4.5 stars. Excellent series. I figured out parts of the prophecy, but didn't figure out all of it until Gregor explained it. Now time to read the 4th...more4.5 stars. Excellent series. I figured out parts of the prophecy, but didn't figure out all of it until Gregor explained it. Now time to read the 4th book!(less)
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Darynda Jones has brought it again with her fifth installment of the Charley David...moreI received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Darynda Jones has brought it again with her fifth installment of the Charley Davidson series. It's the same sass and snark as the previous books, but this time Charley and Reyes get to "play house." It has taken five books to get these two to some sense of normalcy. Now they both have physical forms, both have homes, and both have jobs. All seems right in Jones' world. Only, it's Charley and Reyes and nothing ever goes right--except for a certain kitchen utensil scene in the book. That apparently went very right!
This book moves the main story line along by answering some questions readers have had for the past four books. Readers discover more about why Reyes was sent to this world and what his ultimate goal was (that changed when he met Charley). They find that Reyes' dad has a particular interest in Charley. There are even prophecies written about Charley. So much juicy info! This is my favorite book in the series.
I really enjoyed Cookie in this book. From the opening scene to her unexpected "gift" from Reyes, Cookie had me laughing. This time Cookie was made to go to a gun safety class, and I loved the texts that she and Charley sent to each other. Then, of course, there is the sexual tension between her and Charley's Uncle Bob (or Ubie!). Oh, Darynda Jones, please let them go on a date in the sixth book!
This book (as with the rest of the series) had me literally laughing out loud. Jones mixes drama and comedy together to create pure awesomeness. There are serious scenes to move the story along and comedic scenes to help lighten the mood and tone of the story.
This is the first time that Charley has had to truly defend herself from a life threatening situation by herself. No supernatural beings pop in to help her out--ahem, Reyes--and no sidekick or backup. Things should have gone terribly wrong, but thankfully Charley's abilities help her out.
Even though this is the fifth book, you don't have to read any of the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. Jones fills in the blanks if she references events in the previous books. Although I don't recommend reading the series out of order, Jones has written it so new readers won't be lost.
I'd be a bad reviewer if I didn't mention that the ending is a bit unresolved. Yes, Jones has left readers hanging when one character asks another a particular question. It will definitely have you wanting to pick up the sixth book as soon as it is released!(less)
So good. Never would have guessed the ending. My only wish is that Mull would have included parts of the prophecy from the end of the second book. I'v...moreSo good. Never would have guessed the ending. My only wish is that Mull would have included parts of the prophecy from the end of the second book. I've waited months for this to be released, and I couldn't remember what was said in the prophecy. So sad that this series is finished. I want more!(less)
***4.5 stars!**** Highly recommend this book! This review originally published for Mind-Ventures
I just fell in love with a new series. I couldn’t put...more***4.5 stars!**** Highly recommend this book! This review originally published for Mind-Ventures
I just fell in love with a new series. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it. This is the first book in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series and Singh does an amazing job introducing readers to her world where Archangels create and control vampires. It is a different spin on the run-of-the-mill vampire novel. And Singh’s world is only enhanced with a relatable main character, Elena, and a mix of personality types in the vampire and archangel society.
Elena Deveraux was born with the unique ability to scent vampires, and that gives her an edge as a vampire hunter. That ability also makes her highly desirable to an archangel, Raphael, who needs her to scent out an archangel that is on a killing spree. Although Elena wants to turn down the job, Raphael will not take no for an answer. Together they must track down and destroy the rogue killer before more people are killed.
Singh’s writing style that is natural and quickly draws readers into her story. She creates a strong lead female character who doesn’t take well to being bullied and bossed around. Elena has been rejected by her family because of her career choice, so she has put up emotional walls to prevent herself from getting hurt again. When Raphael comes into Elena’s life, he’s the wrecking ball that is ready to break Elena’s walls. Try as Elena might to ignore her desire for through her defiance and smart mouth, eventually the archangel gets what he wants.
The ending has a nice twist that will have readers eager to continue on in the series. What will happen with Raphael and Elena’s relationship? How will Elena cope with the changes in her life—both emotionally and physically? I know that the next book, Archangel’s Kiss, will be a bit different from the first and I am eager to dive back into that world.
For readers that enjoy mystery, romance, danger, a little action, and of course fantasy, then this book is a must read!(less)
5 Stars Plus!! Jones really gets into a comedic stride. Her first two books had me chuckling, but this one had me cracking up in laughter. So many ama...more5 Stars Plus!! Jones really gets into a comedic stride. Her first two books had me chuckling, but this one had me cracking up in laughter. So many amazing one-liners in this book. I can't say enough good things about this series. It is a MUST READ!(less)
Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is the Grim Reaper. Not a cloaked skeleton with a scythe figure you might be thinking...moreReview also posted on Mind-Ventures
Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is the Grim Reaper. Not a cloaked skeleton with a scythe figure you might be thinking of but more of a portal to help stranded spirits complete their "unfinished business" and cross through her to the other side. Yes, I did say through her. In First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones takes readers through a week in the life of Charley while she helps catch a murderer (with the help of some spirits), and tries to save the life of her "dream guy."
This laugh-out-loud story will entertain readers with the crazy scenerios Charley gets herself into. It seems trouble always follows this grim reaper. Good thing Charley has a light-hearted brush-it-off attitude. That might be the only thing that keeps her going--and maybe some coffee.
Jones not only creates a loveable main character, but creates a winning team of supporting characters. From Charley's funny and understanding best friend/receptionist to her demanding and supportive Uncle/boss, Jones creates entertaining characters that readers will quickly relate to.
Jones' First Grave on the Right is a mix of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich with some paranormal aspects and a bit of romance. Both are quick and easy reads that have readers eager for the next book in the series.
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while. Once I finally got it and cracked open the cover, I absolutely...moreReview originally written for Mind-Ventures
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while. Once I finally got it and cracked open the cover, I absolutely could not put it down. Roth does not lollygag around setting up the storyline, but plunges readers right into it, and once you’re in it, hang on because you are in for a wild ride!
For 16 year old Beatrice “Tris” Prior, selecting a faction will be the most important decision of her life. After her aptitude test comes back inconclusive—thereby secretly labeling her a “divergent”—she now must choose to stay with her family in the Abnegation (the selfless) faction or completely turn her back on them by choosing another faction: Erudite (the intelligent) or Dauntless (the courageous). Her decision pushes her to her physical and mental limits, and will have readers questioning whether she will make it through the faction’s initiation process.
I love that the ending of Divergent was not what I was expecting. I expected it to end right after we see if Tris passes initiation or becomes factionless. Both would position the character to make interesting decisions affecting the leaders of the dystopian society—fight them from the outside or fight them from the inside. Instead, Roth completely threw me off guard by setting up events that will resonate throughout the second and third book in the series. I didn’t see it coming and that was a thrilling surprise.
Because this is Roth’s debut novel, she initially struggles with explaining the setup of her dystopian society and doesn’t provide a detailed history of how we moved from the society we are in present day, to her faction system. I think that information would have really helped to flesh out the beginning of the story. However, Roth soon gets into a writing groove that keeps readers eager to find out what comes next.
Divergent isn’t a rainbows and butterflies type of story, but a raw, smack-you-in-the-face mix of fighting, strategizing, plotting, and backstabbing. Tris gets knocked down and has to get back up again and face her fears in order to try and make it through initiation. This is a combination of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games that meets Ally Condie’s Matched. It is a book where even though I checked it out from the library, I have gone out and bought it and the second book, Insurgent, just so I can pass it to family and friends so they can read. Needless to day, I highly recommend it and am not surprised that Summit Entertainment is in the process of producing the movie! (less)
Before I start my review, let me say that this is the first sci-fi book I have read that is set in space--although...moreReview also posted on Mind-Ventures
Before I start my review, let me say that this is the first sci-fi book I have read that is set in space--although the setting is actually on Mars.
With that in mind, Black Hole Sun is a very fresh, original story. It is one adventure/escapade that the main character, Durango, and his crew go on. Durango is a Regulator which is like soldier that anyone can hire, sort of. He is hired by some miners and assembles a crew. The result is a story about their fast-paced, action-packed mission.
Throughout the story David Macinnis Gill introduces readers to a new set of vocabulary/lingo. Because Mars was settled by Earthlings, words and phrases from various languages are used. Although that was enjoyable, readers who aren't near the internet or other reference materials to translate the words/phrases, miss out on the meaning. That's why the ability to use context clues is a must in this book. Gill doesn't explain what all of the words/phrases mean after he uses them, so it can seem pure gibberish to some readers. Readers might can figure out a word or two from context clues, but might not understand entire phrases.
All in all, this book was very enjoyable and I look forward to Gill's second book in the series, Invisible Sun. If you enjoy military strategy mixed with interesting battles and you want an adventure that is "out of this world," then you will enjoy this book!(less)
The first book of the Beyonders introduces you to the world of Lyrian. This second book takes place a few months after the first...moreReview published here
The first book of the Beyonders introduces you to the world of Lyrian. This second book takes place a few months after the first book ended. Readers are thrust back into the vivid world Mull has created where Jason meets up with some old friends before making many new allies.
In the first book readers know about Jason’s quest right off, but the second book takes much longer to establish what plan/quest the characters will undertake. The result is another tour through Lyrian. Readers get to revisit some places that were in the first book but are also taken to many new places. Readers also learn of the various peoples living in Lyrian and their special abilities. I love how thoroughly Mull thinks through his world.
The book ends with the oracle answering questions each character has, and a prophecy that sets the stage for the third book. It will play an important part in guiding the characters' actions in the third book. Luckily, the third book is out. You'll definitely want to pick it up as soon as you can to finish the trilogy. Will Jason and his team overcome Maldor?
This book is filled with adventure and a bit of danger. If you like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, then I recommend the Beyonders series by Brandon Mull! (less)