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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Thanks so much for this!
This past week was a week with awesome releases! Luckily, it the end of the month and I had enough money left to get most of the releases I wanted!
Look what I got:
I especially love the cover of Etched in Bone, Dante looks deliciously hawt (at least what you can see of him). But I immediatly started reading This Side of the Grave.
Really, where are all the hot and sexy vamps with British accents that call you Luv when you need them? Must be because I´m here in Germany, Bavaria to be precise. I guess German accented Vampires are just not as sexy… Too bad!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Title: Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1)
Author: Cherie Priest
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: January 25th by Spectra
VAMPIRE FOR HIRE
Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.
Bloodshot is the first book by Cherie Priest I´ve read, even though I have heard a lot about her other books, especially Boneshaker.
I thouroughly enjoyed reading Bloodshot. Even though Cherie Priest does not invent the vampire new ability-wise, it is Raylene´s personality and charater that make her stand out that much.Her neurotic and obesssiv compulsive behavior is hilarious. Still, she more than capable of taking care for herself, her, well, unique charactersaves her from more than one precarious situation. That´s why she has become something like a legend in her line of work and has allowed her to horde tons of cash and other riches.
Little does she know what she gets herslf into when she accepts a job that starts out more interesting than her usual ones.
The rest of the characters is, aside from Raylene´s character, one of the things that made me like this book so much. Cherie Priest does not picture her vampire as incredibly powerful beings with god-like abilities like it´s common in other book featuring vampires. This gives the story a very interesting take. Ian, her client, is actuallly blind. The only other blind vampire I know is Wrath from the BDB, but those two have nothing in common! As mentioned, I really liked that kind of vulnerability Cherie Priest added to his character.
Then there is Adrian. He/she (I share Raylene´s confusion about his gender) is totally kick-ass. But then again, what else do you expectfrom a former Navy SEAL and current drag queen. His two side are so incredibly contradictory I can only admire Cherie Priest for creating a character like him/her.
Together with Ian´s ghoul and guide Cal, they form partnership of convinience to investigate the organisation behind the vicious attack, abduction and torture that led to Ian´s blindness.
During the whole investigation, there are tons of action including break-ins, explosions, government conspiracies, Men in Black and pursuits.
I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading it. Bloodshot is a great blend of action, witty dialoges or in that case monologes and one liners by Raylene and likeable, unique characters.
I would totally recommend it to everyone who loves a good Urban Fantasy book with a witty heroine.
4 stars for Cherie Priest´s Bloodshot.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Title: Tempest´s Legacy (Jane True #3)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: January 2011 by Orbit
Jane True has become proficient in basic magics, confident in herself and her abilities, and happily rooted in Rockabill. Her life is still divided between her supernatural brethren and her human friends and family, but it’s a division she maintains with very little trouble.
Everything changes, however, when Anyan brings Jane news that will force her to confront her dichotomized existence – supernatural females are being murdered, or have simply disappeared.
Jane and Anyan must embark on a desperate search to find out who is abducting these women, and how Jane can be protected from them. Aiding them is Jane’s former flame, Ryu. But can his stated motivations be trusted? And who are the mysterious figures dogging Jane’s and Anyan’s footsteps if not minions of Jarl?
Eventually, the trio stumble upon a secret so huge that it threatens to disrupt the tenuous traditions keeping humanity safe from the supernatural community that has, up until now, been content to lurk in the shadows.
Will they uncover the truth in time to save Jane’s friends? And just how far will Jarl go to protect his secrets?
I think I have a lucky streak, aside from one book (Nevermore) I really enjoyed every book I read during my time offline. And I´m positive that this is not due to lacking other kinds of entertainment.
As soon as I read the first few pages and chapters, I realized how much I´ve missed Jane´s quirky voice and Nicole Peeler´s writing.
Jane really goes through some serious, emotional and even traumatising stuff in this book, yet she still grows. Talk about character developement.
I was really glad to see that we get to meet all the amazing characters from the previous books again and even more delighted to get to know a bunch of equally awesome new ones.
The overall tone of the book however is a darker one than in the previous books. It´s not that there are very gory scenes os something like that, some happenings of the story are just hard to take in.
The ending also really surprised me. I figured out who the bad guys were pretty fast, but the final revelation was something I did not see coming. The ending offers so many possibilities for the next book that I´m already in the “impatiently waiting for the next Jane True book –mode” one day after reading it.
Oh, before I forget it: I was quite pleased with the romantic developments of this book. *grins*
Another fun and tantalizing installment in the Jane True series. Loved every page of it! 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Remember my rant about Amzon yesterday?
I guess someone must have read my post! Guess what I fund in my mailbox today??
Here´s a little hint:
*does happy dance* I know what I´ll be doing this weekend!
By the way, winner is The Book Depository. I ordered it last Friday or Satury, so the shipping was actually pretty fast!
So Sometime next week, I´ll be posting a series review for Julie Kagawa´s Iron Fey series.
Now I´m off obsessing about my latest book boyfriend, the Winter Prince!
Title: No Rest for the Wicca
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: October 20th (self-published)
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad; until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someones killing pureblood witches- and the SFA is convinced Morgan´s voodoo heritage could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John, an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing; the two of them must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.
* Thank you so much Toni for sending me a copy!*
Wow! I just discovered another Indie author that has really surprised me in a very positive way! I might even go so far to say that I liked toni LoTempio´s book almost as much as H.P. Malloy´s (my all-time favorite not any longer Indie author) books.
But back to the actual book: No rest for the Wicca starts out by introducing Morgan Hawkes, a PI that communes and exrcises spirits and demons trapped between worlds. Even though she is good at that,she is nt happy with her job.
Morgan has a lot of baggage: soon, we find out that she blames herself for the death of her former partner, back when she still used to work for homicide. In an attempt to save her partner, she combined white Wiccan magic with voodoo. The spell went wrong and her partner ended up dead. Ever since, she has sworn off both her Wiccan and her voodoo heritage. But when fullblood witches turn up dead and her cousin is attacked, she has to find a way to get over her past to save some innocent witches.
Morgan is a very well balanced character: she´s strong (and a little bit boneheaded), but she still has her flaws that only make her human. She´s not crazy powerful but also has to use her brains to solve this case.
Cole St. John, hery fangy (is that a word?) the Special Forces Agent, is a great match for her, both as partner and as love interest. It takes them some time to confess their feeling for each other, but like I said, they are really good together.
Overall, I really enjoyed every aspect of this book: there was romance, but not too many sex scense just for the sake of it. The murder mystery was gripping and kept me guessing until the very end.
I also enjoyed the wordlbuilding and the mythology in No Rest for the Wicca. Wiccan and Voodoo mythology is no something I have read a lot about, so it was very entertaining.
A highly enjoyable read! I would have never guessed that this was a self-published book, had I not been told! When there´s a new book in this series, I´m definetly going to read it!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Do you know the feeling when you really really want a book? Like BAD? You´re so eager that you pre-order it like four weeks in advance?
So, I pre-ordered The Iron Queen and felt really really happy. I Imagined myself on my couch with this beauty in my hands.
But you know what? I still haven´t got it yet! First, I get a mail from the amauon customer service telling me that it might take them a few days longer than expected to deliver it. No problem, see I can be very patient (sometimes). But after “a few days” I get another mail telling my that they are incredibly sorry blah, blah, blah but as of now they don´t know when or if they can deliver it. WTF? Isn´t the whole point of pre-ordering so that I get my book right on time?
This is a problem I often have to face here in Germany. Even though I pre-order pretty much ALL of my books, some still can´t be delivered. The alternative is ordering from book depository, but it also takesthem over a week to ship the books. It is sometimes slightly frustrating and one of the reasons I sometimes consider buying an e-reader, even though I love only few things more than getting a new book, opening it for the first time, admiring the cover and just skim through.
Maybe, one of these days I might get myself a Kindle. But then again, who knows if they (meaning amazon) can deliver that???
In case you are wondering now: yes, I cancelled my order with Amazon and placed a new one with The Book Depository. Ha, take that stupid online bookstore!
(I know this might be slightly boring for you, but I had t tell someone who gets why I am mad about this.)