Yesterday was my younger sister’s birthday. She turned 50. Now I have no problem getting older, but it’s much harder for me to watch my siblings age. They should be forever young, the way I remember them best, being cute, bratty and always getting into my stuff. My mom is handling it great, but I think I’ll be pretty darn cranky when my son turns 50.
Until then, here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading this week. Feel free to post what reading material has kept you young this week because it’s Your Turn Friday.
Dark Nest by Leanna Renee Heiber
Read by Joysann
The experimental ships Light Nest and Dark Nest are sent by Homeworld into deep space to find habitable planets for colonization. Though disturbed by the rumors of insurrection and mutiny aboard Dark Nest, Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth of Light Nest travels to the other ship to the memorial service of her counterpart, a former lover. Even in her grief, she knows that Kristov Haydn may have promoted dissention in Dark Nest’s psychic crew, which led to his own death. When she learns that the killer was not a discontent of Dark Nest, but a crewman from her own ship, she begins to wonder whether there was some truth to Kristov’s paranoia, and the Homeworld had other intentions for the experiment.
The best thing about sci-fi is the exploration of all the different worlds invented by imaginative writers. Leanna Renee Heiber is imaginative. Even though the book is only novella length, the society she created was interesting, the plot feasible, and the imagery clear. I hope she works more with this story, because I want to see what happens when the tables turn.
Dead Ringer by Mary Burton
Read by Loretta
Kendall Shaw, a nightly TV news anchor becomes involved as she reports each twist in the story, while she also becomes increasingly close to the lead detective – all the while never realizing that she might figure in the final solution!
Mary Burton leads you up one road and down another, whisks you into a turn you never see coming! Questions abound and every person in the large cast of characters is at risk to be murdered or to become the murder suspect. If you have read her previous book, I’m Watching You, you are no doubt a fan who enjoys the unfolding of a crime by an unbelievably cruel murderer, together with romance as a side dish. A captivating book to dive into and untangle.
Lost in You by Alix Rickloff Read by Joysann Conor Bligh ruins the peace Ellery Reskeen has hoped she’s achieved after years of camp following her father who died in the war against Napoleon. Falling in her door all bloody and scary, Conor convinces her of the evil contained in a box she inherited, especially when she hears the baying of the fae hunters that circle her house in the night. Being Other, part fey and part human, it is his task to protect both worlds from being destroyed. What he neglects to tell Ellery, as their attraction grows, is that she is the required sacrifice needed to seal the evil in the box. I like paranormal historical romance, and Lost in You kept me involved to the end. It has strong characters, warm family relationships, and just the right touch of elusive fae magic.
Does She Dare? by Tawny Weber
Read by Emily
Isabel Santos is known for her perfect and orderly life. But what people don’t know is that she harbors a sensual and sexy woman on the inside. When bad boy, Dante Luciano steps into the picture, it’s like her all time fantasy has come to life. She is starting a new business in town, and Dante is stepping in to help his ungrateful father out. Sensing that there is more than meets the eye with Isabel, Dante wants get this seemingly unflappable woman the time of her life. Passion unfolds and soon both are under its power. But when someone tries to sabotage Dante’s work, and Isabel’s business, will they be able to trust in each other when all eyes are looking at them?
Sometimes when you read a book, even if there’s a picture on the cover I always imagine what the characters are like in real life. I would especially like to meet Dante. He sounds like such a ladies man, but really is a softy underneath. Who couldn’t love a man like that?
From Dead to Worse (Audio) by Charlaine Harris Listened to by Joysann Sookie Stackhouse again faces the dangers and mysteries of the supernatural world in her usual plucky and gracious manner. Since being weakened by the shocking disasters at the vampire conference, the Louisiana area is facing a hostile takeover by invaders, and the weres have upped the ante in their own civil war. Sookie’s unique gift makes her a valuable, if reluctant, weapon in conflicts by both weres and vampires. Her human frailties puts her too easily in jeopardy, and her life and loves are at risk. The suspense in this 8th book in the Southern Vampire series is spine-tingling and toe-curling. Having slowly built up from the beginning, I sort of have a personal investment in these characters, and Charlaine Harris isn’t hesitant to do shocking things to them. I cut off all lines of communication while listening to the book, for I just couldn’t stand any interruptions.
The Daughters Grimm by Minda Webber
Read by Ann
In this Cinderella tale, sisters Greta and Rae Grimm leave their family home in England to find husbands and fortune. Greta, the oldest, is more fascinated by the Black Forest and the mysteries and tales that it holds than finding a man. Rae, the most beautiful (and spoiled) Grimm daughter, is convinced she is meant to marry a rich prince.
Minda builds the story of the Grimm sisters using fairy tales and interesting characters such as Herr Dumpty, Mozart, and Nietzsche. She has a unique way of integrating and weaving references to many of your favorite fairy tales throughout The Daughters Grimm including Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White. Webber will have you laughing out loud and grimacing at her unique sense of humor. One of my favorite lines (and please note that there were many) is “Herr Dumpty was reminded of what happened last fall and he came apart.” Okay, maybe I share Webber’s dry sense of humor. The Daughters Grimm pulls several fairy tales together into an entertaining, quirky, and funny story.
Bottom Line: Happy Birthday Lori and enjoy your celebration in Las Vegas! Wish I was going so I could embarrass you as only a sister can.