Dy's Take

February 22, 2012

Spellbinder by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,Romance,YA — Dy @ 09:32

(13)  Night World #3

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)


January 4, 2012

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder by Marlene Dotterer

Filed under: Book Club,Indie Author,Romance,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 12:50

(01) Time Travel Journals #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

November 27, 2011

Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

Filed under: ChickLit,Fantasy,Favorite Authors,Romance — Dy @ 22:14

(88)  Kushiel’s Legacy #9

Not the strongest entry in the series. Overall, I’ve enjoyed Moirin’s trilogy more than I liked Imriel’s, though neither holds a candle to the original trilogy featuring Phedre.  This was the weakest of Moirin’s three books, IMO.  Partly because it was lots and lots of travelogue leading up to the confrontation that was supposedly the purpose of the story, then said confrontation was resolved far too quickly and easily, to my mind.   I think the story lacked some tension that was present in the other because of Moirin’s married state — the tense romances are a hallmark of the Kushiel books and the tension was noticeably lacking in this one.  A decent finish to the trilogy, but all in all very wordy and the words were used on the wrong parts of the story.

November 18, 2011

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Filed under: Mystery,Paranormal,Romance,Series I Love — Dy @ 23:35

(85) Mercy Thompson #6

SO GOOD. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this in one 24-hour period.  Love this series and happy to report than unlike TV shows, a well-written series doesn’t lose it’s zing when the hero and heroine are finally allowed to marry.

Mostly, it was nice for me as a reader to get more info on Mercy’s heritage — and nifty that we learned about it as the character did. It was chock full o’ interesting revelations without feeling forced — super example of show, don’t tell!

September 10, 2011

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Filed under: Paranormal,Romance — Dy @ 23:17

( 70 ) All Souls trilogy #1

April 6, 2011

A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison

Filed under: ChickLit,Paranormal,Romance — Dy @ 17:37


Not too bad for a Kindle freebie 🙂  It has a couple of moments of explicit sex, but not enough, IMO, to qualify as erotica.  It’s mostly a story about personal discovery and surviving emotional upset with a little bit of sex, romance, and magic thrown in. Great beach book.

March 11, 2011

Over My Dead Body by Michelle Bardsley

Filed under: Paranormal,Romance — Dy @ 22:47

(24) Broken Heart, OK – book 5

Oy.  One of those I finished and wondered why I bothered.  As cotton-candy useless as the rest of the series, but this is the one that gave me the toothache — no more Broken Heart for this vampire affcionado.


January 22, 2011

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Filed under: Paranormal,Romance,Series I Like — Dy @ 12:29

(10) Fever series, book 5

I waited SO long for this to come out!  I read the first book in the series as a Kindle freebie and grabbed the rest from the library. I had to know how it ended though, and bought this one for my Kindle (yay for publisher’s who release the digital and hard copy the same day!).

It was good, and I’m glad I read it, but forgettable. I’m typing this review a few weeks after I finished it (the post date is the date I completed the book, not necessarily the day I wrote the post, lol) and find I can’t remember much of it. Sad but true, after all that anticipation. I remember thinking the ending a bit of a cop-out. All that trauma and terror of the first four and three quarters books and it’s resolved via Deus ex Machina. Still, I remember enjoying it while I read it, and that counts for something.


July 12, 2010

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,ChickLit,Historical Fiction,Romance — Dy @ 12:56

(39) Pink Carnation, book 6

Definitely my favorite so far.  Penelope is the most honest, gritty of the heroines in this series to-date. She’s also on her own most of the book, making her much less dependent on series regulars.

Rumors abound that the next novel in the series will star Turnip Fitzhugh since all the first and 2nd string characters have had their happily ever after, save one.

WHEN is the book about Jane? Or are we operating on the outdated notion that she cannot be an action star and romantically involved? C’mon Ms. Willig, we wanna know!

June 14, 2010

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,Historical Fiction,Romance — Dy @ 20:04

(33) Pink Carnation, book 5

June 3, 2010

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Filed under: Books,Paranormal,Romance,Series I Like — Dy @ 14:21

( 31 ) Sookie Stackhouse, book 10

The plot on this one was so thin that 4 months later (when I’m writing this review) I can scarcely remember it.  What I remember most is that it was short. It read like a short story fluffed to be a novella.  A good, meaty Sookie book it was not (True Blood gone to the head, maybe?). It would have been a great long story, but it was an irritatingly short novel.

Oh, yea, and the utter lack of moving forward on ANY of the character fronts was annoying. What is the point of a series novel if it does not advance the characters on their path?

I love CH, I’ve read her other series (lurve Lily Bard & wish she’d write more of them) but was disappointed in what felt to me, as a fan who knew Sookie from the first book and used to wait impatiently for the next one, like a story that was phoned in.  Sorry, CH.

Like Anita Blake, Sookie has been reduced to something I’ll get on the waitlist for from the library, but I’m not invested enough to spend money on her anymore.

April 23, 2010

Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep

Filed under: Fantasy,Humor & Satire,Romance — Dy @ 20:41

( 24 )

March 27, 2010

The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,Historical Fiction,Romance — Dy @ 21:24

( 20 )

March 18, 2010

The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig

Filed under: audiobook,Historical Fiction,Romance — Dy @ 22:56

(18) Pink Carnation, book 2

Fluffy but fun. GREAT reader.

January 14, 2010

Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton

Filed under: ChickLit,Fantasy,Romance — Dy @ 21:45

( 2) not sure what to call this series, book 2

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