Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More QB's Super Quickies

"So, read any good books lately?"
"What did you think of...?"

Here's the Quickie answers to those questions. Click on the Links for more info.


Book CoverJoey W. Hill - The Mark of the Vampire Queen, Vampire Queen 2

Category:Peanut M&Ms - mmmm...devour... sigh... then reach for the next one. My daily dose of Insanity-B-Gone. (A-,B+,B)
Flame Height: 8" out of 9"

See INDEX for previous books.

So sensual, so captivating. Definitely not for everyone though. An ending that I never saw coming... and it was OUT there... WAY Out! I'm glad there's more of this erotic paranormal series on the way. Hill's got a unique voice in a genre that is being rapidly buried in same-old, same-old.
Piquant Opines: RT, TGTBTU,



Book CoverCarrie Vaughn - Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty Norville 4

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

See INDEX for previous books.

I just love this quiet, warm urban fantasy series. It's like settling down on the couch, cuddling up with a comfy blanket. If you haven't read it, move it to the top of your list.
Piquant Opines: RT, DR,



Book CoverKresley Cole - Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night, Immortals 4 - Bowen and Mariketa

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: 6" out of 9"

See INDEX for previous books.

This is partly a retelling of some of the events from No Rest for the Wicked from another POV. This one was far more emotional than the previous books in this paranormal romance series.
Piquant Opines: RT, TGTBTU,



Book CoverMark Del Franco - Unquiet Dreams, Conner Grey 2,

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: 2" out of 9"

See INDEX for previous books.

I still enjoy this fantasy/urban fantasy series, but Del Franco does a HUGE no-no near the end of this one. It's told in 1st person POV, so how can an incident be related to us in great detail, yet in the very next chapter we're told that the person who just told us about it, has no memory of it?! That's a corner that authors using FPPOV have to be careful not to paint themselves into. Even a statement like, "It would be months before I remembered all that happened" would have gone a long way toward kissing that boo-boo and making it all better.
Piquant Opines: RT,



Book CoverLori Handeland - Hidden Moon, Night Creatures 7 - Claire and Malachi

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: 6" out of 9"

See INDEX for previous books.

I give Handeland a lot of credit for keeping these paranormal romance storylines fresh, not a formula to be found. Not really necessary to read any of the previous ones to read this one.
Piquant Opines: RT, TGTBTU,



Have you read any of these books? Feel free to review or link to a review in the comments. Even if you don't agree!

2 comments:

Madame Butterfly said...

"The Mark of the Vampire Queen" looks really good. Do I need to read the first book to know what's going on with this one, or is it written so that I can just pick up on stuff?

Bev(QB) said...

MB, I HIGHLY recommend you read The Vampire Queen's Servant first. Based on other books that I know you enjoyed, I really think you will love that first book. And really, it's the history established between the leads in that first one that gives the second book so much impact.