Hi all! It feels great to be be back in the saddle again. I’m still a little loopy, can’t drive for 2 weeks and see double once in a while, but, other than that, it’s business as usual. Over 700 messages in emails. I need that audio computer for a while until I can see better. Anyway, here’s what the WW Ladies have to say about the books they read this week.
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
Read by joysann
Sabina Kane is half-vampire, half-mage, and all bad-ass assassin, and no one is excepted when she gets orders from the vampire hierarchy called the Dominae, which includes her difficult grandmother. She’s instructed to infiltrate a rising cult which threatens the status quo in the vampire world, and to kill the charismatic leader. As she gains acceptance into the new camp, making friends and gaining new insights about herself, she’s forced to question her leaders, her heritage, and where her loyalty lies.
One of my favorite things is observing how an author writes her world to develop something fresh and creative in the paranormal genre. The mix of fact, folklore, and fantasy is blended well in Jaye Well’s exciting debut novel, beginning a story line that has piqued my curiosity so that I anticipate the next book to find the answers to Sabina’s mysteries.
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
Read by Heidi
Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn, starts a new class: Knit to Quit. There are many reasons to quit something. Bad habit, bad relationship, bad attitude. Knitting and Quitting can make for an interesting combination and in the right setting; there is more than meets the eye.
I was inspired to look into a beginner knitting class after finishing the book, especially since I already quit something for Lent: TV. But I am a little nervous with that idea, since sewing, quilting and crocheting have seemed to skip a generation with me. It is something I might consider for the future. I think I need to call my mother.
White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
Read by joysann
Rachel Morgan’s life is never simple. While trying to remember what happened the night her boyfriend Kisten was killed (twice), she is also trying to find who or what critically assaulted her detective friend, who or what is haunting her house, how to keep her demon teacher from abusing her friends, how to survive having her aura stripped from her body, and how to live down the untrue rumors she’s a black witch who summons demons. With her friends Ivy and Jenks to support her, she faces these as they seem to confront her all at once and, as always, in a big way.
Kim Harrison again takes us to The Hollows, a suburb of Cincinnati which is predominantly populated by supernatural folk of all kinds. I’ve found the series captivating from the first (Dead Witch Walking), including a few important short stories published in anthologies. Furiously fast, highly imaginative, rigidly complex, the stories continue to be appealing, suspenseful, and intriguing.
It’s Hotter in Hawaii by HelenKay Dimon
Read by Dina
Cassie Montgomery was not going to accept that her half-brother Dan was involved in any wrong doing, especially with his accidental death. And when Dan’s friend Caleb Wilson arrives, there are more questions than answers.
The characters in this book were alluring, intriguing and made me laugh. I loved that there was a spark ready to ignite as soon as they met. This is my kind of romance.
Suite 606 by J.D. Robb, Mary Blaney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas
Read by Joan
Ritual in Death by J.D.Robb - Suite 606, in one of Roarke’s upscale New York hotels, is the bloody scene of a heinous crime. Lt. Eve Dallas is truly puzzled over the "why" and the "who" as she follows the clues. The only witness cannot recall any of the events that took place - or is he conveniently claiming a total memory loss?
Love Endures by Mary Blayney - Another setting in mid-19th century England involves star-crossed lovers, a magic coin, and a ghost with unpaid gambling debts who is seen only by "those who believe" … and many do! Oh, what treachery lurks in the heart of man!
Cold Case by Ruth Ryan Langan - An accident on a lonely road in a ferocious storm has a troubled young man seeking refuge at Storm Hill farm. He finds two young women and an unwelcoming step-father from a seemingly earlier time. No one seems safe and the secrets of this family are difficult to unravel. An unusual twist of fate is a complete surprise.
Wayward Wizard by Mary Kay McComas - There are serious constraints in a mother-son relationship as they find themselves on an incredible journey back to a time where a wizard, with a big problem, awaits them. Agreeing to accompany them back through the ages to their original lives, their trip has several stops and starts, and a light hearted look at history along the way.
I quite enjoyed this grouping of four short stories with the common thread of Suite 606. The paranormal, suspense, and romance was very entertaining and satisfying. I look forward to another collaboration soon.
Bottom Line: Everyone say hi to our newest Vey member, Addison Jane (my great-niece), born last week (sorry I wasn’t around). But Congrats Kelly and Kris…she’s beautiful.