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Archive for June, 2011

In the Dark of Dreams

In The Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I picked this book up and couldn’t stop reading. Read it straight through, despite the lack of sleep. Ms. Liu is a master story teller and it is easy to be swept away into a world of her making. I loved that she didn’t make the ocean a “safe” place, even for the creatures that live in it and I totally loved the idea of a being older than time lulled into a peaceful sleep by the dreams of the Guardians. If any one has ever heard of the “theory” that a huge shift is going to happen to the Earth and what was land will be under water and what was once under water will be land – then this story puts that theory into a very real perspective of possibility. Of course, you’d have to believe in the possibility that there are those among us who are rare, different and chosen the shape the world we live in too but I’m okay with that.

Marked by the Moon

Book Review of Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If your whole existence was killing werewolves and you suddenly became one but no one would kill you to put you out of your misery what would you do? If your whole mission in life was to torture and then kill the woman that had killed your wife but you find instead that desire overrules that mission, what would you do? If a killer was out there, stalking both of you…would you allow the things that divide you to separate you even more or would you bond together and fight for survival? This book answers all those questions. The story line itself was pretty good. I wasn’t really sure I believed the whole “magic” that the hero Julian possessed. That part would have probably been more believable if the people he made wolves exhibited similar traits, even if not to the same level as he had them. Otherwise it was a fast read and I really enjoyed it.

Deep Kiss of Winter

Book Review of Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Untouchable – 
I must admit I had no idea how Kresley Cole was going to bring the lovers together when the heroine cannot be touched by anyone. Imagine for a moment…having a strong physical need to be intimate with another person and knowing that if you touch them it not only would bring you pain but could actually kill either of you. Now that is a dilemma. As I read the story it just seemed more and more unlikely that there was a solution but it wouldn’t be a romance if there wasn’t a way for love to triumph.

Tempt Me Eternally – 
Okay, so I am a Gena Showalter fan and probably not capable of giving a non-biased opinion of her work but I’ve yet to read one of her stories and not ended up loving it, including Tempt Me Eternally. I loved Aleaha’s ability to take on the identity of anyone she touches and I love that Breean can see the real her under any image she projects to others around her. I also loved that even though she was in love with Breean Aleaha did what she had to do to protect her people even if it meant losing him forever.

The Bride Collector

Book Review of The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
There is a book review quote on the back of the book that says,
“A white-knuckle ride…You want it to stop, but you don’t want to miss a word.” -Audiofile
and I can tell you that is the best description of this book ever.

From the opening scene in the book Ted Dekker pulls you in and captures your imagination with a thrilling ride through the mind of a psychotic killer, the FBI detective trying to stop him and the eccentric group of people who help him along the way.

It’s a story of coming to the understanding that we are all “favorites” in the eyes of God and how we accept that truth when we feel broken and dysfunctional on the inside.

His Wife for One Night

Review of His Wife for One Night by Molly O’Keefe

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m a big one for tension between my heroes and heroines so this book fit the bill. I really enjoyed the story of two people who have been in each other’s lives for thirty years discovering a deep and abiding love for each other even though they were both blinded to aspects of it by the very history that connected them. And isn’t that what we all want? A love that can withstand fears, doubts, tragedy and the baggage we often bring into a relationship from our past?

Side note: I found myself wanting to know the outcome of Sandra and Walter….perhaps another book?

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