As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew - including the suIt's another awesome entry in the Arizal series!
As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew - including the super hot Reid - on an adventure that sees them moving seamlessly from world to world. Fallon has grown as a character, not just personal growth, but physical growth as well. She's gone from being a pretty normal twenty-something in book 1 to a kick butt fighter. This is a transition that few authors handle well, and generally leave me shaking my head and saying "yeah right," - but not Coppola! She handles it beautifully and makes Fallon's transition feel not only plausible, but believable.
Another thing she does well is turn a phrase. I always enjoy her writing and this book was no exception. Several of the descriptions, such as "His fingers unfold like flower petals in bloom", literally made me stop reading and think "Dang! I wish I'd thought of that!"
And did I mention Reid? Still as hot as ever, a little bit of a love triangle gives him the chance to be just possessive enough to be hot, but not so possessive as to be creepy. Even better, I appreciate the way Fallon handles it - no throwing herself at the other guy like so many book heroines do.
Basically this book (and thes series) are a perfect example of the right way to handle...well... everything! Coppola has an amazing sense of timing and flow, and seems to know just when we need some action, or some tension, or a tragic flashback, or some romance. I don't want to get into too much because of spoilers, but I can say that I loved, loved this book and I love, love this author and am so excited for whatever she writes next! ...more
In a different way. Spiritualism that seems to combine Christianity, Buddhism and more, this books is packed with lessons that you can either read oncIn a different way. Spiritualism that seems to combine Christianity, Buddhism and more, this books is packed with lessons that you can either read once a week or else all at once (which is what I did over a two day period). Beautifully written and full of encouragement, it is also chock full of wisdom and often gives you the advice to stop looking at the bad and pay attention to the good, something so many of us need to hear. ...more
I won this book in a giveaway - I was glad I did then and having read it I am doubly so.
Paternus is the first of a series that weaves the tales of seI won this book in a giveaway - I was glad I did then and having read it I am doubly so.
Paternus is the first of a series that weaves the tales of several characters together. Fi, a teenage girl who works at a nursing home and lives with her uncle Edgar, has no idea of the turn her life is about to take, thanks to one of her patients. Peter is an old man with dementia, but little does she and her crush Zeke know the secrets this "old man" is hiding.
The story is action packed, well told, and exciting, with enough clues to keep the reader guessing, and enough twists to keep them surprised. The descriptions are rich, the characters are fun - and the villains are vile. The Firstborn are truly imaginative, with well rounded personalities, backstories, and origins. Though the main star, in my opinion, is the way Ashton has woven together so many mythologies to create a solid fabric. I've done a little of this myself for a project - though I only attempted three cultures - and it was very complicated. I can't imagine sorting mythologies the world over and tying them together into a neat package the way he has. Beautifully done! The book does end on a bit of a cliff hanger, as most series books do, though the major questions have been answered.
I thought I reviewed this back when I read it, but apparently not! Eek! That's terrible because this book deserves the good review! The Dimidiums - orI thought I reviewed this back when I read it, but apparently not! Eek! That's terrible because this book deserves the good review! The Dimidiums - or Hablings as they call themselves - are human/vampire hybrids with a society all their own. Trevor, the son of a high council member, is essentially a tracker who hunts down the bad guys - which are usually full blooded vampires. His world makes sense until he takes an assignment to deal justice to a murderer who happens to be human. Oh, and a beautiful woman. It doesn't take long for Trevor to discover she's innocent, but can he convince her to accept his world? The handling society is interesting and their mythology is original and creative. A new take on vampires....more
The story opens when Abe is a teenage Spellbringer - a magic race that is a cross between humans and faes. After a near indiscretion with a human, AbeThe story opens when Abe is a teenage Spellbringer - a magic race that is a cross between humans and faes. After a near indiscretion with a human, Abe's father sends him away to the Spellbringer's academy to learn to be a warrior, even though Abe would rather be a veterinarian (a bookish career his father looks down on). His time there flies by and soon he's graduated and on assignment in Africa. And then he comes face to face with a demon. In a fit of rage, he kills the monster and is labeled a hero. But was it really heroism that led him to defeat the demon, or did he just snap?
I wasn't sure what to expect from a prequel about Abe - the father of Jase and Bryce from the Spellbringer's series - but from page one I actually forgot that he was their dad. Abe is just as interesting and complex as his sons in the main series, and I found myself quickly turning digital pages to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed reading about events that are mentioned, or in some cases just hinted at, in the series, and felt like this filled in a lot of gaps. There's also a nice romance between Abe and Jerrica and, though I knew how it would turn out, I enjoyed seeing how it got there.
As usual, Tricia's writing is delightful - no unnecessary words, no paragraphs I had to skim or skip, just well crafted and creative storytelling. I can't wait for part 2! ...more
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and am glad I did!
Bloodline by Gabriella Messina is the first of what will hopefully be a multi-book series abI won a copy of this book in a giveaway and am glad I did!
Bloodline by Gabriella Messina is the first of what will hopefully be a multi-book series about Detective Samantha Karolyi, her friends Detective Lenny Jackson and Ben Lewis, and “the man in black”, Vincent Kremer. Samantha, while out on medical leave, takes her grandfather to the hospital for a checkup not knowing it is a hotbed of Nazi-werewolves who have been searching for him since the camps at Auschwitz were liberated. Becoming impatient he leaves the hospital alone and is attacked by a werewolf. Don' want to give spoilers, but from there things spiral out of control for Samantha as she tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together after being attacked herself, while waiting for her imminent first turning. This is a real page turner and a great action book. Oh, and did I mention Vincent is hot?...more