Sunday, August 29, 2010

Changes by Jim Butcher

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry's not fighting to save the world...

He's fighting to save his child.

I want to try and keep this review completely spoil free, (highly difficult when I often ramble through my thoughts) So please excuse my at times unlady like excitment, random scattering and somewhat-slight vaugeness of it all!

I think it is very appropriate in a brief summary, to borrow one of Jim Butchers most memorable line in this book, also my favorite: "HOLY HELL ON THE WHAT-THE-FUCK-WAS-THAT PARTY LINE"

While I've heard about the Dresden Files in passing from several people I had only filed it away as 'someday I'll get to them' after a trusty book discussion buddy of mine sang them praises as his favorite series ever. It was that extra shove I'd needed, to see what the fuss was all about, for me the series started slow and I just couldn't see where all the fuss was originating from, but as the books carried on Butcher's world built more vividly, the characters brought to life with more & more wit & charm I too was enthralled and quickly became a Dresden Files junkie, quickly flying through the remaining Dresden Files, leading up to File 12 Changes and...

Holy Shitz this book was effing made of awesome!!!

With Changes, Jim Butcher has outdone all of the previous books even my personal faves of Blood Rites & White Night, which I didn't think was possible. From page one your given a shock (see last line in cover detail above) that never lets up, 438 pages of non-stop goodness, that I couldn't read fast enough! Pretty much all of our beloved characters make an apperance (some disappointedly brief ie: MORE RAMIREZ PLEASE!) who either help or not help Harry through the darkest, roughest predictament he's ever been in to date that all leads up to the climax of the book as Harry reaches his final breaking point. In his attempt to survive it he does things that to me I felt was very out-of-character. Which is why I believe the book was aptly titled Changes. This jaw-dropping, adrenaline driven, masterpiece changes Harry Dresden completely and I think the Dresden world as we know it will never be the same. March & Ghost Story can not get here soon enough!

If you are completely new to the Dresden Files, I highly suggest starting with book 1 Storm Front. The world is steadily built up as it goes along and not meant for stand-alone reading. New readers would miss out on the full effect of the series and be lost at many points.

If your up to date, what are you waiting for? Read Changes ASAP! =)

To Purchase Changes click HERE
To View Jim Butcher's website click HERE

5/5 stars (all highly earned)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness Review

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness
by Jeaniene Frost

“An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness…and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master Vampire who thought he’d seen it all. Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful…human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life, yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose between the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.”

More descriptive overview:

Eternal Kiss of Darkness is book two in the Night Huntress World series (spin off to the ever awesome Night Huntress books featuring Cat & Bones) In this book we get a more in-depth look at the previously withdrawn Mencheres, Technically, Bones ‘Grandsire’ but held in thought, as more of a father figure. Mencheres in the Night Huntress series seems closed off and holding something back. You almost get the impression that he has ulterior motives that you just can’t seem to figure out. In EKoD Frost cleverly unravels the mystery that is Mencheres. Through insight and glimpses of his past, slowly the real Mencheres reveals himself, while the reader falls in love with him along the way!

Mencheres’s long life is upended with the entrance of Kira Graceling who unknowingly walks in on his supernatural fight with a pack of ghouls and attempts to save him. After Kira takes what would be a mortal wound, Mencheres, unwilling to let her death be on his conscious, shares his blood to save her. When he goes to remove the memory of the gruesome event he discovers he is unable to mesmerize Kira into forgetting what had just taken place. Leaving only one option: Take Kira captive until he can set things right!

We soon see that Kira’s character is a breath of fresh air. She’s straightforward and strong, not the typical damsel in distress. She’s protective, honest & loyal, keeping her promises even while suffering through torture. Kira is instantly likable, when Mencheres and Kira unite through all the turmoil you can’t help but to root for them. It all leads up to when Mencheres oldest nemesis comes into play to end their ancient feud once and for all. Kira refuses to be used as a pawn, and sets a plan into motion where together they attempt to defeat her lover’s oldest foe!

Random Thoughts:

I enjoyed EKoD very much! I just can’t seem to get enough of the deeper insight the Night Huntress World books give to the beloved characters that we’re first introduced to alongside Cat & Bones in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. My only hope is we soon get to read more of Vlad, who’s brief but ever so amusing parts in EKoD left me begging for more!!!

I have only one minor fault with the book. And that’s the cover itself, (which is completely out of the authors control, mind you) but I can’t help but shake my head at the absurdity of what looks like a child has taken a red marker and drew red dribbles of blood coming from the closed mouth of Mencheres, ruining what would otherwise be a great cover. What was the art department thinking? Not to mention, if anyone had taken the time to read the book in question, I give you a quote from page 77; “She expected his mouth to be stained red, or to see crimson trails zigzagging down his face, but nothing marked his strikingly handsome features.” So why I ask, the need for silly red marker scribbles? A good cover really does give a lot of oomph in selling a book. I don’t like that they cheesed it up, possibly turning away new readers who do judge a book by it’s cover (even though that‘s a huge no-no!) such small screw-up that would have been an easy fix.

Cover aside, all in all this book is a must read, especially for all previous Jeaniene Frost fans! Just as she did with Spade & Denise in First Drop of Crimson (book 1 of Night Huntress World) Mencheres & Kira provide an action filled romance with root-able personalities and of course Frost doesn’t fail to deliver the smexyness, be sure to look for what has to be one of the most memorable smexytime scenes I’ve ever read…that just so happens to take place on the CEILING! ;-)


To Purchase Eternal Kiss Of Darkness click HERE
Check out more about Jeaniene Frost and her previous works at the author's website HERE

Monday, August 2, 2010


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