Wednesday, April 26, 2006

#22 Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews

My Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Another great book in the Meg Lanslow series, this being the most recent. I love these books. Though they don’t contain any element of the supernatural or paranormal like so many of the other books I read, I’ve really enjoyed this cozy mystery series.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

#21 Catching Midnight by Emma Holly

My Rating: 6 out of 10 stars

I read this book after Hunting Midnight, which is the 2nd in the series. This story centers around Gillian, who is mentioned quite often in the 2nd book, so I enjoyed finding out more about her, though I wish I’d read this one first as you also find out a bit more history about some of the other major characters.

Gillian comes to the pack as a young girl of 10 years old, whose mother and brother are in the death grips of the plague sweeping the country. She is adopted by the upyr pack and grows to become a strong upyr, partially because she had the some natural gifts, such as the gift of sight, to begin with. Unfortunately, Gillian feels unfulfilled and eventually leaves the cave and protection of the upyr to explore the human world. As a shapeshifter, she finds her familiar in a falcon, but is then captured by a kind falconer named Aimery Fitz Clare whom she eventually falls in love with.

Like bookrabbit, who lent me Hunting Midnight, I think I liked that one a little bit better than this one though not by much. And though the 2nd book expanded on some of the history of the characters, there was certainly enough information given about the major characters in that book (with the exception of Gillian since she was part of that book in word only) so that you didn’t feel lost if you started the series there.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

#20 Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

My Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

An excellent sequel to Odd Thomas, which I read back at the end of 2004. Unfortunately, it took me a few minutes to remember what had happened to Stormy and the exact details of August that Odd kept referring to so I wish I’d have read Odd Thomas more recently, or else had it on hand to briefly glimpse through to refresh my memory on key points and characters. As it stands now, I’m still not sure I recall how Stormy died, but I don’t think the exact details were all that important to the current story or else I’m sure the details would’ve been specifically mentioned. (For some reason, while trying to recall details from Odd Thomas, portions of Life Expectancy kept intruding on my memory and getting mixed up in there too.)

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

#19 Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson

My Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

I didn't think this book was quite as good as the previous one, Undead and Unappreciated. I also found a few editing mistakes which forced me to go back and reread things a couple times so I could figure out what MJD really meant. Like one time she referred to something that Laura supposedly said, but it totally didn't make sense, so after I reread it, I realized it was the ghost Cathie who probably said that. A few other instances of transposed words, or something running on so I had to reread. And I bring it up only because I didn't see this kind of thing in any of her previous stuff I've read. All that aside, I was beginning to appreciate how books 2 and 3 had a lot more story to them, and instead, this book seemed more fluff, kinda like the first one. It was still funny... not hilarous, but a quick read that had me chuckling none the less.

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