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Archive for March, 2008

 Yep, it’s a cheesy as it sounds.  It was an interesting mix of Hades, vampires, werewolves and harpies.  I found it amusing if not particularly well done.  Daria is a harpy on her first job and must snatch an evil soul back to Tartarus.  Sounds like fun until a scheming minx decides to test her mettle in the sexual arena.  Suddenly Daria is awash with feelings no good harpy should ever have.  She finds herself falling in love with the yummy looking vampire while they try to save the world from being obliterated.  An intriguing mix with some interesting characters…I just wish they had been a little more developed. 

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 Having loved the Dr Granville trilogy, I was excited to read Grant’s newest work.  This book is another great piece of YA historical fiction.  Alice has just watched her beloved uncle get his head sliced off for trying to lead a revolt against King George.  When they take his head and mount it on a pike to warn other traitors, Alice knows she muse do something.  There begins a hilarious escapade where she steals the head and tries to bring it to where Uncle Frank’s body is .  With the help of Dan Skinslicer who cut off her uncle’s head and a young officer who is afraid of heights, Alice just might make it.  This is a well crafted tale with elements of humor that make its grim purpose seem much more lighthearted.  In reading the author’s bio, I discovered that this is based on some of Grant’s own family history.  A great, lively read.

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 I loved Dragon Slippers and Jessica’s newest novel is just as good.  Based on the fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, this novel is a beautiful re-crafting of a fantastic tale.  Lass was not named by her mother, but is granted a name by a white reindeer who also gives her the ability to talk to animals.  Life is good and she is happy but then one day a white bear appears at her house and asks her to come live with him for a year.  Lass agrees after the bear promises to help her family out of poverty.  So away they go and all goes well until Lass’s insatiable curiosity gets the best of her and she takes a peek at the bear in the night.  He is of course a man and now she has not lasted the year so he has to go marry the troll queen.  She, of course, goes to save him and all ends happily.  The characters are rich and vibrant and it reminds me of Robin McKinley’s Beauty which is another of my favorite fairy tale retellings.

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 In the third book of the twins of Petaybee, we find ourselves once more on the sentinent planet of Petaybee while the government tries to take it over.  I liked the earlier books better, these last few about the children of Sean and Yana do not ring as true to me.  Yet, it is an interesting story of how the two twins who can turn into seals set out to rescue their planet once more.  I thought the story was more disjointed this time, but the same characters we know and love still pop up.  The animals (a cat and sky otter) really were the most interesting part for me if only for their comic relief.  But I think it might be time to put this series away.  IT has worn a little thin.

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I have read all of Hamilton’s other Anita Blake books and so even though I don’t generally do Graphic Novels, I read this one as well.  I liked the story of Anita’s earlier years quite a bit, but, as usual, I had trouble reading the graphic novel.  Finding out how Anita first started out as a vampre hunter and necromancer and first meeting Jean Claude was well done.  I like words more than pictures and tend to gloss over the pictures even though they are half the story.  I had a hard time with the illustrations as they depict people differently than I imagined them.  That being said, this is a well done graphic novel and I hope they do more.   

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 I skipped book 3 because it didn’t come in quickly enough to the library and read books 2 and 4.  The stories are good and I still really liked the characters, but I felt like Harris dragged the mysteries out too much.  As much as I liked rereading The Adept, I pry didn’t need to go on and read the rest in the series (although I did get to see Adam Sinclair married which was nice!)  I was not very captivated at the end of Death of an Adept and pretty much just skimmed it.  The whole Lynx thing got a bit old for me and I wanted to see some other bad guys or see the good guys doing more than surfing the astral plane and driving around Scotland in the cold.  I know this sounds really negative, but I did enjoy them. 

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 I unwittingly picked up this book because I thought it looked interesting and discovered it was part of a series I had started and then forgotten about.  I was happy to read the ending of the trilogy and know what happens to the last “Man of Roxbury.”  This is loosely based on Taming of the Shrew (in fact Roarke is given a copy by his friends in order to “tame” his wife).  Lady Katherine is the female lead in this novel and has had a rough life trying to keep up appearances while her father gambles their money away.  There is, of course, misunderstandings and hurt feelings, but once Roarke gets Kate he keeps her and all ends up well in the end.  A cute semi-adaptation that fits in well with the other books Tarr has written.

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