Monday, July 28, 2008

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

5 Stars.

A recommended read.

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu is an awesome roller coaster of an read with a tough kick-butt heroine and some extremely fascinating secondary characters. In my opinion the author has really out done herself with this novel the writing is so beautifully poetic and darkly intense.

But if you're looking light romance then this isn't the book for you, I would describe it as a dark urban fantasy with more of an emphasis on the actual story than a romance. Which is a lot like Karen Marie Moning has done with her Faefever series...

If you've not already done so I would very much recommend that you read that you read the prequel Hunter Kiss first,otherwise you may find the story to be a little confusing at first. You can find Hunter Kiss in the novella Wild Thing which is also available on amazon...

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man— changes everything.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fire Fish by Davy Liu

5 Stars.

A highly recommended read...

Fire Fish by Davy Liu is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book, about three adorable little fish on a quest to find their missing parents. Along the way they encounter many new adventures and meet many new sea creatures some friendly and some very deadly. One of the first things that struck me about this book is the absolutely breathtaking beauty of the illustrations. The second was that the story seemed somehow familiar and when I reached the end of the story I realised that it was inspired by the book of Exodus and told from the prospective of the sea creatures...

The timeless story and gorgeous artwork ensures this book will be a favorite with parents and children alike...

In this golden fable, three little fish, Sarai, RaaOn and Sesom, dare to embark on a grand and dangerous quest to find their hearts' desire. Their journey is inspired by the legend of the Fire Fish, mystical masters of the Bright Beyond.
Never more than a fin-flip away from deadly danger, they tumble from one breathtaking exploit to another, using the power of "the call" to guide them through a world bigger than they ever imagined.
A story of mythic power. There is a surprising twist to this fish tale that teaches timeless truth and ensures its future as a fireside classic.

About the Author
Creator of the Invisible Tails Series, Davy Liu worked for Disney Feature Animation on classic films such as "Beauty and the Beast,""Aladdin,""Mulan," and "The Lion King." He has worked for George Lucas at Industrial Light and Magic and for Warner Bros. Feature Animation. His illustrations have graced the pages of Time, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and many other publications. Davy has a studio and gallery in Laguna Beach, California, where he lives with his wife, Joan and daughter Sabrina.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Duty To Protect by Beth Cornelison

4 Stars...

Duty To Protect by Beth Cornelison is an emotionally charged new Silhouette Romantic Suspense dealing with the sensitive subject of domestic abuse. I felt that the author handled this story in a sensitive and compassionate but also realistic manner...

I found the story to be a fast paced and exciting page-turner filled with with action and suspense. The two main characters Ginny and Riley are very likable and engaging . But at the same time they are both troubled by past events in their lives that may affect their ability to find love and happiness with each other...

Crisis counselor Ginny West confronted danger every day. But when a bomb blast trapped her in a burning building, she never thought she'd make it out alive.

Just in time, Riley Sinclair rescued her from the deadly blaze. The ruggedly sensual firefighter awoke a different danger, arousing a need that rocked her to her core.

Riley had risked his life to save Ginny. And he'd do it again. Yet even as he swore to keep her safe, he couldn't reveal his tragic secret. Until desire ignited…and a violent stalker came after Ginny. Riley knew he had to share the truth about his painful past…or jeopardize his duty to protect her.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Walk On The Wild Side by Christine Warren

4.5 Stars.

Christine Warren is one of those authors who consistently produce top quality books. And Walk on the Wild Side book five of The Others series is no exception. This book is more of a stand alone read, it still takes place in the world of the others, but with completely different characters. This doesn't detract from the story at all, but is important to know for some people who may be expecting something different...

This book is filled with some of the most interesting characters that I've read about in a long time. The villains are truly evil & hateful and you'll quickly find yourself wishing for them to get their just deserts...

After being involved in a near fatal accident Kitty Sugarman finds out that for the last 24 years everything that she knew about herself is in fact a lie. And instead of being a nice ordinary small-town girl she is in fact a were-lion. Kitty does have a few TSTL (to stupid to live tendencies) some of which may be due to her youth and inexperience. But in spite of that she makes a good likable and engaging female lead...

The male lead, Marcus Stewart is truly the ultimate alpha male. His character is extremely likable, Strong and sexy but at the same time never over-bearing...

Kitty Sugarman is a lot tougher than her name implies. Still, she’s content with how her small- town life keeps her removed from all the changes happening in the world—like the Unveiling of the Others. That is, until a near-tragedy strikes and Kitty discovers she has abilities . . .thanks to a father she never knew was alive. He also happens to be a were-lion and leader of one of the most powerful Prides out West.


When Kitty heads to Vegas to find out more about her father, it’s his sexy, seductive second-in-command or baas of the Pride, Marcus Stewart, who commands her attention. Now that she has tempted Marcus’s hunger for a mate, Kitty finds herself stuck in a vicious struggle for her father’s fortune, while deadly unrest stirs within the pride. Kitty’s rivals won’t rest until she’s gone for good, but Marcus will fight until his last breath to save her…even if it means going against the pride.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thigh High by Christina Dodd

5 Stars!!!

Christina Dodd's "Thigh High" is a fast paced page
turner! I read this in record time considering I am having one of my
busiest weeks ever with my business. I picked it up every chance I got.
characters are wonderfully quirky, delightfully dysfunctional and
lovable to their cores. Mac and Nessa are one of the best book-couples
I have read about in contemoprary fiction in a long time! The winding
plot roads of this book kept me on edge and eagerly wanting more.
description of post-Katrina New Orleans and its Mardi Gras are spot on
and I felt as though I had visited the 'Big Easy' after I finished.
Absolutely wonderful and highly recommended for your summer reading list!

Rachel E. Moniz

Nessa Dahl always had the good sense to steer clear of trouble. Then Jeremiah MacNaught showed up in New Orleans, determined to get to the bottom of a string of bank robberies by two women wearing Mardi Gras masks. Little does Nessa realize that the handsome investigator is convinced she's involved with the crimes-or that he's willing to do anything to get the truth. Even if it means taking the beautiful woman he's convinced is a liar and a thief straight to bed...