27. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror · Tags:

American Vampire by Scott Snyder, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 08/17/2013

American Vampire is the first in series about a new breed of vampire in America.  This breed is more cunning and vicious compared to most vampires portrayed in literature, hence, they don’t sparkle in the sunlight.  Stephen King wrote this novels with long time graphic novelist Scott Snyder.

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20. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Mystery · Tags: ,

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, 308 pages, read by Kira, on 03/17/2013

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Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Seventh daughter SUNDAY Woodcutter, befriends an enchanted frog-prince, Grumble, in the forest.  Although her kiss does Not return him to his human form right away, eventually her love for him does the trick.  Unfortunately, when he awakens, he remembers that her family loathes him.

Kontis deftly weaves in narrative themes from multiple fairy tales, from Jack in the Beanstalk, to Sleeping Beauty, to Rumpelstiltskin, to Cinderella, Dancing Princesses.  This is a fast-paced book, that at times fails thoroughly explain all the synchronicities.  Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book.  Sweet and inventive.

Yes there is at least one vampire or perhaps 2.

19. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Melody · Tags: ,

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, 342 pages, read by Melody, on 03/15/2013

Frost Burned is the latest book in the best selling fantasy series Mercy Thompson.  I love that Mercy is quite the kick ass hero, saving just not her coyote shifting skin but also her packs.  Fans of the series will love her newest offering.

18. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Paranormal · Tags:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, 400 pages, read by Kira, on 03/17/2013

Neverwhere1Neverwhere_Brazil_paperback_1258043916Neverwhere_Hungary 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.

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03. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Melody, Short Stories · Tags: , ,

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon by Edited by P. N. Elrod, 358 pages, read by Melody, on 03/02/2013

Another fun short story collection by today’s big stars of fantasy and science fiction.

13. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Spike: The Complete Series by Brian Lynch, 200 pages, read by Tammy, on 09/10/2012

The compilation of a series of comics centered around the character of Spike, known to many fans from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and Angel series. This story takes place after the stories that aired on Buffy and Angel. Spike sets out on his own to lead his own team in Las Vegas. Let the mayhem begin!

29. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Lenobia's Vow: House of Night Novella by P.C. Cast, 147 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/23/2012

Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron in Evreux, France in 1788 she does not share any of the benefits of being the baron’s daughter and has had to guard her virtue from powerful men including the local bishop and even her own father has started starring longingly at her.

Then fate intervenes and Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by wealthy young girls on a ship bound for New Orleans where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. But the bishop is also being sent to the new world because of his appetite for young beautiful women and skills with fire and dark magic. How will Lenobia remain hidden from the bishop? Can she keep her secret over the weeks of a long ocean voyage?

26. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Paranormal, Robin, Romance · Tags:

Eternal Captive: Mark of the Vampire by Laura Wright, 384 pages, read by Robin, on 02/12/2012

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This is the 3rd book in the Mark Of The Vampire series by Laura Wright. If you are a fan of the J.R. Ward Brotherhood series, you will see a lot of similarities in the stories – but they are different enough to still be quite interesting. This story focuses on Lucien, the youngest of the Roman Brothers, and his quest for his mate and his desire to not end up like his father, the “breeding male” who felt nothing but the desire to make more little vampires.

This story, along with the first two in the series, was well written and kept my interest through the whole thing. It was enjoyable and kept me entertained throughout the whole book.