Friday, July 31, 2009

Review of "Destined for an Early Grave" by Jeaniene Frost

So, I just finished "Destined for an Early Grave" by Jeaniene Frost, and all I can say is.. Oh my gosh! I wish I had more friends who read this series so I would have someone to talk to about this book. Man.. just.. whoa! When I finished the last page, I squeaked. I kid you not, it's that kind of story. This would have to be the best book I've read all year, but then Jeaniene Frost hasn't disappointed me yet!

So! In this book - Cat, Bones, and the crew are back, and this time the bad guy is stronger than they could have imagined, with a claim that has Cat and Bones worried. The vampire Gregor, called the Dreamsnatcher, is claiming to be married to Cat under vampire law, since she was sixteen. Mencheres arrives to explain to Cat that the memories of her month spent with Gregor have been blocked, and only if she agrees to go to Gregor and have him bring her memories back will she know the truth of their supposed marriage. Cat and Bones aren't taking the situation well, and tempers are rising. Are Cat and Gregor really married? And if she gets her memories back, will she choose Bones or Gregor?

As I said, I loved this book. Cat is such a great heroine, stubborn but strong. And Bones.. whew, I'd take him any day! And of course I love their friends- Mencheres, Spade, Rodney, Vlad, and the new addition - Fabian. In the beginning, part of me wanted Gregor to be somewhat of a good guy, maybe to make the decision just a little harder, give him some redeeming qualities, maybe. But as the book wore on, no more. I wanted Cat and Bones, and all their people, to survive. I wish I could get into the ending, the amazing twists, the heart wrenching moves.. Oh, dear. All I can do is suggest that everyone read this, and of course the books before it. Frost already has a few books planned out, Cat and Bones will have at least three more, and Spade and Mencheres will each have their own book. I can't wait!
I give this book a five out of five. I couldn't put it down, and I know I will keep going back to it over and over. It has everything I wanted and needed, romance, drama, emotional ties to amazing characters, and the thrill of seeing the characters fight for their lives, and their love. Make sure you all check out "Destined for an Early Grave" by Jeaniene Frost!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Never fear!

Hello readers! No, I haven't forgotten that I have a blog, and need to update it every so often, I promise! I have been busy, with my work orders, rainy days (meaning wet basements!), it's Fair week in my county, and the best part is a big book sale in a nearby town tomorrow. Who knows what treasures I may find.

All that, and I've been waiting for my Amazon order to arrive, which it did today. "Destined for an Early Grave" by Jeaniene Frost (which was released this tuesday, everyone go get a copy!) has finally come, and I've already got my nose buried in it. My review of it will be up in another day or so, I assume.

And, I want to give special thanks to Ann Aguirre (her blog can be found HERE ), because thanks to her, I won an ARC (advanced reader copy) of "Indiscreet" by Carolyn Jewel. You can expect that review soon, as well. And also, thanks are due to Marta Acosta (check out her blog HERE ), because thanks to her contest, I won a copy of "Dead Man's Boots" by Mike Carey. And you can expect a review of that following "Destined for an Early Grave" and "Indiscreet."

Take care, everyone, and I will be back on here soon with my reviews!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Review of "Finger Lickin' Fifteen" by Janet Evanovich!

Well.. to be honest, I've been procrastinating this review for a while now. I just don't know how I feel about it. I love the Stephanie Plum series, mostly for the drama and the characters reaction to said drama, but this one.. Hm, well let's get into what it was about first.

In "Finger Lickin' Fifteen," the fifteenth novel in the Stephanie Plum series (minus the "Between the Numbers novels), it's the people in Stephanie's life that have problems, not her. Houses and businesses protected by RangeMan Security are getting broken into, and he needs Stephanie's help fingering the culprit. And Lula, former 'ho, witnesses a man getting his head chopped off, and now the murderers are after her to keep her quiet. With Lula hiding out in Stephanie's apartment, Stephanie goes to stay in Ranger's apartment at RangeMan, and nervous sexual tension ensues.

Now.. as for my opinion. Well, I love the series, as I mentioned, and I love the characters, but this book almost felt like one big joke to me. The drama was nonexistant, it wasn't even Stephanie that was having problems, unless you include losing two cars (a common event in each novel), and having to deal with Lula's snoring. This book felt more like a short story to me, more like one of her between the numbers novels, but less satisfying. I felt a little cheated. I've waited a long time for the next book in the series, and it just didn't satisfy me. That being said, I'll still keep reading the series, but I'm really hoping for a redemption in the next novel, whenever that will come out.

So as much as I love Stephanie Plum, I'll have to give this book two and a half stars out of five. I probably won't be suggesting "Finger Lickin' Fifteen" to anyone that isn't already a fan of the series. This definitely wasn't Janet Evanovich's finest Stephanie Plum novel.

Now off I go to continue watching some Family Guy, Seinfeld, then Stargate SG-1. A schedule, I has one. Happy reading, everyone!
Morning Glow