Murder of Crows (Others #2)

Murder of crows

Author: Anne Bishop
Published: March 4, 2014
Pages: 369

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Review:

This book was interesting and the story was captivating. As the second book in the series the author did a nice job expanding the world she had already created. The first half of the book was somewhat difficult because the point of view was mostly told threw the police officers perspective and I was more courious about Meg and Simon.

In this book, Meg and Simon struggle with what kind of relationship to have. The definition they decided on isn’t what they both want or how there actions show what they want. I was hoping something more would come between them but I am happy with the end of the story and the progress that was made.

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The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake #4)

Lunatic Cafe

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: March 1, 2005
Pages: 352

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

In Laurell K. Hamilton’s New York Times bestselling novels, Vampire Hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But she’s about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems-especially in matters of the not-so-human heart…

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city’s shapeshifters

Review:

In this story, a true love triangle is built and Anita’s character flaws being to show.

Richard proposes to Anita after only dating for a couple months. This fact and the fact that she agrees is ridiculous. But the engagement doesn’t last long because Richard shows Anita parts of his beast and she isn’t happy. Of course JC finds out and makes Anita agree to date both of them before she marries Richard. So the engagement is off before it even started.

I’m not sure how I feel and Richard besides sorry for him. He wants to be Prince Charming and take care of Anita. But that isn’t what Anita wants. In a way, she is very hypocritical in what she expects from Richard. I needed to remind myself throughout the book not to get mad at Anita for pushing Richard away because she doesn’t want the good guy. I am hoping things work out for Richard and Anita but I just don’t thing she is good for him.

Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake #3)

Circus

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: January 2, 2007
Pages: 320

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They’re two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.

Review: (Spoiler Alert)

This book allowed the reader to look into Anita’s romantic life. I’m not sure how I feel about Jean-Claude. This book had me going back and forth between liking him and hating him. And then there is Richard… Looks like a love triangle to me. This book is a great example on how complicated Anita makes things. She is so stubborn sometimes it drives me crazy! But I still enjoy her fierce nature 🙂

In this book, Anita is hired by the cops to help find a rouge vampire or is it vampires who are killing people. The cops need answers fast and Anita must go to Jean-Claude for help. What he does really upsets me. Because he is so fixed on Anita accepting her role as his human servant, he puts her into a situation that is not only dangerous but almost deadly. As always, Anita comes out alive but with scratches, another cross burn, and one less shirt. Throughout the book, Jean-Claude goes from acts of jealousy to being completely indifferent, and then goes into fits of wanting to protect her. He is so hot and cold. Yet we find out he is in love with her.

Anita is introduced to a Richard Zeeman- a teacher who also shares a lot in common with Anita. Anita reluctantly accepts a date with Richard, even though they flirt and have good chemistry. Unfortunately, in an act to save Anita’s life, Richard hands Anita over to Jean-Claude who gives her the third mark. Anita is ridiculously upset that she ends up betraying Jean-Claude by giving away his location to Mr. Oliver. She was going to die if she wasn’t given the third mark.

Edward shows up gain in this book. At first he threatens Anita I. Order to find out who and where the vampire master of the city lives. When she doesn’t give it to him and it is clear he will torture her for the information, Edward isn’t able to go threw it. It’s hard to tell how he feels about Anita but I think it is a safe bet to say she is his only friend and he doesn’t want to lose her.

By the end of the book. Anita finds out who is lead vampire is who is killing humans. She also discovers this vampire is in cahoots with Mr. Oliver. Anita fell right into there plan to discover who the master of the city is and then unleash all the vampires to kill humans so the vampire rights would be revoked. Luckily Edward is in town and available to help.

The fight is a bloody mess. Another vampire completes all four marks, making Anita his human servant. Because Anita is a necromancer, she still gets to keep her free will. This ultimately saves Jean-Claude from Mr. Oliver but also cancels out Jean-Claude’s previous human servants marks. This is also when Anita discovers Richard is a werewolf- ext in line to be pack leader to be exact. In the end, Anita admits to being in love with Jean-Claude but ends up dating Rickard. So confusing…

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake #2)

Laughing Corpse

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: August 2, 2005
Pages: 301

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold’s zombie–and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it.

In The Laughing Corpse Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead…

Review: (Spoiler Alert)

I love this book. The plot is creative and creepy! I once again love how Anita isn’t perfect but she has great attitude. Pour Jaun-Claude. Does he ever have his hands full with Anita. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Anita’s morals get her into trouble in this book. She is brought in by the cops to look over a crime scene. The father and mother were slaughtered, ripped apart by the killers hands. But Anita doesn’t know what species the killer is. It’s not vampire or shape shifter. To get answers, Anita goes to see Dominga. Dominga is the voodoo queen and one very scary person. While there, Anita learns Dominga has discovered a way to capture a dead persons soul and put it back into a zombie. Anita is disgusted with the inhumanity of this and vows to stop Dominga even if that means killing her. Anita is offered a job to raise the dead but she refuses because it involves a human sacrifice.

In this book, Anita gets beat up more than a handful of times. She ends up unwillingly forced into performing a human sacrifice, kills all the bad guys, learns more about herself, and barely survives. Wow, I love this book!

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake #1)

Guilty Pleasures

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: August 3, 2004
Pages: 355

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover…

Review: (spoiler alert)

This is the first book in the Anita Blake series. Although this is the second time I have read this book, I am shocked by how much I forgot I loved this series. Anita’s character is amazing! She raises zombies ( known as an animator) from the dead but is know by vampires as an executioner. Anita isn’t perfect- she has her fears, although she is strong she isn’t always strong enough, and sometimes her reasoning behind her actions isn’t always agreeable to the reader. But she is one awesome character! The plot is full of action, mystery, and sexual tension. What’s not to love!

In this story, Anita is hired to find out who is killing master vampires. At first she doesn’t take the job. But she was forced into accepting the position to not only save her life but her best friends, by the cities master vampire named Nikolaos. Nikolaos was changed when she was around 12 years old but is around 1000 years old in vampire terms. During her encounter, Jean-Claude (another master vampire) saved her by giving her some of his essence – aka starting the first phase of making her a human servant. By doing this, JC made her even more resistant to vampires. For example, she can now look into most vampires eyes without being compelled by them. Nikolaos punishes JC by trapping him in a coffin held down by crosses. This should weaken the vampire but because do his bond with Anita, he is unharmed.

As the story progresses, Anita runs into an aquatints Edward. While Anita is known in the vampire world as the executioner, Edward is known as Death. Edward threatens Anita to reveals where the master of the city lives. Although she doesn’t do it, it probably would have made her life a lot easier. Nikolaos become upset and begins hurting Anita physically and killing off her friends. Luckily, Edward is there to help. While Anita is recovering, she discovers JC has completed at least 2 out of the 4 steps to make her a human servant. Together, Anita and Edward (with the help from the rat king) discover who is killing the vampires in the city, kill him, and kill Nikolaos. By doing this, Anita has made Jean-Claude the new cities master vampire. And it appears he has a thing for Anita…

The Witch’s Dream (Knight of Black Swan #2)

Witches Dream

Author: Victoria Danann
Published: June 30, 2012
Pages: 348

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

Elora Laiken broke Storm’s heart when she chose his best friend. Now the handsome knight wants nothing to do with love. When B Team arrives in Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding ends abruptly when Katrina is kidnapped by a demon with a grudge. While Black Swan’s best tracker frantically searches for Kay’s fiance, Elora, Ram, and Baka are tasked with bringing in a stray werewolf causing havoc in London and finding him a suitable new home.

Action takes a backseat to love as Danann brings us an installment that she calls a love letter to paranormal romance.

Review:

The story in this book goes back and forth between the past- filling in the history/back story of some of the characters and the present. This series reminds me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Each book, a different ‘main character’ finds his true love, theres lots of romance and the plot has action in it. The book was entertaining and I feel Indifferent towards the book. When I finished reading it, I walked away thinking “ok”. I didn’t love the book. I guess I feel like there needed to be more. The book was full of minor things going on but it is missing the overall picture. Where is this series going? Is there a point?

My Familiar Stranger (Knights of Black Swan #1)

Familar stranger

Author: Victoria Danann
Published: April 19, 2012
Pages: 474

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She escaped assassination by being forced into an experimental device that left her broken, physically and emotionally, in another world. She woke up to find modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae. This is the story of how they became her allies, friends, and family.

Review: 

So many things happen in this book, it’s hard to know where to begin and what to include.

The story starts off slow as the narrative is told threw different character point of views. Elora, the main character, ends up traveling threw a different dimension and ends up at the Order of the black swan, Jefferson unit. After three months of healing, she tells her story and the reader discovers she is educated, highly skilled in defense, and she is stronger than any man.

She first encounters Storm who is the leader to the B team. His character reminds me of a depressed person who can at times be pouty. He quickly falls in love with Elora but his infatuation with her seems to benefit more of a distraction for himself than anything else. Although Storm has his eyes on Elora first, that doesn’t stop Ram, an elf, from also falling in love and ultimately discovering her as his life mate. The love interest doesn’t end here. Elora also attracts the attention from Baka who is also a vampire.

Throughout the story, Elora proves her creativity, strength, and determination. She is quickly accepted as the fourth team member to team B. Unfortunately, Ghost was expecting that spot and takes his revenge on Elora by allowing vampires feed on her. Luckily, an antidote was discovered, saving her from transforming into a vampire, and offered to Baka. Elora battles her attraction for Ram and feels she owes Storm for saving her life. In the end, she chooses Ram, discovers she is also an elf, and becomes pregnant.

This story is fast paced and there isn’t a dull moment. I enjoyed the main character and how strong she is. The romance was entertaining and the sexual tension was fun to read about.