Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Boston

Well I leave tomorrow morning for my conference in Boston.  I am excited because I have never been before but I hate flying!  It's a long flight so I am hoping to get a lot of reading done.  My nook is all charged and packed full of books.  I will give you a sneak peak because I started reading one of them last night.  It is the third book in the Bretheren series (see my post on Dark Hunger for the second book in the series).

Lord of the Vampires

Gena Showalter is one of my ultimate favorite paranormal romance authors. So you can imagine my excitement to read on her Facebook page that she was writing another book that would be part of a multiple author series.  Her book, Lord of the Vampires, is the first book in the series.  Every month after this book came out, a new book in the series written by a different author will be released.  The book was less than 300 pages, a quick read (when you have time, unlike I did!).

In the kingdom of Elden, a king and queen sat on the throne with their four children.  One day an eveil Blood Sorcerer attacked the castle and killed the king and queen.  Before he could succeed, the queen (a witch) used her power to send her children far away, while the king infused them with the need for revenge, the desire to kill the evil sorcerer.  This story is about the oldest child, Nicolai, a vampire with great power.  He is sent away to a slave market where he catches the eyes of the princesses of Delfina.  They knew who he was so upon buying him they wiped his memory clean.  He knew his name and had an urge to kill the sorcerer, but nothing else.  In the human realm we meet Jane Parker, a scientist who one day finds a book on her doorstep, a book written by Nicolai.  Upon reading the book, she is transported to Delfina.  It is then up to her to help Nicolai escape and regain his memory.  Will she be able to survive the dangers this realm hold for her, or the dangers of her own heart?  (okay how super cheasy does that sound?  Belongs on the back of this book!  Haha!)

I really liked this book, but mainly because I like Gena Showalter's writing style.  The next book in the series comes out in October and is written by Jill Monroe.  I have never read her books so I am a little leery to read it and the other books, but I probably will.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Masques

After finishing my last book, I had the daunting task of picking out a new book to read.  Always an exciting endeavor but at the same time stressful because I don't know what to pick!  Usually I go by the book with the largest font or the least amount of pages.  This time, however, I just grabbed the first book I saw, which happened to be Masques by Patricia Briggs.  I bought this book because one day I was in Target and picked up a book called Wolfsbane.  I started reading the back of the book and was really interested but found out it was a sequel.  So of course before I could read it I needed to read the first book.  This book was great!  Usually my genre of choice is Paranormal Romance, but every once in a while I branch out into the world of fantasy.

I guess now I should stop babbling and tell you about this book.  In a world full of human and green magic users, there is an Archmage who rules them all.  The current 'ae Mage is cruel and manipulative.  He weaves nasty spells to make everyone think they love him.  Few can see through his guise.  One happens to be our heorine, Aralorn, a green magic shapeshifter.  She is also a mercenary spy and one touch cookie.  At the beginning of the story, Aralorn comes across a wolf dying in the woods.  Her compassion as a green magic (Earth magic) user helps her heal the wolf.  After years of being together, the wolf finally reveals himself as a powerful mage who has chosen the wolf form to hide from his enemies.  Together they team up to try and bring down the evil 'ae Mage.  This book was a very fast read and I loved every minute of it.  Now I need to add the next book to my ever-growing wish list.  I leave for Boston in two and a half weeks so I will definitely need plenty of reading material!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glasses

So after weeks of sitting on a computer and reading so much, I was developing really bad headaches.  I figured it was time to finally go to the optometrist.  Good thing I did, turns out I need glasses.  My first thought was, "oh man I'm getting old!"  A co-worker even said, "welcome to the over 30 club."  I got the call yesterday that my glasses were ready so I hopped in my car and went to pick them up.  Talk about weird!  I have never worn glasses before so it is a strange feeling.  But oh man was I excited when I picked up my book last night to read (a pretty awesome story about magic that I can't wait to finish and tell you about) and realized I could easily see the font!  No more squinting and moving the book closer and closer to my face.  I may be in the over 30 club but at least now I can finally see and can get some major reading done!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dark Hunger

I loved, loved, LOVED this book!  Before I go on and on about how great it was to read, I guess I should give you a little bit of background about the book.  This is the second book in the Bretheren series.  I really liked the first book, Dark Thirst, but it was so much back story and developing characters that it took a little bit more time to get through.  The first book introduces the reader to a group of vampires called the Bretheren.  They live on a secluded farm in Kentucky hiding behind the guise of horse breeding and a whiskey distillery.  The Elders are large and in charge and the family with the most male heirs are the big kahunas.  They are also the only ones who can leave the farm.  Augustus Noble is the Elder in charge and he is one mean cookie.  The first book revolves around Brandon Noble, Augustus' grandson.  As a young boy the Noble house-hold was robbed and Brandon was attacked.  He barely survived but the attack left him deaf and mute.  Brandon's father hired an outsider to come teach Brandon, a person who was also deaf and mute.  As Brandon got older he began to see how terrible his grandfather and the Elders were.  After having his hands broken because he tried to learn sign language and trying to go to a college for people like him, he decided to leave the farm.  He went to the only place he could think of, his old teacher's place.  To make a long story short, the book ends with Brandon and Lina (his teacher's sister) and Tessa (Brandon's twin sister) and Rene (Lina's former police partner who is also Bretheren) on the run and taking two separate cars to head to Lake Tahoe.

Dark Hunger (book 2) begins where Dark Thirst left off.  This time the book focuses on Rene and Tessa.  Rene thought he was the only vampire until he met Brandon.  Rene never knew his father until days before he killed himself.  As a police officer, Rene was shot in the knee-cap and the doctors amputated his leg, not knowing his Bretheren blood would have healed the wound.  Tessa escaped from the farm to find her twin and warn him the Elders were coming from him.  She was also escaping from her own personal hell.  Right after her bloodletting (ceremony where the Bretheren feed for the first time) she was married to Martin Davenant.  Martin was cruel and would beat Tessa.  At the time of the story she is also a few months pregnant.  The story is their journey to Lake Tahoe where they will meet up with Brandon and Lina.  They hit a lot of road bumps along the way but they soon become close and realize they would do anything to keep one another safe.  I absolutely loved this book until the end when they reach Lake Tahoe.  I'm not going to give away any more details.  It looks like there is a third book in the series so I will definitely be getting it and reading it.