Jan 25, 2011

Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4 comments
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
Released May 1998
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "Hilarious good times"

Summary: Being one of the Earth's protectors is never easy, but when Claire the Keeper and Austin the cat find themselves in charge of the Elysian Fields Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, all Hell breaks loose in the form of a gateway to hell residing in the basement!

Claire is a Keeper, If I were to describe what a Keeper is to someone who hasn't read the book, I would say a Keeper is similar to a good witch. They are called to close breaks in the universe, breaks between our world and a world of evil and they use their magical gifts to do it. She is called to a B&B with a rather large break to hell in the basement, the break has been temporary sealed by previous Keepers but was never closed all the way, and Clarie must figure out a way to close it permanently before evil can find a way to break loose.

It's a fun read if you're looking for something humorous that is not overtly obvious a typical Urban Fantasy. I would say the genre 'urban fantasy' hasn't really be around all that long and this was written before there was a particular definition for it, so it has hints of romance, fantasy, humor in a way that I haven't really seen in the recent urban fantasy novels that are out there.

I really enjoyed the pace of the plot, but I have read a few reviews that feel differently. For me I was enjoying the characters so much that I didn't really feel the need for there to be some dire thing happen and Clair would have to come to the rescue for. It was more little humorous things that would occur, such as discovering a ghost, and the sexual tension with Dean, the ridiculously handsome handy man, and supernatural guests that have come to stay. But still Clair would be trying to figure out a way to solve the reason she was called to the guesthouse in the first place, closing the hole to hell, and I never felt that this wasn't being addressed throughout the book. I liked every minute of Claire's adventure and I felt that she had done some growing by the end of the book, although Claire is far from perfect so she has some room to continue growing in the books to come.

Overall I would highly recommend this book for any fan of Gini Koch as I find the tone of the novel to be similar to Koch's Alien books.

I give this 5 out of 5

Chronicles of the Keeper

Book #1 Summon the Keeper

Book #2 The Second Summoning

Book #3 Long Hot Summoning

Jan 17, 2011

Changeless by Gail Carriger - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, January 17, 2011 2 comments
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Genre: Adult Steampunk Fantasy
Released: (April 2010)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Source: Purchased

My Cover Blurb: "Wondrously Witty!"

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

I loved this book much like a I expected I would after reading Soulless. I had read quite a few really good reviews for book 1, but a lot of those same reviewers did not care for book 2 as much, I'm really not sure why. It had much the same in the way of style and story as book one and I liked it just as much. Carriger has a way of writing that is unlike anything out there. It's witty, spunky and extremely well done.

I loved all the characters especially the new character Madame Lefoux with her inventions and rather unusual way of dressing. Alexia of course is still one of my favorite heroines, and even though she must stay within the confines of British society and etiquette of the Victoria era she is still one bad-ass female.

I give this 4.5 out of 5

The 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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Jan 5, 2011

Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, January 05, 2011 2 comments
Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Released: (Nov 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "Kick Ass Debut!"

Summary: She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder…

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there – her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters — mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor . . . and she can’t even remember what it was.

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again – but this time, there’s no second chance…

-I love strong female characters and Evy is no exception, she has no trouble keeping up, even though she’s not in her own body.
-Props for world building, and new twist on otherworldy creatures
-Action packed, none of the story lagged
-Enough sexual tension without it taking over. I’m not a huge fan of graphic sex scenes and there was none of that in this book.

- I don’t have any specific cons for this book, it was good, but wasn’t oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-put-this-down enough for me to rate this a 5

Overall: I really enjoyed this book. It did not disappoint. Action, adventure, and a kick ass female that can never be brought down! I'd recommend for any Urban Fantasy lover, especially for those who love strong female characters. I will definitely be buying the next in this series.

I give this 4 out of 5

Dreg City Series

Book #1 Three Days to Dead

Book #2 As Lie The Dead

Book #3 Another Kind of Dead (July 26 2011)

Book #4 Wrong Side of Dead (2012)

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