This was a very intriguing collection of stories. I quite enjoyed the mixture of fantasy and good ole fashioned mystery (which I’ve come to expect in...moreThis was a very intriguing collection of stories. I quite enjoyed the mixture of fantasy and good ole fashioned mystery (which I’ve come to expect in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series and Simon R. Green’s Nightside series but the rest were new to me). Best story, in my humble opinion, was definitely Sharon Shinn’s “The House of Seven Spirits.” I really loved her humanization of the ghosts and how they are trying to find out the truth in order to be free and pass over, but we are also left with that bittersweet tinge at the end. Overall, I give the entire collection a 3/5.(less)
Delilah Devlin provides us with a sexy compendium of sapphic vampire erotica. From the traditional immortal blood-drinkers to the more contemporary ps...moreDelilah Devlin provides us with a sexy compendium of sapphic vampire erotica. From the traditional immortal blood-drinkers to the more contemporary psychic and sanguinarian vampires, this anthology explores the sensual world of the wicked women who crave that which flows through our veins and the company of fellow women.(less)
This book is speculative fiction but at the same time, it’s eerily real. But I suppose that’s the purpose of dystopian literature: to entertain us and...moreThis book is speculative fiction but at the same time, it’s eerily real. But I suppose that’s the purpose of dystopian literature: to entertain us and make us wonder but also scare the pants off of us. In The Postmortal, in the year 2019 a cure for aging is discovered. People beg and plead for the government to legalize it so they no longer have to suffer the affects of mortality.
Drew Magary takes us on a whirlwind ride through the eyes of our narrator, 29-year old John Farrel (through his text files located in 2093), who journeys from his overbearing pride wanting nothing more than to escape death to embracing mortality with every fiber of his being. It’s definitely not an easy journey for John, as he makes some massive mistakes and does a lot of wrong things, but ultimately he learns his lesson: we are here to live, and die. That is what life is about.
If you enjoy thought-provoking, dystopian books that traverse the scope of human nature then I suggest you add this one to your list.
Good for getting general ideas but does not go into a world of depth, and you don't learn anything new that you couldn't find online for free. Though...moreGood for getting general ideas but does not go into a world of depth, and you don't learn anything new that you couldn't find online for free. Though I suppose if you are too lazy to search through websites this book would come in handy.
Plus, not near as zombie heavy as the title leads one to believe.(less)
“When she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. She...more“When she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. She cleans out his wallet and keeps moving, taking a new name for each change of address. She’s been doing this for a while, and she’s good at it. Then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her. And now she’s a girl with a mission. Picking up their trails. Hunting them down. Crossing them off her list…” — from back cover
There’s not much to add to the above back cover blurb: our protagonist is Kit Tolliver, a woman [not a girl like the blurb says] set out on killing every name she’s ever slept with.
I can’t say I am all too impressed with this book. Getting Off read like a Skinemax production, and this is coming from someone who reads a good bit of erotica. However, this was just too much. I read that’s it’s a novel of self-discovery but that part must have completely surpassed me because it looked like nothing but sex and death to me.
I know Lawrence Block is one of the most-acclaimed mystery writers (still living that is) but this definitely did not make me want to check out his other books.(less)
No doubt this title will immediately bring to mind thoughts of Labyrinth, but other than the title I think that's about all that's in common with the...moreNo doubt this title will immediately bring to mind thoughts of Labyrinth, but other than the title I think that's about all that's in common with the film. The Goblin King -- the first in a paranormal romance trilogy by Shona Husk, that finally gives goblins their spotlight in this ever-growing genre -- throw us into the midst of Roan's life: one where his soul is hanging in the balance as the curse of being a goblin tugs at him at every moment and leaves him craving gold.
Rather than Labyrinth, what we have here is the classic Beauty falling in love with Beast motif. As part of his curse, Roan must answer the summons of whomever calls him. Answer that is, not grant. He has a choice there. However, when he is summoned by a young woman - Eliza - who has locked herself in the bathroom, away from her fiancé. Roan, whose humanity has long gone, looks upon her as if she's a piece of gold and he longs for her. He has every intention of taking her and using her in any way he sees fit. But something stops him. He realizes that she's the teenager he saved once, and shared a day with (see the free prequel The Summons) and suddenly he can feel his humanity bubbling from beneath the surface.
A steamy, erotic romance? Check. Lots of angtsy feelings? Check. A crazy, blackmailing boyfriend? Check. Enchanting world-building? Check. A new heroic monster to love? Double check! So, if you are looking for something to cuddle up and escape with during these chilly evenings, look no further.
After getting over a couple cheesy names (i.e.: Nathan Ink–fallen angel, symbolist and owner of the tattoo parlor Hell’s Leak), I realized that this b...moreAfter getting over a couple cheesy names (i.e.: Nathan Ink–fallen angel, symbolist and owner of the tattoo parlor Hell’s Leak), I realized that this book actually harbors strong writing, wonderfully flawed characters and an intense plot rife with twists which leave you captivated.
The story begins with the angel Azal recruiting Faye–a nephilim (human/angel hybrid) who runs a nursery and sings at a club part-time–on a mission to find out why Nathan’s clients keep croaking. Nathan has a tendency to tattoo his clients with whichever seven deadly sin they are guilty of, both to urge them to clean up and to serve as a reminder of their past transgressions after getting on the straight and narrow. Faye is very reluctant to help as she blames God for the death of her loved ones, but eventually she comes around due to curiosity. However, what Faye doesn’t know is that Azal has placed her in Nathan’s path for a reason.
What I really liked in this novel, as I’m a bit of a Lucifer fangirl, was how sympathetically he was portrayed. His relationship was God was interesting, but I don’t want to spoil everything. Nephilim is definitely one of the grittier, more intense, angel books that I’ve read lately. So, if you don’t mind religion and violence in your urban fantasy, then this is unquestionably for you!
Each of the nineteen stories in this anthology explores the subject of obsession—a word thrown around these days, far-removed from its truer meaning o...moreEach of the nineteen stories in this anthology explores the subject of obsession—a word thrown around these days, far-removed from its truer meaning of being completely consumed and overtaken by something (or its even more extreme meaning of being enslaved to something). My GetGlue profile claims I am “obsessed” with True Blood’s Sam Merlotte, but I know this fictional character has not consumed me nor am I enslaved by him, I just think he’s rather attractive, especially with his clothes off *wink* But it is an example showing how obsession has lost some of its meaning.
Passion and boundary-pushing are the motifs of the obsessions seen in this anthology. From a woman finally confessing her love during an earthquake and another woman professing her love for another man to her boyfriend to a couple who traverse the sensual landscapes of each other while in Paris and a woman who runs into the man who hurt her but has haunted her thoughts, this book sojourns through the themes of love, longing, anger, confusion and lust with well-penned intensity. Best stories: “Here In Between” by Kristina Wright; “Concubine“ by Portia Da Costa; “Spellbound” by Garnell Wallace; “Raven’s Flight” by Andrea Dale; and “Then” by Emerald. 4/5.
“The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts … eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep … Think red vel...more“The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts … eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep … Think red velvet, flickering candles, love and lust with otherworldly partners who unleash passion and desire far beyond that inspired by simple mortals.” – excerpted from the back cover blurb
Let me just start off by saying that this anthology most definitely lives up to the above blurb. Next to Fairy Tale Lust, this has to be one of my fave anthologies from Cleis Press. I don’t believe I passed over one story in here (which I normally do in anthologies if one fails to grab my attention), but of course, I did have my favorites…
In Zander Vyne’s “La Belle Mort,” Lady Elizabeth Jane Morton—a woman wrongly accused and imprisoned for witchcraft—is visited by a cleric who shows her how not to fear death by freeing her body. Thanks to all the hot men I’ve seen in priest garb over the years (Jared Padalecki, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, pre-crazy Mel Gibson, Colin O’Donoghue…), it seems may have developed a little thing for men of the cloth and so I really enjoyed this story. It’s hard to tell if this man is really a cleric or something disguised as some, but wither way I found it strongly and beautifully written.
In Janine Ashbless’s “Cover Him With Darkness,” a young girl learns that her family is the guardians of Azazel, fallen angel and tempter of mortal women. Yet as she grows up and aids in watching over him, she finds herself attracted to him and the things he makes her feel. Fallen angels, ’nuff said. Well written and sexy … loved it!
These two stories are just the cream of this surprisingly dark and sensual crop. I urge all lovers of paranormal erotic romance to pick up this anthology! Perfect reading for those cold, autumn nights.
First off, can I just chastise myself for taking SO LONG to read a Heyer novel? I should have listened to Courtney eons ago because I am in love! Vene...moreFirst off, can I just chastise myself for taking SO LONG to read a Heyer novel? I should have listened to Courtney eons ago because I am in love! Venetia was simply splendid! Heyer really is second best to Jane Austen (at least where Venetia is concerned). Her characters are witty and beyond charming, her prose is flawless and light-hearted, and her historical detail is immaculate. A lot of modern Regency romance cannot be written, it seems, without some sex scenes ... and while I do love a good sex scene as much as the next person, it was so nice to read a Regency romance without any physicality. I think this was the perfect book to serve as my introduction into Heyer and I will not hesitate in recommending it! Definitely a keeper.(less)
While it can be read as a stand-alone, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is the sixth part of Lathan's Pride and Prejudice series. However, this is the first b...moreWhile it can be read as a stand-alone, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is the sixth part of Lathan's Pride and Prejudice series. However, this is the first book in the series that moves away from Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. You will not find the beloved couple in this book at all. This may be an unpopular opinion, but huzzah for that! Don't get me wrong while I do love and adore Austen sequels, I am also pretty tired of things mainly focusing on Mr. Darcy when Austen's novels are populated by plenty of other amazing characters as well. So this was a very nice reprieve.
Here we see Georgiana fall in love with a man who is so wonderfully perfect for her, and while this book is focused around the much-overdone love triangle, Lathan proves she is indeed a master at writing both Regency romance and Austen continuations. While Lathan's other books may focus a bit more on sensuality, Miss Darcy Falls in Love positively oozes with yearning and sweet romance which will appeal to a wider Austenesque audience.
If I had to pick one word which sums up this collection of 40 short tales, quirk would be my choice. Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day takes...moreIf I had to pick one word which sums up this collection of 40 short tales, quirk would be my choice. Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day takes the mundane and makes it extraordinary in an almost child-like approach of wonder and marvel. And yet, each tale is laced with either horror, humor or warmth leaving the reader in a constant state of astonishment.
I read this one kind-of slow since I wanted to let each brief tale linger and last, but it’s definitely one you’ll want to read in one sitting. As a writer, I wish I had Loory’s gift for delivering remarkable stories in just a few pages.(less)