Author Cindy Pon has been raving about Jeannie Lin's historical romances, so when Capturing the Silken Thief came up as a freebie on Kindle, I decided...moreAuthor Cindy Pon has been raving about Jeannie Lin's historical romances, so when Capturing the Silken Thief came up as a freebie on Kindle, I decided to give it a try.
This is a quick story, meant to introduce Lin's Lotus Palace novel. Set in Tang Dynasty China, this is the story of a scholar and a musician. The musician, Jia, believes scholar Luo Cheng has stolen a "pillow book," a rather risque journal written by a famous courtesan. The sale of the book will be enough to buy Jia's freedom from her indentured position as a musician. Luo Cheng isn't the scholar she was looking for, however, and the two team up to regain the book. What follows is a bit "Gift of the Magi," but for a novella, the story is appropriately paced and, for want of a better word, adorable.
I'll definitely check out more of Lin's books after reading this one.(less)
Sometimes interstitial novellas work and sometimes they don't. Old Blood definitely falls into the latter section.
Meant to explain the story of Pippa,...moreSometimes interstitial novellas work and sometimes they don't. Old Blood definitely falls into the latter section.
Meant to explain the story of Pippa, the "Creepy Clown Lady" who keeps appearing to Perry and who left a message on the tapes meant for Dex and Perry at the end of book 4, this is a first-person, journal-esque infodump that would have been better off trimmed and written into the books in small doses. As a novella, even a non-standalone one, it's boring, too long, and totally indulgent.
Definitely not worth the purchase price, even at 99 cents. Ask a friend to give you a tl;dr version.(less)
In the time between reading books four and five of Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series, I took a side trip for one of her romances. That... was...moreIn the time between reading books four and five of Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series, I took a side trip for one of her romances. That... was not a great trip. But I'm back to Experiment in Terror via On Demon Wings, and it's my favorite of the series so far.
When we last left Perry and Dex, (view spoiler)[Perry had quit their web show about paranormal occurrences, and she and Dex were never going to see each other again. (hide spoiler)] Perry is still living with her parents, working as a part-time barista, and pretty much hating her life. She's done with all things paranormal, until Dex's former friend Maximus shows up and expresses interest in not only dating Perry, but also resurrecting the show with her.
But Perry hasn't been feeling well, and while she may be done with the paranormal, it isn't exactly done with her. She finds herself in more trouble than she's been in before, and this time, there's no Dex backing her up, and her parents -- and a lot of other people -- think she's insane.
When it comes to creep factor, this is one book you'll be reading with all the lights in the house on. I haven't been this freaked out by a book since I was a wee nine-year-old stealing my father's Dean Koontz novels. Halle manages to hit it out of the park with a nice blend of gore and overall freaky things, and even knowing Perry's history, you're still kept guessing as to how much of what's happening is in Perry's head. One plot point seems to be left hanging, but overall, this is one of the best modern horror books I've read. I just wish Halle would stick to this genre and drop the romance, because I can't get enough of these books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)