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BOOK REVIEW-The Falling of Love-Marisa Oldham

I don’t usually read the romance genre, but the blurb got me intrigued with the rock scene setting.

Some of the scenes were rather too racy for me, but the characters and story made it worth the cringe factor. If you like an emotional story with exciting twists (and a good helping of sexy times), then this is worth a read.

The Falling of Love (Falling, #1)The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Falling of Love was an enjoyable read.
The story begins with the all too familiar ‘sullen new boy walks into school’ scenario, which came across as insta-love, but then developed to capture their blossoming relationship. The characters came alive as the book progresses. Grace starts out a Mary-Sue, but with each difficulty and heartbreak she faces she becomes more believable, making me feel for her with each twist.
The switching perspective from Grace to Ian works well to build empathy for both, though in a few places it became confusing.
Oldham uses lots of exposition at times, with descriptions of characters and setting slowed the pace, and felt clunky. However, Grace and Ian’s sweet and often tumultuous love story compelled me to read on despite the book’s flaws.
I’m curious about how Graces life unfurls in the next book in this series.

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BOOK REVIEW-Crimson Death-Laurell K. Hamilton

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Anita Blake novel took a while to get going, but soon hooked me with the return of another familiar character from Anita’s past, and the excitement of wondering who or what she’d meet on her travels.

Yet again Blake has managed to find a new twist to the vampire genre, bringing a whole new level of danger to threaten her characters.
The climax was perfect, despite the fact that we pretty much know our heroine will survive to see another supernatural case in this long-running series, there was still a sense of jeopardy that our beloved characters lives and sanity are at stake.

I’m all about the mystery solving, fights and supernatural, and Crimson Death gave it all.

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BOOK REVIEW-Dead Ice-Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24)Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dead Ice has what I love best about Hamitlon’s Anita Blake books-action zombies, vampires and were-animals, and suspense and thrills- both horrifying and titillating.

I am thrilled that Hamilton is back firing all guns in this installment of the Anita Blake series after the novella Jason, which seemed a placeholder. However, I did skim read parts which I felt over explained domestic/ bedroom arrangements. The sex-politics are getting overcomplicated. I understand that Hamilton wants to give all of her readers a fix of who they fancy, but I’m having trouble keeping up with the who’s-who of Anita’s lovers. Perhaps I’m being selfish, as I’m all-over Jean Claude.

I enjoyed the crime investigation and supernatural elements… It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here..
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It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here, exploring Anita’s new powers. The twist on the the zombie trope was fun and scary. Though I was happy how the relationships panned out.

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BOOK REVIEW-The Secret King-First Contact-Dawn Chapman

The Secret King - First ContactThe Secret King – First Contact by Dawn Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of The Secret King Trilogy, I was excited to find out what happened to Kendro and his people. I was not disappointed. This sequel has even more explosive action, political intrigue, romance, and betrayal.
As the Aonise make first contact with the humans that inhabit the planet earth, which they hope to make their new home, we are introduced to a host of new, human characters some friendly, some not so accepting of the new refugees. Kendro and his people strive to establish a base on the new world, helped by some familiar allies and new friends, while continuing to negotiate their own society’s conflicts and their personal lives. Most of the Aonise want to make friends with the human residents, and build bridges with those who want them to leave. Some have a much different, darker agenda.
While this space opera has the fantastic elements of aliens with strange powers, and futuristic technology, the tensions and bonds between the two species are believable and realistic, and the characters are well rounded and empathetic.
I especially liked the interrelationships between human and Aonise characters, which highlighted the similarities and differences between the two species.
I was happy that some of my favourite characters got to explore and thrive in this new world, discovering new friends and strange customs (having a pint). There were also heartbreaking moments which left me shocked. The ending was bitter sweet but satisfying. Now need to know what happens next!

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BOOK REVIEW-Soul Catcher-Rowanne S. Carberry

The Soul CatcherThe Soul Catcher by Rowanne Carberry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read. Being a fan of supernatural crime stories, and kick-ass female protagonists, I loved the premise of this novel.
The reader is plunged straight into Jemma’s world, sharing her confusion and fear as events unfold.
Scenes of torture and carnage are described in gruesome, but not gratuitous detail. The villains were terrifyingly believable.
While I empathised with the main character, seeing the horrors that that she is forced to witness, I felt I would have liked to have had more backstory to know her better. I like Jemma is vulnerable and upset through many of the scenes, but does harden and begin to embrace her role as the story progresses.
While the chemistry between Jemma and her love interest felt exciting and believable, it did seem progress quite rapidly.
I want to read more of her exploits, and see how she adapts to her new role. Also it would be lovely to read more about the rest of the supernatural team, and her relationships with them.

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