Monday, November 19, 2012

Mel's review of Death's Excellent Vacation

Death's Excellent Vacation

1. Two Blondes - Charlaine Harris - A Sookie short - Sookie and Pam head off to the riverboat casinos to mix business with some fun

2. The Boys Go Fishing - Sarah Smith - A crotchety old superhero's lonely exile is invaded - he longs for death, but may yet discover how to truly live

3. One for the Money - Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress short - Cat and Bones pull guard duty for a human heiress targeted by supernatural hit men

4. Meanwhile, Far Across the Caspian Sea... - Daniel Stashower - An author takes his job as researcher to a new level.

5. The Innsmouth Nook - A. Lee Martinez - Owners of a bed and breakfast rewrite their business plan to accommodate an unexpected demographic in their clientile.

6. Safe and Sound - Jeff Abbott - An ambitious and less than scrupulous TV reporter milks the investigation into a young man's disappearance for ratings

7. Seeing is Believing - L A Banks - After 'seeing' that the cause of several local deaths is a supernatural predator, a young woman heads off to New Orleans to gather what she needs to fight the beasts and there she gains an ally in an unusual young man

8. The Perils of Eferjim - Katie MacAlister - A short starring Aisling Grey's demon newfie sidekick Jim - With Aisling on vacation, Jim's off to grab some R&R as well when he gets forced into human form and banished to Abaddon

9. Thin Walls - Christopher Golden - A man is on a memorial tour honoring his dead wife, but an eye opening encounter with a seductive woman is what it takes to help him move on

10. The Heart is Always Right - Lilith Saintcrow - A gargoyle's vacation in the sun is preempted when he discovers that the young woman he's been drawn to is the key to gaining his ultimate dreams if he's willing to pay the price

11. The Demon in the Dunes - Chris Grabenstein - A man remembers a long ago summer vacation from his youth and a ghostly encounter

12. Home from America - Sharan Newman - A man of Irish descent, has a chance to visit the old country when his family gets invited to a family reunion

13. Pirate Dave's Haunted Amusement Park - Toni L P Kelner - A recently turned werewolf returns to a childhood vacation spot to ponder her future. A visit to a favorite amusement park offers her the chance to pursue the pirate of her teenage fantasies and a chance to make use of her new abilities

Mel's Review
1 Triple Goddess Moon

I was excited buying this book because not only I do I love all things paranormal but there was a new Sookie Stackhouse and Night Huntress story in it and they are two of my favorite series. Since there were so many stories in it I was also really hoping to find some new authors to follow. Unfortunately other than the two big named authors whose stories were just ok I got almost nothing out of it. They were rather dull and I struggled through many of them. One or two were clever idea's but thats about it. In all my years of reading this is the first time ever that I wasn't able to make myself finish a book and I have had it for almost a year. I love Kat and Sookie and while the stories were fun they were too short to make it worth paying what they were asking for the book so I would have rather went without. I absolutely hate giving a bad review but I wouldn't waste my time with this one. Not recommended.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mel's review of Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown

"You're a vampire" is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a
cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she's able to see
in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn't understand is why the other vampires
expect her to have all the answers. It's their fault she turned into one of them... right?

Jalmari's hatred for his old-man intensifies when he's ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there's no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan's only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she'll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way...

Mel's Review
I absolutely loved this book! It grabs you from the very first page and sweeps you through to the end. I
had a hard time breaking myself away from the story to do that pesky sleeping and working thing, and
could have easily read it through in one sitting. J.D. has invented an intriguing vampire history and it
certainly made me think of gypsies in an entirely new way. I adored her characters and with the open
ending I'm thrilled to know there will be a second book so that I can delve a little deeper into her world. I will certainly be buying a print copy of the second book to go with the first one because this series is a  keeper. In my opinion Highly Recommended!

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