Basically Shelby, a housewife and stay at home mum, gets shot in the head at the supermarket while shopping for...carrots. (Like the title.)3.5 stars.
Basically Shelby, a housewife and stay at home mum, gets shot in the head at the supermarket while shopping for...carrots. (Like the title.) Then she can read minds and drama ensues. I enjoyed the writing. I liked that she didn't dump her husband, or vice versa, and then get all hot and heavy with the hunky detective (She calls him Dimples, and that should be a clue. Not.) Then she gets embroiled with a mobster who wants to use her mind reading skills for his gain/protection.
My biggest problem is that Shelby is portrayed as a character who can read everyone's thoughts. There's some plot development of blocking, from both sides, and the mobster starts singing in his head to keep his thoughts out of Shelby's head. If the reader is told everything, just everything, it gets a little predictable fast. The author throws in a character who is very controlled and she can't read him as well, but it's like throwing in a red herring. I liked this book. I got for free, which is always cool, but dang it's hard for the author to go down this road.
However, I bought the second one, so we'll see where it goes. It's definitely worth a shot. Again, love the title....more
Sophie is a nonmagic human working in the Underworld Detection Agency. Things happens. She knows bunches of funky nonhumans like her vampire roomie, NSophie is a nonmagic human working in the Underworld Detection Agency. Things happens. She knows bunches of funky nonhumans like her vampire roomie, Nina, who is a clothes horse. Werewolves, trolls, dragons abound. Who can go wrong with that?
I enjoyed the humor in this one. It's more like paranormal chicklit.
My cons: I hate that the cover is all super UF heroine and the actual heroine is anything but. I mean she's got a huge honking sword on the cover and I can't remember her having a sword in the book. (However, this is not the author's fault because the cover is very likely the work of the publisher who wants a juicier cover for audience's sake.)
Also I can say that the author uses the word paled and blanched too many times. The hero paled. The hero blanched. The hero paled and blanched. (I know, I'm guilty of doing similar things.)
I'm a little confused about the title of Underworld Detection Agency. It sounds like a detective agency but they don't actually do this. It's more like a place you'd get a driver's license.
Anyway, I got the first one at a good price and I've been plowing through the series because it's good, light fluff. There's a little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of paranormal....more
I got this for free. (Yea!) So it has sat in my to-read pile for months. Yesterday I started reading it and liked it quite a bit. I'm thinking vampireI got this for free. (Yea!) So it has sat in my to-read pile for months. Yesterday I started reading it and liked it quite a bit. I'm thinking vampire private detective has been done before but then throw in the whole mom+vampire+estrangedwife thing and whoo hoo, we've got a story. I liked the angst by the heroine (Samantha Moon) more than I liked the mystery. Obviously the author's setting it up for a series (which he's already into five or six or so) so all the answers aren't falling into our laps. For example we're not exactly finding out who turned Sam into a vampire. (Kind of). Or why. Then there's the vampire hunter who was tracking her and gives her a few clues. Then the whole human husband thing just wasn't working out for Sam. (Her husband used to be okay but turned into a d**khead.) I really enjoyed the vampire part but the mystery plot (hired by a guy to find out who shot him five times) was a little bit of a let down. I liked the writing and it was fresh enough to want to buy the second one. Love indie authors....more
Assassin nuns in an alternative land. It's kind of a historical Mrs. Peel meets a convent, except they don't get to wear the form fitting cat suit. (PAssassin nuns in an alternative land. It's kind of a historical Mrs. Peel meets a convent, except they don't get to wear the form fitting cat suit. (Pity.) Plus there's a god of death which brings to mind a quote from Game of Thrones. ("What do we say to the god of death?") There's some paranormal what-the-effory. I gathered that this is supposed to be YA, which I don't really agree with. It's interesting. It reminds me of The Poison Study by Maria Synder. I enjoyed reading it and I even got the second one, so what can I say....more
**spoiler alert** Okay. Thomas is a boy who wakes up in a box. The box is being moved somewhere. Then it's opened up and there is a group of other boy**spoiler alert** Okay. Thomas is a boy who wakes up in a box. The box is being moved somewhere. Then it's opened up and there is a group of other boys in a maze. Mystery begins. I bought the book because it was on sale as advertised on bookbub but was quickly enthralled. I really wanted to know the mystery. I was desperate to figure out why the boys couldn't remember anything from before the maze. Loved the whole idea.
And spoilers follow. WARNING: SPOILERS!!!!!
But then the last person is added to the mix and her name is Theresa. Once Theresa wakes up, she can speak telepathically with Thomas. And then really weird shizz ensues in the maze. The walls don't come down at night to protect them. The light goes away. There are no more supplies. They are forced to make a break for it.
I loved the concept but I hated that nearly nothing was resolved. The book kind of stopped midstream in the middle of the story. Wham. Buy the second book or be hosed. I get that it's a trend for writers these days but I would have thought the author would have thrown us a bone. The good news was that the second and third books are out as of this review, so no waiting. And of course, I was sucked in enough to buy the second book right away.
Anyway, I would have given it a 3.5 if I could have. I think the reader needs to know that if you buy this book and read it, you HAVE to read the second book, and since I just finished the second one, you HAVE to read the third book. Please, author, let that wrap the series up. Please. Please. Please....more
Basically Eona, formerly known as Eon the dragoneye, is out to rescue the world, as is wont to happen. She's been outed as a woman and found some newBasically Eona, formerly known as Eon the dragoneye, is out to rescue the world, as is wont to happen. She's been outed as a woman and found some new powers. Also the bad would-be emperor can control her through a mysterious folio and his blood. OMG. What will happen?
As much as I liked the first one, I hoped the sequel would be as engaging. I found myself disliking most of the characters in the book, with the exceptions of Dela and Ryko.
Oh I wanted her to win and kick some bad emperor butt with her intense dragoneye skills, but it was a little whiney. Suddenly no one trusts Eona the lady dragoneye, because she covered up the little matter of her gender. Some other stuff ensues that I don't want to give away.
I am glad to see the story wrap up in the second book instead of the author dragging it out into endless cliffhangers, but I didn't care for this one as much as the first.
Basic plot: Girl pretends to be boy in order to train as a would-be dragoneye. (A dragoneye is someone who hooks up with a dragon and has lots of poweBasic plot: Girl pretends to be boy in order to train as a would-be dragoneye. (A dragoneye is someone who hooks up with a dragon and has lots of power.) Girl gets to be super dragoneye, then shizz happens.
I love stories dealing with Chinese/Japanese mythology and this one has it. I could be wrong but it seems more Japanese to me. The bad guys are bad. The good guys are good and Eon, also known as Eona, the lady dragoneye, is an angsty teenager. Also there's some luv interest in the prince of the book. (I almost want to call it Samurai Cinderella, which makes me want to go write a book.)
I liked it an awful lot, although it took a few chapters to get involved in the stories.
Miriam is back. She's had a shot at settling down with Louis and that isn't working out for her. Inevitably she gets back in the how-does-this-person-Miriam is back. She's had a shot at settling down with Louis and that isn't working out for her. Inevitably she gets back in the how-does-this-person-die game and gets involved with a private school. There she discovers that a serial killer is about and that she has a shot at changing the game.
I'd give this one a solid 3 1/2 stars if I could. This is a case where the 2nd novel in the series is better than the 1st. Miriam is a wonderful antihero and she's trying, she's really trying....more
Miriam can see how people die by touching them. This does not make her a happy camper. In fact, she's a smoking, drinking, foul-mouthed, sarcastic unhMiriam can see how people die by touching them. This does not make her a happy camper. In fact, she's a smoking, drinking, foul-mouthed, sarcastic unhappy camper. A warning to those who dislike a potty mouth: not the book for you. All those years in the military made me immune. Anyhoo, Miriam touches someone new, Louis, and sees him dying but also sees something that gets her attention. I'd call it urban fantasy with a twist. As a protag, Miriam is an antihero, but she wants to be good. This is an interesting book, but it does go a little too "dude" at times. I liked this book enough that I got the next book in the series, too, just to see where the author was going. This reminds me a little of the Richard Kadrey series with Sandman Slim. If you've got a dark sense of humor, I say try it out....more
Duke and Earl aren't your average fellas in a truck on the road, but then Gil's Diner isn't your average diner, either. Any book that has zombie cowsDuke and Earl aren't your average fellas in a truck on the road, but then Gil's Diner isn't your average diner, either. Any book that has zombie cows in it (not Longhorns but Jerseys) is good with me. Black humor and fun. For people who like Christopher Moore or Jeff Lindsay....more
Okay, I know the literary world is full of dystopian young adult novels now. (Hunger Games etc.) I love a good dystopian novel. This one is set in theOkay, I know the literary world is full of dystopian young adult novels now. (Hunger Games etc.) I love a good dystopian novel. This one is set in the unknown future with people divided into factions. Good, bad, honest, happy go lucky is the way I think they go. (Could be related to the seven dwarves.) One turns sixteen and has to be assessed and then chooses a faction. It could be the faction you grew up in OR horrors of horrors, a new faction. Our heroine, Beatrice, discovers she is something new and yucky, a divergent, one who doesn't fit into the neat categories. So she picks the Dauntless (bad X-treme kind of types who guard the walls.) And the fun begins.
Pros: the ideas are sound. People separating into factions isn't anything new, but to revolve your entire world around it and make it a legal part goes against everything around.
Cons: I know it's a trilogy or more, so I wondered a little about how things came to be. I can't help comparing it to The Hunger Games. Everyone is the book is a type. Good, amazing heroine who overcomes all and finds true luv. Cheerful friend who will later discover that secrets are bad. The true luv hero who is just misunderstood and needs a little TLC to overcome all. The evil baddie who wants to give the heroine a bad time because...well, because he can.
If you like the genre, yes, good book to read. I'm going to try out book #2, but I hope the author tries to stretch herself or I'll give up....more
I cannot say how much I love, love, love the author's other series, the Parasol Protectorate, and here comes the but. E & E is set in the same uniI cannot say how much I love, love, love the author's other series, the Parasol Protectorate, and here comes the but. E & E is set in the same universe and the heroine is 14? Sophronia (You can get away with naming your characters like this but NEVER your children)gets sent away to a finishing school that isn't your average finishing school. Not only are there classes in etiquette, but batting your lashes and how to deceive successfully. Oh the author is wonderful at the steam punk Victorian world. She writes in an elegant manner. Her characters are utterly Victorian. There's a vampire professor and a werewolf captain. One of the girls at the school is related to the Maccon clan, which is the main hero's clan in the other series.
Here comes the but. The author was so busy setting up her universe, she kind of forgot about a plot. The device was kind of an afterthought. The writing is good but it doesn't quite carry the Harry Potter Meets steampunk world by itself.
I'm going to read the second one which just came out because this author is good enough to overlook a little issue like that. I fully expect the next one in the series will pick up and deliver. But if you don't want to read this one, do try Soulless because it's wonderful steampunk Victorian paranormal....more