Tag: fantasy

BOOK REVIEW: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

Title: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)
Author: Laurel K. Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
My Rating:

Book Description:

In a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States, Anita Blake is an “animator” – a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she’s often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself – the source of her unusual strength and power.

My Review

I remember reading this book about 3 or 4 years ago when my youngest son was in Rady’s Childrens Hospital for a few weeks. I was so stressed & worn out the books I read sort of went in & right back out again. I didn’t really get to enjoy them – I just go the basics of the stories. I figured to read this series again along with a few other ones I read during that time.

I don’t remember my first impression of this book – back then I wasn’t into quick reads or vampire books – more like I had a thing for books like The Stand & The Dark Tower series. This time around I read it & it seemed like what you think might be a plausible existence if there where actually vampires, zombies, weres, necromancers, etc in the world. Right off the bat you learn of the other major character after Anita – Jean Claude. He somehow stays in the back of your mind through out the whole book and really it is him that kept Anita alive. The author doesn’t say as much but its the logical answer when you think about the marks, etc. They not only kept Jean Claude alive but kept Anita alive as well.

I don’t remember much of the series except the were-panther parts & I hope re-reading this series will help me remember things and/or discover parts I missed the first time around. I need something to add to my head for the dreams I have.

BOOK REVIEW: Blood Veil: A Mission Novel (Mission #2)

Title: Blood Veil: A Mission Novel (Mission #2)
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
My Rating:

Book Description:

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

My Review

I am really glad this can be read as a stand alone. I picked a book to review from a series without reading the books that came before it. Thankfully I can catch up rather quickly since this is book #2 in the series.

This book was a quick easy read. It was a bit predictable but I feel that lets you focus on the characters. There are a few bits of ‘vampire lore’ I enjoyed as they where different than what I mostly read. I hope that they inspire other authors to branch out of the generic plots of vampire worlds. I felt there was a few details that could have been added since it states it can be a stand alone if wanted. It was also a little fast paced once they found Amelia. I was rather disappointed I finished the book because I got so involved in the world.

Over all this is a good book to read and I would read other books Megan Erickson has written.

I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

Book Review: Heat (Dark Kings #12)

Title: Heat (Dark Kings #12)
Author: Donna Grant
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
My Rating:

Book Description:

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude . . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole word goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?

My Review

This started out slow for me. I think because I picked up the series with book 12 and not the first one like people normally would. Once I got the jist of the series from the book I got into it and enjoyed it. I loved reading about a tough, ancient ‘man’ (though fictitious) accepted he loved someone. It was also nice to see the woman somewhat question her feelings instead of just falling head first into the relationship. It was also nice to see Nikolai was right that Ulrik wasn’t as bad as he seemed.

I plan on reading the first 11 books as well as any other after this and the cross overs. It has been awhile since I got taken with a world in books and I am happy I was able to do so again.

I received this book from Net Galley for this honest review.