Thursday, June 18, 2015

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

This is a new series for Andrews. It's book one in Hidden Legacy Series. I'm a fan of her Kate Daniels series, and the first one in that is Magic Bites.

     Again this is series in a world where magic exists. This series follows Nevada, and the reader is pulled into her world when she is given a case she can't refuse, to bring in a dangerous man before the police find him, a man that could easily burn her to death. No lighter and gas needed.
     To make Nevada's life all the more complicated, is another dangerous man with his own dangerous magic, and even though he abducted her, they become partners, and though Nevada tries to keep things professional, she's pulled toward him, and he's not shy about letting her know his intentions.
     I can't wait for the next book. A well balanced story, characters you like, and a world worth visiting.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin (audiobook)

This is the fourth installment in the series A Song of Ice and Fire, which the television series Game of Thrones is based on. The first book is Game of Thrones and these have to be read in order to make sense.
     This installment reminded me more of the first. It is more focused on intrigue and playing the Game of Thrones, over action prone fights and battles. Though it is definitely not a dull read or listen in my case. I really enjoy Martin. He does another excellent job in weaving a tapestry of intrigue. Never lagging to long on one plot line, and when characters do cross paths , it feels natural and unforced.
     A good book and a good narrator. Worth the listen or read and so is the series, Game of Thrones, worth the checking out.


     This wasn't as bad as I thought. Though it was one of those lesson films, to an extent. A bit of Atlas Shrug and apocalyptic type film. It could have been more if the story was told more in the past leading to present instead of recollection, mixed with current times.
     For a film called Tomorrowland, most of the tomorrow was seen in previews. That was disappointing, but the story wasn't bad, but in my opinion not worth paying money to go see in the theater.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mad Max : Fury Road

If you haven't seen the first three Mad Max films , I suggest watching Mel Gibson as Mad Max. Though one doesn't have to be familiar with the first films, before seeing this one.
     This film was surprisingly enjoyable, not to mention a certain scene actually made me shed a few tears, something I would never have expected from an action film.
     I enjoyed have a strong female presence but I disliked the balance between Furiosa and Mad Max. For the majority of this film, it was like Mad Max was along for the ride. Though for the lack of balance, the film was really good and the 3-D was a nice touch. Still a very Mad Max film. Hoping Wasteland allows Tom Hardy to become more Mad Max, and less sidekick with muscle and brains.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

     This is a short story / novella collection that is better enjoyed if you have read The Otherworld series. The first book is Bitten.

     The collection is worth the read, and I'm excited that other volumes will be released in the future. Follows is a brief summary of the tales.

1. Demonology : Adam's mother finally finds out the truth behind her son's "gift".

2. Twilight : Cassandra has begun to feel her age and must decide to fight for life or fade away.

3. Stalked : Clay and Elena finally get away and have their honeymoon, only to have a mutt show up.

4. Chivalrous : This story focuses on Reese and why he left Australia.

5. Lucifer's Daughter : Hope and Karl go to a Museum Exhibit and end up having a devilish time.

6. Hidden : Clay, Elena. and the twins attempt to have a normal Christmas together, and as always, even in Canada, the mutt trouble comes.

7. From Russia with Love : A person from Elena's past comes calling and trouble follows.

8. Vanishing Act : This tale was never previously released and follows after the novel Thirteen.
         Savannah and Adam are having one those days, and its not all about their current case.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins (audio book )

This is part of The Sigma series. It needs to be read in order, the first book is Sandstorm.

     This is book ten in the series. Not disappointed, though this book seemed to be shorter than I expected. 15 discs, int the audio book.
     This is a typical James Rollins book. The right balance of action, science, history, and characters you love to keep following and routing for.
     This tale does have a few big changes for characters in it. Never too much action or to little. A roller coaster ride of a tale, a perfectly woven tapestry of a tale. One that soon hooks who and never lets go till the end, leaving you waiting for the next mission.

Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost

I am a fan of this author. I have read her Night Huntress series, sadly concluded now. So I got a little excited to see what she was coming out with next. Sadly, I am two for two on authors I love and new series falling short to what I wish to continue reading.
      I did finish this book unlike the last that I thought could have been the meeting of new characters and a new journey to delve into. That was something.
     First off, the story started out promising. Then I hit the first road block. An angel and demon story. Ok, not my favorite form of tale. But I pushed past this block, and continued on. Then the further I read, the more this tale became a plate of lentils, from the ham and potatoes it started with.
     After some thought I realized it wasn't the whole angel and demon thing with the twists on biblical tales that caused me to lose interest. It was the loss of character and action balance. This book didn't have a lot of the character interaction I enjoy from her other stories. This one spent too much time in running around from this or to that.
     I will not be continuing this series. So disappointed.