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The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

 

Synopsis From Jeaniene Frost Website:

Night Huntress

The NIGHT HUNTRESS series is an urban fantasy romance featuring half-vampire heroine Cat Crawfield and Master vampire hero, Bones. My heroine and hero have a difficult road ahead of them and they will have to work very hard to earn their HEA (happily-ever-after), so their story isn’t over with the first book.

My Thoughts:

I have been trying to get Cat and Bones into my reading rotation for years now and something else always seems to come in and they moved down the TBR pile.  That is until I started listening to Audio Books on a regular basis.  Last year, I started a job where I have a commute of over a hour and a half each day.  What better time to make up some reading.  I have found that listening to full series are the best way to go!  So Cat and Bones came into my life and I could not stop listening.  I would find myself pulling into the driveway and not wanting to get out because I needed more!

It would be difficult for me to break down the series into book by book reviews so I am just going to give you my overall impression.  And that is GO READ THESE BOOKS!!!  I love the drama and relationships in these stories.  Each book shows you more and more about not just Cat and Bones but all of the supporting characters as well.  There are twists and turns I would have never saw coming and if you choose to go the audio route like I did, the narrator on these is OUTSTANDING!  Enough that, I will be seeking out other books that she has narrated because she is just that good.  Great inflection and really gets into the characters.  Go, Go, Go, get these if you have not already!

My Rating:

5 Penguin

Outstanding Series A Must Read!

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14)A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

  • ISBN-13: 9780765325952
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 912
  • Source: From Publisher For Review

Blurb:

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World,readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty-two languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.

What was, what will be, and what is,

May yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

My Thoughts:

The Wheel of Time turns and the Age is coming to an end.  The Last Battle is approaching, as the Dark One strives to break free of his prison and conquer humanity.  Only three more seals remain unbroken.  Rand al’Thor, farmboy from the Two Rivers, is the Dragon Reborn, destined to fight the Dark One and break the world.  But has the taint on saidin and the presence of Lews Therin in his mind driven him to madness?  The rulers of the nations have gathered to meet with Rand before the Last Battle, to decide whether to follow his plan or to stop him before he gets them all killed.  Can the Dragon convince his friends and allies before he leaves for Shayol Ghul to confront the Dark One?  The Last Battle is coming.

There are 10,038 pages in the 14 hardcover versions of the Wheel of Time Series.  This book makes every single one worth reading.  At times the reading can be slow, or it can be confusing trying to keep track of all the characters and countries and all the various plot lines.  Those plot lines start to come together towards the end of the series and finally converge in this last volume.  All the various threads get wrapped up and tied off.  The overall tapestry they create is an intricate work of art.

Brandon Sanderson has done a masterful job of finishing the story left behind by Robert Jordan after his passing.  The last three books in the series were written from the notes and scenes Jordan made when he realized he would be unable to finish the novels himself, so the vision is Jordan’s, but it was Sanderson who breathed life into it for the fans to read.

I had A Memory of Light finished the day after it came in the mail, with only a short pause for a few brief hours of sleep.  The reactions of Leigh Butler in the review posted over on tor.com, mirror many of my own while reading.  Ranging from “OMG” to “but…but…but…” to “saw that one coming” to “well, interesting”, this book is sure to put any fan through the emotional gamut.  Some books leave you wondering at the end, or feeling like maybe you missed something somewhere back in book 2, or wondering if there’s going to be another book after this that no one told you about.   A Memory of Light left me feeling satisfied with a story well told and eager to start on rereading the whole series straight through now that I have them all.

If you’re a fan of the series, this book in an obvious must read.  If you haven’t read any of the Wheel of Time books, you’re missing out on an epic masterpiece and I urge you to get started here.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.

My Rating:

 5 Penguin

I didn’t expect any less than a 5 penguin review.

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

  • ISBN-13: 9780425246047
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy , #3
  • Source: From Publisher for Review

Synopsis:

A new novel of starting over and star-crossed love.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be—except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome—and embarrassing—appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…

My Thoughts:

I was so excited for the conclusion to the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy to come out that when it arrived in my mailbox I started it right away and could not put it down until I knew what happened to the last of the Montgomery brothers.  I knew moving into The Perfect Hope that the story would be about Ryder, the last of the Montgomery boys, and Hope the Inn’s innkeeper who came to Boonsboro to start again after finding out her boyfriend and son of the owner of the Inn she was running had been keeping her on the side after announcing his engagement.  It was really a rough end to the relationship but found home in at Boonsboro and the friends she had to turn to.  Life has changed for Hope but Ryder just rubs her the wrong way and they just do not see eye to eye, the worst is that he cannot even call her by her name.  Sparks seems to fly between them after they shared a kiss on New Year Eve but never thinks the other can stand the other.  Things change when the ex shows up at the Inn trying to convince Hope to return to her old job and being his woman on the side.  Ryder just happens to be walking by and Hope lays one hot kiss on him and he goes with it.  The ex stalks off but Ryder cannot leave it alone and drives into D.C. to make sure that Hope is left alone.  The sparks just keep flying.

I really loved the story of Ryder and Hope and it was my favorite book in this series.  There was a lot of loose ends to wrap up in The Perfect Hope and the biggest of these things is the ghost in the inn, Lizzy.  They where still trying to figure out who Lizzy’s beau was and what happened to him to hopefully put her to rest.  Hope being the innkeeper seemed to have the most interaction with Lizzy and it is her ancestor.  I was thrilled with the outcome.  But I am not going to share any hints.  We also revisit the other couples and find out what is going on in their lives.  Always a lot of fun.  These three couple have great interactions and friendships.  What makes this series for me is all of the businesses they all run and how well they all work together.

As always, Nora Roberts brings a consistent series where each book flows smoothly into the the next and the balance between story line and romance is done perfectly.  I have always enjoyed her writing style but feel that her last four book have had a renewed feel to them.  For a while, it felt that every book was just the same and I knew exactly what was going to happen at every turn of the page.  I am very happy to have found a new love for Nora Robert’s writing.  I enjoyed the last few series but not nearly as much as this one.

My Rating:

 

 

 

5 Penguins