Tag: vampires

Mar 07
Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (review)

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (review)

I’m so sad this is the last book. I’ve heard there will be another book in the same world, but not centered around the Courtyard we’ve come to know and love. There is a lot of emotion in this book. Everything from funny moments (Meg treating an Elder as a naughty puppy), to emotional abuse. There is definitely a case of “some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids” in the book. The police play a large role in this book, as do the Elders, and of course Meg and Simon. There is more relationship building on all sides, and… Read more »

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Oct 12
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of… Read more »

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Oct 05
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

“You don’t cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”   I really do love snarky characters. Kate has a lot of really funny lines in this book, and I like that a bit of mythology was also included. The book was fast paced, without it being so fast that you miss anything important, or feel like it needed to slow down. I liked Curran a lot better in this book than in the first one. There were quite a few scenes with him and Kate trading snark, and flirting to embarrass her. I also like how it seems to be a slow… Read more »

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Aug 24
Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

It’s been a while since I last read this series. But reading this book made everything come back like I’d just read the other 8 books recently. All the characters have strong, distinct personalities. A lot of the settings and twists are unique. And I really like the variety of fantasy species. Trent is just as much of a selfish, obnoxious brat as I remembered him being. But towards the end of the book we start to see glimpses of other facets of his personality we haven’t seen much of. I liked how Ivy is moving on from her crush/possible… Read more »

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Aug 03
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Having not read any books by this author before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be confused reading a spin off series. But it wasn’t confusing at all. In fact, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The magic and creatures aren’t quite like I’ve met before. There are wereleopards and vampires, but they have their own unique spin. I really like how Tandy’s empathy was done. It was believable, and as much a weakness as it was a strength. I loved how Soulwood was almost sentient but not quite. The way it and Nell worked… Read more »

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Jul 14
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill (review)

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill (review)

I spent a lot of this book rooting for Morgan. I know, I know. It’s obvious from the beginning of book 1 that Merit is interested in Ethan, and he in her. Even if it doesn’t look like it will work. But Morgan seemed like such a sweet guy. I couldn’t help hoping! (And no, I won’t say who she picked, because she didn’t exactly pick? And because spoilers. *nods*) Merit did a few stupid things during the course of the book. Some of them made sense for her personality and what was happening at the time. But I couldn’t… Read more »

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May 12
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

I liked that the book started with Merit’s change from human to vampire. We got to learn about vampires in this world, right along with Merit. We also got some info on werewolves, magic-users, and nymphs. I like the idea of vampires living in Houses. Which are basically their family, they’re all sisters and brothers once they’ve been accepted into a House and turned into a vampire. And each House polices it’s own, but also works in concert with the other Houses to hunt down Rogues. There was also politics, both vampire and human. We learn why vampires and werewolves… Read more »

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May 04
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

“By now, I should have learned that luck, if she was a lady, was a mean-spirited bitch with a grudge against me.”   Some of this worked really well, and some of it just… didn’t. For a lot of the book we don’t know exactly how old Sabina is. She’s half vampire, and half magic user. We know she went to school to train to be an assassin. So I figured she must be somewhere in her late 20’s to mid-30’s. Especially when she has some blonde moments. Then we find out later that Sabina is actually in her 50’s…… Read more »

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Apr 07
Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I’ve been hoping for years now that Anita would go back to the crime scene work like in the early books. I really enjoyed reading about how she figured out who the killer or bad person was. All the information about police work and using her zombie raising power and other abilities. This book? Started out with her doing that, in the form of her U.S. Marshall duties. There is a squick factor in that the crime she is investigating has to do with zombie porn. (Yes, you read that right.) But no explicit details are given. And there is… Read more »

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