Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

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According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep-until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman . . . 
Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.

I think that I am just too old for these books now. Certain expressions are beyond me...*and* my 22 year old niece. While I found the part about "Twatter" funny, I found the endless dialogue about the blow up sheep and the "filling the cream filled doughnut" to be a bit childish and not funny.

The seemingly never-ending sexual dialogue was annoying as was the disembodied head.

It seems that Katie may have just reached the end of her rope and is grasping at anything to try to keep these fresh. I've been reading her books for over a decade now (maybe more?) and I have seen a lot of evolution's ,in all of her books and especially the dragon series....this book was just not a good one. And this is unfortunate since I really do want to see what happens with Rowan.
If you want something chaotic and slapstick funny, yet a little more tasteful (? I'm not sure that is the word I'm looking for, but it will do for now) - try "Noble Intentions" by this author, I think it was one of her best.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

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The eighth Kate Daniels novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who “defines urban fantasy” (Fresh Fiction). Magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake… After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.  But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. As they dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Mercenary Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s recent assignments are connected in the most sinister way… An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

This is one huge transitional book. With only the possibility of only two more books in this series, I was really worried how the team was going to start wrapping up this series. I was also worried as to how the Daniel's writing team was going to take Curran out of his position and life and plop him into Kate's and whether or not the transaction was going to be a smooth one -I shouldn't have worried. Even though the story really didn't revolve around 'The Pack', it still involved The Pack. This story involves George (Mahon's daughter) and the Eduardo the werebuffalo who has gone missing. This is not quite the main story line, but close enough since all of the weirdness that follows has to do with him and his father.

Kate is finally maturing and it only took a scary/deadly medical condition for her to take stoke of her life and to love what she sees.

She will interact with her father and it is going to be both fun,and funny and also a bit scary.

Curran is going to get his hearts desire (at least in a work situation) and also get another pack of sorts to head.

What I would love to see is a Curran's POV novella/short story about how he felt while Kate was having her medical issues and afterwards when he wasn't so sure she was going to remember him/what they meant to each other.

I would also love to see a novella about Jim and Dali and how the transition treated them and how they handled it.

I would love to see Kate's conflict with her father handled a lot differently than most fans -I would love to see them become an actual family, to have Roland teach Kate how to take over after he has had enough time on earth...just to teach her and to see his grandchild/children. I would love to see the three of them kick some God or Goddesses butt. *sigh*

I am using my newly gained ESP *chortle* to try to get the Andrews team to write faster AND to make them keep up with this series! 

I am aware that it must get boring for the author to keep on going with a long running series and this is why so many series start failing when the author doesn't know enough to ditch it. I have to respect the Andrew's team to know what they are doing. If I chant this to myself enough times maybe I'll even start believing it!

There is just so much to tie up in such a relatively short amount of time -I am hoping that I heard wrong about only having two more books.

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

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Book Description: An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war. He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan -- and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world and their souls. In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity....

I was born in the 1950's and I find that Swan Song might be classic for my particular generation and I hope it will become a classic for future generations. I read this first when it first came out -read it again just before I posted this review. Some books can stand the passage of time and some cannot, Swan Song did spectacularly.

It is a classic story of good versus evil, God versus the Devil and mans willingness to adapt and evolve even when it looks like they should give up.

The characters are either extremely likable or extremely dis-likable. The are written with a lot of depth. Mr McCammon builds a world that is so realistic, that you can just see this happening to our real world in the near future. One can compare this novel to the book " The Stand" and I would even recommend that you read them back to back if you really want something to make you cringe at the slightest noises.

"Swan Song" was the first of the apocalyptic type novels that I have ever read and I read it soon after originally out. But, it has certainly stood the passage of time since I just re-read it and can still find new things in it to make me shiver in my boots. And, it will remain a favorite of mine no matter how of my life time passes.

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

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Dina DeMille isn't your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…

I'm going to have to read this again to see just why I seem to be the only one a bit unhappy with this book. It may be the fact that for me, there is a tad too much back-story or if you will - 'rehashing' of the last book, repetitive passages and too much clothing and food descriptions - but then it may have been the rather slow plot (yes I do understand that there is a reason for this) - at least until the last 15%. But it does have a great ending -as do most of this teams other books do.

I did get to learn about other groups AND Her Grace Caldenia better. So that's a plus. Plus I loved seeing the house go through so many different changes and moods. The house makes a wonderful secondary character.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pale Queen Rising by A. R. Kahler

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"As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show."

I sit here wondering just how to write a review for this book that won't get me sued!

Have you ever read a book that in less than 24 hour's you've forgotten most of it? That about the only thing you can remember is that the main character is an ass-hat -a supposed kick-ass heroine that is anything but kick-ass?  For the life of me I can't even remember if she actually ever really raised a hand.  I think all she actually did was talk smack, threaten people and be the worse cliched character I have ever read.

The plot wasn't even all that great and it was a tiny bit obvious to this reader (and "tiny" was a wee exaggeration)

You want an actual adult read about the Fae?  Then read Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series -yes you will want to throw the books against the wall for her usage (over-usage---way way overused !)of the word "spill" in all of its forms! But at least you won't be treated like you are brain-dead.

The other thing that I took great issue with, was the fact that this author seemed to have taken a character or the idea of this character from another author. Yes there are a lot of magic wielding, big mouthed, female lead characters lately-but this seemed overly obvious to me.

I HATED Claire.

Oh well, can't love 'em all!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

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Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County)                                                                                                                                          

September  29, 2015
by Linda Lael Miller

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 Size: 683 KB
·        Print Length: 272 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
·        Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Series: The Brides of Bliss County
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)

No one does the holidays like Linda Lael Miller, whose Christmas novels have warmed the hearts of millions of readers the world over! Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected… Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!”

This was a perfectly acceptable Christmas romance; however, I hated the fact that the first half or so of this book was mostly filled with inner-dialogue and a lot of angst. 

You have to understand the level of romance in this book –this couple had already been in love and things just didn’t truly work out.  Each one wanted something different out of life. Now that Jax has heard that Charlie is back in Mustang Creek and he comes and takes a job there to win back Charlies heart.  Sweet and perfect for the season right?

The second half of this book engages the reader so much more and the sexual tension builds.    They sure do get a lot of help from Mrs. Klozz, Aunt Geneva and a possible business venture –eventually Charlie and Jax get their HEA and a lovely Christmas to boot.

It was a lovely read, but I’m not so sure that it is going on my re-read shelf…for sure it will go on to my Christmas books shelf though and maybe someday down the road I’ll pull it out again.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

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Marry Me at Christmas (A Fool’s Gold Novel-#19) by Susan Mallery
·        Series: Fool's Gold (Book 21)
·        Hardcover: 336 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Wish upon a Christmas star with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's sparkling Fool's Gold romance! 
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner! 
Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful. 
Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

 It was spoken about in the last book(s) that Maddie (Madeline Krug) has a total girlie crush on Jonny Blaze (was that supposed to be a stage name?) and it sure does make  for  interesting moments while Jonny and Maddie plan Jonny’s sisters’ wedding!
The story takes the usual path that all of the other Fool’s God novels do : inner angst, (in the past Jonny loses everyone he loves) mild to medium personality differences, some long-term goal differences and one half of the couple falling in love but seeing the futility in it and then  finally sex.  Mildly descriptive to a point, this was one of the ‘cleaner’ books I have read in a while that wasn’t Amish based.  Oh no don’t get me wrong, there is sexy thoughts et al, I just didn’t blush trough them all.
This was a sweet book and it will definitely be put on my re-read pile!

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