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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Wow, I think I’m still processing the fifth book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I have loved this series from the beginning. The adventures of Mackayla Lane since arriving in Dublin, Ireland, has been a wild ride. I was looking forward to this fifth book in the series, and I wasn’t disappointed. 
Dreamfever had left us with a huge cliffhanger. Mac was in the silvers (mirrors that provide gateways to different worlds) and had just killed a large beast. But, I’m trying not to put spoilers here, so read the book already!
There were a lot of loose ends to tie up in this book, and KMM did a fantastic job. Although, it seemed like there was kind of a checklist at the end, and some of the answers were kind of rushed through. But, overall, I was really happy with the answers that Ms. Moning gave. 
For much of the book, Mac was having a bit of an identity crisis. Some of the twists she took to finally discover who and what she was were really amazing. I want to try to steer clear of spoilers here for now. I want to re-read the whole series and maybe do a more in depth discussion of each book. 
This installment was really dark, dealing with the world after the fall of the wall between faery and our world. The Sinsar Dubh was running rampant and seemed to be tracking Mac. Following the beast’s death in the silvers, Mac was in a really dark place herself, and ready to do anything to set the world right. 
The only thing I was kind of disappointed about was that the ending of the book seemed a little too sappy for the dark tone of the rest of the book. And although I can understand the reasoning behind that type of ending, it was still a little disappointing. 
According to KMM’s bio, she is planning other books that take place in the Fever universe and a graphic novel featuring Mac. 
Overall I love this series, and I loved this last book. It was all I could have hoped for, and did a great job of tying up loose ends. 
I’m going to give Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, 1 bookmark. It was really had to put down. 
Keep an eye out for future discussion of the Fever series. 

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Home For A Spell by Madelyn Alt

I have loved the Bewitching Mysteries by Madelyn Alt. Home For A Spell is the seventh book in this series. Our heroine is Maggie O’ Neill, who over the course of the series has started to tune into her otherworldly abilities.  She is empathatic to the vibrations of the universe, but hasn’t really gotten into casting spells and whatnot like some of her associates do. Maggie was different enough to cause problems with hometown cop Tom Fielding. She is now dating fellow magickal friend, Marcus Quinn.
The biggest reason I continue to read this series is that Maggie is an extremely likable character, and I enjoy rooting for her. There is kind of the over-arcing mystery of what is behind all of the problems in Maggie’s little town in Indiana. There have been a lot more violent crimes, especially murders in the last year or so. 
All of the stuff I love about this series aside, I was disappointed with this latest installment. I felt like nothing really happened. The mysteries were pretty transparent to me, right from the beginning. There was a bit of a twist at the end, but I don’t know that it was enough to redeem the simplicity of the rest of the book. 
The worst part was, not only was the mystery not that great, but Maggie’s personal life was just kind of stalled. Maggie was still sporting the broken ankle from the previous book. She’s living with Marcus, to facilitate him helping her while she is recuperating. However, Maggie feels she is holding Marcus back and thinks maybe it’s time to embrace the changes coming into her life and find a new apartment of her own. 
This new home search was another aspect of the book that was pretty predictable. 
It is always stinks to be disappointed by a book you’ve been waiting to read, but, my disappointment in this particular book is not likely to prevent me from reading the next book in the series. 
I am going to give Home For A Spell by Madelyn Alt, 3 bookmarks.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Chapter 1 Spoiler from Dead Reckoning

For all of you Charlaine Harris fans out there... or Sookie Stackhouse fans.....
Ms. Harris puts up the cover for the next book and the first chapter, or at least part of it.
So, currently at www.Charlaine Harris.com you can get your Sookie fix by checking out the cover for Dead Reckoning, which is Due out in early May 2011. You can also read the first chapter of the book.

I am terrible at waiting, so I read the first chapter. I am not going to give anything away, but wow! I am so excited to get the whole book in my hands. Luckily, I have discovered more than a few other authors I enjoy reading, which is making the wait bearable.

My most anticipated upcoming releases are Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, coming January 18th, and Pale Demon by Kim Harrison due February 22nd.

Happy Reading in 2011!