Monday, April 27, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris


Midnight, Texas - Book 2

This is going to be hard to admit, but I never read a Charlaine Harris book prior to True Blood. I knew, when the TV series began, that it was based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, but even after the show ended, I didn't read any of her stuff. Nothing against it, I just never got around to it.

Midnight, Texas is a small town with under 10 people in it. Everyone in town knows each other and works in town as well ... if you can call it a town at all. The story starts off with Manfred, the town (and world renowned) psychic. He leaves town to do a reading for a long time customer who ends up dying during the reading. To make matters worse, the customer's son accuses Manfred of stealing the woman's jewelry. This is where Olivia comes in. Olivia seemed to be a bit of a mystery until we find out how resourceful she is and how many skeletons are in her closet. The town reverend makes her help Manfred out of his situation because the last thing Midnight, Texas needs is attention.

Unfortunately, that's what it got. An old hotel is being restored and older people are moving in ... being made to move in. So all together, in this book, we're dealing with the case against Manfred, the hotel re-opening, a telepath, and a mysterious growing boy. Not to mention how 'special' the few residents of Midnight are. With all this going on at once, you won't want to stop reading until you find out everyone's secrets. Sookie is even mentioned.

Each persons secrets are slowly revealed throughout the book so there isn't a big bomb dropped at any given time. Information is given to you in a way that's eased in so smoothly that you go ... OKAY WHAT? However, it makes perfect sense. It's not the narrator giving you the information, it's the dialogue giving it to you. It's no shock to them, but it's a shock to us.

This is book 2 of the series but you don't necessarily need book 1 in order to enjoy book 2. Book 1 had a separate issue to deal with you. Sure, you'll want to read it, but book 2 has the vital information you need.

This review is short but overall, I thought the book was a fun read. I enjoyed really feeling like I was living in Midnight with everyone. I know everyone's character, even Mr. Snuggly. It's such a small place that you kind of implant yourself in someones home. By the time the book was over, I was ready for book 3. I wonder who it will focus on next time. I have an idea but I could always be wrong.


4 1/2 Stars
IR - Everywhere. Mostly latino.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Because Faith Hunter is Amazing ...

I happened to win a Facebook contest and this arrived yesterday. Yesssssss!


The stake is in my purse, btw. Don't f*** with me. I'll stake your a$$.


I love you, Faith.
So f****** much.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tour Stop and QnA : FAITH HUNTER!!!




Blurb:
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465962


  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


  • Publication date: 4/7/2015


  • Series: Jane Yellowrock Series, #9

  • Format: Mass Market Paperback, eBook


  • Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22584974-dark-heir

  • About Faith Hunter:
    New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.
    Faith is online - 
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/234115.Faith_Hunter

    ******************************************************************************************************

    Thanks to Faith Hunter for answering my questions!!

    1. Thinking about when you started writing the Jane Yellowrock series, was it harder to start the series or harder to finish the series?
    The series has several more books to go. But I admit that ending it is going to be hard. I have a lot of plot points in the air, juggling them. Getting them all into the proper order so I can tie them all together will be difficult. And painful. And I fear bloody… 
    2. I've always been curious about the cover model. Is she strictly a model or someone you know?
    There are two models, one on the books published by Penguin/ROC, and one on the covers I do, and who also appears at DragonCon with me. Amy CorreaBell (https://www.facebook.com/AmyCorreaBell) is the ROC model and my model choses to be Anonymous. :)
    3. You are notorious for having a diversified cast which is something I value and look for elsewhere but can't find. Did it come naturally you? It feels like it did.
    I actually planned for Jane Yellowrock to travel and solve paranormal crimes all over the South, which would have meant new and limited characters with every book. Then she met Leo and … stuff happened and Jane stayed in New Orleans. I never planned it at all. I am usually a control freak with my characters, but Jane has had a mind of her own from the get-go. And Beast? Don’t get me started. She is totally uncontrolled. A mind of her own and in charge of her own destiny. And maybe Jane’s destiny too.
    4. This isn't a question, but I just want to express gratitude. This series has been so completely amazing that I can't even begin guess how it will end or how you are setting up your new series for greatness. Thanks so much.
    Thank you for that! SoulWood is going to be a trilogy, and I love the characters and the plot and everything about it! 

    Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

    Jane Yellowrock, Book 9

    Can Faith Hunter ever do wrong? No.

    The Son of Darkness is loose and leaving bodies behind him. Not only does he injure our Jane but it has lasting effects that need to be dealt with in a multitude of ways.

    I've always felt that Jane was, more and more, turning into a girl, with each passing book. And now that Jane has Bruiser, it's evident and so freaking cute. With the Son of Darkness leaving bodies everywhere, the humans are in a uproar when a disconcerting number of humans ends up dead at the hands of what they think is just a normal vampire. When Jane views the carnage, Leo's and the priestesses requests may not be honored. She's, as usual, put between a rock and hard place and she always finds a way to get herself out of it.

    Do I ever do a traditional book review? No. Here we go.

    Molly makes a return and her return is as you may think. We don't know what's going on with her death magics when she shows up but man does she have a few 'moments' when a certain artifact is in her presence. It got the point where it made me incredibly nervous that she could jeopardize the missions with her 'needs' in regards to the artifact.

    Jane dies.

    Don't fret! Jane has died quite a lot but this ... Had me nervous. Super nervous. You will love every stinking bit of it.

    I love how Jane's mind works and how she thinks things through even though there really is no time to do so.

    The Younger brothers are .................................................. still awesome. I can't. I just can't explain the cuteness of this little family that Jane has with them. It seriously is heart warming every time I see them all together.

    Overall, this book really is action packed. As usual, there's a lot of thinking to be done. Something that happened in earlier books are a factor in this one. You must pay attention to every thing you may think is even a small detail ... Even a really important realization about Skinwalkers.

    Edmund Hartley. Oh I'm SO looking forward to more of him in the future.

    By the way ... I keep telling yall ... Do NOT sleep on Brute. DO NOT! He will save us all one day.

    Jane gets stronger, smarter, and more loving with every book. This series continues to be amazing and Faith Hunter is my goddess.'


    5 Stars
    IR Everwhere

    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Omega by SM Reine


    War of the Alphas, Book 1

    First, let's put this out there. Our heroine is black. Light skinned, but black. This cover makes it difficult to tell what race the heroine is. I requested it on netgalley because it seemed as though she could have been at least biracial. During my reading, there was a point in the book where she referred to herself as looking like a black orphan annie during a pageant. So definitely a black chick. *fist pump*

    Now that that's out of the way ...

    Deirdre Tombs is a shifter but ... she doesn't know what kind. A huge event called Genesis took place 10 years before. Everyone died. Those who came back, came back as some kind of supernatural. Lots of different kinds of supernaturals were born and then there were the kind like Deirdre who basically can't shift ... Omega. Although, most others who can't shift, know what they are. Deirdre has no clue. On her way home one night, she runs into a moon-sick alpha werewolf who tries to compel her to kill ... Just randomly kill people. She doesn't, because she doesn't have that little switch in her brain that has to obey what an alpha says.

    That draws the attention of the alpha who runs everything, Riely Grisham (probably spelling her name wrong). Anyway, Riely needs Deirdre to infiltrate Stark's (the crazy alpha) pack of misfits. She does, with the help of a guy named Gage, who is like a son to Riely. They get hold of Stark, by way of Niamh, who is a Swanmay (swan shifter ... she also cant shift). They get inside the organization and that's where things get really interesting.

    Every second you're reading, you're on the edge of your seat. Character development is amazing however descriptions could use a lot of work. I was nearly at the end of the book before I found out that Deirdre was black. Before then, she was described as about 125 pounds and wearing her hair in a ponytail, also not too tall and not too short. Most everyone in the book was described with the same lack of care. Maybe it was a conscious decision on the part of the author so that the book wouldn't be seen as Interracial ... which it is.

    I'm thinking I want to contact the author and ask her about that.

    I think you'll fall in love with Gage the way I did and the idea of Gage and Deirdre together. Gage is a shifter that basically goes berserk. When he changes into his animal, he loses it and will just kill whoever is standing around. There comes a point where he realizes that he's so sick of it and just wants his life to end. You find yourself really hurting for him and hoping Deirdre can do something for him, that maybe she's special and has some power to calm people down. *sigh* I won't say more about that.

    Anyway, outside of that, I thought everything was well written, the action was great and everyone had distinct personalities. I loved the plotting and lack of information given because it really made you pay attention to everything. I'm SO looking forward to the rest of the series to come. I may check out SM Reine's other series' if I can find out how diverse they are.

    I will say ... There was a part in the book around 64% where Deirdre had to fight Stark. I found myself almost crying because this man, and the men watching, were taking pride in this man beating up this woman. I don't cry. I'm just not a cryer and I generally don't complain about that kind of thing but it really hurt me. I have to say I didn't like that at all. I would have been okay with her actually being able to get in some swings but this was relentless abuse to teach her a lesson. I want to give this book 5 stars, but I'm actually taking away a full star because of that scene alone. However, it's essential, I think, to Stark's character development, but I would have preferred it didn't happen to the degree it did.



    4 Stars (should be 5 but I just can't)
    IR: Deirdre (Black)

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston


    Book 1

    Shelly Laurenston has come back with a new book about her infamous Crows. Some time ago, I read a book called Hunting Season which focused on the Crows and the heroine, Denise, who was said to be somewhere along the lines of black or maybe south american. I also read wolf and cat shifting books of hers that were IR and fun reads. This one is along the same lines.

    Kera Watson is a former Marine who is said to be something like black and Filipino. With the Crows, the goddess Skuld, basically gets them at the point of death and asks them to choose between regular death or coming back more powerful than before but a Crow for Skuld. They'll still look normal, but they get something enhanced and they also get cool Crow wings.

    Anyway, the main issue that I always had with her books is that they read a little like Fan Fiction. I would know. My friend and I used to be the IR Fan Fic queens back in the day. Although our stuff was a bit more detailed, this is definitely Fan Fiction. There are so many characters introduced and not many details about them are given. Personalities are interchangeable across the board and some of the men are just plain silly. I don't know how many times I slapped my forehead when the big scary man, Vig, acted like a love sick puppy.

    Over the course of the book, Kera was coming to terms with her new life. She didn't know how to relax and had too much love for her dog. I love dogs but she, and the rest of the Crows, work my nerves about the dog. However, I will say, the dog was enhanced as well and I enjoyed it. Anyway, some magical things are being stolen and the Crows are being blamed for it. All things point to a possible Goddess being brought into the mortal world and she will be a big deal in the installments to come. Although this reads like Fan Fic, it's just so much fun. The story is light, the sex is gratuitous and I skip it, but I like the group. Something about it pulls you in if you can get past the lack of detail and character building.

    Looking forward to book 2.

    Let me also say that the cover model is FINE but not a good representation of Vig.


    3 Stars
    IR: Kera (Dark Skinned)

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs


    Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    I quietly read the entire series last year. I didn't review it. I wasn't convinced yet that Patricia Briggs could craft a heroine that I liked. I've been steady into the Mercy Thompson series but never felt like I could ride with her. She always needed to be saved. So I found that this series, Alpha and Omega, was set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series and it featured a big beautiful Native American as the hero. While the hero, Charles, always delivered, I was still left feeling as though I needed more from Anna.

    Anna's birthday is coming up and Charles has decided to buy her a horse. They're heavy into riding. They go visit a horse ranch where an 80 year old human friend of Charles' is dying from cancer. Charles being the stone faced emotional man that he is, hasn't been to see his friend since he was deemed 'old' by human standards. You know, when you're a near immortal werewolf, human years don't compute. Anyway, Joseph is the son of Hosteen, the alpha werewolf of that area.

    Coincidentally, when Anna and Charles arrive, some things happen. Kage is the son of Joseph. He's married to a woman named Chelsea, who somehow decided she wanted to kill her children that day. Thankfully, she didn't, she decided to try and kill herself instead. But Charles and Anna have to figure out what happened. That's when Leslie comes into the picture.

    This series isn't super big on diversity. Yes, we have lots of Native American characters, but anything else? Not much ... Leslie is a black FBI agent who helped them out in a previous book. She was called again to help here since she joined them on their previous super natural mission. But unfortunately, she's not very useful in this one. We also meet two CANTRIP agents, one who is half fae but knows nothing about his fae heritage.

    The thing I found most interesting was the fae power. The fae in question created dolls of children out of sticks. The stick doll would be given something of the child's, along with hair, and the fae could animate it to be the child it's taking the place of. Meanwhile, the real child is in suspended animation somewhere. Their mission is not only buy Anna a horse, but to say goodbye to Joseph, get rid of the fae that's stealing children to make dolls out of, and make sure a newly turned wolf isn't going off her rocker, ALL WHILE Anna tried to convince Charles that they should have a child.

    I'm going to give this one 3 stars because I love the creativity of Patricia Briggs in crafting the fae creatures that Charles and Anna deal with. I absolutely love that part. I even went so far, while reading this book, as to say 'oh, that's interesting,' in a non-sarcastic way. That's the number one reason why I have kept up with anything Patricia Briggs. She puts a lot more into her secondary characters, tertiary characters, and opposition, than I feel she does with her main character. Even though I know Anna and I know Mercy, I don't like them. Well ... Mercy is okay after the last book, but I still don't have this sense of affection for Anna.

    When Anna shows up, I immediately feel like she's there to talk someone out of a bad situation or show up when things get really hairy to drop the final blow that will end it all. And that's usually her getting lucky. Also ... There's a lot of horse talk. I love horses but don't know any of the terminology or anything about breeding or the breed name. I just know if it's big and pretty or not. So all the complicated horse talk went right over my head. Just a warning.


    3 Stars
    Decent Diversity