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Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
by Holly Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Gutter Faerie /Urban Fantasy, June 14 2004
"Tithe" by Holly Black -- wow. I spent Sunday afternoon at the bookstore and saw it in the teen section, and only meant to thumb through it. Ended up reading it straight through.
Gorgeous gutter faerie modern fantasy. A mix of cigarette ash and magic glamours. Kaye, a teenage girl whose lived a hard knock life on the road with her rock star wannabee mother has few illusions about life... or so she thinks until the ones that have been wrapped around her since childhood begin to unravel amidst the intrigues of Sidhe courts and the struggle for power while Samhain approaches and the price for obedience and submission of the non-aligned fay comes due. Kaye is a pivotal piece in a game between the beautiful and treacherous Seelie and Unseelie where every false move is paid for with blood and sanity... that of her friends, her loved ones, and her own.
Just really, utterly, truly a gorgeous read. My heart still aches with the lingering memory of it.
Five star read, absolutely.

Dead Witch Walking
Dead Witch Walking
by Kim Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.03
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Good! More, More!!!, June 14 2004
The book, the first of a series, is DEAD WITCH WALKING ... and despite the kinda cheesy title, which is a take from Clint Eastwood movies? Is beyond excellent, especially for those hungry for some femslash subtext. ** Minor Spoiler Warnings ** this review includes a few spoilers.
Wonderful well built world, our modern day USA after a bioengineered virus wiped out a major part of normal humanity, revealing the supernatural beings living among us (they were immune) who stepped in to keep the world from totally breaking down into chaos.
Now the humans and the Inderlanders (no idea why they are called that) live in uneasy alliance and the world goes on as the normal humans and the supernaturals police themselves, each with their own agencies. Rachel Morgan is a witch working for Inderland Security, until the steady string of crap assignments drives her to strike out on her own as an independent. The only problem is, even though she was deliberately given the worst jobs to force her to quit, no one leaves the agency... and lives.
Rachel is taking her chances though, and she is not alone as her friend Ivy, a living vampire and one of the best agents the Inderland Security has buys out her own contract, beggering the previously wealthy vamp, to join up with Rachel for her own mysterious reasons. Well, some of the reasons aren't too mysterious as the interaction between the two show Ivy is more than just fond of our girl Rachel... *happy whimpers* Along with Rachel and Ivy comes Jenks, a pixie with an attitude and a family of his maaaaaany children to look out for. Together they just might make it, even against hordes of assassins trying to collect the price now on Rachel's head.
The plot is tight, fast paced, and breathlessly exciting. Magic, political corruption, mysterious dangerous men, demons, bio-drug running, and a race against time to get the goods to put Rachel in the clear and end the contract on her life before her life actually ends. The main cast is joined by Nick, a human with far too much knowledge about magic who is turning sweet on Rachel, which does save her from death by demon, but leaves her with a troubling demon mark meaning she owes one a favor...
Did I mention the tomatos? Trust me, you won't look at one the same way afterwards *^_^*
's Gooooooooood... So Good... I read it all in a gulp on a Friday night, and am now re-reading slow, going over the details lovingly *^_^*
I want the next book (due out Feb 2005) and I want it NOW!!!

Kiss of the Night
Kiss of the Night
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET, April 8 2004
Super plotting, dialogue, characters... It's a great series, and I swear this is the best yet. Intense. We finally get a chance to get up close and personal with the Apollites and Daimons, the prey of the DARK HUNTERS, and learn new and fascinating information about them. Very cool.
The bare bones, the Dark Hunter Wulf must keep the Apollite Cassandra safe from the many factions who want her dead. She is the last in a bloodline that must survive or the world as we know it will perish. She is fast approaching final birthday, and the dark choice of dying in agony or becoming a Daimon is hard upon her. For Wulf and Cassandra, love between them is a bittersweet wonder. Even if they can keep Cassandra safe from assassins and vengeful gods, time itself will claim her.
New characters, lots of interaction with ones we've already met. New mysteries added to the wealth of intrigue already built up in previous books. This stands alone as a suspenseful drama, with heated romance, but it also is a part of a larger story arc with the other novels that slowly build up a gripping backstory and create a brand new mythic soap opera of ancient gods caught up in passions of love and hate.
My eyes are recovering from crying buckets from the 'grab you by the heart and squeeze' drama that was so well worded ... really gorgeous dialogue, thumps hard in a good way.
Good stuff!!! Way good stuff!!! Lots and lots of new characters to purr over and hope get their own novels soon. Strong, potent read on every level. All the others have been really good, but this is Dark Hunter novel kicks it up a notch.
I read it straight through. It's almost 4am my time, and I'm getting my review in now while it's fresh. I'm so pleased with this read.
>^,,^<

Seduced By Moonlight: A Novel
Seduced By Moonlight: A Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes! More Yummy Fae Flavor!, Feb. 18 2004
I'm well pleased by the latest Merry Gentry book, which gives more intrigue and throws more plot complications into Merry's already complicated life. In a race against her mad cousin to produce a child and thus secure the Unseelie throne, failure means death or worse for not only Merry, but also the people who have allied themselves with her in the interlinked power struggles that pervade both fae courts.
Merry has a head start, with her cousin Cel imprisoned for six months for crimes which should have earned him death. But that lead is dwindling and she is is trying to shore up her position with powerful alliances. The Goblins price for continuing a temporary alliance with Merry is high, but she and her men are girding themselves for a war that is fought as much in the bedsheets as on the battle field, and they can't afford to be faint of heart.
The agreement with the Goblins is only one of the many chances Merry must take, because as portents and clues surface slowly, the risk of her failure might mean more than her personal doom that of her followers. Ancient gods are gaining power again, artifacts of primordial power have resurfaced, and faceless enemies are striking out to try and slay Merry before she pieces together the few rough bits of the puzzle she gains in each book.
Full of blood, sex, and power games, this book is just one portion of a greater story which I'm impatient to read more of.

Ill Wind: Book One of the Weather Warden
Ill Wind: Book One of the Weather Warden
by Rachel Caine
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Read!!!, Dec 25 2003
Heads up to Laurell K. Hamilton fans. This is a book worth the read and then some. In a contemporary earth like ours where elemental magic and djinns are as much part of normal life as necromancy and vamps are in the Anita Blake world, Joanne Baldwin is powerful, tough, and desperate. She's in a mad race to find a way to get rid of the Demon Mark forced on her by a rogue Weather Warden while being hunted by the authorities who believe she is a murderer and rogue herself. If the "good guys" catch her, she dies. If the "bad guys" get her it'll be much much worse.
The plot line is wonderfully well woven, and there is plenty of edge of your seat suspense as you read through a fresh new world with well fleshed out characters. Great descriptions, places and people are given vibrant life, and there is a lot of wonderful sensual imagery to kick it up a notch.
I came across it by chance, and opened it up to read a few chapters before bed tonight. Couldn't Put It Down!!! My eyeballs hurt because I did a hard straight read through, and this after a totally exhausting day. It was worth it though, and I'm eager to see more from this writer. It's good stuff. LKH and Tanya Huff, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jane Lindskold good.
This is a first class read all the way, and I recommend it to anyone who likes the authors I listed above. Action adventure, intrigue, romance and mystery, it's a smooth blend in this great new fantasy series.
I want more.

Fistful Of Sky
Fistful Of Sky
by Nina Hoffman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Depths, Dec 23 2003
This review is from: Fistful Of Sky (Hardcover)
I knew it was going to be good going in. It was good, and it got better and better throughout. A solid story that on the surface seems frothy contemporary fantasy, but in it's heart has subtle depths that explore the use and misuse of great powers with very human realism.
Contemporary Fantasy. The world is the "normal" world where magic isn't commonly known to most people. However Gypsum is a middle child in a family that usually gains strong magical abilities when they are in their teen years. Not everyone of her family does however, because in some rare cases they can die during the transition, or because of marrying outside the family to "ordinary" humans, a very few have no power to come into.
After her older sibs come into her power, and then her younger ones, Gypsum resigns herself to the fate of being "ordinary". Then, when she's 20 beyond the age to expect her power to come, it hits her, and it hits her hard. Hers is a dark power, the ability to curse people and things. Not using one's power eats and twists a person so Gypsum MUST cast her curses or be destroyed from her unused power.
Gypsum's family is very loving, but it's not all sunshine and light. Power is a tool to achieve dominence and control over each other, and Gypsum has been at the knife edged and sometimes careless mercy of her mother and siblings all her life. Now she is a power to be reckoned with, and she must struggle with controlling herself and facing the darkness that lurks in her own heart. ...

Menage
Menage
by Emma Holly
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Yummy, May 18 2003
This review is from: Menage (Mass Market Paperback)
One of my all time favorite erotica novels, by my all time favorite erotica (and now supernatural romance) writers. Emma Holly has the touch. A fine talent for creating stories of complex relationships and believable emotions, and meltingly exquisite sensuality.
She weaves strong themes of romance, as amid the plot lines of exploration, and adventurous desire and dark sensuality is the fascinating connection between special characters and how they ultimately relate to each other.
Emma Holly totally rocks! She has a master hand at crafting Erotica, Romance, and if you read her new book, "Catching Midnight", Supernatural Fantasy adventure.
Utter Yum. *^_^*

Fantasy Lover
Fantasy Lover
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, May 17 2003
A great series. I docked it one star because the male leads are portrayed as so gorgeous no woman can resist them, which I find irritating, because there should be more than just one woman in the universe who can see past a gorgeous face. Other than that I find the book a wonderful romp with a great plot line. The depiction of various gods is wonderful. It's got a lot of bite, and the various mythological personas are shown as dangerous and powerful, and passionate in both their cruelty and their love.
Before anyone get's the wrong idea, this is a "present day" novel series. But our female lead is a sensible practical female who through the meddling of outside forces (in this case Selena, a best friend who works magic) is pulled into a fantastic situation. For her birthday Grace is given a book that contains a "love slave" who if summoned will be at her service for the length of a lunar month. Thinking it's a joke, Grace plays along with her friend's urging to try the spell. When Julian of Macedon appears, she finds out it's no joke.
I highly recommend the series for fans of the Xena and Buffy type universes. This book sets up the universe that is full of magical entities that exist in a "regular" world. A great mix of outrageous and over the top beefcake romance, and more gritty fantasy action adventure. Very enjoyable.

Virtual Heaven
Virtual Heaven
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series, May 17 2003
I expected fluff and found a series with tons of original, well developed world building depth. Though a romance series, the Virtual books could stand as straigh SciFi Fantasy. I actually read them backward in order, so book one I found to be a 'set up' book that paves the way the even more detailed and enjoyable 2nd and 3rd book in the series.
Maggie, a silversmith, is urged by her friend who runs a game shop to try out a hot new virtual reality game. Because of a mix of a storm, cosmic alignment, and the celtic pattern of her pendent, all the things necessary to send Maggie to the world the game is based on are in place.
All Maggie wants to do is get home again, but from the moment she appears she finds her fate is tied to the quest and well being of fantastic warrior who believes she's a runaway pleasure slave.
On the surface it's a fluffy premise, but the book is fraught with gritty situations a real sense of peril and a rather disturbing and grim realism of the horror of being a slave and a female in a world where the life of either is held in casual contempt by those in power.
Great characterization. Great world building. I enjoyed it as a scifi fantasy fan as much, if not more, than as a romance fan.

Daughters of Darkness
Daughters of Darkness
DVD ~ Delphine Seyrig
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 44.77
9 used & new from CDN$ 13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, May 11 2003
This review is from: Daughters of Darkness (DVD)
I'm delighted this will be available on DVD. I watched it on VHS a long, long time ago. I'd heard about it in various books on vampire films and haunted every video store I could find to locate a viewing copy. When I finally found it, I watched it with the enthrallment of the very young with the object of an obsession. Based loosely on the story of Elisabet Bathory, this "contempory" tale is of a young newly wed couple who are seduced by a mysterious woman whose interest in them is predatory.
Compared to current movie fare, this is extremely tame with it's allusions to S&M and chic debauchery, but the european elegance of the film will satisfy the die hard vampire film fan who enjoys the older movies that defined the genre in the late 60s and into the 70s. Not as openly sexual as the lush offerings of a Hammer film, it has it's own more subtle erotic charm.

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