Stephen King is a hit-or-miss author for me. I enjoyed The Shining (but still haven't worked up the gumption to watch the movie), but It fell flat. I...moreStephen King is a hit-or-miss author for me. I enjoyed The Shining (but still haven't worked up the gumption to watch the movie), but It fell flat. I read Under the Dome and it infuriated me (stereotypes of any sort do that to me) but The Green Mile made me weep with sympathy. It was only because I enjoyed my time reading The Shining that I decided to pick up Doctor Sleep from the library. The result? Well.. keep reading!
Every once in a while I'll come across a middle grade book that makes me forget I'm reading a middle grade level book. Doll Bones did that for me. I w...moreEvery once in a while I'll come across a middle grade book that makes me forget I'm reading a middle grade level book. Doll Bones did that for me. I was thoroughly engrossed with this slightly creepy, fascinating tale about three friends, two girls and a boy, and their fantastic make-believe game. I felt like my childhood came rushing back to me as I remembered being thoroughly engrossed in the stories that lived inside of my head and how I couldn't wait to get my sisters back upstairs to continue where we had left off. While we didn't do anything nearly as adventurous as Zach, Poppy, and Alice - we had our moments of adventure and and of scares.
I really hate not liking a book. Especially when that book has a fantastic cover and title and a great premise backing it up. But this is the second t...moreI really hate not liking a book. Especially when that book has a fantastic cover and title and a great premise backing it up. But this is the second time Brenna Yovanoff has tricked me into picking up a book with her pretty covers and interesting premises and the second time I've been disappointed by what I've read. And folks, that breaks my heart, because I really, really wanted to love this book and I really wanted to love Yovanoff as a writer. I kept making excuses all the way through Paper Valentine but finally, about 3/4ths of the way through, I decided to finish the book because I needed to finish it and not because I wanted to finish it. My excuses ran dry.
I think I may be one of the few in the book blogging community who hasn't read Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale - but I've heard of it so I went into...moreI think I may be one of the few in the book blogging community who hasn't read Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale - but I've heard of it so I went into Bellman & Black with high expectations. I mean, people have gushed quite a bit over Setterfield's storytelling ability so surely I would at least come away with a good tale. You will be glad to hear that I wasn't disappointed. It was a great story with only a few nit-picky things that I struggled with.
I'm a huge fan of gothic mysterious tales. From classics by the Bronte sisters to more modern day gothic tales written by authors like Kate Morton, I...moreI'm a huge fan of gothic mysterious tales. From classics by the Bronte sisters to more modern day gothic tales written by authors like Kate Morton, I admit to being an absolute sucker for them. So it was with absolute glee that I requested access to This House is Haunted by John Boyne. Let me tell you right now, I was not disappointed. I laughed and loved every single minute of this story - and I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to truly scary stories so let me assure you that this one is not your typical run-of-the-mill ghost story.
Delia's Shadow was just the book to break me out of a terrible reading funk. For days I'd been dragging myself to various titles, trying to conjure up...moreDelia's Shadow was just the book to break me out of a terrible reading funk. For days I'd been dragging myself to various titles, trying to conjure up enough interest to just get a dozen pages read only to find myself staring out the window, wishing I could recapture my love of reading. So I decided, hey - let's pick up a title that has an interesting cover and premise and, oh yeah, let's also make sure I will not want to turn the lights out at night. That sounds like fun - and people... it was fun.
I received Dark Companion by Marta Acosta in the mail from Tor Teen and, I admit, I was hesitant at the idea of yet another vampire book - not to ment...moreI received Dark Companion by Marta Acosta in the mail from Tor Teen and, I admit, I was hesitant at the idea of yet another vampire book - not to mention one that has the dreaded Twilight word for comparison on the back. But then I started to read it and I was impressed - something that surprised me very much given all my pre-conceptions.
Dark Companion is a mix between a paranormal gothic and a boarding school novel. There are rich, privileged kids - but none of the snobbery that i'd come to expect, which was a pleasant surprise. There are good relationships, explanations that made sense, and - this is the most important of all folks - a destructive relationship that is not sugar-coated and made to look like it's the end all, be all of relationships.
I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that Jane struggles with herself and recognizes, through the tools she's gained from her very "Jane Eyre"-esque past, that something isn't right. I loved that there were explanations which made the schools lack of technology plausible, and that I, as a reader, was not just being treated with a heavy hand by the author.
I think Dark Companion is a book that will appeal to those lovers of gothic and boarding school novels out there, and may just do a little bit to redeem the vampire craze by providing us with a book that was intelligent, interesting, intriguing, and even funny when it needed to be. (less)
It’s not often my 17 year old brother tells me I have to read a book. So when he does, I put it on the short list.
I’ve had Dracula on my list for a while though. I thought it’d be a fun read after reading Frankenstein earlier this year, but Frankenstein did a number on me (it was not nearly as gripping as I had hoped it would be) so Dracula got put to the back burner. I should have known better.
First of all – for those of you who have not experienced Dracula yet – it’s an epistolary novel. Yup, all letters. These letters grow in intensity as the story progresses, making the book somewhat unique, especially when compared to other vampire novels.
I grew up reading Anne Rice novels – none of this wimpy sparkling-vampire stuff for me. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer (bonus points if you can name the season in which the good Count shows up there!), I enjoy a good, thrilling story that has me wanting to leave the lights on, and Dracula gave me everything I was looking for and more. Y’all, I actually dreamed of spider-like men crawling up my walls. It was awesome.
Reading Dracula is kicking off a year of intense exploring of a genre I’ve always shied away from. Horror. I figured I had to kick the year off with a review of a class horror and fully plan to explore the genre more in 2012. It should be interesting – especially if this is the type of novel from which inspiration is taken.(less)
Yet another of the books nominated for the 2011 INSPY awards, and one that definitely kept me reading until the end.
When I was in college (the first time around), we lived in a town that experienced quite a bit of spiritual warfare. There were strange things that would happen, quite a few stories drifting around, and even a tragedy which made the national news. It was a place that always had me feeling as if it was dark outside, even when the light was there, and a place that saw some things happen to me which have remained with me (in not a good way) since.
I don’t know how much of that was all spiritual warfare, and how much was just plain bad luck, but this book brought to mind a lot of these events, making it a difficult read for me. The story was a fascinating one – a young woman, upon visiting a funeral, touches the boy who should not have died, and he comes back to life. The way the family has to deal with the aftereffects, the church’s method of handling things, and the town’s history all end up knitting together to create an interesting story – but also a story that needed a bit of polish to make it really good.
For example – if you are going to name your book after an event like a resurrection, I think the story really needs to center more around that specific event, rather than just using it as a catalyst for something else that’s going on. I never quite understood WHY the resurrection happened, even though I understand why everything else was happening. This is a big pet peeve for me – using a name or an event or a disability/illness as a hook into a story about something else. Although it wasn’t quite that bad with The Resurrection, I still was left a bit bewildered.
The Resurrection did not win the INSPY awards this year, but I think Mike Duran has the potential to write something that, in the future, will give that award a run for its figurative money. Overall, The Resurrection made me think, provided me with a good story, and also opened my eyes to this author and the potential he has for future books.(less)
Okay – first of all, I really loved the Native American aspect of this book. Among other things, it really reminded me that...moreOriginal review posted here
Okay – first of all, I really loved the Native American aspect of this book. Among other things, it really reminded me that I need to devote some time to reading some Native American literature. I really have no excuse right now, because one of my professors wrote her dissertation on a Native American author, as well as wrote an Encyclopedia of Native American works and authors.
That said, The Falling Away is part-thriller, part-supernatural, part-just-plain-creepy-Twilight-zone-esque, story. It has got it all, folks. Murder, running from the law, spiritual warfare, crazy cults, science fiction, drugs, smuggling – you name it, it’s an edge of your seat, this book is not going to let you put it down thriller.
It also won the 2011 INSPY awards.
I was really impressed, overall, with the quality of books being nominated this year, and I really, really enjoyed this piece of fiction. I’m not always the biggest fan of Christian or Inspirational literature – so I consider myself to be rather tough on these type of books, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one – which tells you something!
That all said, I will say – in the interest of full disclosure, that there were parts that had me a bit confused. The whole “chosen” bit, and the warriors seemed really vague – almost as if Hines didn’t want to cross any lines by making it seem like corny Christian-speak. I got that Quinn was considered to be a type of “Warrior” against the dark agents (I almost said force, y’all, I really have been watching too many Star Wars reruns on TV). But until things started to get knitted together at the end, I admit to being in a bit of a fog and fairly confused as a result.
Still, The Falling Away is a worthwhile read, and the perfect book to those who love both inspirational as well as science fiction/paranormal type books.(less)
Every time I sit down to write this review, I do so with the full intention of gushing with praise over it. Then I remember...moreOriginal review posted here
Every time I sit down to write this review, I do so with the full intention of gushing with praise over it. Then I remember – it basically deals with a ZOMBIE. Granted, not the flesh-dripping, brain-eating type of zombie… but honestly, who among you out there would willingly kiss a guy who doesn’t have a heartbeat, is cold.. and is not Edward Cullen.
That said.. once you get past the whole kissing a dead guy thing, the story is actually pretty good. Wren makes some very adult decisions, and deals with the adult consequences of the same. She has an interesting family dynamic happening, an established history (no three-minute falling in love here), and real issues with grief that she has to overcome in order to get on with her life.
As far as paranormal teenage stories go, this one is on the better end of the spectrum. I was impressed not only with Wren, but also with Gabriel. He wasn’t creepy, didn’t stalk on her, made good choices, was responsible, and most of all.. he wasn’t dead. Hurray!(less)
Normally, I don’t read these kind of books. I wasn’t a big fan of the book this title plays off of, I’m not a big fan of th...moreOriginal review posted here
Normally, I don’t read these kind of books. I wasn’t a big fan of the book this title plays off of, I’m not a big fan of the new vampire books in general – too.. “sparkly”. Still, I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Enchanted Ivy and thought I’d give this one a shot. Although, honestly, had she not contacted me directly, I don’t think I would have gotten it.
So the positives – this book can be laugh out loud funny. I’m not sure if that laughing is as a result of the story itself or at myself for reading it, but I did laugh quite a bit. The whole premise is so outlandishly crazy – I mean, unicorns stabbing vampires through the heart – seriously? that I can’t help but chuckle even as a little part of me dies inside.
Although it has a predictable plot line (which reminded me of a mix-match of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Drink, Slay, Love has likeable characters and a story that made for a very easy read. I couldn’t help but get the feeling that Durst was poking fun at all the vampire stories circulating around these days and when the story got completely ridiculous, I kind of felt like I was in the “inside circle”, poking fun with her.
Overall though, this is a clean, fun read for those younger teenagers looking for something with a shiny cover and fun story.(less)
Over the last few years I’ve kind of overdosed on paranormal romances and stories, but in spite of my distinct feeling of apathy toward the majority o...moreOver the last few years I’ve kind of overdosed on paranormal romances and stories, but in spite of my distinct feeling of apathy toward the majority of them now, I still have my favorites. The Raine Benares books are high on that list.
Raine is a Seeker. Throw away your Harry Potter pre-conceived notion of seekers for a moment and bear with me. She is able to touch an object and view that object from the point of view of the person who has handled it or touched it. Person, or persons, I should say. Now, she isn’t particularly magical, like other elves out there, but she has a mediocre level of talent - that is until she absorbs a mean, nasty orb called the Saghred.
All this happens in the previous four books in the series – but this one has an added level of fun: the appearance of an old boyfriend of Raine’s. Con & Conjure contains everything I’ve come to expert from Lisa Shearin; filled with lots of action, lots of sneaky movements, hot, hot moments between Raine and Mychael – however no moments with Tam which makes me sad (this is the only book I not only tolerate the love triangle, but encourage it – don’t make me choose!) and plenty of intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed Con & Conjure but please, Lisa, for the love of all that’s good, we know at this point that Raine is a Benares… you don’t always have to remind us! There, that’s my only real complaint.
This is a fun series and I highly recommend it!(less)
The Marked Son is an action-packed story focused around 17 year old Dylan and the “ghost”, Kera, who inhabits his dreams....moreReview originally posted here
The Marked Son is an action-packed story focused around 17 year old Dylan and the “ghost”, Kera, who inhabits his dreams. Dylan struggles, coping with a mother who will not stay in the same place long and goes through men like crazy and, eventually, ends up dumped into the lap of relatives he never knew existed.
Then things get crazy.
What I loved about this book was how much fun it was to finally be seeing things through the eyes of a male – and not just any male, a strong, decisive male who wasn’t wanting to shy away from things and was out to figure things out. I enjoyed the humor contained in the brief interactions he had with friends and I loved the passion Dylan exhibited when faced with some insurmountable odds.
The Marked Son is fast-paced and filled with all sorts of fights and a nicely-paced story, however there were some things that seemed to be a bit glossed over and made for a bit of clunky going, especially as the end drew near. I had a hard time accepting that Dylan was so capable right off the bad of channeling his powers, that he and Kera developed an “all-or-nothing” relationship that fast, and I was really confused as to what exactly went on in Kera’s world. So I guess mostly my issues were on the world and magic building in the book.
There didn’t seem to be any clear-cut explanation of the powers Dylan (and the others in Kera’s world) possessed. Nor was there really an explanation of how the world worked, what people used their powers for, etc. Just that there was a big, bad guy and he was going to take over. I understood that he was bad, but I didn’t really understand why. That’s what made me struggle with this story.
I’m sure I’ll check out the next one when it’s released, because it was interesting – just had issues with what I’ve mentioned. I did appreciate that the book was given a solid ending without a major cliffhanger as trilogy books are wont to have these days.(less)
I just finished this book and I'm seriously messed up. In The Raising, Laura Kasischke tackles sororities, hazing, murder, and cover-ups and she does...moreI just finished this book and I'm seriously messed up. In The Raising, Laura Kasischke tackles sororities, hazing, murder, and cover-ups and she does it from the viewpoints of several people involved: the witness, the victim, the victim's boyfriend, the best friend, the professor. They all have intricate parts and slowly, but surely, Kasischke weaves together their stories patiently bringing the reader to the end conclusion.
Except, was there one? From here on out will be some spoiler-type information so if you are interested in this book, feel free to stop and move on!
This book was unputdownable good. The story was written well, the pace was exciting, information was given to me in the perfect amounts and I was actually biting my nails at one point and crying out with anger at actions that occurred. But then it reached this huge climax... and nothing happened except a jump to a completely different time.
That, folks, is the most frustrating thing you can do to someone reading a book like this.
So while I loved the tension and mystery (and could have done without the sex scenes and much of the language), the end of the book left me frustrated, angry and astonished that it ended .. like that.
So I'm torn - I could recommend this book, but if I did so I'd do it with a warning. Be prepared for the ending, it may not be what you are expecting (or hoping for).(less)
I enjoyed The Body Finder. I thought it was an interesting premise and found it filled with action and romantic tension and as time has passed it's on...moreI enjoyed The Body Finder. I thought it was an interesting premise and found it filled with action and romantic tension and as time has passed it's one of those memories that have grown fonder. That said, I was a bit disappointed with Desires of the Dead.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Violet and Jay and their relationship, I loved the mystery and the suspense and everything that I enjoyed about The Body Finder - but what I didn't like was the introduction of Sara Priest. I felt as if the story went too far by introducing that particular aspect, and what I had been enjoying as a paranormal fantasy tried to go a little too X-Files/The Ghost Whisperer on me. It's hard to pin down with words exactly how it affected me, but it just felt a bit.. corny.
I still enjoyed much of the story and found the writing to be stronger than it was in The Body Finder. I hate saying anything negative about the book because, as a series, I'm finding it to be one of the more enjoyable YA Paranormal ones out there - I just wish that things could have been done without the introduction of Sara Priest (who is actually the only character I have issues with - Rafe is fine).
Have you read the book? What did you think when that aspect of it all was introduced? Am I just too touchy when it comes to big agencies?(less)
So, for a good ghost story I should be completely creeped out, afraid to turn off the lights when I go to bed.
Based on that criteria, this one wins, hands down.
Here’s what made this story so strong – yes, it had a ghost story, yes, it had a fantastic mystery – but most of all, it had an authentic voice. Leeann was perfect.
Now, I’m not saying she’s perfect as in a perfect person – because she definitely has her share of faults – vanity, self-centered-ness, disloyalty being among a few of them, but her method of speaking, the dialect Kathleen McKenna uses to tell the story through Leeann’s eyes is so incredibly powerful that I couldn’t help but feel taken into the story and led through it, as if I was holding Leann’s hand through it all.
And then there’s the murders, and the mystery, and the ghosts, and the scary house given as a wedding gift, and the lavish spending, and the relationships and so much more which rounds this book out to be one of those books that you read as the goosebumps creep up your arm and you find yourself looking over your shoulder for that small noise you just heard… I’m rambling, but I think that adequately describes how this book made me feel.
In short: Fan of ghost stories? This one won’t disappoint.(less)
Finally we get somewhere with Mychael and Tam in this book! Thank you, Lisa, thank you!
One thing I've noticed in reading all four books in this series...moreFinally we get somewhere with Mychael and Tam in this book! Thank you, Lisa, thank you!
One thing I've noticed in reading all four books in this series one after another - I'm a bit tired of hearing what a Benares does. We're fairly smart readers, so my one annoyance is that we don't need to constantly be reminded that Raine is a Benares - after four books... we know who and what a Benares is.
That said this book was full of fun, action and finally some steamy scenes and progression in a totally hot triangle. And.. talk about action starting from the very first page - loved that it opened up in a Bordello.
I was hugely satisfied with the progression of the storyline and will happily look forward to the next book (and thank you for the ending that didn't want to make me hurt something because I couldn't wait!).
Awesome series, great author, great characters and loads of fun.(less)
I finished this book with a big, cheesy grin on my face. In Hex Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent away to a boarding school for, basically, delinquent magic...moreI finished this book with a big, cheesy grin on my face. In Hex Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent away to a boarding school for, basically, delinquent magic users. She finds herself surrounded by faeries, witches, warlocks and even a vampire or two - and also stumbles right into the middle of a mystery that will ultimately reveal a powerful secret.
I chuckled, swooned and sighed my way through the story and had a blast doing it. I loved the touch of romance/danger thrown in and thought it rounded out the story well - because it gave depth and didn't overpower what was actually going on. I loved how Sophie wasn't a weak little girl who went running whenever she'd have to stand up for herself and Jenna, as a best friend, was pretty darn cool.
There's good cheesy and bad cheesy when it comes to YA Paranormal fiction and this one definitely goes on the good cheesy list. I'll be loaning out my copy (and am actually glad I bought this one so I could do that) to friends and family alike.(less)
I'm not a big fan of ghost stories. I spook easily and end up having to sleep at night with my lights on and an eye half open. I am, however, a huge f...moreI'm not a big fan of ghost stories. I spook easily and end up having to sleep at night with my lights on and an eye half open. I am, however, a huge fan of Zafon's writing and The Prince of Mist proved worthy.
Although The Prince of Mist lacked the more poetic writing of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, it still captured that gothic, dark feeling that I loved about the books. I could definitely tell this was a book geared more toward a younger audience - it was short, easy to read and drew me in from the very get-go.
Young Max has to move from his childhood home. With him are his two sisters (one older, one younger) and his parents. They move to a house with a history, a house on a beach, and they stumble into a story involving magic, ghosts and some of the creepiest elements of a ghost story that can be used.
There was a little bit of everything in this book. It played on my fear of graveyards, clowns, "The Ring" movie and many more fears. I read the book in an evening, but had to set it down several times because of random noises that had me jumping and looking over my shoulder. It's just a book, I'd remind myself. I'm such a wimp.
This is a fantastic addition to the YA world. The beginning writing is a bit simple, but push through it and you'll find a story that has every element needed to make it interesting, scary, fun, romantic, sad and just plain creepy.(less)
When I first started to read this book I fell into a bit of a trap. It felt magical - in a different sense then it ended up feeling.
Who wouldn't love...moreWhen I first started to read this book I fell into a bit of a trap. It felt magical - in a different sense then it ended up feeling.
Who wouldn't love the romance of an old home, complete with no electricity, an overgrown garden and the mysteries that it contained. Connie's story was an interesting one - and it tied in well with the flashbacks through history. Both stories had their moments of suspense and intrique. The bad guy in the modern day story, unfortunately, could be spotted very easily and it took some of the fun out of it for me.
Here is what kept this book from getting 5 stars from me:
About halfway through the book - maybe a bit further, the story went from an interesting fiction novel to more of a paranormal/science-fiction type story. Now, normally I love these stories, but I dislike having it sprung on me after I'd already become fairly entrenched in the historic aspect of the novel. But, this is personal preference.
I've mentioned the "bad guy" aspect. Honestly, I think the book could have done without the villain. There were enough bad guys.
The writing is musical and easy to read. However, I grew annoyed with the attempts made by the author to input the accent of the upper east into the conversations being held. It was great to read the old way of speaking in the historic story, not so great to read the "r's" constantly replaced by "ah's" in the newer story.
Overall, it was a fun read and not quite what I expected. I did get reasonably spooked out and it gave me some pretty funny dreams last night. It wasn't, however, one of those books I'll be reading again and again.(less)
I wanted to like this book. This is a story about a 130 year old ghost, Helen, who attaches herself to writers in order to keep from being sucked into...moreI wanted to like this book. This is a story about a 130 year old ghost, Helen, who attaches herself to writers in order to keep from being sucked into the "void". In her journeys, she meets another soul, James, and they struggle with finding a way to be together.
What I didn't like about the book, and what ultimately earned the two star rating from me was the relationship between Jenny and Billy. For a young adult novel, this sure had some weird moments - explicit sex scene, lack of protection, rebellion, drug use. Jenny and Billy weren't really redeemed in any way and the characters themselves feel half finished, as did Helen and James.
It felt as if Whitcomb had lost track of the story she wanted to tell. There were three stories in this short novel. That of Helen, the ghost and the literary "hosts" (which... somehow gets lost for the last half of the book). That of Helen and James in mortal form and that of Jenny and Billy.
I think this is my favorite book of the series, thus far. In The Trouble with Demons, what starts out as a shopping trip ends up becoming something.....moreI think this is my favorite book of the series, thus far. In The Trouble with Demons, what starts out as a shopping trip ends up becoming something.. a bit more menacing.
Shearin takes things to another level by introducing the Hell Gate and the demons that are a pre-cursor to it. And the Demon Queen.. well, I still gag a bit when I think of the description of her.
As always there's tons of action, fun, witty humor and sexual tension throughout the book. Unfortunately we're no closer to a resolution on the Raine/Mychael/Tam front - but I will tell you this.. I love the development with Piaras that takes place in The Trouble with Demons. I love the fact that an innocent is called to the front in order for even a seeker to find something. It made me cackle and gave me a little thrill even though I know how corny the twist was.
Now that I've finished my re-read of the first three I'm off to tackle the newest addition to the Raine series and I cannot wait!(less)
If you are a Team sort of girl this book is going to delight you. I cannot decide if I'm Team Mychael or Team Tam .. but I can tell you both men in th...moreIf you are a Team sort of girl this book is going to delight you. I cannot decide if I'm Team Mychael or Team Tam .. but I can tell you both men in this ongoing story of Raine Benares are yummy and fun to read about.
I love these Raine books. They are exactly the kind of book I wish I could write. They are full of wit, action and steamy clean fun. Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Then these are the books for you.
In Armed and Magical a few more bits and pieces about the past are revealed and a new enemy set up that raises the notch on the excitement factor even more. Piaras is, I think, my favorite character after Raine. There's such an innocence about him - but every time he starts his spellslinging (working magic through songs) I get a little thrill and have to fight the urge to fist pump and scream GO GET 'EM!
Shearin does a fantastic job of creating a fun world, making the politics of that world easy to understand and providing easy, fun magic to read about. These books are highly addictive so if you want to read them make sure you have all four that are out handy. (less)
I was introduced to Lisa Shearin by Felicia Day (If you haven't seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog stop reading this now and go watch it! It's on Yo...moreI was introduced to Lisa Shearin by Felicia Day (If you haven't seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog stop reading this now and go watch it! It's on YouTube even! No excuse! Also her web series The Guild is excellent.)
Okay, now that you are back and more educated when it comes to fantastic women let me talk a little bit about Raine Benares, the heroine of this novel.
She is every bit the following: sassy, fun, impertinent, troublesome, snarky, romantic, confused, hilarious, tough and stubborn.
She's even more fun to read about the second time around. Now, add into the mix some fantastic fantasy elements, a heart-pounding love triangle between Raine, Tam (a silvery-skinned goblin) and Mychael (a hunky Guardian) and you have every ingredient required for today's paranormal books - but at a level that, in my opinion, blows most out of the water.
So why does it? Because this is smart fun writing and Lisa Shearin recognizes that for a woman to enjoy a good book it doesn't all have to be all about reading what all goes on between the sheets. There's action, adventure and a great story-line from the get-go.
So yes, I picked this book up again for the second time and I flew through it, enjoying every page as much as I did the first time. If you haven't read it then what the heck are you waiting for! Go! (after watching some more Felicia Day because, you know, she rules.)(less)