Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mini Reviews

So yes I'm mega behind updating my blog. Again! I figured I would just do some mini (really mini reviews) until the end of this year just to get back up to date and then start blogging again regularly in January.

Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris

Read for Cozy Mystery Challenge. The fourth Lily Bard murder mystery where one of Lily's clients is found dead in the woods. It looks like a crime of passion and she was known to be a little free and easy with the love. On investigating it looks like it may have been staged. ****1/2

Lucinda, Dangerously - Sunny

Read for the Series Challenge. The second book about the Demon Princess Lucinda. Great dark fantasy similar to Anne Bishops Black Jewels series. Someone is after Lucinda and she must protect her new family of mixed beings. ****

Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood

Read for the Short Story Challenge and 10 10 10 Challenge. A series of short stories by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Each one follows a different person and is a short snap shot into their life. Some are narrated by men but all feature women in a prominent role. ***1/2

The White Cat - Holly Black

Read for the RIP V Challenge. The first in a new series for adults which is set in our world but as if magic was real and people who are able to use it are called curse workers. Cassel is part of a family of curser workers but doesn't have magic of his own. He did a terrible thing asa child which he can barely remember and the events come back to haunt him. *****

Shakespeare's Counsellor - Charlaine Harris

Read for RIP Challenge. The final in this murder mystery series where Lily Bard finally starts seeing a counsellor for her rape, but one of the other members is found murdered and she starts to unravel the mystery. *****

Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson

Read for the RIP V Challenge. The newest Queen Betsy book which sees the series back on form. Betsy and her sister Laura go to hell to learn more about the Book of the Dead and Laura's heritage. Lots of secrets are revealed when they meet their future selves and it ends with an excellent twist. ****1/2

Ruined - Paula Morris

Read for the RIP V Challenge. A ghost story set in New Orleans in the Garden District. I bought it while I was on holiday there and loved reading all about places I had been. Suspense with lots of twists, definitely recommended. ****

Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr

Read for the 10 10 10 Challenge. The first in a series of urban faeries. Aislinn has always been able to see faeries but pretends not to so they don't bother her. Faeries are dark and dangerous and the Summer Prince Keenan decides that Aislinn is his new Bride and destined to help him become King. Many have gone before her and haven't been the one so have become the Winter Girl. Problem is Aislinn is in love with a mortal and doesn't want anything to do with the fey. *****

Brody's Ghost v1 - Mark Crillly

Read for the RIP V Challenge. A manga about a young bum who meets a ghost one day. She needs his help to move on and to help get over his ex girlfriend. An excellent mix of East meeting West. ****

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchet

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. What happens when a cat and a bunch of mice can talk and become conscious in the same way humans are? This fun novel! Bits of the Pied Piper and Pratchet's usual wit. ****

The Harp of the Grey Rose - Charles de Lint

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. The first book published by CDL. Fantasy novel where a young man falls in love with a mysterious new girl. She isn't what she seems and is taken away by an evil being. He follows after the girl and a whole new adventure begins. The story evolves beyond the typical fantasy fare, but wasn't one of my favourites. ***1/2


soleil said...

Wicked Lovely is great! I think you will really enjoy the following books. My favorites of the series are Ink Exchange and Radiant Shadows.