Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Books I #read: Saying Goodbye to the Sun, Bitter Demons, and others

I haven't been reading quite as much lately. Been having a hard time finding books that really captivate me, so that's not helping.

Recently read was Saying Goodbye to the Sun by David McAfee had an interesting concept, and really should have been good. I should have liked it, because the vampires did feed on people, and were dangerous and deadly. Instead, I ended up bored, feeling like the book was really dragging. So much time was spent building up the world, and the main characters transition, and then the climax was brief and unsatisfying. I've actually forgotten most of the book, and almost wish I hadn't read it.

But I also read Bitter Demons by Sarra Canon. She does not fail to deliver. Each novella goes deeper, makes me crave more. Read the whole series, because it's compelling. She has a good voice, making the stories enjoyable to read. This third tale gets deeper into Jackson's past, and really makes the Peachville witches into villains. More than they have been. My only real problem is that it's too bloody short. I get into it, really involved, and then it's over. Arggh! 8P

Immortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas was an enjoyable read. It takes place in Las Vegas, so I recognized places she was talking about. It made the book a little more intimate for me. Since she's also a native, it meant she wasn't fudging it. Nothing like someone using your locale, and botching things. Her vampires were required to kill, but they weren't ravening monsters. They had powers and weaknesses, and were well-balanced. Just enough romance to be a love-story, just enough action to keep the plot going. And an open enough ending for sequels. I could have done with Alyssa being more active during the climax, but a fledgling really can't do much, so it wasn't a huge deal breaker.

It's been a while since I read it, but Devil's Eye by Kait Nolan is good. Terribly short though. It's a good story that further develops the world of the Mirrus. I enjoyed it, but was left wanting so much more. Not that her writing skills aren't developed, just that I'd barely gotten into it before it was over.

Toni LoTempio sent me a copy of her book, No Rest for the Wicca. It's a good read, though it has some problems. There are plenty of details about wicca and magic, and the concept of inheritor vampires is great. But there's no blood drinking, and there was a set up for it: the main character is a virgin, and the love interest vampire says he likes virgin blood. That highly disappointed me. I saw the big twist coming a mile away, and disliked how the secondary characters were made to stupidly not see the surprise. But I liked the rich world of supernatural creatures, and the lore that went into it. So kind of a mixed bag. If you get the chance to read it, do so, but I wouldn't go out of the way for it.

4 comments:

  1. Great reviews, short and sweet and to the point. Thanks for taking the time to do that. I'm always on the look out for vampire fiction, not that I have time to read at the moment since I'm so busy writing!
    Alannah

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  2. Time to read is almost hard to find. Anything to help.

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  3. Great reads and reviews here. Thank you very much for including my first Immortalis book in the mix. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. I'm glad you wrote something enjoyabe. With real vampires.

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