Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
Patience Creighton will finally find the peace she lost years ago--if she can open her heart and forgive the man who loves her.
Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to keep her father's dream alive.
Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin's edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere.
When her brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience is heartbroken to no longer be responsible for her beloved school and is forced to reassess God's purpose for her life. After her sister-in-law's matchmaking brings Patience and William together, they both learn new truths about their character and find a common goal in restoring Eastmore's legacy.
Rate & take
A departure for me off the reading trail but it was a lovely stop along the way. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was that made this title charming to me. There were no unexpected plot twists, the characters gave us enough to feel the story complete but nothing of overwhelming depth. Maybe it really was the sweet simplicity that held me captivated.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Shiftless by Aimee Easterling
Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up.
A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.
When her father shows up with an ultimatum, Terra knows she'll have to learn to shift or return to her place in her family's pack. Will Wolfie, a nearby alpha who's more wolf than man, be a stumbling block in Terra's quest to maintain her freedom?
As Terra struggles to escape two werewolf packs that seem poised to suck her back in, the real question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?
Rate & take
A solid first book from a new author that I hope to see more from. The ending sure felt like it left an opening for further adventures so I may get my wish. I will say part of this plot felt a little too easily resolved but we can chalk that up to learning the ropes. I find it enjoyable when I can read a new author over several books and see how they blossom as a writer. I think that will be the case with this author as well. This author also gets points from me for mentioning another author from the same genre, Patricia Briggs, who I enjoy very much.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Golem in My Glovebox by R.L. Naquin
In her role as Aegis, Zoey Donovan has rescued and cared for hundreds of monsters and mythical creatures. Now humans are the ones in need of her help. Someone with a personal vendetta against the Board of Hidden Affairs has kidnapped all the other Aegises in the country--including Zoey's mother.
With the Hidden government in shambles and a string of deadly clues to follow, Zoey and her reaper boyfriend set out on a cross-country chase to stop the kidnapper from killing the captured Aegises. Along the way, they pick up a miniature golem who's on a quest to find his humanity...and may be the key to solving the grisly clues.
If Zoey succeeds in defeating this new evil, she'll finally be reunited with the mother she lost over twenty years ago. But if she fails, she'll become the final victim.
Rate & take
I was so excited to find out this was not the last book in the series, I just can't let this wonderful cast of characters go yet, I want more!! The many people and creatures that inhabit this story (with often witty banter) keep me coming back for more. This addition I will say wasn't quite working up to its full colorful plot as I have seen from the first three books. However I think this book may be laying the ground work for the final book and that may explain some of the lack of spark. Still in all a good book to tuck into.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.
One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.
Rate & take
*I went for the cheap title and can't apologize, it was just too easy. But I think it is forgivable since said hammer belongs to Thor.
This is book three in the Iron Druid series and continues on a solid course. The beginning of the book threw me for a bit because it jumped right into a mission only talked about in book two as an, 'I really need to do this in the next few months'. Once passed this part of the book I felt I really settled in and began to enjoy myself again.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty--when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
Rate & take
I'm still enjoying the series but I find (and maybe I'm alone in this oddity of mine)
myself wishing the main character could have some fun and R & R before the battle armor has to be donned. Or even time for a nice conversation over a cup of tea, which he makes in his bookstore so its not much of a stretch.