a strong...moreSimply, Forever Frost makes you root for the heroine Breena Malloy, right away. Gone are her insecurities from the first book, and now she is a strong royal fairy hybrid. Breena learns to navigate the murky political waters of Feyland, using her wits and developing magic. You do meet Breena's mother and her mysterious father, which are amongst the most touching scenes. You also see reconciliation and heartbreak between Breena's two loves, the werewolf Logan and the cold fairy Prince Kian. Though I enjoyed Bitter Frost immensely, Forever Frost has me convinced this series gets better and better. (less)
Daughters of Dracula, the first book in The Stoker Sisters series is aptly named. Based on Romanian mythology of vampires combined with a tale of two...moreDaughters of Dracula, the first book in The Stoker Sisters series is aptly named. Based on Romanian mythology of vampires combined with a tale of two sisters who lived within Victorian constraints during Jane Austen's England,The Stoker Sisters is at once gothic, yet modern. The book starts off during Jane Austen's time period with the Sisters, who are avid readers, meeting an incredibly intriguing and mysterious young lord, Lord Ashwin, who reminds them of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. As Lord Ashwin becomes a long-term guest at their parents' manor, they soon become drawn into his world. Their world is destroyed when a fire rampage through the manor, killing their parents. They are saved by a vampire who turns them, and since then, they have lived an existence as vampires. How they approach being vampires and their choice as being a certain kind of vampire is interesting. Sadie, the good sister, has lived her vampire life quietly in a small corner of Ireland, trying to blend in with humans, while Alexis, the wild sister, has used her vampirism to extort humans. They're brought back together when Alexis, in trouble with powerful vampire hunters, runs to Sadie to warn her. With rogue vampire hunters after them, they escape to America, as far away as they can. To avoid being found by hunters, they lay low, trying to blend into the human community in their new town. Sadie, who was turned at seventeen, almost eighteen, enrolls in high school, while Alexis acts as her guardian. Things get complicated when they meet a boy named Keegan, who has an interest in vampires. There is something about him which renders Sadie's vampire instincts numb around him, making her feel more human. Yet, he also seems to be able to tame Alexis' wild side. Who is he?
A lot of concepts are combined well in Daughters of Dracula: The mythology of the Strigois and Dracula, as he is viewed in real life, not as Bram Stoker's version of Dracula, and a story of fueding vampire sisters.
Because of the Jane Austen influence, the story takes place at a slower pace than typical Gow books, but towards the middle of the book, the action picks up, there are twists and turns that makes for an interesting and dramatic new series. Daughters of Dracula sets up this new series well. Book 2, titled Angels and Hunters, hints at more action and drama to come.