Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Urban Fantasy Review: Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

by Jocelynn Drake

Harper (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 9780061632693
Release Date: July 29, 2008
from the author's site:

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker -- an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed...and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt or be hunted.

But in a dimension just beyond the worlds boundaries, a banished race stirs dangerously, hungry for power, for domination, for vengeance. Already a protective seal has been breached: already blood flows like a river through the world's great cities.

And only the collaboration of two sworn enemies can save humankind...and its ferel brethern.

my thoughts:

I love a good paranormal and Nightwalker is definitely that. Jocelynn Drake had me intrigued from the very beginning and I can't wait to read more from her. Mira is a unique character, especially in her world. I'm really intrigued about the relationship between her and Danaus in subsequent books. One moment they're trying to kill each other, the next they're fighting side-by-side. Nightwalker left me wondering how long their tentative partnership will last. 

Jocelynn Drake has hooked me with Nightwalker and I can't wait to see where this series will go. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Steampunk Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

by Gail Carriger
Orbit (Hachette)
ISBN: 9780316074148
Release Date: April 1, 2010

from the author's site:

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

my thoughts:

It's no surprise, but I loved Changeless probably even more so than Soulless. Gail Carriger has such a wit about her writing. Alexia is a fabulous character to read as are many of the other characters (her sister's no treat, but watching Alexia spar with her is). Conall is his usual tasty but belligerent self. 

I absolutely adored Changeless and thanks to the way it ended I'm practically salivating for Blameless. I know I'll be buying it on release day as I did with Changeless. I truly don't think I could wait any longer than necessary.