This is fast becoming one of my favourite UF series. So when I started this one and we're back in Tucker Point, I got comfy and couldn't wait to see wThis is fast becoming one of my favourite UF series. So when I started this one and we're back in Tucker Point, I got comfy and couldn't wait to see what Angel's new adventure was going to be.
And isn't this cover absolutely beautiful? I love it. Heaps.
After the ordeal in New York, Angel is back home and back to work at the Coroner's Office. She's now also working in the Tribe lab with Dr. Nikas and is even taking a biology course in college. Everything seems to be going great, except that she's hiding a V12 addiction. And finds herself slipping back into the Once an addict, always an addict downward spiral. But when the drug starts having some awful side effects, Angel knows she has to give it up... but with so much going on, how can she?
With Zombiefest and Mardi Gras hitting town at the same time, some really strange stuff is going on. Like the mysterious guy with the cadaver dog who won't leave her alone, Randy and his two friends getting caught up in some dangerous shit, the local survivalist zeroing in on her, and the case of the decapitated corpse. Did I mention the FBI and a suspicious boss?
This book was totally awesome! I loved how Angel finds herself on a roller-coaster ride of lies as she tries to hide the addiction that gets her into SO MUCH trouble. The worst kind of trouble for a zombie trying to stay in one piece. O_o
It's also super fun as she gets caught up between the human and zombie worlds with some really interesting results. I thought it was cool how she took it upon herself to help the Tribe even though they seemed so determined to keep her in the dark. Oh, and I have to say that it was awesome to have Marcus and Pietro/Pierce absent for most of the story. I'm so over those two. LOL. But seriously, they kinda bog the story down if they're in it for too long.
One of my favourite things about this particular book was how the hidden zombie world collides with the human obsession with zombies. It was very clever, and filled with some very intense scenes that kept me glued to the page. So good!
Well, now that Zombie Fest and Mardi Gras are over and Angel's back together (LOL), I can't wait to see where the story goes.
Oh, and BTW, did I mention that I'm now all caught up? Well, I am. :)...more
I bought a copy of this the other day and because I DNFd an awful book yesterday, I decided to get stuck into a short story.
Frank Calvert is a DetroitI bought a copy of this the other day and because I DNFd an awful book yesterday, I decided to get stuck into a short story.
Frank Calvert is a Detroit homicide detective who seems to see more of the dead than most cops. When he finds a frozen corpse in an abandoned parking garage, Frank is determined to solve the case. And with his partner Mel, he just might. If the shadows don't catch him first...
I really enjoyed this! Not only is it well written, but Frank's story feels so noir I loved it instantly. Not to mention that the atmospheric feel of a deteriorating Detroit is captured so well the city becomes just another corpse. And of course, I'm a sucker for anything to do with ghosts, so there's also that.
This is such a great story! I'm curious about where Frank goes from here....more
The other day, I received my beloved Horror Block--which is always full of awesome, creepy horror collectibles--and this was one of the items.
I mightThe other day, I received my beloved Horror Block--which is always full of awesome, creepy horror collectibles--and this was one of the items.
I might have fallen behind on Supernatural, but I love my Winchester Boys and will eventually catch up. LOL.
Anyway, about the colouring book... What can I say? There wasn't much actual reading required, but I did enjoy flicking through the pages. The art is nice. The subject matter is cool. And I really like it! BUT, I doubt I'll be adding colour to any of the pages. It's probably going to go on my urban fantasy Keeper Shelf, because I think it'll fit right in.
This is definitely a collector's edition. And if you're a fan of Supernatural, you should probably grab one....more
As soon as I read the blurb for this book and saw the very cool cover, I was very interested in checking it out. It sounded just like my kind of urbanAs soon as I read the blurb for this book and saw the very cool cover, I was very interested in checking it out. It sounded just like my kind of urban fantasy book: a broken protagonist, a loudmouthed animal and total hijinks.
So I picked it up the other day and was instantly hooked.
Gideon Tau, though everyone calls him London, works for the Delphic Division. He investigates occult crime for the South African Police Service. He has a demonic animal guide who loves to drink almost as much as he does. He's also haunted by the kidnapping and death of his daughter several years ago.
When he gets stuck with the case of a murdered ramanga, a routine investigation turns into a nightmare of conspiracy cover-ups, violent vampires, vengeful angels and a lot of bad news. But all of this insanity might somehow be linked to what happened to his daughter, so he's determined to follow it through.
The further London investigates, the worse things get, the more the body count rises, the violence surges, and the number of enemies increases. If he holds on and follows the clues and trail of corruption, he and his boss might crack the case of a lifetime. If he survives that long...
Yikes! I'm a huge fan of urban fantasy books because they encompass all the darkest and best features of the horror, thriller, police procedural and occult genres. Then twists them into a messy bundle that never fails to capture my imagination. And when the world building is this good and well-thought out and presented, I was bound to love my stay. The location of South Africa is unique and totally becomes a character in itself.
The characterisation is also brilliant. A haunted cop who's damaged enough not to care about who he pisses off to get answers, is guaranteed to keep me glued to the page. Add a very cool demonic dog and a bunch of kick-ass women, and I'm totally there! Armitage is tough as nails and so interesting. Parker is clever and somewhat mysterious. Jaeger and Maddoc are both frightening and fresh.
Not to mention that because of all of my personal research and writing, the supernatural beings featured in this story are both very familiar and different. I really liked the author's own clever twists.
Poison City is a fast-paced, action-packed, non-stop, exciting, gritty supernatural ride through the full extent of human immorality. It also introduces the reader to a very dark occult world. One where the creatures aren't necessarily the monsters, the depravity knows no bounds, and the surprises don't stop coming.
I enjoyed this SO MUCH, I can't wait to catch up with London and the dog again! ...more
Midnight is a veI really enjoyed Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift, so I was super excited about reading the final book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy.
Midnight is a very small town located in Texas. The residents aren't like other people. They're all used to seeing strange things, supernatural creatures and even weirder situations. However, when seemingly random people start showing up in Midnight to buy weapons from the local pawnshop or 'witchy' store and kill themselves at the crossroads, even they realise something awful is on the horizon.
The local vampire, Lemuel is convinced something evil lurks beneath the crossroads and he's got an ancient text that might just reveal the information needed. But it's in an obscure language he doesn't fully understand, and the translation is slow. Finding another vampire able to do the task faster sounds like a great idea, but is filled with more danger than expected.
Meanwhile, his partner Olivia is dealing with past demons that refuse to leave her alone. Bobo is unintentionally ruining a good friendship and the possibility of love. Manfred somehow becomes the designated resident trying to stop the suicides. Diederik is now a young man eager to learn more about his heritage. His father Quinn has returned to Midnight and has his eye on someone local. Joe and Chuy are still helpful and ready to protect when needed. The Rev is, well, the Rev. The Reed family is under suspicion. And there's a new resident working the Gas N Go. A mysterious man who might just have some of the answers they need to defeat an evil threat.
And Fiji? She's got a lot on her plate. Dealing with her estranged and deadbeat sister, trying to accept that Bobo is never going to see her as more than a friend, using her magic whenever needed, and hearing a voice whispering inside her head. Being a witch puts her in the middle of what's happening to Midnight, and she might be the one who has to sacrifice the most in order to stop whatever is trying to surface...
I loved this book! I loved this trilogy! It was fun and full of mystery, intrigue and danger. The way supernatural creatures are sprinkled into an otherwise mundane town works very well in the Midnight, Texas trilogy. And of course, I always get a kick out of the array of characters taken from the Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Harper Connelly and Lily Bard Mystery series. It's awesome to see how well they all fit together and with the new characters.
Night Shift is a very satisfying end to a wonderful trilogy. It's full of secrets and a mystery that reveals a very unexpected dark threat. There's something really simple--yet magical--about the way Charlaine Harris tells a story. Everyone seems so ordinary and appear to lead such average lives, but as the story moves along, they all break out and shine in their own way. I've always loved that about her writing.
I'm happy with this trilogy, but also sad to see it end. BUT, I especially can't wait to see what's next for this awesome author. :)...more
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia--huge thanks to Jessica--and was keen to check it out. I mean, an urban fantI was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Hachette Australia--huge thanks to Jessica--and was keen to check it out. I mean, an urban fantasy story set in Brisbane? I'm totally in! Love reading urban fantasy books, and one that's set in Australia definitely grabbed my attention.
Verity Fassbinder walks between the very fine line of Normal and Weyrd. Her mother was human, but her father was a bit of a monster. After he was imprisoned, her maternal grandparents adopted her and raised her as human. But she was bound to find her way back to the Weyrd side, even if they don't look kindly on halflings.
The only power she inherited from her father was strength, so she can certainly kick butt. She's smart, stubborn and resourceful, which comes in handy in her sorta-PI job--especially since she works for her ex. Bela is old and definitely not human. He's also infuriating and omits a lot of pertinent details. After she was hurt by a 'serker, she was assigned an otherworldly driver called Ziggi and is never short of jobs.
Verity also consults with a feisty human inspector. So when word on the street is that someone is making wine from the tears of kids and sirens start turning up dead, she's on the case. But she seems to constantly be one step behind. As the truths start coming out and they get closer to home, she's not only racing against the clock to ensure ancient creatures don't destroy everything, but also has a very personal stake...
Yikes. What a wild ride into a very interesting and dangerous alternate Brisbane! The characters are memorable, the mystery intriguing, and the way everything fits together is perfect.
I can't go into too many details about the flesh and bones of this story because I don't want to give away the meaty goodness, but I will say that it's got heart. There are twists and turns, lots of dubious and shadowy 'people', plus a multitude of Weyrd resentful about the rules the rise of human civilisation has forced them to adopt. When you consider that, there's no doubt problems are bound to arise.
And it looks like Verity will keep finding herself in the middle of it.
Vigil is an intoxicating, dark urban fantasy story that first hooked me into a world where myth and monsters exist alongside humans. Then somewhere along the line, Verity's voice and plight was what kept me glued to the page. There's a bit of everything in this story, but the mysteries will suck you in, deep. I also enjoyed the casual and subtle way in which Verity meets a cute guy and before long, we're falling for him too. :)
I don't care what anyone says, urban fantasy stories totally rock! They combine some of the best stuff in stories: fantasy, myth, legend, monsters, mystery, horror, drama and awesomeness. And I'll always enjoy them.
OMG. This book is soooooo good, I can't wait to read the next one....more
Kate Kristopher and her father were explorers. She's now 27 and her father's been dead for a while. Plus it looks like sheOMG. This is SO interesting!
Kate Kristopher and her father were explorers. She's now 27 and her father's been dead for a while. Plus it looks like she no longer writes books about her adventures and finds life boring. But on her birthday, when she's visiting her father's gravesite, she's attacked. And it looks like Kate is going to be dragged into adventure again!
Wow. The art was gorgeous and colourful. The world super fascinating, because it's filled with all kinds of people, creatures and hybrids. The story has me intrigued. And I really like Kate. I would love to get to know more about her AND her world.
I mean, of course I know what actually happened and get why The End turned out the way it did, but it was still insane!
OkWow. What just happened? O.o
I mean, of course I know what actually happened and get why The End turned out the way it did, but it was still insane!
Okay. Let me try to get my thoughts straight...
The artwork in this volume was still lovely. The characters still cool and familiar in their own way. Except for Amon, who turned into a WTH is he doing? kinda guy willing to do whatever to save his own skin. And... the series ending was totally bizarre! The mad professor character made a mess out of everything, and then kinda didn't know what to do when Xitalu was on the horizon.
Gwen spent a lot of time feeling sorry for herself and hiding and agreeing to stupid things and worrying. Before suddenly realising a thing or two. Without once thinking about her job as a gravedigger. LMAO. And then when she did step up to the plate it was weird. Ellie lost herself for the possibility of monster love. Scott pretty much did the same. Though I did like how his coupling turned out. Horatio was lost for a different reason. The vampires became nothing more than henchvamps. Even Scott's grandfather lost his spark. Although he did get a girlfriend.
I just didn't love this volume--especially the closer I got to the end--as much as the ones before it. The direction of the story and all of its threads seemed a little odd to me. Almost like all the groundwork that the previous volumes set up were for nothing. Where did the UFesque story go? What happened to the fun and super complicated story about three supernatural friends facing strange mysteries? I expected their stories to split and develop individually, but not like this.
It was so odd.
And all those hunters and agents were ultimately lost in the chaos. Almost forgotten, really.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it. I just didn't love it. Nope. This was somewhat disappointing. IMO, the ultimate direction and conclusion didn't fit properly. Or correctly.
Okay, I'm on a roll with these comic books. LOL. But seriously, this story is SO COOL. Just when you think you know where things are going, it takes aOkay, I'm on a roll with these comic books. LOL. But seriously, this story is SO COOL. Just when you think you know where things are going, it takes an unexpected turn. Love that!
Everything is going well for Gwen and Horatio. Then it isn't. I mean, there are so many things happening at once, and a bunch of secrets are coming out that could turn the world upside down. Amon is keeping more secrets than suspected. Ellie is quite the detective. Scott is starting to realise something about himself. And his grandfather cracks me up! Gavin is in big trouble. Big trouble. :/ And the vamps are, uh, recruiting.
Oh. And I love the introduction of The Dead Presidents. I'm intrigued. They're so kick-ass!
I'm really enjoying this action-packed story, this expanding world and the very colourful characters. The artwork is awesome and pretty. And THAT ending! o_O
BTW, I LOVED Vampire Queen of the Amazon. Soooooo gooooood.
Can't wait to see what happens next. One volume to go!...more
Since I read the first iZombie volume earlier today, I got stuck into the next one right away. And read it in one sitting.
I really enjoyed the next inSince I read the first iZombie volume earlier today, I got stuck into the next one right away. And read it in one sitting.
I really enjoyed the next installment because, not only are all the smaller stories starting to spread into the main storyline but, we got an awesome glimpse into the past of most of the characters.
Gwen might not remember everything about her life B.Z. but she does remember enough for some very important pieces to start making sense. Plus she's finally interested in a guy. Even if Horatio is a hunter. Ellie's hanging around Amon (the mummy) and learning a few new skills. Scott (aka Spot) finds his past and present colliding in the most unusual way. The hunters are having a pesky vampire problem. Someone from Amon's past has resurfaced and poses a threat to everyone!
This is another awesome installment. Man, the artwork in this series is so pretty! I love Gwen's look, as well as the variety of styles used in this volume. I enjoyed it a LOT and can't wait to see where the story is going to end up.
I love the iZombie TV show, so when I found out that it was based on a comic book series I was very interested in checking it out. And since hubby fouI love the iZombie TV show, so when I found out that it was based on a comic book series I was very interested in checking it out. And since hubby found the four volumes at the library this week, I was super excited.
Gwen Dylan is a zombie. She's a gravedigger, lives in the cemetery and her best friend is a ghost. She's also friendly with a were-terrier who has a crush on her. Oh, and she has to eat a brain once a month or she'll turn into a shambling creature. But with this awful meal comes the person's memories, and her need to fulfill their final request. And that's how she stumbles on the cute mummy with bizarre theories.
But there are also some hot vampires being naughty, which attracts the attention of some pesky hunters. There's just so much going on, and Gwen has a lot to think about...
I loved this! Gwen is a great narrator. I like her as much as I like Liv. They're both very different, yet an echo of each other.
This world is a lot more supernatural than the show. It's filled with creatures of the night. Which is awesome! There are also a bunch of mysteries going on at the same time, and they intersect in different ways. Which is also awesome!
The actual artwork is gorgeous and colourful. The story is interesting and has me intrigued. These two things combined made it very easy to read. Plus the diversity--not just in supernatural creatures--is great too.
Luckily, I have the next three volumes waiting for me because I'm hooked. :D...more
OMG. This book is SO AWESOME. I loved this story so much that 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough. :)
Pearl is a young vampire who enjoys her vampiric liOMG. This book is SO AWESOME. I loved this story so much that 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough. :)
Pearl is a young vampire who enjoys her vampiric life. A lot. She has a beautiful boyfriend called Jadrien, and is very loyal to her Family. However, the night a unicorn stakes her, everything she was starts to change. She can walk in daylight, she has a reflection, and starts appreciating all the wonders that come with daytime.
Her Family also see this as an awesome opportunity and send her off to high school. Here, she's to (somehow) round up enough humans to be offered as food to the king when he visits for the Fealty Ceremony. Sounds easy enough, except she soon starts seeing humans as friends. And the way her Family is--even if it was exactly how she used to be--doesn't appeal to her anymore.
So what's a daywalking, reflection-casting, super fabulous vampire with a conscience to do? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. And you won't regret it!
At first glance, this book seems to be all about poking fun at the vampire genre, but it ends up being so much more. It's clever and interesting. It's filled with awesome characters. I especially liked Pearl and really enjoyed her journey from vampire snob to someone who cares about others.
The story is intriguing, the worldbuilding excellent, and the last half is intense! It's also super cute--just like the cover--and fantastic! And most importantly, it was SO MUCH FUN.
I seriously enjoyed the hell out of this book!...more
As soon as I received this book and read the back, I knew I would be interested in this story. I mean, it mentions necromancer and murderous ghosts anAs soon as I received this book and read the back, I knew I would be interested in this story. I mean, it mentions necromancer and murderous ghosts and revenge! Besides, check out that cover, it's so cool. I couldn't wait to get started...
Luke Manchett is an average 16-year-old boy who's on the rugby team, hangs out with the right guys, and has a crush on the popular girl. Well, everything on the surface seems normal, because at home things aren't so average. His mother suffers from terrible migraines that keep her tucked into bed every other day, and his father has been MIA for years.
So the day he receives a letter telling him that his father--the man who's known for a variety of paranormal shows--is dead and he's inherited a large sum of money, he meets with his father's lawyer and... pretty much signs his life away.
Luke's focus was on the money and what it would mean for his mother and him. He wasn't expecting all the other things that come along with the inheritance from his estranged father. Like the creepy old book he can't open, some weird rings, and a bunch of ghosts! Yep. He's now got what is called a Host attached to him, and although all he wants to do is get rid of them, it soon becomes obvious that these freaky spirits want to be released from their bindings.
And to do that, they plan to kill Luke.
Now Luke has to come to terms with the fact that his father's left him with a paranormal mess. Actually, his Dad wasn't a very nice man at all. He abandoned his family on his quest for supernatural power, and then enslaved eight ghosts that now plan to get revenge by hurting Luke and the people he cares about. So he becomes determined to find a way to stop them.
The only person who can help him is a not-very popular girl from school. Elza Moss has the second sight and can see ghosts, plus she has some other witchy talents. But can two teenagers outsmart a bunch of old and very creepy ghosts led by an ancient dead necromancer before Halloween?
I had a total blast reading this book! It's packed with supernatural goodness, some very creepy situations, a main character who starts out very self-absorbed and ends up being anything but, a very cool and quirky girl who isn't scared of anything, and an adorable dog called Ham. I also loved how necromancy was portrayed in this book.
13 Days of Midnight is an awesome and wickedly imaginative YA urban fantasy book that now has a permanent place on my Keeper Shelf. It's a fun adventure that'll hook you in right away and keep you glued to the page until you reach the thrilling end. And then you'll want more. I definitely want to read more Luke, Elza and Ham adventures, because Mr. Berkley will be back.
This turned out to be such a cool book. Fun, fun, fun! Loved it....more
Okay. For the record, I absolutely LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood. It was creepy, engaging, the characters were awesome, the story original... I just lovOkay. For the record, I absolutely LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood. It was creepy, engaging, the characters were awesome, the story original... I just loved it! So of course I was interested in reading this one.
Cas can't forget about Anna. And when she starts haunting him and asking for his help in getting out of hell, he becomes obsessed. All of a sudden, the ghost hunting becomes secondary, and he refuses to listen to anyone making any sense. Annnnnnd, that's how he ends up in London, where he plans to meet the Order...
I'm gonna stop right there.
While the first half of the book was interesting and even creepy in places, overall, this was nowhere near as good as the first book. Most of the time it seemed like the story was going nowhere. Cas was so obsessed with Anna that he started to irritate me. All of the freaky stuff that made the first book awesome and fresh definitely did not carry over to this one. And when they go to the UK? Ugh. No. Nope.
I lost total interest.
Sometimes, revealing too much ruins the story. And personally, I don't think Anna's story needed to be a duology. I think one book would've been plenty.
It really pains me to give this book such a low rating because there were a few things I enjoyed (like Thomas & Carmel), but I just don't think it was necessary.
I don't know what's going on, but I've been reading several 'duologies' that really should've been left as stand-alone. Is this a trend to satisfy fan service? Because I hate it when sequels feel tacked on, rather than planned out from the beginning. :/...more
This is a book I've been wanting to read since it was released, but because at the time I was writing my own ghost hunter story, I put it aside. Now tThis is a book I've been wanting to read since it was released, but because at the time I was writing my own ghost hunter story, I put it aside. Now that my spook catcher series is finished, I decided to read this.
Theseus Cassio Lowood, Cas for short, kills the violent dead. It's what his father did before he was killed, and he's carrying on the legacy. He also carries his Dad's wicked athame and travels the country with his white witch Mum and her spirit-detecting cat.
Together, they follow urban legends and the resulting body counts.
However, when they cross into Canada and stay in a place called Thunder Bay, everything changes. Cas is here to find Anna Dressed in Blood. The ghost of a girl who kills anyone who dares step inside her house.
When Cas befriends a popular girl in his new school--called Carmel--it pisses off her ex, and before Cas realises what's happening he finds himself inside Anna's house.
She spares his life and Cas becomes fascinated with her. Almost to the point of bring obsessed. But soon, he's got bigger things to worry about because a malicious ghost from the past has followed them. Now he's going to need the help of his new freaky semi-psychic friend, Thomas. As well as Thomas's grandfather. Even Cas's mother has a role to play. Though the one he really needs might just be Anna...
I loved this story! I really liked Cas and even Anna. Not to mention the secondary characters. Also, loved the spooky setting and how everything is slowly revealed. This is the kind of ghost story I love reading.