Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Books of 2011

Top Books of 2011
The top Books we read in 2011 (and sometimes re-read)

A Discovery of Witches
The Clockwork Prince
Winter Sea
Iron Knight
One Grave at a Time
Secret McQueen Series
A Bomb in February
Second Grave on the Left
Great Hexpectations
How to Date a Vampire
Reason to Breath
School of Ages
Beautiful Disaster

Happy New Year and Happy Reading
Kiki & Jules

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lots of Books to Cover

I have been doing a lot of reading, but have failed to blog. For that I am so sorry. So here is a quick run down with mini reviews.

A Chance foe Charity by S.L. Baum: 3.5 stars. A cute quick read that stars Charity and a group of Immortals that are one the run from some religious zealots trying to kill them. Charity and her family take refuge in a small town in Colorado where she quickly finds love. Now she has to fight to keep the love in her life forever.

The Secret McQueen Series by Sierra Dean: 4 stars. This could possibly become one of my top series. Secret is jus that, a secret, half vampire half wolf vampire slayer. She works for the vampire counsel as a contract killer. She has a wicked sense of humor and gets herself in the most wonderful delemas. Most of her issues revolve around matters of the heart. What is a girl to do when the King of the Wolves, his litinuet, the head of the Vampire Counsel, and her own watcher all are in love with her. This book has some kick-butt action and some steamy bedroom scenes. If you love Cat and Bones you will love Secret.

Fright Court by Mindy Klasky: 3 stars. Sarah has an unusual new job. She I'd the Clerk of Courts for the Night Court. When she signed up she didn't reslize what clients would be coming in at the wee hours, like vampires. She gets attacked on her first night and all hell breaks loose. But in the end she is determined to show her new boss, James, that he picked the right sphynix for the job. It was a quick read and by the end I was really getting into it, but it just stopped. I'm not sure if there is more to the series, but I hope so. This feels unfinished.

The Valerie Dearborn Series by Caroline Hanson: 3.5 stars. Val is an Empath. She has the power to control people's emotions and control them. The greatest control being over vampires. She is the last of her kind. There are no more Empaths, Fey, or Wolves. Only vampires. Then why is the kinfolk of vampires, Lucas, hiring her to find the Others? And why is her attraction to him so strong? This confused young lady goes on a quest with a lustful vampire and his minions when all she wants is a normal life with the love of her life, Jack. But Jack is just as willing to go on this chase with her. Where does that leave Val and how will she keep herself safe? This is a very quick read and leaves you hanging in the end. I dom't usually go for heroines that appear so weak minded and stubborn. I didn't really like Val, but I loved Lucas and his story. So I will keep reading the series to see his fate.

There is plenty more to come. Jules and I have the review for The Clockwork Prince. We read the book in less than a day! It was fantastic and caused me to re-read the entire Clare series.

So keep reading and we will as well
Happy reading

Matt Posner and C.S. Splitter

Kiki's Review: 5 stars

These are two of my favorite male indie authors.
Matt Posner is being raved as the next J.K. Rowling for his School of Ages series. But let me say that this is no Harry Potter. Yes, I see similar character, but the plots are so different. Posner does a wonderful job of showing us a new side to magic. His characters are well developed and he writes so smoothly. He takes us on these wonderful rides thru the past and sometimes into the historical fanatsies of our childhood. Where he douses his books with history, he sprinkles them with religion. I loved the education I received at every turn of the page. If you haven't picked up this series yet, you should.

C.S. Splitter has a wicked sense of humor that is so up my alley. He is one of the few authors I am more than willing to step outside of my genre for. His Crayder series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. He writes so deliciously that when I'm finished I can't wait for my next helping. Tom Crayder is one of those characters you can't help but root for. He has a mortgage, a marriage that needs some work, and an unusual clintele for his flight business. I loved The Rluctant, but have decided that The Willing is even better. Mystery, suspense, drug lords, all with his wisecracracking, politically incorrect hero...What more can a girl ask for?
If you haven't taken this series for a ride then be prepared to strap yourself in and fly. This is a must read!

Happy Reading