I would love to say something extremely witty in my opening line for my review of Bill The Vampire. After all, it's been since June since I have poste...moreI would love to say something extremely witty in my opening line for my review of Bill The Vampire. After all, it's been since June since I have posted a review and Rick Gualtieri has waited an unforgivable amount of time for it. I read Bill The Vampire months ago and i'm still freaking giggling about it. I don't giggle much. Laugh, well yah. A good deep giggle? Not too often, hence, I treasure anyone or thing that causes them.
Bill has been added to my favorite list and belongs there. Even though life circumstances kept me from writing, I kept Rick's book in the forefront of my mind as the first review I would write when it was possible.
Bill is a geek, as you can surmise from the book cover and summary to follow. Awkward, self-deprecating, and goofy. I connected. I have a huge crush on geeks of all types. There is no truer and more exciting group of people you will ever encounter. They are heart-felt and honest in their pursuit of all things labeled geeky and i'm one of them.
Rick Gualtieri get's it and his portrayal of an unlikely vampire is dead on, (pun intended). Smart and goofy, Bill takes us on his journey through a dangerous world of supernatural killers but stands back with the rest of us as we see hilarious stereotypes, vampire posers and a trashy heroine who treats Bill like crap, leaves him for food then uses him for her own purposes. Tramp with a heart of gold?
As characters are so important to me, I focused on all of them and was rewarded with unique and entertaining personalities from the vampire leader, Night Razor to his steriod-raged cronies, I was thoroughly involved and turning pages like the wind.
Bill The Vampire contains the mind of a geeky dude, the heart, mostly, of a street-tough vamp chick and the ego of a wannabe Vampire Master. A hilarious string of events when all are combined and an unexpected conclusion that has you cheering and giggling.
Book Summary: There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them.
Meet Bill Ryder: programmer, gamer geek, and hopeless dweeb when it comes to women. All he ever asked for out of life was to collect his paycheck, hang out with his buds, and eventually (someday) ask out the girl of his dreams.
However, then Bill met Sally. She was mysterious, aggressive, and best of all...smoking hot. Bill never stood a chance. Before he knew what was happening Sally had lead him to his death, and that was only the beginning of his troubles.
Now Bill awakes to find himself an undead predator of the night. The only problem is he’s still at the bottom of the food chain.
He’s in way over his head, surrounded by creatures more dangerous, better looking, and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst of all is the dreaded Night Razor, a master vampire who just can’t stand him. He gives Bill a 90 day deadline to either prove himself or meet a more permanent kind of death, and the deck is definitely stacked against him.
But Bill isn’t exactly average. A vampire like him hasn’t been seen in over five centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies to help him out, and an attitude problem that makes him just too damn obnoxious to quit. He may just pull it off... if he doesn't get his teeth kicked in first.
The first thing I noticed about Alison Wonderland was the contradictory reviews on Amazon. Now, I made sure not to read the actual reviews, a very bad...more The first thing I noticed about Alison Wonderland was the contradictory reviews on Amazon. Now, I made sure not to read the actual reviews, a very bad practice for reviewers in my opinion. (I am big on opinions, I know.) I did, however, notice the Star Ratings. Fours, twos, fives, threes... it was odd. Having corresponded through email with Helen Smith, I knew her to be articulate and very interesting so I was confused with the ratings I saw.
So I began to read. And read, read some more, remember I missed dinner, and read while I ate dinner. I was delighted! Helen Smith's writing style is enchanting in it's vibrant colors, neurotic characters and flamboyant plot-lines. It's like listening to that wonderful friend, the one who travels all over the world; wears bohemian mixed with designer clothing; has friends with yachts and still can't wait to regale you with her stories, talking non-stop into the night with bottles of wine piling up on your coffee table.
I can see where some would get confused if they tried to take the characters too literally and too seriously. Helen Smith is very clever in that she weaves many "Easter Eggs" into most aspects of the story. It's like falling into the rabbit hole and discovering brilliant people who aren't quit what you expect and scenes filled with double-entandre. I loved every minute of it.
Please do not misunderstand me, this is not a bizarro read in which nothing makes sense and you have to re-read every chapter to get it. In fact, it flowed for me and I became lost in the story. In fact, the story is very straight forward. (Smiles)
Alison Temple has hired an all woman investigative company. She wants to confirm that her husband is not cheating on her. She eventually becomes an investigator at that very office. Once she has become experienced her boss sets her on a very secret assignment and the adventure begins.
You will love her friend Taron who is just plain nuts and lovely. Her neighbor Jeff, who is madly in love with her, is an inventor of crazy but useful things. The relationships are refreshing and funny and believable.
This is a smart story. Fantastical and fun. A decadent read that I loved and strongly recommend to contemporary, urban fantasy, mystery and the curious! Just kick off your shoes, lay back and open your mind, then open the book.....
Here is the Summary from GoodReads but I warn you, it doesn't do it justice. When Alison joins Mrs Fitzgeralds Bureau of Investigation as a private detective, her new job takes her on a series of loosely linked adventures involving an abandoned baby, a transgenic animal and secret tunnels under The Thames. She travels from London to the seaside town of Weymouth and back again with her new best friend Taron, a girl with a hundred candle smile. But someone is betraying her. Is it Taron? Is it Jeff, the sweet-natured inventor who writes her poetry? Or are there darker forces at play? 'Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status. Alison Wonderland is one.' The Times(less)
Embattled tells the story of Miracle Madame, a woman who begins showing up during acts of violence against the oppressed all over the globe. She walks...moreEmbattled tells the story of Miracle Madame, a woman who begins showing up during acts of violence against the oppressed all over the globe. She walks in to the middle of a conflict without being harmed and miraculously stops the violence by persuading armies, oppressors, and murderers of all types to give up their weapons and negotiate peace. No one know who she, where she came from or how she does it. Not even Miracle Madame. Known as Em by the two who love her, the Power who controls her and the man who becomes obsessed with her, she only knows that this is what she does. She doesn't remember a normal life or how she came in to this 'job', only that she must do it. She is a normal woman who longs for friends and someone to lean on but the Power who communicates to her through a ring does not answer her questions. Questions about herself and who she is or why she was chosen to be a savior. She worries her mission to end war will actually be detrimental to the world in the future and she worries that every decision she makes will backfire and cause even more strife. Yves is the Power who is tasked with Earth and is the one who chose Em to be the one who carries out his objectives for Earth. As time goes on, Em begins making her own decisions and doing very well. Yves, who is from a society that shows no emotion, begins to fall in love with her. When he starts seeing Ron, a man who has become obsessed with Em through the news, he becomes jealous. Eventually Em begins dreaming of another life, a life where she is normal. Bits and pieces of that existence start bleeding through to her life as Miracle Madame and she realizes she is living a double life but has no idea who her other self is. Wanting to discover herself starts to become a frightening thing when she meets and falls in love with Ron. They have so little time together and always a few days in many months because of the work she must do. This story is interesting and has some wonderful moments but I did find a lot of the beginning to be confusing. I enjoyed the premise of the plot and it was exciting to see what Miracle Madame would do next but I could not connect with Yves, her 'Power' and his journey into human emotion. I didn't empathize with him or his reality. As for Ron and his romance with Em, moments were sweet and I felt his anguish at Em's work but he felt off-balance and a bit incapable. Em was a great character and in my opinion the story would have benefited from delving more deeply into her duality. I could see a series of books with Em and her struggle to do the right thing.
Here is the book summary:With blood on her hands, strange words coming out of her mouth, and her face all over the media, Em knows that she did stop the jungle battle, storm into the armed courtroom, face and defeat the zealot soldiers. But, “working” for the powers controlling her, she is haunted with not knowing about or being connected to her own life. And, at some point she will have to decide which of her two lives are her true destiny.
Yves, her controller has his own set of problems as a rookie learning to be a Power, trying to communicate with Em, facing her doubts and questions as well as his own, and struggling to control the onslaught of emotions that arise from his association with humans. He risks losing his chance for advancement, his chance to free his people, even his life, by falling in love with Em.
Overall an enjoyable read with moments of intensity and tenderness. An interesting look at human nature faced with God-Like abilities. Fantasy and Sci Fi readers as well as romance lovers should enjoy this as well.(less)
In previous works Christine has tackled Horror, Speculative Fiction, and Mystery. In Born Lucky, Urban Fantasy...moreChristine Dougherty was born to write.
In previous works Christine has tackled Horror, Speculative Fiction, and Mystery. In Born Lucky, Urban Fantasy and suspense . She does each one of these very, very well. Her writing easily pulls her reader in to the story she is weaving and compells us to continue to turn page after page until the story is told.
In Born Lucky the author introduces us to a unique and likeable character; JD. As a young boy, JD receives a gift and a curse in the form of psychic abilities. One form that manifests is the ability to hold a newspaper article and receive a vision of the events described in the article. This also poses a risk in that JD suffers physically some of what the subject of the article suffers. This can injure or kill him and it, as well as other abilities, causes him to retreat from society at a very young age.
His choice of refuge? A secluded mental hospital. Dora, an administrator in the hospital who understands why JD is really there just cant help slipping these articles to JD when she thinks he can help. This is how his adventures in Born Lucky begin.
Here is th book summary from the author: At three days old, JD was blown clear of the explosion that killed his mysterious parents and set him on a path of uneasy discovery. A reluctant psychic, JD chooses to live in the safe world of a mental institution, unable to control the things he ‘sees’…sometimes with unwelcome, and even dangerous, consequences.
Join JD as he tries to help find a young couple who go missing in the forbidding Pine Barrens of South Jersey.
I liked JD a lot. He is unsure of himself, afraid of the world outside of the institution and happy to stay safe and away from the outside. Cynical yet vulnerable, he starts off somewhat cowardly once he is pressured in to helping find two missing teens. You still like him but even better, you like how his character grows. By the end of Born Lucky, I loved JD and as a bonus found the secondary characters in the story just as likeable.
I truly hope Christine publishes another JD book soon. The combined elements of Suspense, horror, humor and realistic human emotion really hooked me. I foresee a successful, enjoyable series that will draw the attention of readers who enjoy many types of genres.
I recommend this to Horror, Suspense, and Urban Fantasy lovers!
-IF you like heroes... -IF you like heroines... -IF you like Urban Fantasy with a bit of Horror and Mystery thrown in...
You have GOT to read Bad Radio b...more-IF you like heroes... -IF you like heroines... -IF you like Urban Fantasy with a bit of Horror and Mystery thrown in...
You have GOT to read Bad Radio by Michael Langlois, I mean it! Go now to your favorite book site and get it. Trust me.
OK, I'm calm. I'm gonna insert the book summary here so I can get an iced drink because this book is hot. 5 STARS hot!
Sixty years ago Abe Griffin saved the world and gained eternal youth.
Or so he thought.
Now, a man that Abe believed to be long dead is killing the surviving members of Abe's old squad in order to reclaim the relics that they have kept hidden for decades.
The relics form an ancient beacon that must never be used, in a ritual that must never be completed. But the end of the world requires more than just activating the beacon.
It requires Abe.
With help from the granddaughter of his oldest friend, Abe must learn the truth about his immortal body, while at the same time trying to stop a horrifying series of supernatural opponents from sweeping away everything that he cares about.
The open scene in this story begins on a farm. Abe Griffen is bucking bales of hay up into the loft and remembering his wife. He had lost her five years earlier and had been living a very secluded life in the country. Most of his friends are gone, or will soon be. After all, Abe and his friends are close to their eighties. They feel old, look old. They have married and had children and retired and rested. Well, except for Abe. He may have lived almost eighty years but he has the body of a thirty year old. He watched his wife age and die. Used tricks to hide his lack of aging until forced to retire to his farm. He is done. Having been the leader of a special unit during WWII, Abe has seen and experienced things most people will never ever see. So after neatly stacking his hay, closing up the house and taking care of the legistics, Abe sits down in a comfortable chair, content and at peace, and puts a gun under his chin. Someone forgot to tell Abe that heroes don't get the easy way out. Especially if their mission isn't over. Michael Langlois knows this and proceeds too tell us all about it and Abe's journey in Bad Radio.
What a fantastic and thrilling ride. From th knock on Abe's door by a compelling young woman to running for their lives and racing to save the world. Abe and the granddaughter of a fellow squad member and friend are faced with the inevitable decision to sacrifice their lives to save the world from a psychopathically mis-guided man in search of revenge.
I so loved this book I have recommended it to friends all over. I can not wait until Michael Langlois writes more for me to devour! I wonder if he takes bribes?(less)
I am so excited about this book and this author. This is the first book I've read by Stephanie Rowe and I am gonna read every single one of her books...moreI am so excited about this book and this author. This is the first book I've read by Stephanie Rowe and I am gonna read every single one of her books until I'm done. This was mostly PNR and of all the PNR I have read this has got to be one of the more original themes.
Lets start with the book summary: Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches of Death's evil grandma, Trinity gets pulled into a daring high stakes adventure. As Blaine and Trinity join forces to take down a series of underworld assassins, they may just learn that love is the deadliest game of all.
Trinity has been cursed her whole life but didn't know until she fell in love as a teenager for the first time. This particular curse gives her the ability to see exactly how to kill the one she loves and the insatiable urge to do it. When she loses her virginity to her highschool love then promptly throws him off the back of the bleachers her parents explain why. Going five years straight without killing is the only way to rid herself of the curse but even though she picks the most obnoxious and mean men to date she inevitably falls in love and kills. Five kills and she loses her soul.
We meet Blaine and his friends in a place hidden from the outside world. A witch has kidnapped boys to raise them in a twisted way to make them worthy of women. She tortures them, makes them do needlework, experiments on them all to breed the tendency to betray women out of them. The clever way the author has created this witch and her environment made the story so much fun. Not only is this witch demented, she is someone you learn to sympathize with.
Stephanie Rowe's characters are layered. The plot is as well when all have to make decisions that are not easy to make. The action is great and I found no stereotypes within. Loved it! (less)
Re-reading this series with DDLF and am reminded of why I love Anita Blake so much! I believe I stopped reading her around book 7 for various reasons...moreRe-reading this series with DDLF and am reminded of why I love Anita Blake so much! I believe I stopped reading her around book 7 for various reasons and am looking forward to catching up.(less)
Here is the book synopsis for starters, Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be t...more3.5 Stars!
Here is the book synopsis for starters, Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her - a werewolf named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation - reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and horror demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating - and beyond human reason. Now in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and, at her back, a man she's not sure she can trust
Lily is also a Sensitive. She can detect the use of any kind of magic from objects and surfaces. She is a young detective in an all human police department so she keeps here 'gift' a secret. When Lily meets Rule in the course of a murder investigation she is stunned to find no traces of magic when she shakes his hand. She knows he is Lupi and wonders what he has done to lose his magic, or maybe Lily is losing her sensitivity. The relationship that develops between Lily and Rule is tense and although neither seems to trust each other, Lily seems to be the harder sell. The last thing she needs is to hook up with a Lupi Prince known as a playboy. All the chaos surrounding the investigation Lily is leading seems to be directly connected to an upcoming proposal to grant Lupi full equal rights. Some want it some don't, as it stands Lupi can be killed on sight in their wolf form but recent federal laws have given them protection in human form. The new proposal will also make it illegal to murder them in their wolf forms. Even amongst each other which could change Pack Challenge laws forever.
As in most magical or 'other' stories where there is a mix with humans in society, there is racial/species undertones but I found this story to be more allegorically parallel to the Equal Rights Movement of the 60s. Don't get me wrong, it's not extremely deep but it does lend credence to the story.
I really like Lily. I love that she is Chinese American, has depth of character and tries to keep a cool head. Nothing about her is an over-the-top stereotype and I was refreshed. This was a solid good read for me and I plan on reading the next in the series! (less)
3.5 stars. Kira was born with power. The power to read emotions and events by touch. As she grows this power gets stronger and dangerous because not on...more3.5 stars. Kira was born with power. The power to read emotions and events by touch. As she grows this power gets stronger and dangerous because not only can she 'read' someone when touching them, she drains life force as well. At twelve, when puberty hits, her powers become out of hand. Her adoptive family are aware of her 'special needs' and makes sure she wears gloves and do not touch her. Unfortunately, during a thunderstorm, her younger sister climbs into bed with her and is accidently put into a coma by touching Kira. Scared and angered, her adoptive parents leave her with Balm, the leader of the Gilead Commission. So, she is taught how to use her powers to become a shadow chaser. Her job is to protect her city from an imbalance in the Light and Chaos of the universe. When her mentor is killed after giving her an ancient sword imbued with magic, it is obvious someone wants Chaos to reign and the sword is the key. When the true owner, Khefer, shows up Kira realizes that this 4000 yr old Nubian warrior is the only person who has been able to touch her without injury. Too bad she can't trust him.
This was an enjoyable read. I loved the ancient Egyption aspect as well as the fact that Kira has a Masters in Archeology. Khefer and his Demi-God sidekick, Anansi, were interesting and entertaining characters. Kira, herself, has a lot of people issues but with the help of friends, begins to heal and grow. She is a tough, kick-ass woman and fits in with the rest of my favorite UF heroines!(less)
I just have to give this 4 stars! J.N. Duncan is a new writer of Dark Urban Fantasy. This is his debut novel and series. I LOVED IT. I gave it 4 stars...moreI just have to give this 4 stars! J.N. Duncan is a new writer of Dark Urban Fantasy. This is his debut novel and series. I LOVED IT. I gave it 4 stars based on originality, true grit and believable characters.
Synopsis: She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .
Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup . . .
So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give--even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie's investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries--and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory. . .
Duncan has a truly new take on vampires. He impressed me with his understanding of what a true/real friendship between woman FBI agents would feel like. He didn't try to lay on the sister/girlfriend love crap too thickly. He wasn't afraid to make Jackie, 'Jack', sometimes unlikable. On the other hand, the male protagonist, Nick,is NOT too freaking heroic to be two-dimensional. I am truly impressed and found this book to be entertaining as well as fresh.
The second installment, I believe, comes out in May October, (confirmed by Mr. Duncan below) and I am ready for it. I will be recommending this series to all my friends! (less)
Succubus. An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic. A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georg...moreSuccubus. An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic. A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid
Georgina doesn't like to use her Succubus powers on innocent men. Even a kiss will take some life from her victim. Her Demon boss Jerome, puts up with this because everyone likes Georgina and she is the best Succubus he has had in a long time. Her real life job is as an assistant manager at a bookstore. she love books and her favorite author is coming to do a signing. She is excited to meet him. But even with the attraction she feels toward him, it's hands-off. Enter Roman, who by chance becomes involved in Georgina's crazy life. He is sexy and smart but Georgina obviously cannot have an intimate relationship with the good guys. Humans are off-limit unless they are bad. sooo, she has sex with her sleezy married boss to take the edge off. She has a great group of supportive friends, two vampires and an imp but when an arrogant vampire, Duane, is killed after an argument with Georgina, even her friends think maybe she did it. As more immortals are attacked and killed Georgina decides to play detective and find out who is responsible despite the command from her boss to stay out of it.
I did enjoy this book. Not too deep a read but fun and sassy. I am going to read the next installment and hope things ramp up! (less)
I felt that this series had great possibilities and perhaps it still does but with all the awesome books I have waiting for me on my TBR shelf, I doub...moreI felt that this series had great possibilities and perhaps it still does but with all the awesome books I have waiting for me on my TBR shelf, I doubt I will find out. Tate is an artist who's specializes in metal sculpture. She decides to move to Golgotham which is in New York and has been home to many kinds of supernatural beings for hundreds of years. Her landlord is a hunky wizard. She struggles with being the only human living in Golgotham but feels at home there. One of the big problems I had with this is not only did much of nothing actually happen but Tate is only human with no magical powers at all. She doesn't even seem to belong in this book. Maybe it's just me and I have become a paranormal snob. I don't know. All the action, not much of it, is at the end of the book and the most interesting thing seems to be whether or not she can get movers to deliver to Golgothom.(less)
This series keeps getting better. Kate Daniels is kick-ass and I really like most of the characters in this book. Curran got hot and sexy in this one....moreThis series keeps getting better. Kate Daniels is kick-ass and I really like most of the characters in this book. Curran got hot and sexy in this one. Instead of wanting to rip Kate's smart-ass mouth off her face, he wants to kiss it too. Well I say YAY! In this installment Kate goes up against a Celtic God who wants to use a flare in the magic of Atlanta to appear in the real world. Of course this aint a vacation, he is bringing a horde of his sea monsters to devour the city. Kate becomes a surrogate mom to a powerful teenage girl in order to protect her, is pestered by a sexy bowman who can 'mist' away at will and keeps stealing from the Pack, has to fight off a magic-drunk shifter of indeterminate origin who, by the way, wants in her pants. Protect her few friends and go to war. A bit over-whelmed but Kate is a multi-tasker. Great read.(less)