6. Diana Gabaldon – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander, #8)
6. Diana Gabaldon – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander, #8)
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Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Atticus is a 21 centuries old red-headed Irishmen but he only looks 21 years old living in Tempe, Arizona. He’s the last of the Druids and has been in hiding to keep Aenghus Óg, a Celtic god, from finding him. Unfortunately he’s been discovered and he’s coming for him… but this time he decides not to run. He’s sick of hiding, sick of running, and he’s ready to fight.
It’s always nice to find a new Urban Fantasy series that is a refreshing change from your typical vampires and werewolves. Don’t get me wrong, I love those books too but it’s nice to mix it up a bit or storylines end up blending together for me. On top of the refreshing change, this story was surprisingly free of all things I abhor about your typical fiction these days: love triangles and cliffhangers.
I felt that this was an extremely well written story full of snarky lines that I love so much. The relationship between Atticus and Oberon (his wolfhound) was borderline adorable. They were more on a friend level than owner/pet; considering that they were able to speak to each other with their minds probably had something to do with it. I also enjoyed how the gods and goddesses speech was entirely different than mere mortals and how formal and full of thought they seemed to give each line.
“He came out of a building called ‘Crussh,’ holding one of these potions. Are you familiar with the building, Druid?”
“I believe that is a smoothie bar in England.”
“Quite right. So after I killed him and stowed his body next to the doe, I sampled his smoothie concoction in the parking lot and found it to be quite delicious.”
See, sentences like that are why I nurture a healthy fear of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
The only issue I had was keeping up with the vast amounts of information on Celtic mythology. This wasn’t exactly an issue per say, just a personal problem I had as I’m not familiar with it at all. I felt that the author still did an awesome job at sufficiently explaining all the intricate details for those of us who, like me, are just unfamiliar.
I will definitely be reading the other books in this series; I have no doubt they’ll be just as enjoyable.
Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s post is ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ which is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re super excited about.
I just found out about this one a few days ago so I had to share it.
Title: Nightwalker (Stormwalker #4)
Author: Allyson James
Expected Release Date: February 2012 (no exact date given)
When someone comes to slay Janet Begay’s resident Nightwalker, Ansel, Janet and Mick find themselves embroiled in another round of trouble. Book 4 of the Stormwalker series.
This is a really great series and I can’t wait for this next installment. If you haven’t heard about this series, it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re into Urban Fantasy. The first book is Stormwalker.
What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.
I received this book free from Book Tour, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros
Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he's hired to rescue his brother's kidnapped fiancée from a sultan's harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.
The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan's court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.
I read this a few weeks back but I decided to take some time to sort my thoughts so that this may actually make some sense rather than having me come across as some
crazed silly lunatic fan-girl.
Clarinda and Ashton were childhood friends but as the years progressed, so did their feelings for each other. One night, Ashton sets out to leave his home and Clarinda behind but she catches him in a nearby meadow and the feelings that they had kept restrained for so long were finally let loose.
’…the spark of animosity between them had finally flared into something so combustible it had threatened to incinerate them both.’
Ashton inevitably still leaves her behind and Clarinda is heartbroken beyond all reason. As time passes and stories of Ashton are heard at home, it becomes apparent to Clarinda that he’s not coming back for her so she becomes engaged to his brother, Max. Clarinda and her best friend Poppy set sail to meet up with Max for their wedding when their ship is boarded and the two women are captured by the Corsairs. Fearing the worst, the two end up being bought by the sultan Farouk and they are taken to his palace in the desert as his ‘guests’. Despite the fact that he is incredibly kind to both of them, they are still not allowed to leave. Max hires his brother Ashton to rescue Clarinda from the sultan not knowing the position he’s putting Ashton and Clarinda both in.
Teresa Medeiros books were the first romance books I ever read and inevitably got me hooked from that point on. I have yet to be disappointed by her; her books never lack in originality and are always entertaining. Considering this is a 500+ book I think that says a lot for her writing. I loved the exotic Middle East setting and that the majority of the storyline was spent there.
Her characters are always vibrant and full of life. You couldn’t help but love Ashton, even though there were times that you really wanted to hate him. It was painfully obvious how much Ashton and Clarinda cared for each other but he was a fool and left her and never returned.
’No matter how much it galled him, Clarinda belonged to his brother now. He had promised to return her to Max, and that was exactly what he was going to do. With any luck, Max would never find out what had transpired between Ash and Max’s bride-to-be in the meadow that morning.’
On top of loving the main characters, her secondary characters were just as fabulous. Poppy was definitely my favorite character and I loved not only the friendship between her and Clarinda but her infatuation with Farouk (and vice-versa!) was simply adorable.
If you enjoy romance novels, this one definitely needs to be on your list. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, and you may even shed a tear. (I know I did!) There was a sneak peek at the end of the next book in this series (yes! A series! yay!) featuring Max. I can’t wait. 😀
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (Kindle Locations 315-316)
Top Ten Books/Series I Would Recommend to Non-Urban Fantasy Readers
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is ‘The Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read *fill in the blank*’. A lot of people were writing about romance books and YA books but I decided to talk about my favorite genre: Urban Fantasy.
The following books/series are favorites of mine and would be ones I would recommend if you’re new to Urban Fantasy or just simply looking for more Urban Fantasy (In no particular order!) I’m going to skip talking about WHY I would recommend these so I don’t come off sounding like some crazed fan-girl, so instead I’ve provided direct links to the full series on Goodreads so you can read about them yourself. 🙂
1. Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels Series
2. Nicole Peeler – Jane True Series
3. Chloe Neill – Chicagoland Vampire Series
4. Diana Rowland – Kara Gillian Series
5. Darynda Jones – Charley Davidson Series
6. Karen Marie Moning – Fever Series
7. Holly Black – Curse Workers Series
8. Kelly Gay – Charlie Madigan Series
9. J.A. Saare – Rhiannon’s Law Series
10. Allyson James – Stormwalker Series