Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CBR Book#49: Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

This novel is a collection of short stories concerning the male characters of Armstrong's Otherworld novels. When reading Armstrong's first Otherworld novel, Bitten, I was impressed with the amount of back-story that she seemed to have mapped out while not fully exploring it in her first foray. Of course, that left me with curiosity about the specifics of this fully formed background that we, the readers, were not privy to. My curiosity has been sated, at least where the men are concerned, with this novel.

Monday, June 28, 2010

CBR#48: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels is a thirty year old woman living in Toronto. She has a very patient boyfriend named Philip, a job as a journalist, and a big secret. Elena is the only female werewolf in existence. She was bitten when she was nineteen and was taken into the Pack. The Pack is the organized collection of hereditary werewolves that rules from their sanctuary in Stonehaven, located in New York state. Elena has left the pack and her past in an attempt to find what she thinks is a normal life with Philip. But how normal can you be when you have to sneak out of your bed at night to change into a werewolf and run through the streets of Toronto?

Monday, June 21, 2010

CBR Book#47: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

I have read and reviewed the first two books in the Dark Powers trilogy: The Summoning and The Awakening. There may be spoilers in this review, as the events in the previous novels are addressed in this one.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I'd Like to Apologize for My Lack of Awesome

I've been going back and reading several of my posted book reviews and I'd like to say "I'm sorry". My writing skills have been diminishing rapidly since high school and have, clearly, nearly been snuffed out lately. I blame medication. The same medication that lets me quell my panic attacks and curb my incessant anxiety has also served to make me forgetful. This forgetfulness makes me think that if I don't get a book review done and posted within 24 hours of finishing a book, well, it just won't get done. I'll forget to do it. Alas, this leads to my embarrassingly short reviews of books that I would have previously delved into more deeply. It also leads to jumbled focus and horrible transitions, among other problems.

So, I apologize. I hope to edit some previous posts (though none that were already posted on Pajiba) so that they are more coherent. I also want them to be higher quality because I don't want to sully the memory of the person that this Cannonball Read is meant to honor. Maybe that's silly of me to think, that my reviews could do something like that, but, you know just in case. (Obviously my meds don't block out all of my irrational anxieties.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CBR Book#45: Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

This book was first brought to my attention via an item on Pajiba. I must admit, the synopsis makes the premise of this book sound horrible. Just bad and idiotic. Add to that the fact that Farnsworth's book had been picked up to be made into a movie before the book was even released and you'll appreciate my reluctance to read this book. Then I decided, screw it. I'm reading it. And then I did. And I'm glad I did, though now I'll worry about Hollywood destroying what Farnsworth has created.

Friday, June 4, 2010

CBR Book#44: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

As I mentioned in my review of Blood Lite, I enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's short story "The Ungrateful Dead". So, while browsing the library I wandered over to the young adult section and looked for her name. I found the second novel in her Darkest Powers series, The Awakening. While it would have been nice to read the first novel in the series, Armstrong did an admirable job of giving background where needed, so I feel that I didn't miss anything that would have affected my enjoyment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

CBR Book#43: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

If anyone reads this blog (does anyone read it? Well, besides Jen K., ha!), then you know that I love love love the Sookie Stackhouse novels. They are crazy and sexy and entertaining. Well, all of the novels to this point have been all of this. As per usual with Sookie's adventures, SPOILERS AHOY!