Review of Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher

While re-reading Ghost Story in preparation for reading Cold Days, I realized Ghost Story had a lot of dry humor and snide side comments that I totally missed the first time around due to the frenzy of OMG! moments inherent in the story.

The story is great. The book is great. The plot twists and thickens with every chapter. Yes, yes, and yes!

It is also really, really funny! Well worth the time to read it again. Once the plot twists are not overloading the brain cells, the humor of Harry learning to be a spirit and the snarky asides he throws out come to the forefront to enjoy. It was almost like reading a new book.

Go see for yourself!

I give it 5 stars.

(See my previous post for an explanation of my rating system.)

Review of Dead Reckoning, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

I was hooked on page one! This is one of those books you don’t want to put down, the kind where you read with one hand while eating with the other.

The three main characters – a shootist, a scout, and an inventor – immediately draw you into the story. Each has a backstory and multiple layers of personality. Even Jett’s horse, Nightingale, has a unique personality!

The zombie action starts quickly. Jett is from New Orleans so she has no doubts about what is attacking even though she had never before seen one. When she (almost literally) runs into Gibbons and White Fox they are more skeptical, but acknowledge something is terribly wrong and agree to join forces to discover what it is. The trio combines their skills and talents to unravel the mystery and save the day.

The story is more mystery than horror, although it is horrific and creepy as you would expect in a zombie book, and you will gasp and cheer and laugh and groan along the way.

The most memorable quote: “She didn’t think Shepherd would shoot her now. Only folks scared of what you might do shot you just for slanging them, not someone sitting in the catbird seat and holding all the aces. That kind would talk your ear off until you wished they would shoot you and give you some peace.”

The ending leaves a wide open path for possible sequels. I hope we see one soon!

I give it 4 stars.

(See my previous post for an explanation of my rating system.)

I finally saw Rise of the Guardians. Now I wish I had seen it sooner! If you have not seen it, go do so!

It is based on “The Guardians of Childhood” books by William Joyce, which have now been added to my ‘hunt these down and read them’ list.

Review of A Werewolf in Manhattan, by Vicki Lewis Thompson

It takes skill and chutzpah to pull off a good cross-genre story well. A generous splash of humor helps. This book has the ideal combination.

Mixing fantasy – werewolves, vampires, things that go bump in the night – with romance is a tricky recipe. A significant percentage fall flat like a bad soufflé. A small percentage are true fantasy novels with an extra dash of romance like an exotic spice. (My favorite!) And occasionally you get a story that is like a good dessert: sweet, tart, delicious and a guilty pleasure.

A Werewolf in Manhattan is dessert.

This is a book that laughs at itself while taking you along for the ride. The characters are feisty, the fantasy is actually integral to the plot, and the romance is fun. The idea of an author of werewolf romances as the protagonist of a werewolf romance is ingenious.

Do yourself a favor. Indulge.

I give it 4stars.

(See my previous post for an explanation of my rating system.)

Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices

Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices