Malin’s #CBR5 Review #54: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

2.5 stars

Trehan Daciano is a Dacian vampire. Dacia is a realm hidden in mist (so hardly anyone knows where to find it) and Trehan’s job, is to hunt down and kill anyone who finds out about Dacia or the Dacians before they can tell anyone about them, or how to get into their super secret realm. Being a Dacian vampire also means that you don’t drink blood directly from their victims or some virtuous thing like that, they may even drink only animal blood, it doesn’t really come up, but Trehan and his relatives are wicked smug about it. Trehan, one of the princes of the Realm, has lived for nearly nine centuries, and is pretty bored. All he does is read, play with his extensive weapons’ collection, occasionally hunt down and with ruthless efficiency kill any threats to Dacia. He and his cousins, all in line for the Dacian throne appear to try to playfully murder one another, but even that seems to be losing its charm.

Then, as he is trailing a demon who visited Dacia and then broke the decree about never leaving, he meets his fated mate (all of Kresley Cole’s vampires, and werewolves, and most of the demons have one fated person who they’re waiting for, and once they meet them, they can’t think of anyone else). Unfortunately she is in love with the demon he is determined to kill, and also the prize in an epic tournament, where the winner gets her hand in marriage, and control of the throne of Abbadon, her kingdom. Read more on my blog.

Malin’s #CBR5 Review #44: Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

Song of Scarabaeus is the alt read in this month’s Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, which is all about the sci-fi again. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the main read, Ghost Planet, where I thought both the science fiction and the romantic elements of the story just didn’t come together very well at all. So much promise, so little payoff. The science fiction part of this book are much better developed, to the point where the tech speak occasionally got so convoluted that I just had to skim bits. Long time readers of my reviews know that I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction literature, but I keep trying, hoping that some day I’ll discover something I too enjoy. So far, that seems to be Ann Aguirre, with no real contenders so far.

What did I think of this book? Check my blog to find out.

Malin’s #CBR5 Review #36: Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Elizabeth Cole is a psychologist who’s just arrived on a recently discovered alien planet, where all the colonists have an alien tethered to them. The alien takes the form of a dead loved one, so the colonists call them Ghosts (even though they’re corporeal and eat and sleep and have emotions and can even be injured) and Elizabeth’s supervisor is to be Dr. Murphy, the man who developed the Ghost Protocol, which states that the Ghosts are to be shunned and ignored completely. Elizabeth and Murphy hit it off immediately, and even start to flirt briefly, before they discover that not only did Elizabeth die in a shuttle crash when arriving on the planet, but she’s now Murphy’s new Ghost. So they go from sexy banter to complete silent treatment, while Elizabeth has to process her own demise and new and unwanted situation.

Elizabeth, who was dubious about the wisdom of the Ghost Protocol even before she discovered that she herself was a Ghost, and thus on the receiving end of it. She refuses to be a biddable little shadow who doesn’t speak and slowly wastes away while trailing her host, and instead spends much of her time doing research. Her unconventional behaviour starts influencing other Ghosts, and Murphy is having trouble following the protocol he himself devised, something that was never a problem when his ghost was an aunt he had no particular strong feelings towards. Soon his supervisors are warning him to get Elizabeth under control, or they might both be in danger.

A really rather lengthy rant about what I felt about this book on my blog.

Malin’s #CBR5 Review #25: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Eidolon is a doctor at a secret demon hospital. Recently, there seems to be someone hunting down supernatural creatures and harvesting their organs. Eidolon and his brothers Shade and Wraith would really like to figure out who’s behind this.

Tayla Mancuso (yes, all the names in this book are awful, I spent a LOT of time rolling my eyes) is a demon slayer, and a really fierce one at that. At sixteen, she saw her junkie mother repeatedly raped and killed by a demon, so she has absolutely no time for any of them. Of course, the group of demon slayers who trained her has never really figured out that just like there are good and bad people in the world, there are also good and bad supernatural creatures.

More on my blog.

Malin’s #CBR5 Review #4: In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

I was going to start this review by presenting some facts about how big a sub-genre of historical romance the Highlander romance is, but it turned out that it wasn’t easily found by just briefly searching Google, and this book isn’t worth the effort to actually spend a lot of time researching the odd quirks of romance literature. Suffice to say, there are a whole bunch of sub-genres to historical romance.

There’s Regency – which is when Jane Austen wrote her books, this is a huge sub-genre. Victorian, Medieval, Pirate, Western, American Civil War – usually the hero and heroine are on opposite sides, oh noes, how will they ever make their romance work? Then there is Highlander. There’s a bafflingly huge number of romances with covers featuring half-naked men wearing kilts and/or tartans. Just look to the left, to the cover of this book. Tartan, all over the place, despite the fact that the hero never wears any (probably because a huge amount of these books are pretty much Medieval romance set in the Scottish Highlands, when tartans were NOT what Scotsmen wore, I don’t care what Braveheart made you believe).

Anyways, you want to hear what this book is about, do you, not hear me rant about the historical inaccuracies of romance novel covers?