October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
By Jeaniene FrostNarrated by: Tavia Gilbert
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hour(s) and 17 min.
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (March 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003F238J0
- Goodreads.com synopsis: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father; the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner; are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
Tavia Gilbert did an amazing job narrating Halfway to the Grave, she brought to life the personality of each of these amazing characters.
Generally speaking, I normally don’t enjoy paranormal romance. After reading a couple of books that were recommended to me, I was forced to rethink my position on the genre. I think my issue was not with paranormal romance, I was simply reading the wrong books. Halfway to the Grave was a perfect mixture of romance, excitement, and an exhilarating plot.
One of the things I enjoy most is when I find a book that contains characters that I would want to know, that I would want to hang out with. I was so happy to have found this in this first novel in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Although Cat, the heroine, is the strong female character that I always look for in novels that I read, it was Bones, her vampire boyfriend that stole the show for me. Biting sarcasm, dominant masculinity, and his own brand of integrity made his character stand out to me.
I thought that the Frost’s writing was brilliant, setting up scene after scene of nail-biting suspense, not to mention some truly heart pounding sex scenes, that successfully brought this story to life. My highest compliment to this book is that before I turned the last page, I had already bought the rest of the series that are available and am planning to finish them all before starting on anything new.
I’ve read so many reviews about this book, and I’m so glad that I followed the recommendation of a couple people who have similar tastes as me to read this. I would certainly recommend this series not only to fans of paranormal romance, but also to fans of urban fantasy that haven’t found paranormal romance to be to their liking.
Rating: 5 – I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Welcome to this week’s book blog hop hosted by Crazy For Books and Parajunkee. The question of today is:
“If you have, or would have a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?“
October 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
This story took so many unexpected twists and turns. The battle scenes themselves were described so vividly that I could almost hear the shouts and screams and roars of the Tairen. The fast moving plot, to me, never felt rushed, instead kept me constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. As fascinating as the plot was, the characters in this series were what made these books so amazing. I had no ambivalent feelings about any, even the more minor characters. I either absolutely loathed them or or was concerned about what would happen to them. Either way, I was fully invested in their stories. And Wilson did not disappoint, making sure to tie up all loose ends by the end of this incredible novel.
This book, as well as the earlier 4 books in this series will appeal to many types of fantasy readers. There is heartrending and passionate romance, some happy and some tragic. There are epic battles, fairytale creatures of all kinds, mythical beings, magic both dark and light, and an enjoyable tale that’s both dramatic and highly entertaining.
There are so many times, when, at the end of such an epic story, there are still minor plot lines that I’m left to wonder about. I didn’t find that at all with Crown of Crystal Flame. Although I’m sad to see an end to one of my favorite series, this novel left me with a feeling of satisfaction.
I can’t wait to read more of C.L. Wilson’s wonderful work.
No doubt in my mind, this deserves a rating of 5
October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hour(s) and 52 min.
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TLSM20
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
From the book:
“Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarrabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire.”
Soulless by Gail Carriger is a fun and quirky book right from the first paragraph. My first foray into steampunk transports me into an unlikely world of gadgetry, flamboyant vampires, authoritarian werewolves, not to mention a preternatural minx with devilish wit and impeccable fashion sense as well as a penchant for getting herself into awkward predicaments. Alexia Tarabotti is a dynamo that literally leaps off the pages, armed with her parasol and her cunning intellect, ready to face down rude vampires and overbearing werewolves, and anyone else who gets in her way.
Carriger’s writing paints a vivid picture of Victorian London populated with supernatural, preternatural, and ghostly residents. Soulless is entertaining from start to finish, each of the characters were original, the plot was fast-paced and exciting, and I found myself laughing or gasping out loud several times throughout the audio.
I want to add here somewhere that I’m generally not a big fan of vampire/werewolf romance so I was a little hesitant to follow MadScientist’s recommendation to read Soulless as an introduction to Steampunk. I’m SO glad that I did though. I was thrilled with the unique way Carriger brought her characters to life. Lord Akeldama, rove vampire, head of a harem of handsome drones, and owner of an impressive rococo themed home is one of Alexia’s closest friends and and his peacockish ways was a source of hilarity for me. Lord Maccon, Earl of Woosley, alpha werewolf and head of the B.U.R. is alternately besotted and annoyed with Alexia’s antics. Listening to those two bickering between kisses was another thoroughly enjoyable highlight. One of my favorite aspects was the fashion which was a frequent topic of discussion. Bustles, corsets, gaudy feathered hats, and glorious confections of taffeta and ruffles almost makes me wish I lived in that time period.
This review is for the audio book from Audible.com narrated by Emily Gray. Emily Gray was a wonderful narrator and did an amazing job of bringing these outrageous characters to life.
I want to thank MadScientist for recommending this book, and I, in turn, would recommend it to anyone else who wants to know about Steampunk.
Overall, I would rate this a 5, this series will undeniably become one of my favorites.
October 25, 2010 § 108 Comments
Thanks for stopping by my blog today for my part of the Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway Hop hosted by I am a reader, Not a writer
Halloween is a busy and exciting time of year in my house. My youngest son’s birthday is Oct. 30, so we have always combined any Halloween activities with his birthday celebration. Anything from Trick or Treat at the Aquarium, haunted hay rides, and Halloween/birthday parties with tons of games and activities. Our favorite Halloween party game to play is the “Toilet Paper Mummy Wrap” this can be played by either children or adults or any combination of the two. How it works: One person takes the roll of toilet paper and begins wrapping their partner as fast as they can without breaking the toilet paper or they have to start over with a new roll. The first pair done wins. So much fun for everyone involved!!
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If you’d need a suggestion of a great Halloween read, check out the Downside series by Stacia Kane, starting with Unholy Ghosts! Definitely my favorite this year and very appropriate for Halloween.
October 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
- Pub. Date: October 2010
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Hardcover, 400pp
Goodreads.com synopsis: Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king’s fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river.It’s there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood — and the secrets of the royal family — she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court