Do you like ghost stories? Well, here's one with a little different take on the theme. Of course, it involves the south and the old homes found there,Do you like ghost stories? Well, here's one with a little different take on the theme. Of course, it involves the south and the old homes found there, and the antiques. Made me wish I was actually there.
I don't have a fear of ghosts. I feel I have seen, and even felt a couple in my days. No biggie. They are just folks with left-over things to do. So the angst and sorrow the main character shows is far too repetitive. I suppose that was to build some suspense. But I just wanted to see where the story went and get off of a poor woman in distress of apparitions and dreams.
The story kept me interested and I wanted to see how it all would work out. The thing about ghosts stories is that they are stories within stories. In this case, the antique dealers, who happen to be gay, and of the present, seek out the possessed things and places of the past. Once the stories start emerging I really grew to love all the characters and the place itself.
So if you want to go seek out the past and see what the south has to offer, check this book out....more
Well, this is the last of the series that was/is free. The rest will have to wait until my finances settle after our move. Though it hasn't been my faWell, this is the last of the series that was/is free. The rest will have to wait until my finances settle after our move. Though it hasn't been my favorite series, I am wanting to know what happens next.
I have to admit that I like the element of the youngest, the daughter, even though a good witch, has some mental problems to overcome. It isn't the usual anger issues, rather she has depression and anxiety that is of agoraphobia nature. Bad for someone that needs to be helpful to the people of the island and her brothers. Being the youngest she is watched out for by her older brothers and a vampire who is a family friend from generations ago. The bad news is she seems to be falling in love with him and another guy on the island. Not your usual triad issues. Yay!
A new element in this story is the giant leeches. Yuck! And there are mermaids! So this may be my favorite so far. Add to these new issues, the brothers are still working with their separate abilities of death-speaking and werewolf changing. So there are a lot of story-lines to follow. I can't wait to see what happens next!...more
I read this on the heels of the first book of the series. These are more story-driven rather than by humor. Still with vampires and werebeings not beiI read this on the heels of the first book of the series. These are more story-driven rather than by humor. Still with vampires and werebeings not being my favorite types of characters, there are enough witchness to make me happy to continue reading.
As with the first book, this is a quick read that is meant for adults as the situations are sexier than a lot of stories out there. But sex is not what leads the story, it just happens and isn't too in your face. If you like vampires and werewolves this is your kind of series.
The price is right, this book and its prequel and sequel are free. After book three there is a fee involved. Normally that wouldn't upset me. An author does need to get paid. But my budget is about as strained as it can get with a move imminent in my life. But I will try to finish the series once the money settles down.
So far, both of the books in this series are quick reads. took about an hour or so each. So if your looking for something lighter this is for you. It's just not of a comedic nature. That's okay. There's enough to the story to keep you going....more
That was fun! If you like dark humor like the show, 'Dead Like Me', this may be up your alley. It is a quick read but not so quick that you feel cheatThat was fun! If you like dark humor like the show, 'Dead Like Me', this may be up your alley. It is a quick read but not so quick that you feel cheated. I loved the main character, Lisa Carron, widow, mother of teens, and now, whether she wants it or not, Grim Reaper. Be aware, this is funny. I laughed out loud a couple times even though it was time to be quiet and get ready to sleep.
This book made me want to read book two, but I just can't afford it yet. (Trying to save money for the move coming up.) But when I can I look forward to reading more about this wonderful reaper of death and her family.
By the way, I read this using the British female text-to-speech on 2x speed. Maybe that means nothing to you, but to me the TTS is very important to my reading experience and I think it plays well this story....more
This was an unexpected surprise. First of all, it came to me as a Kindle freebie. I did pay $1.99 for the whispersynch audio which made the book evenThis was an unexpected surprise. First of all, it came to me as a Kindle freebie. I did pay $1.99 for the whispersynch audio which made the book even better. But my goal is that I read mostly books by lady authors with strong fem main characters. Occasionally, there will be a book with an author name that only has initials and a last name. Those can be tricky as the author is of undetermined gender. I picked this book up just hoping it was a fem. It is a guy.
So, there are things I look for if it is a male writer. How well does he portray his fem lead? How do the secondary characters react to the lead? And for either gender writer, I look at how realistic the fantasy person and world is.
In this case, I didn't have a lot of problems with the fem lead, except...crying. Geez! Planning to go take a cry? Crying a lot! A real lady doesn't respond to a person dying in front of her by planning to cry later. She might not cry at all. Shaking, maybe, but goodness gracious! For the rest of the book I think JB Rain got it right. Don't be putting anything on a gentlelady that you wouldn't put on a gentleman.
Apart from the gender issue is the realism of fantasy. Allison Lopez, the main character, is a psychic hotline operator. As one who already possesses some psychic talents, why have her so afraid when the ghost appears? Not just an initial reaction but over and over it is stated how scary this is. I think a true psychic wouldn't have been afraid once the initial introduction happens.
BUT overall, this is a fun book with a main character I could relate to. (I have been a psychic hotline operator. I have encountered a ghost or two.) What I loved was the amount a truth in developing these talents and bits about Wicca and its practices. From what research I have done, most of these practices were well done.
Oh, a word about the narrator, Francesca Townes. I did enjoy the addition of her voice to the story. Her interpretation of the male voice wasn't the greatest, but it worked once I got used to it....more
Disclosure: I was given this Audible version of Temple Secrets by the author, Susan Gabriel, for an honest review.
Okay, confession time. I have a realDisclosure: I was given this Audible version of Temple Secrets by the author, Susan Gabriel, for an honest review.
Okay, confession time. I have a real problem with the low southern drawl. I find it weird. I'm from California. So were my cousins. Yet when they all moved to the south and drank the water, or breathed the air? they all came down with that drawl. Perfectly great speakers, now sound like anyone else from the south. So when I started 'reading', well, listening to one of my favorite authors reading her own book, I was rather in shock. What did I expect? I knew she was from the south.
My ADD and reading problems make it hard for me to read without the text-to-speech or an audio version playing as my eyes drink in the words. Text without speech or audio without text are difficult for me to stay with. And now, with the slow accent I felt I was doomed. Add to that, the lack of acting in the narration where all voices sounded like the author's, I didn't hold out hope for my finishing the book.
Over a decade ago, my dad and I flew to see my aunt and her family in Ozark, Missouri. That was when I saw how easy it is to fall into a southern way. When we first got there I strongly felt the accents around me. I think I might have caught it by the time we left as I didn't hear it anymore.
I think that might be what happened in the listening to this book. By chapter five, I was into the book. The writing was wonderful all along. I never had a problem with that. By the tenth chapter, it was bedtime. I couldn't stop 'reading' When I looked up at the end of the book it was well past 4:30 in the morning. I do realize that the change that happened, happened within me. Notice my star rating of five stars!
Ms. Gabriel's style used here is present tense (another of my peeves, but it worked here) and a different point of view in each chapter. But it all works out quite well. It leads you into a world of the south and the ingrained ways that people have learned to adapt to a lot of atrocities within their families and neighbors. And I think I knew I was in when I felt I knew Old Sally personally. She actually reminds me of my grandmothers who I missed immediately with her hugs. She saves the book and heals the reader. The truth is: every family has secrets. Granted, some are worse than others, but Old Sally lends us all a grace to be more forgiving. We are taught to allow for that fact that we weren't there and didn't know all the facts. Even those who were and did, had to change their truths to adapt to the world as it was.
Meanwhile, ghosts of the past fart around or demand attention. Yes, I said fart. And Susan Gabriel's writing brings all your senses alive, even when they may be reluctant, kicking and screaming. I swear I could smell the farts! But I could also enjoy the scent of salty sea air and moisture permeating my skin. Just... AMAZING writing!
Look those five stars didn't come easy for the author. My husband was my confidant as I dove into the book. I confessed my irritations along the way. Then he got to be the first to hear how I loved, loved, loved this story. Now I can hardly wait until I can buy the Kindle version and reread it my way....more
What a ride! Not exactly rollercoaster, but not merry-go-round either. From the beginning, I like the main character, Jude. She is one who doesn't belWhat a ride! Not exactly rollercoaster, but not merry-go-round either. From the beginning, I like the main character, Jude. She is one who doesn't belong in the world, but finds her way, anyway. She is flawed and confused, with good reasons. I wanted to root for her to win each of her obstacles.
From Tennessee to New York to France and back, Jude struggles with her demons, longing for love to return to her as pure as she put it out. Rarely does it find her. Mostly because of her own insecurities and lack of role-models, love floats out as a fantasy. Never to be achieved.
I picked this version of the book up from Amazon, Kindle Unlimited (which is in fact limited, as you can only have ten 'checked out' at a time). I kind of wished I had the Audible version or the Whispersync to go along, but I managed okay without.
My biggest complaint is the French. Not the people. Just the use of the language with no definitions available to the reader. If you only took Latin, Spanish and German in your language classes, French isn't a language you even have books for. At least that's how it is in my house. So I had to ignore the language and hoped to get the gist. I hate when authors do that to the reader. It stinks of a superiority to the reader. It wasn't necessary. If you are conveying a story to the reader. and most of the book is in English, why not continue in that language in the last third of the book?
And the ending? Wish I had been given a grown up, matured, version of Jude when she comes home at last! The last part ended in the same way, that the other two sections had ended. Wondering what next. Still, it was worth the read....more
This series was so much fun that I wish I could go back and read it again, right now! I miss the characters and the wonderful voice of Jennifer Ikeda.This series was so much fun that I wish I could go back and read it again, right now! I miss the characters and the wonderful voice of Jennifer Ikeda. This series is best read with the narration. The experience is over the top!
Anyone who knows me knows I am not into vampires. Okay, I watched Vampire Diary for a while but it was because of the witch more than anything else. So had this not started with A Discovery of Witches, and had my cousin not recommended it, I might not have gotten into this series. And the witches sure do kick b*** in this series, so I wasn't let down.
Even writing this is giving me a sense of remorse that it is over. Gosh, what a sentimental mush brain, huh? But how else can I tell you how good this series is?
I do have a complaint about the whispersync of this book. For some reason, it would skip over the bottom of each paragraph. But that didn't stop me. I just signed onto my Audible and played the story from there and read it on my tablet. Yeah, I had to turn pages, but I hardly noticed as the story moved me forward.
I noticed that there were the slightest threads left undone. Nothing drastic, but it had me hoping there would be more to this series. Oh, and the last couple chapters felt rather anticlimactic, but I wasn't complaining. It just gave me more time with the family. This was the perfect read for the Halloween season, but it would hold its own over any other set of days too.
I have to admit that this is not my favorite novel or series written by Sara Reine. First of all, I don't like that the main character is a hunky goodI have to admit that this is not my favorite novel or series written by Sara Reine. First of all, I don't like that the main character is a hunky good looking guy. I prefer strong female leads.
But the redeeming characteristics for Cesar, the MC, are his self knowledge. He is able to make fun of his own faults while being perfectly honest about his abilities. AND even better, his sense of humor is tops! I spent many moments laughing out loud. That is a good thing in a book full of blood and gore. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he is a fan of Firefly and Dead Like Me! I did find those things endearing.
BUT my least favorite thing was the ending that makes me wait until the next book comes out. Grrr! At least it wasn't a cliffhanger! AND the next book is centered on a female lead. Yay! I can't wait!...more
Well, this was fun. And different. But it is what I expect from Q. Kelly. I love the way she writes. I love her characters and her world building. HerWell, this was fun. And different. But it is what I expect from Q. Kelly. I love the way she writes. I love her characters and her world building. Her plots are always just a little surprising and fun.
Don't get me wrong, This story deals with some depressing issues, death and loss. But ghosts are involved and love. Lots of love. And growing of characters.
This story seems to be a short one as it stops midstory. But turn the page and a whole other twist arises. Nope. Not telling. Spoilers!
What pulls you in at the beginning of the story is the children who are now ghosts. Their world is just the vacation cabin and a small amount of land surrounding it. It is from their point of view. Gradually we get to know the author who is stuck at that cabin with writer's block. Can you see the fun you are about to take by joining them her their world? You will be inhabiting many POVs by the end, but they all help the story to grow.
Though this book includes some lesbian love, it is mild for the straights that might find that sort of thing offputting. There is just so much love of all kinds in here that it all equals out. And it makes you think... what if????? I like those kinds of stories. But that is a hallmark style for Ms. Kelly. I love how she cooks a story to perfection. I was going to just give this four stars. But I think I will give five. I know I will think back to this story Time and Time Again, again. ;-) I may even need to reread it to delve into this vacation space again....more
This was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe itThis was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe it was as long and was just was a fast read? It was fun.
Witch Hunt doesn't align with my goal of reading about strong fem characters written by strong fem writers. In fact, I was a little disturbed by the 'hunk' male with 'arm-candy' females. One scene made me happy. To prevent a spoiler, I will only say the word: boils.
Now once I got past the MC being a guy, I found the story fun. At times it felt like the old detective movies. There were a couple lines I had to stop and read aloud to my husband. One of those I actually highlighted in my Kindle.
Since I finished this early last night I started the next in the series that I was given for review. (I think the same might be said for this book?) Whereas Witch Hunt was located in Los Angeles, the next is in Reno. In both cases, I felt a part of the scene as I have personal experience with these areas.
One thing I can say for all of S. M. Reine's work is it is exciting and keeps you engaged. As I have said of other books she has written, please go through the books in order starting with Six Summer Moons and then through each series in order (GoodReads has them listed on her page very well.) Although this book could do well on its own, Having acquaintence of the places and people of the other books adds depth to the read.
This is for Kindle Version ASIN: B008RD2W58. And the Audible version.
Before I got mired down in the mystery and ghostly farts of Temple Secrets,This is for Kindle Version ASIN: B008RD2W58. And the Audible version.
Before I got mired down in the mystery and ghostly farts of Temple Secrets, I finished reading Dark Currents. I bought the Kindle and Audible versions a long time ago (a year, I think). I finally got into it, Friday, I think. It seems so long ago. Wish I would have remembered to write the review right after, but something happened and I only just saw that I hadn't given this book it's due.
First of all, I love Jacqueline Carey's writing. I read almost all her stuff a while back. I still love her Kushiel's Legacy series the best. This is a little different in that it is more on the lines of the demony-werewolfie stuff I have been reading a lot lately (wave to Sara Reine). Still Ms. Carey had a new take on the genre. I loved her characters and world. It all seemed believable, well, sort of.
Second, the narrator, Johanna Parker, was fantastic! She could change her voice according to character or mood and keep the story moving.
Oh and a note about the cat. Geeze, now I can't remember his name. He was adorably real among all the werewolves, mermaids and other fantasy beings. As tense as the story got sometimes, Ms. Carey kept the banter light enough to not get to be too much.
There is a bit of romance but not sickeningly so. Mostly it is about Daisy, the half-demon, Hel's agent (the goddess not the place), trying to live a useful life in this town full of fantasy creatures. And she and her partner have to solve a murder. Difficult enough with merely humans involved, but how did the boy die in salt water in Lake Michigan, fresh water?
Though the book didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, I find myself wanting to enjoy the characters and the town more. So Now that I have my free credit on Audible I will download that version and buy the Kindle version when I get paid. I look forward to more....more
I don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrappedI don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrapped up in relationship angst. In many ways I found it depressing.
The parts about spirits/ghosts I found interesting. The part about the pagan/spiritualist school was interesting. Now maybe these threads will be caught up into the next book in the series--there is a next book, isn't there?
Now that I am writing this I see that I do want to see what happens next. Guess I will have to look up book two....more