Thursday, December 1, 2011

Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover

Black Suns Daughters, Book 4

Well ... Jayne kicked some ass in this book. I was so excited to get this when it came out on the 29th and finished this book in 1 day. Jayne and Ex are now in New Mexico as Ex is taking her to meet with some people who could further answer the question of if Jayne is being ridden. You get a hand full of religious zealots that do nothing that perform exorcisms, give them Jayne in full on kick-ass mode and then you get one big pile of everything going wrong. But it all went wrong in the best way possible.

Jayne volunteers herself to be exorcised and you know what the great part about this is? HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS, Her rider speaks to her in this book and begs her not to. SO FREAKIN AWESOME. The conversations, well, mini conversations were great because now we know what's going on, what's being thought and how things are being carried out in reference to that. SPOILER, their are even moments where the rider takes over Jayne's voice so it can speak on situations and not just to Jayne and that really made the book for me.

1) Midian! Midian, although brief, gives Jayne some advice that kicks her into gear. I've always felt like Jayne needed to be more proactive and stop being a victim. This is exactly what Midian tells her to do and when she realizes he's right, things go the way they should. 2) Aubrey is mentioned but that's all. *pumps fist* 3) I don't know why I have a thing for Chogyi Jake but I do. 4) The group of priests who are performing these exorcisms have a very nice sense of humor. It stood out for me, personally, because when I read about a priest, he's usually very stoic with no personality at all so this is a welcomed change. 5) FINALLY we find out what's up with the Black Suns Daughter. 6) This book makes me want to read the entire series all over again in anticipation for the next book.

Recommended? Hell yes!

Casting: Jayne Heller = Nina Dobrev, Chogyi Jake = Ralph Fiennes, Ex = Joaquin Phoenix

5 Stars

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Magic Woman by Christine Warren

A Novel Of The Others, Book 4

Somewhere in New York, a newlywed is enjoying her wedding reception. At that same reception, her older sister is convincing an Imp to take her to a club frequented by Others. Not only does this prove to be stupid, but proves to be annoying. Well, it wasn't the club that annoyed me, it was our heroine, Daphanie. From what I can tell, Daphanie is a light skinned black woman (could be half white) with an attitude problem that rivals that of a hoodrat. She in no way talks like a hoodrat but the attitude is there.

This is a hard review to write. I finished the book last night but haven't decided if I liked it. Well, I must have if I finished the book in 2 days time, but liked it? Meh ... I love Warren's writing style and character distinctions, I even loved the dialogue but there was something missing. I don't know what but it just wasn't there for me. My favorite thing about this was Asher's voice. Asher was just another hothead like in other books I've read but his voice is magnificent. His voice, I believe, comes with the territory that is his job and when he speaks a certain way, you damn well better do what he said. A 'powerful' whisper was enough to make a woman pass out. I giggle. His look is that of a statue of a roman God, IMO, but with a buzz cut. Damn I liked that too. How often do we see heroes with buzz cuts? Like never!

1) I kind of felt like the author was afraid to include a black person of a brown skin tone and darker. Any black person mentioned was light. Daphanie was described as having dusty skin, coffee and creme. Sure, there's nothing wrong with that at all ... Black is Black ... But I kinda like my Black to have some variety. 2) Some character descriptions were missing for me while others were painfully clear. 3) The story itself was good although I'm not a fan of voodoo. No reason why, it just isn't my thing. 4) Thankfully, we get to see some shape shifter and vamps. 5) But I just fail to understand why they're jumping through hoops to help a woman they didn't know existed the day before. Well, she was under Guard by Asher, but still, the accommodations made for her were ridiculous. They treated her like family from second 1. 6) No closure. We don't know what happened with Asher and Daphanie's new found relationship seeing as how he can't die and she's human. HIGHLIGHT FOR A SPOILER We also don't know how they dispose of the voodoo doll that was controlling Daphanie.

Overall the book was good. I liked it but I think not having any closure (plus a lack luster ending) left me at a sour note. Recommended? Absolutely. Will I continue the series? Not sure. If I find out that I get some closure for the above, then yes.

If you need a visual ... I could see Melanie Fiona as Daphanie. For Asher, Carey Hart (P!nk's husband).

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Daphanie (AA), Asher