Though I've read all but the first HP (the last two twice), this is my favorite. It reminds me of "The Empire Strikes Back" in the Star Wars movie serThough I've read all but the first HP (the last two twice), this is my favorite. It reminds me of "The Empire Strikes Back" in the Star Wars movie series. There's something about the anticipation in this book when we see the possibility of Harry Potter's demise. It's the turning point. No more will Harry return happily to Hogwarts to riddle out the evil in this perfect, magical world. This book reminds us of the real mortality of our beloved friends (Dumbledore) and that Harry's world, though fantasy, does mirror our own just a bit. Definitely five stars!...more
Magnificent! For a reference point, let me say I first thought I'd stepped into a modern version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" then stumbled intMagnificent! For a reference point, let me say I first thought I'd stepped into a modern version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" then stumbled into 50 Shades of Grey. Having said that, the originality and craft of the story is ALL Saucier--sensual, deep, and alluring.
I was completely riveted by both the mystery and the romance. The murder mystery is complex and multi-layered. But the author gives us enough foreshadowing and clues to feel like we're part of the investigation rather than at a loss. The plot-twist is so clever. Bravo, Saucier!
The romance? Naughty and nurturing all at the same time. Mason is such a hot leading man--confident, protective, and sexy as hell. I couldn't get enough of the two together and couldn't wait to see what Mason had planned next. This one is definitely on my reread list.
Looking for something steamy to make you tremble in all the right ways? Look no further. This one is for you. I highly recommend to readers who enjoy romantic suspense with toe-curling bedroom scenes. Brilliant work, Saucier.
This one breaks away from our meek, yet strong-willed, heroines that Marillier typically creates. However, I completely connected with her and followeThis one breaks away from our meek, yet strong-willed, heroines that Marillier typically creates. However, I completely connected with her and followed her every step of the journey. Awesome!...more
I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of this anthology. Not only did it allow me the opportunity to delve deeper into characters other thI feel honored and privileged to have been a part of this anthology. Not only did it allow me the opportunity to delve deeper into characters other than Gabe and Clara in the Setti series, but also a way to fight back against a disease that has touched my life too often, as I am sure it has for so many of you. A huge thank-you goes to Amber Garr for being the head of our project and for putting so much heartfelt work into making it a success.
As for the stories, it is true that they vary greatly in time and place. However, I find the repeated themes of love and loss tie them together very well. There is certainly something for everyone who loves the paranormal.
To my coauthors, you're all so awesome! Not only are you talented writers, but you're just plain good people. Thank you for the splendid journey!
Hooked from the very beginning. I read this on the tail of the Twilight series and was pleasantly surprised by Rose Hathaway's aggressiveness and streHooked from the very beginning. I read this on the tail of the Twilight series and was pleasantly surprised by Rose Hathaway's aggressiveness and strength. I LOVE this whole series. Thank you, Ms. Mead, for a heroine I want to follow....more
As a Jane Austen enthusiaist, I am always curious about adaptations of her works. I was very pleased with the retelling of her most famous work througAs a Jane Austen enthusiaist, I am always curious about adaptations of her works. I was very pleased with the retelling of her most famous work through the eyes of Darcy as one of the damned. Upon reflection, Darcy's temperment is a perfect fit for the brooding vampire.
I was pleased to see that Saucier kept to Austen's tale, while adding her own scenes and interludes that easily could've been missed in Austen's original. I also appreciated the fact that Saucier's vampire followed the classic rules of vampirism (no sparkling mind-readers here).
Saucier's language follows the style of 19th century literature, while adding the necessary imagery to engage the 21st century reader. She also appeals to the modern reader with a more satisfying conclusion in the final section that is all her own--Beyond Pride and Prejudice.
If you are in any way a fan of Mr. Darcy, this is a must-read....more
Wonderful regency romance. Leading man is to-die-for. All of that protectiveness and possessiveness wrapped up in a masculine masterpiece with a sweetWonderful regency romance. Leading man is to-die-for. All of that protectiveness and possessiveness wrapped up in a masculine masterpiece with a sweet vulnerability for his love makes the hero nearly perfect. Loved this book! Stephanie Laurens is my new favorite historical romance writer!...more
I was unsure how I would feel reading this story with Dani, a 14-year-old swaggering, boastful, clutsy girl as our heroine. Somehow, I didn't imagineI was unsure how I would feel reading this story with Dani, a 14-year-old swaggering, boastful, clutsy girl as our heroine. Somehow, I didn't imagine she would appeal to me the same as Mac from the Fae Fever series. However, Moning has completely changed my mind on that score. This book was riveting. I don't know what spells Moning conjured to weave this tale, but she had me from chapter 1.
Let me remind readers that this is NOT a YA book simply because a young teen is the central character. Similar to the Fae Fever series, there is a tantalizing mystery, sinister unseelie wandering about trying to kill/feed on humans, and brooding, deliciously dangerous men at every corner. Our leading male, Ryodan, is as alluring as Jericho Barrons. Some may not agree, but I like his BA allure just as much as I liked Barrons. Okay, "liked" is an understatement. I couldn't wait for him to appear in each scene!
The originality in the unseelie in this book completely captivated my imagination, specifically the Hoar Frost King and the Crimson Hag. Wow! The final scene blew me away! I love the beauty of Moning's imagery and action. I would categorize her work as modern Gothic fiction.
The only negative aspect of this book was that Dani, a street-smart kid who has seen it all, reacted more like an 11-year-old from time to time. She was completely oblivious to the effect she had on the three males vying for her attention. Oblivious at 14, I understand, but even I knew what certain expressions meant or alluded to at age 14. And I grew up in happy suburbia, not a dark, sinful world where Dani comes from. I just thought Dani should've "gotten" what Ryodan, Christian, and Dancer were seeing in her at least once or twice. She seemed to act TOO naive at times. Still, this didn't make me want to knock off a star or even half a star. When a book haunts me day and night days after I've read it, you get 5 stars no matter what flaws I saw in the story.
So thank you, Karen Marie Moning, for a wonderful, rocky ride! I'm seriously upset that I'll be deprived of the next book, BURNED, for who knows how long. Guess I'll just have to go and reread the Fae Fever series in the meantime.
Amanda Cowley has created a wonderful new world in Soul Protector. The plot is fresh and original. And, her heroine Gracie is both strong and vulnerabAmanda Cowley has created a wonderful new world in Soul Protector. The plot is fresh and original. And, her heroine Gracie is both strong and vulnerable--the kind of character we can all relate to who also compels us to follow her every move.
The romance between Gracie and Dan is torturous at times, and I mean that in the best kind of way. Dan is the perfect leading man--tall and dark with an air of mystery. The pacing of the story is swift and engaging, leading us through Gracie's personal tumults as she falls farther into the SP world where she belongs.
Cowley has successfully melded the world of fantasy and reality in a way that compels you to read on and want more. I can't wait for Book Two!...more