taketimetoshine: (Stitched Heart)
Oooh good question. I'm as guilty as the next person at times for reading the same old books over and over, because they're familiar and comfortable but sure, sometimes it's good to put it down and read something new.

One of the books I really love that no-one else seems to have read is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I love it and I can't believe it's not as popular as I think it should be!

It's about a magical circus open only at night. It offers a new take on magic and love, and it’s beautifully written. Plus, the plot and characters pull you in and beg you to read the the entire book in one sitting.
taketimetoshine: (Have The Answer)
Melissa F. Olson - Boundary Lines
The blurb: Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.

Was it murder…or mutiny?

The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.

My rating: 4/5
Tagged: urban fantasy, vampires, paranormal, magic
Date I started this book: 05/01/2016
Date I finished this book: 08/01/2016

What did I think? I pretty much said what I had to say about the state of the genre in my review of “Boundary Crossed” so I’ll try not to repeat it here. My short review would be: If you liked “Crossed” you will enjoy “Lines”. And if you haven’t read “Crossed”, you could read and enjoy this as a standalone but I would recommend reading the series in order.

This well-written series is populated by interesting, likable characters with a nice dose of mystery. But I think what I like best about it is the main character, Lex. While definitely a “powerful” witch, she is an intelligent, ethical, army vet and it is these human characteristics that carry the story and, ultimately, save the day. Sure there are the usual “magical” situations but it is Lex’s humanity that is the backbone of the story.

There is a little more sex in “Lines” than the original, but thankfully Olson doesn’t write a porn scene- although she had me concerned for a minute :) Also “supernatural” violence and some cursing but nothing beyond what you would expect in this type of fantasy.
taketimetoshine: (Red Lips)
Melissa F. Olson – Boundary Crossed
The blurb: After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears...

My rating: 4/5
Tagged: urban fantasy, paranormal, vampires, magic
Date I started this book: 01/01/2016
Date I finished this book: 04/01/2016

What did I think? his book reminds me a LOT of early Charlain Harris/ Laurel K Hamilton- before they went down the all-powerful-heroine-porn path. If you enjoyed their early books, I think you will enjoy this. (Witches and vampires and magic, oh my!)

Likeable characters, fast pace, not excessively graphic. At about the 32% mark I thought it was telegraphing too much about plot twists but I turned out to be completely wrong so that was another plus. A very little foul language and no sex (but a whiff of romance of course) for those who care.

On the down side, well, it's not great literature, but if you were looking for that you probably didn't read past the first paragraph :) It has a bit of the too-powerful-heroine thing going on and is definitely formulaic, but it is unabashedly light escapist reading.

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