Saturday, 26 November 2005

Kitty and the Midnight Hour


Well, I finished reading KITTY and the MIDNIGHT HOUR by Carrie Vaughn today... and I gotta say, Shawn - you were right! This book was awesome! I enjoyed it so much I can't wait to read the next one and find out what happens to Kitty now that she's on... oooops, better stop there before I give anything away.

This character was likeable, a terrific narrator and grew so much - though at a steady pace - throughout the book, that she really sucks you into the story. And I really enjoyed the werewolf pack dynamic. And her job - talkshow radio - very original! I enjoyed this one immensely... very fresh. Used vampires and werewolves, but still managed to make it her own, very different story.

I highly recommend this book! Lucky for me, I've been having an outstanding run with the books I'm sitting down to read lately... :)

This is another winner!

Sunday, 20 November 2005

Two EXCELLENT books:




I had the pleasure of reading these two books this week! Both were outstanding, unpredictable, different kinda thrilling rides...

HAUNTED by Kelley Armstrong is the fifth book in the Otherworld series. This one's Eve Levine's story. She's a half-demon, witch who now happens to be a ghost. Quite the combination! And the story was GREAT! As I was reading, I just didn't know where everything was heading and I actually liked Eve - something I wondered about. It's one of those things, you just don't know about a person until you hear their side of the story.

And this story is definitely worth checking out. Kelley's a great storyteller and I can't get enough of her series!

DEVIL'S BARGAIN by Rachel Caine is the first book in her Red Letter Days Bombshells. And after reading this one, I can't wait for Devil's Due. Jazz is a great, likable and certainly far from perfect heroine. While Lucia seems the complete opposite. And the plot? WOW! I can't wait to see what other answers we get in the next book. Because, even though this book reached a great conclusion, there are still so many questions left floating around. And how does Rachel come up with these great heros? You'll have to read it to know what I mean. I'm talking about James Borden.

It was so different from her wonderful Weather Warden series! I loved it!

Well, both these books were OUTSTANDING in their own ways. And I highly recommend them. I pretty much recommend anything written by these two wonderful writers!

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

RIP

Eddie Guerrero

He passed away on Sunday. Eddie was only 38.

This is really sad news for wrestling fans. He was a TERRIFIC wrestler who I've personally enjoyed watching for years. My hubby and I were fans. Very tragic news. I know they'll never read this, but I'd like to express how sorry I am for his family... my condolences.

Thursday, 10 November 2005

WINDFALL by Rachel Caine

I finished reading this AWESOME book Tuesday night!

You think you're having a bad day? Joanne's lost her job as a Weather Warden, and saving the world generally doesn't come with a decent retirement check. It also doesn't come with any guarantees of landing a day job that won't suck, or being able to find a mystical cure for her critically ill Djinn lover. Burdened with a difficult sister in need of rescue, accused of weather-related murder, and finding herself in the middle of a Djinn civil war ... well, Joanne's bad times are just getting worse.

With enemies approaching from all sides, not to mention mounting credit card bills (Manolo Blahniks don't come cheap!), Joanne is praying for a windfall ... but the mother of all hurricanes approaching the Florida coast isn't exactly what she has in mind.

This is the 4th Weather Warden novel, which features Joanne Baldwin. I'd been waiting very IMpatiently for this instalment, and it didn't disappoint! I LOVED IT! These books are always a rollercoaster ride for the narrator as she finds herself in one bad situation after another.

Rachel's writing style is comfy, draws you into the action as if you're actually living through everything too. Very well written with excellent characters. The story - though it's the continuing arc of Jo's life - still holds a sense of closure for this particular storyline. Though now, I can't wait to check out the next one! :)

I HIGHLY recommend - not just this book - but the entire series to anyone wanting to read an excellent story with the crisp voice of a wonderful narrator.

If you haven't started the series yet but you're interested, visit Rachel Caine's website

You'd be better off starting from the beginning. Here's the sequence so far:
  1. ILL WIND
  2. HEAT STROKE
  3. CHILL FACTOR
  4. WINDFALL

Saturday, 5 November 2005

The Colorado Kid

Well, out of the pile of books I purchased the other day, this was the shortest AND a Stephen King mystery! So I decided to pick it up last night and kept reading and reading until I got to page 147. The only reason I stopped is because I was tired and wanted to stay focused without losing any of the thread. Anyway, first thing this morning I picked it up and finished it.

What a fascinating tale. I know some people might feel cheated after reading this intriguing mystery but I loved it. Very good book with all the trademark King, including the nature of the mystery. The interaction between the two old guys - Dave and Vince - and the young Stephanie is a great dymanic. He gives you just enough info to feel like you actually know them.

This book gets two thumbs up from me (since there are only 2, I think you get how much I liked it!) A great little read which'll no doubt return to my mind (as it did with the characters) even years down the track. That's the beauty of Stephen King, he's got this outstanding talent of hooking you into his tales so quick and deep, that you're powered on by the urge of wanting to know how it all turns out.

His afterword was really cool too! Here's a great quote from it:

"I write to find out what I think, and what I found out writing The Colorado Kid was that maybe- I just say maybe- it's the beauty of the mystery that allows us to live sane as we pilot our fragile bodies through this demolition-derby world."

Ayuh! :)

 
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