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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review of LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC


























THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC may be purchased here.

THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC
Patricia Rice

Dylan "Oz" Ozwin has been receiving messages from the mysterious "Librarian" with leads to finding his kidnapped son.  The Librarian has led him to Syrene, a former child singing sensation.  Philippa Seraphina Malcolm James Henderson, who goes by Pippa, doesn't want anyone to know that she was once Syrene.  Pippa has made a life for herself in a small California town and wants to be left alone and to not hurt anyone.  Oz is determined to find his son and no one will stop him.

THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC is an entertaining romance with paranormal elements and an intriguing storyline.  I had a little trouble warming to the hero, because he seemed a little pushy and self-absorbed.  However, as the character is developed, throughout the story, he becomes more appealing.  Even so, my favorite character is Conan, Oz's  computer geek brother.  Pippa is a likable, if tempestuous character, who has cut herself off from almost everyone, with good reason.  Pippa has learned to control her emotions, because of her unique abilities.  When Pippa learns that Oz isn't affected by her voice, it is something of a relief that she can be herself around him.  Pippa and Oz's relationship grows slowly from two people, who distrust each other, to a couple, who trust and love each other.  There is, also, a good mystery about who kidnapped Oz's son, and why he was kidnapped. 

All in all, THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC is a nice romance with a neat mystery and lovely characters.  I really hope Ms. Rice writes Conan's story, soon.

NOTE:  I was sent this book, in return for an unbiased review.








                                                                                                                                                             

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review of LOTHAIRE


LOTHAIRE can be purchased here.

LOTHAIRE
Kresley Cole

Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, is one determined vampire and is, totally, focused on his "endgame".  Lothaire seeks to rule the Horde vampires, but before that can happen, he must aid the being whom he thinks is his mate, Saroya.  Saroya, the vampire goddess, has been cursed to only possess humans and has no body truly her own.  Lothaire intends to turn Elizabeth "Ellie" Peirce, the human Saroya has possessed, and get rid of her spirit, so that Saroya can have her body all to herself.  Before Lothaire can do this, he has many things to do, such as obtain a magical ring. Lothaire decides the best place for Ellie is prison, where his enemies want think to look for her, and where she is headed after Saroya goes on several killing sprees using her body.  However, Lothaire doesn't count on Ellie's intelligence and tenacity.

The Immortals after Dark is my favorite series, and I've been waiting for great anticipation for Lothaire's story.   Lothaire is one seriously messed up character, who is driven by revenge and, also, a little mad from all the memories, that he has absorbed by draining his victims dry.  I had trouble seeing how Ms. Cole could possibly redeem Lothaire, but thankfully, she doesn't disappoint.  Lothaire is redeemed, somewhat, but still has a serious edge to him-- he is not someone to mess with.  Elizabeth is one spunky heroine, which she has to be, in order to stand toe to toe with Lothaire.  Elizabeth gets knocked down, but keeps getting right back up and fighting.  There is plenty of action, and intense, hot, love scenes in this novel, and it is not for the squeamish, because Lothaire can be one brutal dude. 

All in all, LOTHAIRE is a great read and makes an excellent addition to the IAD series.

NOTE:  This is my personal copy and I gave an unbiased review.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review of VAMPIRE GENERAL: INTERN WITH THE VAMPIRE


VAMPIRE GENERAL can be purchased here.

VAMPIRE GENERAL
Kit Iwasaki

Aline Harmon, an intern at Weston County Hospital, is having a bad day after listening to Dr. William Rocque, a patient in the ER, about another patient in the ER and getting fired.  Aline's day turns even stranger when Rocque offers her an internship at a hospital, that she has never heard of.  Intrigued, Aline follows Rocque to the hospital and enters a world, that she never knew existed. 

VAMPIRE GENERAL is a unique tale, that reminded me of an episode of ER, with the added bonus of vampires, mermaids, and other paranormal creatures.  Aline is a great character, and I got wrapped up in her story.  The other characters in this story are intriguing and surprising, too. One character, who I thought had villainous tendencies, shocked me by doing something totally heroic.  Aline's shift has so many ups and downs, that it is a real rollercoaster ride, and I found myself rooting for her. 

NOTE:  I was sent this book, in return for an unbiased review.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Check out this giveaway at Tiffany's Bookshelf

Tiffany's Bookshelf: 200 Book Celebration Giveaway: At the beginning of 2011, I set a crazy goal to read and review 200 books this year. Believe it or not, I actually accomplished my goal, an...