Apr 21, 2010

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5 comments
Source: Purchased

Summary:

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe, and now the leader of the werewolf pack - who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend - has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be

My Thoughts:

Since this is the 5th in a series I won't say too much, but I will say that this book was amazing. Briggs has to be one of my favourite urban fantasy authors. It's pretty rare that I read a book and then while I'm at work all I can think about is getting home to finish it. The books in the Mercy Thompson series do that to me every time. She manages to weave in mystery, lore, and a little romance into every book and always leaves me wanting more. I can't really say which one is my favourite, I like them all, although I was missing Stefan in this book, and it's been so long since I read the previous one that I honestly don't remember what happened to him in the last one. It's a good thing I have an entire year before the next book comes out to re-read this series. What?! Do I really have to wait a whole year?! Write faster!! hehe..anyways.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not the biggest fan of novels written in first person, these books are an exception. I think it's because I like Mercy so much, she is such a kick-ass female. And as a bonus, these books don't have any porno sex scenes that seem to find their way into so many urban fantasy books these days. The only thing I don't really like about these books is that Adam & Mercy seem to be together permanently, which is all fine and good, but I'm a huge fan of when men have to woo women in books, once they get together they don't have to do that anymore then I find myself searching for a new series. I love these books too much to ever stop reading them though, so hopefully down the road there will at least be some side characters that get together so I can have my romance :)
If you have been a fan of this series I would highly recommend picking this one up. If you haven't then I'd start with Moon Called.

I give this book 5 out of 5

Mercy Thompson Series

1 Moon Called
2 Blood Bound
3 Iron Kissed
4 Bone Crossed
5 Silver Borne

There is also the Alpha & Omega series that features characters from the Mercy Thompson series

1. Cry Wolf
2. Hunting Ground

Apr 18, 2010

Bye Bye For Now

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, April 18, 2010 1 comments

I'm off to Europe, that is if my flights haven't been cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud, fingers crossed. So long to my fellow bloggers and I'll be back with you soon.


Well, my flights have been officially cancelled, so maybe I'll be around to post more reviews. I'm still holding out hope that some miracle will happen and we can still go....someplace

Apr 17, 2010

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, April 17, 2010 1 comments
Kat was born into a family of professional thieves, but after spending her first 15 years learning the tricks of the trade, she decides to leave it all behind to try to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to walk away from the family business…

When 5 priceless paintings are stolen from Taccone, an internationally recognized Total Bad Guy, Kat gets pulled right back into her old life. Taccone thinks her father stole his paintings, and he gives Kat an ultimatum: She must either find and return the paintings to him within 14 days, or he’ll hurt or kill everyone she loves. Kat and her team are on the job, but will they be able to pull off the heist of a lifetime?

My Thoughts: I really liked the idea of this story, it had a very Thomas Crown Affair vibe to it. I had a few issues with this book though, for starters I found myself saying things like "who is talking now?", "what are they even talking about", "that doesn't make sense" a lot. I don't know if it was just me but it felt like sentences were missing and I was lost half of the time.
The characters were likable for the most part. I had a little problem with the main character Kat. I found that she didn't have much of a back bone and she was a little flat to me. I think that is mostly my personal preference though and another reader would probably love her.
I did appreciate that this book was written in 3rd person, I'm not sure I would have made it though it if it had been written in 1st, but again that it my own personal preference.
In the end I'm on the fence with this one, I'm not sure if I will read any more by Ally Carter.

I give this book 3 out of 5

Apr 8, 2010

Another Coming Soon

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, April 08, 2010 1 comments
Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Released May 2010

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower

I love the idea of angels, and so far I have only come across one book that has angels that I absolutely love (Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison) so hopefully I can find another so if anyone know of any other angel books let me know

The Time Weaver by Shana Abe
Released June 2010

The drákon, a supersensual race of shapeshifters whose world exists side by side with our own. In The Time Weaver, a young drákon woman discovers she possesses a unique gift, one that brings her closer to her destined love—at the cost of their very lives.

Honor Carlisle may have been born into the drákon clan but she’s always felt like a stranger to her kin. It’s an intuition that proves true when she receives a mysterious letter—a letter sent by her future self. Honor learns she is a Time Weaver: a creature with the extraordinary ability to transport herself into the past or future.

But the letter contains a dire warning. If Honor remains in her home at Darkfrith, she is certain to be killed. Fleeing for sanctuary among old friends in Spain, she practices her Weaving and unknowingly draws closer to an even more immediate danger. For on one of her Weaves into the future, Honor encounters the very man she should most avoid: the prince of a rival tribe of drákon.

Drawn to Prince Alexandru of Zaharen, Honor is unable to resist the temptation of Weaving to him again and again across time. As they surrender to a desire that brings the present and future ever closer, they realize they are true soulmates. But they also risk fulfilling a terrible prophecy—for their union is destined to wreak havoc. Now Honor and Sandu must place their trust—and their lives—in each other’s hands, and their faith in a magical love that could restore order to the drákon universe—or destroy it forever.

I've never read anything by this author but I love this cover and the plot sounds interesting I might just have to pick this up.

Apr 4, 2010

Gone By Lisa McMann

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, April 04, 2010 1 comments
Summary:
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she'd made her peace with it. But she can't handle dragging Cabel down with her.
She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He's amazing. And she's a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves--she has to disappear. And it's going to kill them both.
Then a stranger enters her life--and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she'd ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out...

My Thoughts: I bought this book pretty much as soon as it came out, but I didn't read it until now. Knowing it was the last in the series I didn't want to read it because I knew it would be the end. But I'm glad I finally got to it. It was excellent, just as good as book 1 & 2.
I don't think I have read any other books that are written in first person present tense. It's different and I don't know if everyone would enjoy this writing style, but I love it.
I really got into this story and I read it all in one sitting, which is rare for me. Where the first books had plots revolving around Janie's work with the cops this one was more about Janie finding about about her ability and the choices she would need to make about her future. Janie has to deal with some tough issues and I found myself crying throughout the last half of the book. As always, I found Janie and Cabel's relationship to be very real, it's not all lovely dovey and roses, it's based on communication and trust. I think their relationship is one of my favorite things in this series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for something a bit different than the typical YA fantasy novel.

I give this 5 out of 5
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Apr 1, 2010

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, April 01, 2010 1 comments
Source: Purchased

Summary:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

My Thoughts:

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. My first steampunk novel. It was quite refreshing and it made me want to drink lots of tea! It combines two of my favorite genres, historical romance and fantasy. I love the fashion and etiquette during this era and extremely enjoyed reading about it as well. On to the characters, Alexia is spunky, strong willed, and courageous. Lord Maccon is your typical historical romance hero with a little werewolf mixed in. Some of my favorites were the side characters, the trusty butler, Floote. Lord Maccon's second in command Professor Lyall and Alexia's best friend, Ivy, that has a habit of wearing extremely ugly hats. The story kept me guessing and I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to pick up the sequel, Changless.

I would recommend this to older teens and adults who enjoy historical romance and urban fantasy books.

4.5 out of 5

Parasol Protectorate Series

Book #1 Soulless

Book #2 Changeless

Book #3 Blameless

Book #4 Heartless (June 2011)

Book #5 Timeless (March 2012)
 

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