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The Lightning Thief    

Book Stats:
Reading Level: YA/MG
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Publishing Date: May 5, 2009
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s #1
Source: Personal Purchase

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

Why I Read this Book?: I saw the movie shortly after it came out and thought it was alright. Everyone I know who had read the books first then saw the movie told me to read the books because they were so much better. So after many moons I finally read The Lightning Thief.

What I Liked?: I liked that even though this book has a male main character this book can be enjoyed by the female population as well. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE mythology?! Especially Greek mythology?! There’s also plenty of action and humor in this book as well.

I really liked Percy. He thinks he’s just your typical 12-year-old with Dyslexia and ADHD. Little does he know!? He’s actually a demi-god. A son of one of the BIG three. He learns all this after being attacked by a fury. He also learns that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr and one of his professors is actually a centaur.

Zeus’ lightning bolt has gone missing and Percy is being blamed for its disappearance. Things get worse after Percy is claimed by his father. Percy MUST find and return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or WWIII will ensue.

Along the way Percy meets a whole camp of new demi-gods, one of which goes along on his quest to find and return the lighting bolt. Makes new friends, makes a few enemies and takes out a bunch of monster’s. He at times makes it look so easy!

What I didn’t like?: I only had one qualm about this book…I thought that at times the pace would pick up then it would slow down and it kept up like this for a good chunk of the book. That is all….

Overall Impression?: Though it’s not my favorite book of the year, I think that The Lightning Thief is a great beginning to the Percy Jackson series. I’m really hoping that the timing in future books evens out a little bit.

 
Rating: 4/5
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The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1)

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay


Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: November 24, 2009
Series: Charlie Madigan #1
Source: Personal book purchase

Atlanta: it’s the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil….

Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She’s recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.’s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim — but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?

Why I read this book?: I wanted to broaden my horizons and try reading Urban Fantasy. I saw the cover for this book on Goodreads and really liked it. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked.

What I liked?: Charlie! Charlie Madigan is the epitome of kick-ass heroine! She’s a single mom who doesn’t take any crap off of anyone…including her partner Hank, who happens to be a siren. The world that the author created in The Better Part of Darkness in my opinion is just chock full of AWESOME. Since this is my first adult Urban Fantasy series ever, AWESOME is a good thing. I really thought that part of the storyline where Charlie was killed and then brought back to life was very interesting and worked well into the plot of the book. This book is so full of action that it was VERY difficult for me to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Besides Charlie, there is a host of characters that bring a vibrancy to the book, even the bad guys, who knew!? I think the most interesting part of the whole book for me was that there was ABSOLUTELY NO romance what-so-ever. Since I’ve been reading a fair amount of romance lately this was a refreshing sight.

What I disliked?: The only thing that I can come up with at this time is that it took me forever to find this series much less become interested in this genre.

Overall Impression: CHOCK FULL OF AWESOME! Thank goodness I have the other 2 books in my possession as well.

 
Rating: 4/5

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Genre: PNR/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: EPUB file
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 1, 2011
ISBN 10: 0312662750
ISBN 13: 9780312662752
Source: Nook Lending Group on Goodreads

Rating: 4/5

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I had read so many great reviews for this series of books that I had to get my hands on a copy of them. When they were first released they didn’t really trip my trigger because I wasn’t reading a lot of PNR at the time but now I’m reading significantly more and I’m really glad that I gave this series a shot.

Charlie is the Grim Reaper. Meaning she can see the dead and they pass through her on their way to the other side. Charley is also a part-time PI and with her skills and “gift” has helped her father and her uncle, who are/were cops, solve numerous cases. Charley has a wicked sense of humor too. She’s been having some issues recently with someone invading her dreams and having their wicked way with her in dreamland.

Then there is Reyes. What is Reyes? Well I’m no going to tell you, you’ll just have to read this book to find out. Though I can tell you that he is TOTAL Alpha male and sex on two legs. And he keeps Charlie on her toes in dreamland.

Overall, I was beyond impressed with this book. I’m kicking myself for not getting to this series sooner. It’s chock full of humor, action and a kick ass heroine. I don’t know about you but I like my heroine’s strong and if they are kick ass that’s an added bonus! Each character in this book brought something to the table, even if they were little itty bitty secondary characters. Beside’s Charlie and Reyes my other favorite character was Angel. He’s one of Charlie’s partners in crime. Seriously, if you haven’t read this book pick it up NOW!

 

Into the Dreaming (with bonus material)

Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning


Genre: Paranormal Romance/Historical Romance
Format: Hardcover, 253 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 24, 2012
ISBN 10: 0345535227
ISBN 13: 9780345535221
Source: Personal Purchase

Rating: 4/5

Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee was completely in love with her fantasy man — the hot and strapping dark-haired Highlander who’d been coming to her in her dreams for years and inspired her sensual flights of literary fancy.

But it was more than her imagination that conjured up the brilliantly woven tapestry sporting the spitting image of her magnificently arrogant warrior. It was more than a dream that transported her to medieval Scotland to break an evil spell. And it was more than she could handle when she found herself wrapped in the muscular arms of Aedan MacKinnon, who had his own fantasies to fulfill…

Review:

I read this book a couple of months ago. I even started writing the review for it even. Then my stress level sky rocketed and I just wasn’t into writing reviews anymore. Now I’m feeling much better and it’s now time that I get around to writing reviews again.

What I really liked about this book was that it was that there were historical romance elements mixed in with paranormal romance elements. I hadn’t read any of the other books in the Highlander series prior to this book so I didn’t really now what to expect but I was really happy with the outcome. Our main characters each have their own set of demons. Aedan has been bound to the Unseelie King for 500 years and Jane is struggling to get her book noticed by publishers.

I really enjoyed the involvement of the Seelie Queen and the Unseelie King in this story. In addition to their involvement with the main characters, it does appear that the two have history together. Makes for interesting times 😉

In the beginning of the book Aedan is a bit of a tyrant and isn’t very like able. Then Jane comes into his world and shakes everything up, whether he likes it or not. As the book progresses I really liked how Aedan grew from a tyrant to a loving individual. I think of the books that I’ve read lately, Jane is one of my favorite heroine’s. She’s thrust back in time and gets stuck with this tyrant and she’s bound to make him love her, because they have met before…In the Dreaming.

There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about this book. I’m having a hard time coming up with things I didn’t care for. I guess the one thing that I can come up with was the length. I thought it was a little short. Other than that I really enjoyed it very much. If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it!