01. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Paranormal · Tags: ,

Murder of Crows: a Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop, read by Kira, on 03/29/2014

murdcrows Mexican Wolf Peeking Over the Snow c.murder.crows.poland.TNIn the first novel, Written In Red Meg Corbin cements her place among the Others (vampires, werewolves, Medusa-plague-causer, elementals, etc).  In this book Murder of Crows, Meg and her Lakeside community confront additional attacks on their community and attempts to recapture Meg.   The Others are reminiscent of Native Americans, and I like the fact that they don’t get pushed around here and are able to deal with the intruders on their own terms… also that the polluters get their comeuppance.   I really enjoy this series – definite page-turners and full of atmosphere!

 

“Near perfect…Written in Red isn’t just the best urban fantasy of the year, it may be one of the best ever.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

27. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Kira, Women's Fiction (chick lit) · Tags:

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, read by Kira, on 03/24/2014

What a delightful wonderful tale!   Sarah Addison Allen’s writing is a bit like Anne Tyler’s, but with a little magical realism and and little more optimism thrown in.  I liked how you got to know each character’s back story, how they became who they are.  I liked the ending though pLost lakeersonally, I could see it coming.  And the book had a positive impact lost lon my bodlake losty  cypress kneeslo lk  devons wingslots lake lot lakeimage.    lost lkeLost lake fwaking Kate

17. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman, read by Kira, on 03/15/2014

grimlegElizabeth takes a job at the New York Circulating Materials repository where objects including items from the Grimm tales are loaned out.  However, someone is stealing from the repository and she and her fellow pages investigate.  I really enjoyed the story – its Not perfect, but very entertaining and creative.

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14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Daylighters by Rachel Caine, read by Tammy, on 03/11/2014

morganvilleThis Morganville adventure picks up right where the previous book left off. Claire, Shane and Eve have returned to Morganville only to find it greatly changed and a the anti-vampire group, The Daylighters, in charge. They aren’t sure what has happened to their vampire friends, Michael, Mrynin and Oliver. Eve’s only concern is getting Michael back safely. Shane is dealing with the affects of a mysterious dog bite. Even the Glass House and Matilda don’t feel safe. Claire however has to decide if she’s on the side of good or evil in this fight. People can now come out of their homes without fear and can be out on the streets after dark. Isn’t that a good thing? But what is happening to the vampires who have all been captured and hauled away to a guarded building at the edge of town. The leader of the Daylighters claims he is trying to find a cure but Claire doesn’t believe him. Her previous experience with the group back East makes her question everything about them.

I believe this may be the final chapter in the Morganville series. Many questions are cleared up at the end including relationships. The author’s wording of her opening also leads me to think this may be the last book. If so, it is a satisfying ending.

14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by Tammy, on 03/09/2014

goldfinchWell-written tale about a young teen who loses his mother, gains a piece of art and then has to live with the consequences of his decisions. What starts out as a basic coming of age story also contemplates, what is a good life? He wonders how much can you change the personality you are born with or taught by your parents and friends. Who has the most influence. Can you really be you if you resist those inner urges and desires?

 

30. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocolyptic, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Paranormal · Tags:

Bloodring book 1 Thorn St. Croix series by Faith Hunter, read by Kira, on 03/29/2013

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Thorn is living in the end of times, though an its ambigous end of times, seraphs and demons are still fighting in a post-apocalyptic-ice-age.  Thorn is part of a new species, neomages, who are able to bend leftover creation energy to their will.  Specifically she is a stone mage, and since mages present a threat to both humans and seraphs they are confined to luxurious Enclaves.  Thorn is passing for a human, working as a jeweler, in a remote icy town.  When her ex-husband Lucas is kidnapped and her friends are threatened, she risks revealing her true identity in order to save her adopted family.

 

BloodRing isblodring a fastpaced page turner.  Lush imagery and really interesting world-building (especially the magic-working of the gems) add to the tale.  Though the book does NOT end on a cliff-hanger, it fails to wrap up a number of the mysteries.  Who is the Amethyst Mistress?  Why did Lucas haul all that amethyst back to the store/house for his ex-wife? did he really cheat on Thorn voluntarily and what is his latest wife up to?

27. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Pamela, Poetry · Tags:

Hidden by Helen Frost , read by Pamela, on 03/01/2013

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.  A verse novel, with hidden messages contained within the writing.hidden.

Don’t let the cover fool you,this is Not a book about fairies or mermaids, but about straight-up life.  It is a mystery with multiple layers.

26. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Crafts, How To's, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Christmas Crafts Scandinavian style by Tone Merete Stenkløv and Miriam Nilsen Morken., read by Kira, on 03/10/2013

 

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A very nice collection of Christmas crafts.  I’m Not sure that the projects are all that different from other Christmas craft books.  But the projects look much classier than a lot of others, I couldn’t tell if this was mainly due to the color choice (lots of creams, beige, neutrals) or because of the high quality craftpersonship.  It is inspiring – but I have enough knitting projects at the moment, not to have been tempted to carry out any projects.  cmas crafts 2

 

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25. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Romance · Tags:

Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland., read by Kira, on 03/24/2013

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Sarah and Ruith continue their quest to gather up the parchments containing Gairs evil spells, that are littered across the Nine Kingdoms.  They pay lovely visits to all sorts of folks including the Dwarf king, and Morag the Witch Queen of Anwuallach.  In the process they learn some very interesting facts about Sarah’s true heritage (because every fantasy protagonist is required to be an Orphan!).

I’m Not racing through this trilogy as I had been the earlier as well as the latter trilogies.  Perhaps, this trilogy isn’t as good as the others, or perhaps, they’re getting a little formulaic.  Also the humorous banter between the two protagonists (ie Miach & Morgan) is lacking.

Nonetheless enjoyable.

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

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, 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, Teen Books · Tags:

The Archived by Victoria Schwab, read by Melody, on 03/18/2013

“Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books”  The Archived is absolutely beautiful and original.  I devoured this book in one sitting.  The Archived is the story of  Mackenzie Bishop who is a Keeper of the Archives, a vast library where the stories of everyone who has ever lived are kept.  She is tasked with retrieving the recently dead and taking them to where they will become the Histories.  Schwab is brilliant, balancing grief and regret and love and life like a master.  Amazing book.

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

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, 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.