10.26.11

Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn

Posted in Review at 8:26 am by Amber

Title: Kitty Goes to War
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: TOR Fantasy
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Kitty Goes to War Book Cover

This book doesn’t stray too far from some of the other plot lines in the series.  Kitty is the only one who can save innocent people from being ravaged by X (in this case army soldiers turned into werewolves) but this time she’s got help from Ben and Cormac.  And she’s being sued for libel by the owner of a convenience store chain that seems to be a magnet for the supernatural.

I was hoping this would be related to whatever the vampires have brewing but they take a backseat in this story.  The alpha in the soldiers’ unit is dead and they find it difficult to adjust.  They break out of their treatment facility and Kitty tries to bring them to a point where they can try to balance their wolf and human selves.  In summary, Kitty saves the day, the lawsuit is handled and we’re given a new piece of information about Cormac’s time in prison that’s sure to be needed in the other books in the series.

It was well written but seemed formulaic to me.  At least two more Kitty Norville books are on the way.

Vaughn included her writing playlist so you can get into the mood of the novel while reading it yourself.

Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now”
Deacon Blue, “Fergus Sings the Blues”
Too Much Joy, “Magic”
Dressy Bessy, “Shoot, I Love You”
Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs, “Li’l Red Riding Hood”
New Order, “Love Vigilantes”
Oingo Boingo, “Stay”
Big Brother and the Holding Company, “Roadblock”
Led Zepplin, “When the Levee Breaks”
Pink Martini, “Autrefois”
Fairport Convention, “Farewell, Farewell”
Paul Simon, “Late in the Evening.

10.21.11

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper

Posted in Review at 2:14 am by Amber

Title: Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help
Author: Douglas Anthony Cooper
Publisher: Random House
Source: My personal library

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help

From the Random House site:

No one except Milrose Munce knows that ghosts of former students live in his school. Not only is Milrose aware of these ghouls – he’s on a first-name basis with all of them. Of course, some are more likeable than others: the third floor is the home to nearly all of his good friends. Most of them – like Imploded Ig, Deeply Damaged Dave, and Toasted Theresa – were the victims of science experiments gone wrong though they do manage to maintain a sense of humour about their demise. Then there are the ghost athletes who lurk in the basement – a pretty disagreeable group, the majority of them having died after a particularly clumsy manoeuvre on the school’s sports field.

After Milrose is given yet another detention for offering his teacher an answer that was just a bit too clever, his life takes an unexpected turn. He is sent to a hidden den in the school’s basement to receive Professional Help. Here, he and the quick-witted Arabella, a fellow captive, are put under round-the-clock supervision of the maniacal Massimo Natica. Fortunately for Milrose and Arabella, once they join forces with their ghostly friends, Massimo Natica doesn’t stand a chance.

This is a book easily enjoyed by adults and pre-teens.  Any age knows one person who repeats a joke that was funny the first time and Milrose can show them how to handle the repetitiveness with grace.  Milrose is awkward around real people but not his ghost friends.

Arabella and Milrose make a good team.  She can see the ghosts in school too and that’s why they are sent to the Den of Professional Help together.  The faculty don’t want the ghosts around and anyone who can see them is a threat.

10.20.11

Vacation

Posted in Event at 11:00 pm by Amber

I’m on vacation for the next week with limited internet access. Some reviews are scheduled to run while I’m gone. 🙂

10.10.11

Mailbox Monday – October 10th

Posted in Event at 5:49 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. October’s host is Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit.

This will seem like a lot of books because I’m behind two weeks in participating in the Mailbox Monday meme and had a trip to the comic book store during that time.

Korgi Book 3: A Hollow Beginning by Christian Slade. A former Disney cartoonist, Slade has created a nearly wordless series featuring Ivy and her Korgi companion, Sprout. This is the third book.

Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman. Imagine the adventures Mark Twain would have if he faked his death.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft Special Edition by Joe Hill. I’ve been interested in his work for a while but just haven’t picked anything up. He’s my age, grew up with Corgis and has a Corgi of his own.

Shadow Fall by Erin Kellison. This is the second book in her Shadow series and each is meant to read on its own. We follow each other on Twitter.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

10.06.11

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin

Posted in Review at 8:43 pm by Amber

Title: The Deadliest Bite
Author: Jennifer Rardin
Publisher: Orbit
Source: NetGalley

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin

I have two choices. Carve Brude’s name into Hell’s bile-encrusted gates. Or lose
my soul.

After an assassination attempt on Vayl, I find myself pulled into a tangled web that takes the gang to Romania. So how will I save a ghost, rescue a demon, and cheat the Great Taker out of a soul he’s slavering for while defeating my nastiest foe yet so that Vayl can, at last, cherish a few precious years with his sons? With careful planning, major violence, and one (hopefully) final trip to Hell.

The Deadliest Bite is the eighth and final book in the Jaz Parks series. It’s not a habit of mine to read series in the middle or near the end of them. I like to be able to see the character arc throughout the series plus it’s usually easier to keep up when a recurring minor character pops up. This is one of those instances where it would’ve been better for me to read the other books first. The plot can stand on it’s own but I probably would’ve been more invested in the outcome of the events if I understood better what was at stake.

Below are some other reviews of the book from people who read more of the series than I did.

A Book Obsession
Book’d Out
Urban Fantasy Investigations

10.04.11

Little Red Riding Hood Revisited

Posted in Writing at 10:34 pm by Amber

Fairy tales, myths and legends can make some great starting points for writing ideas.

I’ve noticed some new renditions out of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale from the last year or so. There’s Red Hood’s Revenge by Jim C. Hines, Iodine by C.L. Hilbert, and Red by Kait Nolan. Have you seen any others?