Friday, December 29, 2006

Obsidian Butterfly ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the ninth novel in the Anita Blake series. In this novel Anita has to repay Edward for having killed his backup in a previous novel (The Killing Dance). He calls Anita and tells her he needs her to come to Santa Fe and help with the case he is working on. Anita arrives in New Mexico, and visits the crime scenes, and starts investigating, as well as meeting a couple more of Edwards associates. Anita also meets the local Master of the City, an Aztec goddess.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Blue Moon ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the eighth book in the Anita Blake series. In the very beginning of this book, Anita gets a call, Richard has been arrested in Tennessee for Attempted Rape, which we all know he didn't commit. The Master of the City there has refused to allow Jean-Claude or any of his people passage, but Anita goes anyway. After they get down there, Anita and her bodyguards, a couple vampires, a few wereleopards, and a few werewolves, run into trouble with the local sheriff, as well as with the Master of the City. Together with the local werewolf den, they battle it out and solve the problems.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Burnt Offerings ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the seventh book in the Anita Blake series. In the beginning of this novel, Anita learns that her killing Gabriel in the last book has left the Wereleopards without a leader, and they have become anyone's meat, basically, free for anyone who cares to use or abuse them. So in trying to help them out, she becomes their Alpha, their leader. At the same time, she is still considered Lupa for the Werewolves, cause Richard still has not chosen another mate, so she also protects / commands them.
While all this is happening, the Vampire Counsel has come to town, looking for revenge for the killing of one of it's members... Mr Oliver (Circus of the Damned). Anita must do her best to protect or seek revenge for her Wereleopards and her Werewolves, while trying to survive the encounter with the Council, and not getting any of their party killed.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Killing Dance ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the sixth novel in the Anita Blake series. In this novel Anita is still dating both Richard and Jean-Claude. And Edward informs her that there has been a contract taken out on her life, someone wants her dead. So Anita and Edward try to find the assassin before the assassin can find Anita. In the mean time, Anita is still navigating the intricacies of dating a werewolf and a vampire.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bloody Bones ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake series. Anita is called to another part of the state to investigate some preternatural deaths. While there, there are some vampire killings, and Anita becomes involved, and ends up having to ask Jean-Claude for help. We get to see a lot more of Jean-Claude and Jason, a werewolf that Jean Claude keeps close to him. There is also a great deal more cooperation between Anita and Jean-Claude in this novel. We only have one scene with Richard in the entire novel, and it is a short one. There is also very little of the RPIT team, as they are stuck in St. Louis investigating a murder of their own.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Lunatic Cafe ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the fourth book in the Anita Blake series. This is more about shape shifters than Vampires, although, Jean-Claude does play a role, as Anita is convinced to date both him and Richard. This book starts out with a missing werewolf and her husband is looking for her. As the story progresses we find out that there are 7 or 8 missing Lycanthropes, of several different species. Anita has been hired to find out what happened to them, at the same time, she has to face some of the difficulties of dating a werewolf.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Circus of the Damned ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the third book in the Anita Blake Series. In this book Anita has her first real encounters with Lycanthropes, or shape shifters, more specifically, werewolves. She is trying to solve a series of murders committed by vampires and has more than one meeting with Jean-Claude to that end. This is also the first time we encounter Richard Zeeman, a love interest for Anita.

The Laughing Corpse ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the second book in the Anita Blake series. In this book, someone wants Anita to raise a zombie so old that she would need a human sacrifice to do so, Anita refuses, so that person is out to convince her that she needs to do it. Anita is also trying to avoid Jean-Claude, the new Master of the City (vampire), who wants Anita to be his human servant. She is also threatened by a voodoo priestess who wants Anita to join her in a 'business venture.' There is plenty of action, from being assaulted by muscle bound bodyguards, to being attacked by zombies.

This is one of my favorite series, it progresses well, and is quite entertaining.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Guilty Pleasures ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the first in the Anita Blake series. Anita is an animator, she is able to raise the dead. She is also known as The Executioner, because she is a vampire hunter, she chases and kills vampires who have been convicted to death (in Anita's world, vampirism has been legalized, there is living, dead and undead... ) In this novel, the Master of the City (vampire) hires Anita, against her will, to solve a series of vampire murders happening in St. Louis (Anita's home city). Along the way we learn some of Anita's history, and meet some of her friends.

I have read this series before, and I really like it, it was just what I am in the mood to read for the next little bit.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Breaking Point ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the ninth book in the Troubleshooters series. It tells the story of Max, an FBI negotiator, and Gina, who was a hostage in an earlier novel, that Max worked trying to free. Very engrossing, made me shake just to read it, I couldn't wait till I could get back to it.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Hot Target ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the eight book in the Troubleshooters series. It tells the story of Cosmo, a Navy SEAL with Team Sixteen, working part time for for Troubleshooters Inc. and J. Mercedes Chadwick, a Hollywood movie producer. Mercedes is making a movie about a couple of men during WWII and has started receiving death threats, when her production company hires Troubleshooters Inc. to see to her security. This story was very engrossing, and involved, it was very hard for me to put it down and do anything else, I LOVED it. I was totally surprised by the bad guy in the end, I had it totally wrong!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Thanksgiving ~ Janet Evanovich

This is one of her early romances, it is Very cute, and entertaining, not as funny as the Stephanie Plum novels, but I can see the start of them . Tells the story of Megan, a part time ticket taker, part time potter, and Pat, a pediatrician. As a baby is dropped in their laps and they can't bear to call CPS, so they take care of it till the mother returns. Along with all the happenings and mishaps along the way.

Flashpoint ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the seventh book in the Troubleshooters series. It is the first novel that they are no longer part of Navy SEAL Team Sixteen, but have broken off, and formed Troubleshooters Inc. This is the story of Jimmy, and Tess, both Ex-CIA, who have quit, and been recruited by Troubleshooters Inc. then sent in to a hostile area to retrieve an item that is pivotal to counter terrorism battles. Very engrossing, and quite entertaining.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Gone too Far ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the sixth novel in the Troubleshooter's series, it tells the story of Sam, a Navy Seal with Team Sixteen, and Alyssa, a former Navy sniper, now working for FBI's counterterriorism unit. We have seen lots of Sam and Alyssa in the past, and it is finally time for their story. Sam's daughter and ex-wife have disappeared, and Sam is a suspect in their disappearance. Alyssa is part of the team in charge of apprehending and questioning Sam, but doesn't believe that Sam is guilty. This is an action packed thriller, I just couldn't put it down. it was GREAT

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Into the Night ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the fifth book in the Troubleshooters series. This tells the story of Joan, a White House Staffer, and Mike, a Navy SEAL with Team Sixteen's Troubleshooters. Mike starts out giving Joan a tour of the base and an example of some of what SEALs go through in training and Hell Week on the base where Team Sixteen is stationed. We also get to follow the story of a couple during WWII. I was very entertained by this story, I was engrossed in the action and intrigue, and kept hopping my the events in the story, I did figure out who the bad guy was in the end, long before some even realized that there WAS a bad buy, But I think part of that may be that I am becoming accustomed to Suzanne's writing style.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Out of Control ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the fourth novel in the Troubleshooter's series. It tells the story of Savannah, a young lawyer who needs to make a trip to Indonesia to deliver a large amount of money to help her uncle, and enlists the aid of Ken Karmody, a Navy Seal with Team Sixteen's Troubleshooters unit. We follow their adventures and misadventures to and through Indonesia. We also get to hear the story of Savannah's grandmother, a double agent between the US and Germany during WWII..

I really enjoyed this novel, it was very entertaining, and so engrossing I could barely put it down.

Over the Edge ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is book #3 in the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne. So far, this series is very engrossing. You have a elite Navy Seals team, and a crisis that they have to work an op through, and the main romance that happens along the way. At the same time you have a background romance, as well as a retelling of a romance that happened during a previous war (in the three I have read so far, we have had one during WWI and two during WWII) and in the end, it all ties together and makes sense, it is quite engrossing and very entertaining.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Wizard of London ~ Mercedes Lackey

This is the fourth novel in the Elemental Masters' series by Mercedes Lackey. It takes place in 19th century England, and tells the story of 2 young talented girls in a boarding school, and their encounters with a few things magical.

The Defiant Hero ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the second novel in the Troubleshooters series. This is a story about Meg, who's daughter and grandmother have been abducted by terrorists, and given her a job to get them back. Along the way she enlists and uses a Navy Seal that she once knew. This is the story of what she has to do, and what happens along the way. It was a very intriguing and engrossing story, I really enjoyed it.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Unsung Hero ~ Suzanne Brockmann

This is the first book in the Troubleshooters series. This is the story of a Navy Seal who has been injured and goes home on leave to visit his family. While there he thinks he sees a terrorist that he has spent a great deal of time hunting in the past, but is presumed to be dead now. He meets the girl he loved before he left, and tries to deal with the impending death of her father, who happens to be his uncle's best friend for over 60 years, all while trying to determine if he actually is seeing this terrorist, or if he is going crazy.

I really enjoyed this novel, it reminds me a great deal of Catherine Coulter's FBI series. Lots of mystery and suspense with several plot twists. It kept me enthralled!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Whirlpool ~ Elizabeth Lowell

This is a reprint of an older Ann Maxwell book called Ruby, I didn't realize this at first, but since I hadn't read Ruby, I still enjoyed it.

The book tells the story of jewelry designer Laurel Swann, whose father has stolen a previously unknown Faberge egg, and now the owners are after her for it. Along the way she meets Cruz Rowan, an ex FBI agent who is trying to recover the egg. They team up and do what they can to keep from being killed, and to return the egg to its owners.

This book has a similar feeling to it as Lowell's Donovan series, which I loved, so I found this one quite enjoyable, can't wait till her next release!!