Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

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Amanda6′s #CBR4 Review 48-52: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Here’s the series, in order:

  1. Darkfever
  2. Bloodfever
  3. Faefever
  4. Dreamfever
  5. Shadowfever

These five officially complete my Cannonball! Yay! I had initially signed up to do the half-cannonball — a formerly avid reader, I hadn’t really done a lot of reading for pleasure in the past few years, and I was unsure how many books I’d be able to cover. I want to say: THANK YOU Cannonball read, and THANK YOU Pajiba, for giving me the motivation to rediscover reading, one of my true loves in life. For the remainder of this year, I won’t be writing any more reviews, because I’ll probably be re-reading some of my favorite new books that I discovered this year 🙂 (EDITED TO ADD: Administratively, I’ve done this Cannonball as Amanda6, which was my Pajiba name under the old commenting system. On Disqus, like here on WordPress, I’m alwaysanswerb.)

I read these based on Malin’s reviews. I’m fairly new to urban fantasy and paranormal romance, being somewhat averse to cheese. For some reason, despite that Darkfever cover, Malin’s review convinced me to give these a try, and I’m really glad I did. More about Fever behind the jump…

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Malin’s #CBR4 Review 93: Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs

This was the alt-book in Vaginal Fantasy Hangout in September, and due to the rather unusual subject matter, I felt compelled to check it out. As the e-book is currently unavailable, I ended up paying 5 times the cost of the actual book to have it shipped from the US, but it did entertain me, so I guess I don’t mind too much.

There’s a lot of paranormal fantasy and romance out there featuring shapeshifters of various kinds. I suspect it’s the most common trope after vampires. The hero in this book, is a slightly different sort of a shapeshifter, hence the lovely ladies of VFH’s enthusiasm, and my needing to read the book. But what is it actually about, you ask.

Apparently there is a battle between huge and powerful forces in the world, and the bad side, known among other things as the Lords of Time (and yes, there is a Doctor Who reference in the book!), whilst the good guys are the Gods of the Night. The leader for the Gods of the Night is called Fin (he has long, silvery sparkly hair and silvery eyes with hints of purple – my brain can’t even fully visualize that, but boy, do I want to read whatever book he’s the hero of). He leads the Eleven, who are souls who have been resting since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and now have been placed in the bodies of super hot dudes. Who have to help Fin fight the various evil supernatural creatures that are the minions of the Lords of Time (just to make it more confusing, there’s “good” vampires and werewolves too). If the Gods of the Night don’t stop the baddies,humanity will be wiped out on the 21st of December 2012 – the exact date when the Mayan calendar ended!

Our hero in this book is Ty Endeka, who when he was last conscious, was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Yeah, I kid you not. All of the Eleven were dinosaurs in their last incarnation (although it’s suggested that that is not who they originally were, and this battle between good and evil has been going on a LONG time). They need help adjusting to the modern world, and can’t drive cars, so they have sexy ladies to chauffeur them around (because who wants a dude to do stuff like that?).

His driver is Kelly Maloy, who when she’s not making lots of money driving the hot, but clearly dangerous Ty around is a student of some sort (I don’t remember the finer details – c’mon, I just wanted to get to the dino parts!). If the Eleven don’t concentrate real hard, their inner dino-ness seems to affect everyone around them, and people tend to get twitchy when gigantic pre-historic predators are around (yeah, none of the hot dudes seem to have been herbivores, if there had been one,  I bet that guy would be the quiet, sensitive, nerdy one of the group). Anyways, Kelly is attracted to Ty, but also understands that he’s not just your normal hot dude.

While the truth behind the Eleven is supposed to be kept secret, too much stuff happens over a short space of time for Kelly not to understand that there’s a lot more out there that goes bump in the night than was dreamt of in her philosophy, and soon Fin has let her in on all the secrets, and conveniently Kelly is needed to help them defeat one of the evil lieutenants, boringly just called Nine (because there are Nine of them).

Over the course of the book, there are obviously a bunch of action sequences where the dino-dudes have to fight evil vampires and werewolves and such. I was disappointed to find that the Eleven don’t actually shapeshift into actual gigantic dinosaurs, it’s more like a big big dinosaur-shaped forcefield around each guy (which can still bite and rend and claw, so that’s convenient). Also, at least one guy is a flying dinosaur, and one is one of those gigantic toothy water-based ones, which I liked a lot.

Naturally Kelly and Ty’s attraction to each other is because they are each other’s soul mates. The romance aspect of this book is not exactly the most compelling I’ve ever read. Nor is this ever going to be classified as great literature. But it was quite fun, it certainly offered something new in a genre where a lot of things are very samey and if it turns out that Nina Bangs (I do hope that’s her real name) ever writes Fin’s book, I promise to buy, read and review that too.

DragonDreamsJen’s #CBR4 Review #54 Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The sign of a good series or author is that they can totally distract you from the course you’d plotted out or the household chores you’d planned to do.  I’d been meaning to go back and forth between the Darkover novels and the Dark-Hunter series, but a trip to Chapters uncovered one of the earlier Kenyon novels I’d been hunting for, so of course it needed to be devoured immediately.

Night Play is a fun, if somewhat predictable romp in Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter world.  It falls a little closer to the formulaic twists of a standard romance novel except with paranormal characters.  What was intriguing was the fact that the heroine has dealt with the body image issues that our modern media seem to exacerbate and that the Were-Hunter wolf Vane loves her just the way she is.

This novel added more details to fit into the growing tapestry of the Dark-Hunter world and was a thoroughly enjoyable read.  For the first time, however, the story felt a bit “churned out” instead of lovingly crafted… especially coming right after reading a later novel so beautifully crafted.  Night Play doesn’t deal with any heavy issues and is a fun, erotic read.  If you like your romance novels spicy, edgy and unusual, then this is a perfect choice.

Paperback format, 362 pages, published in 2004 by St. Martin’s Griffin

DragonDreamsJen’s #CBR4 Review #42 Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Having read and reviewed the first 3 novels in the Chronicles of Nick Young Adult series, I decided to pick up a few of Sherrilyn’s other novels in the Dark Hunter series to read how the adventures all began.  Fantasy Lover was published in 2002 and laid the foundation for the incredibly detailed and riveting world or romance, magic and all things paranormal that Kenyon has become famous for.

Like many typical romance novels, Fantasy Lover begins with two apparently star-crossed lovers.  Grace Alexander is a young, urban professional woman but Julian is an ancient Spartan warrior who has been trapped in a book by a two thousand year old curse.  He may only be released to fulfill someone’s sexual fantasies as a love-slave before being trapped back into the book’s pages.

Reading the back jacket intrigued me.  Reading the inside story caused my pulse to race on several occasions.  I think that even Nora Roberts would blush at some of the vivid and passionate scenes contained in these pages.  Small wonder that these books seemed a bit too risqué for some publishers a decade ago when most romance novels were historical but not also paranormal.  What makes Kenyon’s writing so unique is not only the detailed plots and twists, but the strong, believable characters.  There is plenty of pathos and compassion, heroism and selflessness as well as intrigue and attention to detail.  There are also scenes that might make you blush!

The second book in this series, Night Pleasures, apparently deals with Nick’s mentor, Kyrian and the resolution of his particular Dark Hunter curse… so of course I had to venture out to the bookstore yet again…

Sigh! So many wonderful books and only 24 hours in each day…

Paperback format, 337 pages, published in 2002 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Teresaelectro’s CBR4 Review #2 – Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow

I’ve been steadily researching the paranormal romance/mystery genre for some time as I plot my post-MA writing endeavor. I breezed through Charlaine Harris’ True Blood oeuvre (yes, Deadlocked is in fact winging its way to my door this second) last year. In attempt to cleanse my literary supernatural palette, I delved into Working for the Devil, the first book in the Danny Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow.Fast forward 6 months and I’m neck deep into the fourth book!

Ms. Valentine is a necromancer, bounty hunter and assassin if the money is right. She speaks to the dead to catch killers by hearing the story from the ghost horse’s mouth. She is also handy with a sword ala’ Black Mamba in Kill Bill.

Read rest of my review at:  Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict

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