September 26, 2010 · 5:40 am
Born into a world of twisted monsters, Jake Bannaconni is shaped and molded into a cold, revenge driven man. Honed in the fires of hell, he controls his world and rules with an iron hand. He has everything and anything money can buy. He’s ruthless, merciless and considered a man to leave alone. His hidden legacy, that of a shapeshifter, makes him doubly dangerous in the corporate world.
Emma Reynolds is a woman who knows how to love and love well. When their two worlds collide, Jake’s plans for a complete take over, may just come tumbling down. (from Goodreads)
I finished a re-read of this one last night. Although the beginning is horrific, I actually like this one better than the last. I think it was because there were other people involved, not just those related to the Leopard community. I particularly like some of the descriptions of Emma and how she responds to Jake’s orders. He really doesn’t know what to do with someone who doesn’t jump every time he walks into a room.
September 25, 2010 · 7:12 pm
What has she done? With a new identity, a staged death, and a chance to flee the treachery that stalks her, Rachael has escaped from a faceless assassin. Now, thousands of miles from home, under the lush canopy of the rain forest, she’s found sanctuary.
Where can she hide? In this world teaming with unusual creatures walks the most exotic of them all. His name is Rio. A native of the forest imbued with a fierce prowess, he is something to be desired. Possessed of secrets of his own, he is something to be feared.
Whom can she trust? But as Rachael’s past looms as oppressively as the heat of the forest, and as Rio unleashes the secret animal instincts that course through his blood, Rachael fears that her isolated haven has become an inescapable hell… (from Goodreads)
This book is definitely an improvement on the novella The Awakening that I posted about last. Because it is a full length novel (358 pages), there was time to develop the story and characters. I loved both Rachael and Rio although I think Rio is just too good to be true.
There are only two more books in the series so far and I have to go see who they are about. I really want Drake’s or Elijah’s story. Of course, there is always Joshua too.
On a side note, I have decided to think of this blog as a book journal rather than a review site. That is what I really want to do . . . keep track of the books I read. Of course, I will have to review the Young Adult titles since I read them for the kids. Really, I only read them for the kids . . . not because I am addicted to YA Lit myself!
September 24, 2010 · 5:08 am
Under the blazing heat of the Borneo sun…
…a beautiful naturalist’s dream comes true–to live among the feral jungle creatures. But an untamed, irresistible beast of another sort forces her to explore her own wild side.
I really don’t care for short stories. I prefer more time for the story to develop. However, Feehan does a good job of world building in this one which sets the stage for her Leopard series.
I also learned something new. Borneo is located northwest of Australia. I had heard of the island before, but had no idea of its location.
September 21, 2010 · 5:58 pm
A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer — a woman — who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead.
She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without companionship or love. She has sustained her sanity by preparing for one purpose — to destroy her greatest enemy. Until the night she picks up the scent of a man, her unexpected salvation. Her lifemate. The curse of all Carpathian women. (from Goodreads)
He is Razvan. Branded a criminal, detested and feared, he is a dragonseeker borne of one of the greatest Carpathian lineages, only to be raised as its most despised — and captive — enemy. Fleeing from his lifetime of imprisonment, Razvan now seeks the dawn to end his terrible existence. Instead he has found his deliverance in the Dark Slayer.
In spirit, in flesh and blood, in love, and in war, Ivory and Razvan are made for each other.
For as long as they dare to live.
This was actually a re-read for me, although I did not remember reading this book until I got into it. I have been reading this series for several years and with the exception of one title, I have loved them all.
This book explains so many things that have been alluded to in earlier books. Characters that have always been the bad guys may not be after all. Others are even worse that I realized.
I want to dive right into the next book, but she is weaving her Jaguar series into this one, so I am re-reading those next. I have to keep everything straight in my mind.
September 20, 2010 · 7:37 pm
The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser’s point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie’s surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more — up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century — are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. (from Goodreads)
I just finished reading my copy of (not supposed to be released until tomorrow) The Exile. I have had the opportunity of viewing several of the panels previously when Gabaldon shared them at Dragon*Con. However, nothing lives up to viewing the book in its entirety.
I started out slowly reading and examining the pictures. Then I got so caught up in the story, that I was only really reading the dialogue. Now I plan to go back and examine the pictures frame by frame, then read the entire book again for the full effect.
I also see a re-reading of the entire series in my near future. There is no one like Jamie. Of course, the illustrations don’t match MY idea of Jamie, but I don’t think any two people have the same idea anyway. Mine is the right one, of course. -grin-
September 19, 2010 · 12:17 pm
The debut novel from an extraordinarily talented twenty-five-year-old author. Fantasy’s next global star has arrived. Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times (Gariath the dragon man sees humans as little more than prey, Kataria the Shict despises most humans, and the humans in the band are little better). When they’re not insulting each other’s religions they’re arguing about pay and conditions. So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates things don’t go very well. They go a whole lot worse when an invincible demon joins the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates – a manuscript that contains all you need to open the undergates. And whichever god you believe in you don’t want the undergates open. On the other side are countless more invincible demons, the manifestation of all the evil of the gods, and they want out.Full of razor-sharp wit, characters who leap off the page (and into trouble) and plunging the reader into a vivid world of adventure this is a fantasy that kicks off a series that could dominate the second decade of the century. (from Goodreads)
I really wanted to like this book because it is written by Diana Gabaldon’s son. I gave it over a hundred pages, but I can’t even finish the chapter. Plenty of blood and guts, but not very much plot progression.
I can’t begin to imagine who would enjoy this book. Oh well, it’s like I tell the kids . . . that’s why there are so many types of books, so there is something for everyone.
September 18, 2010 · 9:59 am
Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves. (from Goodreads)
Okay, this is definitely a different interpretation of the vampire legend. They have absolutely no romantic appeal at all. I have no idea who to recommend this book to because the vampire lovers won’t like it and who else would be vaguely interested.
It’s not a badly written story. It’s just very strange. I did have a difficult time with the beginning because so many characters were introduced all at once. I actually ended up making up a character description list to refer to for the first several chapters.
This book is one of this year’s YALSA’s Teens Top Ten nominees. These books are selected by teenagers around the country, so this one obviously has an appeal to someone. Maybe it’s just me that is having a difficult time with it. Give it a try if you want an interesting and different read.
September 14, 2010 · 10:05 am
Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he’s just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb one of his nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren’t where they’re supposed to be. In fact, they’re not sure where they are when…
…they wake up to see a woman with the reddest hair Jack has ever seen-and a gun. Octavia Pye is an Aerocorps captain with a whole lot of secrets, and she’s not about to see her maiden voyage ruined by stowaways. But the sparks flying between her and Jack just may cause her airship to combust and ignite a passion that will forever change the world as she knows it… (from Goodreads)
I am a long-time fan of Katie MacAlister. I started with her vampire novels, moved to her dragon ones (I love Jim, the demon Newfoundland dog), discovered her historicals, and have now read what I feel is the first of many Steampunk books. I can’t begin to say which are my favorites.
Anyway, Steamed is just as much a book about the Steampunk genre as it is a Steampunk novel. It is definitely written tongue-in-cheek. There are airships, but no electricity. There are handguns, but not bullets. Women captain airships, but still wear bustles. They are allowed to have hems above the ankles though to enable them to climb riggings safely.
And, of course, there is romance. This is Katie MacAlister, after all.
September 12, 2010 · 2:08 pm
I have finally caught up on all my book reviews and my journaling. It is time to get back to Steamed by Katie MacAlister. I started it a week or so ago, but it was interrupted when a shipment of books I had been waiting on arrived.
I promise MYSELF that I will not get behind in the book reviews again!
September 12, 2010 · 5:57 am
I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail’s length. A technique that’s worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who’ve come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid!
Yet I’ll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he’ll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees. (from Goodreads)
This is a great author who also writes under the name Shelly Laurenston. Her books are funny, exciting and hot. This series is about a world with dragons who can take human form. There is a real difference in the mindset of humans who take animal form an creatures who can take a human form. Katie MacAlister shows this as well in her Aisling Grey series.
The only problem I had with this book is I could not remember the back story very well from the previous titles. I would normally have gone back and re-read the series, but did not take the time. That was definitely a mistake. When her next book is released, I will definitely do so.