Monday, August 30, 2010

MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unfinished

I discovered MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and Unfinished while loitering in Barnes and Noble one day, which is weird considering I usually pre-order MJD’s books this one completely took me by surprise.  My only excuse is that June was a very busy month for me, though that’s really no excuse considering the pre-order habit mentioned above. Anywho , I finally read this last week after mooching it off the library (I figured I’d already missed it coming out, I might as well just read it for free).

First things first, I don’t know if it’s because of the economy and the need to put out as many books as possible or not but has anyone else noticed how short paranormal series books have become? Go ahead, take a look at the last few Southern Vampire books versus the first several… see what I mean? This book was short. While it is hardback it’s also very narrow, giving it the appearance of being longer than it really is as well. The chapter structure makes it seem longer than it is too simply by wasted space, I adore short chapters, it makes it easier for me to read in the stop and go fashion I’ve had to adapt in order to accomplish school, work, and my reading addiction. But a page and a half chapter times 90 or so leaves a lot of blank space in your book.

Other than the mechanics of the book will preface this review by simply saying this was not my favorite book in the series. Betsy is witty and entertaining throughout the book but I was left feeling as if I had just watched a complete stranger traverse time and then face herself in the future. There was so little feeling from Betsy or any of the other characters in this book that I was left wondering if this was fanfiction that someone managed to get published under MJD’s name. Seriously, while all the characters were there (except Baby-Jon in any of the scenes when they are at the house, which I find very strange) it’s like they were given names but no soul.

Eternal vampire hottie Sinclair even got  a personality transplant, though I think a bit of that may have been for the (massively shaky) plot it was still unnerving to see this character that has been detailed so lovingly in other books tossed aside without an excuse for his attitude. The Betsy of the previous books would have called him on his behavior before she started internalizing and fretting over how selfish she has been… forever, which we all knew.

Admittedly this book was funny, who wouldn’t want to be able to call their perfect Sunday school teaching little sister the antichrist and be able to get away with it, because it’s true? Poor innocently perfect Laura who is expected to take over hell one day has a much bigger role in this book than she has in the previous ones. It’s the flow that bothered me, as if there was an outline for the story and the blanks were merely filled in as quickly as possible without regard as to whether the pieces fit seamlessly or not.

Finally, without spoiling the big ending, I call shenanigans… they’re vampires; someone would have smelled that considering how long that thing’s been in the house. And they used to have a werewolf living there, even if you can say the vampires in this universe don’t sniff each other, you can bet the wolves still do. Really.  I don’t buy it.  

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tate Hallaway's Almost to Die For

Every review I’ve read of Almost to Die For so far has had nothing but praise for this book… and I’m no different. I loved this book. It’s short, I read it in less than a day. It’s just long enough to drag you into Ana’s world and make you want to come back and find out what’s going to happen next to this unique set of characters.

Raised her entire life to be a “true witch” Ana believes she’s doomed for failure when it comes time for her initiation into her mother’s coven and she’s never done even a spark of magic. Her best friend, Bea, is a super witch with a less impressive pedigree than Ana’s. Enter Ana’s long lost, never discussed, father. The vampire king. And vampires just happen to be the worst of the worst enemies of the “true witches,” poor kid.

This is another book (I seem to have discovered several this summer) with vampires that aren’t entirely yummy. I will admit that there are a couple that are closer to yummy than not, but the vampire society as a whole presented in this book is kind of squick worthy.

A sixteen year-old who can avert a massive act of witch on vampire street violence, and gets accidently engaged to a vampire hottie (did I mention that she is also dating a vampire hunter?) is someone I want to read more about. 

I enjoyed that, while this is a YA book, it doesn’t sugarcoat teenage life. Ana’s fears and misgivings about her parents, friends, the mean kids at school, it all rings true to me. All in all, I can’t wait for the next one in this new series.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer's Wild Ride

I put off reading this book because of the reviews. Everyone who has read Wild Ride (and then posted about it at least) seemed to greatly dislike it (or worse). So I put off reading it until I read a good description of the book... theme park, ambulatory clowns (shudder), ex-military guy with a chip on his shoulder and bullet in his heart (a must when Crusie and Mayer team up, right?), and... wait for it... demons. Being held as prisoners in an amusement park.

No Joke. This is the setup for the book. I had to read it.

The most important thing to remember when reading Wild Ride: It. Is. Not. A. Romance. Novel. Yes there’s romance, but no more than you would find in a Ken Follett novel. Seriously. Lie Down with Lions had way more romance, if not the potential for a happy ending (and yet, somehow Ellis remains my romantic non-vampire ideal fictional man). So, got that into your head? This is an action/adventure-y novel, with a good hefty amount of fantasy thrown in. Not a romance. Period.

Now that that’s out of the way, I really enjoyed this book. Maybe it’s the fact that I have never been overly fond of amusement parks, even less of the traditional carnival verity due to the possibility of clowns but reading about Dreamland from the viewpoint of someone deeply in love with the park and helping to restore it and give it life kind of gave me warm fuzzies. What didn’t give me warm fuzzies, being told this was a romance and then finding out the hero and heroine are brother and sister... un huh. Not fuzzy at all, kind of a splash of cold water, leaves the reader floundering around trying to figure out what the crap the author has planned (probably the reason for at least some of the angry reviews). Of course, this being a standard non-genre novel allows both the hero and heroine to be introduced at the same time without them being meant for each other. See my point above, and someone please tell Crusie’s agent that yes, books can be marketed in different genres. Fans appreciate honesty in advertising.

There was so much going on in this book at times I quite literally lost the plot, but it wasn’t an uncomfortable flipping back to re-read lost, it was a “let’s see where this goes” lost. Oliver, known as coke-bottle glasses guy for most of the book was my favorite character from the first time Mab sees him, and I have no idea why. Sadly the book has already gone back to the library or I would flip back through to see if there was any foreshadowing to why I should have liked Oliver back when he was just some guy in a bar or at the Dream Cream. Maybe I just liked the weirdo, who knows.

I loved the Demon brigade; the five untouchable demons imprisoned in Dreamland are hilarious. From Kharos (the worst of the worst, aka “the Devil”) using the excuse “well look at her, she’s hot” for cheating on his demon mate, to Vanth, who only wants to love the souls being sent to hell, they are all characters in their own rights and only add to the ambiance and flow of the story.    

The Special Forces people in the story, because as I said, what Crusie/Mayer collaboration is complete without Special Forces people of some sort, are a tad bit annoying. It could be their gung-ho attitudes that repel me, but before the stuffed velvet dragon I could not stand Weaver. Though part of this also comes back to (to beat a dead horse... or romance) the idea of Mab and Ethan being “the” couple of the book, and Weaver, as Ethan’s love interest messing that up (not to mention the whole revelation of them being brother and sister). Either that or I just didn’t like her attitude before Beamer (the aforementioned dragon), it could go either way.

So, read it, don’t read it. Look for adventure and fun and you’ll find it, just don’t look for a formula romance, because it’s not there.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nicole Peeler's Tracking the Tempest

I was excited to pick up Tracking the Tempest if for no other reason than the universe Nicole Peeler is fun. Pure and simple. Tempest Rising (the first in the series) is not my favorite book of all time, it was actually a pretty slow read for me because I just couldn’t immerse myself fully in it, but by the end I was enamored of the characters and the world in which they “live.” From the first chapter I was totally sucked in and committed to Tempest Rising.

Jane True’s life is so interesting, so charmed, that the weirdness she encounters only adds to the appeal of it all. Her boyfriend Ryu (every girl should have a HOTT vampire boyfriend, right?) is another vampire I’m not entirely digging, though he is probably one of the sweetest fictional boyfriends of all time the whole having to seduce other women to feed thing is kind of a romance deal breaker for me. And let’s face it, Anyan has my heart. I think I understand how all of the Bella/Jacob fans feel.

So let’s talk about Anyan for a minute... in this book he gets to walk around outside of his doggie body, sadly clothed (unlike the walking around he did in the last book) but still in human form, interacting with Jane. We get to explore his home through Jane’s eyes, and learn more about what makes him tick beyond being a mysterious BA barghest (and he can cook too). Most important of all you can tell how much he genuinely cares for Jane through every single action he takes, while it’s true Ryu loves her, he still focuses on his job more than Jane (especially when those two overlap).

The plot of this book, Jane helping to hunt another Halfling, is a good one. The action and adventure outside of my Jane/Anyan ‘shipper world is spot on and keeps you guessing to the very end.

Now if I could just stop calling Anyan Anikan every time I start to say something about him everything would be all good.

I am very excited to read the next installment of this series, out sometime the beginning of next year.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tate Hallaway's Honeymoon of the Dead

I went into reading Honeymoon of the Dead knowing it is the last in the series and knowing that the author didn’t know it was the last in the series when she wrote it (she did find out in time for edits though according to her blog)... which is the reason it sat on my bookshelf for over two months before I could bring myself to crack the cover. I have this problem with incomplete endings... I can’t deal with them, drives me absolutely crazy when all the little danglies aren’t tied up in a nice little package at the end... especially after I’ve been reading a series as long as this one.

Curiosity finally got the better of me and I read Honeymoon of the Dead a couple weeks ago. I have to say I think this is my favorite in the series... though I enjoy the newness of Tall, Dark, and Dead I've always had trouble falling madly in love with Sebastian... until this final book.

Sebastian’s my fictional type too - vampire? Check. Older than history? Check. Deeply angsty? Double Check. But I’ve just never been convinced that Sebastian is a true vampire hero. I think his attachment/preoccupation with his ex annoyed me (hello, pay attention to Garnet already) and having her safely zombified and being babysat by my other least favorite character (Garnet’s ex, also a vampire I just don’t find sexy) in a different state for the entirety of this book really helped. This book finally brought Sebastian to life for me, it allowed me to see what Garnet loves about him and let me see that while he’s not my hunka hunka vampire man he can be right for her.

If you’ve felt bad reading about Garnet having to run and live in Wisconsin without any friends or family from her old life in Minnesota, this book lets you off that hook too. Through learning about Garnet’s past both the reader and Garnet herself realize that her life in Minneapolis before the mass murder (that is one of the main focuses of the entire series) was not so cool. That she was kind of an evil whore pre-Wisconsin is only one discovery made on Garnet and Sebastian’s honeymoon journey.

By the time I finished reading Honeymoon of the Dead I was at peace. I felt that everyone would be okay, there was nothing hanging over any of the character’s heads (even Mátyás, who if any character were in a difficult situation it was his, got a fitting resolution) and despite not everything being tidy, everything in this particular universe is okay by the end of the book.

Really, what more can you ask for?

Monday, August 9, 2010

David Sosnowski's Vamped

I discovered Vamped purely by accident. I was wandering Barnes and Noble after a particularly rough day (some people drink, I buy books) and just saw it out of the corner of my eye. I whipped it off the shelf, was stunned by the awesomeness of the blood-juice box on the cover and figured I had somehow missed this new book. I opened it up and imagine my surprise when I discovered this little gem was published 6 years ago. No joke. The best vampire fiction you’ve never read.

I ended up buying it on my Nook (I do that a lot in the store, mentally computing Barnes and Noble member price vs. their e-book price while standing in front of the shelf pointing my Nook at the book like it will do a direct download or something) and promptly forgot about my purchase (remember that horrible, no good, very bad day mentioned above). I got around to reading Vamped last week and regret the two months it spent in obscurity lost on my Nook.

From the beginning it’s hilarious (and not a little disturbing at points), a view into an all vampire world where humans are more myth than reality and vampires are jaded and bored of their humdrum lives. Written a little ADD, it does jump around a bit, but in a way meant to facilitate the flow of the story, you learn about pertinent details through Marty’s memories before they’re needed. Written first person, told through Marty’s eyes, this book is a quick read and those disturbing parts are usually disturbing to Marty too so it makes it a little easier to stomach and let pass without a second thought.

Marty’s one of those jaded vamps, marginally suicidal, and looking to end it all without having to end it all by driving fast without a seat belt and a disabled airbag (those vamps, they’re so edgy) when he stumbles upon a six year old human girl covered in blood and hiding out in the woods. Who promptly stabs him in the gut. Oh yes. Perfectly executed little kid taking down the big bad vampire humor.

While Marty’s looking for a delayed gratification snack by taking her back to his apartment, the six year old Isuzu Trooper (best kid’s name ever, BTW) instead takes over his life and despite living in a world where she would be eaten on sight without a moment’s thought, grows up.

This book, while a level of blatant humor just a notch of ridiculous below a Christopher Moore novel, is truly about fatherhood and the lengths a father will go to for his child. Marty’s stress over a sneeze (no doctors = no medicine = Isuzu’s going to die), his obsessive baby monitoring while he’s at work (no childcare in a childless world), his search for a mother who won’t eat her, and so many more episodes of parenting presented in this book tell of someone who loves his adopted daughter more than anything he ever did in life. At its heart it is all about the relationship between Isuzu and her dad... everything else is just window dressing.

If your dad has a sense of humor and can handle a good amount of cursing (and vampires in general) this would be a great father’s day gift.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Grace Coopersmith's Nancy's Theory of Style

 Nancy’s Theory of Style is a (loose) spin off of Marta Acosta’s Casa Dracula books. Under the new penname Grace Coopersmith she has given (vampire-free) life to Milagro’s bestest buddy Nancy. I was excited about this book because the last Casa Dracula book left me a little depressed, and I was looking forward to some more of Marta Acosta’s unique brand of humor. I was also not looking forward to it because I really didn’t like Nancy as a person (character, whatever) and was not sure I wanted to be stuck in her head for several hundred pages. Luckily for me, since I promised to read it to write a review in return for the book, Nancy grew on me.

Nancy's Theory of Style is a humorous look at what happens when a woman who has planned her life to be absolute perfection realizes that manufacturing perfection is not the same as achieving perfection. It is a story that almost anyone can relate to, the idea of trapping yourself in a situation whether it's a marriage, job, or even friendship that you later realize does nothing but make you unhappy.

Nancy sets out to try to find herself a life, while still not admitting her marriage is over, by moving away from her husband and starting her own business. She gets the gay assistant she's always wanted, the abandoned child she never ever wanted, and discovers that nothing she believed in for her life was true... except for her theories of style.

The humor of the novel is spot on, you'll laugh, I promise. Sometimes vacuous Nancy resembles every fake woman you've ever met and yet as she begins to grow she still manages to keep her outlandish personality... especially if you're a fan of made up words or know someone who enjoys flabbergasting others with their "unique" vocabulary.

My single problem, other than getting over my initial dislike of Nancy, is Nancy’s attitude towards infidelity. Call it my one pet peeve in life, but infidelity really bothers me, cheaters are not cool, and it is no way to start a lasting relationship. Despite the fact that Nancy’s husband is a total d-bag the idea that he is sitting home waiting for her to come back while she’s boinking gay-Derek’s brains out really put a damper on the book for me.

Dakota Cassidy's My Way to Hell

My Way to Hell came out while I was out of town on vacation without my beloved Nook, upon this realization we hit up a couple bookstores with no luck, then after a bout of Barnes and Noble-ing on my phone (while standing in a Books-a-Million) I was able to reserve a copy in the next town over. My book secured, I dug in immediately (having someone else who can drive when you’re out and about is frickin’ awesome) and stayed there until I finished it.

I will freely admit that I had a bit of a crush on Kellen from Kiss & Hell... in fact I was much more enamored of him than I was Clyde, the male lead from that book. So I was ready to go for Kellen’s story, Marcella’s story, not so much. Marcella was Delaney (the female lead from the first book, and also Kellen’s sister)’s obnoxious, standoffish, flashy (demon) best friend. So imagine my surprise when in the first chapter Dakota managed to endear even Marcella to me, and all through a marginally (or not so marginally) insulting conversation held in limbo with a dead dog. Oh yes, there is a talking dead dog as a supporting character in this book. A talking, often questionable hooker/druggie body-inhabiting talking dog who dishes out advice like the most wizened sage.  

Marcella’s back-story is a doosey... I didn’t see it coming; it wouldn’t have been half as impactful if it had even been hinted at in the first book, but WOW, sucks to be Marcella. Except when she’s facing down the geeky iPhone toting Satan, then she’s probably the coolest ex-demon ghost on the block.

There were so many giggle out loud moments in this book that my sister surely questioned my sanity several times during our travels, and just enough tension between Kellen and Marcella to make it believable when two characters who both have had the hots for each other admit it (and one of them just happens to be visible only to the other). Oh yes. Hotness.

So now I’m left raring for Catalina (street kid saving demon) and Dameal (scary BA demon?)’s story... which will hopefully have its own book in the near future. My curiosity is most definitely peaked.   

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mary Balogh's Huxtable Series

There is one self imposed rule that you need to understand when looking at my reading list... to read one book that is part of a series; I have to read the entire series (unless I’ve already read it). This is VERY important as we begin this reviewing journey.

I picked up the first in Balogh’s Huxtable series, First Comes Marriage, on sale as an e-book. Honestly, if it hadn’t been $2 I would never have bought it. Once I started reading it I began to think that I paid too much... I don’t know if her editor fell asleep or if an unedited proof somehow got published as the e-book version, but the copy on my Nook is HORRIBLE... closer to what a drunken illiterate might produce than an experienced published author who is (hopefully) in possession of a good editor. I’m one of “those people” who will endlessly proofread, it takes me out of the story to have bad grammar, spelling mistakes, and especially misused words. To be fair, the other four books in the series were much cleaner, lending credence to the unedited “oops” e-book version.

So I trudged through First Comes Marriage... and about half way through when it comes time for the proposal scene (and the scene after it) I was completely vindicated and giggling hysterically. Balogh has a gift for straddling the delicate line between funny-awkward and painfully-awkward in all of her books (or at least the five that I read) that leaves you happy you’re not the character, but not feeling sorry for the character’s predicament if that delicate distinction in humor is important to you.

First Comes Marriage is my least favorite in the series; Vanessa is supposed to be strong, experienced, and willing to do anything to secure a future for her brother and sisters. She comes off whiny more often than not, with an unnatural attachment to her dead husband (who she admits was more like a brother anyway) and hey, she knew he was dying when she married him, so it’s not like it should be such a big surprise that he kicked the bucket so soon into the marriage.

Next Comes Seduction... while the first quarter of the book is massively cringe worthy (men’s club betting = totally not cool) but after the wedding I believe Jasper is one of my new favorite romance heroes. This is tied for second of my favorites in this series with A Secret Affair because of the genuine emotion this sparked from beginning to end, when I read I don’t usually feel for fictional characters, but having been a teenage girl I can totally relate to Katherine jumping headlong into a danger she doesn’t fully understand exists, and when we pick back up with her as a young woman, she is immensely relatable in that stage of life too. 

At Last Comes Love, finally the eldest sister finds someone. This is the hardest book in the series for me to get behind plot-wise because of, well let me count the ways... secret baby, secret not-quite twin, random awkward loss of virginity (probably the most realism ever seen in a historical romance), runaway wife (with sister in law’s betrothed no less), the list goes on but my suspended disbelief kept slipping. This book, to me at least, does offer just about the sweetest ending of any romance novel I’ve ever read. Add the ending to the secret baby plotline (always a favorite of mine) and it's not my least favorite of the series.

Seducing an Angel was very hard for me to get into, after spending three books getting to know Stephen as the sweet little brother of the Huxtable girls; I had a bit of a problem (mentally) adjusting to Stephen the sex bomb. Despite the Pretty Woman feeling I got at first, Stephen’s story is my other second place favorite in the series. I particularly enjoyed the ineptitude Cassandra displays as she sets about becoming a mistress (by force!), and yes, even the naiveté of Stephen to fall into that trap (and I’ll even admit to a little sisterly pride as Stephen stands up, literally, and deals with the situation with aplomb). Be warned, I didn’t like Cassandra a single bit, at all, until she took the cook’s child shopping, and even after that I still didn’t like her much. 

The final book in the series, A Secret Affair, is my favorite. First Comes Marriage, despite ending with Vanessa joining her husband in the anti-Con club, kind of ruined all possibility that Constantine would steal from his mentally challenged brother for his own ends. So going in to A Secret Affair, even before the “big reveal” I felt like I knew exactly what was going on, and I did. Balogh takes a pair of characters, neither of whom are likeable at face value, and places them in exactly the type of relationship that would make them both as truly scandalous as they appear on the outside, yet allows them the opportunity to discover that neither is even remotely the image they project to society. In fact, both Hannah and Con should probably be sainted.

A quick note for the entire series, and especially on my favorite character’s development: Balogh gave too much of Con’s story away in the prologue for First Comes Marriage, if Jonathan’s situation had been told second hand to the reader, from someone other than Constantine while reflecting at Jonathan’s grave, would have at least given the reader some suspense of whether Con was the good guy he projected to his Huxtable cousins, or the bad guy his cousin Elliott believed him to be.

All of the Huxtable books, except First Comes Marriage, were provided by my local library

Summer Reading Extravaganza

Greetings on my very first blog post! Come on in, sit down in your favorite chair, and follow me into HappySappyBookReaderland... where there are no bad books, just misunderstood ones. Actually that's not where I've led you at all, I've led you into ItIsWhatItIsville where you get to decide if a book suits your fancy after I have blazed sometimes terrifying territory first.

While I have always known I have a slight reading problem (or book problem according to my sister who packed them all for my last move), it has really become apparent this summer after three straight semesters of graduate school. I have a new policy with myself that if I intend to actually escape from graduate school that I am not allowed to read for leisure while school is in session (excepting holidays, mid-semester breaks, long weekends, and the occasional new release I just can’t wait to crack open). I held to this, mostly, last semester and had fantastic grades and a ridiculously long backlog in my TBR (to be read) pile. Seriously, if I weren’t so enamored of my two e-book readers, I would be completely buried in books.

Thankfully I have taken all of the summer classes my program offers, so I have had a blessedly book filled summer. I had kept a list going into the summer of what I wanted to read and I figured a list coming out would be stabilizing to my mental state, and a bit of a souvenir of this literary journey.

The books I have read were either purchased by me (very few in number due to my college broke-ness), checked out from the library (I have 18 libraries in the county I moved to last year, very very exciting), or generously given to me by two very awesome authors as ARCs.   

Coming up are reviews (or at least one or two words) of everything I have read (and will still read since school doesn’t start for a couple weeks still) this summer. Some have been lackluster; but some have been jewels I will read again and again, most fall somewhere between like some happy Bell curve of well rounded reading.

Watch out, here they come...

What I Talk About:

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