This book hit me right between the eyes and kept smacking me around till I became it’s bitch. Because of my experience reading a few of her other bookThis book hit me right between the eyes and kept smacking me around till I became it’s bitch. Because of my experience reading a few of her other books, I knew it was going to be well written, dark, and full of incredibly painted characters, but I did not expect to be sitting here at the end of it all with my mouth hanging open and my mind officially blown away. Rhiannon Frater presents The Mesmerized, a genre bundt cake of dark post-apocalyptic horror with a rich frosting of science fiction.
As with her other books, this one features a strong female protagonist. Minji is a wife and mother who will do anything it takes to protect her family. Where each person seems to lose their civility bit by bit, Minji maintains her cool while still being realistic about her fear. She is smart, both street and book.
You’ve never read a story like this before. It may remind you of mysterious pandemic style books such as Under the Dome, or even Robert R. McCammon’s Swan Song, but after you read Rhiannon Fraser’s books, you will recognize her talent as an author solidly standing on her own. Her style is unique and her ability to weave us all into her world is top notch. Her zombie reads had me stumbling and struggling to stay on top of the panic and tension. This book, well… it had me..ummm… sigh… yes I believe I’ll go there… Mesmerized.
Groan if you want, but I am not going to apologize for it. I have been extremely busy as of late. Been kind of dealing with my own craptastic thing, and needed escape. The Mesmerized ended up being the perfect choice. With the nights long here in Alaska, the mood was already set. Dark and alone was how I read most of the book and I suggest for you to find a corner in your house to do the same.
Our protagonist is Minji, she is a character of diversity being half Korean. I mention this because it’s a very important aspect of the story. During all of this, as with many books which explore the psychological deconstruction of society such as this one does, race becomes important, as well as class, and judging those by their appearance alone. Even after you see her in action and being the recipient of her compassion, there are those (cough… I wanted to bitch slap Author, cough) who continue to judge her. Even when she is the key to saving not only themselves, but possibly the world. Her dreads & ink soon become the easier thing to accept after the otherness she has takes over.
As mentioned earlier, this is not my first read of Rhiannon’s, but I have not reviewed her other series on the blog yet. I read her zombie series and fell in love with her style of writing. Along with writing clean and all encompassing prose, she also includes strong female characters, real ones. She knows how to write real fear, compassion, realistic progression as well as believable situations into the story, despite being about something … otherwise. ;)
I could not escape the intensity that grew with each turn of the page. The characters are rich, the horror is intangible for the characters as well as myself. Don’t laugh, again, but there was one point I checked to see if I left the stove on or something near the burner because I could smell a hint of smoke. Yet, there is a message here, just as there is in her other reads, it is subtle. You kind of sit there thinking… until your mouth forms a silent “ohhhh” and you smile at her sneakiness.
Those of you who have been waiting to read this, letting it archive onto your Kindle, set aside some time for a date with it because you will want to have a nice chunk of time for the immersion. Horror fans, post-apocalyptic fans, readers who like smart writing and original story telling, you will love this book. Take the time to grab it and fall into line… you will become one of us and you won’t be sorry....more
The urban fantasy blockbuster team of Ilona Andrews has done it again with BURN FOR ME. This is one book I will say do NOT judge by the cover. My firsThe urban fantasy blockbuster team of Ilona Andrews has done it again with BURN FOR ME. This is one book I will say do NOT judge by the cover. My first Kate Daniels book didn’t have a cover and so luckily I was hooked before seeing the cover because I never would have picked it up. When the Kate Andrews series ended I read everything else and have been waiting and following all the snippets and all the incredible back stories, characters, and explanations of the world build our protagonist Nevada Bayor and Connor “Mad” Rogan live in.
In the world of Hidden Legacy, magic is passed down through your parents. Because of this many of the strong families in the higher casts would research and marry because of the flavor of magic in order to have a a child with strong magic. Magic is divided in how powerful they are in a form of ranks. The highest is called a Prime. If a family produces two Primes over three generations they are considered a powerful house of magic.
House Pierce is one of the strongest houses and our protagonist is tasked to bring in their son who has gone rogue. The issue is Adam Pierce is one of the strongest Pyrokinesis (master of fire) over all. He also is accused of breaking into a bank vault and killing one of the guards and injuring many others. Mad Rogan is apply named because his magic is one of the strongest in the world. Nevada is what is called a Truthseeker. She knows when you are lying and learns she can complete the truth also. The magic is complex and weaves a tale just as complete. The authors explain it best:
“Magic exists in the world, magic is hereditary, and family business often revolves around the family magic.“
One thing I adore about alternate history/paranormal urban fantasy are the complex world builds. When an author pulls it off, as Andrews always does, it is spectacular. The world of Hidden Legacy is set in Houston, TX. Our protagonist Nevada, is another strong female protagonist from Andrews. One who will be able to keep us going from book to book. I adore Kate Daniels but she has such a tragic past. Nevada’s is tragic but because of her wit and her personality as well as the wonderful supporting characters I am going to go out on a limb and say I love her a bit more. She is a private investigator whose agency was established by her father and since his death she maintains. She has a huge compassionate heart especially when it comes to her family. Because of debt a large firm owned by one of the larger House, holds the rights to the firm so when they say jump, she does. This time it may come at the price of her business, her family’s home and possibly her life.
Mad Rogan is a Prime Telekinetic has a completely different outlook on life. He is brilliant, commanding, ruthless, antisocial and at times seemingly sociopathic. He infuriates Nevada to no ends. It may be because of the fact she is kidnapped as a “get to know you” thing. :) Andrews is a master at creating conflict and sexual tension. You cannot beat the two most unlikely people dancing around the truth. At the beginning of the book Rogan’s sister asks him to find her son Gavin, who has hooked up with Adam Pierce, a Prime Pyrokinetic who is wanted not only for breaking in and burning a bank down, but also murder.
At first I thought a possible love triangle but .. well you will have to read it to find out. What Adam Pierce also is, is a horrific meglomaniac. Nevada is told if she does not bring him into his House she will lose her business and her families home. She has no choice but to go after him and bring him in alive since law enforcement will not take a chance at being burned alive. What his intentions are who knows.
There is so much more to the story. There are tons of reason why you should read this and the above is only a few of them. It is a win just with the successful first person point of view. Seamless to the point I did not even notice it. There is action, adventure, magic, romance which is just beginning (and in no way over the top), and humor. Snarky fun and passionate characters. I cannot wait for book two! Oh and No vampires, werewolves, demons or otherworld creatures.. well perhaps Peaches and Bug could count as one, but no they are all humans. I recommend this book if you like Kim Harrison and Jeaniene Frost you will really want to grab any of Ilonna Andrews books. There is so much more to this. Make sure you check out the authors website via the links at the bottom of the review which explain it in more depth. For now? I am going to log off here and start re-reading my Kate Daniels books.
FAVORITE QUOTES: “Thank you for not killing the squirrel“
“If you look in the dictionary under grandmother, you’ll see a little old lady with two knitting needles and a ball of yarn.“ I pretended to stir imaginary spaghetti with two imaginary chopsticks. “Sometimes I sit and think, if only my grandma had knitted me a hat or a scarf…”
Really? All those cars and someone put the alarm on an Azteck?
It was made of carnations and tears, stolen glances and desperate, burning need. I kisses him like I loved him. I kissed him like it was the only kiss that had every mattered....more
Vampires, Werewolves Witches and men in Kilts.. Oh my! Seriously this was a crazy ride. A 700 year-old clan war. A lost heir, a crazy vampire girl (whVampires, Werewolves Witches and men in Kilts.. Oh my! Seriously this was a crazy ride. A 700 year-old clan war. A lost heir, a crazy vampire girl (who seriously needs a Thorazine laced blood bag) with a cocky vampire hunter and that is just the first 10% of the bloody book! Where it went from there was a head-spinning crazy-ass ride of whoop-whoop fun! I also always love anything which brings in at least a mention of my hometown of Seattle. The paranormal investigation is pretty cool too.
This is Contemporary Gothic horror. The witchcraft written about is spot on (thank you Bob-bo) which always is a thrill for this witchy-poo to read. I loved the mixture of modern and already established horror story devices and arcs. Even though the story is set in modern day Indiana, the Gothic flavor really seeps through, much like the dampness of manor, graves and crypts. It was brand new and yet felt like a classic at the same time. Thrilling, chilling and full of horror. One of my favorite things were the protagonists and the antagonists were just as lovable. I wish there was a bit more development with some of them or at least a place to breath. Perhaps I was glamoured by Inari the wicked bitch of the cemetery. It was a good read and like I said a crazy ride!
It was full of wonderful creatures, like I said and a full cast of characters and modern day monsters as well. This herein lies my problem with the book. There was just to many characters and though many were developed OK many .. well I just got lost! It bounced back and fourth so rapidly and at times there was a marker to show it was from a different persons point of view or a different room, time, era, room… country? I know, but it got confusing. If the markers would have been consistent, I lost who, what, and where I was. And yes, I had a review copy but because of issues with the Mobi file, the publisher gave me the final file they used for all the sites. At any rate, because of this it took me longer to finish the book. I lost interest or got tired trying to figure it out. The writing was not bad or I would not have finished it, in fact it was good. But I believe it needed more obvious breaks so readers did not have to be pulled out of the story to re-read to make sure they knew where they were. I know a lot of folks who enjoy this type of chaotic scene changes but it was a bit to much for me.
This is the second edition of the book. It was originally published in a much shorter novel (206 pages) back in 2006. Though it was not that obvious, I was able to tell a few places where the scenes or descriptions were filled out somewhat. Maybe this was some of the jarring reading aspects. Still I liked the book. Oh and for you cover whores? Look how gorgeous Enggar Adirasa has made them! 3.5 stars...more