Where's Your Book Today?

That's what people always say to me at work, if I don't have a book or my PDA or my eBookwise Reader with me at lunch. I love to read and I guess it's obvious. So many books, so little time...and so much dust in my apartment.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I'll never catch up, so here's a quick list of recent reads

"Lycan Instinct" by Brandi Broughton 4.5 out of 5
I've been trying to decide what to say about this book ever since I read it. If I take it entirely on it's own merit, it's an excellent shapeshifter mystery story. The hero is strong - only had one alph-moment that pissed me off . The heroine is also strong, even mouthy, so she's strong enough for him. The mystery was not one I had figured out in the first chapter. And the sexy brothers definitely make me anticipate the sequels.

On the other hand, as someone who's read the JD Robb series, this book was uncomfortably like that series. The strong hero is also a richer-than-

god, suave business man. And he's the main suspect in this murder mystery. The strong heroine? She's a cop. And she gets in major trouble from her boss for...getting involved...with the main suspect in her murder case.

So, if you like JD Robb and don't mind that instead of it being slightly in the future, it's about werewolves, you will like this book. But you may find yourself tempted to compare parts of it to "Naked in Death" .

And you can be sure I'll be buying the next book in this series, by the way.

"In the Arms of Danger" by Madison Hayes 4 out of 5
I got to read this wonderful novella (yes, it's not a full-length story and I still loved it!) about a year ago, and ever since I've had fingers crossed that it would find a home. It's about a young American college student who becomes stranded in England, and is saved from an uncomfortable encounter by a tough young man, named Dicky. The heroine's fairly innocent, the hero has definitely seen too much time on the streets. And suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a terrorist incident and in danger for her life! Yes, she decides she's "in love" way too fast, but that is often the nature of being young (and being the heroine of a novella ). Madison likes to write heroes who are...not perfect. This guy is no "romance-novel hero" - he's a bit coarse, his ethics definitely fall into the gray, and you're not really sure what his motivation is.

"Gaining Ground" by Gail Delaney 4 out of 5 (took 1/2 point off for editing mistakes)
This 3rd book in her "Phonix Rebellion" series has all the emotion of the first two. And she's introduced a couple of new twists that totally threw me for a loop! I'm looking forward to the next one with mixed emotions, because I know it's the last one, and I don't want this series to end. But I'm going to be honest here...if typos bug you, read fast so maybe you won't see them! I stopped counting after I hit an even dozen.

"A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison 3 out of 5
This is book 4 in Harrison's series about a young witch who's...well...sort of a private eye, but the tasks she's assigned are specific to the paranormal community. She has two partners in her sort-of-private-eye agency: a vampire, Ivy, with very questionable motives, and a wonderfully silly pixie named Jenks. This book is very instrospective - lots of internal monologue - which can definitely slow the pace. And this series finally crossed a barrier I was s-o-o-o-o hoping wouldn't be crossed. Now I'm worried about where it could go. So while it had a storyline that eventually got interesting and introduced some new stuff that promises to make future books compelling, I'm going to pick up book 5 (which is set to come out in @#*!$ hardback) with many, many misgivings and fears. And I was surprised at the typos in this one, too! At least 5 (and I will never pretend I'm reading to edit - so who knows what I missed ).

"Ghost Hunter" by Jayne Castle 4 out of 5
This is another book set in her Harmony futuristic world. I enjoyed it. I like this world of hers. I've read some complaints about this books - that she "overwhelms" the reader with jargon (i.e., "rezzing" and "derezzing"), that it's the same story as the last one. I don't have any trouble with the jargon. We are a culture that loves to create new words based on what's going on around us! (Think "nuking" for microwave cooking, for example). I can't imagine we wouldn't have come up with a whole vocabulary for the cool stuff they do there.