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review 2018-03-13 01:35
Sirena: An Undersea Folk Tale
Sirena - MaryJanice Davidson

This was a nice short story. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it flowed, considering the length. Both Jack and Neomi are likable.

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review 2018-01-16 03:17
Wolf at the Door - MaryJanice Davidson
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I read this book on a road trip. It was a perfect book to read in the car, because I could easily detach myself from it if a conversation started and I didn't have to pay too much attention to the text, which usually gives me a headache.

Knowing that it was a paranormal romance involving vampires and werewolves, my expectations weren't all that high.

I will note that this is the first MaryJanice Davidson book I have read, let alone the only Wyndham Werewolf book I have read. Therefore, I didn't really know anything about it going into it. I think I got by fine. It can be read as a standalone. Like most books, it's probably better if you've read the previous books, but I knew what was going on for the most part.

However, that doesn't mean I liked the book. This is Twilight for adults with more murder and less love triangles. The writing was pretty poor. The author used a lot of (parentheses), even within characters' speech. I don't even know how one talks in parentheses. It made reading it very awkward. Also the repetitiveness of the sentence "But!" was very irritating. How is that it's own sentence? 

The plot was pretty dull too. While the back cover claims it's a book about "female werewolves playing private detective", Rachael seems to forget that people are being murdered while she's off in La La Land with Edward. The whole murder investigation plays very little into the story. The resolution of the crime spree was horribly lame and a huge let down. It was one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. The characters even note how ridiculous it is, then try to logic their way through it, which seemed to just be a lazy way to write a weak-plotted story strewn together with awkward sex scenes.

Not a fan. I did find the first Undead book in the Little Free Lending Library, so I'll probably give it a try at some point, but after reading this one, I have pretty low expectations for it. 
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review 2017-07-25 20:15
Undead and Unwed / MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson

It's been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries - a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair - a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...


***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List ***

Before there was Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs there was MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and unwed. They feel somewhat related, but although I really enjoy Harper’s fiction, I think I have had enough of Davidson’s. The difference, for me, is in the main character. I can relate to Jane Jameson (Harper)—she’s educated, she’s a librarian/bookstore owner, she’s snarky and sometimes a bit neurotic, but always basically good-hearted. Betsy Taylor (Davidson) is another kind of woman entirely—she’s shallow, uneducated, unfocused, mouthy, selfish, and seemingly completely motivated by designer shoes. I’m sure there’s a target-market for Betsy out there somewhere, I’m just not it.

It’s not that she doesn’t get some good lines, like “I was the Queen who brought all the tribes together, who ruled them as one. Like the Speaker of the House, only way more blood thirsty. More Book of the Dead crap, which Tina had been reading to me all night. It was like attending Bible school in hell.” Or when she first meets Eric Sinclair, “His shoes were—whoa! Where those Ferragamos? It was a rare and wonderful thing to see a properly shod man in an underground mausoleum.”

The “humour” missed its mark for me as often as it hit. I felt the author was trying too hard. But, as I have often stated in my reviews, my comprehension of humour in print is challenged. I had to order this volume via interlibrary loan in order to read it, making feel that I had to finish the book to justify ordering it from another part of the province. I shan’t bother with further volumes.

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review 2017-04-20 11:53
A Slightly Feminist Installment in Project Frankenstein in the form of My Frankenstein by Michael J. Lee.
My Frankenstein - Frauke Spanuth,Michael J. Lee




So far, I've read about Frankenstein's twin brother whom he tried to save but couldn't, which lead to the events of the original version.


I have also come across his twin daughters, one of whom was curious enough to continue with his work.


And, this last book that I read mentioned him to be a champion of Industrial Revolution, trying to force a small town into the modern world.


What is evident in the Frankenstein family tree is there is a dark thread running through it, which appears in all its members!


What I Liked About My Frankenstein


The refreshing way Frankenstein acted to Eva's intelligence. It didn't matter to him if she was a girl. What made her beautiful to him was her mind. In fact, there was one scene where he sees Eva and her very beautiful friend together. Even then, Eva's beauty calls out to him while the friend he dismisses as an Amazon. That isn't to say that Amazons weren't awesomesauce. It is simply how Victor thinks because to him, brute strength is for mentally inferior people.


The "monster", Adam, is as innocent as the original monster. He also retained the stubborn nature and had a way with words. All of it kept the true spirit of the original alive.


Some of the words that stood out to me:


It's in that moment you discover that you never really cared about benefiting mankind. What you did, you did for yourself. To stand on the mountaintop and look down on mankind. The mortal sin of pride.


These words were spoken by Igor who assisted Victor in his quest and later came to regret it.


Maybe I feel nothing because I am nothing. Or am I nothing because I feel nothing?


Spoken by Adam, these words made me sad. They stem from all the brainwashing that Victor had done on the poor creature, even going as far as to tell him he wasn't even a thing, let alone a man!


What I didn't Like About My Frankenstein


There wasn't any depth to the story. I don't know why it felt that way to me. It could be the sequence of events, which wasn't surprising at all. It could also be how Eva behaved towards Frankenstein, which was again no surprise. It might be the ending as well, which doesn't fit in with the rest of the novel.


So, this is how the project stands now




I'm now reading, Undead and Unworthy, by MaryJanice Davidson.



Undead & Unworthy is a part of the Undead series, which is a whole lot of fun. Give it a try, if you like Vampire Queens who have a killer sense of fashion and not much brains! I still love how she deals with being easily distracted and doesn't let it stop her from doing the right thing. It awes me that people constantly underestimate her and yet she just does her thing.



Because Tor has a re-read going on and I've been meaning to read it for a long time:



I will end this post with a Frankenstein joke:



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text 2016-12-28 22:24
One of my first adult reads as a teen
Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson

So I must say, even looking back, I think of this so fondly.

I love Betsy! I think she's incredibly hilarious, and her Count-terpart (get it? lol) Sinclair charms me. 

I think it's a fun read, and the whole series is entertaining. 

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