Saturday, July 21, 2012

Magic Slays

Well, this is the most recent book in the Kate Daniels series to come out. I had read it before (the day it came out, actually), but I recently re-read it, and thought I'd make a post about it. As I've said before, I love Ilona Andrews, so, my review may be a tad biased, but, it is what it is. :D

Kate is facing something that could potentially kill most if not all of the citizens of Atlanta. She needs her best friend's help, as well as that of her main squeeze, and his 1500+ shapeshifters that he has control over. Will Kate be able to stop the evil before it kills them all?

This book is great, just like the others. In this one, Kate and Curran are mated, Julie is in the picture a lot more, since she's now living at the Keep, and we get to have Andrea as her usual charming self. Grendel also makes appearances, which is great, because, frankly, I love that shaved poodle.

I would not recommend starting this book if you haven't read the others. You could, but you'd miss a lot of character development, and some of the plots are reoccuring themes throughout.

All in all, this is a great book, with action, gritty paranormal surroundings, and romance. Ilona Andrews continues to be one of my favorite authors, and I will buy/read anything they put out. If you haven't read any of their books, pick them up, and give them a try! :)

Lady D

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone

Ok, so, I think that most people out there by this time have read Harry Potter. I'm on my um, I'm not sure what time re-reading it, but regardless, I thought I'd write reviews on it. So, here goes:

Harry Potter was orphaned as a child in a horrible accident, and left for his aunt and uncle, who treat him horribly. He finds out he's a wizard, and goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While there, he learns of a plot to steal something called the Sorcerer's Stone, and he and his friends, Ron and Hermione, set out to stop the thief.

All in all, even though Harry Potter was written for young adults/children, everyone who reads it seems to enjoy it. I'm no different. I love the idea of a world of witches and wizards just beyond our sight. All the new things that Ms. Rowling brings with their world, such as chocolate frogs, wizard's chess, pictures that move, are ingenious.

I think that while most people have read the book, everyone has seen the movie. I know that I thought it was so cool getting to see the book come to life on the big screen. Getting to see some of these magic things realized in front of my eyes was wonderful. I love the fact that with J.K. Rowling as an adviser on the set, that they were able to do a lot more with the movie, and add more small artistic details that got left out of the book.

Harry Potter is a series that everyone should read at least once, since everyone could use a little magic in their lives. ^.~

Lady D

UTC Update #7

Well, I only managed one book on the list this month, although I'm halfway through a second. The good news is that Gunmetal Magic comes out this month, so, there's another book that I'll get to cross off my list. I've kind of been re-reading again, as well as throwing random historical fiction in there as well. Go figure. Right now, I'm on book 3 of the Harry Potter series for the 3rd, 4th, 5th... um, yeah, I have no idea how many times. Oh well. Hey, maybe I'll review those! :)

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

Lady D