Bloodfever

Karen Marie Moning’s second novel in her Fever series, Bloodfever, was filled with intense roller-coaster action.  Mac is still trying to get her revenge on her sister’s murderer, as well as trying to save the human world from being encompassed by the Fae world-no easy task.  This has come  at no small price for Mac.  She has had to give up the girl she once was, and embrace the ruthless creature that has been lying dormant inside her, not to mention having to stay in a foreign country that is far from her remaining family.

I really liked this book.  Mac finally stopped being the pretty-in-pink shallow girl and grew up a bit.  In fact I am really excited to see how Moning continues to develop Mac’s character.  There was also a lot more action in the book to keep  you completely engaged in the story.  Every time you thought the story was going to quiet down, Moning reeled you  back in with a new twist to the plot.  We are also starting to learn more about  faeries as well as all of the major players involved in the hunt for the infamous book.  Creating a complicated web that Mac is going to have to navigate through.  All and all, a fun read that has me excited to start book three.

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January Bestsellers

Here are our end of January bestsellers:

1  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2  Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

3  One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

4  Catching Fireby Suzanne Collins

5  Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

6  Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

8  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

9  Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil

10  In the Garden of Beast by  Erik Larson

Trivia Question

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Identify the author and work from the passage below:

“There are some men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever.  Joseph Morelli did this to me-not forever, but periodically.”

Leave you answer as a comment and check back on Sunday to see if you were correct.

Fracture

Megan Miranda debut novel Fracture is an engrossing tale of one girl’s back from death experience and the aftermath.   She fell into the frozen lake and remained underwater for eleven minutes, shutting down her body, heart and brain.  As she worked through her recovery, Delaney tries to get back to her normal routine, but deep down she knows that things are not the same.  She feels different, almost like she is being pulled apart by some unknown force.  To make things worse for Delaney, she finds herself surround with death.

Miranda does a great job of portraying the emotions that her family and friends go through while Delaney is in a coma and recovering.  I liked that Miranda really focused on the emotional strain that everyone went through, and how no one was really able to go back to their old life.  The added bit of a mystery as to why Delaney is acting the way she does was so much fun.  You have your own suspicions as to why she is roaming around town and then Miranda gives you little pieces of information to push you along, making for a rather compulsive read towards the end.  If you are a fan of Gayle Forman or Lauren Oliver, you are sure to enjoy Fracture.  (This book was also loved by the staff here at Mostly Books.)

Death and Judgement

We have said this before, Donna Leon’s novels are terrific and Death and Judgement was no exception.  Someone is killing the businessmen of Venice, and Vice-commissario Guido Brunetti has to find the murderer.  What I loved about this novel was that Brunetti was working on four different murders throughout several months.  It made the story seem more realistic since Brunetti didn’t find the murderer within a few days, but really had to buckle down and piece every detail together.  Luckily he had a little help with this one.  Brunetti started to discuss the cases with his wife, and before long she made a connection that linked all four together.  Leon examined how a Vice-commissario’s, or detective’s, family plays into the investigation.  She specifically focuses on Brunetti’s daughter and wife.  This bit of family drama and family values added just another wonderful layer to the story.  As always, Leon’s characters are so well refined that it is easy to imagine them as real people.  She shows the good sides, as well as the bad sides of the character’s personality, making them become a complete person.  And it wouldn’t be an amazing read without the atmosphere of Venice that Leon creates in her novels.  It is so easy to get whisked off to Italy and submerged into the mystery with her writing.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading her books, do it today.

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is a riveting Victorian paranormal tale.  This series is a prequel to Clare’s Mortal Instrument series, but really each one stands perfectly well as it’s own series.  (You don’t have to read one in order to enjoy the other.)  This series does introduce new family members or characters that are in the Mortal Instrument series, giving a little taste of the older generations.

Tessa has set out for London to be reunited with her brother, but things go terrible wrong when she lands and two ladies greet her at the docks instead of her brother, who in fact has gone missing.  What Tessa doesn’t realize, is that she is being kidnapped and forced to learn about her special abilities.  Thankfully, Will and Jem stumble upon Tessa  and immediately take her back to the London Institute for safe keeping.  Once there, Tessa meets new people and a whole new world that she must somehow learn to accept, all the while continuing her search for her brother.

This was a great beginning to the trilogy (so sad that it is only going to be a trilogy).  I love the world that Clare creates.  You get a sense of the dark dreariness of London, but also the wonders of the industrial age where new inventions are springing up everyday.  I wouldn’t classify this as a steampunk story (no alternate history to speak of), but Clare stills adds the flavor of mythical inventions that we all love in our steampunk fantasies.  The characters are incredibly engaging and have great interactions with each other.  I find myself laughing at their sarcastic comments to one another and than immediately wondering what they are brooding over.  Needless to say, I am really excited to see how Clare continues to develop the characters, specifically Tessa.  Clare did a wonderful job of keeping me reading, she never stopped the excitement as the characters continue on their adventures.  I cruised through the entire book  and quickly got Clockwork Prince to continue the fun.