Terribly sorry about the recent lack of reviews. Medication changes can be a pain. Now that I’m off the med that was causing me to have no energy I’ll be able to get a lot more done, including reviews. However, of course for the first while after I start having energy my first response is, “oh my god look at this house. CLEAN!” So that delays me a little further. Yet fear not—soon!
Archive for October, 2011
Pros: Interesting world-building, and an interesting way of integrating history and fantasy.
Cons: The heroine can be irritating at times, and I wish I understood more of why some of the conflict was taking place.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Review book courtesy of Penguin Group
When Rhys Williams finds out that King Henry VIII’s new wife may be in peril, he convinces his old friend Verity Llewellyn to come to court and aid him. Verity wants very much to prove herself capable, and when they learn that it may be a vampire that threatens the queen, Verity knows she must train herself to be able to face this threat. Though they each have different suspects, they must each move past their past and work together, otherwise the queen and her child may both perish.
Pros: I was totally, absolutely on the edge of my seat, and there are some fantastic characters in here!
Cons: Gah! I have to wait for the next two books to find out what happens! Be aware there’s some definite dark material here
Rating: 5 out of 5
Review book (e-book) courtesy of Shiloh Walker
Lena Riddle is a chef at a small-town bed-and-breakfast. She lives out on the edge of nowhere, and one of her best friends owns the B&B she works at. She’s also blind. In daily life this doesn’t cause any problems for her—it’s more of a problem for those who stare at her and don’t know how to cope with the fact that she can handle herself. But one day, she wakes up in the middle of the night to hear a woman screaming for help in the woods behind her house.
The police reaction runs the gamut from the condescending deputy who suggests she shouldn’t be living alone to the sheriff who at least realizes she believes what she’s saying, but can’t do much once his people have checked the woods and found nothing. Luckily, Lena has an unexpected ally—the grandson of a recently-deceased town fixture has returned to fix up his grandmother’s old house. Ezra King is a state police officer, injured in the line of duty, and he’s still contemplating whether he wants to return to his old job or not. He immediately takes a liking to Lena, and is one of the handful of people who treat her like a normal person. In particular, when she says she heard someone screaming, he believes her. And he’s determine to find out what’s going on—even if the process of doing so tears the entire town apart.