Silence Fallen

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

“I only get weirder the longer you know me.”

Silence Fallen begins with Mercy being abducted by vampires and brought to Europe. She escapes her captors and ends up in the gothic city of Prague, where she has no clue if the people and supernatural creatures she comes across are friend or foe. As time goes by Mercy discovers there is more than one creature that has her in their sits, it’s just a matter of whether or not she can find a safe place to go.

“I looked like a victim. I was done, really done with being a victim.”

I love this series, it never ever fails to deliver a thrilling story and a smile to my face. Patricia Briggs writes hands down one of the best urban fantasy series ever. I love getting lost in the Tricities realm, the characters feel like friends and family as you read along. This is book ten and the series is still going strong, connecting the previous happenings of the books before while creating a new and unique story.

I was majorly geeking out when reading this book. Why? I studied abroad for a year in the city of Prague, and the majority of this book was based there! And it was all accurate! I felt as if I was walking the streets of that city again and it made me miss it. Briggs very obviously either knows the city well herself, or did some awesome research. Plus the addition of the Prague Golem to the plot? Genius! And amazingly well done.

Anyways, I gave it 4.5 instead of 5 because honestly, Adams bits were kinda boring to me with all the political stuff. But otherwise I LOVED this book. And that twist at the end? I never saw it coming, even though thinking back there were some clues. I just missed them.

This is a series you need to be reading, and if you already are, read this book immediately!

“Where is the glory if there is no one left to tell the story?”

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Steelheart

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

4 stars!

Steelheart is about a boy named David who watched his father murdered by the Epic named Steelheart. Epics are advanced beings that came to earth and took over, like super villains instead of superheroes. Now ten years later Steelheart rules Newcago and the city remains in a constant state of darkness. David has thought of nothing but revenge for the last decade and needs the help of a group named the Reckoners to carry out his plan.

David is tentatively accepted by the Reckoners, but he must convince them that he is useful to their group.

“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

I really enjoyed this book, the prologue was just phenomenal and mind blowing. Reading that I knew this would be a good book. To me this book had a very Watchmen feel to it, but instead of the Epics being the center storyline it’s the humans fighting super villains. I definitely want to know more about how the Epics came to be and see more shades of gray in that area.

The only reason I didn’t love this book and simply really enjoyed it, was there were some information overload moments that went a bot beyond my comprehension. I know it all had meaning to the plot and I was definitely wowed by the end with how some things came together. But those parts I kind of set down the book and walked away for a bit.

Anyways, the end of this book just left me wanting more, so I am off to start the next one!!! Yay!

“I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good Epics. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Marking Time

Marking Time by April White

4 stars!

“I loved history, any kind of history, and even better if it was hidden, secret, or underground.”

You know you enjoyed a book when you made an entire pinterest board inspired by it. And I don’t even use pinterest very often, so there.

Marking Time is a book my friend Wendy told me to read AGES ago and I always meant to. Then my friend Cyndi told me to read it. Then I met April herself (who is lovely). Then Penny Reid also recommended it. And yet I waited:

SO I FINALLY READ IT!!!! Thanks for the recs ladies!!! And it was wonderful!

Marking Time is about a teenage girl named Saira who discovers she has the ability to travel through time when she time travels to London in the time of Jack the Ripper. Thus begins a race to find her mother and save her before it’s too late. Along the way Saira meets the enchanting Archer, a student, who explains the Immortal families to her and Saira discovers some shocking truths about who she really is.

“Then my rescuer turned to look at me and I felt his eyes reach right down into my guts and tangle them up in knots. With that look I knew I’d jumped straight from the kettle into the fire.”

My undergraduate degree is in general history and something that bugs me a lot of the time in books with historical aspects is when facts are not correct (even though I don’t really use that degree anymore). So I was blown away by the amount of research White must have done for this book because there was not one single moment where I thought to myself “this would have never happened”. NOT ONCE. I mean, it is a fantasy book so of course not everything is realistic. But on the historical details she nailed it.

I really enjoyed this book, it was so refreshing to read something unique and original. It’s not quite a YA book despite being a young adult, and it’s not quite a romance novel despite there being a sweet romantic storyline that made me smile. What you get is an action packed adventure story that you won’t ever forget. I also love the potential this series has and cannot wait to pick up the other books and read them.

I think taking forever to read this book worked out in my favor a bit as the fifth book releases soon so I can read them all at once. It’s another reason YOU should pick up this book. AND this book is FREE on amazon. So what are you waiting for?

“’Perhaps your friendship with your mother is just shifting to something more… adult.’ That felt like a huge responsibility. If I forgave my mother for hiding the truth from me, then I had to totally own my part in our relationship. I couldn’t play the little girl anymore. I couldn’t hide behind her authority and rules and then get mad when they didn’t fit. I’d have to make my own choices and take charge of my own well-being. It’s one thing to say ‘I’m old enough to make my own rules’ and it’s a totally different thing to make the right ones. And live by them.”

The Lost Codex

The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

4 stars!

“The beauty of free will is that we can choose whether or not to do what we wish.”

A truly epic series, something unique and original that you don’t see very often. Lyons has said this is her ode to literature, and I can see why. From the beginning of the series I was fascinated by the idea of taking characters we know and love from multiple books and stories, and weaving them together to create an action packed adventure, mystery, fantasy series.

I can’t say much about the plot, because that’s one giant spoiler for everything, but know I was riveted from the first page, trying to figure out the mystery of the ending of book three (which was luckily revealed sooner than I expected). From there so much happens, you just have to read it to find out!

I love the different ideas Lyons has for her characters, though they may originally have belonged to other authors, she has respectfully crafted them into her own. Very fast paced and incredibly well written, this series to me was grand time and one I can see myself returning to in the future to reread. I’m sad that this series is over and I will miss these characters.

Every time I read a book in this series, I find myself wanting to return to classic literature. A lot of the references I understood, others I had to figure out. But ultimately it made me want to read more and learn more.

“We are not bound by prophecies, but by choice.”

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

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Veiled

Veiled by Karina Halle

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5 stars!

“I feel like each day is leading me down a dark path I might not be able to come back from.”

First off, YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR. Wait, did you get that?? YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR!!!
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, you’re gonna read Veiled now, right??? Right?? (You’d better).

I first discovered Karina Halle when I saw a trusted reviewer on Goodreads review one of her Experiment in Terror books. So one day during jury duty I picked up Darkhouse and the rest is history. I fell in love. So when EIT ended and there was a possibility of an Ada book, I waited and hoped and dreamed. And it didn’t come. When I gave up hope that Veiled would happen, something magic happened: Karina wrote it!

So I am beyond ecstatic we have Ada’s story, it truly is a special gift to EIT fans and quite honestly, any Karina fan. I want ALL my friends to read this book!!!! Beware, because I will start pushing this one on you if I haven’t started already.

“You have a fight ahead of you, one that goes far beyond what you’ve seen in your dreams.”

Now let’s get back on track. Veiled is the story of Ada Palamino, eighteen years old and already well aware of the fact that ghosts and demons haunt our world. After the death of her mother, two years later she is still reeling. Her nightmares become more vivid and strange things begin to happen around her. On top of this, a sexy ginger from her dreams pops up in real life, meant to be her guide and protector. As crazier stuff keeps happening, Ada must learn to find her inner strength and fight the demons surrounding her, figurative and literal.

“The past doesn’t define us. It’s what we do here and now, today that does. This world was built on second chances.”

Veiled is equal parts scary, sexy and intense. This is a book where I resented needing to accomplish real world tasks because I wanted to constantly be in Ada and Jay’s world! I also made the mistake reading the majority of this book at night, not a wise idea. I was pee in my pants terrified at some parts and wished I had my own sexy ginger to keep me safe and warm at night. Speaking of sexy gingers, leave it to Karina Halle to create a hot sexy GINGER that I swooned over. And I’m not even really attracted to gingers!!!! But Jay is the sexy, smoldery exception.

I loved the feel of this book, it was uniquely Ada if that makes any sense. This book was about Ada transitioning from a girl to a woman and finding her inner strength to fight for the people she loved. Ada overcame her fears and her demons, fighting for the side of good while trying to survive at the same time. Ada and Jay were perfect for each other, their romance sigh worthy. I would love to see more of the two of them, but I am happy enough for this book to have happened!!!

Again I would like to reiterate, Veiled can be read as a standalone despite technically being a spinoff book! You do not have to read the Experiment in Terror series first (unless you want to).

“You’re destined for something great, Ada. I know this. And it’s an honor to help see you through it.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Torn

Torn by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!!

There will be slight spoilers from the previous book in this review. If you don’t want Wicked spoilers STOP READING NOW!!! Okay? Okay.

Ivy Morgan is a member of The Order, a group with a mission to go out and kill Fae living in the human world. At the end of the previous book she was almost killed by the Fae Prince, until he discovered she is the halfling he has been looking for. This secret throws Ivy and she has no idea who to trust with this information. Because the Prince needs Ivy to create an apocalypse baby, and The Order wants the halfling dead.

Should Ivy tell her boyfriend, Ren, the man she loves? Or keep it a secret and run?

Recently some of the stuff JLA has put out has been quite the miss for me, and I love her books. So I was a bit scared going into this book that I wouldn’t like it, but I needn’t have worried. Reading this book was like coming home. I ADORED this book, so so much. Even more than the first book. It was also easy to read this book despite reading Wicked two years ago.

Ivy’s struggles with who she was and what that meant pulled at my heart, I felt for the girl so much. She was basically put in an impossible situation and I couldn’t even figure out what she should do. The Prince was creepy AF, and honestly gave me the shivers (of ick).

But my favorite part? TINK. That fairy man makes the book. I want him to have his own book, I think it could easily be done.

This book was equal parts suspenseful, angsty, sweet and awesome. I only hope that the next book really does release in summer of 2017.

Burned

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

4.25 stars!

“Temptation isn’t a sin that you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

Burned is the continuation of the Fever series. I’ll warn you right now, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series there will be spoilers in my review. That being said, my review should be spoiler free for those who have read the series.

With the exception of a previously free online short story at the beginning (which is necessary to read), Burned picks up where Iced left off. Dani and Mac are in a confrontation that has been waiting to come for a long time. Choices are made and consequences doled out, the future is changed forever for one of these two characters.

In the meantime, power struggles for control of the city ensue. Many characters feel they should be in charge or left alone in their own sectors. The issue of Christian needing rescueing is one on almost everyone’s mind as well as aftereffects from the iced areas in the previous books leaving black holes.

“I want to tell her revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

Well first things first I’m going to gripe a bit about something I knew but still am a bit miffed about: we no longer have Dani’s POV. Even thought this was supposed to be the O’Malley series (that title is now changed back to Fever) we are given the perspective of Mac. Who I love, but she already had 5 books to herself. Give us back the Mega!!!! Grrr.

This book had less of a coherent plot than Iced did, it was a bit more political intrigue than set action and adventure but it was still enjoyable. Mac and Barrons are still together yet at odds. Mac is dealing with having the Book inside of her and the effects on her being. Mac’s struggle for this book is mostly her struggles with the Book and past issues with Barrons that come to the forefront. There was a lot going on with side characters that I am intrigued to see develop in the next installment or so. Crossing my fingers for a new couple to ship so we will see.

Not much else to say. While a lot happened, not anything noteworthy happened, know what I mean? I definitely wish to see changes in certain characters in the next book and hope for a more solid plot to read. Otherwise I really enjoyed this installment in the series, but it seems as if its role is filler.

“You are what you are. Find a way to live with it.”

Iced

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

4.75 fecking stars!

“Dude, the bush is ready. Why you still beating around it?”
“I’ve lived a long time, kid, and I’ve never heard anyone mutilate the English language quite like you.”

Well, I went into this one with low expectations and ended up loving it!!! I’m on a real PNR kick right now and it’s working for me! Iced is a continuation of the Fever series, so it IS necessary to read the previous 5 books before reading this one.

So after the events of Shadowfever, we see the world from Dani’s perspective. Dani spends her time freeze-framing (superspeed) around Dublin, putting up the Dani Daily News and killing as many Fae as she can with her sword. Getting herself in a wee bit too much trouble, Ryodan steps in and forces Dani into a contract to work for him.

Together, Ryodan and Dani investigate a mysterious occurrence throughout the city. Areas and people are getting full on iced, within seconds before shattering. As it happens more frequently, Dani and Ryodan are pressured to stop it before it takes over the entire city.

“The more excited I get, the more I vibrate.”
“Now there’s a thought,” Lor says.
“If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up and never think it again,” Ryodan says.”

So, I fecking loved Dani. After having read so many complaints about her I expected to hate her, but it was the total opposite. Yes she’s young, but she’s a kickass heroine with a mission: to kill as many fae as possible and to keep humans safe.

There’s something so engrossing and enthralling about Moning’s writing style, I was completely lost in this book from the moment I cracked its pages until the very last page. She’s one of those authors I could read anything from, it’s just that addictive. Her descriptions are incredible. Seriously there was some messed up gory stuff in this book that made me sick to my stomach in many parts. But also lots of feels from the author.

I think it’s weird that when I bought this book, they had it in the romance section. Um, there is no romance in this book. There are possibilities, but honestly this was just pure urban fantasy! As for the romantic interests for Dani: Christian was super freakin creepy. I totally agree with everyone else on that. I kind of want him to be killed off. Ryodan I frickin loved!!! Yes he’s ancient but he never made a move on Dani. He recognized what a brilliant woman she was going to become so he wanted her in his life. Some may call that creepy but I disagree. In this book their relationship was platonic and I loved all of their interactions and verbal sparring. Best part of the book.


“He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”

“I do not have a crush—”

“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody could see it.”

“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”

“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’ My offer to teach you is still open. Save you from future embarrassment. If I can see it on your face, he can, too. ”

Most of all the tidbits of character development for Dani were pure gold. In tiny flashbacks and information from other people we see the trauma she’s been through and how her fierce personality is just something she hides behind. She doesn’t let anyone close, the closest was Mac before that fell apart. Her friends do try to get closer to her but Dani doesn’t want to open up. Like her friend Dancer, it’s obvious Dani is like family to him, but when he tries to convey this she pushes him away. The same she would do with others like Jo and Ryodan. I want so desperately for someone to break through her walls!!!

I’m not terribly excited about reading the next book. From what I deduced/understand Karen Marie Moning caved to all of the criticism and made the book from Mac’s perspective. What the hell? Isn’t this Dani’s series? Like I am for real pissed about the change, I was really looking forward to the continuation of the Dani story/perspective. We already had 5 books with Mac, why does she need another one? So basically I am going into the next book with extremely low expectations and with a little bit less respect for this author.

“You’ll never be just anything. A tsunami can never be ‘just’ a wave.”
“Get off my chin.”
“I like that about you. Waves are banal. Tsunamis reshape the Earth. Under the right circumstances, even entire civilizations.”
I blink.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I’ve been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It’s also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.

What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species.

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This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it’s finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm (and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t help matters). I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago. I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered. The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn’t a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you! I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she’s not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening.

Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won’t regret it. (And now the year long wait for the next book begins. Grr.)

The Hidden Library

The Hidden Library (Collector’s Society #2) by Heather Lyons

4.5 stars!

“Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

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Heather Lyons has done it again in a unique and beautifully written story surrounding our beloved literary characters. The Hidden Library is the second book in the series The Collector’s Society and must be read after reading the first book. This book picks up after the events at the end of the first book, with Finn running The Society. He and Alice are working to get answers out of their prisoners who had been tormenting The Society in the previous book.

Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the elusive big bad who has been destroying timelines and ending countless lives, but the further they get, the more questions they have. Finn and Alice also face old demons, enemies and threats along the way, hindering their search greatly.

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This book began a little bit slow for me, but that’s my fault because I waited so long to read this, I forgot some of the details. But it picked up very quickly before turning into an action packed novel with lots of plot twists and surprises. I love when the characters would venture into different timelines; I was enraptured by Finn’s hometown and riveted by the trip back into Wonderland. The author has such a vivid imagination, and reading this book was like stepping into real and new worlds.

I have to say I was kept guessing while reading this book, I never knew where it was going to go next. The plot is so beyond intricate with character dynamics, settings, and more, it’s a story that keeps you on your toes. I cannot wait to see what comes with the next book as this one was even better than the first.

My one teeny tiny little bit that wasn’t perfect: my heart bleeds for the White King. I still feel his connection for Alice is incredibly strong. I’m hoping he gets a love interest soon because I just feel so damn for the bad guy that I am ready to be on his team (or keep him for myself. I may do that instead). Otherwise, I loved this book!

“True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to live.”

First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

3 stars!

“Never knock on death’s door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
– T-shirt”

This is where I use this review to rant a bit. 3 stars is NOT A BAD RATING!! I enjoyed reading this so even if you mean well, please do not say sorry or better luck next time . Remember a 3 star rating according to Goodreads means I liked it . 4 stars is for REALLY liked and 5 is for LOVED.

Back to the real part of the review.

Charley Davidson can see dead people. Technically she’s a grim reaper and helps souls cross when they die on earth. Charley spends her time as a private investigator and also helps the police on the side. Her Uncle is a cop and knows about her abilities, so he often uses her to help solve difficult cases. When three lawyers turn up as ghosts, Charley discovers they were all killed at the same time in order to keep an innocent man in prison. On top of all of this, a sexy ghost thing named Reyes shows up in Charley’s sleep and does some crazy hot things to her.

“That took balls.”
“Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.”

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The best part of this book was the snark. I loved the author’s snark and Charley’s snark. When covering a topic as morbid as death it’s important to include the right balance of humor in order to make it not depressing. I especially found some of the stalker ghosts to be funny like the little blond girl.

I found it interesting that for such a central character the reader never spent a lot of face time with Reyes. He was talked about so much it would have been nice to actually here from him rather than about him. I think that may change in the next installments (at least I hope so).

“If I couldn’t be a good example, I’d just have to be a horrible warning.”

So why not a 4 or 5? Honestly, when I put this book down, I wasn’t eager to pick it back up. The mystery plot was all over the place and the plot lines seriously had some ADD going on. It became a little confusing the constant switch of what case Charley was working on. For lack of a better word, it didn’t feel like it was balanced very well.

So to reiterate, I enjoyed this book but didn’t love it. I’ve heard the series gets better as it goes on so I look forward to continuing it.

An Ice Cold Grave

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3) by Charlaine Harris

4 stars!

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This was the best book in the series so far! Harper Connelly was struck by lightning when she was fifteen. Since then she has been able to locate dead bodies and determine their cause of death. Harper and her step-brother Tolliver travel the US using her ability to make a living. Harper and Tolliver are brought to North Carolina on their most recent job in an effort to locate missing teenage boys. Not only does Harper locate their bodies, but it turns out there is a serial killer in this small town and he’s not happy that Harper has ruined his fun.

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An Ice Cold Grave was the best book in the series by far. I felt the mystery was way more interesting in this book and the way it unraveled had a nice flow, compared to the first two novels where it was very all of the sudden. The murders were much more gruesome than previous novels, which was a bit surprising.

But my favorite part was watching Harper and Tolliver FINALLY reveal their attraction to each other. It’s not gross to me because they’re not related, and they know each other better than anyone else. It made sense. Plus it was a bonus knowing Tolliver had been way more aware of it than Harper had. He was just waiting for her to realize it, too.

So if you like paranormal mystery with some romance thrown in, this is the series for you. I’m going to hold off on reading the next book as I don’t want this series to end!!!

Grave Surprise

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly #2) by Charlaine Harris

3.5 stars!

“I love the South, don’t get me wrong; but it does lag behind the times in social developments.”

The second book in a series of four, you must read Grave Sightbefore reading this book. Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver travel the US, using Harper’s ability to find dead bodies and to know how they died as a means of employment. This came about when Harper was struck by lightning when she was a teenager. Harper and Tolliver are called to Memphis for a grave reading in an old cemetery. While there Harper discovers the body of an eleven year old girl that she had searched for before.

Now the mystery begins as it was obvious someone put the body there for her to find, and instead of a random stranger having taken the girl, it’s someone close to home. Tied up in the case, Harper and Tolliver are stuck in Memphis and are further entwined in the case when another body shows up in the same grave, someone they know.

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I’m going to say this in the nicest way possible, while I like these books and they’re a wonderful urban fantasy guilty pleasure, I think that Charlaine Harris isn’t a very good writer. I’m sorry! But the way she writes almost excludes feelings, skipping around settings in a sentence where I have to go back and reread them because I missed it it was so quick. In fact, a ghost showed up and I had no clue he was a ghost until she explicitly said so four pages later! I guess what I’m trying to say is she isn’t always very clear with her writing.

“Nothing could stop tragedy from visiting your home. The angel of death would not pass over, leaving you unscathed, no matter how large your house was.”

Now here’s a small spoiler I’m not tagging: I went into this series knowing that a romantic relationship developed between Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver. And while it doesn’t bother me I could see how people would be a little creeped out by it, especially since they refer to each other as brother and sister in the books. But since I knew going in I felt it was fairly obvious what was developing since the beginning, and I’m not really creeped out by it because they aren’t blood related. It was interesting to see Harper’s revelation of her feelings in this book and I really want to see how she’ll handle it in the next book.

As for the mystery, it was slow and came together all too quickly at the end. As all of Ms. Harris’s books do. At this point I’m not reading for the mystery, I’m reading for the character development and the use of Harper’s abilities and how they affect her life. That’s the part I enjoy about these books.

So remember everyone, 3 stars means I liked it! Don’t pity the 3 star rating, I still very much enjoyed! I’ll continue the series as I am intrigued by these characters.

Grave Sight

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1) by Charlaine Harris

3.5 stars!

Ok, I’m going to be nice and round this up to 4 stars. My reasoning? I LOATHED, HATED Dead Until Dark by this author. I used to be Tru Blood obsessed (the television series) and the book series was a huge let down.

So when my manager/boss who doesn’t read PNR or urban fantasy very often told me that this was a guilty pleasure series, I HAD to read it. Plus this sounded like an adult version of the Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll) series 1-800-WHERE-R-U, a series I grew up on and loved.

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When Harper Connelly was a teenager she was hit by lightning in a freak accident that should have left her dead. Instead, she is left with the ability to locate dead bodies and can see what happened to them when they die. Harper along with her stepbrother Tolliver, travel the country making a living locating bodies and determining how they died. Most people think she’s a quack or spawn of the devil but they keep coming to her for answers.

In a small town in Arkansas, Harper is asked to find the body of a teen girl suspected to have been abducted or killed after her boyfriend supposedly committed suicide. Through a series of events Harper and Tolliver become entwined in the investigation of the two deaths despite desperately wanting to leave town. As time goes by and things become more twisted Harper cannot help but become curious, and soon she is working on the case herself.

I really enjoyed reading this. It surprised me because I hadn’t liked this author’s previous work, but this series is strong on its own and honestly much better than the Sookie Stackhouse series. I would love to see this book made into a series or film. So for those of you who like murder mysteries with a little bit of a paranormal aspect, this book is for you. Just ignore that godawful cover.

Omens

Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

“A friend helps you move; a real friend helps you move a body.”

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Olivia Taylor Jones is the only daughter of wealthy department store owners and engaged to a man well on his way into a career with politics. When she discovers that she was adopted, and that her real parents are a notorious serial killer due currently in prison, it sends her life into a tailspin. Completely shedding her old life, Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville where she meets her birth mothers appeal lawyer Gabriel. Together they investigate the final murder in order to see if her parents are really innocent.

“A Bad Omen is a warning. A sign to stop and reconsider. Proceed with caution.”

Kelley Armstrong is one of my all time favorite authors. Her Women of the Otherworld series is my all time favorite PNR series and I’ll read anything this woman writes. Omens is a little different from her usual genre. I would classify it as a mystery with paranormal elements and has potential for romance in the next installments of the series. This is not a paranormal romance novel in the strictest sense.

I really enjoyed this book, despite a very slow pacing there was not one moment when I was bored. Normally when books are slower I end up quitting but I was enthralled throughout the entire book. It’s not my favorite book by this author but I can feel that it has set up a lot for future books in the series. This book was like the tip of the iceberg and there is much more to come.

So if you like mysteries with strange elements, this is for you. And I’m crossing my fingers for more romance in the next book.

“The hounds will come to Cainsville and when they do, you’ll wish you made a very different choice today.”