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review 2017-09-30 11:47
Rules of Prey
Rules Of Prey - John Sandford

I really liked this book.  This is comparable to the Alex Cross series but I like the character of Alex Cross better than Davenport who is screwing everything that walks.  The story was good though and I was hooked.  I will definitely read more in this series.  Funny thing is I was pretty sure I had read this book or at least started to before.  I have had it on my shelf for a really long time.  As I started reading I didn´t remember any of it but close to the middle I found something from a place I used to work that I´d used for a bookmark.  I know I worked there around 2002 - 2007.  At that point something happened and I suddenly remembered and knew what would happen.  I didn´t remember anything up to that point or after though.  Anyway, I´ll have to come back later to write a real review.  I restarted my immunosuppressant medications and I´m feeling so doped up I can hardly think straight.  I finished his book yesterday morning and then slept through the rest of the day until about 2 something AM Saturday.  The good thing is in 2 to 3 weeks I should get some relief.  That would be nice.

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review 2017-08-03 17:02
The Shifting Price of Prey / Suzanne McLeod
The Shifting Price of Prey - Suzanne McLeod

Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for ...

London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny's job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. Genny believed she'd cracked the fae's infertility curse ... but the fae are still barren. It's a devastating plight to which the mysterious Emperor may have the solution - if Genny can find him.

She needs help.

She turns to the vampire Malik al-Khan, only to find he's wrestling with his own demons and, when the police request Genny's assistance with a magical kidnap, her own problems multiply too. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae's infertility? Soon Genny is hard on his trail, so it seems she'll have a chance to ask ... but will the answer cost more than she's willing to pay?

 

 

***2017 Summer Lovin' Reading List ***

 

Under normal circumstances, I read urban fantasy to take a little holiday from the real world and to simply enjoy a story. But Suzanne McLeod refuses to let me coast, she provides a plot of such complexity that I have to pay attention and her characters are down-right Machiavellian in their manipulations of one another.

In her acknowledgements in this volume, she talks about getting to meet Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and one of the queens of urban fantasy. I enjoyed the Sookie series, but I think that McLeod is head and shoulders above Harris in every aspect—plot, characters, setting, complexity. One of my other favourite authors, Ben Aaronovitch, also appreciates McLeod’s work and their series are set to intersect somehow in a future volume of Spellcrackers.com.

How in the world am I going to fill my time until The Hidden Rune of Iron? (Very much a rhetorical question, as I have an enormous stack of library books waiting for me in my reading nook).

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text 2017-07-28 15:59
A Plethora of Titles to choose from for my Summer Lovin' Reading list
Thunder Heights - Phyllis A. Whitney
No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole
Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
The Shivering Sands (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses - Molly Harper
The Shifting Price of Prey - Suzanne McLeod
Spider's Revenge - Jennifer Estep
The Laughing Corpse - Laurell K. Hamilton

So I think I know what I will be doing this weekend!  I've been fighting with a nasty cold ever since I got home from Seattle, so I'm hoping to catch up on my sleep as well as get the necessary laundry, cooking, and housekeeping done.

 

But, I have Thunder Heights on interlibrary loan, so it can't be renewed.  Also, No Rest for the Wicked and Darkfever have holds on them, so I'll have to return them soon, too.

 

After those three, I'll be able to pick & choose.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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review 2017-06-28 01:55
Perfect Prey - Helen Fields

So….2 big announcements to kick off this review. For the first time in ages I picked up a book that sent me into hiding so I could read uninterrupted by those pesky people who claim to be family.

 

Second, we have an early front runner for my world famous “ Dickhead of the Year ” Award * (* fiction category, not to be confused with the one bestowed on a real person). You know those characters you love to loathe? Well, keep your blood pressure meds nearby. This book has one that made me wish I could reach through the pages and smack the daylights out of. More on that later.

 

This is book #2 in the series & DI Luc Callanach has been in Edinburgh for 8 months now. It’s festival season & the downtown is hot, loud & heaving with music fans. In the midst of the crowd, a young man quietly sinks to the ground. Before long, Luc & his crew are on scene trying to figure out how a man was killed without anyone noticing.

 

Meanwhile, DI Ava Turner is called to a very different murder. There’s nothing subtle about this one. Only the question of who would want to kill a hospice nurse.

 

And that’s just the beginning of a spree that soon has Edinburgh’s panicked residents locking their doors. These aren’t your “typical” victims of crime & Luc & Ava are soon reeling from an abundance of bodies but few clues. To make matters worse, someone is leaking confidential info to the press. Adding to the fun is the presence of a cyber crime task force that is taking space & staff from the murder squad. It’s led by DCI Joseph Edgar (aforementioned DOTY award nominee), an ambitious cop intent on rekindling his history with Ava.

 

With Ava distracted by personal issues, Luc has no choice but to go outside the department for help & winds up with a couple of unlikely partners who add an interesting edge to the story.

 

What a great read. I’ve been waiting for this ever since I read “Perfect Remains”. Luc & Ava are complex, compelling characters & the fact it’s set in one of my favourite cities is a bonus. Much of the colourful peripheral cast is back, adding smart & humorous dialogue to the suspense. It’s a true head scratcher as the big picture slowly begins to take shape. The author provides several credible paths to follow & you’ll have to decide which trails lead to the killer & which are clever misdirection.

 

At the 3/4 mark, my condolences to anyone who tries to come between you & your copy. The pace ramps up as investigations reach a critical point with some of the answers falling into place. Others are reserved for the final pages as Luc & Ava deal with sudden changes to their personal & professional lives. An unexpected twist throws a spanner in the overall story line & guarantees I’ll be watching for book #3.

 

This works as a stand alone but I’d recommend reading the first one so you fully understand references made to the characters’ pasts. It’s the perfect “make-the-world-go-away” book, ideal if you’re stuck for several hours in a plane/train/automobile at some point this summer. Who knows, by the time you look up all bleary-eyed, you might be in another country. Bon voyage.

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review 2017-06-01 03:35
Brief Thoughts: Obsidian Prey
Obsidian Prey - Jayne Castle

Obsidian Prey

by Jayne Castle

Book 6 of Harmony

 

 

Amber tuner and independent prospector Lyra Dore lost her heart—and her discovery of a rare amethyst ruin—to cutthroat businessman Cruz Sweetwater.  At least she had her artistically talented dust-bunny to comfort her…

But the ruin’s mysterious power has put everyone involved with the project in danger.  And only by trusting their psychic instincts will Cruz and Lyra survive— and surrender to the desire that binds them.



As has been with all of Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)'s Harmony books, I immensely enjoyed Obsidian Prey.  The writing style is smooth and easy to read, the story line is straight forward, the progression is fast-paced, and the characters are fun.

I love me some dust bunnies!  They are my mascot and I really, really want to create a stuffed dust bunny of my own!  Although, while I DID love our resident dust bunny in this book, I can't say that Vincent really stood out from the other dust bunnies from previous books.  HOWEVER, I do love that each of our bunnies has their own unique style and personality; the entire world of Harmony is like a playground to them.

I enjoyed the entire "Dust bunny as mysterious, new, and celebrated artist" thing going in this book.  I thought it was adorable.

Our human characters, however, were less relatable.  Lyra was standard--feisty, stubborn, etc....  I DID like the whole "Dore luck" thing, because it reflects life so well.  Cruz was standard--broody, alpha, stubborn, demanding... etc....  But there really wasn't much about him that I did like, even if the whole "Sweetwaters take their romance very seriously" thing was kind of intriguing, if also kind of tacky.  Because Cruz was kind of a jackass in the beginning, and even as the story progressed, he didn't really stop being a jackass, he just managed to add some charm into his jackass personality.

I liked the other young Sweetwater male we get to meet, Jeff, a whole lot more; he who wants to quit the family business and be part of real law enforcement so he can help fight for the little people--the people who can't afford major security companies like Amber Inc., run by the Sweetwaters, geared towards the wealthy.

I like every time we uncover continued connections between Arcane Society and Harmony.  I like the new developments of different paranormal talents.

The suspense part of the book--mysterious hallucinations, a murder in the background, stolen artifacts, hired thugs--were a little lacking, I felt.  The romance was also a bit lukewarm, compared to previous romances in this series.

And, really that's all I can come up with.  It's not a memorable book, truth be told, though it was an enjoyable one while it lasted.


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Page Count:  351
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