Monday, October 31, 2011

Storm Front Review

Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Private Investigator, Wizards, Demons, Vampires

Storm Front is the very first book written by Jim Butcher. The book introduce us to Harry Dresden, A wizard and a private investigator who deals with cases relating to the paranormal (vampires, werewolves, the fae, spirits, demons etc.). He is also a consultant for the Special Investigations divisions of the Chicago Police Department headed by Karrin Murphy which is task to keep paranormal cases under wraps to avoid public knowledge.

The story is about a case of a couple that was murdered using magic. The woman was later learned that she was works for a Red Court vampire named Bianca while the man was later reveal to be working for a guy name "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, a well known kingpin in Chicago's criminal underworld. Meanwhile another woman hires Dresden to find her missing husband who was experimenting with magic and has gone missing for several weeks now. The two cases where later learned to be inter related as the missing husband was warlock responsible for the couples deaths.

Storm Front was also the first time we get to know Bob the skull, who was technically an intellectual air spirit who considered the skull to be his sanctum. There is always a comical moment everytime Harry consults Bob for anything related tomagic or the paranormal. We also get to know Susan Rodriguez, a persistent local reporter for a paranormal publication called "the Arcaine" which later becomes Harry's love interest.

Overall, Storm Front is a great introduction to the Dresden Files series despite a not impressive action scenes.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Succubus Blues Review

Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Demons, Angels


Succubus Blues is the very first paranormal romance book I ever read. I decided to read this over the more popular Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I was enamored with "succubus" themes stories at the time and this series was the best to read at the time.  Succubus Blues is the first of installment of the Georgina Kincaid series.

 Ms. Mead was able to foray the demon world by using a "corporate" structure to their daily dealings in Seattle, Washington. The protagonist is the succubus Georgina Kincaid who works for an Archdemon "Jerome" with and imp named "Hugh" working as her "pimp".

Georgina’s fun! She’s smart. She loves books and unlike the any other succubi, She has a bit of a morality conflicts when she drains life energies from innocents that's why she prefer seducing men who are basically "bad" and that their souls are already tainted.

Another interesting aspect of this series is that Georgina has set of unconventional friends. Among them are a pair of vampires Peter and Cody, Hugh her imp, Jerome and to my surprise an archangel name Carter. Georgina's relationship revolves around her admiration to her favorite book author Seth Mortensen and guy named Roman.

Overall, Succubus Blue is a great introduction to the Georgina Kincaid series. Lots of romance, friendship, intrigues, drama, a bit of action and of course SEX.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Genre Preview: Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy has been the popular book genre today. Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in imaginary locations.

Many urban fantasy novels are told via a first-person narrative, and feature supernatural beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, witches, sorcerers, and demons. Urban fanatasy stories tend to have a high amount of suspense and action, and sometimes include mystery, romance, humor and/or horror in the plotline.

Some of the today's popular Urban-Fantasy books are the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher, Grave Hunter series by Jeaniene Frost and Mercy Thompson by Patrica Briggs among others.
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