Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair
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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Last Grimm

The Last Grimm: Red's HoodThe Last Grimm: Red's Hood by H.L. Wampler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really did like this book, though it seemed to be more of a chick book then I am used to reading. This book did seem to be generic as an overall theme of the last Grimm who needed to save the real world from the fairy tale world. There is a television show about that subject but I do think that this gives the tale a very good presentation. The story is presented through the eyes of the last Grimm, Abbigal Grimm. She learns of this after an attack on a coworker and learning that the eye candy she has at her office is actually from the Fairy Tale world and is here to help her stop the evil that is spreading. In my opinion it really is this perspective that helps to save this story from being bland and cliche. The struggles of being a freshman in college, having a full time internship, dealing with a relationship, trouble-ish at home, all the while having to save the world, make for a very tense situation but Abby does very well at handling all of these things. Though she grows as a person and a character she does not change her attitude or her personality. This was refreshing to me because I know that in many cases the person would crumple and become someone that they are not, instead of growing as Abby does.

The writing style is also very good, with plenty of humor, action, and suspense. The language that is used is that which an eighteen year old would use, particularly the language that is used when describing Abby's thoughts. This was another aspect that helped the book to be better than what it could have been.

The characters on the other hand, didn't really seem that real to me. The relationships were real but the characters themselves did seem to be more generic: snooty assistant replaced by the bubbly one, the jealous best friend who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the hot guy that everyone wants but only wants the MC, the estranged mom struggling to come to grips with reality.

I hope that in the next book the characters do evolve and become more real and they gain a "flesh" you could say. As for the story I do want to see where the author takes this story and see how the tales will be entwined and how the real world will be effected.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Within the Shadows

Within The Shadows (Shadow World, #1)Within The Shadows by Julieanne Lynch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is in the air for me. There were many parts of it that I liked but there were also many parts that I did not like.
I liked the idea behind the book, that there are multiple types of Vampires in the world. That there are those that are humans who were turned, there are those who were born with a Vampire “gene” I think it said, and then a new breed that is the focus of this novel. At least for me this is a little different and gives life, pun intended, to a genre that is starting to get very stale very fast. Probably the best part about this is that the new breed is a group of vampires that maintain their soul, so they are in a sense humans with vampire powers and curses, and they must feed on not only the blood of a victim but also the soul, which is a new concept for me. I found the writing was very good, the action flowed from one event to another quickly and keep the reader guessing as to what was going to happen next, but more on that later. I did think that there was adequate detail for the events that occurred and I could envision the events clearly. I also liked Giselle, I liked the development that she underwent, even if I thought she made some drastic jumps in choices, but given the circumstances and information available to here I don’t blame her in the least. I also liked Antione, he was the mental relief for me in this book. By that I mean I could always rely on him to be up front with Giselle even though you could tell that he was still holding information from her. I felt he interacted with Giselle the best out of every character in the novel and that he was probably the best character.
Ok, there are roller coasters that have highs and lows, twists and turns, excitement and heart break. ………. Not this one. This novel starts at the top of the lift hill and drops you, quite literally into a free fall for about 60%, gives you another hill to go up and you start to think, things may get better. Then after about 5-10% the bottom falls out worse than at the beginning. This is my main problem with the novel, Giselle is thrown from one bad situation to another with not one chance for her to make her own choice in anything save what happens at 60%, granted reading on my kindle so I can’t really give you a page number. One, like most I suppose, she is forced into becoming a vampire while under the “pretext” of choice. The same happens for her innocence, which made me very upset personally. Then she is forced to become a test tube for the vampires and sees how much of a traitor her “friend” was and is to her. She gets out when she learns that she can go home and you think things may start to look up for her. Nope, she is caught up in the drama again, after being home 24 hours. She then has one night to do what she wants and then is taken back to the vampire drama, where she is forced, again under the pretext of choice, do be a pawn in the vampire’s schemes. After that she tries to get out and be on her own and quite literally goes to hell, which she does escape to go back to a figurative hell. Then a random parallel world is thrown in with no real explanation as to why, and even there she is followed and attacked. The book ends with her being knocked out and probably kidnapped. So you see this plot does not let up for one second and that rubbed me the wrong way, granted it may not for others but I would have at least liked a little more of a light at the end of the tunnel ending. As for the characters, pretty much hated their guts by the end save for Giselle, Antione, Leonid, and Marc. Every other character is either a backstabber or just a devil with no real redeeming quality.
So I can’t say that you will not like this book, but I do believe that if you read this novel be ready for a very large drop that doesn’t really stop till the end.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Within the Shadows Blog Tour

~sorry for no images, blogger is being stupid atm for me~

Within the Shadows By J.A. Lynch

Published July 18th 2012

“Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman's life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle's sanity and vitality. Not even she can hide when living within the shadows.”

“The story is a page turner. I had to keep finding out what happened next and normally, I don't like vampire novels. Ms. Lynch has given me a new love for vampire stories with this gem.” Erin Miller

“It is not your average vampire story and brings a refreshing new take to the world of vampires. The characters are well developed and intrigue from the word go and the story doesn't stop for you to catch your breath. It will astound, amaze and bewitch you.” Stacem

“I would recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a great book with the ability to keep you guessing. I will have to say this is one of my favorites!” Gale Nelson

About the Author:

Fiery Librian Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, where she works on her Shadows Trilogy and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be, and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.

Julieanne's YA series, The Shadows Trilogy, is published by Vamptasy Publishing and thus far contains In the Shadows. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the centre of a battle between good and evil.

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