Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Deadly Sting Review

Title: Deadly Sting
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Elemental Magic, Assasins, Vampires, Giants, Dwarves

This review took long to get posted as work got in the way. Fortunately I was able to download the audiobook version and I was able to finish the audiobook in less than a day (listening while working has it's perks). 

I commend the author for changing the dynamics of the plot of Deadly Sting which is a change of pace compared to the previous releases. I like the new direction of the plot which is slightly similar to Steven Seagal's "Under Siege" with a twist. As with the previous book, Gin Blanco does her best: Killing her enemies with her silverstone knives and her elemental powers. 

I like the conclusion because we get to read one of Gin nemesis "removed" from the picture but the story doesn't stop there as a new up incoming nemesis comes which could come out on the next book entitled "Heart of Venom".

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Fistful of Charms Review

Title: A Fistful of Charms
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: Hollows / Rachel Morgan #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Witches, Vampires, Demons, Bounty Hunters, Pixies, Werewolves,

A Fistful of Charm is somewhat of a change of pace in terms of the paranormal genre as this time Rachel and co. are to rescue a former lover from a pack of werewolves (whom Nick stoled a rare ancient artifact called the "Focus") in Michigan. This will also be the time that our favorite pixie gets to be a size of a human (courtesy of Rachel's curse) *spoiler alert*.

We also get to read about a change in the relationship between Rachel and Ivy (and no they didn't become lovers but its close to that *wink wink*).

Overall the book is full of high stake chases and mis-directions to which would keep you excited and I am excited to know how they will handle the focus and if we are gonna expect Aljalierept's return.

As always Marguerite Gavin did a good job narrating on the audiobook version of the book.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Blue-Blooded Vamp Review

Title: Blue-Blooded Vamp
Author: Jaye Wells
Series: Sabina Kane #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Assassins, Vampires, Demons, Mages, Nymphs, Faeries

After finally acquiring an audiobook version of this book and finish listening to this within just two days, I finally get to the conclusion of this great series. This epic finale is not only about Sabina's final battle with Cain but a whole lot of revelation. We get to know who really is the mage Abel is a whole lot of more. 

Personally, I could have wish was bit longer as I really love each character interactions to the point that it almost comical (which is mostly true when Giguhl is involve), but we all know all good things must come to an end. Blue-Blooded Vamp has a great finale to this series to which everyone will enjoy reading. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cold Days Review

Title: Cold Days 
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #14
Genre: Detective, Private Investigator, Urban Fantasy, Wizards, Faeries, Demons, Vampires

Before I get into my review, I was very happy that James Marster is back narrating for Jim Butcher and for the rest of the upcoming Dresden Files books (barring any scheduling conflicts..again).

Cold Days is the much awaited continuation to this great series and it started when we left off the final moments of Ghost Story. As we all know Harry has officially become the Winter Knight and Mab didn't waste time "training" his new tool to the best of her abilities. When all said and done with his training, Harry received his first official order from Mab: To kill an immortal named (Oops!, sorry spoiler alert).

The Cold Days by impression is like Summer Knight and Small Favor combined with all the conspiracies, drama and of course the overload of sarcasms and dark humor (which we can expect from a Harry Dresden book).

Overall Cold Days has surpassed Small Favor as my 2nd best Dresden Files book (behind only to Changes) however this might be a short-lived ranking as book 15 would be coming up and as with the trend we expect the return of Nicodemus and the rest of the Blackened Denarians (who will probably ally themselves with the new antagonists (Oops!, sorry spoiler alert again).

Ghost Story Review

Title: Ghost Story
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #13
Genre: Detective, Private Investigator, Urban Fantasy, Wizards, Shades, Ghost, Wraiths, Demons

This the first Dresden Files book that I read rather than listening to it's audiobook version since I the narrator was not James Marsters and I want to preserve the the essence of the series rather than get dissappointed. Ghost Story left off from the from the final events of Changes. 

The book tells about Harry Dresden's adventures as a "Ghost". In retrospect, the story was slow and dragging which is disappointing. With Harry being a ghost would mean that there would be less magic action which also contributes to the books less than stellar appeal. 

The only brighspot in Ghost Story was the story got resolve in matter on which Harry has returned to his "well preserved" body thanks to Mab. 

If I where to rate this story. this would be the lowest.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Deadly Sting Cover Revealed

I have been a staunch follower of the Elemental Assassin series since last year and the author has recently released the the latest cover of the upcoming book "Deadly Sting". The book is scheduled to be released on March 2013.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Silver-Tongued Devil Review

Title: Silver-Tongued Devil
Author: Jaye Wells
Series: Sabina Kane #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Assassins, Vampires, Demons, Mages, Nymphs, Faeries

It's been a while since I did a book review yet I have finish a lot of e-books/audiobook for about a month now and I have a lot to write about. For the meantime I will be posting my review on Jaye Well's Silver-Tongued Devil, the fourth book of the Sabina Kane series.

Upon learning from that the Sabine Kane series will end on the 5th book, I was a bit dissappointed believing that this series could go far as with the other Urban Fantasy / Paranormal novels. However this penultimate novel was suprisingly great as it sets up the readers. This book is also one of the most emotionally charge story as each characters roles being put to the test to the point of almost breaking.

All-in-all Silver-Tongued Devil is another stellar installment in this great book series. Once it grabs a hold of you it won't let get go until the very end, and even then it will leave you reeling from the depths of emotion. I would recommend having the 5th book ready before you finish reading this book as the final scene would really stretch your imagination that not having the next book can be excitement-killer.
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