Teaser Tuesdays – Angels and Demons, Dan Brown

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“You’re definitely going to hell.”  “And I’ll be taking the Pulitzer with me.” p. 290, “Angels and Demons,” Dan Brown.

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

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Blood Cross – Faith Hunter

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, #2)

From the Publisher:

Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night…
The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules-but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep…

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries – and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.

My thoughts:

This book started off strong (or maybe I should say that the series started off strong), but in the end it did not really deliver.  I really hate it when something is billed urban fantasy, and then it transforms into paranormal romance.  I don’t mind it if the author decides to throw in a romantic aspect as long as it doesn’t take over the story.  When it starts taking center stage, I get a little ticked off because that’s not why I picked up the book in the first place.  If I wanted something fluffy to read, I would have picked up something fluffy.  The only thing that saved this book for me is the fact that it’s not all fluff.  Okay, rant over.  I really like Faith Hunter.  I loved her Rogue Mage series, and when I picked up the Jane Yellowrock series I was hoping to see the same kind of world building and characterization.  I have to say that I like the setting, and I liked the plot line for the first book in the series.  This installment though left a little to be desired.  Too many tangents and way too many things going on – it was a little hard trying to keep track of everything at one point, the romance took over the storyline towards the end, and the main character was just morphing into another one of those tough as nails heroines that are so prevalent in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre that she lost some of the appeal.  The world building was still interesting, and the overall story was still interesting enough that I will pick up the next one in the series.  But if Jane transforms into another Anita Blake, that will be the last book in the series that I’ll read.

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Death in the Stocks and Behold, Here’s Poison – Georgette Heyer

I’m almost caught up with the overdue reviews. Just another couple of posts and I’ll be posting current reviews. =)

Death in the Stocks

From the Publisher:

Beneath a sky the colour of sapphires and the sinister moonlight, a gentleman in evening dress is discovered slumped in the stocks on the village green – he is dead. Superintendent Hannasyde’s consummate powers of detection and solicitor Giles Carrington’s amateur sleuthing are tested to their limits as they grapple with the Vereker family – a group of outrageously eccentric and corrupt suspects.

My thoughts:

When the description mentions outrageously eccentric and corrupt suspects, they do mean it. This mystery, like all other Georgette Heyer mysteries is meant to be taken a little tongue in cheek.  There’s nothing very realistic about it.  The descriptions are marvelous – I can almost picture the characters and the setting.  I love how the author captured the essence of the time period.  Overall, they are light, fluffy reads – more fluff than substance, but quite entertaining.  If you are looking for humour, sarcasm, outrageous characters, mystery and a beautiful setting, then this is the book for you.


Behold, Here's Poison

From the Publisher:

Inspector Hannasyde faces the deadliest test of his career when members of the wealthy Matthews clan begin to die, one by one. With motives everywhere, it is no easy case for the inspector to solve. Heyer is one of the best known writers of the “cozy” sub-genre of mysteries and her whimsical dialogue and fascinating characters abound in this black comedy of a thriller.

My thoughts:

With Heyer’s mysteries, once you start reading one, you cannot really stop.  I think I read 4 in a row, before I decided to switch to another author.  This was the second mystery from her that I picked up, and just like the first one, it didn’t disappoint.  Heyer was a master at creating eccentric characters, an intricate plot that wasn’t too convoluted, great dialogues, and a fun mystery.  Love the characterizations in her books, love the setting, love the comedy, and I absolutely love the sarcasm and British wit that infuse her mysteries.  Great for reading on a cold and rainy day, while listening to music from that period.


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Booking Through Thursday – First Editions

How about First Editions? Are they something special? Or “just another book” to you?

I don’t really care if the book is a First Edition or not.  Since I do read a lot of classics and older mysteries, I do try to look for an older edition, but it doesn’t have to be a first edition.  I just like buying used books as much as possible, mainly because I buy a lot of books (and I do mean a LOT of books), and because it is another way to recycle.  And some of the books I’m looking for have been out of print for so long, that I can only find used versions anyways.  I guess to me First Editions are just another book.  I love to read my books, and wouldn’t like to spend a lot of money to collect something that I would be afraid to read because it’s too valuable.

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Bayou Moon – Ilona Andrews

Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2)

From the Publisher:

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed … and survive.

My thoughts:

Unlike her Magic series, this one doesn’t seem to stay focused on the same main characters.  This installment focuses on a secondary character from the last book, and a new main character, therefore I think it’s okay to read this book as a stand alone.  It would be better to read the first in the series to have an idea of the world building, but it makes sense as a stand alone too.  Oh, and the world building is absolutely amazing.  Ilona and Gordon Andrews definitely have an interesting imagination and know how to make their descriptions come alive.  The story line is packed with adventure, without being too convoluted, and the characters are well developed and interesting.  There’s a good ration of action and humour in this book.  There’s also a bit more romance than in her other books, but it’s not overwhelming the story.  Can’t wait for the next one.

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A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder – Shamini Flint

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

From the Publisher:

Inspector Singh is in a bad mood. He’s been sent from his home in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to solve a murder that has him stumped. Chelsea Liew – the famous Singaporean model – is on death row for the murder of her ex-husband. She swears she didn’t do it, he thinks she didn’t do it, but no matter how hard he tries to get to the bottom of things, he still arrives back at the same place – that Chelsea’s husband was shot at point blank range, and that Chelsea had the best motivation to pull the trigger: he was taking her kids away from her. Now Inspector Singh must pull out all the stops to crack a crime that could potentially free a beautiful and innocent woman and reunite a mother with her children. There’s just one problem – the Malaysian police refuse to play ball…

My thoughts:

I’m going to start with the good things: I liked the descriptions.  The author was very good at making the characters and places come alive through his descriptions.  The dialogue was well written also.  However, the story was a bit too convoluted for me.  So many things going on and way too many tangents.  None of the characters were likable, which made it a little hard for me to really care about the story.   I found the ending a little weak too.  Overall, not bad.  I will give the second book in the series a try, just to see how the main character continues to grow, but we’ll see after that.

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Teaser Tuesdays – The Nimble Man, Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Within the silent halls of the Boston Antiquities Museum, the shadows were in motion.  Red alarm sensors shone brightly but recorded nothing out of the ordinary.  p. 1, “The Nimble Man,” Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski.

The Nimble Man (The Menagerie, #1)

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