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WoW: Kresley Cole, IAD series

I don’t know how many of you read that I absolutely love Kresley Cole’s IAD series. I was actually starting to read again one of the previous ones (Dark Desires after Dusk) when I got a call fromAlgoritam that a new one by KC arrived. 🙂 Yeey! This one is Dark Kiss of Winter in combination with Gena Showalter (who I haven’t read yet but will soon because I keep reading good things about her). Anyway, Untouchable is the story of Daniella (the Ice maiden/queen who is half Valkyrie, half Icere fey) and Murdoch Wrath (a good vampire – there are bad ones as well in this world), the last of the 4 Wroth brothers to get his love story. That does not mean there will be no other books in the series. Oh, no. There are Valkyirie, vampires, demons, witches and all other kinds of creatures turning up in these novels and of course, they are all immortals, meaning they won’t die of natural causes but can be killed (not easily though).

What I love about KC novels is that they are so unpretentious, easy to read and the dialogues are totally funny (sometimes going into absurd but in a positive way). I can’t wait to read the next one that is to come out in February 2010. There are several stories I hope she writes, although whatever she writes, I’ll be reading it. Some thing just can’t be helped. 🙂
Anyway, back to the story. I have to admit, I felt like an idiot after I read the final paragraph where everythings turns out right. I don’t want to say much about the story, but the heroes have a serious problem consumating their desire and when the solution presented itself – I thought to myself – What an idiot! It was so logical and obvious if you actually used your brain. Which, as you can see, I did not. 🙂 I wonder how many people thought of it before it was actually announced.
As usual, the book is intertwined with stories and characters from other novels because they are all happening at about the same time, getting prepared for the Ascension.
So, if you’re looking for something witty, interesting, a bit different and containing a love story (with some hot sex scenes), Kresley Cole should be your first choice.

Picture by: www.kresleycole.com

Books and the sun

After spending Labour day not working, it’s back to the work routine this week. Which I don’t find so bad because I managed to truly rest body and soul, body by laying in the sun and mind by reading. Last week I was starting to get worried because I no longer felt the need to read anything (that is a terribly worrisome state for me because it signifies sth is very wrong since I read to relax and I do it all the time). And from all the things I can choose from (having quite a lot of books in my room) nothing seemed interesting. So, I was saved when I got a call from Algoritam last week that some of my ordered books have arrived and having a long weekend to read them. 🙂

I finally got my hands on Deadly desire by Keri Arthur (Riley Jensen series, book 7) and I liked the fact that Riley’s love life got complicated (again) but in this book she managed to keep the one relationship (I’m keeping my fingers crossed to survive the next books), living. We’ll see what happens in the next Riley installment that should be out sometime in October I believe.

I also got my hands on another of Mary Balogh’s historical romance, Simply perfect. The moral of the story is you’re not too old to find love when you’re 35 and a spinster school teacher. lol 🙂 And good clothes and hats, a positive outlook on life, some strength of character and a good hair-dressing maid are what is needed to transform a non-descript woman into someone of beauty. Sounds familiar?

The third book I’m only halfway through is First king of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Usually I’m scared of starting to read fantasy series because when they are good I can’t stop and I do have everyday obligations that cannot be put aside just because I can’t stop reading. 🙂 You wouldn’t believe how often I am faced with that problem… I first came into contact with TB when reading his Genesis of Shannara trilogy and I loved it. He writes somewhat differently from most of other fantasy writers I read (similar to Raymond Feist) in the manner that the story proceeds fast and you do not follow every day occurences through the book (that sometimes makes me lose interest which almost happened with Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series). Anyway, this is just a prequel, so what follows is another good trilogy for which I will somehow have to pace myself and read it as I usually read.

Regarding sniffing during the weekend, I didn’t do much of that – sun cream being the reason (smells too strong to get a good feeling what something else might smell like). I did try Cococabana by PdN after reading Abigail’s post on it. I thought I’d get more coconut from it but I don’t think that detracts anything from the loveliness of this. I was trying to figure out which note is the one that smells similar to sth in Eau Turquoise which displays it more prominently and which is why I cannot bear to wear it, but I was unsuccessful. Smells aquatically-sweet and it’s an understatement when I say aquatic is not my thing. 🙂

I did finally get my hands on some of Andy Tauer samples and I look forward to smelling them more conscientiously. I kept smelling Reverie en jardin and thinking something here smells so familiar but unfortunately, couldn’t figure it out. Like I said, they deserve more of my time. 🙂

Cops, witches and mutant tomatoes


Ok, I haven’t got a clue how this might sound to people, but to me it sounds like a couple of days of total fun. 🙂
As I have already mentioned my love for romance, the only thing that makes me want to stay awake is reading. And I just got my new fix. I absolutely love my local bookstore Algoritam which keeps me stocked with all the books I like (I order regularly).
Now, to get to the title of the post. I got two books the other day, J.D. Robb’s (in real life that’s Nora Roberts) latest installment of Lt. Eve Dallas and her beautiful Roarke, and Kim Harrison’s White witch, black curse – hence the witch and tomato connotation. For all those who haven’t read about Rachel and the world where vampires, elves, witches, weres and the rest co-exist publicly with people due to an outbreak of a deadly disease that came about from mutating tomatoes, I have to say that the idea was so original for me, I had to see what it was all about, and I’m hooked. Now, most people no longer eat tomatoes, but the Interlanders do. 🙂 Anyway, I just started the White witch and can’t wait to see what awaits me. I have to admit I’m usually quite surprised with the way plot finishes.
The cop from the title is of course Eve Dallas, and I don’t think I can give a short overview of everything that comes to mind when I say that. If you like romance, crime, a bit of SF, well, try it and see where it leads you. Where it led me is to a full shelf (there are more than 20 books in that series and I don’t think it is going to end anytime soon). Lucky me. 🙂
So, those are the books that keep me going these days while I’m waiting for the spring to reveal its sunny side.
That’s it for this rainy Monday.

Image: reneesbookaddiction.wordpress.com

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