Cherry De C

I talk about SF&F/Romance Books + anything and everything under the sun.

Magic Strikes

MagicStrikes_IAndrewsI read the book through in about 2-3 hours and I am not a fast reader (ordinarily). The book is that good that it keeps the reader turning pages and wanting to know whats next. I had also been eagerly awaiting the release of this book which had raised my expectations, still Ilona Andrews has not failed to deliver! A truly enjoyable series!!

Gist: Fantasy, changeling story with romantic element. Futuristic with magic. Protagonist is a kick-ass chick with a masterpiece “story-telling quality” + wonderful humor between the pages.

Third book of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series:
Book 1 is Magic Bites
Book 2 is Magic Burns

Verdict: A must read!!

Excerpt quoted from Ilona Andrews‘ site:

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games – an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament – she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

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05/05/2009 Posted by | book review | Leave a comment

THE WAY OF SHADOWS

Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

My Review:
Unpredictable. Action-packed. Makes a reader look forward to what is going to happen next. Story-telling quality is good. But the ending is a cliffhanger. The ending is the start of the next book, so you have to read the next book. The ending is the only reason this book did not garner a five-star rating.

Excerpt: The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.
Excerpt taken from the author’s website at : http://www.brentweeks.com/books on 28/02/2009.
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02/28/2009 Posted by | book review, Brent Weeks, fantasy, Night Angel Trilogy, The Way Of Shadows | Leave a comment

ACHERON

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron

My review:
I like things to make sense and I like my stories to tie up. But this book has so many loose ends, it made me think that, one, S. Kenyon is losing her touch. Or, two, she was under too much pressure to write this book. Either way, this book did not rate very high. I would not recommend this book to a new S. Kenyon fan or anybody who has not read her work yet. It would put them off.For one, in the basketball court scene with Sunshine, where Tory commented:

“The tall blond who can’t shoot hoops?”

How did Tory knew that Talon can’t shoot hoops, when the description or any mention about him being unable to shoot hoops, was made after the comment…. duh…It lost me there for a second while reading that part, until I came to the “explanation” that Talon can’t shoot hoops. It would have been nice to have that “explanatory line” before the comment so that the readers are not lost and the story lines make sense then. And, there isn’t any snag in the flow of the story.

There are many other loose ends like that, but I won’t give out spoilers. So, if you are a long time Dark Hunter fan already, borrow this book rather than buy. Not worth the money. On the positive side, it mentioned in the end, about Zarek and other Dark Hunters which went a long way into alleviating my ire.

Book info:

From the World of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date…Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.Only it was never that simple…For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed.Now his survival, and ours, hinges on the very woman who threatens him. Old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

Above info was taken from the author’s website at: http://sherrilynkenyon.com/book_profile.php?id=46.

Rating: 1 out of 5 cherries.

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01/08/2009 Posted by | Acheron, book review, Dark Hunter, paranormal romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, urban fantasy, vampire | Leave a comment

DARK LOVER

Dark Lover by JR Ward

My Take On This Book:
I’ve read this book a long time ago, so this is a retrospective reivew. This used to be my most favouritest of all time vampire series until they released Lover Enshrined. Dark Lover is the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) by JR Ward. If you love hero vampires and romance then you would love this series! However this particular book is not so fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good read, but, it is not the best book in the series. Dark Lover is not the worst either. The greatest endorsement that I could say for this book is that it is the start of the Black Dagger Brotherhood! Overall, this book is just a 3.5 out of 5.

JR Ward has a website where you can get BDB candy at : http://www.jrward.com/. Miss Ward is also in MySpace at : http://www.myspace.com/jrwardbdb.

Cherry’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Caption At The Back Reads:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deathly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebreed vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frightens her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

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10/14/2008 Posted by | Black Dagger Brotherhood, book review, JR Ward, urban fantasy, vampire | Leave a comment

Alera series by Jim Butcher

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Just discovered the Alera series written by Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/). If you like adventure and epic battles in your fanstasy stories, then this is a gold mine for you. Not much of a romance in it, no sex and good for children. Wholesome fantasy book. In amazon, the Alera series is at – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/series/92967/ref=rcx_ser_ed_0.
The only thing I find annoying about it is that it keeps two or three different story threads and jumps from one thread to another. By the time the story returns to the other thread, I’ve forgotten the story of that thread already. So I cheat. I follow one thread all the way through until just before the epilogue. Then read a second thread and so on. After I’ve read all the threads in the story, I read the epilogue. I don’t think that is the way the author intended the book to be read but for me, it is less annoying that way.

04/04/2008 Posted by | book review | Leave a comment

Alera Series by Jim Butcher

Alera series
Just discovered the Alera series written by Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/). If you like adventure and epic battles in your fanstasy stories, then this is a gold mine for you. Not much of a romance in it, no sex and good for children. Wholesome fantasy book. In amazon, the Alera series is at – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/series/92967/ref=rcx_ser_ed_0.

The only thing I find annoying about it is that it keeps two or three different story threads and jumps from one thread to another. By the time the story returns to the other thread, I’ve forgotten the story of that thread already. So I cheat. I follow one thread all the way through until just before the epilogue. Then read a second thread and so on. After I’ve read all the threads in the story, I read the epilogue. I don’t think that is the way the author intended the book to be read but for me, it is less annoying that way.

04/04/2008 Posted by | book review, Codex Alera series, Jim Butcher | Leave a comment

HEROES ADRIFT

Heroes Adrift (Hero Series, #3) Heroes Adrift by Moira J. Moore Rating: 2 out of 5 cherries

My Review: wild goose chase (wgc) story… I liked the previous books and that was the only reason I bought this one. There is wry humour in the telling of the story that is why this book did not get a one star rating with me. However the story is nothing but a WGC which is why it did not rate a five star at all. I like a book with a bit more substance than a story about a WGC adventure. This book has a feel like the entire book is a middle chapter of a bigger book. Whereas I like a beginning and an end. I do not think I would be buying anymore of MJ Moore’s offerings. If ever I would be reading anything written by her again, I would most likely borrow it from the library than waste my money buying it. Cherry cherryville.me redrosedivider

03/19/2008 Posted by | book review, chicklit, fantasy, Heroes Adrift, Moira J. Moore | Leave a comment

WEREMONES

Weremones by Buffi BeCraft-Woodall

Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

My Review:
I was just browsing for something else to read and came across this book. Bought it but was not really expecting it to be very entertaining. There are annoying clerical errors which should have been corrected by the editor but it seems that the editor was not very particular either. However, clerical errors and all, BBW can spin a tale which draws the reader right along for the ride. I have to say this book was surprisingly good. So much so that I went looking for further books by this author. She haven’t published much (yet). I stumbled on the NCP website and made the mistake of buying from them. Takes more than two months for delivery! I should have downloaded. This book is that good that a reader can forgive a lot of things and continue looking forward to further offerings from this author.

Excerpt:

With a control freak ex and two teenage kids, Diana has her own problems and no need to borrow anyone else’s troubles. She’s an Empath, though, and the young wolven Pack that lands in her lap is difficult to ignore or dissuade from their determination to adopt her as den mother. Adam Weis, Pater Canis of the Pack, isn’t too keen on the idea of mating at all, and certainly not with a human, psychic or not. The problem is he’s having trouble controlling his weremones whenever Diana is around. Rating: Contains violence, adult language, and graphic sexual content.

Excerpt taken from amazon.co.uk at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weremones-Buffi-Becraft-Woodall/dp/1586088912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245507484&sr=8-1 on 20/06/09.

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02/25/2008 Posted by | book review, Buffi BeCraft-Woodall, magic, paranormal romance, shifter, urban fantasy, Weremones, wolf | Leave a comment

DRAGONSBLOOD (DRAGONS OF PERN)

Todd does not have Anne’s magic. This book is obviously written by someone who has read a lot of Pern stories. The publisher was a bit too optimistic when they wrote that Todd brought fresh ideas to the series because he obviously didn’t. This book is a hodge-podge collection of bits and pieces from previously published Pern books that Todd put together and it didn’t quite gel. Thereby, for the long-time Pern fans, this book is a disappointment.

I find that Amazon has been a bit sneaky in advertising this book. This same exact book has apparently been published by different publishers. As far as I can tell: one by Bantam Press in April 2005 (hardcover), Del Rey Books in Jun 2006 (mass market) and by Corgi in July 2006 (paperback). Bantam and Del Rey versions of this book have about 2.5 stars with both versions sharing the same reviews like one. Corgi has 4 stars sporting an entirely different group of reviews. When you click this book from the Amazon home page it comes up with Corgi with glowing reviews. From Bantam and Del Rey it seems that this book is “currently unavailable” however you can buy from different individual sellers. However it is not “currently unavailable” from Corgi.

It looks like that Amazon wants to sell this book by dividing the reviews. Putting the low-starred reviews with Bantam/Del Rey while grouping the generally high-starred reviews with Corgi with only one odd one-starred review to make it look unbiased. Then putting Corgi’s version in the front lines. That is why I placed my review from Bantam/Del Rey to the Corgi version.

I find that very sneaky indeed! However, I guess its dog eating dog in the publishing business. I recommend to those intending to buy this book to read the reviews in the Bantam/Del Rey version as well.

Rating: 1 out of 5 cherries

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02/10/2008 Posted by | book review, dragons, Pern | Leave a comment

IRON KISSED

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Book 3 of the Mercy Thompson series

Genre: Urban Fantasy

About This Book:

“Iron Kissed”, the third book in the Mercedes Thompson series focuses more on the fae. The werewolves, of course, as Mercy’s family (whether she wants them or not) also have a major role, but the vampires are conspicuous by their absence. The reason for their absence is that the events of Iron Kissed take place in less than a week — and because I had enough to juggle and the vampire situation Mercy has put herself in is going to require more than a brief appearance will answer.

Like most of my books, this one held a lot of surprizes for me. I had intended for Mercy to choose her man in this book, but I didn’t expect it to happen the way it did. I also found out a few things I didn’t know about some of the characters. It made me like some of them more and others less. It also made me realize that one of the terrific things about writing a series is the ability to get to know more about the bit players. In a single book, or even a duology, there are only so many pages to develop characters and I have to restrict myself to only a few. A series is not so restrictive.

Source: Info in the About This Book was taken from the author’s website at http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/ironKissed.shtml on 24/04/2010.

My Review:
This book continues the adventures of Mercedes Thompson “Mercy”, a mechanic and a coyote shapeshifter. Here she makes a choice between her two men, er, werewolves, I mean. Battles evil and not so evil forces where friends seems to become enemies and enemies are allies after all.

Mercy’s friend, Zee, who is a fae, is arrested by human police for murder. Mercy is trying to help Zee get cleared of the charges and keep him from getting killed by the Gray Lords (fae ruling body) as a sacrifice to keep the fae secrets from the rest of the world.

Still a very good read… but compared to Moon Called and Blood Bound, it is not as good as the previous two. Maybe I was expecting too much… or I was just spoiled by the good quality of the previous books… and also, I did not appreciate the dark turn of the story… but I have to say the story-telling quality is still a masterpiece.

Cherry’s Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

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01/14/2008 Posted by | book review, chicklit, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, shifter, urban fantasy, wolf | Leave a comment