This book was really not what I was expecting. I went into it, having bought it only because it was on sale, thinking I wouldn't like it. In fact, it...moreThis book was really not what I was expecting. I went into it, having bought it only because it was on sale, thinking I wouldn't like it. In fact, it most likely would have sat on my shelf unread for years to come, had it not been for an invitation to a certain read-a-thon. I didn't participate, but I did read in with a couple of my friends, and this was the book I finished.
Set in a world where vampyres are clearly marked (with a crescent moon shape on their heads) and a school specifically designed to train 'fledglings' (ie teenagers currently going through the physical change to vampyre). It follows, of course, a 'special' fledgling who has special powers that the vampyre world has never seen in one so young before.
While at first glance this seems like an overused theme, a predictable cast and a yawnable plot, I actually found it quite intriguing. The entire way through (and this is a fact easily backed up by the other people I kept disturbing) I felt like the book was full of contradictions. Not in the, why the hell does this make no sense, kind of way. Just the keeping you guessing kind of way.
Don't get me wrong, at the end of the book, everything happened almost exactly the way you expected, but you still find yourself wanting to read the next book to try and figure everything out. While it may not have been the best read I've ever had, it is far far from the worst. In fact, I'm going to be going out and buying the next book in this series when I have a chance.(less)
Magic Bites is set in a world with unstable magic that can't seem to coexist peacefully with Tech. In this world there are shapechangers and vampires...moreMagic Bites is set in a world with unstable magic that can't seem to coexist peacefully with Tech. In this world there are shapechangers and vampires controlled by 'Masters of the Dead'. And both parties are losing members. That's where Kate comes in. Kate has magic in her very blood, though none know of it. When her guardian is killed, she's hot in pursuit of his killer. It isn't long before she tangled with The Pack and The People. Now she must find the killer and kill him before he claims his ultimate prize. Kate.
I enjoyed Magic Bites. Kate is a strong character, but you can see the flaws. She's reckless and rash. She's good at what she does, but she tends to get hurt in the process. As for Curran, the Beast Lord, I love him. He's everything I usually hate in a character. Overbearing and controlling, and yet every time I started a new scene, I wanted him to be in it.
This book reminded me a great deal of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, which I love, so that's a good thing. Magic Bites takes a while to get into, but eventually you start to understand what Andrews is talking about, and the world begins to make sense. It's more than worth it to push through the first half of the book.(less)
Moon Called is a fascinating look into the world of werewolves and Walkers. Mercy Thompson is a Walker (a shape shifter that shifts into a coyote) tha...moreMoon Called is a fascinating look into the world of werewolves and Walkers. Mercy Thompson is a Walker (a shape shifter that shifts into a coyote) that was raised by werewolves. Until she was sixteen and was told by the Alpha of Alphas that she needed to leave the pack. Now she's a mechanic living next door to the local Alpha. When a young werewolf walks into her garage, she can't help but want to help him. How was she to know that he would pull her into a dangerous situation? Now she has to go back to the pack that once rejected her in order to find the missing daughter of the Alpha that lives next door.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I disagreed with some of the mythology (I have very specific ideas on what a werewolf should be like...but that's another story), I didn't mind reading about them. I loved most of the characters and spent the entire book rooting for a particular love interest, though he spent most of the novel injured.
Briggs does a fantastic job showing, not just the world of the wolves, but also many other creatures of lore, including vampires, witches, fae and Walkers, such as the main character, and I'm eager to read more of this series to find out, not only what happens to the characters I've come to know and love, but also to learn more about the creatures that Briggs has shown me in this novel.(less)
How Abby gets herself into these situations, I will never know.
Victoria Laurie delivers yet another charming edition to her psychic eye series. In Kil...moreHow Abby gets herself into these situations, I will never know.
Victoria Laurie delivers yet another charming edition to her psychic eye series. In Killer Insight, Abby Cooper, professional psychic, finds herself flying to a friends wedding to fill in for a newly missing bridesmaid after breaking up with her boyfriend, FBI agent Dutch Rivers. It doesn't take long for Abby's crew to start singing, and Abby soon realizes that the bridesmaid she's filling in for isn't missing, she's dead. She pairs up with the bride-to-be's older brother (who she may or may not have a one night stand with...I'm not telling!) to solve the murders. In the process she paints a very large bulls-eye on her back.
For any of you who have read some of my earlier reviews on previous books in this series, you'll be aware of the fact that I'm not exactly in love with Dutch. In fact, he's not my cup of tea at all. Most of the time I'm urging Abby to break up with him in my head. So, it surprised me when I almost cried when they broke up at the beginning of the book. (I say almost as I was on the bus and put the book away quickly before I embarrassed myself). This goes to prove just how good of a write Laurie is.
She made that scene so realistic for me. Nothing in it seemed outlandish, or even made me roll my eyes. It was perfectly written. Good enough to get someone who didn't even think the two of them belonged together to shed a tear over the thought of them losing each other.
That was just one of the examples of her great writing skills that were in this book. I believe it to be one of the better in the series thus far (and I'm looking forward to reading more!)
My recommendations: If you haven't read any of the Abby Cooper books, start with the first one and don't stop! If you have read all of them up until now, and wondering if you should continue...what are you thinking? Pick up the next one and get reading!!(less)
Ah, Victoria Laurie. Another Psychic Eye mystery, and another good read.
In this installment of the series, Abby Cooper finds herself (surprise, surpri...moreAh, Victoria Laurie. Another Psychic Eye mystery, and another good read.
In this installment of the series, Abby Cooper finds herself (surprise, surprise) in the middle of another murder. This time, however, the murder occurred in the 1940's, and the only reason they know about it is because the house Abby, her sister Cat, and her handyman Dave bought together is haunted. The book centers around the investigation (where Abby lands herself in the hospital, as always) and her psychic 'spidey sense' that helps in nearly every situation.
Just like all the other books, I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Vision of Murder. Laurie is an excellent author, and I must admit I'm highly addicted.
It did have a few drawbacks, however. First and foremost (in my opinion) is her boyfriend, Dutch. Now, I know what you're thinking. He's a character in a book! How can you rant in a review about a character? Well, I'm going to! He just plain annoyed me! Throughout the entire book I just wanted to smack the overbearing, overprotective idiot. Seriously!
Right...sorry about that...
Anyway...There were times in the book when the dialogue felt stilted and forced. And a couple of times I couldn't help but think that the character talking would definitely never say some of the things they said, but overall, I loved it, and I fully intend to read more (quite possibly all...) of Laurie's books.(less)
Georgina Kincaid is a book store manager. She spends her days surrounded by books, and helping customers. At night, though, her darker side comes out....moreGeorgina Kincaid is a book store manager. She spends her days surrounded by books, and helping customers. At night, though, her darker side comes out. Literally. Georgina, you see, is a succubus. A denizen of evil whose sole purpose in life is supposed to be corrupting the souls of good and decent men. Unfortunately for her, Georgina hates this life. She hates stealing the life from good men, and has put herself on a strict diet. Only despicable all the time. If only her love life was so easy to control. After all, how does she have a love life when she could kill anyone she sleeps with? This would be so much easier if only her favorite author, and hero, hadn't moved to town and started writing in her book store.
I adored this book. It kept me going from beginning to end, and I'm already making plans to go buy more in the series. Georgina is a strong female protagonist who seems to learn more and more that even she's allowed to be weak sometimes. Seth, the writer, is an introvert who can't seem to get through an entire conversation, but can write like no one else in the world.
The writing in this book is also fantastic. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the paranormal. I've got the feeling the Richelle Mead is about to become one of my new favorite authors, and I'm not going to fight it. Bring on the succubus!(less)
Aislinn has always been able to see what those around her can't: faeries. Creatures that are horrible and beautiful and spend their existence playing...moreAislinn has always been able to see what those around her can't: faeries. Creatures that are horrible and beautiful and spend their existence playing with humans, who don't even know they're there. She's lived her live by 3 simple rules. 1)Don't stare at invisible faeries. 2)Don't talk to invisible faeries. 3)Don't ever attract their attention. And she's never had a problem following them. Until now that is. No matter what she does she can't seem to shake the faerie that's now stalking her. And to make matters worse, she's just found our he's a king, and he's looking to make her his queen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I found myself completely engaged, not only with the characters but with the plot. (I'll be honest, I found the ending a little rushed after a slow start, but I didn't mind so much, as I know there's another book in the series.)
Aislinn was quite relatable, though I often found her doing things that I very much doubt I would do in the same situation. But the difference didn't put me off as can sometimes happen. Instead I found myself wanting to know how she would react to every situation.
Also, I think I may prefer Keenan to Seth. Sure, he's a faerie and he's been playing this terrible game for centuries that toys with women's affection, and, yes, Seth is a great guy who's been waiting for Aislinn very patiently while she came to terms with the idea that they could be more than just friends, but somehow it was Keenan who I cared more about during this novel. Then again, I'm not at all certain that he can ever care for Aislinn the way he cares for Doria, but I suppose that remains to be seen.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series (And I'm looking forward to reading the collaborative efforts between Marr and Kelley Armstrong). This book is certainly worth the read.(less)
Rose is a dhampir. A half vampire, half human. Her entire purpose in life is to protect Lissa, a full moroi vampire princess, which is exactly what sh...moreRose is a dhampir. A half vampire, half human. Her entire purpose in life is to protect Lissa, a full moroi vampire princess, which is exactly what she's been doing for the last two years since the two of them broke out of St. Vladimir, the school designed to teach vampires and dhampirs without human knowledge. But now they've been found, thanks in large part to the new guardian assigned to Lissa, Dimitri. Being back at St. Vladimir, though, doesn't mean they're safe. In fact, it feels like since they've been back their secrets are being exposed more and more. Like the fact that Rose can feel what Lissa is feeling. And that Lissa can heal with nothing more than a touch. With all of this new protection, they should be safer, but someone is leaving dead animals in Lissa's bedroom, and Rose doesn't know how to protect her from a threat that's hiding in plain sight.
I started reading this book after finishing Bloodlines, which is actually a spin off of this series. So, I have far more insight into what happens to these characters than I should have had going into it. Which means that my opinion is probably going to be far different than that of a person who might have gone in without any kind of prior knowledge.
While I like Rose, sometimes she does things that I think are just plain dumb. I understand why she chooses to do them (and they actually explain it really well in the book) but that doesn't stop me from mentally face palming every time one of these decisions comes up.
But I did thoroughly enjoy the plot. It kept me engaged through the entire novel, wanting to know what was going to happen, even through the slower points. Even though I know what's eventually going to happen, I'm intrigued enough to want to know what happens throughout the rest of the novels, so I will definitely be continuing with this series.(less)
Psychic Eye. Those are the only words you need to know to understand what this book is about. A quirky psychic who has lived her life earning money by...morePsychic Eye. Those are the only words you need to know to understand what this book is about. A quirky psychic who has lived her life earning money by doing readings on people. That is until she's connected to the murder of one of her clients.
I found this book absolutely refreshing. It was, of course, about a murder, but somehow managed to keep it light. Which can, of course, be a good or a bad thing. By keeping it light, you keep the reader from becoming too scared, or disliking the book because it's too 'dark'. But it also keeps the reader from feeling for the character like you typically would with such a novel.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. I have already ordered the next three and fully intend to read all of her books. The writing was decent and the characters well formed. I even enjoyed the main character who knew way too much, which I sometimes find annoying. There were a couple parts in the book that gave me some hesitation. Such as the male lead, who I thought sometimes acted out of character, but other than that, I enjoyed the read.
Over all, I look forward to the next of the series arriving so I can continue to read about Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. I have high hopes that the series can only get better.(less)
In this second book of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, we see profession psychic Abby Cooper doing what she does best: sticking her nose...moreIn this second book of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mystery series, we see profession psychic Abby Cooper doing what she does best: sticking her nose directly where it doesn't belong. Not that she does it willingly, of course. After being forced into performing at a high end wedding by a friend that she owed a favour to, Abby reads for a person whose killed a person. Or maybe more than one. She quickly comes to the realization that the wedding she was attending was for the daughter of the Greek Mob Don. Meanwhile a serial rapist is on the lose, his crimes becoming more and more violent as time goes on. Dragged into both worlds of cops and dons, Abby finds herself, once again, in the middle of a very dangerous situation. One that will require all of her wits, and every last bit of intuition, to get her out of it.
I loved this book even more than the first in the series. It had it's short comings, of course. The fact that Abby knew all still rubbed me the wrong way, though I must say that Laurie did an excellent job of giving her all the clues, but Abby not putting them all together. It gave the book much less of a 'superwoman' feel to it.
There was just enough action to keep me turning the pages, and just enough humor to keep me from crying at some sad parts. (Alright, maybe not quite enough. I'll admit, a tear or two might have slipped out...) Overall a fantastic read. If you have yet to discover Victoria Laurie, I suggest picking up one of her books. You might enjoy yourself.(less)
Gerritsen tells a captivating and thrilling story about an ER doctor caught in the middle of an experiment gone wrong in her novel Life Support. Toby...moreGerritsen tells a captivating and thrilling story about an ER doctor caught in the middle of an experiment gone wrong in her novel Life Support. Toby Harper's life revolves around her late night ER shifts and looking after her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. While her life may not be going exactly to plan, she is on a clear path...until a patient is brought naked into her ER, confused and having isolated tremors...a patient that was completely lucid only a few weeks before. Unable to forget about him even after he walks out of the ER doors, Toby starts to investigate what could have happened. That's when her life begins to unravel, leading her down dark paths and towards uncertain futures.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I do with all of Gerritsen's books, I found quite a few of the themes in it repetitive. The doctor who can't leave the police investigation alone and finds herself a suspect, her life shattering around her, and the one man that she wants to lean on being one of the people who was supposed to build the case against her. This left me with a feeling of disappointment at the end. As if she couldn't think of anything original, so she just threw in what she knew.
However, what was original and fresh caught my attention and kept me reading throughout the entire book. My final thoughts: Creepy (very creepy!) but good. Definitely worth the read.(less)
In this installment of the psychic eye series Abby finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. Two, actually, and neither of them ver...moreIn this installment of the psychic eye series Abby finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. Two, actually, and neither of them very recent. When Dutch asks her to look into some cases for him, she accidentally gets a hit on one that's already been solved. The only problem is, the wrong guy is doing time. Now Abby's gone undercover in a crooked loan business and it might be more dangerous than a bullet to the chest.
I thoroughly enjoy this series. I haven't rated it very high because, quite frankly, the characters never really change, and sometimes the dialogue is pretty terrible. But I love the plot. I look forward to reading every book in this series.
Dutch, as always, annoyed me in this book. I find too high handed. He almost never trusts Abby's instincts, which are always dead on (okay...in this book he got a bit better. But just a bit!) Plus he's way overprotective. I really hate that Abby has to lie and avoid telling him anything just so that she can get done what she needs to get done. Granted, it's generally dangerous, but this is Abby we're talking about! She's always made it out alive...so far anyway. And besides that, he's the in the bloody FBI! His job is just as dangerous, so he needs to back off.
Anyway, despite my misgivings of the love interest in these books, they are pretty awesome, and I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series (in fact, I already own them.)(less)