This novel was my first foray into the "Women of the Otherworld" series and it didn't disappoint. Definitely fun and a great escape type read. So muchThis novel was my first foray into the "Women of the Otherworld" series and it didn't disappoint. Definitely fun and a great escape type read. So much so that I want to read the continuing saga of Paige and Savannah - a twosome I grew to love. ...more
Princes embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being wPrinces embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being whisked off into the sunset, her life of servitude a thing of the past. Living happily ever after.
All except 21-year-old Elena, who's barely existing in her monotonous so-called life within the Seven Kingdoms. Singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come” fell on deaf ears for she waited and waited and waited for her happily ever after, dreaming of her prince to rescue her from a life of servitude at the hands of her evil stepmother and bitchy stepsisters; yes, Elena is Cinderella, but her prince never came. She waited for a miracle on her 16th birthday, because that’s when all dreams come true. She even thought her 18th would be life-changing. Yeah, not so much. She watched in agony as every one in her village eventually partnered off in wedded bliss, but she refused to settle. As time passed, even the ugliest, rottenest of girls were betrothed, but not Elena. For she was invisible. Until one day a Fairy Godmother rescued her. In a flying carriage. From that moment on, Elena was taught the ins and outs of Fairy Godmothering, and after drinking dragon’s blood, was able to understand and converse with all the animals in the kingdom, including unicorns.
She was taught what’s called The Tradition, i.e., how damsels ended up in the tower in the first place. The Tradition is like fate - only sometimes it can go wrong. Elena was meant to marry her prince a long time ago. That clearly didn’t happen. So Elena, taking over the reins of the Seven Kingdoms’ Fairy Godmother, sets out making sure The Tradition stays its course, having to pretend to be an evil witch, putting a quest in place for a few princes, etc., along the way. Every fairy-tale cliche is covered and explained, kind of like a behind the scenes look in a way. I have to give Mercedes Lackey major credit, because this book took a whole lot of thought and planning.
To say The Fairy Godmother was clever would be a vast understatement. There were times when the explanation was a tad confusing, bogging down the overall whimsy, but all in all, this is exactly the fairy-tale, whimsical, enchanting read I thought it would be. And then some. ...more
I'm kind of on the fence with this book. I am obsessed with James Bond and anything urban fantasy (well, almost anything) so naturally incorporating tI'm kind of on the fence with this book. I am obsessed with James Bond and anything urban fantasy (well, almost anything) so naturally incorporating those two elements in book form should have sent me into fits of ecstasy. Yeah, not so much. The Man With the Golden Torc is semi-similar to The Dresden Files, but at the end of the day, I would choose my brooding warlock Harry over Shaman Bond or Eddie Drood. But I will definitely give Daemons are Forever a chance and we'll see how that goes. ...more
Oh my goddess, I'm in heaven. Oh Harry Dresden, I'm so sorry that when your show was cancelled I didn't turn to your novels. What was I thinking? I haOh my goddess, I'm in heaven. Oh Harry Dresden, I'm so sorry that when your show was cancelled I didn't turn to your novels. What was I thinking? I have a lot of catching up to do! - that pretty much summarizes how I felt while reading this novel. I loved the opening of the book with its noir mystery feel, the damsel in distress shows up at Detective Harry Dresden's office asking for help. Add in a brooding warlock, magic, and plenty of humor and you've got one hell of a novel. Everything I love to read (magic, crime, humor, vampires, warlocks et cetera) is packed nicely into Storm Front. What can I say, I'm now addicted to the Dresden Files. And I must not forget to mention that I love Jim Butcher's writing style. Very fast pace. And on a side note: I was PO'd back in the day when the show was cancelled on the SciFi Channel, and those repressed memories are now resurfacing. Such a disgrace. But I digress, I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends....more
The Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off becauThe Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off because life seems to get in the way of you and a book. The book in question has been every one thus far belonging to the Dresden Files. I can't put them down; so it should come to no surprise that that's what happened with Death Masks. I love books where demons run amuck so naturally I enjoyed the angels vs demons searching and battling for the Shroud of Turin story line along with Harry's bittersweet reunion with Susan. On a side note: Kudos to Jim Butcher. He sure can write some hot, sexy scenes, even if they are short. Jim Butcher does a fabulous job of thoroughly immersing his readers into the world of Harry Dresden. From his descriptions to the characters, to the magic cast, the dialogue, you feel like you're there, connected to his stories and the characters. ...more
**spoiler alert** Proven Guilty had a different vibe than most of the other books in the Dresden Files, which is a good thing. (I think I might have s**spoiler alert** Proven Guilty had a different vibe than most of the other books in the Dresden Files, which is a good thing. (I think I might have said the same thing in another review for a previous book in this series, if so, I really mean it for this book.) I like the direction Butcher is going in. And I must say I do like the addition of an apprentice for Harry to train. And thank God Butcher didn't pull a Stephen King and kill off an animal, Mouse in Harry Dresden's case. That would have made me a very angry girl! On a side note: Why do faeries have so many damn rules and laws??? No wonder they're so uptight and high-strung. By the time they wrap their amazingly beautiful, ethereal heads around the copious amounts of rules within their court and their rivals, and the grey matter in-between, any notion of chillaxin' has been thrown out the window or the court in their case. With that said, I could do without the amount of laws etc. that are discussed in the Dresden Files as far as the Unseelie and Seelie courts are concerned. My eyes glaze over and my brain shuts down, causing me to question my intelligence which in turn causes a mild case of anxiety because I wonder why I can't seem to grasp the politics in Faerieland. But again, this phenomenon could just happen to me. Aside from that, Proven Guilty is a strong novel in the Dresden Files, and I'm impressed with Jim Butcher and how he's able to continue writing quality books in an ongoing series, especially when so many series in my reading experience only become weaker with each additional book. Bravo, Jim Butcher!!!! ...more
**spoiler alert** Actually, I give White Night 3 1/2 stars. I thought the faerie laws were convoluted in Proven Guilty, but man oh man, White Night lo**spoiler alert** Actually, I give White Night 3 1/2 stars. I thought the faerie laws were convoluted in Proven Guilty, but man oh man, White Night lost me with the m'lady type talk during the denouement that lasted around 100 pages. That's right folks, that's 100 pages of fighting and more fighting, and did I mention there was an epic battle and *Zzzz, Zzzz*, *wiping away drool*. Yeah, way too much for me. I would have been fine with a 50 page battle, at the most. Needless to say I skimmed that part of White Night. Aside from that, I did enjoy this novel, but it's definitely not one of my faves in the series. The ending was enjoyable (and no, it's not because that brought the end of said battle). It was enjoyable because it did briefly explain (in a few sentences) the parts I skimmed over and what has been going on with Thomas and also, it set itself up nicely with the missing, possibly dead Lasciel and what I'm sure will be an interesting plot in future books. Hmm, where did she go? So I do look forward to cracking open Small Favor. And yours truly's fingers are crossed, wishing and hoping and praying that the vampire battles are donezo. I'm so over the vampire wars, like yesterday. Even if they aren't over, I'm still a loyal slash devoted fan of The Dresden Files and would and still continue to recommend these novels to friends. ...more
**spoiler alert** Shockingly enough, I actually teared up in a Dresden novel. This is a testament to the three dimensional characters that Jim Butcher**spoiler alert** Shockingly enough, I actually teared up in a Dresden novel. This is a testament to the three dimensional characters that Jim Butcher has created. I've grown rather fond of the lot. It's as if they live and breathe, jumping off the pages. Anyhow, back to the cause of my few tears: Butcher in the voice of Harry summed up to a T exactly what waiting for a loved one in a hospital feels like. It was this described experience that induced a few tears to swim around my eyes. The way he described the slow ticking of a clock in the waiting room, the eerie quiet encasing you. . . Couldn't have summed up such a sorrowful, heart-renching, unfortunate experience better myself. I'm quickly approaching the last book (#12) and a part of me wants to slow down because I don't want to have to wait 5 plus months till the next book's release. That's how much I love this series.
And I probably should touch upon my soapbox rant over the vampire laws and courts etc. in my review for White Night. Not sure if it was the Wheaties slash combination spinach I ingested in preparation for Small Favor or the fact that Butcher refrained from mentioning the intricate rules and laws pertaining to the fey and vampires, but my brain was able to function properly and absorb the reading material in Small Favor, which thankfully, I didn't have to question my intelligence or lack there of during the reading of this novel. I'm pretty sure it was the latter; besides, I detest spinach unless it's well hidden in dips or in spanakopita, but that's neither here nor there.
Small Favor mostly dealt with the Denarians and brought back Ivy, which I did enjoy and of course, foreshadowed the gift of Sight - a recently acquired skill for Harry. I can't wait to see how that turns out in Turn Coat.
All in all, Small Favor was an enjoyable read with plenty of action sans vampires - *blowing kisses your way Butcher for that small favor*. ...more
I have mentioned in my other reviews that some of the action scenes in The Dresden Files books are a tBroken record time: I really enjoyed Turn Coat.
I have mentioned in my other reviews that some of the action scenes in The Dresden Files books are a tad long for my taste, however, in Turn Coat, I didn't skim over the numerous action scenes peppered throughout this novel, including the longer ones. Instead, I was engrossed this time, reading every word, anxiously flipping the pages, wondering who the secret Big Bad was, hoping Harry's linchpins would remain unscathed; in other words, Turn Coat had me on the edge of my seat throughout its pages. And what a strong 11th book in a series. I am highly impressed that Jim Butcher seems to never run out of ideas and slaughter his series like I've experienced with other series in the same genre. Very impressive indeed.
And I must say, I cracked up and had to reread the section with Toot-Toot and Za-Lord Harry. So comical! Toot-Toot has endeared himself to me even more than before. Onward and upward to Changes. Can't wait!
Word to the wise, if you're like me, a little late on the bandwagon reading the Dresden Files, DO NOT READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR Ghost Story. I was pissed beyond belief that "they" gave away the shocking turn of events, twist, plot, whatever you want to call it in Changes. I'm talking about the first sentence or two in the review people. Bang, here's what happened. Ha, ha, nanny nanny boo boo *sticking out tongue*. End of story. Pure Evil! Couldn't they have put a spoiler warning? Just sayin'. I wanted to cry. So, thanks for that one, whoever you, they are. Killjoy much?...more
**spoiler alert** Changes was hard to put down from the opening line.
Susan is back and in a big way with surprising news for our beloved wizard Harry**spoiler alert** Changes was hard to put down from the opening line.
Susan is back and in a big way with surprising news for our beloved wizard Harry, along with the annoying red court vampires, but shockingly enough, I didn't mind the bloodsucking fiends this time around. (I have bitched about them in pervious reviews). Harry was on an eleventh hour mission to find his daughter, Maggie, who was kidnapped by the red court vamps, and save her life. With the clock ticking, his whole life begins to unravel after hearing word that he's a father, hence the title of the novel, Changes. Throughout the whole book he realizes that saving his own flesh and blood could very well be a suicide mission. Harry doesn't care; he'll do anything to save her life. Hell-bent Harry really shined in this novel. Not that he hasn't in the past, but he was a true hero in every sense of the word in Changes.
I have been secretly hoping since day one that maybe Margaret LaFey isn't dead after all. I've been wanting her to show up. For others like me, you'll be happy to know that Harry learns some more secrets about his mother. So it should come as no surprise that I really enjoyed that aspect of this novel.
Like I mentioned in my Turn Coat review, some jackhole gave away the major twist in their description of The Dresden Files #13: Ghost Story. Do not read the Ghost Story description. As I was nearing the end, I kept waiting and waiting and thinking that maybe I read it wrong and that's not really what happened. Nope, the surprise is on the very last page. And even though I saw it coming, I was still shocked, my mouth agape. Let's just say, I can't wait till the 2011 release of Ghost Story. What a major cliffhanger!...more