Wednesday, July 18, 2012

(54) Secret of the Wolf

Title: Secret of the Wolf (Warriors of the Rift) by Cynthia Gardner
Publisher: Forever
336 pages
Genre: Romance/ Paranormal

I received this book from the publisher through - it was released June 26 2012

Synopsis: Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays by the rules and always delivers justice, no matter the cost. But after a string of increasingly brutal attacks results in humans turning into werewolves, Tori doesn't reveal her horrifying suspicion: Someone very close to her might be responsible.

Investigating the paranormal violence, no-nonsense detective Dante MacMillan believes Tori is hiding something. His search for the truth draws him into greater danger as he gets closer to the dark realm of the immortals-and to the sexy werewolf who stirs his primal lust. Now with evil closing in around them, Dante must convince Tori to trust him . . . before her deadly secret destroys them both.

Review: This is apparently the second book int his series but I don't think it really mattered.  I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything by reading this one first.

Apparently Werewolves, vampires and demons have crossed into our world from their planets and now inhabit the bodies of humans. This is an interesting twist and one I wish would be explored more because it seems that humans are worried that when the rift opens back up they may find themselves inhabited by one of these immortal creatures and no longer be themselves.  

There is also the main story of a string of brutal murders and unsanctioned turnings of people into werewolves and a mysterious device that no one knows what it does.  It is up to Tori and Dante to figure out what the device does and catch a killer.  Not to mention that Dante and Tori have a steamy passion building between the two - the tension runs high and its like watching an early episode of the x-files where you aren't sure you really want them to get together or just keep that sexual tension building.

Most of the book really centers on family.  Dante and his sister are very close and he has been taking care of her since she has been sick with Cancer.  Tori has been alone on Earth of the past 150 years not knowing where or how to find her brother when he unexpectedly shows up.  There is a lot of tension between Tori and her brother despite her wanting that close relationship that Dante and his sister share.

This was a fun read I am looking forward to the next one to see what is going to happen with the mystery device and the underlying plot by some of the Preternaturals to bring more of their kind through the rift...and for what purpose they are trying to do it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

(53) The Rose of Fire

Title: The Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publisher: Harper Collins Ebooks
36 pages
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, “Rose of Fire” tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n’s novels The Shadow of the Wind & The Angel’s Game.

Review: I have always wanted to know more about the Cemetery of Forgotten Books so when I saw that there was a short story available I jumped at it.  It didn't fulfill my entire wish to know about this weird and wonderful place but it at least was a start.  You find out where the plans came from and whose hands the eventually fall.  Now I want to know who built it and why they decided to store books in this amazing labyrinth etc.  Definitely leaves you wanting more.  Which I guess is half the point since the newest novel by this author was just released.

Friday, July 13, 2012

(52) Deadlocked

Title: Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace
336 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Review: I figured since it took me so long to read the last Sookie book that I would just jump right into the latest while I still was in the groove.  I liked this one much better than the last one.  There was more action, more drama and more mystery.  I'm still not sure what she is doing to Sookie and Eric because their relationship is not following how it used to be, Eric's character seems to be acting out of character but maybe thats the point.  He is under stress...if vampires get stressed with the King in town and everything else that is going on that he doesn't like to divulge to Sookie. Yet he still seems a bit off.

This book also flowed better the story lines converged better and it didn't seems as stunted as the last one.  I know a lot of people were disappointed with this book as well but I just didn't feel that way.  I actually found it entertaining and I liked where she took it with the exception of Sookie and Eric.

I'm still finding it hard to separate the TV show True Blood from the books sometimes, like when Tara had her babies and they were all pink - I was thinking uhm Tara is African American...then I remembered she is Caucasian in the book.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

(51) Dead Reckoning

Title: Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
336 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

Review: Its hard picking these books back up after watching True blood, the story lines are so different but once you immerse yourself back into the written world you find that its just as much fun.  Sure some of the characters are missing or completely different but they are still fun.  As much as I like the characters I have to say that this book wasn't as riveting or fun as some of the others.  It was okay.

There were issues with the time line of the world which make me wonder if even Charlaine Harris is having problems keeping her two worlds straight.  There were just many inconsistencies which I really can't get into without major spoiler alerts. Characters were acting out of character, relationships were different and the feel of this book just seemed a bit off.  I'm not sure if she was building up to something happening in the next book but it seemed like this book stood out from this series and not in a good way.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

(50) The Cool Part of His Pillow

Title: The Cool Part of His Pillow by Rodney Ross
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
340 Pages
Genre: lgtbt

I received this a complimentary copy of this book through It is currently available on amazon. 

Synopsis: The midforties are that time in a gay man's life when his major paradigm shifts from sexy to sensible. But when Barry Grooms's partner of twenty years is killed on Barry's forty-fifth birthday, his world doesn't so much evolve as it does explode. After navigating through the surreal conveyor belt of friends and family, he can't eat another casserole or swallow much more advice, and so, still numb, he escapes to Key West, then New York. He embraces a new mantra: Why the hell not? He becomes so spontaneous he's ready to combust. First, he gets a thankless new job working for a crazy lady in a poncho, then has too many drinks with a narcissistic Broadway actor. Next, it's a nude exercise class that redefines flop sweat, and from there he's on to a relationship with a man twenty years his junior, so youthfully oblivious he thinks Karen Carpenter is a lesbian woodworker. Yet no matter how great the retreat from the man he used to be, life's gravity spins Barry back to the town where he grew up for one more ironic twist that teaches him how to say good-bye with grace.

Review:  I had a rough time reading this book.  Maybe it hit too close to home since I just turned 44 this year, ended a 10 year relationship around this time last year and thought I would stay single forever. Of course that didn't happen and my ex-partner didn't die although there were moments when I thought that might have been easier.  But here I am now in a new relationship and the thought of something horrific happening to her makes me cringe.  Maybe it was because this book was so honest, and felt so real.  I've experienced some of those feelings just during a break-up I can't imagine how hard it would be to all of a sudden be a widow.  Gay or straight I'm sure people who experience this loss find it hard to function.

Through Barry's snarky comments and self imposed exile we watch as he spends the year after his partner dies searching for something to hang onto, something that will make him whole again.  Its heartbreaking to read yet also amusing.  Barry's take on life is often entertaining even when its sad.  Despite some editing issues this book is a very solid read, and not your ordinary male love story, and yes it is a love story despite some of the sadness.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday July 3

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser Tuesday is from: The Cool Part of His Pillow by Rodney Ross

    "Everything here is in twos. That was the point. Two chaise loungers. Matching pool noodles. Dual towel rack. Our two scooters, chained to a fence. Too two."  

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