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Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017

Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017

I'm back! This is my first WIR since last January. Did you miss me? I have been reading debuts and they get full reviews and I have been a bit slow at reading other books. Although I am back now with the books I have read in between debuts. Let's get to it. What did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017
I received Kelley Armstrong's novella Lost Souls from the publisher via NetGalley a few weeks go. This story is set in the world of the author's Cainsville series with Gabriel on the case to debunk a popular urban legend of a girl in a white dress hitchhiking on a quiet back road. Gabriel is a lawyer and wants to solve the case but his investigator (and love interest?) Olivia is out of town. Determined the solve the mystery Gabriel has to face his past in order to find the clues that leads him to the woman in white.

I haven't read any of the book from the Cainsville series but I still enjoyed this novella. The story was told through POVs from two of series' characters - Gabriel and the supernatural Patrick. Through their inner dialogue we get to learn both about the opposite character but also about the background characters such as Olivia and her boyfriend Ricky. I really enjoyed how the urban legend played out and thought it had just the right amount of creepy....just like a good urban legend. Fans of this series need to check out Lost Souls.

Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017
Another book I received from NetGalley was The Turn by Kim Harrison. This is the prequel to The Hollows series and set in the late 60's. Trisk is a woman and dark elf trying to make a name for herself in a male, light elf dominated world. When her genetically modified tomato gets hacked and becomes the carrier for a virus that kills off hundreds of thousand humans Trisk is left on the run in order to save herself, her race and humanity.

I really liked The Hollows series with Rachel, Ivy and the caustically funny fairy Jenks. I am not sure what I was expected with The Turn but I really struggled to finish it. Many of the characters were back as their younger selves but almost unrecognisable. Trent was particularly loathsome. I kept trying to find out if it was the same Trent from the original series as I couldn't believe how horrid he was and wondered how he could actually become Rachel's love interest 30-40 years later. I think that Harrison spent too much time building up the conditions to have the virus released via tomatoes and could have spent more time after the tomato induced apocalypse. For big fans of the Hollows series I wouldn't be in a rush to read this one. If you haven't read any of the series then maybe start with The Turn which will make the other books all that much better.

That is it for me this week. Fingers crossed with more for me to tell you about next week.

Lost Souls
A Cainsville Novella
Subterranean Press, December 15, 2016
       eBook, 192 pages
Subterranean Press,  March 31, 2017
       Hardcover, 192 pages
Cover by Xaviere Daumarie

Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017
The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

The Turn
  The Hollows Begins with Death
Gallery Books, February 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - February 19, 2017
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce you to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 22, 2016

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016

Welcome back ( I say to myself). This should be What I Read on Holiday rather than my Week in Review but I didn't want to have to dream up a new header image.  Which I think I need a new one as my lovely keyboard Kindle died a few years. Anyway, let me tell you what I have been reading since I last posted.

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
I was instantly drawn to the cover of The Emperor's Railroad by Guy Haley and I wasn't disappointed with what happens behind the cover. This is a novella, told in first person by the young boy Abney. Abney and his mother are trying to travel across a Z-poc ravaged land to find her relatives when they come across Quinn, a Knight of the Dreaming City. Quinn doesn't look like your typical hero but he is and saves Abney and his mother more than once. This is a perilous journey and one that leaves neither Abney, his mother nor Quinn unscathed.

I really enjoyed this story. I haven't read a story written in the first person for some time. I don't know why but stories written in the first person are not always that 'digestable'. The Emperor's Railroad reads very much like you are reading Abney's memoirs and it's quite the story to tell. A great short read. I wonder what happens next? I won't have long to find out as The Ghoul King (Dreaming Cities 2) is out in July.

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
I discovered another short story - Waylaid by Kim Harrison which is a cross over between Harrison's The Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. In this short Rachel from the Hollows finds herself in Peri's apartment and not sure how to get back to her own magical world. This is very much a story of trusting the new and unbelievable and having a little faith in the unknown. I am a little bit 'mmmmm' about Waylaid. I can't say that I really liked it, at least not as much as The Hollows series but then again, I didn't really enjoy The Drafter that much where the story is set. I think if I had enjoyed that more I would have enjoyed this merge of the two worlds. It is a short story so I didn't suffer for long!

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
The last story I am going to tell you about is The Corporation Wars: Dissendence by Ken MacLeod. This is the first novel in the Corporation Wars Trilogy. You may know that I like watching science fiction better than I like reading it but I thought I would give this story a go. This novel is one of the few occasions where the title gives the story away. This is the story of two corporations that end up going to war when their robots gain sentience and want a few answers to their purpose in life. Brought in to fight them are the rebels and anarchists from centuries ago as they battle in a virtual world. Basically this is man vs machine. Who will survive?

I think this book was 'ok'. It is a bit long winded but overall a good story. I liked the chapters about the robot insurgence over those about the virtual reality fighters. If you are a SF fan then I would definitely give this a go.

Well folks, that is it for me this week. I hope you have missed me :). Lucky for you I will back next week so until then Happy Reading!

The Emperor's Railroad
The Dreaming Cities 1, April 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 144 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

Until now…

The Hollows / Peri Reed Chronicles
Pocket Star, April 4, 2016
eBook, 100 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book Reviews) Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence
The Corporation War Trilogy 1
Orbit (US), May 10, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Orbit (US), September 27, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 22, 2016
They've died for the companies more times than they can remember. Now they must fight to live for themselves.

Sentient machines work, fight and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners - the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light-years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick.

With this new found autonomy come new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead.

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is an all-action, colorful space opera giving a robot's-eye view of a robot revolt.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 20, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014

Hello! Sorry to have missed you last week but I did leave you with a full review of Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel instead. I hope you enjoyed it. To all those Doctor Who fans out there (waves at Qwill) you will be very jealous to know that I am watching the first episode of the 9th season as I type this. Its very exciting already and only 5 minutes in. Anyway back to books. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
I was very excited to learn that Kim Harrison had started a new series and when the first book of the Peri Reed Chronicles  - The Drafter appeared on Amazon I was quick to pre-order it. I really enjoyed her The Hollows series and felt very satisfied with the ending of Rachel Morgan's story. I wasn't so satisfied with the first in Peri's story however and let me tell you why.

Peri Reed is a of the few.  She is working for a covert organisation called Opti and she is their star agent. So what is a drafter you may ask? A drafter is someone who can change the timeline. All drafters are accompanied by an anchor who helps them cope with the aftermath of manipulating time and Peri is in love with hers. Life seems to be going well for Peri  - she has a job she loves, a man she loves and a fantastic wardrobe. What more could a girl want? Her life starts to unravel during one of her missions as she uncovers a list of corrupt agents and guess whose name is on it?  You got it Peri's. Could it get worse? Yes it can, especially when she is kidnapped by an organisation of rogue agents and forced to wear non-designer clothes. Peri is desperate to clear her name and prove she isn't a sociopathic murderer. The problem is that Peri doesn't remember large chunks of her life, one of the side effects every drafter suffers from. She has to rely on 'the enemy' Silas, the hotty who comes to rescue/capture her in order to expose Opti to help her rebuild her memories and find out who is trying to frame her. Time isn't on her side.

I thought the plot sounded interesting although I am often wary of plotlines that involve changing time. I am a firm believer in the  rules of the 'space time continuum' (sorry, folks I am a Trekkie) so anything that veers from those I am a bit suspicious. I wasn't totally clear how drafting worked or what the anchor actually did. I am still not totally clear on it even though Harrison did explain it to some degree almost three quarters of the way through. My problem with the The Drafter  was Peri herself. I thought she was really too superficial and self involved. The 'I don't remember' line got a bit over used and Peri needs to start leaving herself some better clues. The story got significantly more exciting and there was an reveal in the final chapters but I did struggle a bit to get there. I think, rather unfairly I was expecting another Rachel Morgan story and that is why I was a bit disappointed.

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014Second book for me was Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin. This is the final book of The Grigori Legacy and keep hold of your panties because it is a cracker. When we last left Alex she had witnessed the death of her soulmate, her former boyfriend Seth becomes the ruler of Hell and her sister has gone mad after being made to witness her daughter's rape by Lucifer which leaves her pregnant. Alex is desperately searching for her pregnant niece while the war between Heaven and Hell starts to escalate. Just when she thinks she has nothing left to give, the Archangel Michael asks her to help find The One's daughter (Seth's sister) Emanuelle in an attempt to tip the balance back into Heaven's favour. All the while Seth is determined that Alex will live for eternity with him in Hell and he will kill anyone in order to have her by his side. Sins of the Warrior is the cataclysmic end to the original battle of good versus evil.

I really enjoyed this final book of the series and even stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish it (hardly ever happens!). I have liked this series but wasn't in love with them. I don't always enjoy stories with angels in them as they can be too good to be true but in this final installment the angels are more fallible and almost human. Alex is a great female lead but I think that Poitevin was a bit too mean to her. There is no way someone would live through what Alex does and not be completely insane at the end of it. I don't want to give away too much of the plot by explaining this anymore. Well done to Poitevin for wrapping this series up so well, and I will look forward to reading more from this author. Also, excellent cover. I love it!

That is it for me everyone. I hope you have a great week. I am looking forward to clearing off a few more books from my TBR as it is packed again with I am sure some exciting tales that I will tell you all about over the coming weeks. Until next week Happy Reading

The Drafter
Peri Reed Chronicles 1
Gallery Books, September 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
UK Cover

Sins of the Warrior
The Grigori Legacy 4
Michem Publishing, September 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 341 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing. Her sister has descended into madness. And the human race is caught in a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In order to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.

Reviews: The Undead Pool and The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison

The Undead Pool
Author:  Kim Harrison
Series:  The Hollows 12
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, February 25, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
List Price:  $27.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780061957932 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher
Published in Mass Market Paperback, July 29, 2014

Reviews: The Undead Pool and The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison
Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows in this sexy and bewitching urban fantasy adventure in acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's Hollows series.

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.

Rachel knows of only weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one know better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished . . .
Links are to the MMP edition

Doreen’s Thoughts

After eleven novels and two graphic novels, Kim Harrison’s world of the Hollows is fairly stable. It has its own mythological history – how genetically-altered tomatoes caused a plague killing most of the world’s humans and allowing Interlanders (those with magic in their systems) to come to light. It has its own magic systems – including ley lines, earth, demon, and elven. Lastly, it now has its own deity – the Elven Goddess. Rachel first encountered her in an earlier novel, and the goddess now takes center stage as she sends her “mystics” – magical critters that cause magic to hiccup and create chaos as they search for Rachel’s aura.

As usual, Harrison’s novel has a central problem that needs to be discovered, but at its heart are Rachel’s relationships with her family. As she states in the novel, “[I]t was an odd sort of family but it was a family . . .” (pg 169).

Rachel interacts with all of her various family members here. There is Ivy, the living vampire who has struggled with her addiction to a dead vampire’s blood, and her partner, Nina, who is battling her own addiction. Jenks, who lost his own pixy wife, is now becoming involved with a fairy who lost her wings in a battle to take Jenks’ land. David, who accepted Rachel as an alpha female in order to avoid creating a pack, now has a fully functioning werewolf pack. The demons Newt and Al both show up several times and offer key information. Finally, Trent, Rachel’s former nemesis elf, is raising his daughter as a sister to the daughter of his security chief, Quen, and offering to take Rachel on a real date. Complications are to be expected.

The plot of the story is almost secondary to the characterizations, but provides the necessary complications. Essentially, Rachel has come to the attention of the Elven Goddess, and the Goddess is sending out mystics to try to find her and assimilate her. The mystics, created out of wild magic or else simply part of that wild magic, cause other forms of magic to fail spectacularly, causing Cincinnati to be quarantined. The Goddess and her mystics are a sort of hive mind, who find it difficult to understand the individuals they encounter. In fact, they created madness in the Elven priest who they tried to assimilate. Fortunately, Rachel is enough of an anomaly that she is able to understand the mystics and help them “become” semi-individuals like herself.

While I personally loved the story, with its twists and turns, someone who has never read one of Harrison’s earlier novels would probably find this one extremely convoluted and confusing. It probably takes all of the novels to fully understand the nuances that Harrison has created in this world. If you haven’t read any of them, start with Dead Witch Walking and learn all about the Hollows. It is worth the investment!

The Witch with No Name
Author:  Kim Harrison
SeriesThe Hollows 13
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, September 9, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
List Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780061957956 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Reviews: The Undead Pool and The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison
It’s Rachel Morgan’s ultimate adventure . . . and anything can happen in this final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series.

Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has unexpectedly become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. Rachel has known that this day would come—and now it is here.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. . . .

Doreen’s Thoughts

Ten years ago, Kim Harrison introduced the Hollows world and her heroine, Rachel Morgan. Now, The Witch with No Name provides its happily-ever-after ending, though not until Harrison has tested Rachel and threatened her friends and family one last time.

At this point in the story, it would be difficult for someone to pick up this novel and read it as a standalone, although Harrison does a good job of setting the stage and background fairly well. I never would have known in those first books that her arch nemesis would change so significantly and that the demons would actually become more than just enemies.

Rachel was extremely immature and flighty during those beginning stories. Harrison has made Rachel work for her evolution, and many of the characters who I thought would have lasted to the final book have died. Those who remain in her life also have grown and mostly changed for the better.

The fallout from the last novel, The Undead Pool, carries over into this one. The Hollows has several different races, many of which are at odds with one another. During the course of these novels, Rachel has learned that the demons and elves have been warring for centuries, and the demon realm of the Everafter actually was once a thriving world before the demons were banished to it. Since the Change, when many of the hidden races revealed themselves, humans have been in the minority, while weres (shapeshifters) and witches have become more powerful. At the top of the hierarchy are the vampires, both the living and the non-living. The distinction between vampires is that the living still retain their souls, while the dead have lost theirs. Where the vampire souls have gone becomes a key element in this final story, because Rachel has been commanded by the highest vampire to reunite undead vampires with their souls.

In addition to multiple races, there are several different types of magic that are available in the Hollows – earth, ley line, demon, and elven magics. Rachel is the only person who can practice every type of magic. Because of the ongoing war between demons and elves, she is condemned by both sides for that ability; however, she is able to act as a bridge between those two races and, ultimately, among all the races. As she did in The Undead Pool, Harrison treads onto shaky ground as she looks at religion in the Hollows, with a seemingly divine being, the notion of souls and where they go after death, and what actions are capable when one loses a soul.

However, the primary focus, as always, is on Harrison’s characters and their relationships and only lightly touches on religious philosophy. The reader is more interested in what will happen to the soul of the living vampire, Ivy, if and when she dies, because Rachel is so invested in Ivy’s wellbeing. Ivy has been Rachel’s friend since the first novel, and their relationship has been tested and strengthened throughout their adventures. There also is Rachel’s relationship with Trent and whether that can continue to grow since he is of a different race. Harrison uses these relationships to explore the nature of religion and race and offers some interesting views.

As I mentioned, someone new to the Hollows would probably find this final novel extremely convoluted and confusing. However, for someone like myself who has read all 13 novels as well as the associated short stories and reference book, The Witch with No Name offers a satisfactory ending to Rachel’s story. It has been a fun ride, and while I often found myself frustrated with Rachel’s immaturity and her nattering about whether or not she should be in a relationship with someone, I am very impressed with the depth of the world that Harrison created in the Hollows. I will be very interested to see what new world she creates after this.

Qwill's Note

Ms. Harrison has a new trilogy coming out from Gallery Books starting in the Fall 2015. It is set in a "futuristic" Detroit and features a special task agent, Peri Reed.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014

Well I can't crow too loudly this week about the number of books I have read. I am quite satisfied with both the number of and the books I read but won't be making any headlines this week. Sorry folks. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
I finished reading Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian. I have to say I am quite embarrassed that I didn't know before I started reading this book that it was a novella.  DOINK! I got to the last page and couldn't believe it was finished. I need to start paying attention. This short features Valerie who murders her sister's rapists and ends up in the Compass Room. This is the story of how she got there and the trials she faced while trapped with the other murdering teenagers that featured in book 1. I can't say I enjoyed it. Short stories aren't my favourite to begin with and then to add in the fact that Valerie wasn't very nice to any one and had an enormous chip on her shoulder made it rather a testing read. I was a bit ambivalent about book 1 and I really hope that Harian can find a way to make her young adults a bit more engaging and empathetic.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014Wanting to read something quick and easy I went back to my Amazon recommendations and found Annie Bellet's Justice Calling. This is the first in the Twenty Sided Sorceress series (I haven't yet figured out where the series name comes from) and I quite liked it. It was a super easy and fast read. It only took a few hours to get from cover to cover. This book introduces us to Jade Crow who is a powerful sorceress in hiding. She lives in a small town, owns a comic book store and tries to keep a low profile until 'the law' comes to town and accuses her of murdering shifters. Lucky for Jade 'the law' aka a Justice comes packaged in rippling muscles and a handsome face. Jade's secret is about to be exposed when she discovers shifters, including her friends, are being petrified (not the scared petrified...the frozen like a statue variety) by magic. She has to solve the mystery, save her friends and try not to get killed in the process.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
I liked Justice Calling. I thought that Bellet was able to pull off some witty writing and Jade was a likeable character. I read it so quickly that I went back to Amazon and bought book 2 - Murder of Crows. In this instalment Jade is dating the Justice, Alex from book 1, when her estranged father asks her help to find out who is murdering her former community. Duty bound Jane and Alex head out to save her family and try not to get caught by her evil ex-boyfriend who wants to each her heart and steal her magic. Again, Bellet doesn't waste time getting to the point and this was another 2-3 hour book. I enjoyed it but wonder if Bellet isn't skimming the surface a bit too much with her characters and her plot. I had to look back at my purchase history to remember that I had read this book. Not a good sign. I will still look forward to book 3 in the hopes it gains some depth.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
Back again to Amazon and this time it recommended Dire Straits by Helen Harper. For those of you who read my WIR will remember that I read Harper's Blood Destiny series. This time Harper tells the story of Bo Blackman - a private investigator who gets framed for the murder of her colleagues while saving a demon. In an attempt to find the real killers and to clear her name Bo joins one of the prominent vampire families, to rather disastrous results. I was a bit conflicted about this book. Bo reminded me a bit too much of Mack from the Blood Destiny series. She wasn't a powerful shifter like Mack was but their personalities were very similar. Bo was always getting into trouble and making completely unwise decisions.  You know a character is naive when even the other characters comment on it! I have still pre-ordered book 2 though so will let you know in a few weeks what I think of this series.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
The final book that I am going to tell you about (and that I finished) was also the final book of The Hollows series, The Witch with No Name. Rachel has a lot to do in this instalment - save Ivy, rescue the demons, fall more in love with Trent, save the ever after and try to find a way to get Al to stop hating her. A tall order for some but not for Rachel.

I really, really, really liked this book. It was the perfect ending to the series. I couldn't believe how much happened to Rachel and all her friends. I was completely surprised when I reached the 20% point as I couldn't think what else Harrison could do to turn her characters' lives upside down...but she did.... a whole lot more. The book almost made me want to go back and start the series again. I might just do that! This is a solid series with likeable characters, all sorts of supernatural creatures to tickle almost every fancy and some hilarious dialogue from its smallest character - Jenks the pixy.

That is all for me for another week. I am going to have a to try to keep my booking reading roll going. Wish me luck and until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014This was a really productive week for me on the reading front but more importantly on the book receiving front. I was mega lucky to get a whole delicious box of books from Qwill. Check it out! I was super douper excited as in the box was the ARC of Dawn's Early Light by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series and can hardly wait to dig into it. I was very noble and decided to let the hubinator read it first. How nice am I? I was also really lucky to receive King Maker which is the final book of the Vampire Empire series. I have been trying for about 2 years (poss 3) to find this book in the UK, well find it for a reasonable price and so I jumped at the chance when Qwill said she had it. I also have one of the Eddie Lacrosse books, the next two books in the Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans series and you can just barely see Fallout by James K Decker. Keep your eye out for what I think of these books in either full reviews on here in my Week in Review.
Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014
I did also read a book or two! I finished both Vn and iD which are the first two books of the The First Machine Dynasty series by Madeleine Ashby. I will be doing a full review of both of these books so I don't want to give to much away here. What I can say is that I love the covers. They are both eye catching and almost set the mood for the books themselves. I am only going to share the one cover with you so that I don't spoil you for the full review!

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014I did the happy dance when The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison popped onto my Kindle. I was really looking forward to this installment from The Hollows series as it seemed like quite a while since the last book was out. I like this series but was a tiny bit disappointed by this book. I thought it read like the final book of the series but when I looked on Harrison's website she said she is contracted for one more. I am not sure what plot they are going to squeeze out of Rachel and her quirky group of friends as almost everything seemed to get wrapped up. My favourite character, the fairy Jenks was much more in the background. There were relatively few exclamations like 'Tink's titties' for my liking. Both Jenks and Ivy appeared in every chapter but they shared much less of the 'limelight' than they did in other novels in this series. Nearly every secondary character was involved in some way in the plot which also lent itself to the 'final' book feeling. I am always a tad disappointed when an author continues a series when they have hit on a great exit novel. This aside I did like it and look forward to the actual final book.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014The last book I want to tell you about is Last Blood by Kristen Painter which is the actual final book of the House of Comarre series. I really enjoyed this series at first. I thought that Chrysabelle was quite kick ass for a vampire blood donor and the cursed vampire Malkom reminded me of Angel (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). As the series progressed I lost interest in the characters and almost gave up at book 4. I was doing a little trawl of Amazon and discovered this final instalment on sale so thought I might as well get closure. All I can say is I wish this book had stayed locked in the forgotten part of my memory. I was quite bored and flicking pages towards the end. This series suffered from too many characters who all seemed to fight to be the reader's favourite and none of them least not with me. As a consequence they were rather one dimensional. If they were good they practically had a halo and if they were bad they cackled like a witch. All this did was make me lose interest as the characters were way to predictable which gives me a big case of the snores.

Well that is it for me. I am hoping to read a few of my 'Qwill goodies' next week so please check in and find out what I read and what I thought. Until then Happy Reading.

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