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Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

22 Dec

 

Every Which Way But Dead

Author: Kim Harrison

Pages [paperback]: 501

The Hollows #3
Book 1: Dead Witch Walking
Book 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

Memorable Quote:
Join us next time for Days of the Undead when Rachel learns her long lost brother is really a crown prince from outer space.

Favorite Characters: Jenks & Ceri

Summary:

There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between “runs,” she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin–and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.

Review:

I’ve quickly fallen in love with the Hollows series, and am already trying to get my hands on book four. Every Which Way But Dead picks up a few months after book two ended, with Rachel stuck as a demon’s familiar and a new, powerful threat in town ready to take over while Piscary’s in jail.

A few new characters were introduced in this book, both allies and enemies, and they were all as equally brilliant as the returning faces I was happy to see. And, a few people who mildly annoyed me from before had the good sense to stay out of the plot, making it even better. I finished the book in a few days, because each chapter flowed seamlessly into the next, and kept me rooting for Rachel and wanting to know where the plot would twist next. Because everything I didn’t expect seemed to happen.

I like it when a book can take me by surprise, still make sense, and really stick with me. Some books I read, the characters’ names slip out of my head as soon as I set it down. Not so for this series, and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. I don’t want to anticipate too much and disappoint myself, but I think I’ll definitely read these books through to the end. Which I hope is a long time coming.

SUPERNATURALLY THRILLING. 5/5 stars

The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

20 Nov

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

Author: Kim Harrison

Pages: 453

Book 2 in The Hollows series
Book 1: Dead Witch Walking

memorable quote:
You cry you get angry then you do something about it.

favorite characters: Rachel & Jenks

summary:

Former bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She’s left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She’s survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend, what more could a witch want?

But living with a reformed vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when your roommate’s very bad ex-boyfriend wants her back, and wouldn’t mind you in the process. And especially when he’s six feet of sheer supernatural seduction, and you’ve got a demon mark that makes vampires literally hotter than hell….

To save herself and Ivy, Rachel must confront the vampire master and the dark secrets she’s hidden even from herself.

review:

I loved the first book of this series, and got the second one as soon as I was finished. This book is exactly the same, and really makes me wish I had book three already. In this sequel, Rachel is back. This time, with her own business as a runner, now without a death threat hanging over her head. But someone out there is killing ley line witches. And from what Rachel’s been doing, she fits the target profile perfectly. She just might be the next victim.

As fast-paced, viciously funny, and gruesomely addictive as Dead Witch Walking, this book had me interested from the first page. The first few paragraphs. All of the wonderful characters were back again, with new problems to face, and a few others were introduced-both allies and super creepy, very evil bad guys. I don’t envy Rachel for having to go up against that. But she keeps on fighting with as much spunk as I’d expect, after getting to know her.

There weren’t any lagging moments, which I loved. But it wasn’t one of those books where you never have a chance to sit back and catch your breath. There was a perfect balance here that is one thing I really look for in a book. And while it annoys me that I may have to wait for a while to get to reading more, that’s about the only negative thing I can come up with.

I recommend you read this book, even if it isn’t something you usually go for. It’s definitely worth it.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WITCH. 5/5 stars

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

24 Jun

 

Cloaked

Author: Alex Flinn [also wrote: A Kiss in Time & Beastly]

Pages: 341

Memorable Quote: He bursts into tears, and not some manlike tears either, where you pretend you’re brushing something off your face and, incidentally, wipe a tear. Nope. He starts bawling like a kid who spilled his Slushie…

Favorite Characters: Meg & Todd

Summary

I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got cloaked.

Review:

 I love Alex Flinn! Every book I read by her just makes me love her a little more. Twisted or modernized fairy tales are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but Cloaked takes off a bit of the guilt by making me feel like I’m learning about new stories that may not have had the spotlight they’ve deserved in recent years. Sure, I’m completely familiar with The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Frog Prince. Ever heard of The Six Swans or The Valiant Tailor or The Salad? I hadn’t, until I read this. Now I’ll definitely have to look up a few of those, especially the last. The title is . . . interesting. By mixing elements from all of the aforementioned titles as well as many more, Alex Flinn serves up a brand new fairy tale that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

Johnny, a poor and overworked shoe repair guy, with dreams of designing his own shoes, is a great main character. While he does have several unselfish motives, he still does a few things solely for himself (a shoe pun? Did I just do that?). I liked how while most of his intentions were pure, he was still realistic. I don’t know of many people who would put their lives on the line for a complete stranger, albeit a very beautiful one.

This book was funny one moment, serious the next, and overall it had a ‘quest’ feel to it that made it seem like an old tale while the setting was modern day Florida. It had a little bit of everything in it; romance, suspense, comedy, evil villains, brave heroes . . .

Cloaked was wonderful, and definitely a novel I’ll remember for a long time! It’s as great as the other two twisted fairy tales by the same author, Beastly and A Kiss in Time. I can’t wait to read more and branch out into the other books written by Alex Flinn. I’m sure they’ll be just as good!

I give Cloaked 5/5 stars.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

28 Apr

Impossible

Author: Nancy Werlin

Pages [hardcover]: 384

First Thoughts: The edition I picked up didn’t have much of a summary on it, so I bought it out of intuition alone. Hopefully it will turn out to be as good as I’m thinking it will be. If not, at least it will look pretty sitting on my shelf until I give it away.

Memorable Quote: “We formed the Fellowship of the Ring when we should’ve all just gone on medication.”

Favorite Characters: Zach & Lucy

Summary:

Lucy Scarborough is only 17, but she carries the burden of a curse that has already struck down several women in her family. Each of her afflicted ancestors failed at completing three seemingly impossible tasks, and each succumbed to madness at the birth of her first child. Facing this tragic fate, Lucy braces herself for a losing battle. Mercifully, she has allies in her struggle: intensely sympathetic foster parents and her loyal childhood friend Zach.

Review:

I’m not sure what to think of this novel. After I finished it, I was left content, sure that a good story had just been laid out and neatly wrapped up with interesting characters interspersed throughout the plot. There were touching moments, creepy parts, and times when I couldn’t wait for the puzzle to be solved. But there were also long spaces of time where I wished for something . . . more to happen. It isn’t that Impossible wasn’t good. It just didn’t live up to my expectations.

I’ve run into books like this before. When I was reading it, the writing wasn’t horrible, and it was definitely interesting. But I could easily be torn away from the book by the simplest things. When I read something, I want to hate distractions, and detest whoever makes me get up and do something other than sit there and read on. That’s what bothered me most about this text. It seemed like something I’d use to fill my time when I’d have nothing else to read.

One thing that I noticed was that everything that was really important-such as research into the curse-was rushed into a few paragraphs, while Lucy’s feelings, which were often repeated many times, took up several pages. I liked being able to see inside her character, especially when it wasn’t a first-person book, but there wasn’t enough substance to back it up.

I give Impossible 3/5 stars. It was an okay read that I may or may not give another go. Maybe I didn’t like it so much because I just finished a few amazing books. For now it just didn’t do anything for me.

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