Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Shadow Queen

Told you I was going to keep reading Anne Bishop until I was caught up with the series ;)  I really like this book.  It was a quick read and I love the introduction of the new characters.  The fourth book in the series, The Invisible Ring, introduces the reader to Jared and Lia.  The new characters in the Shadow Queen are descendants of Jared and Lia.  Theran is the grandson of Jared and Lia and at a young age he was sent to live in the mountains as a rogue Warlord Prince in order to escape the evil strong-hold Dorothea SaDiablo had over his village of Dena Nehele.  Now that Dorothea and her evil stink have been washed out of the area, Theran realizes the importance and urgency of getting a Queen to rule the area.  His grandfather, Jared, told him if he ever needed anything to turn to Daemon Sadi.  Theran decides to do this and with the help of Jaenelle, Daemon brings forth a Queen for Theran to take back to Dena Nehele.  His immediate disappointment in the choice is apparent.  A Rose jeweled Queen means she is not that powerful, along with red hair and freckles, she is described as plain.  It is these same reasons that caused Cassidy's last court to dis-ban her and choose a younger more attractive queen.  But since she is friends with Jaenelle, she agrees to try and Dena Nehele's queen.  She must overcome many obstacles, including Theran's obvious disapproval.  How can she rule without the support of her people?  Cassidy also befriends Gray, Theran's cousin who at a young age was tortured and is so damaged his mind is that of a fifteen year old boy.  At times, however, he has the mind of a man thirsty for the touch of a woman, for the touch of Cassidy.  I look forward to the next book in the series, which is supposed to look more in depth at Cassidy's rule and what she must deal with.  Stay tuned for more!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tangled Webs

There are a lot of books in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels novels and I am sucked in and want to get all caught up to date so I can move on to another series...that means three more books!  Unlike Dreams Made Flesh, Tangled Webs is not made up of short novellas.  So it will make it a little easier for me to describe what the book is about.  I loved this story and there were so many moments I would find myself laughing out loud at this book, which was embarrassing considering some of the places I was reading it (like in my office on my lunch break or sitting at the mall waiting for a friend). 

In this story there are landen and Blood.  The Blood have all the power of the jewels while landen are just plan ol' human.  Jaenelle discovers that the landen think the Blood live in filth.  So she decides to create a Spooky House that will have illusions and spells that show all the ideas landen think of how Blood live.  Just so happens she decided to open this during Halloween time (they never come out and say it but it is implied in the book).  Throughout the book we also learn about an author, Jarvis Jenkell, who has recently discovered he is Blood and not landen.  Knowing this, he starts writing books about Blood.  He sees them as serious mystery books, while the Blood see them as entertaining because they do not adequately portray the Blood.  Hurt, he decides to lash out at the SaDiablo family, one of the most powerful Blood families.  One night, members of the SaDiablo family receive an invitation to view Jaenelle's Spooky House.  Surreal and Warlord Prince Rainer follow the invitation and show up at the house.  Lucivar reads the invitation but forgets about it when being distracted by his son.  Daemon reads the invitation and finds out very quickly from his wife Jaenelle that the invitation was not sent by her and it is not her spooky house.  Surreal and Rainer find out very quickly it is a trap.  They are stuck in this house with seven landen children.  They fight to keep themselves and the children alive, however, each use of Craft closes an exit.  So do they fight through the beasts of the house and chance finding an exit, or use Craft and spend eternity in the house?

This was a great, suspenseful story.  When following Surreal and Rainer you can't help but wonder what is around the corner and what they will run into.  At the same time you follow along with Daemon and Jaenelle as they try to help save Surreal and Rainer.  I look forward to the next three books and am determined to finish them before I move on to another series.  Although I might go back to my read nook on my lunch break and a different book while at home ;)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dreams Made Flesh

The one super awesome thing about having jury duty is you literally can sit and read all day.  By the end of the day I was happy I didn't get called in for a panel and even though my eyes were strained from reading so much, I finished my book.  I started reading Dreams Made Flesh last week on my nook and during the lunch hour.  I really like the world Anne Bishop has created but have no clue how I am going to tell you about it!  Let me begin by saying that Anne started with the Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness.  It seems like after the "trilogy", Anne decided to keep writing.  Dreams Made Flesh would technically be book five.  What I liked about this book is it contains four short stories, stories that happen before, during, or after the original trilogy books.  It helped to fill in some of the gaps between the original trilogy. 

There are way too many characters and places to truly explain what is going on.  Everyone in this world is born with a birthright jewel.  These jewels allow people to do a certain extent of magic.  The lightest colored jewels have the least amount of power while the darkest jewels have the most power.  When they come of age, they make an offering to the Darkness, much like a prayer/meditation time.  After making this offering, they walk away with a different colored jewel.  Throughout their lives, they can pull power from this offered jewel as well as their birthright jewel.  The extent of their capabilities is way to intricate to try and write about.  When I first started reading Daughter of the Blood I was so confused and almost stopped reading the book.  But I kept with it and grew to love the series and the characters.  My next read will be book six in this series, Tangled Webs.

Ghost Huntress 5: The Discovery

Yeah so you know how I said every once in a while I have a guilty pleasure book from the young adult section?  This is another, the Ghost Huntress series by Marley Gibson.  What first drew me to this series was my love of ghost hunting TV shows like Ghost Hunters on SyFy and Ghost Adventures on the Travel channel.  It made me want to read it even more when I saw on the back of a book that Marley had joined Grant and Jason from Ghost Hunters on one of their hunts.  Since she has that back ground, I feel she can bring the experiences and terminology to her books.

The Discovery is the fifth book in the Ghost Huntress story.  Kendall Moorehead is forced to move with her family from New York to a small town in Georgia.  The minute they get there certain things start happening to Kendal, weird things.  After some time, and help from Loreen, Kendall realizes she is a psychic medium.  Her life in the big city sheltered her from her gift.  Moving to Georgia unleashed her psychic abilities.  Throughout the course of the series, you follow Kendall as she tries to understand her abilities and gathers her own ghost hunting group.  Along the way Kendall also discovers some secrets from her past.

This particular book focuses on a doll who, as it has been said, was made by a practitioner of voodoo to protect the children of a family she was nanny for.  Xander the doll is anything but a protector.  Something has gone horribly wrong and the doll has now been associated with bad things happening to people.  Kendall and her group spend the book trying to get permission to enter one of the oldest houses in the town in order to learn the secret about Xander the doll.  Kendall also unravels more answers about her past.  What I love about this book is it is a very quick read.  Although I do sometimes have trouble with the text.  Kendall is a 16 year old and as a 30 year old I find some of the slang difficult to follow.  Kendall uses words like "ridonkulous" and "chillax" to the point where I find myself laughing at the language in the book.  I guess I'm just a bit too old school because I prefer awesome and cool :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vanish: A Firelight Novel

So I have a bit of a guilty pleasure...young adult novels!  Every once in a while they sneak up on me and I fall in love with the book.  For example, the Twilight series, House of Night series, and Vampire Academy series.  All great books.  Well now I have another series I can add to that bunch, the Firelight series.  Since this is a young adult book, it is a quick read, I finished it after two and a half days (really only two days because I was only able to read at night).  Vanish is the second story in the Firelight series. 

A little about the first book, Firelight:  Jacinda is a young, rebel draki, the only fire breather in her pride.  Descendants from dragons, draki can manifest and demanifest from human to draki at will.  Jacinda's father was captured by hunters, leaving only her mom and her twin sister, Tamra, as her family.  After the loss of her father, her mother makes the choice to never again manifest into her draki.  Tamra is an outcast, never having manifested as a draki even though she has come of age.  One night Jacinda finds herself being forced into a car to leave the pride.  Her mother can take no more and wants to take her daughters away from the harsh elders.  Firelight is the story of Jacinda having to leave the pride and make it in the human world.  The danger of accidentally manifesting in front of humans is always an issue.  Even more so when she discovers hunters attending the same high school she does.  Will she find happiness and be able to live a normal life?  Or will her draki surface and reveal the truth?

Vanish begins where Firelight left off.  Prince Cassian from the pride has found Jacinda and her family and is taking them back to the pride.  Upon her return she is seen as an outcast, no longer awed for being the only fire breather.  To make matters worse, Tamra has finally manifested into one of the rarest draki, a shader.  Tamra is taken away from her sister and mother to live with Nidia, the only other shader.  Jacinda and her mom are basically on house arrest and watched closely.  Something keeps holding Jacinda back though, connecting her to her time in the human world, Will, the boy she fell in love with, the hunter who's family attacked her.  Does she stay and try to be draki?  Possibly end up bonded to Cassian?  Or does she leave in hopes of finding Will? 

Can't wait for the next book in the series!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane is the sequel to Masques.  I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading Masques so I was super excited to read Wolfsbane.  Both of these books were a quick read and very enjoyable.

Wolsbane takes place months after the ending of Masques.  The big, bad ugly is now bye-bye and Aralorn thinks she will be able to live her life in peace.  That is until she gets word that her father, the Lyon of Lambshold has been found dead.  It has been about ten years since Aralorn has been home.  Even though she was loved by her family, as a bastard and daughter of a shapeshifter, she never truly felt at home.  Which is part of the reason she left and went to Sianim.  Upon coming home, she is joined by Wolf, her companion and lover.  After spending time with her father's body, she quickly learns the Lyon is not dead but ensorcelled.  Her stepmother calls forth the current ae'Magi to see if he can help unweave the spell on her husband.  Not only does the journey help bring Aralorn closer with her family, she is also reunited with her mother's brother, a shapeshifter who agrees to help Wolf learn to control his green magic.

The story was very enjoyable, however not as good as Masques.  I will still be keeping my eye out though to see if another book is written in this series.  I also think I will look into some of Patricia Briggs' other work.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dark Passion

Well the nice thing about a five and a half hour flight to Boston from Los Angeles equals a lot of reading time.  I took along my nook and decided to read Dark Passion by Sara Reinke.  This is the third (and I think final) book in the Bretheren series.  Please see my post on Dark Hunger for information about the second book and a little of the background about the first book.

I'm not sure what to say about this book without giving away too much information.  The story still focuses on Brandon, his twin sister, Tessa, his lover, Lina, and friend, Rene.  They are still in Lake Tahoe and kind of stuck there when Rene gets injured.  However, this book takes a bit of a twist and we now are able to see things from the Grandfather's point of view.  Augustus Noble is the leader of the Bretheren (the one with the most male heirs) and also the man who broke Brandon's hands because he didn't want him using sign language.  We get a better picture of why he had to do this and also the story behind his first wife's death.  We also discover where Rene's family (the Morin's) came from.

I really enjoyed this book, although, I think the second was my favorite in the series.  The only problem I have is I feel the book was a bit rushed at the end.  It is 299 pages and I feel like there could have been an extra fifty or so to fill in some of those gaps that you just have to assume happened.  All in all, good books, great story lines, awesome vampires.  I'm glad I found it.  Now on to the next!