Ravings of a Book Junkie

An avid reader, if books were sustenance I'd be fat as a hog. I mainly read dark urban fantasies, but like to mix things up book-wise, just never enough time to read all the books I want to read!

The Stolen Child

The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue Intriguing twist on the world of fantasy. I was totally engrossed in this book from page one. The narrator switch from hobgoblin/child to child/hobgoblin was a delight to me, I loved hearing the different viewpoints of their parallel yet wildly differing worlds especially along the points where they'd mesh, overlap and separate. If the mythic lore of the changeling is as new to you as it was to me, this superbly written book will be your wonderful introduction to it.

Seven Days and Seven Sins: A Novel in Short Stories

Seven Days and Seven Sins: A Novel in Short Stories - Pamela Ditchoff A unique interpretation of a childhood rhyme and the biblical seven sins coupled with brilliant writing made this book not only unusual but impossible to put down, too. A precocious 12 yr old, Angela, can see through the physical walls and psychological barriers that individuals of a small town neighborhood have so carefully erected around themselves. Each short interlocking story is in turns gripping, painful, and honest. *Book description: From Arnie the dwarf, a compassionate phone company guy who struggles to heal his emotionally damaged wife; to Cora, the postal service mail sorter whose unlikely sexual awakening is triggered by a delivery of exotic orchids; to Hank, Angela’s father’s lover, who channels his self-loathing into bulimia, each luminous character in this thoroughly engaging novel-in-stories teaches Angela a lesson in the human condition. Drawing on the classic nursery rhyme about the seven days of the week, as well as the seven deadly sins, Ditchoff frames each household beautifully in its own particular pathos.

Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire (Broken Heart, Oklahoma, Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback]

Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire (Broken Heart, Oklahoma, Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback] - Michele Bardsley Another enjoyable, fast-paced read. The 2nd in the P.T.A. parent/vampire series by Michelle Bardsley. Set in Broken Heart, OK the near bankrupt town has been purchased by the Consortium, a league of powerful vampires, after one of their eldest (afflicted with the deadly "taint") escapes their medical lab and "noshes" on 11 parents of the struggling town. Book 2 concentrates on Evangeline , "Eva," the towns librarian. Ever since she's been vampirized all sorts of animals have been drawn to her including one mysterious grey-eyed black wolf she's named Lucky. Eva soon realizes she can communicate with animals, too, which comes in handy when taint-afflicted werewolves, and former prisoners of the Wraiths (Consortium enemies), show up trying to kidnap her. In the meantime, she's trying to raise her Goth teenager, Jessica, and come to grip over her feelings about Lorcan, the vamp who killed her and the other parents. Now cured of the taint, he's proven to be honorable, smart, and oh yeah, very hot. Will their romance make it off the ground before Eva's six feet under it? A++

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 3)

An Ice Cold Grave  - Charlaine Harris This is the 3rd book in the Harper Connelly series following Grave Sight and Grave Surprise. It is a very easy book to get and stay interested in, this time, Harper and Tolliver are in Duraville, North Carolina where 6 teenage boys have disappeared in the last several years. News of Harper's unusual ability has reached Twyla Markham, grandmother to one of the missing boys, and she convinces the new sheriff along with the townsfolk to pitch in and hire Harper. Backstory: at 15 Harper was struck by lightning which left her with a bad right leg, a tendency for headaches and the ability to locate dead bodies and "read' what, but not necessarily who, caused their demise. The two aren't in town very long when Harper finds the bodies of the missing boys as well as those of two boys from nearby towns on an abandoned piece of property. Visions of their death are more gruesome, stronger, and darker than Harper's ever encountered before and leaves her literally sick and reeling in horror. The investigation continues to gear up and Harper & Tolliver just want to get out of town but the cold weather and an even colder killer keep making it impossible. I think this book is much better than the first, and, best of all can be read on its own merit, that's alway a plus to me.

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd - Jim Fergus Unlike I usually do, I didn't read the Amazon reviews of "One Thousand White Women - The Journals of May Dodd" before purchasing it, had I done so I'd have probably passed it by and that would have been a shame. Sure, the characters are stereotypical, the situations unlikely, but it's fiction, not a biography or an essay on the Indian culture. The premise: a Cheyenne chief asks the U.S. government for a thousand white women as brides for his warriors so that their people may be more easily assimilated into white culture. The U.S. government and genteel populace denounce the chief's suggestion in public, but in private, the government begins to engineer the BFI (Brides for Indians) program. They approach women from the lower echelons of society, lunatic asylum residents, criminals, ex-slaves and immigrants. Those poor, downtrodden and without other options are given a chance at beginning new lives on a new, untamed frontier, with people different from anything they'd ever known. Many accept. May Dodd is among them and, freed from an asylum by the BFI, journals her experience and through her narration we follow the women from the bustling, grimy, overcrowded streets of Chicago through the ever changing landscapes as they travel west to their new lives. This is an often fantastical take on what if? scenario, but if you're willing to take off your critical thinker's cap and just enjoy a story, it's a great read.

The Dark Half

The Dark Half - Stephen King Intense journey into the fractured psyche of a tortured writer whose alter-ego comes to life hell-bent on destruction and mayhem. Only one of them can survive in this world and it's a high-speed rocking race to the grave.

Gerald's Game (Signet)

Gerald's Game (Signet) - Stephen King Tense, psychological thriller that will make you think twice about playing any sexual games to please a significant other! King, as usual, really knows how to get inside his character's mind and subsequently, into yours. I've never rooted so hard for a character to simply be able to reach a glass of water. And how I keenly felt with her through her myriad stages of emotions and fear. The only disappointment I had with the book was the weird boogeyman in the corner, I thought he (it?) was extraneous and distracting.

Archangel (Samaria, Book 1)

Archangel - Sharon Shinn Very interesting and unique take on sci-fi and fantasy. The book takes place in the distant future in Samaria, a world where angels and humans co-exist and many worship a mysterious being know as Jovah. Political intrigue abounds as Raphael, the reigning archangel, tries to hang on to his power by any devious means possible. Meanwhile, Gabriel, the next angel in line for the position, has his hands full trying to establish peace, harmony and equality among the squabbling factions while also trying to find then appease, Rachel, the life-mate and angelica, Jovah has chosen for him. Great read!

The Quickie

The Quickie - James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge I just finished this book last night and what a ride it was! It did something few books manage to do for me any more, it surprised me. It is full of unseen twists and turns and like a quickie or a roller coaster - it is a screamingly fun, fast-paced heck of a treat to the senses.

The Door to December

The Door to December - Richard Paige, Dean Koontz This one had my undivided attention from page one, though some of the scenes with the child were very hard to get through. I love Dean Koontz's imagination though even if sometimes it makes me cringe for the character's sake (I'm always especially affected when it's a tough situation involving children or animals). But, as in real life, the victims of abuse and crime are often the most innocent and defenseless among us. But unlike in real life, Koontz's victims usually get an ass-kicking defense tool to use, even if using it is at a heavy cost to themselves. That's much more than you'd get in the real world.

Coraline

Coraline - Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman Read this in e-book format purchased from FictionWise [dot] com, it's a deliciously dark and spooky tale that may give some children nightmares, but those who approach this as an adventure are sure to enjoy this unusual story. Though myself being a wussy adult am not at all certain how restful my sleep will be tonight. :-) Highly recommend this - B+

Dragon Tears

Dragon Tears - Dean Koontz An ego-maniacal killer with incredible, seemingly unbeatable, supernatural powers chooses his victims among the downtrodden and the weak to play nasty games of hide and seek with, only there's no where you can hide from him. He plays with his victims like a cruel and spoiled child taunting them as he appears "Ticktock, ticktock, you've got until dawn to live." Two cops become his latest chosen victims as his powers continue to grow and he begins to attain "Godhood." Can they figure out his weakness and stop him before this telepathic, sociopath child-adult controls the world? A terrific read that builds slowly with lots of engrossing character building and a time-altered chase is a very vivid and heart rate raising scene. I strongly recommend this book for the patient reader among you.

The Eyes of Darkness

The Eyes of Darkness - Leigh Nichols, Dean Koontz One of Koontz earlier works originally published under a pseudonym. While this is entertaining in a mild DK way, it's not gripping as his later works prove to be. I'd recommend this for someone new to DK for later comparison but if you're an older fan and haven't read this, skip it.

Lady Be Bad: The Merry Widows Series

Lady Be Bad - Candice Hern Well-written, entertaining and fast-paced. I read this just a few days ago and though the series is wearing thin for me, the characters, the situations in LBB are fresh and believable. Highly recommend for a way to pass an afternoon.

Scarlet Nights: An Edilean Novel (Edilean Novels)

Scarlet Nights - Jude Deveraux This wasn't one of JD's best works, imho, the character of Cassie is just too naive and oblivious to be believed. That she finally wises up to what a doormat she is and leaves is to be commended, but that she is easily manipulated by the old lady and ends up with straight-laced Jefferson after all was a real disappointment.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)

Magic Bites -  Ilona Andrews Struggled to stay interested throughout parts, but overall, it's a solid read. She does better explaining the state of things (magic/technology, guild/order) in the 2nd book. but getting through this one will help acquaint you with important characters, but isn't mandatory to comprehend the series. Skipping this entirely won't hurt, even though the last half of the book is a more than decent read.