March 2012 Archive

Shadowfever

By: Karen Marie Moning

Pages: 594

Published: Jan. 18th, 2011 by Delacorte Press

ISBN: 0385341679

From Goodreads: MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

 

 

Can I just say… FINALLY!!! I’ve been waiting to read this book for what feels like AGES. It was definitely worth the wait. I can’t tell you enough how much of a fan I am of this series. This series is refreshing for this genre because it’s a lot different from anything else I’ve seen or read. Her writing style is incredible. I get caught up in the story and can feel every emotion. I was sad to see it end, and most of the time if everything is tied up, I’m pretty okay with series ending. But I’m thoroughly depressed that I won’t have any more Fever books to look forward to. But okay, wow… let’s focus on this book in particular. I love when an author goes, “What’ll happen if I just rip my own series apart and the seams? Let’s do it and find out!” I kinda expected something like that would happen in this book though, so I was prepared. We learn SO many things and there are so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. And let me just say that the storyline between Mac and Barrons has ALWAYS been a weakness of mine. I love it. This book really is wonderful and it was a great conclusion to a fantastic series. Seriously, if you’re an urban fantasy fan PICK THIS UP. NOW. 🙂

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Danger Music

by: Jackie Hyman

Pages: 243

Published by: Five Star

ISBN: 1594141975

From Goodreads: When an investigative reporter begins digging into a Hollywood cold case, someone will go to any lengths – including murder – to ensure the truth remains hidden. Freelance writer Kenny Rubin has an unusual magazine assignment: to solve the strangulation five years earlier of aspiring actress Melinda Rivers. And she’s supposed to do it before the airing of a TV movie that’s probing the same subject. Many of the people involved in making the movie knew Melinda and, as Kenny begins interviewing the principles, people around her start dying. Someone, it appears, is afraid the truth really might surface. When events take an unexpected turn, she finally puts the pieces together – only to discover that she’s delivered herself right into the hands of the killer.

 

I honestly loved this mystery. I thought it was funny and entertaining. I have never been inside the head of someone that was bipolar before and I think it was one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve had! This novel really gives you an idea of what it’s like to experience the mania that is associated with this disorder and it made for a very interesting main character. Besides having that condition, Kenny is someone that I would enjoy hanging out with. Her views on everything are different from the usual person trying to solve a mystery and that makes this a very unique novel. I also enjoyed the other characters in this novel. The characters were so colorful and well-described that I felt like I actually knew them. I didn’t figure out the mystery until the very end, it kept me guessing throughout the story. I also enjoyed reading about the Hollywood lifestyle from someone who wasn’t trying to become and actress. It was a very refreshing read. I would definitely recommend it for a mystery lover or anyone just looking for a fun read!

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Touch Me In The Dark

by: Jacqueline Diamond

Pages: 231

Published: 2010 by K. Loren Wilson

From Goodreads: An eerie house … a malevolent ghost … and Ian Fanning, a brooding ex-cop obsessed with painting the woman his grandfather murdered. Into their midst arrives Sharon Mahoney, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead woman. When past and present collide, will Ian save or destroy her?

Through a rain-dashed window, a watcher observes as Sharon Mahoney drives up to the Victorian house where she has rented rooms.

As she and her seven-year-old son run to the front door in a flash of lightning, the watcher smiles at the knowledge that a role has already been written for her in the tragic history of this house, a role scripted to end in Sharon’s death.

Could the watcher be Ian Fanning, a former policeman whose grandfather killed his grandmother in this house sixty years ago? Since being injured on duty, he has become obsessed with painting the murdered woman – a double for Sharon.

Or is the watcher Pete Gaskell, a would-be mystic who, with his wife, has rented an apartment here in hopes of contacting a vengeful spirit?

Could it be Jody Fanning, the elderly spinster who raised her nephew and then her grandnephew, Ian, after both sets of parents died violently? Or is it the spirit of Ian’s murderous grandfather, stalking the house and planning to kill again?

 

Most of the time when I come across a book like this, I’m extremely wary of there being a “cheesyness” factor that will turn me off of the story. But this novel didn’t do that for me! I kept reading and didn’t find myself thinking the events were too over the top. I was also a little unsure about how I felt about the romance in this book. It won be over, by the end I could see how Ian and Sharon worked together and could feel the chemistry. I guess all that got me was the idea that they could trace their family lines back and have them eventually match up, but they were far enough apart for it not to matter, even though Ian refers to her as a cousin at one point. Beyond that this novel was gripping, and the ending took me entirely by surprise. I honestly had thought of every other solution than the one that was presented to me. I love when I read a book and that happens! It adds that much more excitement to the story. I found myself getting caught up in the characters lives and caring about them. I liked all of the characters, right down to the villain and was interested in their storylines. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun romance with some thrills and excitement. This is in no way a cheesy ghost story, and the writing is excellent. 🙂

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Something Witchy This Way Comes

by: Veronica Blade

Pages: 394

Published: November 30th 2011 by Crush Publishing

ISBN: 0979886945

From Goodreads: Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.
When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school (and the toughest) offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.
Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions; a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side. Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves; including Hayden.

 

This was a really fun read. Although, to me, this story seemed more about Hayden and Tessa than it did about everything that was going on in regards to witches. That part was very interesting, as well, and I liked how everything about the witchcraft was easy to believe and easy to understand. I didn’t find myself having to go back and figure anything out like I sometimes have to when a fantasy world gets too complex. The reading was also quick and easy. I didn’t find myself getting bored or skipping parts. Everything was a fun and entertaining read. The chemistry between Hayden and Tessa was incredible. That’s why I think this is more of their story. There’s something just so appealing about taming a bad boy. Hayden was someone who probably won’t initially seem like a hero, or even a character, that you’ll particularly love. But stick around, he’s wonderful. 🙂 I really did enjoy this story and I liked that even though there were references to things, there was nothing in this novel that couldn’t be read by a younger reader. I definitely recommend this book for someone looking for a fun, young, fantasy.

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Domingo’s Angel

by: Jenny Twist

Pages: 175

Published: July 10th, 2011 by Melange

ISBN: 1612352022

From Goodreads: When Angela turns up in a remote Spanish mountain village, she is so tall and so thin and so pale that everyone thinks she is a ghost or a fairy or the dreadful mantequero that comes in the night and sucks the fat from your bones.
But Domingo knows better. “Soy Angela,” she said to him when they met – “I am an angel.” Only later did he realise that she was telling him her name and by then it was too late and everyone knew her as Domingo’s Angel.
This is the story of their love affair. But it is also the story of the people of the tiny mountain village – the indomitable Rosalba – shopkeeper, doctor, midwife and wise woman, who makes it her business to know everything that goes on in the village; Guillermo, the mayor, whose delusions of grandeur are rooted in his impoverished childhood; and Salva the Baker, who risked his life and liberty to give bread to the starving children.
The events in this story are based on the real experiences of the people of the White Villages in Southern Spain and their struggle to keep their communities alive through the years of war and the oppression of Franco’s rule.

 

I’ll be honest and say that this probably isn’t a book I would have picked up on my own. I was skeptical going into it, but it really won me over. This is a book that could easily be read in one sitting. It’s short, but powerful. The characters in this story are rich and full of life. It’s easy to get caught up in the different stories and feel for all of the people in the village. I loved the connections I saw between the characters while reading and I could really feel their bond. I loved how there were so many different stories to be told and the way that I got to get a look into a culture very different from my own. Books like this are what show us how similar we all are, even if we have cultural differences. There is just so much packed into a book that doesn’t seem very long, it’s incredible. This is a story that definitely stays with you and makes you continue to think about it after you put it down. I love that it’s based on real experiences, it makes the emotions in this book that much greater. This really is beautifully written and I would recommend it to anyone looking to broaden their mind and go on a historical journey. 🙂

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Tandem Tryst

by: Ralph E. Horner

Pages: 271

Published: March 1st, 2009 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1597056227

From Goodreads: What if there was a ring that, when worn, sent you back in time to reunite you with the soul of a deceased loved one? In Tandem Tryst, such a ring exists. In this paranormal mystery romance, three years after Jeff Voss’s young wife Marcy dies, he locates an enchanted ring. Jeff discovers that, while wearing it, he goes back one hundred years to the time of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Jeff soon learns the purpose of the ring when he meets Melody Bishop, a twin of his beloved wife. He finds out that Melody is Marcy’s ancestor, and her now living soul. Although Jeff has several hurdles to clear, including Melody’s boyfriend, he feels he has a second chance in this distant time with the love that was taken from him prematurely. To complicate matters, dark forces are at work, as a mysterious woman wearing various ethnic disguises, stalks and continually attempts to steal Jeff’s ring, even if by murder.

 

I’ve always been a fan of time-travel. I like the whole concept of it, so this novel was really interesting to me. At first, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the fact that Jeff was falling in love with an ancestor of his wife’s. But I ended up being won over by their chemistry. I was also really surprised at how well everything worked out in the end, because I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. I won’t give it away, but it did surprise me and was something I hadn’t thought of when I was trying to figure it out. I was impressed at how easily Jeff adjusted to life in the past. I also really enjoyed the moments when Jeff would bring things back from his time to show Melody. It was fun to think about her reaction and try to imagine people from that time period seeing all of the things we have today. I did find some of the writing and dialogue a little abrupt and awkward at moments, but the story is fun and entertaining and that made up for it. I do think that this is a good novel for people interested in time-travel, especially if they’re also a fan of romance. This was a very cute story.

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