Faery Rebels (Spell Hunter) by R. J. Anderson

Synopsis

Forget everything you think you know about faeries. . . .Creatures full of magic and whimsy?Not in the Oakenwyld. Not anymore. 

Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake.

Only one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people’s magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She’s not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she realizes. Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction?

Review-

Okay, it now looks like I’m hooked on faeries and I never thought that would happen. I can understand Knife’s frustration in having to stay inside all the time.  It would drive me up a wall.  I would very much like to have a clan (or whatever they go by) of faeries live in a tree in my backyard but the Oklahoma heat might be too much for them. Anyway, I enjoyed the book so much I have the library  fixed to call me when the next installment become available.

The Broker by John Grisham

Synopsis

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him

Review-

I can’t believe that I hadn’t read (or listened to in this case) this book sooner.  The story pulled me in immediately and I found  myself rooting for the”bad guy” and in the end ( I bet you thought I was going to tell you what happens) something happens that made my day.  I think it would make a great TV movie but until then be sure and check it out in paper format or audio.  You won’t be sorry.

Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child

Synopsis

The riveting new adventure thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child takes listeners to the top of the world–200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

A group of scientists sponsored by a major media conglomerate are sent on an expedition to Alaska’s Federal Wilderness Zone, one of the most remote places on Earth. When the group makes an astonishing find, an ancient animal encased in solid ice that appears to a giant cat, the parent company quickly plans the ultimate spectacle–the animal will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed on live television. Ignoring the dire warnings of a local Eskimo group, the scientists make one more horrifying discovery: the beast is no cat…it’s an ancient killing machine. And it may not be dead.

From the Compact Disc edition.

  

Review-

This book reminds me of the movie THE THING, about a monster frozen in the ice, gets cut out and taken back to the home base and thaws out and starts killing everyone. The story here is very similar but we don’t really know what the “monster” is and it is only vaguely described until the end.  I enjoyed this book very much and will add this author to my list.

A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

Product Description –

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.

Review– This is one of the first series that I started that included Faeries and it also includes Pixies, Vampires and WereAnimals. I enjoy these books because along with the murders, kidnappings,thefts, and trying to find a blood balance with her room mate Rachel’s personality adds humor to her surroundings even if it’s not supposed to.  As hard as she tries to remain a good White witch she always finds herself on the edge of doing demon magic, whick is black and will taint the soul black. and in this book she goes over the edge and does Black magic, BUT for a good reason.

My library doesn’t have this particular series so I’m at the mercy of Ebay and I’m waiting on the next installment now. Can’t wait!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

From The Washington Post

Melissa Marr adds elegantly to the sub-genre of Urban Faery with this enticing, well-researched fantasy for teens. Wicked Lovely takes place in modern-day Huntsdale, a small city south of Pittsburgh whose name evokes the Wild Hunt of mythology. High school junior Aislinn and her grandmother have followed strict rules all their lives to hide their ability to see faeries because faeries don’t like it when mortals can see them, and faeries can be very cruel. Only the strongest faeries can withstand iron, however, so Aislinn prefers the city with its steel girders and bridges. She takes refuge with Seth, her would-be lover, who lives in a set of old train carriages.But now Aislinn is being stalked by two of the faeries who are able to take on human form and are not deterred by steel. What do they want from her?

One is Keenan, the Summer King, who has been looking for his Queen for nine centuries, bound by the rules and rituals that govern his quest. The other is Donia, a victim of those rules, consigned to the role of Winter Girl when she failed Keenan’s test, yet still in love with him. Certain that Aislinn is the woman he must marry, Keenan shows up as a charismatic new student at her high school, unaware that she sees his true form. He’s determined to court her and is puzzled by her rebuffs. Suddenly, none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe is working anymore, but things aren’t going as Keenan expects either. Both will have to change, make startling compromises and enlist surprising allies if they want to break free from the wicked game that has ensnared them.

Their greatest challenge will be to avoid the fatal traps laid by Keenan’s mother, the Winter Queen. She will lose her power if Keenan finds his mate, and she will do anything to stop this. Unfortunately, she’s a little too over the top to be totally threatening, a campy version of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen — part Disney witch, part Endora in “Bewitched.” But this didn’t stop me from devouring the book.

Marr creates a fully realized world that conveys the details and the politics of faery life. The suspense remains taut, as the point of view shifts between Aislinn, Keenan and Donia, allowing the reader to develop sympathy for all of them. Marr’s lyrical language and sensual imagery capture both the confused emotions and the physicality of adolescence.

The romantic scenes are delicious. The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get? Halfway through the book, I knew which characters I wanted to end up together, and that made me read greedily on. Readers will beg for a sequel.

Copyright 2007, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

 

Review-
I haven’t read very many books concerning Faeries but I must say I enjoyed this one so much that I requested the next installment in the series from my library. Since someone else has it checked out for now I will make do reading another book about Faeries-maybe  I have found a new genre to add to my collection of favorites.

The Book Thief by Markus Zasak

From School Library Journal

Synopsis: Grade  9 and Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
 
 
Review-    I had been wanting to read this book for a very long time when I ran across the audio book version in our public library and decided to check it out.  Let me just say that I loved it.  Making Death the narrator was genius and the person reading the story, Allan Corduner, did an extraordinarily good job.  I always listen to my audio books while in the car and I had to stop a time or two on the last cd because of the tears in my eyes.  The book is excellent and should be read by young adults and adults too.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Penzler Pick, August 2001: Tess Gerritsen left a very successful career as an internist to raise her children and devote more time to writing. After several books that have had moderate success, Gerritsen has now written a gruesome and frightening story that should put her among the top women thriller writers working today.

A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed “the Surgeon” by the media. Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim, who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr. Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston’s prestigious hospitals. As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr. Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat? To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.

Review-   Every once in awhile I veer off the “vampire path” and read a really good murder, who done it mystery.  This book fit the bill.  It had murder, mayhem, creepiness and love-how can you go wrong.  I really loved this book and if you haven’t tried a Tess Gerritsen book- give this one a try.

Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Product Description

In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

Review-  This is number 7 in the Midnight Breed series and each one is connected in some way to the previous installments.  These books have it all: vampires, love,murder,family matters, great locales, and of course lots and lots of sex so if you shy away from sex don’t even pick up this book because it is so hot it will furn your fingers.   Great book for escaping reality for awhile.

Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a tale of corruption and betrayal, revenge and reversal – where friends become foes, and heroes become criminals in the ultimate abuse of power.When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there…or of how Jay wound up dead.Handsome and hard-partying, Jay was a hero of the disastrous fire that five years earlier had destroyed Charleston’s police headquarters. The blaze left seven people dead, but the death toll would have been much higher if not for the bravery of Jay and three other city officials who risked their lives to lead others to safety.Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay’s lifelong friend, was off-duty that day. Though he might not have been a front-line hero, he was assigned to lead the investigation into the cause of the fire. It was an investigation he never got to complete. Because on one calamitous night, Raley’s world was shattered.Scandalized, wronged by the people he trusted most, Raley was forced to surrender the woman he loved and the work to which he’d dedicated his life. For five years his resentment against the men who exploited their hero status to further their careers — and ruin his — had festered, but he was helpless to set things right.That changes when he learns of Jay Burgess’s shocking death and Britt Shelley’s claim that she has no memory of her night with him. As the investigation into Jay’s death intensifies, and suspicion against Britt Shelley mounts, Raley realizes that the newswoman, Jay’s last sexual conquest, might be his onlychance to get personal vindication — and justice for the seven victims of the police station fire.But there are powerful men who don’t want to address unanswered questions about the fire and who will go to any lengths to protect their reputations. As Raley and Britt discover more about what happened that fateful day, the more perilous their situation becomes, until they’re not only chasing after the truth but running for their lives.Friends are exposed as foes, heroes take on the taint of criminals, and no one can be trusted completely. A tale about audacious corruption — and those with the courage to expose it — Smoke Screen is Sandra Brown’s most searing and intense novel yet. 
 
Review-
I always enjoy a good Sandra Brown novel and this one turned out to be even better than I had expected.  I recommend it as a great book  and an  easy reading experience.
 
 
 

 

Beneath A Rising Moon by Keri Arthur

Product Description

On the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek, a killer is on the loose. Three women are dead and Neva Grant-s twin sister is fighting for her life. Neva vows to hunt down the killer, if Savannah finds the strength to live. To begin the hunt, she must seduce a member of the suspected Sinclair clan. To her dismay, the only Sinclair not under suspicion is a wolf with a hard-drinking, hard-loving reputation. Duncan Sinclair has been called back home to find a killer. Soon, he-s approached by a wolf who has more than seduction on her mind, and he finds himself ensnared in a web of desire and deceit.As the murders continue, Duncan and Neva find themselves having to trust each other in order to survive. Can they trust the emotions flaring between them? Or will the lies of the present, the deeds of the past and a killer-s intentions tear them apart?
I like this author very much and when I learned of  The Ripple Creek series I knew I had to read them but they are no longer published in the US so I ordered one from  www.amazon.co.uk  and it arrived in a matter of days.
I started to read it right away and loved it like I knew I would.
It is a love story between  werewolves but also involves family loyalty, murder, suspicion, and a lot of descriptive sex, so beware.  Now I’m planning to order the next in the series but this time might try Ebay.
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