Latest in the Dark Ones (aka Vampires) series by MacAlister. While I enjoy her humour and stories, she needs to stop these multiple book arcs with the...moreLatest in the Dark Ones (aka Vampires) series by MacAlister. While I enjoy her humour and stories, she needs to stop these multiple book arcs with the same main characters. She has too many series going, so its 14 to 18 months between books in a series, and frankly, like many others I tend to forget a lot of the details. And her series read like they should be 1340 page single novels instead of say trilogies or quads or quints.
Other than that minor complaint, I do enjoy her work and really liked this book. It should be a 4.5, but since we can't do that, I went with the 5.
for an anthology this was surprisingly good. Usually there is only 1 or maybe 2 stories in an anthology that most people really like, this one all 4 w...morefor an anthology this was surprisingly good. Usually there is only 1 or maybe 2 stories in an anthology that most people really like, this one all 4 were interesting.
The Charlaine Harris story takes the 2 Britlingen bodyguards from Batanya and Clovache have returned home from their trip to our dimension and are about to head out on another job. They get to have fun and games protecting a thief who is sent to Hell (yes, THAT Hell) to steal something from Lucifer. Fun and games--and a little revenge for our girls.
Angels Judgment by Nalini Singh is the story of how the U.S. division of the Guild Hunters get their new Guild Leader.
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews is set in the Kate Daniels universe, with Archangels, demons, regular angels, vamps and weres. This is a story "featuring" Kate's friend Andrea Nash. Kate only appears in the story briefly, mostly to give advise on the phone.
Blind Spot by Meljean Brook is set in the Guardian universe. Former CIA, Senatorial bodyguard and now bodyguard to the Ames-Beaumont family, Maggie Wren (aka Winter to her employer) is out there trying to rescue the niece of her employer while protecting his nephew and trying to locate a former fellow-CIA operative who's execution she had faked several years before.
All 4 stories have hellhounds in them to some degree or other. I personally liked Sir Pup, as the one in the story by Meljean Brook was called. He had a wicked sense of humour.
Ok, before we get to the review, I have to lodge one of my "what the heck were they thinking with this cover model" rants. Why, why, why can't they at...moreOk, before we get to the review, I have to lodge one of my "what the heck were they thinking with this cover model" rants. Why, why, why can't they at least check with the author and ask the simple question, "what do the hero and heroine look like?" But no, this seems to be an idea that publishers can NOT get into their teeny, tiny little brains. Our hero, Laurent, is a blond with long hair. The cover model is a brunette with SHORT hair. Sigh.
Ok, having gotten that rant out of the way--I enjoy Sizemore's Prime series, because she injects humour into it and doesn't take herself as a writer too seriously. And Laurent is definately a fun male to be around. He's got a sense of humour and doesn't take HIMSELF seriously. He also has all the baggage of an abused child raised by a very abusive father, this despite being a vampire. Sizemore did a good job of showing his efforts to rise above his childhood. Eden (our heroine) was just also working to over-come her upbringing--she was raised in a family of vampire hunters, and was actually "on the job" when she and Laurent met. They were a teaming of Vamp and Hunter working to keep the world safe from evil vamps. And doesn't THAT just inspire a chuckle or two. A good story, full of fun, evil vamps, good vamps, Hunters and all of the rest of the things that we fans demand from our PNR addictions.(less)
Frst in the "Blood Coven" YA pnr/uf series. In this book we are introduced to the 2 heroines of the series--Sunshine and Rayne, 16 year old identicle...moreFrst in the "Blood Coven" YA pnr/uf series. In this book we are introduced to the 2 heroines of the series--Sunshine and Rayne, 16 year old identicle twins. Being identicle in looks however, doesn't mean identicle in anything else. Rayne is a Goth, Sunshine is a bubbly, happy girl who wants nothing more than to "be normal"--well that and date Jake, who, through the entire book she refers to as "A Sex God" (her capitals, not mine.) In this world vampires are real, but still safely "in the coffin" and planning on staying there. Rayne has spent months preparing, testing, training to become the Blood Mate of Magnus, second in command of the East Coast vampire coven. Only, on the night that she is to be turned, she convinces Sunshine to go with her to the Club where the meeting with Magnus is to take place. Yep, you guessed it--Magnus bites the wrong sister. This all takes place in the first couple of chapters--after that, we are taken on a fun romp to find a cure for Sunshine before she completes the transformation into Vamp.
Fun, light, breezy story that I think even Goth teenagers will like--despite its gentle lampooning of Goths. (less)