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Books I’ve Been Reading

Barbara Vey -- August 8th, 2013

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Even with a busy summer, I need to feed my reading addiction.  So here’s some books I’ve been enjoying.

The Children of Merlin Series by Susan Squires.  After whipping through Do You Believe in Magic?, I found myself immediately searching for the next book, He’s a Magic Man.  Then I found out about a prequel, Your Magic Touch, l and rushed to devour that.  These book tell the modern day story of a family who carry the DNA of Merlin from Camelot.  The parents tell the children of their heritage, but each are skeptical of the tale, and come into their powers at different times and ways.  Every book is about a different member of the family, but the family dynamic is a central part of the story.  Your Magic Touch goes back in time to tell the story of how the parents met, became aware of their history and passed the story on to their children.

This is paranormal done in a different way.  I almost hate to call it a paranormal because I think people who don’t normally read paranormals would enjoy this series if they just gave it a chance.  It’s not heavy handed and the characters make mistakes and aren’t perfect.  Their struggle with accepting the myth of their family is very believable.  I was engaged from the very beginning and happily became entwined with the grown Tremaine children while immersing myself in their adventures.

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A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala.  A dark suspense that hits on very real terror, abuse.  Anson Poe is the handsomest man in the county, but his good looks hide a very black heart.  He’s mean to everyone, but especially his wife, who takes what is given to protect her family.  Son, Brendan, breaks free of the family and tries to live a normal life while still trying to protect his mother and sister.  Unfortunately, he shares his father’s looks and people judge him by his father’s crimes.  Things come to head and Brendan must face off against the evil man he hates most, his father.

This story reflexes all the mystery and long, hot summer days and nights in Louisiana.  I couldn’t help but be pulled into the story as it tells the tale from all angles and seeing into the mind of the evil Anson Poe is frightening.  It’s easy to say why didn’t the mother just leave, but believe me, in abusive situations it is very difficult.  When you live with fear everyday, it gets hard to imagine a life without it and most mothers will do anything to protect their children.  Riveting, terrifying and engrossing, Sharon Sala takes us to a dark place, but manages to make everything ok.

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To satisfy my audio book addiction, I listened to Something About You by Julie James.  Poor Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde is just trying to get a good night’s sleep at a hotel when there is a murder committed in the next room and she becomes the only witness.  Since it involves a US Senator, FBI Agent Jack Pallas is sent in to protect Cameron.  The problem?  Jack blames her for mismanaging a big case of his involving the mob years ago.

The snappy dialogue, humorous situations, sexual tension and suspense make for a delicious, delightful and entertaining read.  I noticed an extra spring in my step while listening to this story while out walking.

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Don’t Look Now by Michele Gagnon.  Noa Torsen and her ragtag, teenage gang fight to save other teenagers from the claws of the evil Project Persephone.  Noa has been part of their experiments and knows it needs to stop.  Her hacker buddy, Peter, helps her locate facilities from his home base, but knows he need to go up against the bad guys when he finds out they’ve been experimenting on his girlfriend, Amanda.

While I don’t read a lot of Young Adult, this series has me hooked.  This is the second book and I highly recommend it for those hard to please young readers.  I know they’ll be clamoring for the final book in the series like I am.  Teeth-clenching, non-stop action that has you cheering for these underestimated teens.

Bottom Line:  Too many books…not enough time.  A truer sentiment has never been spoken.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- August 20th, 2010

It’s getting harder and harder to pick books to read.  There’s just so many, I can’t choose.   So many authors I’ve read for years and tons of new ones I want to try.  It’s like going into a restaurant and there’s 10 pages to the menu.  Just give me five good dishes and I’m good to go.  Here’s what I ended up reading this week.

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The Mists of Time by Susan Squires – Diana Dearborn is a romance writer with no practical life experience in the subject.  When a chance meeting at a museum finds Diana with a special book, she’s giving the opportunity to go back in time to Camelot to help with her research.  But it’s not the Camelot she expects.  Gawain is a mystery to her, but he seems to hold the key to the chaos that’s become her life.

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There’s plenty of twists in this story that blends the history of Camelot and what really happened there with a lost soul who’s never felt complete.  Since I’ve seen the movie (and play) of Camelot a kazillion times (yes, I know all the words to the musical), it was a joy to read a different take on the subject. Totally mesmerizing and delightful with a crazed villain and mystery to solve.

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Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt – Temperance Dews is a widow who runs a home for orphans with her brother and is in dire needs of funding.  Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is hunting the brutal killer of his mistress.  Caire offers Temperance an introduction to the high society that can help support her cause in exchange for helping him get information in an area she is familiar with.  The undertaking is dangerous for both in more ways than one.

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This historical offers a look into the seedier side of London.  While the chapters each begin with a separate tale that has adorned Elizabeth’s other books, the main story was darker.  Intriguing and sensual, this first book in the Maiden Lane series makes me wonder what she has in store for the rest of the family.

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Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake, vampire executioner, finds there’s new badness coming and the only way to combat it is to unite forces with other vampire factions.  Since she already has almost every animal to call, she now focuses on the lions.

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Let me start by saying that I have read the Anita Blake series from the beginning.  I bought them and reread them…at least the first seven.   I think this is number 19.  Anita’s books started as mysteries and her job (raising the dead to get them to answer questions among other things) was fascinating.  In Bullet, I found it hard to find a page that didn’t have some kind of sex in it, the more disturbing part was that the sex was just for power and not much love going on.  I’m sure Laurell’s fans will find what they are looking for in Bullet, but if you’re new to her, try her early books which are amazing.

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The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot – Melissa Fuller writes a gossip column for a New York newspaper, but is ready to move on to the meatier stories.  When her 80 year old neighbor goes into a coma, Mel is tapped to care for her pets until the neighbor’s nephew arrives to take over.  John Trent is asked to pay up an old debt by pretending to be his friend.  Misunderstandings and mayhem ensue.

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Ok, I picked up this 2002 book from RWA that Meg signed for my niece, but I couldn’t resist.  Written all through e-mails, this incredibly charming story had me rushing through so I could share it with my niece and we could talk about it.  Very sweet, funny and adorable.  The kind of book that makes you say, “You just have to read this.”

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That’s it for me.  It’s Your Turn Friday.  What have you been reading lately?

Bottom Line: Next up for me is Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer…Love the title!