Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tornado Siren by Patrick Gabridge

I'd been holding off on putting my review up since there was a giveaway and such going on. Patrick Gabridge was nice enough to send me 3 autographed copies of his book for the giveaway. I trust they all made it to their destinations safely. I've only heard from 1 winner so far that they'd received it. Aside from the book, there was a Q&A and that is also posted on this blog as well.

Anywho ... One of the things I loved most about this book is the fact that I didn't know anything about our heroine's job. Victoria is like a tornado expert with a PHD. So while reading this book, you've got to pick up on her way of thinking in order to really relate. While out checking a tornado's path, she comes upon a set of footprints that would have been dead center of a tornado. The footprints gave way to no signs of struggle from this person like he was being lifted from the ground. Instead, they were firmly planted in the ground during. Now, Victoria is a scientist so she's nosey as hell. Trying to find out who made the footprints pained me because I felt like it wasn't important, but then again, I'm not a scientist. Later, we meet Ben Fulgar and his dog Kimet. Ben turns out to be the man with the footprints in the tornado's path. He also claims to be centuries old, a wanderer and knows nothing of modern society. Not to mention he claims that he can sense a storm and draws power from it. Victoria, like me, is like 'uh uh.' To make a long story short, she treks across Kansas for a week, roughing it and having to deal with a ton of racial BS before ultimately falling in love with this man and trying to decide on how to have a life with him.

1.) Walter and Martha are Victoria's parents. Her mother is black while her father is white. They seem to be polar opposites in style and grace but were my favorite characters of the book despite them only really being seen towards the end. 2.) I love that Ben has no race. He's described as having brown skin but not the same kind of brown that a black person would be and Victoria goes on to list why he doesn't fit in any other race on the planet. He's literally just a human being. Love that. 3.) The book starts out slow but once we find Ben, you can't put it down. 4.) The book is well written and you can tell that the author knows his sh!t. 5.) Maybe I need to re-read the book but I couldn't place when the story was supposed to have taken place. The racially charged scenes that involved Victoria, and the constant reminders of being black, were too big of an issue and it had me wondering when this was to take place. It felt like the 50s with some doppler radar and cell phones. 6.) Aside from the last point, the only other thing that bothered me is that we don't find out how their relationship will work. If Ben has been around centuries already, it stands to reason that he will be around centuries more. And if that's the case, how does he plan on building a life with a woman he lives who will be gone in the proverbial blink of an eye? Theirs no closure there for me and none in regards to Kimet.

Overall, though this is not the type of paranormal I usually like or read on a regular basis, this is something I recommend because it's just a great story.

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Victoria (B/W)
Casting: Jessica Lucas, Ben - ?

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mortal Bone by Marjorie Liu

Hunter Kiss, Book 4

I think that out of all Liu's books, and this series of course, this is my favorite. I'd complained in the past that all of her characters were the same, no matter what the sex, background, race, whatever. This one showed me different.

The Boys, Raw, Aaz, Zee, Mal and Dek were always the most well rounded in the series IMO. They each have their own personalities and in this one, you definitely can see the difference. Before I get into the actual review, I must warn of spoilers. To read a spoiler, make sure you highlight the blank line so you can see it.

MAJOR SPOILER -> Crisis strikes when the boys are literally ripped from Maxine's body. <- END SPOILER. Because of this, we now get even MORE information on the boys, what they meant to the past demon wars and how they were handled. With that, their heart for Maxine is now worn on their sleeve and by the end of the book, they have to make a choice that will make you melt. I felt Maxine's grief, loss and heartache, not to mention Grant's internal conflicts on how to help fix things. Finally, we get to find out about that darkness that's hiding inside Maxine and how she chooses to deal with it. No longer is she running from it, she's embracing it but trying to be as practical as possible. MAJOR SPOILERS -> The reason behind Maxine being chosen for the darkness is simply because she would be the Hunter who could handle it. Not only that, but she and Grant make a conscious decision to protect their unborn child no matter what the cost. <- END SPOILER. Grant is showing an increasing amount of power and we don't yet know if that's a good or bad thing, especially when dealing with what he's gotten himself tethered to by the end of this book.

1.) I love that with each ending chapter, theirs a cliffhanger. Something gets said or something happens and you're like, 'OH SH!T' and then you hurry and flip the page to a new chapter so you can dig into it. 2.) I think because of the cliffhanger chapter endings, the resolute ending works even though you know another book will be written. It's a calm after/before the storm and when you put the book away, you're completely satisfied. 3.) Our Reaper Kings (the Boys) get to be the kings they were once before ... Or do they? 4.) Their decision at the end pleases me and the reason behind the decision will melt you heart. 5.) Jack reappears with information on something that pops up, but as usual, you're kind of like 'why didn't you say this sooner?' 6.) Blood Mama will surprise you, then again, after being dealt with by Grant, you kind of have no choice. I've always liked her. I know she's the bad guy but at the same time, she's nonchalant with her intentions, as bad as they are. 7.) The action was kind of MEH. Well, it was better than MEH when dealing with the boys but only MEH when dealing with Maxine. I still feel that even with all the power she supposedly has, she's not kicking ass the way she should be.

4 Stars
Casting: Maxine - Katrina Law, Grant - Simon Baker