While most of my WW ladies are out of town for the holidays, Joyce has been kind enough to step in and do double duty. Joyce is a librarian from Ohio that I was fortunate enough to meet at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in April. She is an avid reader and especially loves paranormals and sci-fi. Her blurbs are spot on and hopefully Joyce will be a regular on the WW days. Loretta, two weeks is too long to be gone, come home and read some more. I need you!
A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton
Reviewed by Joyce
Even the title makes my tongue curl and my heart go pitter-pat. I could hardly wait to drool over this, the 6th book in the Merry Gentry series. Passion and politics continue to drive Meredith and her royal guards into tense and dangerous situations, and the precariousness of the reawakening wild magic keeps every character on edge. So does the instability of the Sidhe Royals of both courts.
Back in Los Angeles, Merry receives an offer from the King of the Seelie Court to be his queen. Though she does not accept, rumors that she did so reach her aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Princess Meredith must appease her aunt and continue her efforts to remain heir to the throne of the Unseelie Court.
I greatly enjoy the beautifully described characters, the twisting plots, and the use of ancient tales of the Fae, which have been researched and reworked into this romantic story. Foremost, though, I enjoy the deliciously erotic interludes between Merry and, well, whomever. I do, however, get distressed by the prolonged and graphic scenes of pain and torture, and I “fast-forward” through them. I know the world can be ugly; I don’t care to read about that in such detail for entertainment.
In conclusion, I’ve got to say that I’m still enthralled with Merry Gentry’s story, and look forward to the next book. I hope the title is as delectable as A Lick of Frost.
Singing Bird by Roisen McAuley
Reviewed by Judy
Lena’s love for her adopted daughter Mary and her own feelings of being "not quite complete" drive her to seek information. Seaching for Mary’s biological parents take Lena on a journey of discovery. What secrets and misconceptions will unfold and who could know that they could almost destroy her? I thought I knew what was going on in the first dozen chapters, but this book kept me guessing.
Holidays Are Hell – Anthology
Reviewed by Joyce
In Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison, a young Rachel proves her ability to make choices about her own future by solving a modern day crisis with foundations in the past. This extra bit of knowledge about Rachel adds more magic to the world Kim Harrison has created in the series. It’s a touching story to warm a winter holiday.
Lynsay Sands goes back to the molecular destabilizer created in The Claire Switch Project (Dates From Hell) to create chaos in Run, Run Rudolf. Her trademark humor brings good cheer to the Holiday Parade.
This New Year’s Holiday in Shanghai is unlike any Six has ever known. She finds it is a beginning in her life, and for the first time she doesn’t have to spend it alone. Marjorie M. Liu describes a culture most westerners have never experienced with a richness that makes it nearly visible, but adds a supernatural darkness no one else has imagined.
In one of those anthology short stories that adds texture to a series, Vicki Pettersson’s The Harvest continues the battle between Light and Shadow among the lights and shadows of Las Vegas.
Fans of these best-selling authors will enjoy this book as a holiday gift, and newcomers will want to explore the worlds created by them more extensively.
Well, I gave my blurb about Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro yesterday, so that’s it for today.
Bottom Line: Knowing Frost from previous Merry Gentry books…a lick wouldn’t be enough.