Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Sunday Salon- Mini Reviews

Time to catch up on a couple of reviews and what better time to do it than during the Sunday Salon. This week I finished reading Heartstopper by Joy Fielding and it didn't disappoint. This was only my 2nd book by Fielding and I will definitely be reading more by her. After finishing Heartstopper, I picked up The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick. The Kingmaking is a historical fiction book based on the legend of Arthur. I'm not very far into it at all but so far so good. I'm still working on America and the Age of Genocide. Right now I'm reading about Cambodia and the KR and while it is not always easy reading it is definitely informative. So on to the reviews!

A book that I read awhile ago but haven't had the chance to review is Shadow Game by Christine Feehan. Shadow Game is the first in the "game" series (I believe) and introduces us to Lily and a bunch of men that are army trained for their psychic abilities. Lily has psychic abilities herself and forms a strong connection with Ryland the commander of these men. Danger lurks as there are others who don't want these men known as the Nightwalkers to exist.
I'm going to cut to the chase and say that this one was just okay for me. I liked the idea behind the story but it didn't flow very well for me and I didn't connect with any of the characters. I don't mind reading about sex but even those scenes seemed forced in the book and not very realistic. There was almost too much emphasis on Lily and Ryland's sexual relationship and not enough on the actual storyline. I'll admit to being a bit disappointed with this one but curious enough to give the second book in this series a try. If that one doesn't work for me than I'll just figure that this series isn't for me. I know Feehan has other series that I can try as well but I'll have to wait and see.
My Rating: 3 out of 5

Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire by Michelle Bardsley is the 2nd book in the Broken Heart series and was a fun read. I really enjoyed the first book and was excited when I found this one at the library. Eva is the town librarian and another one of the new vampires that was formed after Lorcan attacked. She is dealing with all of the issues that go along with being a vampire as well as a single mother to a teenage girl. And then she realizes that she has to deal with her growing attraction to Lorcan the vampire who killed her.
This was a fun, enjoyable read that I picked up and then couldn't put down. I enjoyed the chemistry between Eva and Lorcan and was rooting for them to find their happy ending. Eva was a strong main character and I liked reading about her. I identified with her love of books (who wouldn't?) and her love of animals. While I didn't love this one as much as I did the first book in this series, I did enjoy it and will be looking for the third soon. A great series so far and I do recommend if you enjoy paranormal romance.
My Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. Those are some very interesting books you've read. I like your mini reviews. They cut right to the chase. Good Job! Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. I'm reading The Kingmaking too :)

    Sorry Shadow Game wasnt so great.
    Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire sounds cute.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. I haven't read any of those but it seemed like you had a good week. Enjoy this new week and happy reading! :)

  4. Shadow Game wasn't so great for me either - I have yet to try the second book although I hear great reviews on it.

    I am going to have to try the series with Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire - it sounds like a fun read.

    Great mini reviews!!!

  5. I haven't read a Joy Fielding book in a long time, but I always enjoy her books. I have the Michelle Bardsley books in my TBR. Have a great Sunday!

  6. Haven't read Fielding in forever! I should check one of her latest books out to see if I'd still enjoy them.

  7. Sounds like you're having a good reading week!

  8. Lisa- Thanks! They were leftovers from 2008 so they had to be short as I couldn't remember everything I had wanted to say. LOL!

    Naida- I know and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Kingmaking. I like it so far :)

    Claire- Thanks!

    Kara- It is fun and I think you will enjoy them. The first one was SO good and had me hooked!

    Yvonne- I had previously read Charley's Web by Fielding and really enjoyed it. Heartstopper didn't disappoint!

    Iliana- I'm not sure if I'm reading her newer books but the two I've read have been enjoyable.

    Ladytink- I did have a good week of reading and actually a good year so far :)


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