Archive | November, 2010

Review: Heaven’s Spite by Lilith Saintcrow

30 Nov

Heaven’s Spite by Lilith Saintcrow
Mass Market: $7.99
Orbit (November 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-316-07417-9

Favorite Line: “A merry, Christmas-like sound, but if you knew the real story behind Santa Claus you’d probably never want to hear sleigh bells again.” (p. 245)

Dead bodies are turning up all over Jill Kismet’s city. It seems like the norm, except her pager won’t stop buzzing and the hellbreed keep coming at her. And Perry has a gift for her, a gift which makes her quest for vengeance burn brighter than it ever has before.

Heaven’s Spite is book five in the Jill Kissmet series written by Lilith Saintcrow. I picked up the series because I loved the Dante Valentine series. (Psst…Those five books, Dante Valentine, have been compiled into a single volume which goes on sale March 2011.) I don’t like this series as much as Dante’s, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying and reading each book. Heaven’s Spite is, hands down, the best book in the series.

Jill is kept moving from the opening page until the final page of the book. She has little time to consciously think about her decisions. She simply reacts. That can be dangerous when you’re fighting for your soul.

I love a book which makes me care so much that I become emotionally involved with the situation. This book did it for me. At moments I held my breath not knowing what was going to come. But it’s the fact that I bawled like a baby which makes this a keeper for me. Is there really anything else I need to say?

Books in the Series What others think about Heaven’s Spite:
Night Shift A Great Read
Hunter’s Prayer Liz’s Book Buzz
Redemption Alley Daily ebook Reviews
Flesh Circus
Angel Town (not yet released) Final book in the series.

Paranormal Questions

27 Nov

I was reading Amanda Ashley’s Night’s Master (told you I owned most of her books 🙂 ) and found myself wondering about paranormal books. What jobs, if any, do the women in paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories have? Off the top of my head I came up with bookstore employee or owner, cop, lawyer or no job at all. Now to put it to the test. I’m going to try to compile a list of jobs out of all the paranormal romance and UF books I read in 2011. We’ll see how it goes. What do you think about me keeping track of the information on a separate page of the blog? I welcome you to add titles and jobs to the list as well.

Meanwhile I want to know:

Review: Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover

27 Nov

Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover
Mass Market: $7.99
Pocket Books (November 30, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-7629-0

I don’t like to give spoilers, but I guess this review has some. Sorry guys. 😦

Favorite Lines: “It took me half an hour, but I filled the grave. I buried an innocent man alive.” (p. 355)

Jayné Heller inherited more than money from her uncle when he died. She learned about magic and became the leader of a group which destroys demons. So when her lover’s ex-wife contacts the group about strange occurrences at Chicago’s Grace Memorial Hospital, Jayné and her four companions travel there to investigate. What they find could destroy the group forever.

M.L.N. Hanover, aka Daniel Abraham and half of the writing group which forms James S.A. Corey, writes the urban fantasy series The Black Sun’s Daughter. The series follows a twenty-something year old woman’s attempt to protect humanity from demons.

Its lead character is Jayné, a human imbued with magic powers which work as a personal security system. She is fast and strong and can even fight when threatened. Everything she never was before her uncle died. She is estranged from her family, so the men surrounding her are much more than just her friends, they are her new family…her family by choice. Vicious Grace is a book that tests those bonds.

It also touches on the topic of rape. I know many people get upset when rape is used in urban fantasy stories. I am not one of those people, but the way Hanover approaches the topic should put other readers at ease. It is not a violent, visual attack. It is simple: when a person takes away another’s right to choose to have sex, it is rape. This can be done through brute force, drugs or magic.

I guess the best thing I have to say about Vicious Grace is it makes me want the next book, Killing Rites. The story is a turning point. Things aren’t pretty in urban fantasies because you never know when a tidbit of information or a major event is going to force you down another path with different people. Know this: the last sentence of the book is a doozy. It will change everything.

Books in the Series What others think about Vicious Grace:
Unclean Spirits Night Owl Paranormal
Darker Angels Fantasy Literature
Vicious Grace
Killing Rites (not yet released)

A Movie? Mars Needs Moms

26 Nov

Mars Needs Moms is a children’s book written by Berkeley Breathed; the book, about a boy who follows his kidnapped mother to Mars, will be released in January 2011. It will be much more than a book. Disney has made it into a 3D movie which will be released March 11, 2011, according to the Internet Movie Database. What do you think about it? Do you want to see it?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

25 Nov

Review: Silver Zombie by Carole Nelson Douglas

24 Nov

Silver Zombie by Carole Nelson Douglas
Mass Market: $7.99
Pocket Books (November 30, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-6781-6

Favorite Lines: “Its manta shape has spread and thinned… tentacles… like endometriosis leeching into the very bones of her pelvis. And it’s… not the same anymore.” (p. 234)

Delilah Street met her lover Ric Montoya, adopted a half-wolfhound Quicksilver and found herself running from a vampire and a werewolf mob, all in Vegas. Too bad people wanting Delilah dead don’t only live there.

In search of answers to Delilah’s hazy past, Delilah and Ric will return to her home state of Kansas in hopes of shining light on long hidden secrets. They should beware. They might find reality to be worse than the nightmares plaguing Delilah.

Silver Zombie is book four in Carole Nelson Douglas’ Delilah Street series. It picks up where Vampire Sunrise ends; read the previous three books before attempting this one.

As usual the world building in Douglas’  Delilah Street series is excellent. It is glamorous with a filthy underbelly where zombie traffickers exploit the dead and humanity  hides the horrors it inflicts upon the innocent. Characters from the previous three books make appearances and the intro to Silver Zombie recaps past events. Basically if you’ve already read the series there is no real need to re-read anything. Although you will miss the emotional tone which accompanied the telling of each tale.

The past is usually hidden for a reason and that reason is seldom pretty, as Delilah finds out. In Silver Zombie, she takes an emotional whoopin’ but keeps right on tickin’. While digging up the past, she still has to deal with the events of the last book. She feels guilty about her actions and the effect they had upon two people in particular. That guilt often overwhelms her, forcing her to do things she really doesn’t want to do. It makes her seems a little weak, but very human.

My favorite part of the book is when a character from the previous books makes a short, but meaningful appearance. That character is my favorite man (?) in the series and this book shows how important he will be to the overall arc of the series.

It’s really hard to review this book without giving away spoilers. So I’ll just end by saying zombies are everywhere in the story. You name it and they’re probably there. Delilah should be glad none attacked her in the bathroom. lol

Dancing with Werewolves
Brimstone Kiss
Sunset Vampire
Silver Zombie

Silver Zombie is already available for purchase at Amazon and B&N. I think it’s kinda funny that the electronic copies have to be preordered, but the mass market books are available for shipment now.

I ♥ Covers: Christmas with a Vampire

23 Nov

I’m very tempted to buy this book simply because I love its cover. There is something about the man on the cover which screams: “Buy Me!” or is it “Bite Me!”? Christmas with a Vampire is on sale now (B&N: $4.39-mass market; Amazon: $5.59-Kindle), but it’s listed release date is Dec. 1, 2010.