Review: Written in Red (Others #1) and Murder of Crows (others #2) by Anne Bishop

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)

5+++ Chocolate Kisses

Now this book I simply just love.  On the surface, it seems like a very simple story.  But there quite alot going on in the story.  So far in book 1 we have the Others who are the terra indigene and humans.  Within humans we have some sub categories which have been forgotten by most of the human population; one being the cassandra sangue or the Blood Prophets.

I do not want to do spoilers for the book, so read no further if you do not want that.

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I reread both books in the series a total of 3 times because I just couldn’t get enough. There was something about the world building that just blew me away and I think I have found the answer as to a cause of that. Generally the humans in the book were a bunch of entitled people who did not live in the reality of their situation in Thaisia. They wanted more and more and when they pushed the boundaries pass reason, they cried victim when something bad happened to them. They thought their technology entitled them to be over the terra indigene and that they were better than them.  They were bigots pure and simple.  it reminds me of the present world where the entitled seem to be quite ignorant of certain things.

 

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This is generally speaking. Individual humans that we met in the two novels showed that not everyone thought that way and these humans worked on bridging that gap for human survival because a few enlightened humans understood their situation and were not ignorant of history. I look forwards to knowing more about the human Burke and what he really knows and hopefully that will be in book 3.
It is also a story of transformation of the relationship between the humans and the terra indigene and we see that through the character of Simon. In such a short time he changed after meeting Meg and to me he was ripe for the changing. It was a delight to watch that happen.

The elephant in the room for me was how will they get to the point where they can live together and when will humanity realize that just because someone does not look like you or have a different culture that it does not mean that they are less than you and when will the terra indigene realize that humans are not just meat.

Book 1 is a bit more fast pace than book 2 but as a reader, that was fine by me.   The slower action made room for some added information that was needed at that point.  Both are the most excellent of reads.

There is romance that I find most enjoyable. The slow burn. How that turns out…. I guess I will just have to wait until the next book to see what happens.

Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1)

Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum, #1)

4 Chocolate Kisses

Well I am not a huge fan of steampunk for reasons that I cannot put my fingers on.  Some I like and this is one of them. But usually I just steer clear of them.  The reason this is not 5 stars is because at the beginning the POV was confusing and I think it had to do with the names of the characters.  I just did not know them well enough to discern who was speaking, thinking or doing some action because I was mixed up until later in the book and then it was a smoother read.  I am listing this as a personal problem because I thought the book was well written and once I was involved it was a good read.

Undertow by S.M. Stelmack

Undertow (The UnderCity Chronicles #1)

Undertow by S.M. Stelmack

3.5 Chocolate Kisses

I did enjoy the book as it was refreshing. The whole idea of a world beneath the tunnels of cities existing was quite interesting. So I would say the world building was quite good. My problem was that I just did not feel the characters all that much except for Reggie who was a secondary character. In addition there was pages and pages of sex. My thought on that was that instead of making for more tension in that regard, the other just decide to let them have a go at it. It might work for some readers, but for me, it was something to skip because really, it did not bring anything to the story. So it could have been a 4 chocolate kisses, but went to 3.5 because I am quite bored with having pages of sex in a romance. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

Review: Moon Spell by Samantha Young

4 Chocolate Kisses

I will be right up front and say that I usually stay way clear of Young Adult Romances, Urban Fantasies… whatever.  I am so glad to be out of my hormonal angst years for decades and generally give them a miss if I can help it. But due to some friends’ reviews on Goodreads and in addition to the fact that I have a weakness for all things Lycans, I gave this a chance and I am very glad that I did.

It was such an enjoyable read.  The author engaged me from the start.   The tension was excellently handled, made sense and it kept me reading.  At times it felt kind of Twilighty with High School kids, cars, cafeteria.  But I did not mind it.  I was curious to see what would happen to the heroine.  She was interesting from the start and it was not a story that had any sex which was refreshing.  I am not against sex in books, but I relish a story much, much more.

Review: Outcast Mine by Jamie Craig

5 Chocolate Kisses

I loved this book.  It is a male/male science fiction romance.   It grabbed me right at the start and carried me breakneck speed to the conclusion.  I never knew what was going to happen and the twists and turns were quite delightful.  The characters were well drawn and the tension was excellent, it was well written… loved it!

This is a short review because I do not have much more to say about it.

Review: Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott

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3.5 Chocolate Kisses

Zombies *shudders*

Really, what was I thinking to read such stuff.  But I did and it was not bad at all.  A Historical Western Romance that takes place during a Zombie Apocalypse.

Besides the subject matter, I thought that the story was a well written but a little droopy in the middle.  I started the skimming and was almost desperate for some carnage, any kind of carnage except the angst.

I think zombie fans might find this very satisfying.  I had to try it since it seems to be all the rage but I can tell you, straight up… I never want to read another Zombie story or Zombie Romance or Zombie anything.  I just could not sleep when I finished the book and also, there are just some images I wish I could unread.  Truth.

Review: Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph

Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph

5 Chocolate Kisses

This was a very interesting book.  I just love romances but this was not a classic romance, this was a BDSM-kinky romance, so the usual bells and whistles were not there.  There were times where I thought there was no love, just need.  Love is different than need to me.  I am not sure that I am a fan of sex without love in books that I read.  This is how I felt the first part of the ebook.

But I have an understanding of BDSM in literature and for that, straight up, I think this book had more romantic leanings and was very well written and quite excellent.  But I wanted just a tad more romance, needed (smiles) more romance.

So if you are looking for some type of romance laced with BDSM, this is not the book for you, but BDSM with romance –  bingo, you just hit the jackpot.

Review: Reaper’s Seduction by Linda Gayle

The Reaper's Seduction

2 chocolate kisses

This book is ok reading if you enjoy erotica more than an actual story.  But even then the erotica seems pretty standard to me.  There was a lot less tension than I usually enjoy between the characters and really nothing new.  There was a story in there, but I found it kind of  lean.   I have to say, at this point in my career, I am not enjoying these sort of books as I use to.  In fact I skip the sex scenes to get to the rest of the story and in this book I skipped quite a bit of pages.

I found the story to be quite interesting – more supernatural than paranormal which was an intriguing twist and I wish there was more of it to be exact.

But maybe I am approaching it all wrong.  Maybe the whole point of the book was the erotica and the story was just connective tissue.

But if you like your erotica with a bit of story, the writing is fine and the main characters very appealing.  I felt they were fully drawn while the supporting characters were not so much.  It had so much potential…

Not much more to say about this one.

Review: Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone

4 Chocolate Kisses

I find myself reading books much more slowly these days.  Savoring them.  And I like a book that can sustain me, give me a great reading experience each time I pick it up and does not make me have to gobble it up in one sitting.  It may be a matter of self control of course, but I also think that the page turner can be exhausting and sometimes a leisurely journey can be very satisfying as well.   Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone is perfect like that.  Similar to the main male character, the story moves forward with a steady pace.   It is confident and unhurried; a delicious read.   In terms of chocolate, it is like a bag of Malteasers or a bar of Toblerone.  Yummy nougat!

For some reason I did not know that this book is the third in a series.  That explains a few issues that I had with the book.  I think reading the first two books, which I will do, will help the reader have  more information in regards to that future society as well as the supporting characters.  That in turn would get rid of the patchwork feeling I had at first.  I thought it was the style, which is fine.  But as I continued to read the book I thought  that I am missing something.  So when I found out that it is the third book, it made more sense.  The world is previously realized in the prior books and she is just plugging in new characters.  That is not necessarily a bad thing.  Maddy Barone’s  world building is excellent.

It would have been enough for me that the book is a Time-travel Western.  But it has a big element of paranormal that I cannot quite decide if I like or not.  But the element is both pivotal and a matter of fact.  The matter of fact part is due to it being part of a series.  I suppose that is my one issue with the book if it is read as stand alone, that element could be more flushed out.  But that may not be the author’s intention.

The main characters in the book are an excellent pair.  They both clearly transform in a very satisfactory way.

 

Review: Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

 

Re-reading 2/05/2014

4 Chocolate Kisses

It was not as bad as I remembered and am raising the book to 4 stars. After reading some contemporary romances and enjoying them, this seemed much better to me.

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1 Chocolate Kiss.

I really wanted to like this book.  I thought that the first book of the Elder Races by Thea Harrison was most excellent.  Loved it.

The story had me going though up until she started pulling on her Oracle power.  It reminded me of Octavia Butler’s Mind of my Mind, but not nearly as good.  There was so much telling and not showing.  I thought it was rushed and after that the story just went down hill for me.

I put it down.

I really wanted to love this book.

I do not know what it is, but Ms. Harrison has her moments when she really has me in the palm of her hand, swept up.  I love her take of types of heroes.  Ancient, alien – very OTHER.  I just loved that in her DRAGON BOUND book and even at the beginning of this book.  I really liked Khalil.  She really has a talent with that.

But then there is the rest of it that actually makes a good book, here she misses it with some sort of fluff piece with  domestic living like a contemporary romance.  The kind that is totally uninteresting to me.  And not what I usually look for in a paranormal romance.

I just felt the book was all over the place.

But from all the 5 and 4 stars, maybe it is just me.

I will buy her next book as it is about Pia and Dragos, my favorites, so I will try yet again.  Call me wacky!  But after that…