Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I am having a hard time deciding if I liked this book or simply needed to know what happens next. This is a very complex tale that I could probably read a few more times and find quite a few nuances that I missed in my first reading of this book. Once I started, I found it almost impossible to put this book down, so much so that I missed out on a few hours sleep so I could finish it.
The concepts present in this book are very old, infidelity, kings, fey, high court, outcasts, changelings, fear, adoption, and so much more. However, with the filter of a mortal at a fey court being raised by the man who murdered her parents, also her older half-sister’s father, everything takes on a sinister edge. I found many of the dramatic plot twists to be well-telegraphed in advance but a few were able to shock me.
If you are looking for a book that will thrill, confuse, intrigue, disgust you, and make you think about your place in the world then this might be the book for you. There is no explicit sexual content, though some is alluded to. This is a fast paced novel, a lot of characters are introduced and a passing familiarity with the fey is needed for this book to make much sense.  If you don’t know what the Unseelie and Seelie Court are then check up on that before you read this book.  You may be able to figure it out through context, but background knowledge adds depth to the telling.  Nothing is ever as it appears with the fey, remember that throughout this book.

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

This book was the winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1984, I was 2 years old.  Sometimes life takes you in a circle, you remember something about a book and you just HAVE to re-read that book.  This need brings you to another, and another, until you have a set of books that you HAVE to re-read.  Fortunately for me, I was able to find Changeover fairly easily and it was just as enjoyable now as when I was 15.  I do really love the story, which is really strange for me.

This melancholy tale of evil, illness, and a budding romance sort of wound in there, is not the kind of thing I really like to read.  Sad books tend to depress me, but this one seems to have enough hope that I can get over the sorrow.  Even now I cannot tell you why I like this book.  It makes me cry, I despair, I hope, even knowing how things will end.  I really wish that this were part of a series.  That I could find out what happens to Sorry, to Laura.  I hate that there is a conclusion, but no real conclusion.

“Well, I think I love you,” said Laura.  “So maybe that’s what makes the difference.”

If you are looking for a book about sight and insight, a fast paced book, that will rend your heart out of your chest and put it back again then this might be the book for you.  A young girl with a bad feeling watches her little brother wither away knowing that someone can help her, but he isn’t sure that she really needs his help.  All of this set in New Zealand somewhere in the 1980s-1990s.

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

one fell sweepThis is a fun, fascinating, tear-jerker of an addition to this series. Finally we get to meet some of the innkeeper’s family, and the plot line advances greatly. It is fun and fascinating to see how the different characters interact and evolve along the way. I will frankly admit *mini spoiler* I was reduced to tears near the end

of the book and the entire thing ended on an cliff-hanger *end spoiler*
I am dying to read the next book in this series and really enjoyed this addition.

If you are looking for a good book that jerks on the heartstrings and gets the blood pumping with action and adventure then this is the book for you. I will add that I love how this romance progresses, it takes 3 books before the characters really admit their feelings, etc. This seems realistic as opposed to meet, fall in love, fall in bed, & marry, within a few days. I am definitely going to be exploring more of this author, as soon as I have more Audible Credits, or can find them at my local library, lol.

Happy Reading!

Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews

sweep in peaceWhat do intergalactic vampires, merchants, and a sworn enemy of the vampires have in common? They all want to mineral rights to a particular planet. Since they cannot solve this problem themselves they decided to hire an arbitrator. Of course he decided to use an Inn on Earth to conduct these negotiations.

From there, things get interesting. Join us as we discover the adventures awaiting us at this little inn. Following the initial innkeeper novel this addition, apparently, brings in some characters from one of Andrews other series.  If you do not know about her other books then this novel can still be read with a lot of enjoyment.  I believe, since I have not read her other series I cannot say for certain, that if you have read her other series there is considerable depth added to this book by understanding the crossover characters.  Even without that understanding, I’m seriously considering reading her other books to gain that insight, this is a very enjoyable addition to the innkeeper series.  If you are looking for an amusing, action-packed adventure, with likable characters and a lot of hear then this is the book for you!

Happy Reading!

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

If you enjClean Sweepoy fantasy that isn’t to heavily involved in world-building, those that let you learn about the ‘world’ that the characters inhabit as you read along, then this is the book for you.  While Andrews’ world is very different and complicated the reader/listener is not treated to an hour of someone describing the universe you are thrown into, rather as interesting things come up, werewolves are from outer-space, they are brought up, explained and we move on.  Are you completely immersed, understanding every nuance of this new world, no, but you are certainly intrigued enough to wonder what you will discover in the next novel.

This was a fun, quick read, with fascinating characters and a bright new take on werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy concepts.  If you are looking for a fast, fun, Clean, romance to read, while still discovering a whole new world with amazing characters, then this might be the read for you.   The characters were kick butt without being vulgar or crude.  The depiction of gentlemanly and courtly behaviors were charming without being overdone.  The main character was both feminine and strong, a very hard balance to achieve.  The characters did not tug on my heartstrings, nor did I become emotionally involved in them, but I am still fascinated by them.  I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to the rest.

Happy Reading!

Random Audio Additions

In Addition to reading the article “Is Audio Really the Future of the Book”

I have been listening to a great number of Audio Books.  Due to a family health problem I have not had a lot of free time or attention to do much extracurricular library research, though I have been able to get through an inordinate amount of audio books.  Many of them were ‘re-reads’ but some were new.

Among the re-reads are:

Origin in Death; Conspiracy in Death; Indulgence in Death; Promises in Death; Salvation in Death; Betrayal in Death; Judgement in Death; Loyalty In Death; Witness in Death; and Brotherhood in Death by J.D Robb. As well as Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.

The New Audio Books that I have read are:

Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb and Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich.

These 13 Audio books have certainly pushed forward my goal for the Year, though I will still probably not make it.

I also re-read several Shelly Laurenston Books, namely:

The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; Wolf With Benefits; Bear Meets Girl; Big Bad Beast; Mane Attraction; Mane Event; Bite Me; and The Beast in Him.

I guess I was more prolific than I though by reading 9 books to escape what reality I could not change.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading all that I could.  I will hope to continue reading even prolifically for the next few weeks until the years end.