November 16, 2015

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

T I T L E: The Seventh Bride
A U T H O R: T. Kingfisher
P U B L I S H E R: Amazon Publishing/47 NOrth
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 24, 2015
I S B N: 9781503949751
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Young Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don’t turn down lords—no matter how sinister they may seem—Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.
Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat “Come back before dawn, or else I’ll marry you.”
With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

     Not at all what I was expecting. According to the description, T. Kingfisher is the pen name used by this author when she writes for grown ups. I was expecting something a little more...well, grown up. That was not at all what I got with this book, so I was somewhat disappointed. This book really should have been categorized as YA. Now, I have nothing against Young Adult books at all. I just need to be expecting a book written for a younger audience. That was unfortunately not clear in the description. I am placing it under a YA category here, because in all reality that is truly what it is.
     I was unable to connect with the fifteen year old protagonist. That is not to say that a fifteen year old reader wouldn’t be able to do so, and in fact, I think this would be a fantastic book for someone of that age group or even younger.
     I think the writing was well done, albeit for a younger audience and the premise a great one. I would have loved this book if it had been written with a more grown up flare, so I am really disappointed that it was not.
     Would I recommend this book? Yes, indeed I would but only to those adults expecting a young adult novel and of course, to young adult readers. I believe teenage girls will love this book. It just wasn’t for me.
     However, I am giving it three stars and not less because as I mentioned earlier I do think the writing was well done and it is a great plot. I was somewhat disappointed so unfortunately, I don’t feel I can give it higher than that because I had a hard time relating to the main character and the fact that it was not at all the grown up book I thought I was going to be reading.


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November 8, 2015

Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror

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    There were some interesting pieces of work in this anthology. All of these short stories offer a unique, and often surprising, take on vampires. I loved that, because frankly, I'm sick of vampires being romanticized.
     As with most short stories, some of them were so good I hated that they ended. Paper Cuts by Gary A. Braunbeck, We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong, Mrs. Popkin by Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry were my favorites. It's not a short anthology, it took me a few days to get through.
     As far as horror goes, it takes a lot to stimulate me in that sense, and none of these did that. Some of them fell short, big time - like they were cute more than scary. Still, this is a worthy read, and while it's not my favorite anthology to date, I'm happy to have it in my "read" pile.

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T I T L E: Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror
A U T H O R: Kelley Armstrong , John Ajvide Lindqvist, Laird Barron, Gary A. Braunbeck , Dana Cameron , Dan Chaon, Lynda Barry, Charlaine Harris, Brian Keene, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Koryta, John Langan, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Joe McKinney, Leigh Perry, Robert Shearman, Scott Smith, Lucy A. Snyder , David Wellington, Rio Youers,
Edited By Christopher Golden
P U B L I S H E R: Gallery Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 6, 2015
I S B N: 9781476783093

A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.
Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.


November 3, 2015

The Ark by Patrick S. Tomlinson

T I T L E: The Ark
S E R I E S: Children of a Dead Earth (NÂș 1)
A U T H O R: Patrick S. Tomlinson
P U B L I S H E R: Angry Robot Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 3, 2015
I S B N: 9780857664853
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark's greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can't be beat.
But when a crew member goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind's home into its tomb.

     This book has a bit of everything. Science fiction, mystery, and thrills along with some action thrown in as well.
     The story takes place on a massive ship in space and it is evident the author did some research. He even references some NASA projects in the story which makes it believable. The execution is well done and things progress well without getting bogged down with details that don't have a bearing on the story.
     I found the characters likable but felt that they could have been developed just a bit more. Although, this is only the first book in the series so I am confident that they will grow as the story does and I am interested to see where things go from here.
     It seems no matter how far in the future or how far out in space, mankind still divides itself with the social status and politics. No matter how technically or genetically advanced there are still motives for thievery and murder.
     The plot is excellent and the story moves a great pace. This was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages up to the very end.


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