{mini}Book Review #3

{mini}Book Review is a weekly meme hosted here at The Book Curmudgeon and focuses on reviewing books from the past.  This can be an old favorite,  a book read in quick abandoned passion (i.e. read too quickly to fully review) or a hidden treasure that should see the light of day.  Everyone is welcome to join in at any time!


Murder, She Barked

Holly Miller’s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend’s former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival. But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled. {goodreads.com}

My Thoughts:

This new series by Krista Davis is a great read! As mentioned in previous reviews of Davis’s work, I was becoming a little tired of her main characters (albeit good stories and a great break every now and then, but lacking), but Davis makes up for those short comings with this great new take. I love that the character is younger (late 20s), who has some time to figure out who she is and what she wants. And the characters are all just completely adorable. Is definitely going to be a great new cozy series!

A Shiver of Light

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer…

Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry and, failing that, raped her. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can’t prove it.

To save herself and her babies from Taranis she will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, the Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie—while trying to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

My Thoughts:

I have a serious love/hate relationship with LKH. I am beginning to despise her Anita Blake series (although I still can’t stop making myself read them…mayhap I am a masochist?) and I looked forward to her Merry Gentry series. Well it looks like Merry is going the way of Anita. However, unlike Anita, Merry has plot and purpose not just sex. If you like LKH and her series you will definitely love this new addition to the Merry Gentry series (FYI amazing things do happen in this addition to the series).

Alice in Zombieland

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

My Thoughts:

I truly liked this series, but I found myself confused. I thought that based off the cover that there would be a greater tie in to the Alice in Wonderland theme than there was (spoiler: just her name…). It’s a good read, but there are better zombie books out there (go find yourself Feed by Mira Grant).

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