Friday, June 12, 2009

Red-Headed Stepchild ~ Jaye Wells

You can find Jaye Wells here.  And Red-Headed Stepchild can be found in all good bookstores. 

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In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn’t really fit in. And being an assassin – the only profession fit for an outcast – doesn’t help matters. But she’s never brought her work home. Until now.

Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she’s on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal …

This time, it’s personal.

Sabina Kane is not the kind of girl you mess with.  Not unless you want to die.  Painfully.  Horribly.  And quite possibly, slowly.  She truly is one kick-ass heroine who knows what she’s doing.

Usually. 

Because Sabina has her doubts and insecurities as well.  She’s a real person, for an assassin-vampire, that is.  I love a good hero or heroine who has their faults.  Especially one that’s paranormal like Sabina.  Its good to see them struggle with things.  After all, you do get to celebrate with them at the end when it’s all worked out.

Sabina’s cast of supporting characters is just as fun and interesting as she is.  From her cranky grandmother, to her new-found friends along the way, they’re all keepers.  Even the mean and nasty ones.

Red-Headed Stepchild is an action-packed, fast-paced urban fantasy romp that you can’t put down.  Sabina’s wise-cracking style reminds me a lot of early Anita Blake who was notorious for firing off one-liners while battling a horde of angry vamps.  You’re sure to laugh your tail-end off (or in my case, secure yourself a place in the monthly random drug test line if you read it at work) and that’s not all.  Jaye Wells will take you through every emotion possible before you’ve finished with this book.

So, now go on and pick it up.  And good luck putting it back down. :)

~TCBL

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dangerous Ties: Liaison ~ Anya Howard

c23253 My apologies, I have no blurb for this last story in the Dangerous Ties anthology.  Both the book cover and the website have inaccurate information regarding Ms. Howard's contribution.

That said, I think that Liaison might just be my favorite of the three.  Written in an archaic style reminiscent of Dracula and Carmilla, Anya Howard takes you back to a secluded village in Germany where odd things have been known to happen.

Marcel arrives to take a teaching position instructing the women of the village.  Not long after his arrival, he spies four of his students engaging in a sexual ritual outside his cottage.  Soon after, one of his students begins acting oddly.

From there, the quest begins.  Carina comes to him, offering herself to him.  For the sake of propriety, he turns her down... and nearly costs her her life.  A very well-written and engaging tale of vampires and magic, Liaison is a sure-fire pleaser to anyone enjoying a good old-fashioned vampire tale in the style of folklore and not popular fiction.

And this concludes the Dangerous Ties anthology.  Up next are:

Man After Midnight by Devyn Quinn

and

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells.  Check back soon for my opinions on those and the nine million others I have yet to share.

~TCBL