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January 17, 2017

Loved It: Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 15
Format: Hardback
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor continues her rule in Hell in the scorchingly funny finale to the Undead series from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half-sister (and frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.

With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program gets about as complicated as you’d expect.

With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the Queen of Hell.

My first book read for 2017 and it’s a bittersweet farewell. The last book in the Undead/Queen Betsy series, UNDEAD AND DONE ended in true Betsy fashion: outrageous yet surprisingly genius. Now MaryJanice Davidson did say that this is NOT the last time we’re going to see Queen Betsy & Co. as her other series belong in the same universe (yay!) so that had me freaking out a little less. I try to take comfort in the little things. *new mantra*

January 13, 2017

Listened & Loved: The Leviathan Chronicles by Christof Laputka

Narrator: Radio Drama feat. 60 Voice Actors
Launched: September 9, 2010
Episodes: 38 (600 pages Podiobook)
Length: 30 mins.-1 hr.
Genre: Sci-Fi

The Leviathan Chronicles tracks Macallan Orsel, a young genetic scientist in present-day New York City who discovers that immortality is not a fool's fantasy, but rather a reality for several factions of powerful immortals living among us. Across centuries and continents, they have battled for supremacy--and Macallan must suddenly grapple with a mysterious and lethal virus, a covert government organization aware of the immortals--and her own family's connection to both. In order to save herself and the immortals, Macallan must learn to use a key hidden within her own DNA. But a deadly secret has been kept deep in the bottom of the ocean for over a thousand years that could threaten not just the immortals, but all of mankind.

Sci-Fi is a struggle bus for me reading-wise. Though there are exceptions, often times I can't wrap my head around discussions and explanations of advanced technologies incorporating scientific laws to make the feats believable to an extent and so on and so forth. Basically, I need some kind of prop, preferably visual, to completely appreciate the science part of the fantasy.

January 9, 2017

Liked It: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Legacy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns as her thrilling, original spin-off series set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues! When a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.

Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too – especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart.

Much like the first book in this spin-off series, BLOOD VOW basically follows the same formula: new couple and a Brother’s story thrown in together, different strokes same story basically. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of these Caldwell vamps. That said, it’s more of a hit or miss thing for me right now. There were a few installments that were good and some were entertaining to say the least. As for BLOOD VOW well:

  • Rhage and Mary: I’m wondering why we’re still talking/reading about Rhage and Mary when they were also the featured couple in The Beast (BDB 14). Not exactly complaining, but I was hoping we’d get facetime with the other couples before revisiting these two. Like maybe redoing Phury's story or Payne?

  • Family Time: Not that I don’t love a good family story, the series is after all, about a Brotherhood, but there were a lot of corny moments I feel. The resolution was fitting, but it was also too neat and convenient (tough crowd right?!). 

  • Axe and Elise: I didn’t really care much for these two just like I could barely remember Paradise and whatshisface. Also their first sexy scene was a little too difficult for me to get on board with. The dude couldn't brush his teeth and yet can perform?! Whoa Nelly!

  • Blueprint: Is it just me or are the new characters based off on the original ones? These new breed of warriors have a familiar feel to them, not exact copies of the Brothers, but each one have chracter traits that are reminiscent of the original cast. Like Axe and Elise reminded me of Zsadist and Bella, Novo is a lot like Xhex, Paradise is like Marissa with a shot of Beth, and so on and so forth.

I like BLOOD VOW but it didn’t have the magic that the first 7 BDB books have. I still wouldn’t miss it for the world, reading Ward’s BDB is like comfort food for me now, a reading habit that would be difficult to break (and I have no plans of doing so anyway).

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December 20, 2016

Listend & Liked: Audio Dime Museum: Carnivale by Just A Story Pod

Narrator: Samantha LeBas
Launched: March 23, 2016
Episodes: 12
Length: 30 mins. average
Genre: Urban Legends

From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart. Please begin at the beginning, with the *PROLOGUE* and proceed through the collection accordingly. Unlike most stories, this one does not improve when listened to in reverse.

I finished AUDIO DIME MUSEUM: CARNIVALE a while back but purposely delayed posting anything about it because I'm unsure if there'll be more episodes or I'd production halted? 

Anyway, AUDIO DIME MUSEUM: CARNIVALE is an anthology of sorts featuring anecdotal accounts of some random artifact that usually has some morbid or dark background. This podcast reminds me of those defunct TV series Warehouse 13/Friday the 13th with its supernatural slant and dark magicks. Definitely right up my alley as a few of the stories are hair-raising and very disturbing like serial murders and cannibalism.