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 […]

My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

Posted June 9, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

  As always SPOILERS WITHIN To begin I would like to say I LOVE Rachel Vincent. I am slightly willing to be unfairly kind to her because her the world she creates with her mind makes me so uber happy I am sometime willing to overlook things I would sometimes give other authors grief about. This all stems from the Shifters series, of which I fell madly in love with. That being said I remember when Vincent started releasing information about Soul Screamers and then finally the novella. I toyed with the idea of reading it over and over again, mostly because I love her and there were times between Shifters books when I needed a fix. But alas I avoided the YA. My reasoning behind this is this, I also have a bit of a love affair with Rachel Caine (PS I love that both of these amazing women live in Texas). I started with Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden books, and then moved on to her Morganville books. While I enjoyed the Morganville books, they clearly have a different tone to them, and because of that I picked up on things I found annoying. And then when I went back to Weather Warden books because a new one had come out, I would find those same things I found annoying in Morganville, and then my love for Rachel Caine got a little bit smaller (I still buy all her books and read them religiously so it’s not like I’m […]

Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

Posted June 8, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

  Once again CONTAINS SPOILERS This book was recommended to me in a urban fantasy forum, and so I figured I would give it a try. It is the first book in a trilogy, although from a simple search on BN.com it would seem the author has several series to chose from. I don’t have a lot to say about this particular book. It was an enjoyable read but by no means one of my favorites, but on the same token, it cost around $4 on my nook, which I have no problem spending on a book I enjoyed reading. The book is about a woman who has no idea that she is a shifter, her name is Sara. From the very beginning it is clear she has had a rough upbringing, and has been left with both emotional and some very serious emotional scars from her childhood. The real upside for her is that her two best friends look out for her and give her the kind of love she didn’t experience from her grandmother. Her grandmother, having died not to long before the book began, is clearly the one of the villains in the story. Her grandmothers death, which seems like a relief for her, actually brings back a feud that she was unaware of her entire life. A feud between a Pride of lions and a Pack of wolves (the same Pack her parents were once a part of). The Pack has arrived in a town where […]

River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #6)

Posted May 26, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #6)

Spoilers ALWAYS included Patty Briggs is one of my favorite writers, and I think Mercy is one of my favorite characters. She is ballsy and doesn’t take any prisoners. But she is not super woman, I think one of the hardest scenes I ever read was where Mercy was sexually assaulted in a previous book, her recovery from that incident I think is some of Briggs’ best writing. But on to the actual book, it started out a little slow for me. I think Briggs was trying to establish an intimate relationship with Adam and Mercy, but it honestly just felt to drag on. The last half of the book picks up and became a very enjoyable read. Briggs is one of the fantasy writers that doesn’t stay in one or two of the supernatural categories, she is willing to include any and all supernatural elements, and she blends them in such a way that is still cohesive for the reader as well as entertaining. This book is no exception. There is interaction with her vampire friend who needs Mercy’s help, the werewolf pack Mercy is no married into, the fae sending Mercy and Adam to the honeymoon spot as well as the Fae villains, as well as the exploration of Mercy’s heritage which brought in a whole new supernatural element never explored before. Mercy has always been an outsider in the books, she is the only one of her kind, or so she thought. As a coyote raised by […]