My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m of two minds about this book. I liked it. I really did. There’s a beautiful seduction as the main storyline that I adored and is probably one of the better ones I’ve read lately. At the same time the ending left me with some not so very nice feelings. Most of the time I wanted to smack some sense into Reece. Daniel and Georgia were both wonderful characters, but of course Daniel stole the show, as you know he will from the very first page.
There just seemed to be way too much angst most of the time and I felt like it bogged an otherwise great story down. I’m going to give it a four because I did love it and I absolutely could not put it down once I started it, but it did leave me feeling unfulfilled.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was so excited when I found this book. It’s a SciFi Urban Fantasy! Would that be urban SciFi then? I’m not sure. Awaken Me Darkly has what readers have come to expect from the UF genre, lots of action and a kick ass hero, in this case Alien Hunter Mia Snow. The author does a nice job setting up the twist, which is something that some of the faster paced stories have trouble with. The science fiction aspects, high technology and aliens, were well fleshed out and really added to the story. I would have enjoyed a little more science I think, especially in regards to a major plot point, but I admit not everyone reading the genre would want that.
If I have a complaint, it’s that the ending seemed rushed and didn’t live up to the great pace and tension that the the rest of the book had. Well worth reading if you enjoy your UF on the adventurous side.
Welcome to my Best Reads of 2011 list, just in time for filling up your eReader of choice after the holidays. Because my reading tastes are broad, I’m picking one book for each genre I’ve read this year. I’ll link to the book on Goodreads and give a quick reason you need to pick it up.
It’s bloody and exciting, a definite must read if you’re into the horror vampire scene. The main character is a cowboy vampire hunter, that’s all I’ve got to say. The sequel to this thrilling read, Blood Tells True, just came out, so you could pick up both on the same day!
This is a hard category for me to pick, because most of what I read falls in here. There are so many books I really love, so it was difficult to pick just one.
I love Kara Gillian, she’s my favorite UF heroine right now. A no-nonsense cop and demon summoner, she’s got just the right mix of sassy and smart. There’s a lot of action, and some pretty steamy demon lovin’ going on too. What more could you ask for? Definitely start with Mark of the Demon, the first book.
Honorable mention in this category goes to:
The only reason this didn’t win the category is there’s a bit too much humor for what I consider UF. Still, I love the book and recommend it highly. Jack is my favorite vampire of the year, hands down.
I love the entire Midnight Breed series, and to be honest I picked this one pretty much at random, although I do love this story because it features the redemption of Rio, who is one of my favorites. Definitely start at the beginning with Kiss of Midnight if you’re just getting started, because there’s an over-arching plot to the series.
Now, I suppose this pick is a little unfair, because I haven’t actually finished it. I’ve been listening to it on audio book and should get to the end over the holiday. However, I’m so impressed by what I’ve read so far, and I’ve read so few pure SciFi this year, that this one gets the nod even though I’m not done. One of the most robust and vivid SciFi worlds I’ve ever encountered.
This is not only my favorite book in this category, but I think my favorite of the year overall. If you’re into Contemporary Romance, and even if you aren’t, you should give this one a shot. It’s a beautiful story, with deep, wonderful characters that will make you cry, guaranteed.
Great characterization and lots of intrigue make this a really interesting, exciting read. Though the book features religion prominently, it’s not trying to sway you one way or the other on the merits or detriments of a polygamist society. Eliza might be my favorite female character I’ve read this year. In fact, writing this little paragraph reminded me that I never bought the next two and I had to go get them right away!
A strange and interesting SciFi backdrop makes this more than your usual erotic story. Don’t worry, there’s tons of hot action but there’s also a good story. I’ve picked up two more by Ann Mayburn and can’t wait to read them!
Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
This is the official raspberry category. These are eBooks I would love to read, but their ridiculous prices mean I will not. These two losers are priced higher than their corresponding paperbacks. Yes, you read that right, higher than the paperbacks. Ridiculous, and I won’t abide it. You hear me Penguin and Random House? Yeah, I know they don’t, but it’s my blog and I can say what I want.
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
That’s all there is my fine friends. I hope you’ve found something in my list that’s new to you and looks interesting. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments, I love to find new books to read!
Another list of where I’ll be out and about on the web. Links will be updated as posts go up.
Today I have a post about how horror plays a part in my fiction at Alan Ryker’s blog.
Tuesday December 13th I have an interview on Independent Paranormal.
Wednesday December 14th I guest blog about Norse mythology dragons over at Everything’s Better with Dragons.
December 18th I’ll be taking part in the Christmas Book Bash at Bookin’ It Reviews.
Other Broods News
My giveaway for 5 paperback copies at Goodreads is still open.
A second 5 star review for Broods has been posted. “Werewolves, love and action who could ask for anything more.” – Tona at Goodreads