Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dead Beat written by: Jim Butcher

The Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher is one of my favorites, it’s so technical and detailed you can’t help but see and understand what world Mr. Butcher is trying to draw you into. I used to read the books, but soon discovered Mr. James Marsters read the unabridged versions of the books. I listened to the ones I had already read and fell in love. Mr. Marsters voice is just captivating and blends perfectly with the Dresden books. I recently finished listening to “Dead Beat” book 7 in the series. This book was fantastic! Every time I think I have figured out what is going to happen and what the choices the main character has made something changes or something from the past comes to the present throwing a monkey wrench in everything. Mr. Butcher continues to take his old stories and incorporate them into the present story layering event upon event. I Love the main character Harry Copperfield Blackstone Dresden. He’s such an ass with his humor and second rate accessories. It is another supernatural series, but unlike the other series I read the human/mortal world is still mostly blind to the supernatural and fights at every event to not see what is right in front of their faces. The way Harry lives in both the supernatural world and the mortal world is quite amusing, seeing as Wizards do not do well around electronics or anything that’s modern such as a microwave, toaster, and fates forbid a computer! I love the other characters who have been introduced over time as well, this latest book I just have to say I love the character “Butters.” After having seen the show SouthPark and falling in love with Butters in the show and then listening to this book and getting to know the Jim Butcher’s “Butters” I have to say, they’re both similar and oh so charming. Of course the other characters I have come to love are still there as are the ones I loathe and fear. Still for as graphic and at times just darn depressing this story has the same sarcastic dark/light humor that makes you just love the Harry Character. You feel as if you are standing by the side lines rooting for him the entire way. I am not saying the main character is without flaws he’s quite flawed, but it is his flaws that make him so real and relatable to. Of course at times you want to smack him upside the head and go "What were you thinking?!" Overall I cannot wait to hear the next book and listen to Marsters voice tell Butcher’s tale word by word in such a way you have to keep listening and be drawn further and further into the story until before you know it, the book has concluded and you’re hearing “You have just listened to…” Wishing you could pop the next book in. I am almost scared to hear/see what will happen to Harry in the future this series does not scream "And they all lived happily ever after." Still, this series has a special place with me as it is the only series I listen to.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Water for Elephants by Sara Guen

Stupendous! Magical! Heart wrenching! Just mystifying.. and downright depressing. I say this a lot about books in one way or a another. But, Water for Elephants was just spellbinding. The story begins in such a way I found myself going wait what that’s the opening scene well where do we go from here? And then you are brought to the main character he’s no longer a strong young lad as you see him on the cover of the book (My friend’s mother lent me her book which has the movie cover not the original) but, as a frail man caught in a system that can break so many of our living seniors. The story itself the one about the circus was dark and foreboding, quite realistic showing how hard times were during the era this book took place. I am impressed with how authors research the topics they choose to write about, especially when it comes to fiction. To finish a book and learn so much of this was true is always a mixed blessing. The characters themselves seem so real and everyone who has ever been to a circus or fair will automatically be able to relate to this story and see in their minds eyes the scenes the author creates and even smell what is wafting throughout the story. The incredible thing about this book though I found was the shifting between the story of the young man and the present day old man. It was so bizarre to be in the young world during prohibition and the depression and then be thrown back into the modern era where though there is no depression this character was happier in his own past. It was like you were jerked back into reality and then hypnotized back into the past story. Not to mention when having to put the book down realizing there really is no sounds of the circus or smell of cotton candy and caramel apples. I loved this book, I do not want to be all preachy, but it also I hope shows young readers why it’s cruel to keep changing things on old people to rip them from what they’ve known what they’ve worked for their entire lives and then deposit them in a place where workers come and go, Drs medicate instead of talking to understand why these older patients are struggling or upset(I am not saying all places are like this, but a lot of the time our solution is take a pill and deal) If people took a moment and spoke to their elders they may learn about the past their story and become enchanted by it and learn a thing or two rather than just thinking their elders are old news. Yes! They are! But, they were there when events that are books now were real! The book has villains and heroes and those who can be neither because of the world they are trapped in. I wish I could spill so much about this plot and how much I admired the story in itself. From the ticket sales person, the hard manual labor guys, cake faced clowns, to the glitzy glam performers both humans and animals alike. It just flowed so well and kept you going and progressed in a grand way. It opens with a bang and ends in a melody. I have not seen the movie, but I am tempted to now just to see the colors of the movie and know how gritty and plastered over everything was in that day. I am glad I got to know my Great Grandmother and Nanny they both left me with some of their stories, and I wish they were around to compare and contrast this book, because they were there. If you read this book read the authors notes at the ends it will only add to the story.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Diary A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

Okay, now I read a lot of different kinds of books and some of them I find quite disturbing even upsetting at times. I am by no means a genius and some books manage to plum puzzle me. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, shocked, confused, and horrified me. This tale hit a little close to home because it talks about a woman who just waits for her next drink to dull the pain. No, I don't drink to dull any pain, and I am not saying I can relate to the main character in all ways, but I sometimes fear the events she faces being a young woman, married, and having my future ahead of me. When you're young the future seems so far away, but when you're an " young adult." You have to make decisions and you don't overly think "what if this is the wrong decision." No, that happens as you are older, and really no one knows if they have made the right decision until that decision leads them down the wrong wretched road and they are questioning their past decisions and realizing crap, nothing I can do now to change those decisions. This book was maddening and dizzy there was so much going on and I felt like clues were being dropped throughout the story that stood out like florescent puzzle pieces; only those pieces did not reveal anything until nearly the end. The main character I can almost sympathize for her, but at the same time there were all the red flags in her life. I will have to say and hope this does not give the plot away that the story was a cruel version of "The lottery." A short story that if you have read it you will understand it is not a happy tale, and utilitarianism in the extreme. This book took it a few steps further and played God with so many lives. I did not overly enjoy any of the characters in this book they did not seem wholly believable and they were so dingy and raw. The characters also were so abstract and barely had a face. The ending is clever enough though. The story only would work in the setting the author created anywhere else would never have worked. Perhaps I do not enjoy the main/lesser characters because I have seen people behave in similar ways. Anyway, I can appreciate the story and tale told, but I found this book just a tad too far out there and raw for me.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Help written by: Kathryn Stockett

The Help… Is being compared to many books and many stories, but what really jumps out at me is it’s being called “This generations To Kill A Mockingbird” I read this in a magazine, and saw they were making a movie of “The Help” the way commercials described it, it looked like a comedy, but to be compared to “To Kill A Mockingbird” told me there is no way this is a comedy. I actually loath when people say “It’s this generations so and so...” I find that if something is so great and it influences a generation then why can’t the same thing influence generations yet to come and present generations? And, many great books still do. So, I can’t say this book is this generations “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Because, this generation still reads and learns from To Kill A Mockingbird in and out of schools presently.  I saw the author similar to the Author of the previous mentioned book was also white, and had grown up in the South. Well, I thought I have to read this book, because it’s stirring up people and about to be made into a movie. Well, I am glad I did. Yes there are similarities, but like anyone growing up during this time, the stories are different and yet the same. I used to listen to my Great Grandmother speak, and then my Grandparents speak about times when they were young and even my parents views created vivid stories for me. I read To Kill a Mockingbird both as a child and later on in school. I found the book greatly depressing, but educational. It is interesting that a woman in this current age would write about a time in the 1960’s when so much was occurring. Similar to the Author of To Kill A Mockingbird to write in the late 1950’s releasing her book in 1960 about a few years during the great depression when the rights of many were still so screwed up in the South and just looking at a person the wrong way could get you killed. However, the same could be said about “The Color Purple, Raisin in the Sun” and many more books during the years. I found myself reading The Help and yes at times I was angry, sad, and uplifted. The story is not told by just one character, but told by three amazing women. The story progresses so well, and I found myself screaming at the book at times “No, Don’t!” “What!?” “What next!?” The chapters would end on a cliffhanger and I found myself remembering the movie Scream 3 (please don’t kill me for this comparison) During a scene in scream 3 the actors are at the Fax machine receiving faxes from the murderer/killer and it cuts off before they all find out who the Killer is going to grant mercy to. They all scream in agitation and anticipation…well that’s how I felt. I had to keep reading this book even though yes, it was depressing. I love history and many events in this book though didn't happen exactly when the author put them in (they amend this in the notes at the end of the book) it worked quite well with the story itself. Some may say the characters are too stereotypical, but during the times people were forced to be stereotypes, and many hid behind those to keep the real people hidden and safe. The way the community interacted both in front of one another and behind closed doors really was amazing, and the way the children were brought in also broke my heart. They friendships and relationships created, bent, and broken really made you think. I enjoyed this book immensely I won’t say it was my generations or this generations To Kill A Mockingbird I think this book was powerful enough to stand on its own and not be compared. It may not make everyone happy and it may upset many others, but when this happens I always remember a story Billy Joel shared with the general public. (I cannot say this story is true, but I always enjoyed it) The Pope hated and complained about his song as did the entire church “Only the Good Die Young” well Mr. Billy Joel wrote the Pope a thank you letter stating he could complain about his music publicly anytime. Record sales went through the roof apparently. Read The Help and you’ll understand why I make this comparison, if people are told “don’t read that, it’s trash, horrible, I can’t believe this….” I think it makes something even more popular, maybe not in the right way, but I think The Help personally is a good book, and I’ll probably read it again.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Fall: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

What can I say about “The Fall” Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan have stunned, amazed, and impressed me once again. Now, for those of you who have seen Pans Labyrinth, Blade II, Hell Boy 1 & 2, you are familiar with Del Toro’s style of directing and creating. Perhaps it is because of these movies I can picture what he writes all the better, but I think even without having his visual creations as reference I would still be able to see everything Chuck Hogan and Del Toro have created in part two of this Trilogy. NYC is so familiar now to me, at least its underbelly is familiar to me. The first book “The Strain” scared me, and as I said in my review of it “I’m so glad I knew this was a story” But, part two of the trilogy left me just as impressed, the book this time however greatly disturbed me. The creatures the authors bring about in this are not exactly unique, but impressive in their inhumanity vs. humanity both in the villains and survivors of this tale. I say survivor, because in the world these two writers have created there is no real room left for the magnificent white knight the world has long since made those figures impossible, instead we have our average folk just fighting for all their worth. They are not really living, but just getting by day to night, night to day. The Fall is properly titled because that what this book is, and I’ll not give away plot as usual, but I must say reading this book in the light amongst people only helped a little, perhaps reading it by oneself in a brightly lit room encased in concrete and a lead door may have made me feel more secure as the problem the characters face are both inner and outside forces messing with them every step of the way. The human psyche and heart after all can only endure so much is what we have been told, and yes people do crack but in this book you are amazed at what you can live/ survive though. Then again look at the world we actually live in and maybe this work of fiction is not so far off. I loved the Fall and eagerly await the conclusion of this trilogy hoping to answer questions I have, and yes to be scared and disturbed once more.  I have to ask myself can this series have a happy ending.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Barefoot Elin Hilderbrand

Picture a beautiful hot day in New England then enter three women that could be any three women.

 This book is written that most women I feel in their 20’s would feel like they are getting peak into their possible futures. Those in their 30’s and older can truly appreciate this book and relate to the archetypes; career woman, the mother, and the house wife all very common roles in life for women. It is interesting because once upon of time I thought mothers were all matronly, wore floppy hats, tended their gardens, had various craft projects, cooked meals, and minded their children. That has obviously changed over time, but I see a lot of young women doing these tasks and loving them. This book is written quite well and I am not quite sure how to explain the way it captures the life of these women on one particular summer. Though, I’m warning you ladies and men. At several points they say “wow they’re ancient, old, and way too old.” The oldest woman is 32! Now, I must say as I approach 30 I do not find it to be old especially compared to quite a few young 20 year olds.  I have to laugh at the younger 20 year olds in this book because I find myself relating to being in my mid 20’s and being smack dap in the middle of these characters ages relating to the young characters and to the older ones since I find myself approaching some of these life moments. The story itself shows that just because you’re out of your 20’s doesn’t mean you are old and wise. People are still growing and learning and trying to make sense of the world and their lives. There are points I felt very frustrated by the characters, but in a good way they felt so real, and the way they each touched their lives was very inspiring. The plot is not overly new, but the way it’s presented is rather fresh and the Josh character is very refreshing and could be the boy/man of many girls/ladies dreams. Overall, it is a great read on a summer sunny day out in the yard or on a sandy sunny beach. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Neverwhere: Neil Gaiman

Have any of you ever seen or read Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass? I sadly have not had the pleasure of reading the Alice books, but I have seen Disney’s version, and several other live action movies. I must say Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere book makes me think of the White Rabbit. I can just picture Mr. Gaiman having that White Rabbit lure Alice or, us as the readers into his world he has altered and then created. This book starts off normal enough for a Neil Gaiman book that is. Then Mr. Gaiman who reminds me of the White Rabbit throws us down that damn hole slaps us around a bit, and hurls us smack dab into madness. At times you think you’ve got a handle on the world, and then you are lost. Sad thing is there’s a main character who is the one who is being forced into the dark world Mr. Gaiman has created. It’s dark, dangerous, and forgotten by anyone who truly matters. The characters are enjoyable they’re written just enough to get you to know and enjoy them to an extent. Alas, sometimes I find Mr. Gaiman doesn’t give us enough about his characters to really make us understand them, but just enough to care for them. I will say this though every page lures you further into his world and makes you wonder which world really matters. The main character is a nice fellow who really should have just kept walking, but as Neo learned in the Matrix there’s really no going back. My only real complaint is as I have seen in the past the story does not fully conclude similar to past books I have read by Neil Gaiman. Other than that the story really brings you in and has you feel many emotions especially concerning those who are part of the Neverwhere world.  I have never been to London but after reading this I feel I know a bit about the old city… at least it’s subways and sewers that is.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Peach Keeper Sarah Addison Allen

Okay, for all of you out there picture the person whose always been there for you, no matter what you know that person is there for you. A bond of friendship that just lasts regardless of time, events, neglect, and life. Perhaps once you hesitated in picking up that phone, but then they just appeared and made it all right. Now add a dash of mystery and some rich upper class and a fallen family who have a dymanic trait that can't be smothered. The Peach Keeper made me value all the friendships I have and even the ones I no longer have. It's a great story that I had to read twice just because it was a good story it left you happy and fullfilled, it was a one time novel no second needed in a world of so many series, it told a story it had you escape the world and transported you to the two main characters lifes and their side backup characters just end with a smile. This book may not be some great life changing book that has some big message, but it's a great story that really again makes you treasure what you have and again even lost. It also shows us it's never too late to revive and make a new everlasting bond.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pride & Prejudice Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

Okay Recently I read Jayne Austin's Pride & Prejudice and really I quite enjoyed it. The timeless whit and humor were rather refresing in the less eloquent smash your face in the plot style of today. Then again, that's rather harsh there are a lot of writers of today who write quite well, but Ausin was just light with heavy topics of the time. Now, this book, is an X rated book that I was laughing through the entire time. I don't know if it was actually good, or more just fascinating in how this author interpreted Austin's book and scraped away all that was proper and set off dynamite revealing the very scandelous and sexual nature of every character in the book. Scenes were just utterly ridiculous and so off the wall a few times I caught myself going .."really?! No one notices this?!" It was a fun read I don't know if I would call it for everyone, but for those of you who enjoy the laugh at the very nature of humans when it comes to their sexual natures would probably find this very amusing and oddly delicous. I for one will never look at these classic characters quite in the same light, but each story has it's place amongst society, and if you want to read and go "Oh My gosh! No they didn't!?" This book is probably for you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Have you ever read a book that instantly you thought to yourself..."I am so glad this is just a story?" and yet you would find yourself becoming increasingly scared or even terrified at what was befalling the characters in the book? This is what "The Strain" was to me. I found myself instantly sucked into this story don't let the typical is it just another end of world monster book disuade you from reading this, it was sooo amazing. Every page made me think I was gaining a larger piece of the stories puzzle that perhaps the next page I would finally understand what was going on and how these characters may just succeed where fate obviously wished them to fail. Del Toro and Hogan are just amazing in their writing style and plot they put together. The characters you really can understand what is going through their minds by both their internal dialogue and their actions seen from others. There were a few times I had to stop reading and look around just to make sure the world was still here and the light was still on. Really a great horrific very modern read  it grabs from both the past, present, and shows us an entirely too scary future that would terrify any generation.

Oh and it's a Trilogy! Which for once I am A okay with! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The book of Rachel By Joel Gross

A few weeks ago I read a book that my friend Jacie lent me... I wasn't expecting what I read. If you are expecting the typical historical romance novel following the beautiful heroine who somehow beats backs the trial of time and love...well this sooo isn't that book. This book follows a Jewish family through the ages beginning in the year 1484 in Spain. For those of you who study history you know this is a bad time for the Jewish populace. For those of you who don't it is during the Spanish Inquisition. Not only does it follow the family, but this book also follows an amazing diamond which manages to carry on the main character(s) families story. This family is really spectacular in how it creates a tradition from something so profoundly horrifying and beautiful. I hesitate to give anything of the plot away but it ends in the year 1979. I probably felt every emotion while reading this book its a wonderful way to bring non-fiction and fiction into a perfect blend though there is a lot of discord in these stories and its definetely not for the faint of heart. However, for those of you wishing to have a bit of history in your life as well as a spectacuar story this book is definetely for you.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hit List by: Laurell K. Hamilton

kay, I've been reading these books faithfully for over ten years now...Hell, I've had my husband and gf's friends become jealous of the fictional male characters we've been in love with for years. I've pleaded with friends to keep reading to say "they get better I swear it's not over after Obsidian Butterfly, she builds character, please keep reading."..I've told people "it's not just about sex..." Well, okay I'm done, if you want to give up on this series go ahead I can't I'm too invested in the characters that I've grown up with, and learned to love over the years. I think to properly sum up this book you really need to read it and the series to really see what has happened here... Picture a Kevin Smith movie...all talk little action but there's whitty humor jokes of lesser taste and some really amusing moments...Kevin Smith has claimed he's a lazy director, he'd love to just have Ben Afflex and someone else talking about something action pack occuring rather than having to direct said action packed scene...well Laurell has done that with her writing,she's become lazy her book did a lot of "This we've got to do this and this is going to happen!" Well, NOTHING HAPPENED! Hit List when it first was announced it was said this book would be a book that the gauntlet would be thrown down and picked up. St. Louis would become a battle Ground Anita and her men/team/ friends so to speak, versus the Mother of all Darkness and her ancient team...well this book was soooo not what was promised instead let's do what the books have been doing forever and mainly since Micah.. Picture if you will :Overweight bulky racistsexist cop whose all big and painful stereotype, he hates Anita because why? Well turns out the Anita character is petite big boobed and cute! Plus she knows how to shoot a gun, kick ass, and give anyone shit who dishes it out to her. NO FRIGGEN WAY! We've only known this since the first friggen book?Why must we hear the same description of Anita and characters we already know over and over again 20 books we've got it. And, if a character is minor and only in one scene I don't know the bulk, hair cut, dyed eyebrows, rippling muscles, or even boob size! Oh and guess what Spoiler alert Edward aka Ted is also in the book and guess what people...he has a cold blooded stare! What really? We've only known that since the first book too....really!? So turns out someone or something is murdering supernaturals not the first time and Anita and Ted are on the case...guess what she's away from her men, but somehow finds a few men that like her instantly and thus her powers can somewhat be controlled but not to the extent she needs to yet again have sex with a stranger!  Anita protests like she ALWAYS does and then more talk talk talk talk talk occurs... at least when it was about sex in the books SOMETHING happened! Laurell Keeps throwing men into the books, men do not equal more plot. I love Anita still, really I do, I love most of the men alas most of the new ones I can't even remember their names since she keeps adding them every book... I'll keep reading the series but in all honesty I can no longer call Anita my Hero and this series my favorite something bad happened and I can't stand multiple books whose endings are just pure cop-outs in the end. 

There I said it and it's a lot politer than what I originally thought...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dead Reckoning Written by Charlaine Harris

Finished latest Charlaine Harris book Dead Reckoning a few weeks ago..I really enjoyed it, but I really wish series could end these days, but I'm very puzzled as to where Charlaine is going with her series.Someone today asked isn't that just a romance novel basically? No, I read romance novels and honestly I feel any book with a female main character runs the risk of eventually falling into the romance slot even if it isn't. After all how else would a female or even male reader relate to a neural brain surgeon, homicide detective, vampire slayer, paranormal investigator, if they couldn't find some normal ground such as love? The sookie character may have love interests, but it's not porn as many a people see on HBO's True blood, which is sooo not the Sookie book series. Though the book Sookie enjoys sex just as much as the next women her love sadly doesn't seem to ever work out, and though she has no real supernatural strength and yes men have saved her she's women enough and modern enough to fight her own battles where she can. I enjoy the sookie character as she is a modern woman who is on the fringe of both the normal and supernatural world not quite fitting in either she's not overly beautiful, strong, or even bright, but she's trying to make the best of it and will pour any guest a glass of blood, tea, or beer as is Southern Hospitality. The latest book was a total set up for the next book that I'm sure will come lose ends are barely tied up, but the book itself was amusing and did not lag and kept you wondering. I look forward to the next book and am not ready to give up this series... then again when was the last time I gave up any series? Wait never mind Terry Goodkind's sword of Truth I gave up on like book 9 or 10..

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Peterson Field Guides Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants written by: Steven Foster/Rogers Caras

Now for some non-fiction fun...Just finished reading Peterson Field Gudies Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants by Steven Foster/ Roger Caras. Well, it was an educational read and at the same time very SCARY! Im staying in New England compared to the rest of the United States there's a lot less animal, plant, and insect wise that can kill you. Just wow! I'm glad I read this and took notes and kept reading and will read this book again to keep an eye out for such things when Stormy is hiking with Nick and I, or just me going out into the big wide world. There's a few plants in here I remember playing with as a child and it seems the plant world mostly focuses on "breathing failure, cardiac disturbences, convulsions, paralysis, and death among many other things... yup plants=bad...and I love plants! 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Written by: Stephen Chbosky

This book I read was one I've already read, but read when I was very young probably in Middle School if memory Serves me right. The book I am speaking of is The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky. Now that I'm older I can take past experiences and knowledged gained over the years to really get this book and it's awesome! I loved this book so much! Thanks Jacie for lending it to me again :) It is definetely a favorite. The story follows a very awkward Wallflower who finds his nitch as best he can and reveals some very interesting and disturbing life experiences a very awesome read. 

All Just Glass Written by: Amelia Atwater Rhodes

to channel my younger self I purchased the latest Amelia Atwater Rhodes books that I did not have. All just Glass is the continuation off of her vampire series, I must say the writing was lack luster the story was so quick and had no real depth that I couldn't really fall in love or make a connection to the characters... I love In the forest of the night, and especially Demon in my view, actually all her books are fairly on par with the rest, but this more recent one just made me cringe a little. I wish more was done with it, but whatever. The next book in the series is Persistence of Memory which totaly rocked! I loved it hands down and I still love how Amelia uses her world and drags old and new characters with little mention of each to keep you connected somehow to past books. I really think she needs to expand in her writing and descriptions in order to have more than a little over a hundred page book. I'm not saying go the route of Steven King where he takes forever just to explain a Green Mile, but a little more than dialogue would be appreciated... she's grown up so her writing should grow up more I see a little in this recent book.

Books, Books, and more Books! 1st Review Wyvernhal Written by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

So, after having friends read my little posts on books I've read in the past and currently, one suggested why not blog these reviews. I read a lot, and sometimes it's tough to talk about a book seeing as not everyone reads the same books as me, or really wants to talk about the book. I had a mission to read 1,000 books before I was 30 I reached that goal 9 years early, and though I'm no literary expert or even an English major. I do know what I like, and I like wait, correct that I love books! So I hope someone can join me in my love for books and let me know, what they think of the books I read and if my opinion on the matter matches or is completely off of what they think.

 Miss Atwater Rhodes Book I read was the conclusion of her shape shifter series Wyvernhal a very complex story with a lot of world detail and at the same time no detail, I miss the original characters whom are only a generation removed and barely mentioned I understand each book follows a main character and expands the story, but for a conclusion so many questions were left unanswered and you really wonder if any real issues were resolved? Still an interesting take on shifters and their culture/society. wish again there was more meat to this book. But, overall I enjoyed it.

So, there's my first review I hope you can agree with me or disagree with me when it comes to my reviews. Comments are welcome discussions very welcome.

Thank you,
Nikki MJ Blake