Here are the last of the mini-reviews I promised. I picked some wonderful authors and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews
I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series, so I snatched up my copy as soon as it came on sale. Although some of the twists felt a little forced, I loved being back in their world. The action and tension were first rate, and I gobbled the book up in one sitting. I love the characters, both good and bad, and the unique storyline. If you’re looking to venture into the urban fantasy genre, I would highly recommend this series.
Overall: Magic Rises is great read if you’re looking for a book with the right balance of romance, action, and enough tension to keep you up reading late into the night. I can’t wait for the next book.
Hex Hall (Book One) by Rachel Hawkins
I’m not usually a fan of young adult, but I enjoyed getting to know Sophie. Her witching ways sucked me right into the story. Not only is she shoved into a boarding school for delinquent witches, vampires, shifters and fairies, students are dying. Secrets are being exposed. Ghosts walk the halls, and only Sophie can catch the killer before more people die…but can she do it before becoming the next victim?
Overall: I enjoyed the quirkiness of this story, enough that I’ll pick up the second book in the series to find out what happens next.
The Mortal Bone (A Hunter Kiss Novel, Book 4) by Marjorie M. Liu
I’m a huge fan of this series, so it’s sad to say that I had a hard time slipping into the story. Once the action started, I remembered what I liked so much about the characters. Some of the story stretched my believability a little, but I have to confess, I liked the unexpectedness of the plot. The fight scenes are brutal and totally enthralling. And while I enjoyed getting to know these beloved characters again, I felt like the series was coming to a close.
Overall: Though I enjoyed the story and the characters, I believe this series has run it’s course for me. The spark from the first books has gone missing.
Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop
I stumbled across this book by accident, curious what had so many people talking. On a whim, I read the e-book version, and found myself sucked into the fascinating and brutal world created by Anne Bishop. There is no doubt in my mind that this author is one talented lady. The massive world-building did slow down the reading a bit, but I can’t complain too much. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Come visit a world where the paranormals won the battle for supremacy and humans only exist in the world on their good graces.
Overall: If you are looking for a new twist to the paranormal world, where the shifters a more brutal and true to themselves, I think you’ll enjoy the peek into this fascinating story. I added book two to my wish list as soon as I turned the last page.
As some of you know, I have to watch the movie before I allow myself to enjoy a book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie, but the previews lured me into watching. And I loved it. The action wasn’t perfect. The special effects were nothing to rave about, but the storyline was top rate. The emotions ensnared me, and I watched the whole movie, enthralled by the story. Now I just have to find the book in my stack. I can only imagine it will be better, so I’m excited.
Overall: I’m into quirky movies, and this one is better than most. If you are looking for a sci-fi romance to enjoy, pick up a copy.