People who loved this book might be shocked by my rating. If I were to give it three stars according to the Goodreads system, I would be lying, becausPeople who loved this book might be shocked by my rating. If I were to give it three stars according to the Goodreads system, I would be lying, because honestly I didn't like it. I thought it was okay, but I respect that other readers have different tastes.
I chose to read this book out of curiosity about the connection between Lu and Lisa. While they were kidnapped together as teenagers, Lu was luckier than Lisa. Lisa has been damaged by multiple abuse throughout life and need, as an adult, she needs validation from men. While Lisa is a drug addict and attract the worse men, Lu is keeping out of relationships and out of trouble. The two friends have a strong bond and need each other.
On the run from a crooked cop, Lisa takes refuge at Lu's. Lu has problems of her own. Talion, the daemon who rescued her when she was kidnapped with Lisa, decided to claim her. He is not the only daemon who wants her.
Why I didn't like it? The style of writing, while flowing, lacked the depth I generally enjoy. While I felt sympathy for the two friends, I couldn't connect with them. While I could understand their predicament, I couldn't feel much for them. There were too many sex scenes for my taste. Clearly, this novel was not for me.
Note: I was given a free copy of 'Daemon Seer' in exchange for an honest review....more
I totally disliked Lane. I definitely preferred Ally. Kory M. Shrum, you certainly got a strong reaction out of me. Entertaining novel, even if not alwaI totally disliked Lane. I definitely preferred Ally. Kory M. Shrum, you certainly got a strong reaction out of me. Entertaining novel, even if not always tight. Surprises every now and then are always welcome....more
JAMIE QUINN MYSTERY COLLECTION By Barbara Venkataraman
The Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection is an easy reading series of novellas, set in Miami, featuringJAMIE QUINN MYSTERY COLLECTION By Barbara Venkataraman
The Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection is an easy reading series of novellas, set in Miami, featuring insomnia family attorney Jamie Quinn. She generally handles divorces…
In DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO, Jamie rushes to her cousin’s rescue when he is accused of murder. Adam is mildly autistic, which means that sometimes what he says can be misinterpreted. Why does he say that it is his fault if his music teacher is dead? Jamie collects a favour from P.I. Duke Broussard.
In THE CASE OF THE KILLER DIVORCE, the husband of Jamie’s client is murdered. She gets her P.I. friend Duke on the case, while trying to locate her father whom she has never met.
In PERIL IN THE PARK, Jamie is quite happy. Duke has located her father, and Grace (her best friend and a lawyer) is using her contacts to try and get him an immigration visa. Also, Jamie has a boyfriend: Kip, the director of Broward County Parks. Every date is spent in one of the parks. However, when Jamie receives an anonymous email threatening Kip, and the P.I. hired to spy on them is murdered at the Renaissance Festival, she hires Duke to investigate. In the meantime, Kip tries to survive the headache that are local politics the development project he doesn’t want.
The style of writing is humorous (Jamie is the narrator), characters are reasonably developed. My favourite is the cat Jamie inherited after her mother’s death prior to the first novella.
Light and easy reading, this mystery collection is an enjoyable introduction to Jamie Quinn, your friendly neighborough attorney. And her cat.
(I was given a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review)...more
Farquate the orphan is 15 when the wizard he is apprenticing with is arrested for practicing magic and executed by the King’s guards. Starving and desFarquate the orphan is 15 when the wizard he is apprenticing with is arrested for practicing magic and executed by the King’s guards. Starving and desperate, he climbs Dragon Mountain (more like a hill) and begs Fechum the Dragon to take him on as an apprentice. Out of boredom and curiosity, Fechum agrees.
DRAGON CREED is written with great humour, often absurd, that reminded of Terry Pratchet. Susie Hawes created a world where Fechum is the last Dragon, Dwarves and Elves live on reservations, and Humans are the dominant race/species.
Farquate is the wild card, constantly getting into trouble with people in Krugerville. Dragon Mountain is too small for this young man, and being Human is not enough for the adopted son of a Dragon.
Prepare to be entertained, and prepare to believe. ...more
Nowadays it seems that every respectable heroine in a fantasy novel has to be stroppy, the style of writing of the fantasy novel has to be humorous anNowadays it seems that every respectable heroine in a fantasy novel has to be stroppy, the style of writing of the fantasy novel has to be humorous and detailed, and said fantasy novel has to feature elves, pixies, dragons, goblins and other creatures of the Faerie World. Some things haven’t changed: the heroine, while brainy, is not brawny; her love interest is brawny, even if not just that.
Olive Kennedy is a therapist with great knowledge of the Faerie World. She is half-human and half-elf, and was brought up by the Dragon King in Faythander. She doesn’t need a memory charm to travel from the human side to the Faerie side and back and retain her memories. She is a loner and an outsider in both worlds.
Olive doesn’t work with kids, but Jeremiah is her seven-year-old godson, who lives in foster care with his rebellious teenager sister. His dream soul has been stolen and taken to Faythander. In her quest Olive is guided by Kull, the son of the Wult king. Kull is about marry the daughter the of Elf king to avoid a war between the Wults and the Elves. While Kull looks like a barbarian, he is knowledgeable and very comfortable in a library.
Told at the first person, this fantasy novel is the first in a series. It is captivating and mysterious. While most characters are as intriguing as they should be, the only well developed characters are Olive, and to some extent Kull. ‘Dreamthief’ is an entertaining fantasy with magic of many kinds at every corner. ...more