"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Death Perception by Victoria Laurie

This is the 6th book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series which follows the life of Abigail Cooper, a professional psychic with her own business. This book tells the story of Abby going to Vegas with her FBI boyfriend Dutch in search of Dutch's cousin Chase who was kidnapped along with the man Chase was body guarding. Once Abby and Dutch arrive in sin city, all sorts of chaos ensues; from Dutch getting-what everyone thought was-food poisoning, to Dutch's sudden disappearance, to Abby becoming a fugitive of the FBI.

The book also features some of our favorite secondary characters (Abby's sister Cat, and Abby's PI friend and suitemate Candace). Although I feel that Cat's character was slightly altered in personality from previous books, she still has an annoying quality to her that makes her endearing.

Death Perception, though the 6th book in the series, can also be read as a stand alone. Of course you'll be missing some of the background info on the characters, and you may not have as deep a connection with them as someone whose read the other books, but they aren't imperative to the story. Be forewarned, the first 50 pages are a bit hard to get through, they are a bit boring, and I admit I may have put the book aside but didn't because I've invested a lot in these characters and I hoped it would get better.

And I was not wrong, once you get passed the 50 page mark things get out of control-in a good way. You'll eventually refuse to put the book down and will find yourself hooked. With more than one twist to the story, and the back to back action, you will be more than happy you stuck through.

Overall a great book! I can't wait till the next installment.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Up in Smoke by Katie MacAlister

I just wanted to take a few minutes of my time and write about Up in Smoke by Katie MacAlister. It's the second book in her Silver Dragon series (which I guess stems from the Aisling Grey/Green Dragon series). It came out about 2 weeks ago, and I finished reading it a few days ago, and I want to burst! It left me in suspense, and I don't know how long till the next part comes out.

Anyway, if you haven't read this series (or the Aisling Grey) you really should. It's got your paranormals (Dragons, Guardians, Demons, Imps, Doppelgangers, etc.), it's got romance (really yummy sex scenes too, hehe). The books are just great, I also like the way she communicates with the readers. She writes in first person, and talks to us, not as if she were telling a story that already happened, but more as if we were there, and she's just making comments about what's going on, and what she's thinking.

Here's a little bit about Up in Smoke (I wont spoil anything I promise)

It continues about 6 months after May (a doppelganger and a wyvern's mate to Gabriel, wyvern of the silver dragons) sacrifices herself for Gabriel and the sept, and ends up stuck in Abaddon becoming a consort to the demon she was bound to when she was first created. So May and Gabriel have to figure out how to get her out of Abaddon without releasing the demon to the mortal world. Of course in between all of this there's a whole bunch of drama involving dragon politics. With the Black dragon trying to make their sept official again, and fighting with the Silver dragons (because there's some history between both septs, which I wont talk about), the Blue dragons are in the middle of a civil war with eachother, the leader of the Red dragons is stuck somewhere in Abaddon (I won't say how she got there, but I will say it happened in the Aisling Grey series), and so on and so forth. It sounds a bit overwhelming, but trust me, it's all laid out neatly.

So come on folks, hop to it, buy the book, read it. Support this great author, who wants her book to do well.