First of all, allow me to give Kiala her due for picking this book for Vaginal Fantasy. After last month's pick, we were sorely due for something of sFirst of all, allow me to give Kiala her due for picking this book for Vaginal Fantasy. After last month's pick, we were sorely due for something of substance. I will also remind everyone that last month's pick was MY doing, so I'm duly chastened.
Anyhow. The Lions of Al-Rassan is an absolutely mesmerizing book. As I understand it (and please correct me in the comments if I am incorrect) it's a fantastical alt-history of the Iberian Peninsula. With one small exception, I would pause to call it fantasy at all.
In fact, the only issue I had with the book was my own lack of historical knowledge. I was constantly trying to make parallels between the nations, religions and peoples of the book with our own world history, and that was perhaps a little distracting.
But, to the story. I don't want to spoil, and I don't really want to get into the intricacies of the tale (there are many). This book does many things, and it does them all well. It's an action tale, a love story, a cautionary tale that seems to hit on modern fears and insecurities, and more. The web of characters seems to constantly expand, and yet I never felt as though I was receiving unnecessary information.
The people in this book are complex, and you'll come to care deeply about many of them. They are all flawed, though some more than others. There is romance, and it is very complicated. Life is complicated. War is horrible. Good people can do terrible things. You'll forgive some of it, but not all. ...more
"5 stars!" You exclaim. "For a Vaginal Fantasy pick!?"
Yes, and let me tell you why! Ghost Planet surprised me in a big way. I've read quite a bit of s"5 stars!" You exclaim. "For a Vaginal Fantasy pick!?"
Yes, and let me tell you why! Ghost Planet surprised me in a big way. I've read quite a bit of science fiction in my day, and this particular premise seemed very new and inventive to me. In fact, I feel like this book could have continued on to a more flesh-out series, since there's so much more we can learn about the planet and how it works.
Elizabeth, the female lead, is something of a Mary Sue. She's beautiful, intelligent, and can fight her way out of a pickle if she needs to. However, I found myself relating to the character. There was a lot of common sense thinking in her situation, which (unfortunately) we don't always see in the VF picks.
So yes, 5-stars for a really enjoyable book with an interesting premise (and some decent sexytimes). Plus, I very much enjoyed hearing Murphy's Irish accent in my mind :)...more
So, Grave Witch was actually a pretty fun book. It reminds me a little bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, though with aFelicia made me do it.
So, Grave Witch was actually a pretty fun book. It reminds me a little bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, though with a female lead and with an extra bit of sexiness thrown in.
There were some exciting moments (not just exciting in the sexy-sense) and I found Alex Craft to be a likable and relatable character. Who hasn't only had a hot dog left in their fridge during rough times?
Overall, a fun quick read. Some of the writing was a little repetitive, but I was able to overlook it for sexy faerie-men detectives....more
This book had all the elements that should have made it a hit (for me, at least). Strong, powerful female lead; sexy, manly (yet sensitive!) soldier-tThis book had all the elements that should have made it a hit (for me, at least). Strong, powerful female lead; sexy, manly (yet sensitive!) soldier-type who only wants to defend the one he loves; and magic. Also, horses.
Maybe it was a little too straightforward. Maybe all the pieces came together a little too easily (heh heh). Whatever it was, the book never seemed to connect with me. I *liked* the characters, but I didn't find them especially compelling.The magical Sources were a little too obvious in their construction. And the secretive societies charged with their protection (or with their acquisition) are never quite fleshed out for me.
Overall, a quick, pretty entertaining read, but nothing to keep me going with the rest of the series....more