Just when I thought I was caught up with the prolific Sara Reine's writings, there is more. After the last series which featured a male witch as the mJust when I thought I was caught up with the prolific Sara Reine's writings, there is more. After the last series which featured a male witch as the main character I saw this cover and thought it would be more of him. Not that Cesar is awful. He is actually amusing. But I love Ms. Reine's female leads better. Other covers of this book show a female, though so I took a chance. Not a big one. I planned on reading it regardless.
Warning, this is the first of a new series and this one is for adults only. There are erotic scenes that lean toward BDSM in nature. But the story is fun. The main character is actually Cesar's sister, Ofelia. It is the first time we get to see her side of the story. She now lives in a land between USA and Mexico where demons and other bad guys roam freely. She works at a bar as a stripper. Got your attention yet?
I read this one in one sitting. I couldn't stop reading. I love the idea that this series, Tarot Witches, nods to the Tarot, starting with the devil. Beyond that would be spoilers. If you like exciting adventures, this is it....more
This is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manageThis is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manage, you find so many diamonds of wisdom to apply to your own life.
Which of us has gotten through childhood unscathed? Which of us, as parents, release healthy, unscathed adults into the world? In Alison Bechdel's first memoir, Fun Home, Alison addressed her life with her father. In this book, Alison tells of her life with her mother. I was amazed at how well she was able to keep the story on her own interpretation of her own life. She brings in her therapists and friends and lovers in how they help her understand why certain things happened and how she can get over it and become whole.
Though this is done in comic book form it is far from funny. Yet, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, she was able to speak volumes using this method of story telling. It brought my own mother issues to mind while reading this.
A spot of vomit on the floor. Running lines with mom for the next play she'll be in. The inability to cry properly. Maybe these things wouldn't cause you cathartic experience, but as you follow Alison's path, which is also her mother's path, it is easy to relate to both women. As Alison calls into play the works of Virginia Wolfe and Freude among others to help her understand how it all fits and how we all fit into our mother's worlds.
This book may have triggers for some people but I think that most people will find if they stick it out there are more answers than questions through Ms. Bechdel's story. I recommend it highly to everyone....more
Wow, I can't believe that I am finished with another of Ms. Sara Reine's series. This, book 7 was the finale of the Descent series. It was gripping!
ThWow, I can't believe that I am finished with another of Ms. Sara Reine's series. This, book 7 was the finale of the Descent series. It was gripping!
This one had you moving from Reno to hell and heaven and places between. It was a nightmare of Genesis, origin of man, angel, demons and the many things that could and did go wrong.
I love Elise Cavanaugh and James Faulkner. The tension between this couple that draws them closer and farther away keeps the reader on edge and only wishing for their safety. Both are flawed but strong characters who play out their lives in Ms. Reine's worlds. The plots and worlds are equally strong and believable.
I am so glad I read this series. But remember that it is best to start with the Seasons of the Moon series and then start Descent series with Death's Hand. Though I think one could read the books out of order, I have found that each book is built on the one before and you can feel the characters growing and the plots thickening. ...more
**spoiler alert** Taking a break from Elise in this book. Climb into James Faulkner's mind and life. I liked meeting his son and previous girlfriend a**spoiler alert** Taking a break from Elise in this book. Climb into James Faulkner's mind and life. I liked meeting his son and previous girlfriend and seeing how that dynamic affects James's life.
If anyone has been paying attention, I have been working my way through all of Sara Reine's books. She is very creative and has an odd combination of fantasy and real life. This Descent series centers in the Reno/Tahoe area and I find myself wanting to go check out the landmarks. Maybe I will find the Dance studio and meet James or Elise. But then we are suddenly cast into Hell or Heaven or a Haven or other dimension, often that mirror the Reno areas and I wonder if I could find those places and the nightmares, demons or angels that hang out there. Do suspend disbelief.
Since my computer wasn't working right, yesterday, I couldn't write this review properly on my laptop. Instead, I found the next book and started reading it. Yay, Elise is back in that one!...more
I wish I could have written this review when I finished the book a few days ago. Alas, life. So let me see if I can remember my thoughts in the orderI wish I could have written this review when I finished the book a few days ago. Alas, life. So let me see if I can remember my thoughts in the order the book presented.
I remember being happy that the story started off helping the reader get to know the main characters and the ways they dealt with life.
Then I got unhappy because it seemed to go the way of a romance novel and I rarely like those.
THEN came the juicy parts; well presented and creatively done. I loved that there was a bit of instruction given so that those just learning of the different lifestyles can see the great extent of range from very vanilla to very peppered. I am glad that the characters were able to play and see what suited them rather than being strung up in the rafters as some books go. And I am glad that life tended to get in the way of lust, children at babysitters or phones that ring. Rare is the erotica that addresses RL.
It almost met my every need for a book of this genre. ;-)...more
Had there been test-to-speech and had this been loan-able, I might have given this book 5 stars. At least when I first thought about buying it there wHad there been test-to-speech and had this been loan-able, I might have given this book 5 stars. At least when I first thought about buying it there was no TTS. Now it looks like it has TTS. Good! But still not loan-able. For the price that is ridiculous! No, it didn't have those amenities when I found a way to borrow it anyway; nor was it my kind of book. The whole series is man-heavy; war, blood, and an attitude that isn't of man's realm is less than. The females that were strong in their own right were never allowed to fly in their own way as they were still possessions of the male society. Dany and Arya were as close to being a unique beings as this world would allow.
But in spite of my complaints, this was an excellent series. The author was amazing. The world he created was real, the characters so well developed that I feel I will miss many of them as friends. How he kept track of their voices and points of view amazes me.
Even so, am I glad I am finished with this series? Yes! Um... except for the fact that I have to wait to find out what has happened to all of the people I did learn to care about.
Is it worth reading? Yes. Is it worth the praise? I don't think so. If a book or series is to be a classic I think it should move the world to want to raise above war and self-centered machismo. This series has not done that. But you make up your own mind about it and we can agree to disagree about what makes a classic....more
I can't believe I have now finished a second reading of A Feast for Crows This time around I read the books according to the prescribed method found oI can't believe I have now finished a second reading of A Feast for Crows This time around I read the books according to the prescribed method found on http://boiledleather.com/. I prefer this method over reading the books straight through. A Feast of Crows is a disappointing book if read straight through. It has very little of our favorite characters. Since both of the last two books start immediately after the third, the continuity seems to get lost.
In this second read, I had the advantage of watching the television series so as to know the characters better. I don't think I had that going into the books the first time. I caught a lot more innuendo that I missed before. The bottom line of this read is that George R.R. Martin presented a world that was basically misogynistic, but full of good and bad people of both sexes. Each character was human with light and dark thoughts. Even the bad guys/gals had light thoughts and vice versa; that humans try but even while trying, fail. George did seem to project the idea of what women go through and glorified those women in his books who managed to pull up to their male equals and the dangers for those women that are power-hungry and not just wishing for equality. (Sorry for the awkward sentence there. My mind is a bit fuzzy right now.)
Once, again, I must sing my praises for narrator, Roy Dotrice. Yes, I would prefer that he not use leprechaun voices for women and/or Tyrion. Still it is handy to separate the characters. I listened to him on the Audible version as I read an ebook version. BUT--The Kindle version is now only $4.99. That is a 50% discount!!! It still isn't text-to-speech enabled, nor is it lendable. For those of us with cash-flow problems, the books and cds are now at the libraries.
Below is the review of my first reading.
NO TEXT-TO-SPEECH. NOT LOANABLE. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! AND ONLY A MACHISMO WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD. POWER, POLITICS. WOMEN ARE AT THE LEVEL OF SHEEP OR COWS. And as I am reading this I remember being forced to read such as this in school and teachers telling me it is wonderful and a classic. Male teachers, no doubt.
I read to escape real life. If it wasn't that I want to have an honest conversation with my adult children about this series, I would not be dragging myself through this. It is dark and bloody. This world is even worse than the world we live in now. It may help women who read this to see and remember how far we have come and yet how far we haven't. As long as books like this praise rape and plunder and this is considered the usual behavior of males in our society, we will never have a society of peace.
Meanwhile, I do respect that the author has managed to keep tabs on all his characters. The writing is good. The plot is well strung. There are some phrases that I find irritating now as after this many books WE KNOW. But maybe it is how the author keeps the characteristics unique?
Anyway, I am on to book five. I think I see the light at the end of this tunnel. I have so many other books I want to read! ...more
On this, my second reading of A Storm of Swords, I can say this is the best book yet. There was so much I missed on my first round for the machismo anOn this, my second reading of A Storm of Swords, I can say this is the best book yet. There was so much I missed on my first round for the machismo and blood. I think watching the series and talking to GoT fans has helped me understand a bit more than I did before. I understand that there is a prescribed way to read the last two books. I will have to look into that. And I plan to spend a bit of time listening to podcasts a little more about this series and the HBO show. Notice that I brought the star rating from two stars to four.
*** I am getting so tired of this series; too much war and killing and machismo. The narrator does a good job with his differing voices, singing and emoting that it keeps it interesting. But even if he were the greatest narrator, I have already decided the series will rate no more than 3 stars at best with the lack of Text-to-Speech and loan-ability. Just the Audible version alone is costly, the book, just an e-book, is costly too. That is the most insulting thing an author or publisher could do. I doubt it is the author. By the way, I do think the author can weave a great story, Just not my kind of story. I will continue to read/listen to the rest of this series if only to be able to hold my own when my adult children or others discuss it....more
Second read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better.Second read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better.
Okay, at 84% I felt I might give this one star. I was so tired of the fighting and mens' war that I wanted to throw the book. There are females in the book but most are arm candy or worse. There is one evil woman and then possibly three good females but they exist in this macho world and are mostly boring because of it. Arya and Dany are my favorites.
At best I can only give this book three stars and it only got there because I liked the ending. Otherwise, with it costing more than four regular books because I had to buy the Audible version, it was costly even when I was able to find another version to read on my Kindle. The idea that they don't even have text-to-speech ought to get them sued for not making it available to the handicapped! And if I had that heavy tree book I would throw it at whoever thought I shouldn't be able to loan it to whomever I choose!
But the writing is good and the story kept my interest, most of the time. I do like that the story is told through different characters to keep it from being stale. But even if I could give all the stars I would only give four or four and a half. It is just too testosterone driven.
Oh, I guess I should add a bit for the narrator. He was good although I did feel like one other reviewers I read somewhere: I felt I was hearing leprechauns and pirates a lot of the time. But that was okay as it did vary the voices for the characters. Otherwise it might have been very boring....more
This was a fun fairytale! Definitely not for children. Explicit sex scenes make this a book just for adults. But it isn't an erotica book. Just a fairThis was a fun fairytale! Definitely not for children. Explicit sex scenes make this a book just for adults. But it isn't an erotica book. Just a fairy tale type of love story. Lots of magical things take place, especially when least expected. The characters are well developed as is the plot and world. I think any adults who still like fairy stories will enjoy this book! ...more
Right up front, I want to thank the author for allowing me to be a beta reader. It was fun to read a work in progress and to see the final results. IRight up front, I want to thank the author for allowing me to be a beta reader. It was fun to read a work in progress and to see the final results. I loved the story from the beginning. There is drama and a lot of what-ifs, just like other fairy tales. There was no magic, though, unless you consider the magic that can occur between two people, who find making the best of an awkward situation, into a loving relationship. But there is a lot more in this short story. I am looking forward to a possible part two. I love the characters and don't want to lose them as I move onto my next read. I plan to read this again and again!...more
I am so sorry. I loved the other books by Sarah Ettrich. But this one never grabbed me. And I felt like I was being proselytized. But I am curious toI am so sorry. I loved the other books by Sarah Ettrich. But this one never grabbed me. And I felt like I was being proselytized. But I am curious to read the next book to see if the Deiforms can redeem themselves....more