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Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book
Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book
by Anne Bishop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 25.29
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck happened?, March 2 2011
Although not the biggest fan of this series, I have read an enjoyed the series. Black Jewels is a dark fantasy with a strong romance sub story. I liked the world building of these books and the rules.

Unfortunately all that is ruined in Twilight's Dawn. Namely in the third novalla High Lord's Daughter which ruins the entire series for me.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!

I'll only hit the major points

Jaenelle dies and orders Daemon to love again.

Daemon, despite his aversion to women touching him becomes man tramp and sleeps with every woman he can get his hands on.

Saetan dies about 20 years after Jaenelle.

Due to the above reason Daemon sleeps with Surreal.

Surreal gets pregnant and they have a daughter named Jaenelle Saetian (hey Ms. Bishop Stephenie Meyer and JK Rowling want their title for worst names for character's kids title back)

Apparently Surreal is Daemon's One True love. He only thought it was Jaenelle because she was Witch. Or something.

I read somewhere that Anne Bishop posted a comment something to the effect she had to write write what the characters told her to write....So they told her to totally ruin her own world building? Really? It also makes me remember something that Julia Quinn once wrote about the subject of characters ruling the story. Her character know who's in charge!

I think seeing what she dose to her own characters I won't be reading any more of her books.

What A Dragon Should Know
What A Dragon Should Know
by G.A. Aiken
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, June 1 2010
While I will say these books are not for everyone, if you want a book that will make you laugh out loud this is the book for you. I do warn that the book has some fairly raunchy humor to it, but it's not distasteful as some.
I've tried other books from the author and while I like the dragon series, I've never liked her other books.
And while funny enough to make you laugh even after you've read it a few times, there are a few moments that make it touching as well. I actually teared up a few times while reading about Annwyl.

Although not necessary to read the books in order but it would help give some backstory on some of the other characters.

Vampire Mistress
Vampire Mistress
by Joey W. Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible, June 1 2010
This review is from: Vampire Mistress (Paperback)
They say that the definition of insanity of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Well color me insane. I keep buying (or in this case borrowed from a friend) the latest offering from Ms Hill.

I've always appreciated they way Ms Hill's portrayed the alternate lifestyle. Although not really realistic, I understand that this is fiction and appreciate how healthy the relationships are in comparison to most books of this genre.

Knowing that this is a strange world she's set her characters in I try not to judge them from my own moral standpoint. I liked the first book in the Vampire Queen series, the second...not so much, the third, eh, it was OK, but the last one Beloved Vampire was horrific. And this one was similar.

Without going into too much detail I'd just like to say Ms Hill has obviously never, ever seen the repercussions of rape, because if she did she would never write her stories like she has. It takes years, not minuets, not hours, not days or weeks to get over it, years. And the solution to rape is not to get into another sexual relationship right off.

Raintree: Sanctuary
Raintree: Sanctuary
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad ending to a good series, Aug. 1 2009
This review is from: Raintree: Sanctuary (Paperback)
It's hard to like a book when all the characters are annoying. Eve was, by far, the worst. The supposed hero, well I like darker books, with heroes that could easily be the villain, but he annoyed me. Unlike some I did like Mercy, yes she seemed weak but when you consider that her power is taking on pain from others, she's quite strong. I did however hate what kind of mother she was. She gave in to her daughter far too easily. No wonder the child was an annoying little monster.

The series wasn't the best, but this book was horrible. Skip these books. If you're looking for something good with a paranormal bent look to the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh.

Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Finger Lickin' Fifteen
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.76
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best, June 27 2009
This review is from: Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Hardcover)
While I did chuckle a few times overall the book was a big disappointment. In every book I've found something that made me laugh so hard it took me a few minuets before I could read on. There wasn't any moments like that.
The Joe/Ranger back and forth is starting to annoy me rather than amuse me. How incompetent Stephanie still is, is starting to grate on my nerves. The blowing up the cars thing? Getting old.
There were of course some amusing moments. I loved Lula and Grandma as usual. The Ranger story like? While I don't want to give away the spoiler I loved who it turned out to be ripping Ranger off. It was kind of perfect.
I really thing that 16 should be the last book. Which is sad since I've spend five years loving the books. But when an author stops being fresh it's time to move on.
My advice if you love (or loved) the series as much as I do, buy it in hardback, if not, wait until it comes out in paperback.

Curse the Dawn: A Cassie Palmer Novel
Curse the Dawn: A Cassie Palmer Novel
by Karen Chance
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, May 24 2009
I tried to read Touch the Dark, but because it was in first person and started very slowly, I never bothered to finish the book. Then a friend told me how much better the books got after the first.

Curse the Dawn is a fantastic book, this book has put Chance firmly in the pre-order catagory.

The action is well done, the characters are better, and the humor will make you laugh out loud (not a good thing if you're reading it in a public avenue)

Cassie seems to be a bit more comfortable with her role and because of that comes off as a little less whiny as she has in the past. Her relationship with Mircea has been taken up a step, but with the same hesitancy of is he doing this for her power or dose he have actual feelings for Cassie. Pritkin isn't featured as much as he was the the last book, but his appearances are memorable (and he is in a great deal of the book)

Without a doubt my favorite part of the book is when Pritkin and Cassie switch bodies. I don't want to give anything away but the book is worth the price just for that. Especially when they finally catch back up with Mircea.

Do not buy read this book without reading the others, or you'll be totally lost. But if you do like a good urban fantasy with a heavy dose of humor (and the absurd) this is a great new series for you to try.

Dangerous Games
Dangerous Games
by Lora Leigh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is Leigh so popular?, May 19 2009
I admit that I have a soft spot for strong, alpha males, so I was recommended this book. Why? The guy is nothing more than pushy jerk that anyone woman in her right mind would have avoided.

I don't have a problem with Dom/Sub relationships I don't care if it's the man or the woman who's in charge. I do care when an author pretends to know what she was talking about. I've read a fantastic Dom/Sub relationship that was so well done it spoiled me. But even if I hadn't read the wonderful His Perfect Submissive this book would have made me roll my eyes.

Now forget about everything I just said. The writing is terrible. It's almost childish. We're told over and over again just how very special both the male and female lead are, without actually seeing it. The guy just acts like a overbearing jerk and the woman just acts like a weak willed twit who should be smacked. She isn't a submissive she's and idiot.
If you are looking for a bit of cheap porn that pretends it's D&S it's an OK book. but if you are looking for a real, touching well done D&S book look else where.

Robin Hood - Season 2
Robin Hood - Season 2
DVD ~ Jonas Armstrong
Price: CDN$ 32.49
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good season until the end, April 2 2009
This review is from: Robin Hood - Season 2 (DVD)
I really enjoyed season two, Although it will never be a great show, its good if you want some mindless entertainment.

However I have to say that the ending was horrible. I've seen just about every movie or TV show that is based on the Robin Hood legend, but never, not once did I ever think they would have killed off who they did. I understand that the actress wanted to leave the show, but they could have replaced her with someone else. It would have been far less jarring. It's rather like doing Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending.

Angels' Blood
Angels' Blood
by Nalini Singh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, March 7 2009
I was very hesitant read this book. But I am so glad I did. It's a fantastic book.
I especially like that the angels aren't heavenly creatures that they are in in the real world. I've read a few books that feature angels in their divine mission, but aside from one they always left a lot to be desired.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy set in a AU world. Also anyone who likes a hero that at times seems more a villain.

I can't wait for the next books in this series.

White Witch Black Curse Unabridged Cd
White Witch Black Curse Unabridged Cd
14 used & new from CDN$ 3.35

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gavin is back!, March 2 2009
Although I liked The Outlaw Demon Wails story better than this one, White Witch was improved over it because Maragrite Gavin is back!

Now to the book. Warnings spoilers.

There were a few things that bothered me a little about the book. The resolution to Kisten's death was very disappointing. I won't say who it is but I thought it would be someone important...or actually dangerous.

Lack of Al Rachel teaching. You don't actually see it, just hear about it, vaguely.

There's little seen of Trent, and nothing of Ceri or David.

The things I did love was:

Any part with Al, Rachel and he seem to be getting along very well. They seem to have a uneasy friendship (at least on Rachel's part.) Although I think it's more of a pet/master relationship on Al's part. The interaction between them was hilarious. And finally Ivy meets Al, although Ivy didn't know him at first.

The interactions between Ivy and Rachel. As someone who really thinks they're prefect for each other it's a little disappointing that Rachel has a potential new love interest, but there's more of those tantalising tidbits that Ivy and Rachel might actually get together at the end of the series (fingers crossed.)

The new love interest: I won't say who it is but I can say that I can't wait to see him in the next book.

Jenks: Well anyone who has read this series knows what a hoot he is. But in this book it's mixed with sadness. His wife is dying and he knows it. I really hope that Rachel had find a way to save both Jenks and his wife.

All in all this was a good book, and has left me eagerly waiting for the next.

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