As you probably already know, I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan, so I was very excited when I received the second book in the Midnight Texas series lastAs you probably already know, I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan, so I was very excited when I received the second book in the Midnight Texas series last week.
Midnight is a small place located in Texas. The residents of this town like the fact that it's out of the way because they all have their personal reasons for keeping a low profile. Now, the formerly rundown hotel has been renovated and a small group of people have moved in.
As concerned as they are about this fact, that's the least of their problems.
Manfred Bernardo hasn't been in Midnight for long but he really likes it. He's gotten to know everyone and has assimilated into the tight-knit group well. Besides, it's the perfect location for him to conduct his psychic business. When he decides to spend a weekend in a flashy hotel in Dallas so that he can administer some private readings, all is going well.
Until one of his clients dies suddenly during the reading.
He's now answering questions for the detectives and a bunch of reporters follow him to Midnight after Rachel Goldthorpe's crazy son accuses him of stealing his mother's jewellery. This sets Manfred into a tailspin because he has to spend a lot of money on a lawyer, while he's under suspicion.
The worst thing is the attention this problem is bringing to Midnight.
Manfred isn't the only one who wants to be left alone. The mysterious Rev has a special guest staying with him--a kid who seems to grow on a daily basis--and it's important to keep him off the radar. Diederik was dropped off by his father for a reason, so the Rev enlists Olivia to solve the mystery of what's really going on with the Goldthorpe family. Agreeing to help reveals some of Olivia's secrets, and it looks like someone from her past has just caught up with her.
As the community sticks together to overcome all of these obstacles, we slowly catch a glimpse into each of the residents' secrets. Joe and Chuy appear be a happy, friendly couple who run an antiques store/nail salon, but they are a whole lot more. Fiji is a witch and is always ready to help whoever she can. Whether it's with a spell, some of her delicious cookies, or by helping the young boy who is growing at an alarming rate. Not to mention that her cat is a bit of a smart mouth
This time there are two mysteries to solve. One revolves around Manfred's legal issues and his need to clear his name so that it doesn't affect his reputation. The other is the intriguing fast-growing kid that they're all curious about, yet are determined to help. Just like the first book, the characters are all interesting and keep you glued to each page. The intimate multiple POVs slowly reveal some of the secrets that these characters are keeping, but not all of them.
You know what I love about this series? I'm getting a kick out of connecting the appearance of characters from some of her other series. Manfred is from the Harper Connelly series. Bobo is from the Lily Bard Mystery series. Arthur Smith is from the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. There are several creatures that are also in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and even several cameos by actual characters from Sookie's world. I loved one particular character, because he was one of my favourites.
Day Shift is another awesome Charlaine Harris book that hooked me in from the beginning. I loved it! I'm enjoying the development of these wonderful characters and finding out how they fit into the much larger world. Also, I think there's something weird going on in that renovated hotel, and I'm looking forward to finding out more.
Can't wait to join the residents of Midnight on more adventures....more
I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I heard about this anthology I was definitely interested in checking it out...
"Nobody’s Business” by RacI loved the Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I heard about this anthology I was definitely interested in checking it out...
"Nobody’s Business” by Rachel Caine (featuring Kevin Pryor & Kenya Jones)
Interesting story about Kevin and Kenya--cops who are partners, and have a bit of a thing going. Well, not initially because there are several obstacles in their way. But this gives us a glimpse into their connection, work ethic, and we get to visit a different vampire club.
It's full of action, has a police chase, creepy vampires, an even creepier human, is well written and very entertaining.
Rachel Caine sure knows how to write a story!
“Tyger, Tyger” by Christopher Golden (featuring Quinn)
Quinn the weretiger was one of my favourite characters in this series. I enjoyed reading about his time with Sookie and felt sad when they broke up. But the reason was his family, and this story once again shows how much his mother and sister mean to him. Not to mention his girlfriend and son.
When Quinn gets the runaround from the nursing home his mother is staying in, he decides to drop in. And what he finds leads to his imprisonment and making the hardest decision of his life.
I loved this story! The humans and their despicable ambitions bring the beast out of Quinn. Great story.
“The Real Santa Claus” by Leigh Perry (featuring Diantha)
I loved this story! Not just because I always liked and was curious about Diantha and her uncle, Mr. Cataliades, but also because we catch a glimpse of Sookie & Sam several years after the series is over.
Also, it's a fun Christmas tale that's full of mischief and mystery. Perfect for this time of year.
“Taproot” by Jeffrey J. Mariotte (featuring Andy Bellefleur)
Now this was a story I wasn't sure I would enjoy. Andy Bellefleur isn't the most exciting character in the Sookieverse, and I'd never read anything from this author. But... I loved it!
This actually takes part shortly after Lafayette is murdered and dumped in Andy's car. Some reality TV show people take over Merlotte's, but Sam can't remember signing a contract.
As it turns out, the one girl who broke Andy's heart back on high school is one of the crew, and she might be back to hurt him a little bit more...
“Knit a Sweater Out of Sky” by Seanan McGuire (featuring Amelia)
Well, this turned out to be a fun but dangerous witchy tale!
It all starts in Amelia and Bob's apartment. Amelia is testing her ability by growing a cherry tree, and the results lead to pie. LOL. But when she goes to the river with the intention of summoning a breeze, something much worse happens because Bob and her aren't the only witches testing the weather.
I really enjoyed this story. I always liked Amelia.
“Love Story” by Jeanne C. Stein (featuring Adele Hale Stackhouse)
A quick glimpse into what happened between Adele and Fintan. Was written in diary format and didn't really bring anything new to the table. Well written, though.
“The Million-Dollar Hunt” by Jonathan Maberry (featuring Mustapha Khan)
I struggled with this one. I love the way the story is told, but just couldn't get into it.
“Borderline Dead” by Nicole Peeler (featuring Desiree Dumas)
Well written, sassy and fun. Though I barely remember this character from the series. LOL.
I skimmed most of this one. Just wasn't feelin' these characters, or their underwhelming tale.
“Don’t Be Cruel” by Bill Crider (featuring Bubba)
I honestly thought I would like this story because I've always liked Bubba, but I found it hard to get into. In the end, it lagged and went far too long.
Though it was good to see Bubba have a good time, I wish I could say I enjoyed it. :(
“What a Dream I Had” by Nancy Holder (featuring Alcide Herveaux)
Alcide has always been one of my favourite characters, so I was excited about this story.
It focused on his first love, which is when his girl trouble began. It was prom night and he's hoping to have a nice night with his date during an after party for two. But what they find inside the trailer changes their lives forever.
This turned out to be a weird little tale of woe. Poor Alcide. :(
“Another Dead Fairy” by Miranda James (featuring Claude & Claudine Crane)
This was an excellent story! A lovely surprise, since the fairy twins usually annoyed me, LOL.
Claude is performing at Hooligans when his cousin Seamus dies. It doesn't take long for Claude and Claudine to realise that Seamus was murdered on the couch in the male dressing room--and probably while doing the deed. ;)
What follows is an intriguing murder mystery as they try to figure out which female stripper us responsible.
I loved it! Very well written, paced very well, and had a just conclusion. This is how a tight and tidy short story is written.
“The Bat-Signal” by Suzanne McLeod (featuring Luna)
Interesting story featuring Luna the batshifter, Hunter and Remy.
“The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars” by Dana Cameron (featuring Pam Ravenscroft)
This was a good one! Enjoyed the glimpse into Pam's past, and how it blended with her present.
“Widower’s Walk” by MaryJanice Davidson (featuring Eric Northman)
This melancholy tale was too slow for me. It featured Eric 201 years after the series is over. So there's no Sookie or Sam, just their descendants. This was just okay for me.
The Dead But Not Forgotten anthology is a nice blend of short stories guaranteed to satisfy any Sookieverse fan. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but overall it's a great book. Every author featured in this anthology did a great job at keeping the atmosphere, mood and characterisation familiar.
It's a great addition to your Sookie Stackhouse collection. :) ...more
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while. So when I found out it was at the library, I borrowed it. And I wasn't disappointed.
Lily and Mel are twThis is a book I've had my eye on for a while. So when I found out it was at the library, I borrowed it. And I wasn't disappointed.
Lily and Mel are twins who live on a Farm. A place that used to be a school and is now more like a livestock farm filled with teens. Life is harsh inside, but it's brutal outside. Creatures called Ticks roam the outside and will kill anyone they can get their hands on. Still, Lily is sick and tired of the place, and since her sister and her are almost eighteen, she hatches a plan to escape
All she wants to do is keep Mel safe. Mel is autistic and can't take care of herself. So Lily is determined to get her to Canada, where she thinks they might find safety. However, the day a guy from her past arrives, all of her plans are thrown into chaos.
Things aren't as straightforward as Lily thought, and Carter soon makes her realise that if she and Mel are going to survive, she'll have to trust him. And a vampire. But Carter has always come across as an arrogant player who knows how to get his way, and even now he's keeping secrets from her.
Wow. I loved this near-future, post-apocalyptic story where blood is currency, teenagers are blood prisoners, and the world has been ravaged by grotesque creatures intent on eating the living.
Lily is a strong character driven by her need to protect her sister. Mel is a seemingly detached teen who sees and feels the world differently. Carter is a hero at heart, but driven by his desire to make the world a better place. Together, they're just what the world needs to find balance. But with an unstable landscape, a Dean intent on getting his way, and a hidden vampire agenda... it's going to be one hell of a fight.
I enjoyed every minute of it. There's a bit of everything in this great book.
Can't wait to read more stories set in this dangerous world!...more
Myrnin is a great and very interesting character, so I really enjoyed this glimpse into his childhood. It seems that his life was hard from the beginnMyrnin is a great and very interesting character, so I really enjoyed this glimpse into his childhood. It seems that his life was hard from the beginning. His father was a madman kept in chains, and his mother was eager to get rid of him.
Such a sad, but insightful story that reveals how Myrnin got involved with the vampires, how old he is, and why he knows so much about alchemy and wizardry.
Amelie is hard to read. So you spend a lot of time hating her, then liking her...before hating her agaiAh, Amelie. She's such an ambiguous character.
Amelie is hard to read. So you spend a lot of time hating her, then liking her...before hating her again.
Oliver, however, I just can't stand. He grates on my nerves and annoys the hell out of me.
This was a nice, short tale showcasing the struggle between Amelie and Oliver. As well as her own inner struggle. She's awesome at being the Ice Queen in front of everyone, but there's so much more to this enigmatic vampire.
This was a quick and cute story about Claire and Shane. Claire comes home from lunch and never knows what to expect in the Glass house. When she hearsThis was a quick and cute story about Claire and Shane. Claire comes home from lunch and never knows what to expect in the Glass house. When she hears a noise upstairs she fears the worst, but instead finds a stinky situation.
I liked this! Short, precise, and another cool interaction between this cute couple....more
OMG. This book is fantastic! I actually put it on hold as soon as it appeared at my local library, LOL. And just like the one before it, I enjoyed itOMG. This book is fantastic! I actually put it on hold as soon as it appeared at my local library, LOL. And just like the one before it, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to pre-order the paperback edition as soon as it's available.
I was hooked from the very beginning. This is fast becoming one of my favourite series. It's just so original, and so well written that everything about this alien world becomes so vivid while reading it... I love it!
Meg has been in the Lakeside Courtyard for a while now and she's settled into her job as Human Liaison very well. She's also accepted and protected by the Others and has even helped set up a 'human pack' that everyone recognises. She's also managed to make Simon Wolfgard a lot more sympathetic towards humans--and that includes the police--than even he ever imagined he could be.
But when humans start targeting crows as well as Crows, everything changes. There are humans who are starting to forget their place and instead want to stand up to the Others. When that happens, whole villages and cities can be wiped out or asked to relocate. And Meg is having prophecies about what's going on around her. Serious things that will impact all of them, and lead back to the place she escaped.
Once again, the POV changes were excellent and help the reader see the many angles of the same story. This very dangerous world is made even harsher by the stupid actions of humans, who even in a world run by other beings still want to exert their greedy, selfish ways. I also enjoyed getting a glimpse into the institution where the other blood prophets are imprisoned and experience the horrible things done to these poor girls who are born with enough of a burden without adding slavery, rape and domination to the mix.
The addition of Intuits was also interesting, and I hope we get to find out even more. It's just so great to see these characters all develop and change their attitudes towards each other because of one brave girl who dared to take a stand. It just proves that without the bad apples, all kinds of creatures--big and small--can learn to get along.
I love these characters. I especially love the special bond Meg and Simon are developing towards each other. Something so strong that it scares the hell out of both of them.
Can't wait to read more of this awesome series!...more
By the time I found out about this book, it was too late to read it online. So I was very excited when it was released as an eBook.
Dina is just an aveBy the time I found out about this book, it was too late to read it online. So I was very excited when it was released as an eBook.
Dina is just an average girl running a nice B&B in small-town Texas. She has a cute Shih Tzu and is a good neighbour. Except, her one guest is an actual otherworldly lifetime visitor outrunning hideous crimes, and Dina happens to be an Innkeeper.
Inkeepers are connected to the house and land. They can wield magic and access other places. The inn can do some freaky stuff too.
When a vicious alien animal starts killing dogs and soon escalates to humans, Dina can't ignore what's going on around her. Even if it means stepping outside the safety of her inn's boundary. And with the help of a werewolf and a vampire, she might be able to help save the neighbourhood.
Sean—the werewolf—and Arland—the vampire—are as fascinating as Dina. All three characters have interesting backstories. I'm also curious about Caldenia. Oh, and the thing about her missing parents is so sad. Hope she gets some answers.
I really enjoyed this story and loved the way an urban fantasy situation was blended with science fiction. Very well done....more
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar,This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar, and two-kinds of monster. She was attacked by a werewolf and then bitten by a vampire. A scary, old vamp that turns Quinn into her pet and weapon. Did I mention that she's also a monster killer? No? Well, she is. And btw, adding previously withheld info is something Quinn continually does quite a bit.
After becoming a monster herself, she starts getting deeper and deeper into trouble. As well as losing total control and waking up all over the place with no memory of why. Well, she does find some answers in her puke. :P
Quinn is a very unreliable narrator. She's a total liar, and has lived a very hard life on the streets after she ran away from home. I usually have problems with unreliable narrators, but not this one. I really liked her and wanted her to come out okay at the end.
I really enjoyed this book! It's dark, gritty and totally raw. The kind of book that makes you want to take a shower after reading it. LMAO. But you know what? I loved every minute of it. And didn't even mind that it was kinda poking fun at other PNR & UF stories. ;)
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Quinn's next adventure....more
OMG. This book is fantastic! I borrowed it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I pre-ordered the paperback edition today. I must have a copy.OMG. This book is fantastic! I borrowed it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I pre-ordered the paperback edition today. I must have a copy. ;)
Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet, and she's on the run. Her ability to see visions of the future via precise cuts to her skin makes her a sought-after tool. But after escaping from the Controller, she seeks shelter in a Courtyard. A place where monsters live and humans are rarely invited.
The night she arrives, Simon Wolfgard makes her an offer she can't refuse: a job and shelter. She's desperate enough to accept and her arrival turns the Courtyard upside down.
There are several words to describe this story: Wow. Amazing. Intoxicating. Yeah, I absolutely adored this book. It hooked me in from the beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
It was well written, the POV changes were perfect, the characters felt so real, and the world building was unique. This is a very dangerous world where the Others pretty much call the shots and humans can be wiped out if they anger them. These are frightening, ancient beings who crave human meat and blood, and take on the guise of wolf, bear, coyote, crow, hawk, etc. The vampires were also very interesting.
I loved Meg. She's such a fantastic, innocent character who is so selfless her kindness often puts her in harm's way. But that's just who she is. Her interaction with the Others transforms their way of thinking, and her friendship with the young wolf Sam is so cute. Let's not forget about Simon, and how their initial awkwardness towards each other becomes so much more.
Okay, I'm not going to rate this because it's my first DNF book for 2014. And it pains me to say it for several reasons: I usually LOVE Holly Black'sOkay, I'm not going to rate this because it's my first DNF book for 2014. And it pains me to say it for several reasons: I usually LOVE Holly Black's books. Actually, I just finished DOLL BONES and absolutely adored it! And I'm a sucker for vampires, too.
But there's just something about this story...
It started out awesome, hooked me right in.
Tana wakes up to find everyone dead at the party she attended, but she doesn't remember what happened. That's a great hook, but when her douche of an ex enters the scene, as well as a vampire dude, I don't even know what happened to my attention span. All of a sudden I just didn't care as much, and little things bugged me. Then it turns into a road trip--which I also usually like--but there's just something really slow about this tale. Something that kept me away, for some reason. I had plenty of opportunities to read over the weekend, but instead found other things to do because... I don't know. I wanted to love this book. So much.
I read up to page 130, and they're still not in Coldtown. I'm done, because if I keep pushing myself to read it I'll just end up skimming. And I hate skimming books.
This is another series that I really enjoy and have fallen behind on. So, I picked up the second last book and got sucked in right away!
Edie and her bThis is another series that I really enjoy and have fallen behind on. So, I picked up the second last book and got sucked in right away!
Edie and her boyfriend Asher are on vacation. After months of staying out of shapeshifter, werewolf, vampire--all supernatural trouble--the couple decides to go on a cruise. The Maraschino is a huge ship headed for Hawaii, and this couple is determined to have a good time. But as soon as they set sail, things start taking a bad turn. Someone from Asher's past is on the ship, a bad man with vicious ambitions. And before they know it people start to get sick from a mysterious illness.
Only problem is that they've just found out something really special has happened to them and they're both determined to make the best of it. It's just too bad that fate has other plans, and their nice vacation quickly turns into a nightmarish situation on a ship that might just become their coffin.
Yikes! This is such a great book. I love Edie's no-nonsense attitude to life, so it's always great to follow her on her latest adventure and this one didn't disappoint. So many shocking things happen, and the ending was... wow. Did not see that coming at all.
I can't wait to see how it all ends.
Man, going on a cruise has never appealed to me, but after reading this book my decision been solidified. ;)...more