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
The murder of a bodybuilding student at the Treameadow College is only the first in a series and only an excuse for professors Nicky Abbondanza and No The murder of a bodybuilding student at the Treameadow College is only the first in a series and only an excuse for professors Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver to impersonate Holmes and Watson. And an excuse for Nicky to indulge in voyeurism and gossiping.
I expected a gay mystery novel, but ‘Drama Muscle’ is more of a comedy, a satire, vaudeville and a gay male fantasy for adults. Joe Cocentino has an extended vocabulary, but not as much imagination. The story line is an excuse for Abbondanza to indulge in his voyeuristic habits. And they seem to be a lot of sex happening in Treameadow College.
Characters are mostly the caricatures expected for a satire, frequently more brawny than brainy. Puns and alliterations would have been more powerful without the signposting. Descriptions of places and sex scenes were equally dry, leaving nothing to the reader’s imagination. Or was it the point of the exercise?
Anyhow, while readable ‘Drama Muscle’ is more for readers who don’t require depth for their easy reading.
Note: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Action-packed entertainment for Sweethearts Day in Little Salem! Not sure who has the most to complain about. Dean? Bunny? Fairer Than? Or maybe PipitAction-packed entertainment for Sweethearts Day in Little Salem! Not sure who has the most to complain about. Dean? Bunny? Fairer Than? Or maybe Pipita? ...more
By the time you realize that MONSTER STALKER has its fangs sunk in your neck, it’s too late: you want to stay in Again New York.
Nico burst out of theBy the time you realize that MONSTER STALKER has its fangs sunk in your neck, it’s too late: you want to stay in Again New York.
Nico burst out of the sky and into darqueworld/Again New York/Jifk Spaceport, switchblade at the ready. She is just one of many chrono-immigrants arriving on that day. Is Darqueworld a brave new world where every one and every what –including vampires– can live in full day light? Upon arrival Nicolette Alexikova (with her teddy bear –Mr Bear– safely tucked in its safety harness) is welcomed, processed, given a chrono-immigrant welcome pack complete with blood packs, assigned a social worker, and allowed in to start a brand new life.
Nico is a chrono-immigrant from 1998 Leningrad (one of many alternate timelines), but has no recollection of the circumstances that brought her to Again New York. On her first day in Darqueworld, she meets Shayla O’Fey, a witch with a delicious Scottish brogue who works at Lucy’s Diner; Heloise Allen, a vampire with nice legs who deals in information; and Escher, a resident at the Again Friends Youth Hostel for vampires. She watches people and things with an intrigued, analytical and open mind. The story unfolding from her point of view makes it easy to feel close to Nico, while this young vampire (made at 18, a vampire for 15 years) remains enigmatic, complex and haunted by the maker she destroyed.
“You are Lone Nico and Bear,” says her social worker the first time they speak together, after Nico dismantled a human trafficking ring. This is one of many literary references imparted by knowledgeable writer Elizabeth Watasin. Within the few days between her arrival and her citizenship exam, potential citizen Nico spends her daytime discovering Again New York, studying for her exam, getting to know Shayla O’Fey, getting information from Heloise Allen, and her nighttime playing vigilante, looking for the missing Esche, under the impartial eyes of the Makepeace robots.
MONSTER STALKER is a science-fiction novel with touches of fantasy and horror. It is a soul-searching tale and a study in gender dialectic. Some say it is for an audience of mature young adults, others will grumble it is for 18+. Elizabeth Watasin says she wrote it “for the kids in the dark places.” I love it now, and I would have loved it in my teen years.
MONSTER STALKER is one of these books the readers will have a hard time to let go off, one they’d like to see last forever. It’s okay, Readers, there is a sequel in the writing. Lone Nico and Bear will be back, and we’ll wander the mysterious and sometimes dark, amazing Darqueworld again. ...more