Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UTC Challenge Update #1/2

Just like with my Gena Showalter Challenge, my Immortals Reading Challenge also isn't going that great. But, I still have plenty of time to catch up! :)

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)

Anyone reading anything fun right now?

Lady D

UTC Gena Showalter Update #1/2

Well, so far, my Gena Showalter Challenge is starting out not so great. But! I have all year to catch up! :D

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass

How are your reading challenges going?

Lady D

Friday, February 22, 2013

First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up with high expectations. I'd read a review of it somewhere, and it was a shining one, and let me tell you, this book deserves praise!

Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is a private investigator that helps her uncle Bob, a police officer with the Albuquerque Police Department, solve crimes. But, Charley isn't just a normal PI, oh no. She's also a grim reaper.... THE Grim Reaper. So, needless to say, she sees dead people.

I love Charley. She's a smart-mouthed bad ass chick that makes me want to be her. Prime example? She named her breasts "Danger" and "Will Robinson." I love it! She knows she's sexy, but she doesn't let that effect her too much. She does, however use it to her advantage when she needs to. She can hold her own in a fight, she owns her own business, and she's totally independent. Who wouldn't want to be her? Well, except for the whole seeing dead people all the time...

The central plot of this book has two parts that kind of intertwine. The first plot line is that three lawyers were murdered, and they're trying to figure out the whodonit. The second plot line is finding out about this mysterious dream man that Charley keeps getting erotic visits from.

The lawyer plot is ok, but it's kind of just there for me. It shows what Charley does in terms of her PI life, as well as a little bit of the grim reaper side, but to be honest, I was much more interested in dream man.

Alexander Reyes Farrow is Mr. Dream man, and oh does he deserve the title of dreamy. The reason that he's been visiting Charley in her dreams is that he's a bit "lost" and Charley decides to help him out.

Charley met Reyes when she was in high school, and she's never been able to forget him since. And when he starts showing up in her dreams, he begins to remind her of another presence in her life, a presence that she calls "The Big Bad." The Big Bad is kind of a misty protector that has always been there for Charley in her times of need. And now Reyes is starting to do similar things.

Will Charley and Reyes get together in the end? Reyes harbors a secret that will, in the course of the book totally shake up Charley's life. Will she be able to get over this momentous secret? Will she be able to solve the murders of the three lawyers?

Go grab a copy of First Grave on the Right to find out. I promise that you won't be disappointed.

Lady D

Monday, February 4, 2013

Unholy Ghosts

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! I love the premise, the world, and the characters!

Chess Putnam is a Church member. She is a Debunker, which means that she goes around trying to prove hauntings as false. See, in this world, there is no religion, only truth. And the Church are the ones who battled the ghosts away at the Haunting years ago. So now they are the supreme rule, and their members are held with respect and awe. When Chess can't disprove a haunting, she banishes the ghost to the City, the underground place where all spirits dwell.

But when she's pulled into a case by her drug lord (she's a secret addict), she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Bump wants her to get rid of ghosts at an airfield. And then a competing drug lord named Slobag, doesn't want her to get rid of the ghosts. While she's working this case, she's also working on a case for the Church. But both cases start having eerie instances, and it might just be too much for Chess to deal with alone, or at all. Will Chess be able to figure out the cases before the drug lords decide she's no good to them anymore?

We also meet in this book Terrible, one of Bump's men, who helps Chess along the way, and who has a bit of a thing for her I think, and we meet Lex, one of Slobag's men, who also helps Chess on the way, and who for sure has a thing for her.

When I read the premise of this book, I was totally intrigued. I finally picked it up, and I'm not sorry I did. The world building lacks a little, in that at times I felt a bit lost, and the way that Lex, Terrible, and Bump talk seemed strange in that they talked that way, without explanation, while Chess and everyone else seemed to speak normally.

The characters are all amazing. I love Chess, which I wasn't sure if I would or not, since she has a drug addiction. I have a personal hatred for drugs in real life, and so I wasn't so thrilled to read that she had an addiction, but the way that Ms. Kane writes it, it doesn't bother me. I love Terrible. He's written like a 50's greaser, and I'm totally hoping he and Chess end up hooking up. Lex is Korean, and kind of punk or metal based on the description. He keeps calling Chess "Tulip" which amuses me to no end. There's kind of a love triangle hinted in this book, so, I can't wait to see where she takes it.

All in all this book was very enjoyable. I did figure out the "Whodonit" before it was revealed, but at the same time, it took me a while to figure it out. If you haven't checked out this series, do so! You won't be sorry! I cannot WAIT to start book 2!

Lady D