Monday, June 7, 2010
Okay okay...now before you all start lynching me for not reading something horror, or even around horror...after all this is "my rants about the horror world I so love", let me explain.
My BF Dawn and I agreed to try and read 100 books in the year of 2010. Now I don't know if that will be accomplished, but damn it I'm still trying!! Anyway...the whole point of this 100 books was to branch out, and "step out of your comfort zone" when it comes to authors. So when Dawn handed me Naked in Death by J.D. Robb..I knew she is also known as Nora Roberts...I was kinda iffy. But I took to heart I enjoyed Morgans Cross immensely, so I went with it and took the book. Well lets just say I am a happy camper now!
Naked in Death is the first book of 30 or so in the Eve Dallas series. The book focuses on Eve and how she is trying to find the person who is killing "hired professionals" in other words prostitutes..but without the street corners and without pimps. Did I forget to mention this book also takes place about 50 some years in the future?? So with flying cars, autochefs and no guns anymore, here is Eve trying to discover who the killer (who by the way is killing them with an "antique handgun) of these women is, when she meets Roarke.
Roarke is immediately attracted to Eve, and Eve is completely trying to keep him away, but something about him keeps drawing her in (cough cough-c0uld it be the amazing blue eyes, the super body, Irish accent and the fact he's a multi-millionaire?!?! No...No...not at all).
The book is absolutely amazing!! It's like nothing I have ever read, it's kind of like a scifi/romance/mystery type of story...a scimancetery??? Hmm....I kinda like that... :)
J.D. Robb is wonderful with her descriptive language and really pulls the reader into the story. I love the fact that you can feel the sexual tension between Eve and Roarke seep off the pages. Eve, the hard as stone cop up against the smug, but patient and caring Roarke. They fight like cats and dogs, but also use each other to lean on in times that get rough. It's very warm and sweet. Ugh...I think I just had flecks of gag in my throat there...I think I'm getting old...
Anyway...next book is Glory in Death. Yes I know..I'm an addict! I can't help it! Maybe I need to go to JD anonymous. Don't worry fans, followers and friends! Zombiemom hasn't changed, I'm still the bloodthirsty freak you know and love...I'm just stepping out of my box for a bit...Right Dawn?!?!
Till next time!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The book focuses on the characters of John and Lily Shaw, siblings who have lost their parents. Mary Seward, a nurse in the sanatorium in the England town of Purfleet, and Quincey Harker, John Shaws commanding officer in the army.
John Shaw is enlisted in the army and is forced to the trenches where he works as a communications officer, under the command of Quincey Harker. There are whisperings of how Harker is strange, and often brutal with both the enemy and fellow soldiers.
John is overcome by a wound he receives, and is forced to return to Purfleet to the sanatorium where Mary works. Mary takes John under her wing helping him through his nightmares and the fever he has developed.
Lily Shaw meets Harker when he returns from the trenches, and so the story begins.
Bloodline was almost like a blast from the past. It takes place 35 years after the original Dracula and is written basically the same way. Journal entries from the major characters in the book. It was definitely different and something I'm not used to, besides when I read Dracula many many years ago. It makes things a bit hard to follow on occasion, but once you understand how the book is written your buckled in and ready for a heck of a ride.
The characters were a little bit hard to swallow, as they book is set in 1916 during the first world war. Women being concerned with being submissive to the men. Men being to much of the "I'm the hero" kind of mentality...but that was the way things were then, so I choked my distaste back and finished the book, and i was glad I did. The book brought a heck of a lot more than I thought it would.
Kate Cary has a way of describing settings, and characters with a keen "eye", she takes the time to describe things so the reader can actually envision the characters and setting cleanly. When the setting is dark, gloomy or somewhat glum she chooses her words well.
I think my biggest complain was someone was a crappy editor when one of the journal entries is listed as "John Seward". I actually had to go back and check and make sure I wasn't losing my mind, I remember asking myself "Isn't it John Shaw?" Yes it was...stupid editors. Nothing bugs me more than finding a poorly edited book.
Possibly a new career path?!?! LOL! Not likely!
Next book is Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. As recommended by my BF Dawn. She says the books will become and obsession...which worries me a little...but hey I haven't gone wrong with her recommendations before.