One of my favourite Richard Laymon books. Three kids find out very quickly that curiosity can land them into deep trouble, especially in the evil worl...moreOne of my favourite Richard Laymon books. Three kids find out very quickly that curiosity can land them into deep trouble, especially in the evil world Laymon has created. The ending leaves us pondering whether the vampire is real or not... I like to believe she was real. A must read for all horror fans.(less)
Donna was injured as a child by a Striker, an animal the size of a small horse, let loose by the evil elves. The attack had killed both her parents an...moreDonna was injured as a child by a Striker, an animal the size of a small horse, let loose by the evil elves. The attack had killed both her parents and left her maimed, but her injuries were mended with iron and magic tattooed into her arms. She now has superhuman strength in her arms, even if her peers call her freak for wearing long gloves to school to cover her tattoos. Her best friend Navin has a huge crush on her, which is obvious right off the bat, but she pretends not to notice. When she meets Xan at a party, they hit it off right away. It is only when the evil elves attack them in an alley way does Donna discover Xan is a half-fae. When Navin is kidnapped by the Wood Queen – ruler of the Elflands, it is up to Donna and Xan to steal the elixir from the Order of the Dragon (the alchemists who mended her injuries) and deliver it to her.
The characters were strong and believable, even if a bit cliche. The love triangle between Navin and Xan was nothing new, but well handled in Iron Witch. The plot was simple and straightforward. This was a fast read, and I found myself easily hooked, though I felt a bit cheated with the ending as it left a few things unfinished, plus I’m surprised Donna didn’t pick up right away the cloth she used for Xan’s wound was tainted... that part was pretty obvious. In the end, I quite enjoyed Iron Witch, and will be looking for book 2. Plus the cover was pretty awesome.
Haven is a human girl trapped under the thumb of a ruthless vampire lord, Henri, who seems to believe she is someone el...moreHis Haven is a fantastic story.
Haven is a human girl trapped under the thumb of a ruthless vampire lord, Henri, who seems to believe she is someone else—a past lover. Haven had sacrificed herself to save her father, which is how she ended up in her terrifying predicament, but as far as she’s concerned, she is going to escape. And there’s a lot to like about her spunk. I was cheering for her from the first page. She never gives up. And then she meets Avrum, a vampire under Henri’s care, and from their first encounter, something clicks between them. It’s only when Avrum uncovers the way Henri treats Haven that he start to question the lord he looks up to. Together with his closest friend, who trains him in the art of fighting and using his vampire strength, Avrum is determined to save Haven. His attraction for her grows, and her feelings mirror his. The ending is climatic, unexpected and more than satisfying. We’re left with the promise of a sequel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I have to say, Avrum was my favorite character. He learnt the biggest lesson, and in the end he risked his life for Haven. How can you not like him after that? A bit more depth to the vampire world would have strengthened the story further, but it sure didn’t take away from it being a wonderful love story. Lovers of paranormal romances with historical elements will love His Haven. (less)
This was a fun and quick read. Zoey is a strong character, and I connected with her right away. She didn't let romance get in the way of her task, eve...moreThis was a fun and quick read. Zoey is a strong character, and I connected with her right away. She didn't let romance get in the way of her task, even if the hottest vamp in the academy had his eyes set on her. The tension was building nicely and I anticipated the big showdown with Aphrodite, but I felt it was a bit rushed since so much happened right at at the ending, crammed in before the ending. And it's a shame, since some loose ends could have been done earlier and given more time.(less)