Delilah, a were tabby cat by a twist of genetic fate, and her half-Fae, half-human sisters are on the front lines of a brewing war. Just recovering from a battle, and adjusting to a relationship with human cop Chase, Delilah is drawn into investigating the mysterious, gruesome deaths of the Rainier Were Puma Clan and becomes attracted to their leader, Zachary. As she fears, a new threat emerges, manipulated by an old enemy, and it will take all of their efforts, and acceptance of her fate, to bring them down. The second in Galenorn's D'Artigo Sisters series (Witchling, 2006) ratchets up the danger and romantic entanglements. Along with the quirky humor and characters readers have come to expect is a moving tale of a woman more comfortable in her cat skin than in her human form, looking to find her place in the world. Davis, Nina C.
I enjoyed this book although there were a few mistakes here and there that did bother me at times. It wasn't a WOW book but the author has been very creative in creating the world and the people and creatures in it. I rate it 3 1/2 stars.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Cassandra Palmer has been in hiding for three years since she escaped Antonio, the master vampire who raised her after he had her parents killed when she was only four. A gifted clairvoyant, Cassandra was Antonio's useful tool until she discovered his complicity in her parents' deaths and fled his estate. Tony has finally caught up with her, but he isn't the only one. The vampire senate is after her, too, and they've sent sexy vampire Tomas, who insinuated himself into her life by pretending to be an abused runaway, to watch over her. After Cassie and Tomas are attacked, he brings her to the senate. There she learns that the mages are gunning for her, too, as is the powerful vampire Rasputin, who is gearing up to challenge the senate. Cassie is in a race against time to save her own life and find out why so many want her dead. Exciting and inventive, with definite series potential. Kristine Huntley
Although I enjoyed this book I certainly didn't love it. I love the idea, I love her talking to ghosts and all the other things she is able to do. I love all the different 'things' (creatures?) in this book as well. I just had a hard time getting through it. It seemed to drag a bit. BUT that being said, I do think that the next book will be better and I will be adding it to my list to read. I give this 3 stars.
Posted by Candace at 6:12 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.
Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to hold back the most malevolent of forces.
This is the third of the trilogy and was my favorite. I feel like I finally got a grasp on all the characters and the strange world. I didn't realize how much I felt I was missing in the first two until I read this one and every thing really clicked together. It was good though I wish it could have went on for another chapter just cause the ending was a little abrupt, but it wasn't too bad, I guess we can just imagine what happens in the future. I'll have to reread this series sometime cause I think I will understand it much better. I give this 4 1/2 stars.
Posted by Candace at 6:48 PM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In this violently passionate, "darkly fascinating world,"** the Blood rule: a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels. Ambitions unfurl in this second novel of The Black Jewels Trilogy, as the realm's dreams of a liberator have finally been made flesh...
Jaenelle, singled out by prophecy as the living embodiment of magic, is haunted by the cruel battles the Blood have fought over her-for not all of them await her as their Savior. Nothing, however, can deflect her from her destiny-and the day of reckoning looms near. When her memories return. When her magic matures. When she is forced to accept her fate. On that day, the dark Realms will know what it means to be ruled by Witch.
I really enjoyed this book although it was a bit slow for me in the first half. The second half I didn't want to put down. Unfortunately I have a demanding 3 year old and I felt like I was rereading every paragraph because of all the interruptions. I can't wait to read the third book and hope there is more Daemon in it, which I assume there is. This book had more Lucivar and it was nice to get to know him. This is a great series, very creative. I rate it 4 stars.
Posted by Candace at 5:19 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.
Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he's meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing's ever as easy as it seems?
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was different from other vamp and vamp slayer books, but then they all have something different in them. Usually. Hopefully. I liked the main characters pretty well though maybe Jaz got a tad annoying at times. I would have liked to get to know Vayl a bit more cause I feel like I still don't really KNOW him. I will read the next book though and if it's good I'll continue on with this series. It's hard to know whether to rate this a 3 or a 3 1/2. I think I'll go with a 3 1/2 cause I think it really was pretty good and I can't pinpoint any certain thing that I really didn't like. I just didn't totally love it is all.
Posted by Candace at 9:40 PM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .
This was an amazing story! I would say it's my favorite young adult book about the fae so far. I love how it was wrote and I fell in love with the characters. I want a Luke! I rate this 5 stars. I cannot WAIT for the next book! I'm afraid I'll have a hard time getting into another book now...
Posted by Candace at 4:32 PM
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Meet the D'Artigo sisters: half-human, half-faerie, they're savvy-and sexy-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But their mixed-blood heritage short-circuits their talents at all the wrong times. Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still trying to get the hang of being undead. And Camille is a wicked-good witch, except her magic's as unpredictable as the weather, as her enemies are about to find out-the hard way.
I thought this was a great book once the story really took off. It probably would have been a 4 1/2 star book but for some reason it took me a little while to get into it (could have been my mood). Once I did get into it I couldn't put this book down. I love all the magic and the strangeness of it all. How often do you run across 3 sisters who are half human, half fae AND a witch, a vampire, and a werecat? Yeah, not too often. I loved all the magical beings and hope that we'll see more then a glimpse of Otherworld in future books. I rate this book 4 stars.
Posted by Candace at 10:58 AM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
So far I think this is my favorite of the Night Huntress series. Jeaniene did not disappoint. She really has a way of describing fight scenes that I can picture the whole thing so much better then I can with so many other books. I don't have to skim over them as she makes them much more interesting. I also love that she doesn't end her books with cliffhangers. They have an ending point with the conflict mostly resolved. But you are still anxious for the next one because they are so good.
Posted by Candace at 1:17 PM