Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Hunger Like No Other

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2) A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

My review
rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I started reading this book I thought I was going to read another Karen Marie Moning/Laurell K. Hamilton novel. I was so wrong! I couldn't read this book fast enough. The character's were great, the plot wasn't exactly original but had enough turns and twists to make it fresh, and the sex scenes were well-written without being overly graphic.

Pub. Date: March 2006

Series: Immortals After Dark Book 1

Synopsis: After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents — until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae — and their notorious dark desires — ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

Recommended Reading:
No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals after Dark Series #2) by Kresley Cole
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals after Dark Series #3) by Kresley Cole

Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals after Dark Series #4) by Kresley Cole

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I originally bought this book as paperback and never got around to reading it. I was very happy to find it on CD. A typical Jude Deveraux - a little zany, a little hot and wraps up in one neat package at the end. The narrator's voice was too squeaky, but otherwise the audio was well-done.

Pub. Date: May 2004

Series: Destiny Book 1

Synopsis: Three best friends, all turning forty, celebrate at a summerhouse in Maine -- and take stock of their lives, loves, and choices. A mysterious "Madame Zoya" now arrives, offering them a chance to relive any three weeks from the past.

Recommended Reading:
Secrets by Jude Deveraux

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Thirteenth Tale (Audiobook)

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was brilliantly written. I was hooked from the first word. I can't even form words to describe the emotion and depth that this book took me through.

Pub. Date: October 2007

Synopsis: A compelling emotional mystery in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.
Margaret Lea works in her father's antiquarian bookshop where her fascination for the biographies of the long-dead has led her to write them herself. She gets a letter from one of the most famous authors of the day, the mysterious Vida Winter, whose popularity as a writer has been in no way diminished by her reclusiveness. Until now, Vida has toyed with journalists who interview her, creating outlandish life histories for herself - all of them invention. Now she is old and ailing, and at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to Margaret is a summons.

Somewhat anxiously, the equally reclusive Margaret travels to Yorkshire to meet her subject - and Vida starts to recount her tale. It is one of gothic strangeness featuring the March family; the fascinating, devious and wilful Isabelle and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline.

Margaret is captivated by the power of Vida's storytelling. But as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction, and she doesn't entirely trust Vida's account. She goes to check up on the family, visiting their old home and piecing together their story in her own way. What she discovers on her journey to the truth is for Margaret a chilling and transforming experience.

Recommended Reading:
Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer