New Series worth checking out

Since I am in an individual book reviewing slump, I will recommend a few paranormal series I have been enjoying.

1. fatedThe Alex Verus books by Benedict Jacka.  If you like Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher, Alex Verus might be up your alley.  Male wizard, setting is London, owns a magic shop, has integrity in a world where other mages are power hungry.  Crazy stuff happens, magic creatures exist and he nearly gets killed in each book.  Very exciting, bad guys abound though the lines between good and bad are pretty blurred.  Makes you wonder every book who the “bad” guy really is.

generation v2. Generation V books – I love the side character, a kitsune who is hilarious and snarky and Fortitude the vampire lead is awesome.  The first book he was way too whiny, but he is growing up and learning how to take on responsibility and care for people, unlike his more bottom-line and power hungry family.  A modern day vampire with generation gap issues.  A little bit of romance, but mostly urban fantasy.

omens3.  Visions and Omens by Kelley Armstrong.  These books suck me in, chew me up and spit me out.  Serial killers, fae, gargoyles, who is good and who is bad and what the heck is going on?  We learn more in book two, but the pacing is awesome and metes out just enough details to make you slavering for more.  If you like paranormal mysteries, these are great with more to come.  Can’t wait for book 3.

œF$¿Æ‘$8Òò¤»däå¸R8BI4. I have only read the first book and it is only a trilogy, but Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.  Our lead heroine isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes but she tries really hard and is pretty happy with who she is.  She is basically a mercenary/security person for hire on a spaceship.  What is going on?  Is everyone who they appear to be?  Urban fantasy in space.  Weird creatures, mysteries, action and near death experiences.

That is good for now, maybe I will talk YA next post.  What books have you been chewing on lately?

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Frivolous Friday – Nature

Hello all!  Looooooong time, no talk.  I think I lost my habit and I desperately need to get back into it.  Writing that is.  Work is going to require I write more soon and I need the casual feel of this place, so bear with me as I try to jump back in to business as usual.  Hope everyone is planning on a lovely holiday season full of parties, family and friends.  I just had a houseful for Thanksgiving.  It was crazy and so much fun. I love that holiday, you just over-cook and over-eat and hang out with people you enjoy (hopefully!).  Well, besides family, I had another visitor.  This little guy.  He showed up on Tuesday.

Gerald

He wasn’t afraid of us and had a number on his leg.  So we looked up homing pigeons, fed and watered him and expected him to be on his way.  But no.  He was pecking around our yard the next day, and the next, and the next, and well you get it.  We called him Gerald. One day he almost walked in the door to hang out.

Today, Sunday, my in-laws need a good breakfast before they leave for home, so we go to brunch.  We get home around 12pm.  We pull into the driveway.  I open the car door.  A hawk flies by at eye level.  He is HUGE and only 5 feet from my head, so cool.  I turn and watch his flight.  He has a pigeon in his talons.  “A hawk got Gerald!” I cry and run up the stairs, throw open the door and sprint to the porch.  I am met with a crime scene.  Feathers, blood, things.  My in-laws are still down in the driveway looking at me like I am crazy.  “Whaaaaaat?!” they cry.  “A. Hawk. Got. Gerald!” I can’t remember the word for pigeon, why don’t they know what I am talking about?  Seriously.  Why don’t they run upstairs to obsess with me?  They remain down below looking at me.  Always with the looking.

I review the gore.  There is birdseed on the railing.  There are splotches here and there.  I want to turn away but I don’t want to either.  My stomach is churning.  Adrenaline is surging.  The dog follows me.  I grab his mouth and remove a feather.  My in-laws finally slowly approach me and ask me again what happened.  “The pigeon.  A hawk took the pigeon who has been hanging out with us.”  See, I can remember words.  I can speak normally.  Finally I say “I am sorry, I am very upset.” I think I even use my indoor voice.

My husband comes home.  I point at my dog Luke and throw ideas around.  He eventually gets the shop vacuum and cleans up the feathers.  We pack up my in-laws car, I smile and wave.  A hawk cries in the distance and the wild birds (including pigeons) scatter from the bird feeder.

Stupid nature.  But, I am thankful for the little time we had with a brainless feathered guy who couldn’t figure out he needed to go home.  Enjoy your friends, family and random visitors while you have them.  Life happens.

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Review – Bloodlines

bloodlinesBloodlines (Bloodlines, Bk 1)

By Richelle Mead

Finally, I am hoping Adrian gets his girl.  I LOVED Adrian from the Vampire Academy series and thought Rose was a bit wacked to be so stuck on Dimitri.  He was awesome, a bit messed up, but who wasn’t?!  So, I have been on a kick to reduce Mt. TBR and these books are HUGE so I decided I should start working on them as they take up more room than a little mass markets, and they are fun and easy and well written.  So there you go.

But I started it and got around 100 pages in, and it is easily read…but I got a little bored.  Nothing paranormal is happening, they could be normal kids at boarding school with daddy issues and friend problems.  Snooze.  So, I put it down for a while, talked to some people to find out if it is worth it and then picked it back up.  It turned out pretty good.  But it makes me hesitate before picking up book 2.  I think I still will especially since I own it and they are mindless and Mead writes really well.  But, Sydney is sort of a stick in the mud, and so is Jill.  We will see, I read and started this review a couple of months ago and still haven’t gotten to book 2 yet.  3 stars.

 

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Review – Now I See You

now i see youNow I See You

by Nicole Kear

We had to read this cute little memoir for bookclub.  It was good, it was quick, it was hilarious and easy to read.  But it was also kind of lacking for me.  Once I got towards the end, I was ready for her to do what needed doing and the book to end.  She told engaging stories and snippets from her life, and she worked in her failing eyesight to explain why she did certain things.  But maybe it wasn’t as in depth as I was hoping, or something.

Anyway, it was more surface and funny and while I could slightly empathize, I certainly don’t fully understand what it would be like to be in her shoes.  It is light entertainment, and I learned a few things, but ultimately, you realize just how much people delude themselves into thinking their coping mechanisms make sense.

BUT, I must say, the first half of the book was pretty dang funny. For some reason her description of childbirth was insanely funny to me.  I have never had a baby, so that is probably partially why.  Anyway, a nice diversion.  We barely spoke about it at bookclub, it was crazy, I think our book discussion lasted 5 minutes.  Not sure if it had to do with the book or the wine, but everyone liked it, it just did not provide much fodder for discussion.  3 stars that can’t shake your hand, not because they don’t have the peripheral vision to see your hand to shake it, but because they don’t have hands – duh.

 

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Frivolous Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  I am still spotty on here, can’t seem to get back in the swing of a schedule…but I wanted to share that we have had SO MANY praying mantis sightings in the yard.  I don’t know if the lack of water is bringing them out or what.  But the other morning a big fat mama was running across my bedroom floor.  Scared the hell outta me since I didn’t have my contacts in yet and it looked like a big jerusalem cricket.  (Those things creep me OUT!).

Anyway, check out this photographic fella hanging out on a bottle of bubbles.  mantisWe had a green one hang out on our screen door, but the picture is still on the camera.  We put one on the wood pile.  The one in my bedroom got chucked into the bushes outside, and there are a few more living in the garden.  lol.  You would think all the bugs would be gone, but alas, no.

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Review – Frost Burned

frost burnedI finally read Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs during my blogging hiatus.  It was quite good.  LOL

Mercy is on her own to save the pack and her husband Adam.  They have been kidnapped and all Mercy knows is that Adam is in pain.  This is one of the first Urban Fantasy series I started back when I used to read more adult contemporary fiction than this type of thing. I blame Patricia Briggs on this urban fantasy, paranormal addiction.

Anyway, Mercy is a great character.  She is strong, wily and tenacious and she has gone through many trials which only make her stronger.  Briggs also has created extremely well rounded side characters that are enjoyable and interesting.  The world is well fleshed and there are many characters of dubious nature.  One book they can be enemies, the next asking for help.  Even though there are faeries and vampires, it is just like life.

Anyway, a strong addition to the series.  Though Mercy is running around looking for help, the pack plays a main part in this story.  If you like urban fantasy and haven’t read Briggs for some reason, you should try these, though definitely read them in order.  4.5 stars that eat ghosts.  Seriously creepy.

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Review – Third – Fifth Graves

third gravefourth graveThird Grave Dead Ahead through Fifth Grave Past the Light

by Darynda Jones

I read these three books during my blogging black hole so I am combining them as more of a series review.  Oh my goodness, once I get into the swing of these books and into the flow of how Charley thinks and talks, it is hilarious.  She cracks me up.  She is sort of a snarky teen with ADD and a serious addiction to tall, dark and angelic/demonic.

fifth graveThere are mysteries to be solved.  Someone is killing someone else.  Charley’s relationship with her romantic interest Reyes is always sexy and interesting.  Cookie is hilarious, her family has its ups and downs and eventually you even get a little insight into the evil step-monster.  So, the characters make the books for me.  Throw in a mystery, someone out to kill Charley (either human or demonic) and it is awesome.  Plus add the police procedural stuff with Uncle Bob and even his boss trying to figure out how Charley ends up solving so many cases, with Charley and others in the thick of things.  Yea baby, too much fun.

I think what I like about these, is that while Charley is a grim reaper, she is anything but grim.  She says those cheesy lines you think up in your head and never say.  It usually pop culture meets naughty vixen, meets a real person running on too much coffee.  Some books are a little slower than others, but even when Charley is depressed, she eventually gets herself into some ridiculous scrape and pulls her ice cream eating butt out of the funk.  You gotta love it.  There are some books with more racy scenes than others, and while Reyes and Charley do have an on-again off-again relationship, it doesn’t revolve around that stuff.

So, if you like paranormal-lite, humor and some silliness, you can’t go wrong with this series.  I am hoping to get my hands on the Sixth Grave installment soon.  Some books are better than others, I think Three was a bit slow, but I still ate it up quickly.  They are usually 4 to 4.5 stars cause they are perfect distractions from every day life.  Both my mom and sister have been made to read the first one, but they keep asking me for the next one…so I think they like them too.  :)

 

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