Saturday, May 30, 2009

Brie's Weekly Reads

Last week was a busy one for me so I read very little. Luckily, this week slowed down and I was able to go back to reading normally.

This first book is not recent read but I wanted to talk about it anyway. I read The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan a while ago but never got around to reviewing it. This is the first book in a seven book series. It follows Royce Melborn, thief, and Hadrian Blackwater, his mercenary partner. They make a living taking dangerous and illegal jobs for hire. Their latest job has them mixed up in a crown conspiracy and facing death. In order to save themselves they must make sure that the Crown Prince/King come lately remains safe while finding out who set them up. I found out about this book on Fantasy Book Critic and even if I didn't enjoy it as much as Liviu did, it was a worthwhile read.

Now for this weeks books.

I started out with reading Once Bitten by Kalayna Price. Once Bitten is an Urban Fantasy about a shifter calico cat, Kita Nekai. I ordered once Bitten based on the excerpt from the author's site and also because I thought it would be interesting to read about a shifter calico - that's not something you come across everyday.

Kita has left the shifter world, not wanting to take on the responsibility of being the next in line of leading her clan, and has entered the human world. Now hunters are after her and wish to take her back to her world. On the run, she ends up in the city of Haven and gets drugged, turned into a vampire, and accused of a crime she didn't commit - all in one night. Facing a death sentence, Kita has 72 hours to find the rouge shifter causing mayhem and clear her name.

I think the best part of the story was the relationship between Kita and the vampire who turned her, Nathanial. The mythology is decent, though a little strange. The shifters aren't even clear on their own mythology and are often as surprised as the reader with some facts. There is what looks to be a triangle forming, with Nathanial wanting Kita and her ex mate, Bobby, wanting her too. I can't say that Bobby left much of an impression on me, though I did like Nate. For the most part, I liked Once Bitten and will continue to follow the Haven Series now that it has a five book deal.

For Book Binge, I tried but could not finish The Wicked Ways of Hero by Barbara Metzger. Not really my cup of tea. I'll explain why a little later in a review for Book Binge.

I reread Dhampir by Barb and J. C. Hendee for Nath's Re-read Challenge. I went a little against the rules here since this was not a book that I loved the first time I read it. But after KMont's review for it, I thought that maybe giving it a reread would improve my opinion of the story and it did. More on that to come on Sunday.

I'm almost done with Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas. Since I wasn't able to find Twisted Creek in store, I settled for this one. Though, after getting halfway through, I'm not sure if I'd call it settling, as I am really into it. This is definitely a comfort read and a good one at that.

Another book in my rotation is Broken Wing by Judith James. After reading Judith James' upcoming release and being a little wowed by it, I went back to read the much talked about Broken Wing. I had a hard time getting into it the first time around and I seem to be having the same problem now. I'm not sure what it is that's not working for me. Hopefully, I can push through and see better results soon.

I'm into Voice of Crow as well. Taking my time with this one, but it is really good. I especially like the relationship between Alanka and Philip - so sweet! I find what Rhia and Marek are going through hard to read, though - so sad! All in all, this book is shaping up to be an excellent follow up to Eyes of Crow, which I adored.

Last but not least is Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn. Having loved both books one and two in the series, I was expecting to jump right into Moor with no problem. So I was a little upset when I had a hard time getting into this one. I ended up sticking with the story over the weeks and am happy to say that it is finally grabbing me! Looks like Moor will be another great installment. That Brisbane - sometimes I want to choke him.

This may sound strange, but I think that the change in the covers is one of the reasons that I had a hard time getting into Moor. I really don't like when publishers change cover formats, especially when the one they had worked well (for me). I'm sure they did it to draw more romance readers to the series, because we bring in the money, but I loved the covers as were.

Note to publishers: If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Well, that is my reading week in a nutshell. I think I've got some good ones in rotation. How about you?


  1. Boy, do I hear you about the Raybourn covers. I realize publishing is hurting right now and that clinch covers just sell better, but damn, the art on those first two books was something special. When I got my copy of Silent in the Grave, I was seriously blown away by how pretty it was.

  2. Brie, you really read this week!

    I have that Dhampyr series on my list of books to read this year -- I like that the first series is finished already, so I don't have to wait for the next one to come out. By KMont's reviews it sounds as if the series just gets better as it goes along.

    So glad you're enjoying Voice of Crow! I loved this trilogy by Smith-Ready one of my favorites last year.

    And LOL on the change in covers -- Silent on the Moor doesn't even look as if it belongs in the same series.

    Must look up The Crown Conspiracy. :)

  3. Hi Laurije Bee, I know, the covers were gorgeous and they went with the series so well.

    Hilcia, I'm interested in seeing where the series goes. I do hope you enjoy the book when you get around to reading it.

    VOC is really good. I'm loving taking my time with it.

    I'm really sad about the covers. The new ones are out of place, but what can you do?

  4. Hi Brie :D

    Wow, seems like you had a nice reading week :) I'm really glad and happy that you're enjoying Rewriting Monday :) Twisted Creek is even better! :)

    You have some interesting books on your list. The Crown Conspiracy sounds interesting and so does Once Bitten - although that one, I can't find on the Chapters/Indigo search engine... hmmm, which publishing house is it?

    and ugh, I still need to start the Ready-Smith trilogy, I have all three books ^_^;

  5. Hi Nath, I did have a nice week of reading.

    Once Bitten is under Bell Bridge Books. I ordered it from B&N, because it wasn't in store.

    And you have all three books in the trilogy and haven't started it yet! What are you waiting for?