Saturday, September 26, 2009

Evernight

Evernight (Evernight Novels (Hardback)) by Claudia Gray

This is an enjoyable YA read about a young girl who is new to Evernight Academy. Not the typical vampire novel, but unfortunately nothing all that unique here either.

Still, the characters are likeable (or not, in some cases!) and this first installment definitely leaves you wanting more to the story.



The Missing Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery by Karen E. Olson


From Amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
The Painted Lady, a tattoo shop in contemporary Las Vegas, and its owner, artist turned tattooist Brett Kavanaugh, are central to this pleasantly jargon-free themed mystery from Olson (the Annie Seymour mysteries). When a woman requests a devotion tattoo from Brett and then vanishes, her disappearance is quickly linked to a series of murders involving tattooing equipment and rival shop Murder Ink. Brett's police detective brother, Tim, requests her expertise, and a murder at an engagingly excessive fictional hotel leads to Brett meeting its mysteriously handsome manager, Simon Chase, providing a solid base for further sleuthing and romance. Readers need not be conversant with street flash or other industry terms to enjoy the setting and follow Brett down a trail of needles and gloves to the dramatic finale. (July)
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I thought this was a refreshing change from the usual craft, cooking, or paranormal cozies that are so popular lately. While I like those others quite a bit, this one was just so much fun to read! It even made me want to go get a tattoo :)

4 1/2 stars, and will definitely read the next one!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love this series! I read books 4 and 5 back to back, and have the 6th one coming to me - hopefully it will be here soon!

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) by J.R. Ward

This book in the series features Butch, the human who was a cop that just learned way too much about the vampires and the black dagger brotherhood. Now he lives and fights with them. Still, he feels like an outsider. Especially since he's in love with Marissa - a vampire female who (he believes) does not want anything to do with him.

Lots of surprises in this one, especially about Butch, who has far more to him than meets the eye!!


Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) by J.R. Ward

Next up is Vishous's story. After a particularly bad fight, he is rushed to a human hospital because of a bullet wound - and meets Jane. He immediately connects with her, which causes all sorts of problems! We also learn about his childhood, the abuse he suffered at his father's hands, and with him, we find out who his mother is.

While the relationship between him and Jane is good, the far more interesting parts of this book deal with his relationship with his mother and with Butch. I wasn't really happy with the way the book dealt with him and Jane, but hopefully during the next book it will become a bit more palatable.

Catching up on Reviews!

Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 7) by Victoria Laurie

The FBI has asked Abby for help with a case involving missing teenagers, so she heads to DC with her partner Candice. Unfortunately, she meets some resistance from the head of the task force, and Dutch's boss. But of course, she manages to prove herself!

This was a really good addition to the series. A good, solid mystery with plenty of red herrings thrown in, some intrigue, romance, and a big surprise ending that has me counting down until the next book in the series comes out!!


Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) by Richelle Mead

This is by far one of the best YA Vampire series written. I love Rose, tough but tender-hearted, who at the beginning of this book has set out to find and kill Dimitri, who has been turned into a Strigoi. She leaves Lissa behind at the Academy, and is out in the world alone, with no idea where to go or if she'll succeed in her quest.

Of course, both her and Lissa end up in very scary situations and they both learn how strong they really can be.