Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
“The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children…
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”
Bullet is the 19th novel in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. As always, I was enthralled from page one. It seems to me that Ms. Hamilton has heard some of her fans and has taken it back a notch to be more like her “old school” Anita Blake, though I found it to be a great mix of everything that makes Anita Blake and the rest of the darkly rich characters amazing. I was totally amused by Anita’s observations and dealings with Monica’s son, Mathew. (Probably because I’ve felt the same way around kids myself, lol).
It’s hard to write my review without spoilers, but here’s what I can tell you… Anita and her men have a whole new level of BAD to deal with in this novel while trying to integrate some new tigers into the fold. We see Jean-Claude, Asher, Micah, Nathaniel, Haven and Damian all playing pivotal roles along with a bunch of other characters. Richard is back and long time fans are in for a surprise! New women are introduced and look to become on-going characters which should make for some interesting reading in future books. The dark, in your face, scary ass-kickery is always “on”, the complications and bonuses of being in two triumvirate’s as well as involved closely with a few other men is, as always, fascinating to me, and for every big, bad, scary situation that they’ve come up against, Anita and the rest of the gang always seem to come up against more. We learn more about the really creep-tastic Valentina and the Harlequin’s have some involvement in the story as well.
I am a long time fan of Laurell’s writing and continue to be so! Her dark, edgy, gritty, no holds barred style of writing is in a league of its own. Her characters are multi-faceted and as “real” as a fictional character can be. Her fast paced plotting always delivers with lots of action, danger, suspense and shock factors. The “Big Bad’s” are truly the stuff of nightmare’s. And her storytelling takes you on a thrill-ride rollercoaster of phenomenal urban fantasy fiction. I can’t wait for the next one!
As a side note: One could totally read Bullet and follow along, but my recommendation is that you would gain even more from it by reading the whole series. There are a lot of characters with rich and full histories throughout the books and it makes more sense to me to get to know them as they are introduced and developed throughout the novels and what brought them all to this point. But that’s just my preferred modus operandi when it comes to series. If you’re new to the series and a fly by the seat of your pants reader, then jump in, enjoy the ride and I’m pretty sure you’ll get hooked and go out to grab the first 18 books in the series. 😀
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Blood Song by Cat Adams
“Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where vampires roam the alleys of Tinseltown, street corner psychics have real powers, and cops use memory enhancement spells. An ordinary human, Celia uses street smarts and charmed weapons to protect the rich and famous from mortal and supernatural threats. She’s protecting the prince of a small but politically vital nation when things go horribly wrong. Bitten by a master vampire, Celia knows she is about to die.
To her shock, she survives. Celia Graves has become an Abomination, neither fully mortal nor fully vampire. Her “master” is hunting her, to destroy her or finish what his bite began. She’s accused of murder, and the cops aren’t sure whether she should be locked up or staked. And then there’s the demon she glimpsed during the vampire attack…
Struggling to cope with her new powers, Celia reaches out for help from her once (and future?) lover, a powerful mage; his warrior priest brother; a handsome werewolf who keeps his lupine nature concealed from the world; an elderly clairvoyant; and one trustworthy cop.
Celia Graves has three days to save the world, her sanity and her soul.”
Blood Song is the first book in the new Blood Singer series and it blew my mind! Awesome, awesome series debut novel. This is Urban Fantasy at its peak. I am dying to read the next book in the series, Siren Song, which will be out September 2010, (just in time for my birthday!).
Celia Graves is a really likeable character and the writing duo of Cat Adams have created an immensely fascinating and entertaining read filled with believable paranormal characters and plotlines. Fast paced plots, heartbreaking scenarios and superbly developed characters had me flipping the pages like crazy! There are so many great places that this story went and so many more great places for these characters to go. Surprise twists in the plot and some great potential oncoming plots have me jumping up and down wanting to read the next installment of the series NOW!
This book will definitely be in my top ten picks of 2010!
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I just wanted to share my excitement about this new show starting this summer on ABC! 🙂 Hurry up June 20th.
Serpent Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
“Eric Thompson’s wolf howl can ruin electronics and send aircraft tumbling from the sky. Considered dangerous even by his fellow Sazi, Eric has become a lone wolf, living in self-imposed isolation. Yet when the very foundations of Sazi life come under attack, Eric knows he must defend his fellow shapeshifters at any cost.
Attacked by a band of vicious Sazi, Holly Sanchez should have died. Instead, she survives, emerging as a powerful Sazi healer. Sent to return Eric to the Sazi world he rejected, Holly finds herself by his side as the lone wolf tracks the monster that is killing the Sazi. Holly soon realizes she must make a choice—between a Sazi life with Eric, and life as a “normal” human being. But first, she must survive long enough to make that choice—and she must save her people, and the world, from evil.”
This is the eighth and final book in The Tales Of The Sazi series by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, about various shifters. I quite enjoyed Eric and Holly’s story. The authors have created a rich and diverse cast of characters along with a fast paced, action packed plot. Romance, danger, and high stakes abound in a dynamic paranormal setting from Australia to Colorado.
I really don’t know what else to say!? Great series, great read and unique characters to keep it all interesting. You get to see and hear about some of the characters from previous books as well, which is always a bonus in my books. 🙂
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I have been waiting for this one! 🙂 Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first YA, Infinity is out in stores today, so check out the trailer.
Here’s the link to download the song from the trailer! DOWNLOAD SONG
Twice Dead by Kalayna Price
“Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin. With the body count rising, Kita is dragged into a dangerous game of vampire politics.
Her involvement draws the attention of an ancient vampire known as the Collector who has a penchant for acquiring the unusual – like a pure blood shifter-turned vampire. Kita still has unfinished business of her own and finds herself deeper in magical debt. It’s a bad time to be a kitten who can’t slip her skin.
Kalayna Price’s debut novel, ONCE BITTEN, earned rave reviews and reached #1 on Amazon.com’s “Fantasy Bestseller List.” TWICE DEAD returns readers to a dark, seductive world where magic rules and ancient loyalties collide with modern challenges.”
I jumped into this series with the second book, Twice Dead, and had no problems following along. I definitely want to read the first book, Once Bitten. Kalayna Price has created an interesting supernatural world filled with rich, intriguing characters. Kita is an interesting mix because she was a shifter that was turned into a vampire. Her progress while adjusting to the change in the face of danger kept me reading long into the night!
Filled with action, suspense, danger, and a fascinating relationship. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy, heroine’s who grow and come into their own, and characters that come alive on the pages of a fast paced story.
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Supernatural: Heart Of The Dragon by Keith R. A. DeCandido
“A “Supernatural” novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series.
When renegade angel Castiel alerts Sam and Dean to a series of particularly brutal killings in San Francisco’s Chinatown, they realise the Heart of the Dragon, an ancient evil of unspeakable power, is back. John Winchester faced the terrifying spirit 20 years ago, and the Campbell family fought it 20 years before that – can the boys succeed where their parents and grandparents failed?”
This is my first Supernatural tie-in novel and I was easily pulled right in to the story and caught up in the action. If you are a fan of the show, I highly recommend reading this book to get your Sam, Dean and Castiel fix in between shows! Keith R.A. DeCandido does an excellent job maintaining character integrity and creating a great new story in the Supernatural world.
Bonus scenes for me included a few scenes from the past involving John Winchester, and the Campbell’s, Sam & Dean’s grandfather and mother. I will be keeping an eye out for more books in this series! And if you’ve been under a rock and haven’t yet watched the show, this book is a great read regardless.
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I received my new issue of RT magazine in the mail today and there’s a two page spread about the newly revamped website. Can I just say WOW! What a major overhaul and upgrade they’ve accomplished. 🙂 Go see! I lurve this magazine and can’t wait to get my hands on it every month, but the website is also a veritable font of information for all paranormal, YA and urban fantasy book lovers.
I often see comments here and there, as well as in some of the groups I’m in, from readers asking what the correct reading order of a series is, or when an author has her next release coming out. Well, let me tell you, the best site to go to is Fantastic Fiction! Just type in the authors’ name in the search engine and instantly you can see all the books they’ve written, the correct reading order of each series, publication year, etc. I frequently find myself there as it’s a wonderful tool for us book-a-holics. 🙂
I know I’ve been slagging with both my reviews and in posting the monthly releases in my fave genres. My studies get in the way of my spending as much time as I would like to here. My apologies to those who rely on my book release lists and to those whom I owe reviews. I have several reviews in the works right now, so look for them to be posted shortly.
- Twice Dead – Kalayna Price
- Supernatural: Heart Of The Dragon – Keith R.A. DeCandido
- Marked – Elisabeth Naughton
- Dead In The Family – Charlaine Harris
To those who have been following, the great debate continues! I wrote this post the other week on a controversial issue to which blogger Karen took exception. I know, I can imagine you all thinking “don’t get into an argument online Sidhe”, and I see the validity of that advice. I do. At first, I was just honestly trying to get her to understand exactly what it was I was saying. Now, it’s become a verbal sparring match with her, that to be frank, is highly entertaining! I’ve given up trying to get her to understand my post. I think we’ve agreed to disagree, but the matching of wits continued on. So I leave it at that.
Sidhe Wants To Know:
I have been contemplating a name change for my blog. I can’t really come up with anything that I like better though. Sinfully Sidhe’s Reviews? Dark Fae Reviews? Sidhe’s Sage Reviews? Sidhe’s Salute To Paranormal? Tuatha de Dannon’s Diabolical Musings? LOL Cheesy, I know. 😀
I’m wondering if you all have any suggestions? If someone comes up with a blog name I like better than Sidhe Vicious, I have some author/book swag I can send to the winning suggestion. So bring it on creative thinkers!
Aaaand back to our regularly scheduled programming…
First off, I’d like to thank both Jess Haines and Smart Pop Books for providing the books in their respective giveaways. It’s always appreciated, and Jess, it was great to get to know you a bit better and share your ultimate coolness with the rest of the world! 😀
Second, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments, questions and answers for these two posts! It was awesome to see many old followers and a whole bunch of new people. Welcome to my lair newbies, I hope to see you all around in the comments. *Grins & waves*
For the Hunted By The Others giveaway, we had 30 commenters with a grand total of 138 entries! The general consensus was that most people were “for” watching a big budget vampire vs. werewolf movie. Unsurprisingly, the Underworld movies were frequently mentioned as examples. (They are some of my favorite movies).
Now on to the winners:
Random.org supplied me with the #10, so Lisa Richards, congratulations!! I hope you’ll love Hunted By The Others as much as I did. 🙂
For the Ardeur giveaway, we had 24 commenters with 78 entries in total. Let me tell you, it was great to hear from a whole bunch of Anita Blake fans, all the things they love about the series! I too am a long-time fan and am excited to see what other authors have to say about it. I’m looking forward to reading Ardeur too.
Random.org chose #53, so Kate L, congrats and a hip hip hooray! 😀
Ladies: Can you please email me your mailing info at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca so I can forward it on to get your books out to you. As always, if I haven’t heard back from the winner/s in 7 days, new name/s will be drawn from the eligible entrants.
WARNING – This post is a way off topic rant for my blog.
ETI: WARNING: This post may contain subject matter that may be offensive to some and inappropriate for people under 18 years of age.
Can I just say that I am truly disappointed in the human race today. People go to the RT Convention, at least for the most part, I’m thinking, to get to meet & greet some of their favorite authors, attend some interesting workshops & panels, and socialize with others who share some of our same interests, which would be reading. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but in looking for blog write-up’s about how it was, I found Jackie at Literary Escapism’s blog which was informative and positive and then I find all the rest.
I feel terrible for all the Mr. Romantic Times contestants, models, strippers, etc. Whether or not these men are paid to be there to entertain in whatever capacity they are, there is no excuse to treat any of them like a piece of meat! Sure, maybe there are 1 or 2 in every bunch who’s actions may invite it, but again, do not judge them all by that one or two individuals actions. One or two commentors had it right when they said that if the roles were reversed and we had heard about a large group of men treating a woman that way, well… then we would all be outraged and something would have been done about it.
I probably shouldn’t be writing this post right now because I am fuming just thinking about it. So freakin what if last years pageant winner teared up at the end? Is he not human? Because last I checked, men have emotions to, and yet people want to make fun of him for it? Sad. So freakin what if some of the men are short? There are short, tall, fat, young, old, skinny women too. Do you see those men blogging about all the disgusting drunk fat women who grope them like meat? NO. I spent over 20 years working in bars and have seen my share of Ladies Nights with male dancers. Let me tell you, there is NOTHING lady-like about the women who go to see male dancers! More like a pack of ravening wolves. Many times I was embarrassed to even be a female after witnessing this behaviour. I have also seen my share of bars full of men who are there to see female dancers and no way in hell would that kind of behavior be tolerated towards the female dancers. Talk about double standards!
Then I see people dumping on this guy Antonio for trying to explain his side of the story. It just really pisses me off that just because he’s 1) a man and 2) a dancer/stripper that he gets disrespected or even worse made to feel like he’s less of a person because of his job. I’ve known a lot of strippers over the years and the majority of them are just trying to make a buck. Trying to put themselves through school, trying to pay off loans, trying to support their children, trying to get by in an economy that sucks. For whatever reason they are doing this job, they get lumped into a lower class citizen category and even worse, they are treated as such. They are treated as unintelligent, as egotistical, as unfeeling hunks of “beef” and as promiscuous. Why is that? It boils down to jealousy as far as I can tell and jealousy makes people behave despicably. I have witnessed this time and time again and it’s just sad. It goes both ways. Gorgeous men and women get treated as less than human even though most people think that they get special treatment, or have it easy in life. They have no idea how wrong they are.
On behalf of mature, intelligent, thoughtful, observant and non-judgmental people, I am disappointed in the human race today and I hope that these guys know people like myself who will support them and help them get over what a bunch of small-minded, jealous, ignorant people put them through.
Edited To Include:
I’m not bashing any blogs out there or in any way implying that the RT Convention isn’t a great event. It’s my dream vacation, to be honest. My rant is against anyone who felt the need to imply that these guys in some way deserve to be treated like “meat”.