They have defeated Bishop, they have defeated the humans, and they have defeated the draug, so what is left? Vampires of course. In this installment of the Morganville series the big bad is a vampire. Naomi is back and she is wrecking havoc on Morganville. She is using her special powers of persuasion to force people and vampires to do as she wishes. And of course, no one knows she is behind it. This causes all kinds of havoc as humans are required to carry identification cards and vampires are free to hunt. Amelie is under Oliver’s influence and doesn’t seem to have the interests of the town in mind. Michael and Eve’s marriage is causing all kinds of problems from both the humans and the vampires. It is a sad day in Morganville when Myrnin is the most logical member of the town.
I like the Morganville series; it is one of the few series that I have read so many books in. However, I do feel like the series has run its course. There is only so many more disasters that can happen to one small Texas town. This book is told in multiple viewpoints, which only worked part of the time. I thought having Oliver’s viewpoint spoiled the surprise of who the big bad was and I thought the rest were just a bit superfluous. These books are really about Claire and I think hers is the strongest viewpoint. We’ll have to see what happens in future books after the events of Bitter Blood. Could be interesting.
Fane’s Cove is a strange town. There are all kinds of paranormal happenings in the town and the people just accept them. In fact, the same people have lived in the town forever; families don’t seem to leave Fane’s Cove. Cae is part of one of those families and she has a gift. She has a bit of the sight passed down from her grandma. Gray Addison is an anomaly. His family has moved to Fane’s Cove. Cae is drawn to Gray and his quest to find his family history. His family is from Fane’s Cove, but all records of them have been lost. Cae and Gray uncover a buried secret about Jack Addison, Gray’s ancestor, and his connection to the town and its strange history.
This was a fun story. I like the paranormal/ghost/demon aspect of the book, but I was especially intrigued by the hidden history of the town. I enjoyed Cae and Gray’s quest to discover his family history. I also enjoyed their relationship; starts off antagonistic, becomes flirty, develops into something more. My only quibble with the book was the ending. I really hate cliffhangers, especially huge cliffhangers like this one, but it does open the book up for a series.
I received a copy of this book on Netgalley.com.
Mac and her family have just moved into the Coronado, an aging LA hotel-turned-apartment building. Mac is not particularly thrilled about it. The move was precipitated by the death of her little brother and Mac’s not ready to let him go yet. This unwillingness to let him go is beginning to severely interfere with her secret job as a Keeper for the Archive. The Archive isn’t an ordinary repository; it is a place where the lives of the dead are stored. These are called Histories. Each History has his or her own coffin-shaped shelf. Each History is physically similar to its former living state. Trained by her late grandfather, Mac was the youngest Keeper in history. Most Histories are calm and remain in the Archives, but a few “wake up” and escape into a sort-of-purgatory called the Narrows. It is here that Mac must apprehend these escaped Histories, who typically become increasingly distressed and violent the longer they are “awake”, and return them to the Archive. Mac’s pretty good at her job, but things start going awry shortly after her arrival at the Coronado. For one thing, there’s another Keeper on the premises. And Mac might have a tiny crush on him. This, however, becomes eclipsed by the volume of work skyrocketing to unprecedented levels. It’s normal for a few Histories to wake up now and then, but multiple instances every day? And then there’s the strange boy lurking in the Narrows whose presence makes no sense. And the mysteries of the hotel itself….Mac’s got her plate pretty full. Assuming she survives her work.
Fascinating concept, but not as well-realized as I had hoped. This is, however, the first book in a series, so there’s necessarily a lot of world-building going on. Very little of the book takes place outside the Coronado, so it begins to feel a little limited at times in spite of the “real world” setting. Still an interesting examination of the nature of death and grief with a distinctly supernatural twist.
It is a satisfying ending to this exciting and action packed trilogy about FBI Special Agent Pendergast’s search for his wife Helen.
Another Awesome novel by Gaiman! Richard Mayhew leads a boring negligible life, pushed around at work and by his fiance named Jessica. Then, though he and Jessica are running late for a critical dinner, he stops to help a bleeding unconscious street urchin, named Door, a resident of DownBelowLondon. His involvement with this underworlder leads him to slip through the cracks and become invisible/nonexistent to the in the London Above world. He returns to London Below , seeks out the girl Door, and persuades her to let him accompany her on her search for her parents’ killers.
Gaiman excels at worldbuilding and tangible atmosphere. There is a steam-punk feel to this novel, though it was published in 2003, well before the steampunk craze.
I just love this author.
Yes there is a vampire character in the book, named Lamia.
Rose Red is a massive mansion in Seattle, the construction and haunting of which is described in the pages of the diary of Ellen, the young wife of an early 1900s oil baron, John Rimbauer. The site of several disappearances and murders, Rose Red becomes a living entity to Ellen, both welcome and terrifying. The fate of Ellen and her family mirrors the fate of the mansion.
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is fiction disguised as a diary, presented as paranormal evidence by a fictitious doctor, Joyce Reardon. Adding to the confusion is the real-world misconception that this novel was written by Steven King. Actually written by Ridley Pearson, this book was created to promote Stephen King’s Rose Red miniseries, which aired two years later. I didn’t find it particularly frightening, or believable as a diary, for that matter. A fair portion of the first half concerns world travel and the start of Ellen’s rocky marriage. Once back at Rose Red, however, the story starts a slow, unsettling burn toward a final confrontation, which is more compelling. This is a better than average tie-in novel, recommended for readers in search of creep rather than gore.
Very entertaining short story collection by some of the big names in fantasy and paranormal fiction like Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, and Rachel Cain. Great read for fans of the genre.
When Mimi and Cora’s mother fails to return, their traveling salesman of a father sends his daughters off to live in the English countryside with their mother’s Aunt Ida. Mimi and Cora are met considerable resistance from Aunt Ida, who has no intention of keeping the girls with her in her ancient, run-down manor. The girls have no idea that Ida might have extremely good reasons for not wanting them there, but they try to abide by all of Ida’s rules (which include never opening windows and staying far, far away from the crumbling several-hundred-year-old church down the road). Cora can’t stand living there and young Mimi isn’t much happier. Things brighten up a bit when the sisters meet Roger and Pete, a pair of brothers that live in the old town of Bryers Guerdon. Finally, there are children their age to play with. Unfortunately, since boys will be boys, the very first place the children go to play is the forbidden church. One visit is enough to make Cora and Mimi uneasy, even if they aren’t sure why. After a couple more visits, the kids all see things that don’t add up until they begin to learn the story of Long Lankin. Is the legend of Long Lankin real? The villagers won’t talk about it, but they won’t let their children near the church either. What is the connection between Lankin and the church? What does Ida know that she isn’t telling her wards? Secrets are revealed as the story reaches its chilling apex. This is not gory horror, but atmospheric and psychological. Readers won’t be able to get this one out of their heads easily.
The two volumes of this book are a fascinating and highly enjoyable read for anyone interested in the interactions between various pulp, mystery, adventure, and science fiction characters with real people throughout history. The premise of this book is inspired by SF writer Philip José Farmer’s “Wold Newton” concept which he developed in the 1970s: a “radioactive” meteorite crashed near Wold Newton, England in 1795 and affected several carriages full of people who were passing by. Their descendants became highly intelligent and powerful heroes (or villains) such as Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Dr. Fu Manchu, Doc Savage, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan), and many more. Farmer wrote popular and detailed biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage in which he detailed the family trees of many “Wold Newton Family” characters. Over time, the concept has been expanded and continued by others into the Crossover Universe. Win Scott Eckert has done a fantastic job of compiling references to literary heroes who have met each other (or “crossed over”) and had adventures together, and thus co-exist in the same fictional universe. Volume 1 covers the dawn of time up through 1939, and Volume 2 covers 1940 into the far future. Reading these two books is a fun and highly addictive experience!
Rachel Caine has released her 13th book in Morganville Vampire series. I found every book to be entertaining and suspenseful. Morganville is a small dusty Texas town where humans and vampires coexist, sort of, in a bare minimum way. In this chapter of the series the town is recovering from the draug, a parasitic enemy of the vampires and humans alike. Now the draug is gone the vampires feel free to rule the town. Humans feel they need to take up arms and free themselves from vampire rule. To add to the mayhem, a television crew come to town to film a ghost hunter show.
With many book series, the longer it goes, the worst it gets and you hope the author will put an end to it. Rachel Caine has written a series in which you finish a book and can hardly wait until the next one.
Ari is settling in to New 2 (the old New Orleans). She is recovering from her battle with Athena and trying to figure out how to get her dad and Violet back. She is going to the Novem school and learning more about her abilities. She is dreading turning into a Medusa when she is 21. With her friends Sebastian and Henri she embarks on a dangerous quest into Athena’s dimension.
I like Ari and I enjoyed this book. It does pick up right where the last one ended and the story moves along at a pretty fast pace. I find this world really interesting. New Orleans has basically been bought and saved by a bunch of paranormal families after a goddess destroyed it. I like the Medusa aspect of the story and the different approach to the Greek gods and myths. I guess my complaint about this book is that a LOT happens in a very short amount of time. It feels very rushed and leaves little room for growth and development. But it is a fun ride and I’ll definitely keep reading this series.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In this next installment of the companion series to the Vampire Academy series by Mead, we get to see how hard it is to keep the vampires and their half-human, half-vampire offspring, separate and secret from the human population. Sydney is finding it harder and harder to keep her emotions under control. She should be very cautious about becoming close to them but as she spends more time with them, she finds herself becoming more entangled in their lives. A very fun series that is well written and keeps you looking forward to the next book.