I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half Moon Hollow #2.6) by Molly Harper

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Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2013

It’s Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi’s first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It’s taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi’s safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there’s the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi’s peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him. Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

Review –

This was offered as a free audiobook or else I wouldn’t  have read/listened to it. 

It was just okay. I enjoyed other books in the series much more.

 

 

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Blood Crime (The Hollows Graphic Novel #2) by Kim Harrison

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Publication Date:October 30, 2012

You can’t tell the story of how it all began for supernatural cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan without telling how it all nearly ended. The fiery living vampire and erstwhile earth witch never asked to be paired up in the first place. And having to work Inderland Security’s crummiest beat—busting two-bit paranormal street punks—sure didn’t sweeten the deal. But when it counts, Ivy and Rachel always have each other’s backs. They’d better—because someone just hung targets on both of them.

It doesn’t take a hotshot homicide detective to know that nearly getting flattened by a falling gargoyle or impaled by a lead pipe aren’t on-the-job accidents. But it doesn’t seem possible that the class of crooks Ivy and Rachel routinely collar could kill anything but brain cells. So who put Cincinnati’s tough and tender twosome on their “to do in” list? Is Ivy’s vampire master, the powerful and seductive Piscary, jealous of her growing bloodlust (and just plain lust) for Rachel? Or have forces unknown—living or undead—made the partners prey in a deadly witch (and vampire) hunt?

Before this case is cracked, Ivy and Rachel will face down vicious dogs, speeding locomotives, rogue bloodsuckers, and their own dark desires; spells will be cast and blood will be spilled; and Kim Harrison’s hair-raising, heart-racing, dark urban world of magic and monsters will leap howling from the pages of her second electrifying, full-color graphic novel.

Review –

This is the first graphic novel that I have ever read and while it was okay I don’t think it will rank high on my scale of “favorite things to read”.  I love the author, Kim Harrison,  and The Hollows Series but I’ll be sticking to the novels.

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K Hamilton

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Release date: July 2, 2013 | Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 22)
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes… Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Review –
I liked this installment of the Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter series much much better than I did the last one. Unlike in it, Anita had a big part to play in the plot and there was not as much sex for sex sake. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sex scenes in books but not when they happen on every other page.
I wil continue to be a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and await the next Anita Blake book.

Dead Ever After(The End of the Sookie Stackhouse Series) by Charlaine Harris

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Release date: May 7, 2013 | Series: Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood (Book 13)
THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
Review –
This has always been a favorite series of mine and I hate to see it end but truthfully I think the author took the stories as far as they could go, so it is over and I applaud Ms Harris for ending the series on a good note and tying up a few loose ends.

Into The Woods: Tales From The Hollows And Beyond by Kim Harrison

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Release date: October 9, 2012 | Series: Hollows Story Collection

A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan—the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories.

Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes.

Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up—and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

 

Review:

I’m a great fan of author, Kim Harrison, and this collection of short stories about the Hollows and the characters I love was a very pleasant read.  Since they are short stories, some much longer than others, you don’t have to feel guilty about sitting in a comfy chair and spending a couple of hours when housework is calling.

It answered some questions that were left hanging in the series and made the stories make sense and the characters have more dept.

This book is a keeper.

 

Ever After(The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison

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Release date: January 22, 2013 | Series: Hollows (Book 11)

Witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan needs to save the demonic realm of the Ever After in the eleventh entry in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series from supernatural adventure master Kim Harrison.

Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it’s up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.

When Rachel sets off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the world—demonic and human—she must use her gifts to save those closest to her while preventing an apocalypse.

Satisfying and sexy, a visit to the Hollows will take readers on a wild journey that will capture their imagination. Fans of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer won’t be able to resist Kim Harrison’s alternative universe—urban fantasy Cincinnati complete with vampires, witches, and other enchanting creatures—where spine-tingling adventures and fast-paced action are the norm.

 

Review –
This book was fantastic, fast paced,full of adventure,interaction between favorite characters and a tense hint a romance.  I could not put it down.
That being said, I wish just once Rachel could find happiness in the arms of a man or paranormal man, namely Trent Kalamack.  I know he has feelings for her too but he just will not commit.  I held my breath for a few pages hoping that it would work out in this book, but alas, it did not.  There were kisses,good kisses but he walks away AS A FRIEND.  Can you believe it?   Please, please, I beg of you Ms. Harrison, give us a great romantic story line with Rachel and Trent.
Pretty please with sugar on top.

Last Breath(Morganville Vampires #11) by Rachel Caine

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Release date: April 3, 2012 | Series: The Morganville Vampires (Book 11)

Student Claire Danvers learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. And after an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain that the mysterious Magnus isn’t human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely? One thing is clear: Magnus is to blame for the disappearances. And if vampires are turning into victims, what chance does a human like Claire have of stopping him?

Review –
I hadn’t read a book in this series since March of 2012 and I was easily able to pick up the storyline, unlike other series.
I enjoyed this book because it finally dealt with something that could harm the vampires and cause their end because usually it’s the humans who are at the bottom of the food chain in Morganville.
If you haven’t tried this series you should really give it a try, but start with number one, Glass Houses.

Undead Sublet (Half Moon Hollow #2.5) by Molly Harper

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In “Undead Sublet” by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from “exhaustion”. Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she’s unaware that the house comes with a strange man.

Even though Sam Masden’s ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared – and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

 

Review –

This was an audio book and at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but the more I listened the more  I became invested in the characters, the plot and the humor of it all.  This story, I take it, is part of a larger volume which I have not read, but I may have to find it and add it to my “to read list”.  I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment.  Very good and the narrator had a pleasant voice.

 

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

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Release date: July 10, 2012 | Series: All Souls Trilogy

“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

 

Review –

I was tempted to give this book a FIVE STAR rating but in good conscience I could only rate it 4 3/4 stars because I thought too much time was spent in the past and in places it bogged down and was boring.  All in all, though it was fabulous and it was interesting  to read the descriptions of the places and people of the times and made me realize how fortunate I am to live in the present.  I am looking forward to the third book and wish the author would write a bit faster.

A Discovery of Witches(All Souls Trilogy, Book 1)by Deborah Harkness

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Release date: December 27, 2011 | Series: All Souls Trilogy (Book 1)

“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight.” –People

In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the “it” book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night.

Review –

*****

This book portrays, Witches, Vampires and Daemons in a completely different light  which is refreshing and key to the plot.  The characters are wonderfully described and interaction between Matthew and Diana is a breath of fresh air. Also, I thought the sexiness of Matthew was written with just enough of an edge as not to overdo and I can see why Diana fell for him even though it was taboo.

I hadn’t realized it was the first of a trilogy but by the last few chapters I was hoping for a continuation and once I looked at the author’s website I was thrilled to find the second book was available and can’t wait to read it.  

This is my second book of the year to get a FIVE STAR rating.  *****