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 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
I borrowed this book from the library, and man is it AWESOME! It's hard to pinpoint a genre for this book because it's an amazing mix of YA, western,I borrowed this book from the library, and man is it AWESOME! It's hard to pinpoint a genre for this book because it's an amazing mix of YA, western, paranormal, magic, myth & the supernatural.
Nettie Lonesome is a lot of things (which you can read about in the blurb), but the main thing is that she's brave and totally awesome. She might have been beaten down a lot and doesn't know her origins, but when it comes down to it she cares about people and never gives up.
Living in the shitty town of Gloomy Bluebird with a couple who treat her like crap isn't much fun, but she's good with horses so that gives her some worth. The night she kills a man who turns out to be some kind of monster, she decides to take life into her own hands and becomes a cowpoke.
Now that she's killed one creature, she starts seeing all of them. When disaster strikes and she loses her only friend, she's forced to run away. She meets a guy who calls himself Coyote Dan and his annoying sister, Winifred. Together, they set out to find the worst monster of all: Cannibal Owl, aka Pia Mupitsi. This means becoming a Durango Ranger, which involves facing monster ALL THE TIME...
OMG. This book is amazing. Awesome. Brilliant. Hooked me in from the very beginning and kept me glued to the page all the way through. I absolutely LOVED it and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Not to mention that Nettie is such a cool and interesting character. Plus the cast of characters is so diverse and awesome. Seriously! ♡
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 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