Samsara by Sara E. Collins

Posted October 3, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Samsara by Sara E. Collins

Samsara has all the elements you could want in a fantasy romance novel. There’s a love triangle, werewolves, vampires, finding lost love, tragedy, and so much more. The novel follows a girl named Summer, who has experienced enough tragedy for a life time and is really just trying to start her life over. A mysterious man comes into her life, Boden, and a whirlwind romance ensues. Of course as with any fantasy book, nothing stays all sunshine and roses for long, conflict soon occurs. Summer has to contend with her ex-husband, friends who aren’t so sure about this new romance, and then of course with finding out the truth about her not so human lover. And then of course there is Samsara, Summer finds out she is Boden’s reincarnated fiance from over a hundred years, it’s enough to make a girl lose it a little. Sara Collins has a very well written book on her hands, the descriptions are solid, the book flows organically throughout most of it, great grammar, and the ability to keep the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. There were several points through the book where I kept thinking the book was going to go one way only to have Collins take it a completely different way. I must confess I had a strong reaction to this book, or more specifically to the characters. In many ways I wished that Summer had been a stronger character, but given all the events of […]

High Midnight by Rob Mosca

Posted September 30, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
High Midnight by Rob Mosca

***Cross posted at The Literary Mind Blender, you should check out the site, it’s great with a wide range of reviews and books alike!*** Synopsis: Ghouls, crytids, homicidal clowns, knife wielding chimps and the best damn phantom bordello north of the border… welcome to Unity, Texas! A gonzo pulp western for the 21st century, High Midnight is a timeless tale of blood and redemption set against a preternatural and pre-apocalyptic Texas. Review: I am a very new reader to the horror genre. I think this may actually be my first horror book, but as a lover of books I figured I would give the genre a go. Mosca’s writing is really well done, descriptions are very vivid, and it is very easy for the reader to picture the scenes unfolding in their own minds. One of the first things I noticed when I started reading the book was how easy it was to follow even with the use of flashbacks, something I really appreciate in an author. When you start reading this book it is clear you are entering a universe that quite different from your own: homicidal clowns, a sheriff drinking out of a bottle of liquor while on duty, and of course “sleep walkers” on a mission to devour anything in their path. The story starts out introducing the main characters, and it ultimately comes down to the gang of clowns and the sheriff. The gang of clowns are clearly only interested in themselves and willing to do […]

The Fool’s Journey by Mary Chase

Posted September 29, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Fool’s Journey by Mary Chase

***Cross posted at The Literary Mind Blender, you should check out the site, it’s great with a wide range of reviews and books alike!*** Synopsis: Deirdre Kildeer is a woman with a secret past that she doesn’t want anyone to find out about. She believes she has finally escaped her past and carved out a new life for herself as a professor. But what begins in celebration quickly turns into fear as the past she thought she has left behind comes back to haunt her as well as threaten the life she has made for herself. Review: The book centers on Deidre, who at face value just appears to be a young professor and poet who is working her way up the academic ladder. While her story begins with the celebration of being awarded for her work in poetry it quickly takes a bizarre turn. While shopping and having lunch with her friend Panda, a stranger in the market cuts off a chunk of her hair. And from there the events of her life just keep getting stranger. After the incident at the market, Deirdre starts to allude that she has some heavy secrets in her past that she does not want to come to light. She seems to suddenly come under attack from both long lost family members as well as members of the academic community where she teaches at, and both could result in her secret coming out. Thankfully, Deirdre is not alone throughout the story; she has […]

The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon Green (Secret Histories #1)

Posted September 27, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon Green (Secret Histories #1)

So as discussed in previous posts I am all about exploring this genre and trying new things. I’ve noticed lately that I read mostly books written by women authors, and it’s not that I don’t like male authors it’s just how things happened to be. So I figured I would try out a book written by a man so here we go. The concept of the series is that there is a family that protects the world and humanity from basically any and all things that threaten the way of life. It takes place in a world similar to ours, in London, although with the added magical/supernatural elements. The Drood family accomplishes this because each member of the family has their own Golden Torc, which essentially makes them invincible. Eddie is a member of the Drood family, who is a field agent, so basically if there is a supernatural problem, Eddie is one of the agents called in to take care of the problem. However, somehow Eddie is declared to be a rogue, so basically suddenly the entire family is out to kill him, this story is how Eddie finds out not only why he was declared a rogue but the truth of his family altogether. Eddie meets some very amusing people along the way while trying to find his own way. One such character would be Mr. Stab (aka Jack the Ripper) as well as some other very colorful characters. Eddie ends up finding himself a counterpart in Molly. […]

Working Stiff by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #1)

Posted September 15, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 2 Comments
Working Stiff by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #1)

I’m a big fan of Rachel Caine, especially in her beginning books. I loved the Weather Warden series at the beginning and same thing with Morganville Vamps, after a while I stopped loving them as much but still thought they were great reads and enjoyable. So when I found out she had a new series coming out I was super excited. I love the beginnings (lets face it when a series that you like ends you kind of dread reading that last chapter). As stated in the previous book review, I am trying to open myself up more to genre as a whole including the zombie/horror subgenre. I bought this book after I already started Strange Angels, and figured this would be the perfect follow up, if anyone could make me enjoy a book about zombies, it would be Rachel Caine. The thing I love about paranormal books is that the author really gets to make the rules. I can’t tell you how many times I have picked up a book about vampires and found that they all kind of have the same general idea but the differences in one authors version of a vampire to another is sometimes drastic. So as far as zombies go, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I love Caine’s interpretation of it. Bryn being a zombie never really grossed me out the way zombies in general do, and she didn’t gross me out because Caine didn’t make her some creepy crawly thing […]

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (Strange Angels #1)

Posted September 15, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (Strange Angels #1)

I’m somewhat new to the paranormal genre in general. I have always loved reading, but really found reading vampire books addicting and seriously enjoyable. It brought back my love for reading, and when I couldn’t find books at the bookstore on vampires I branched out into werewolves; I never thought I would continue that into the zombie realm, or the paranormal horror. After spending some time in book forums, the idea of those books started to become intriguing. I picked this book to start with for several reasons. 1) It’s YA, which in general I don’t gravitate to, but I figured it would be a tamed down version of these types of books. 2) It’s written by a very well known author who a lot of people love (even though I myself have never read her). I surprisingly have a lot to say about this book. This was in no way what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a full on book about Zombies, which I was completely wrong about. Really there was only one zombie in the entire book and it was a very short appearance. Dru is a great character, a young girl who is literally forced to figure out how to fend for herself very suddenly after her father becomes a zombie and she has to kill him. Before I get into the specifics of the book I want to point out that I had a hard time reading this book, in fact […]

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent (Unbound #1)

Posted September 8, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent (Unbound #1)

  I have been looking forward to this book coming out since the moment Rachel Vincent announced there would be a new series. I’m not sure I knew what to expect or even if I cared what the book was about, all that mattered was Shifters was coming to an end and this new series meant I got to keep reading Rachel Vincent’s words. It’s funny that I didn’t panic a little that the books had nothing to do with the typical supernatural creature, a big departure from the were world Vincent had already created, but I have never not liked anything I have read of Vincent’s so I knew it was going to be good, thankfully it was. If I had to pick one thing as Vincent’s best writing skill is she is great at world building. She never throws it all at the reader, she gives just enough a little at a time. I never feel confused by whatever world I enter when reading one of her books, and the same was true for this one. The concept was really interesting, everyone is human, but some of those humans are Skilled. It’s kind of like magic with a weird twist, only some people have certain skills. Liv and Cam (main characters) being different forms of trackers, blood and names respectively. I don’t know if the Skilled people would be nearly as interesting if they didn’t live in a city that can only be described as mob controlled times […]

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #1)

Posted August 19, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #1)

  To begin I normally read a book within about a day or so, it keeps things fresh, and I try not to take longer than that because I have to read so much for school that I end up not remembering all the details of the books I read for pleasure. That being said I was finishing my senior Capstone classes over the summer and therefore this book took about two weeks to read. I enjoyed the book a lot, and I wish I had the time to read the book from beginning to end in a few days because it was very entertaining and the story line was certainly good enough to keep me wrapped up in the story. I am not familiar with the “supernatural scene” of this book at all, I have mainly stuck to vampire or shape shifter books that only mention the fae in limited degrees, so to read a book about a young girl who just finds out she is a selkie and her introduction into that world really helped as a way to introduce me to this kind of world. Much like Jane had Ryu (among others) as a guide to the world that she was suddenly a part of, Ryu also served as a guide to me, helping to explain the creatures and lore the book is based on. I really appreciated that as the reader I was no expected to already know the lore behind the book. In the beginning […]

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (Cassie Palmer #1)

Posted July 27, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (Cassie Palmer #1)

  Okay to begin I have been a huge slacker on getting these reviews done. I have been so busy with school I just haven’t had the time. It should get easier around mid August and I will have more time to write these and enjoy the books themselves. I have read this book before, but I am rereading my books as a way of inventory for myself. I picked this book because she has a new book out that I have no read from this series so I figured I would catch up on the series before I bought and read the new one. So I thought I would start with the things I did not like about the novel. One of my biggest problems with this novel is she flows so often from one thing to the next that it is disjointing for the reader. While action is a great thing in a book, especially one from this genre, it only works if the reader is able to keep up with it. I found myself having to reread a page or two a couple of time to figure out what I had missed. I understand the need for jumping from one scene to another when Cassie is having a vision because it’s disjointing for her to experience, but this occurrence was not limited to when Cassie was having a vision. I also believe that the first book in a series is one of the hardest to write because […]

Daughter of Joy by Kathleen Morgan

Posted June 10, 2011 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Daughter of Joy by Kathleen Morgan

  I considered not writing a review of this book. Mostly because it is not my kind of book. But I decided I should write about because books are the only thing that are giving me a reason to write lately. And more over they make me think about things. I picked this book to read because it was a free download. And I made a promise to myself that I would go outside of my comfort zone and try new things. I remember the day I tried out urban fantasy books, and I protested the whole way. Turns out I fell in love with them. Now I can’t imagine a world without werewolves and fae and everything else in between. So why not venture out? Maybe there is something out there for me that I never would have thought to give a chance, a book somewhere on a shelf that will stay with me for years to come. So here I go on my journey to find that book. To start this is a period book. The thing about period books is that as an English major and well quite frankly as a history minor I have read pieces of literature from this time, and they sound nothing like this. Although I get the reasoning behind it. I can remember struggling to understand the words on the page before me, and trying to figure out what they were saying in 1775. How the English language evolves over years is […]