Welcome to My World of Dreams--and welcome to the review of Drasmyr, a new YA vampire story--but it is not your Twilight. Buffy gave us the vampires wWelcome to My World of Dreams--and welcome to the review of Drasmyr, a new YA vampire story--but it is not your Twilight. Buffy gave us the vampires we love to... well, love. Drasmyr takes us back to the vampire of old--the dark, the soulless, the destroyer. And he does it in such a wonderful way!
The book is unusual, in that the first person POV is not the "hero" of the book--but he is easily the most compelling.
The human characters are just as well-drawn as the vampire, and the interaction and the ultimate battle all work together to create a work that was hard to put down.
I understand this is just the first of a series with these characters. I eagerly look forward to finding out what is in store for them and this world. ...more
I really enjoyed this book--and what's not to love? A secret club designed to liven things up in a boring, small town school. I would have LOVED a cluI really enjoyed this book--and what's not to love? A secret club designed to liven things up in a boring, small town school. I would have LOVED a club like that in my high school!
There's a lot of room in this series to focus on the various members of the club--and to get to know the other students at the high school.
The mystery is well-written, with just enough darkness to keep my interest. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series....more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book. I love mythology, though, so I wanted to give this unique chance to hear directly from the horseI wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book. I love mythology, though, so I wanted to give this unique chance to hear directly from the horse's bull's mouth what he had to say. And, I'm glad I did.
The Minotaur, in this offering, is a suave, cultured creature who appears before a large group of students to tell his story--and thus it begins.
Minotaur Revisited reminded me of a subdued History of the World. There are definite moments of light-heartedness (I loved his dog named Ramen "like the noodles" and his influence on Pharoah's army as they are chasing the Israelites). Yes, the Minotaur knew Pharaoh, Moses, Joshua--he raised the first Queen of Sheba--he had a hand in several other important episodes of historical significance.
The book isn't all humorous, though; he was present at the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and it had a profound influence on this mythical creature. There was also some very sad moments in the book--no spoilers, but watch for Tarzan-like character.
Even though he escapes from his original labyrinth home, he soon finds that the entire world--no, his entire existence--is a labyrinth through which he must travel. Each time he thinks he might have found true freedom, he runs up against a dead end: Vlad (the inspiration for Dracula) and Jack the Ripper.
It's not just actual historical personages he meets--he also encounters Belle's sister is a "Beauty and the Beast" vignette.
Kudos to David Gelber for such an ambitious undertaking....more
To Dance in Liradon is a true faerie tale--a beautiful tale of true love.
Brigid dreams of finding her true love--but has trouble seeing who he mightTo Dance in Liradon is a true faerie tale--a beautiful tale of true love.
Brigid dreams of finding her true love--but has trouble seeing who he might be. Raised on her father's stories of true love, she knows there is something for her--but what is only revealed after much searching.
The tension builds throughout the story and the reader is pulled right along with Brigid as she learns the true meaning of love. Kudos to the author on a riveting first novel. I'll be keeping my eye out for more books by Ms. Clarke. ...more
What happens when your dreams start to come true? Especially your dreams about being a demon slayer. That's what happens to Natalie Johnson in this fiWhat happens when your dreams start to come true? Especially your dreams about being a demon slayer. That's what happens to Natalie Johnson in this first installment of the Dream Slayer series.
The story starts out with echoes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Natalie saves the day from a demon and a run-away bus. Unfortunately, in the "real" world, another Natalie Johnson is being bullied at school. There's a juxtaposition between the two Natalies that they are not aware of, but that the author reveals early in the book. Natalie Johnson the chubby and bullied (both at home and at school) has always had detailed dreams--and in her dreams she's beautiful, powerful--oh, and a demon slayer. What Natalie doesn't know, though, is that even when she's not dreaming, the characters of her dreams are living their own life.
What's a girl to do when there starts to be slippage between her real life and her dream life? That's the premise for the series.
The series seems inspired by the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: there's Natalie (Buffy), Mr. Buckle (her Watcher), her best friend Tristan (Zander), and a cheerleader nemesis (Cordelia). But, Jill takes the inspiration and makes it into something uniquely her own.
What chubby, bullied girl doesn't dream of being someone different--someone powerful and in charge of her own life? In this series, it comes true for Natalie. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it will be interesting to see the next installment of the series to see how the author is going to handle two story lines that intersect when Natalie in this life is becoming more like the Natalie in the dream world.
Although this book could be dark, part of its charm is that there are many moments of lightness--especially in the dialogue:
Morach's eyes grew even more afraid. Natalie gripped the hilt in both hands on final approach. "It's just us now, Morach. Maybe you should say a little prayer."
"I don't understand. It was all so well thought out. Why exactly won't you die?" Morach backed up farther as the tip of her sword pushed into his neck. He trembled. "You wouldn't kill an unarmed demon, would you?"
"I think I've proved I would. Six times or so."
"Let's cut a deal. Listen, I have a very extensive DVD collection. I'm sure we can work something out."
"I don't make deals. Do I look like a lawyer to you? I don't think so. I've been waiting a long time for this, and I plan on enjoying it."
I'm going to get this book for the library. I think it will be a good addition....more
Sierra and Trey have had their problems in the past--and their problem in the present is that they are still in love. But... is that love enough to ovSierra and Trey have had their problems in the past--and their problem in the present is that they are still in love. But... is that love enough to overcome the difficulties between them?
From affairs on one side and a major secret on the other--along with the obligatory-in-romance spanners thrown into the mix when it looks like everything will work out, and you have a book to hold your attention.
The characters are well-drawn and mostly likable. With the exception of small consistency issue early in the book, there were no editing issues that took me out of the book (the downside of being a former editor!).
If you are a contemporary romance fan, I encourage you to take a look at this book. And, there are other characters in the book I expect to see featured soon in another of Cheryl Douglas' Nashville Nights book....more
This book is a powerful, multi-layered, multi-generational book. Dark, rich, and intriguing like a sauce you want to go back and savor again and again This book is a powerful, multi-layered, multi-generational book. Dark, rich, and intriguing like a sauce you want to go back and savor again and again. Those of you who know me know that I'm not that reader that rereads many books-- Gone with the Wind, Tolkien, Austen, and Gabaldon-- but that's about it. This book may have made it onto that list. I know I'll go back and reread it at least once. Now that I've read the ending, I want to go back and see what I might have missed.
The book has three POV characters... Aidan, Francis, and Elyse. None blood-related, but all intimately intwined in the mystery that is The Angry Woman Suite.
It's similar to a Southern Gothic--family secrets build up and build up until the reader discovers the truth. I pride myself on normally figuring out mysteries, but this time--I have to admit that Lee Fullbright kept me guessing. Kudos to the author for an intriguing debut novel. I'm anxious to see what she's going to do next....more