Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth (‘Violet Eyes’ series Book #1)

Dell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: August 31, 2004 - 368 Pages - ISBN: 0553803379 - Published By: Dell

 

Through Violet Eyes

by Stephen Woodworth

‘Violet Eyes’ series book #1

In a world where the dead can testify against the living, someone is getting away with murder. Because to every generation are born a select few souls with violet-colored eyes, and the ability to channel the dead. Both rare and precious – and rigidly controlled by a society that craves their services – these Violets perform a number of different duties. The most fortunate increase the world’s cultural heritage by channeling the still-creative spirits of famous dead artists and musicians. The least fortunate aid the police and the law courts, catching criminals by interviewing the deceased victims of violent crime.

But now the Violets themselves have become the target of a brutal serial murderer – a murderer who had learned how to mask his or her identity even from the victims. Can the FBI, aided by a Violet so scared of death that she is afraid to live, uncover the criminal in time? Or must more of her race be dispatched to the realm that has haunted them all since childhood?

Review: I started and finished this book on Saturday, May 19th, 2007.

What can I say… I thought this book was pretty good, for a debut novel. I liked the plot, wasn’t too thrilled on the ending, though. I thought the characters needed a little more development – there wasn’t enough of who they were and why their thoughts were the way they were. I didn’t like the romance part of it – it just didn’t seem natural to me, kind of like a ‘now or never’ situation, and I didn’t enjoy that.

I did, however, thought that the whole “Violet” thing was definitely a very fresh idea. I’d never read anything like that before, and I enjoyed the aspect of it tremendously. I still think the plot could’ve used some more work, but not bad for a debut novel. I may just give another of his novels a try.

Rating: .75

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Wraith by Phaedra M. Weldon (‘Zoe Martinique’ series Book #1)

Ace

Format: Trade Paperback - Published: June 5, 2007 - 384 Pages - ISBN: 0441014976 - Published By: Ace

 

Wraith

by Phaedra M. Weldon

‘Zoe Martinique’ series Book #1

First in an excitingly different and new paranormal series. Zo’ Martinique has turned her unusual ability into a career. When she’s traveling, she can’t be seen which makes her an ideal professional snoop. Industrial espionage, surveillance, whatever. But one night things get out of hand while she’s out-of-body. She witnesses a murder and discovers she has unwelcome company: Trench-Coat, a ghostly killer who can see her and hurt her.

Teaming up with a blue-eyed police detective, she tries to solve the case and improve her love life. She also enlists the support of her psychic mother and the ghostly couple who haunt her house. And with murderers, kidnappers, and a desperate ex-porn star involved, Zo’ needs all the help she can get.

Review: I finished this novel on Saturday, July 21st, 2007. An excellent first novel!

I really liked Zoe as a character. I loved her attitude, her personality, the way she sees things, feels emotions. Truly an original character.

The rest of the cast was great as well. Her mom, her ‘assistant’ her friends, and ‘her cute cop.’ Each and everyone an ‘original.’

I thought the plot was great, the twists perfectly placed. The action was smooth, the suspense enough to drive you crazy (good crazy,) and the ‘bad guys’ give you the shivers like you wouldn’t believe. If you like paranormal thrillers, this one is an awesome read! I can’t wait for the second book!

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Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward (‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #3)

New American Library

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: August 17, 2006 - 464 Pages - ISBN: 0451219368 - Published By: New American Library

 

Lover Awakened

by J.R. Ward

‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #3

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savabe feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion – until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to vertake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Review: Finished Friday, November 10th, 2006. I couldn’t even begin to describe this series! I can’t tell you which book is better out of the three in the series! It seems like the further you get into it, the better it gets! Zsadist is totally different from his ‘brothers,’ and if/when you read this book, you’ll understand why. The internal struggles he lived with, how he overcame them, and with Bella at his side, had to be the best I’ve ever read, even if this book had nothing to do with vampires. Very powerful, makes your heart break, and fill with joy. The suspense is awesome, and the book grips you from start to finish, all characters, not just main, are all powerful. I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this book!

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Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward (‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #2)

Signet MM

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: February 17, 2006 - 464 Pages - ISBN: 0451218043 - Published By: Signet MM

 

Lover Revealed

by J.R. Ward

‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #2

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover – for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

Review: Finished Wednesday, November 8th, 2006. Words cannot describe how I feel about this book. Somehow, fabulous, fantastic, terrific, unforgettable, even ‘unputdownable’ can’t describe it. Those words just don’t seem to be enough! Ward sucked me right into this one right from the beginning, and she never let up! MY GOD! The characters, the action, the love scenes, the confessions, the confusions, talking from the heart … no reader can help feeling sad, angry, frustrated and right down pissed. Myself, during the last few chapters, I balled. My. Head.Off. I was that sad and that angry for the characters themselves… I had no choice, I was sucked in! (No pun intended, LOL!) If you are a paranormal fan, this book will suck you right in, too! And if you’re not, this one just might push you right over and into it, the realm of the paranormal. This, like the first and I’m sure what’s to come, of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, is a series you don’t want to miss! Yes, when it comes to the paranormal, I’m that passionate … especially now!

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Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #4)

978-0451412355

Paperback: 480 pages - Publisher: Onyx (MM) (Mar 6 2007) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0451412354 - ISBN-13: 978-0451412355

 

Lover Revealed

by J.R. Ward

‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #4

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will face the challnge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living, ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world – to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him…

Review: ‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’!!! I can’t get over this series! Ward knows how to write them, and she’s turning into one of the best. Each character is unique, their own personalities, flaws and all, makes them appear incredibly read (even for vampires.) The words Ward uses to describe each character works on so many levels; you can feel their happiness, their pain, their envy, their sadness, their fear, their worries … everything, even the love and friendships they share. Fighting scenes make you hold your breath. Sex scenes … holy good god, can they make you hot under the collar! Arguments between characters makes you feel everything they feel, understand their reasoning, no matter how their flaws. This series is incredible, and if you’re into paranormal/fantasy, I can’t urge you enough to read it!!!

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Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (‘Black Dagger Brotherhood series Book #1)

Signet MM

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: August 19, 2005 - 448 Pages - ISBN: 0451216954 - Published By: Signet MM

 

Dark Lover

by J.R. Ward

‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series Book #1

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of the most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

Review: Finished Monday, November 6th, 2006. Holy cow, what an awesome book! Words can’t begin to describe my thanks to Kathleen! Fast-paced and unputdownable, the story just kicks into high-gear and doesn’t let up! The male characters are deep, strong, and intense. The women characters just as strong and can stand up on their own and up to the males. The action is superb, the descriptions make you feel like you’re right there watching. The details of the characters give you a clear picture in your head, not only what they look like, but how they act, how they feel. It’s like watching a movie in your mind. I couldn’t ask for better, one of the best paranormals I’ve ever read!

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Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Pocket

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: September 1, 1989 - 560 Pages - ISBN: 0671685635 - Published By: Pocket

 

Ghost Story

by Peter Straub

“In life, not every sin goes unpunished.”

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past – and get away with murder.

Peter Straub’s classic bestseller is a work of “superb horror” (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good story, stand the test of time – and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

Review: Finished Friday, April 27th, 2007. Okay, how should I do this without concerning people … it wasn’t a bad book. Honestly, it wasn’t, but Straub writes sort of like Stephen King, the weird, strange, creepy stuff, and I need to be in the mood to read it. I wasn’t, and that’s more than likely why I had a hard time getting into it, and getting it finished. It’s not that it wasn’t interesting, cause it was, I just wastn’ in the mood to read that kind of writing. I thought the characters played out well, however shallow some seemed. The book bounced around some between characters, which I actually sort of liked, kind of like getting different points of view and feelings from each character about what’s going on. I may even read it again if I’m in the mood for the strange, weird and creepy.

Rating: .75

The Converging by George Straatman

Amberdias Publishing

Mass Market Paperback - May 2006 - 632 Pages - ISBN 0-9780125-0-X - Published by: Amberdias Publishing

 

The Converging

by George Straatman

(Timmins, Ontario, Canada author! – my hometown!)

‘The Converging’ series Book #1

Lost in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest, Semelar was a sleepy town where time flowed like a meandering river. Semelar was home to Elizabeth Simpson, a jewel whose radiance rivaled a diamond set on a bed of velvet. This jewel would draw the attention of a powerful and rapacious evil intent upon possessing its beauty. In evil’s wake would come others who lived only to purge blackness from the world. Together, they would descend on Semelar and draw the unsuspecting town into the maelstrom that is the Converging.

When David Stillman returned to his birthplace of Semelar, Washington, intent on exorcising the demons of a childhood marred by poverty and alcoholism, he never suspected he would rekindle the one true love of his life. He also discovered the disturbing whisper of long-departed ghosts and a town  beset by violence and spiralling toward madness. Against this backdrop of grueseome death and carnage, he and a small band of allies must find the strength and courage to confront a demon of unimaginable power and guile. Only by exposing the true face of Evil can he protect the woman he loves and survive the horror of the Converging.

Review: Boy, where do I start. Mr. Straatman has his own writing style, and it wasn’t bad. The story was good, but it was long. A lot of different characters, but they all play a part, and each had their own individuality. I wasn’t too thrilled about the ending, especially David. I couldn’t understand that, after all he’d been through, he chose to live out of the rest of his life the way he had; goddamn coward. The ending is obviously a set up for Book #2, and I think I just may pick it up. It was different from what I’m used to reading, but it wasn’t bad … for his first book.

I will tell you what upset me, however. His editor should have hired someone to do the proofreading. OMG!!! It wasn’t so much as mispelled words, there wre only a few, but the rest… Periods misplaced or not there at all, the same with allt he punctuations. Also, when two different people are talking, they shouldn’t be in the same paragraph. It wasn’t a difficult read, and I think I was having a hard time reading it due to utter irritation because of this. I think I may just drop him a line. I mean, I use a word processor that helps with spelling, punctuation, and the like. Doesn’t he do the same? I hope he learns for the next time. I think I would hav enjoyed the story more if the punctuations where in their proper placed. For me, that’s a huge distraction. All in all, good story, likable/dislikable characters, a pretty good imagination… Not bad for a local author!

Book #2 – The Converging: Mark of the Demon available July 2008

Rating: .75

Killer Takes All by Erica Spindler

Mira Books

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: May 1, 2006 - 480 Pages - ISBN: 0778323056 - Published By: Mira Books

 

Killer Takes All

by Erica Spindler

“The White Rabbit beckons you to follow him, down the rabbit hole, into his world. He’s a deceiver, a trickster. You won’t know what is truth and what is a lie. He aims to best you. Beat you. And when he does, you die.”

When a friend is found brutally murdered in her New Orleans apartmnet, former homicide detective Stacy Killian has reason to believe her death is related to the cultish fantasy role-playing game White Rabbit. The game is dark, violent – and addictive.

As a former member of the Dallas police force, Stacy was exposed to more than her share of the horrors of crime. Moving to New Orleans was her attempt to pursue a quieter life. But her friend’s murder plunges her back into the role that she fled – especially after she meets Spencer Malone, the homicide detective assigned to the murder case. Stacy doubts the overconfident rookie is up to the task and vows to track down the killer herself.

Her investigation draws her into the privileged circle of White Rabbit’s brillian creator, Leo Noble, a man with many dark secrets in his past … a man whose life has the same frightening surreal quality of the game he invented.

As the bodies mount and the game is taken to the next level, Stacy and Spencer are forced to work together. Soon they are trapped in the terrifying world of a game gone mad where Leo Noble and all the people around him are suspects, cryptic notes foretell the next victim and no one – no one – is safe.

Because White Rabbit is more than a game. It’s more real than life and death. And anyone can die before the final moment when the game is over … and the killer takes all.

Review: Finished Thursday, May 11th, 2006. Totally wicked!!! Spindler does it again. I had only thought I was right, and boy, was I wrong! Spindler knows how to introduce her characters, knows exactly where and when to put twists in her plots. She’s one author that knows how to surprise her readers, keeping them in suspense and makes you turn the page while holding your breath. At the end of the book, I was surprised, and dammit, I shouldn’t have been, having read her other books, but she got me again, and does it every time! Word of warning: Read See Jane Die first. You’ll get to know Stacy beforehad. Plus, I had only recently learned what RPG’s really were (having watched a CSI: New York episode a few months back.) Spindler really gets into the RPG facts, and the details are not boring in the least. If you’ve never heard of RPG’s (role-playing games,) you’ll find out about it in this book. (ie: Dungeons&Dragons.)

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Triptych by Karin Slaugther

Dell Publishing

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: July 31, 2007 - 512 Pages - ISBN: 0440242924 - Published By: Dell Publishing

 

Triptych

by Karin Slaughter

In the city of Atlanta, women are dying – at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frienzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread – and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways – someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open…

Review: Read in 2997. This is the first Karin Slaughter book I’ve read. Doesn’t mean I don’t already have some of hers on my shelf, LOL! There’s a series she wrote, but I’m missing a couple in the series, and I won’t read them till I have them all.

I liked the twists in the book. The characters were great. I don’t know how much of a review I can give without blowing or spoiling anything for anyone. Okay,I can say I had my suspicions in the last half of the book, and I wasn’t correct in a couple of them. I liked the plot, the characters, the setting made you feel like you were right there with them. Excellent!

Rating: .5