Sunday, March 18, 2007

QB's Quickies

"So, read any good books lately?"
"What did you think of...?"
Here's the Quickie answers to those questions.
(Although they are not all recent reads.)
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Rebecca York - Moon Series
1. Killing Moon 06/03/2003 - Ross and Megan
2. Edge of the Moon 08/05/2003 - Jack and Kathryn
3. Witching Moon 10/07/2003 - Adam and Sara
4. Crimson Moon 01/04/2005 - Sam and Olivia
4.5 Cravings - Anthology 06/29/2004 - Grant and Antonia
5. Shadow of the Moon 06/06/2006 - Lance and Savannah
6. New Moon 03/06/2007 - Logan and Rinna

*Note that Full Moon (02/07/2006) is a re-release of Books 1 and 2.
*Note that Moon Swept (11/07/2006) is a re-release of Books 3 and 4.

Series Category: Peanut M&Ms - mmmm...devour... sigh... then reach for the next one. My daily dose of Insanity-B-Gone. Most books fall in this category. (A-,B+,B)
Flame Height: 5.5" out of 9"
First off, let me say that I was more than a bit irked when I went to Ms. York's website and found that she couldn't be bothered to list or organize her books. It doesn't take a techno-genius to do that, ya know! And if you don't appear to care, why should we?
Back to the books... Completely different take on werewolves. No packs. Female babies don't survive, many males die during their first (teen years) transformation, and ALL are alpha and cannot be near each other or they get very aggressive.
This last book, "New Moon" and the ending of the previous book, "Shadow of the Moon" have veered off into "Woo-Woo" string theories of parallel universes. I'm not liking it at all. "New Moon" is just barely an M&M. I sure hope Ms. York gets this series back on track and stays in OUR universe!

Vicki Pettersson - Zodiac Series
1. The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac

Category: Peanut M&Ms - mmmm...devour... sigh... then reach for the next one. My daily dose of Insanity-B-Gone. Most books fall in this category. (A-,B+,B)
Flame Height: 4" out of 9"

Holy Shit!! Sit down, strap in and buckle up before reading this one! What a non-stop thrill ride! Start this one early in the day because you WILL NOT be putting it down until you're finished with it. Hell, Ms. Pettersson barely gives us places to stop and catch our breath, so putting it down to go to sleep just ain't gonna happen!

The next one's already on my Constant Cravings list. I just hope that Ms. Pettersson pulls back and avoids what could easily become a runaway Mary Sue express.

Two things bugging me: Who sent the note to Xavier? She assumed it was the Big Bad because her father took the note as truth upon seeing it. But the Big Bad didn't know, and I assume that means his Shadow minions didn't know. So who else would Xavier automatically believe? Her mother, so she would fulfill her destiny? But why not send it to Joanna or Warren then? Why cut-off her ability to hide in plain sight? Mystery or Inconsistancy?

Second, Xavier knew about her pregnancy. Why didn't he tell the Big Bad? Is it possible that he didn't know that her rapist was a Shadow? Is it also possible that he didn't know Zoe (her mother) was the Light Archer and therefore never thought to tell any of the Shadows? Yet another "Inconsistancy or Mystery" question, yes?

Jean Johnson - Sons of Destiny
1. The Sword
Category: M&Ms - a bit lighter and/or not quite as satisfying as Peanut M&Ms, but still Oh-So-Enjoyable! (B,B-,C+,C)
Flame Height: 5" out of 9"

First of a series of 8 books about 8 Warrior/Mage brothers (4 sets of twins... OUCH!) in (what I guess to be) an alternate universe similar to our medieval times except magic is the norm. A prophecy about the disaster(s) that will happen as each brother falls in love prompts their people to exile them to an isolated island. At first, I thought all the characters thrown in at once would allow them to be forgettable until each got their own book, but Ms. Johnson makes sure we get to know each one. Lots of humor, and I got to care about the boys. Fun heroine. Enjoyable read and I've been adding the rest of the series to my Constant Cravings when possible.

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