An Awfully Beastly Business
Ulf is a young werewolf. He lives at the RSPCB, a rescue centre for rare and endangered beasts, such as giants, rocs, fairies, kracks etc. under the guidance and tutelage of Dr Fielding, the RSPCB vet.
One day a dead baby dragon is brought to the centre. It’s mother is missing and after an autopsy, Dr Fielding discovers that the baby was killed by a cannonball. Murdered. Something dastardly is going on and Dr Fielding calls in the authorities – The Department for National and International Criminal Emergencies. Inspector Black arrives forthwith and Ulf is given the job of showing the Inspector around the Centre. But all is not as it seems… with the help of ghosts and his fairy friend, Tiana, Ulf must solve the mystery and save the day!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ulf is a like able young werewolf and the creatures at the centre are fascinating!
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead to the World
I know I have already posted a review of the first book in the series, but since I have now officially become a True Blood devotee – the TV series as well as the books – I thought I’d share my thoughts… just this one last time. I promise, I won’t post any more reviews for this series… unless someone asks for it!
Since I read the first book, Dead Until Dark, I have watched the DVD of the first series – slavishly – and continued to read the books. Love the show – HBO have done a great job, and though there are marked deviations from the story, I don’t think these detracted at all from the shows or the books. Who can resist Ryan Kwanton, right?!
As for the books – I don’t think they have tapered off at all. I thoroughly enjoyed each book, and I feel that the characters have developed and the relationships in particular have changed in very believable ways – given that half the characters are dead and many of the others can shape shift!
I have the next book on my shelf waiting to be read, and Season 2 of True Blood is out on DVD soon… can’t wait!
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Left on the shelf at 27, Alexia Tarabotti is not your average Victorian miss (I hope I have the era right!). Thank to her Italian father, she has olive skin (read tanned), an overly noticeable nose, a forthright almost abrupt manner and no soul. The Victorian society she lives in just happens to include vampire hives and werewolf packs as well as the usual silly misses and overanxious Mamas, trying to marry them off!
I was instantly captivated by the blurb for this book and was not disappointed! Vampires attacking without permission! Roves (solitary vampires) and Loners (werewolves without a pack) are disappearing. Strange wax faced individuals trying to kidnap Alexia using chloroform… Feisty Alexia Tarabotti with her trusty parasol and her very varied friends, including an irascible werewolf lord who just happens to be in charge of the supernatural constabulary, a foppish but very well informed vampire and a young lady who has appalling taste in hats, take on these mysteries with flair and a wonderful sense of humour, with just enough energy left over for a courtship of most unusual and amusing dimensions! Even Queen Victoria gets in on the act!
I love this book! Alexia is highly entertaining and very identifiable for anyone who doesn’t quite fit in, or is a little bit left of centre. She has a will of her own and a habit of saying what she thinks, which is quite refreshing! I fell for Lord Maccon with his obvious rough around the edges, but soft heart and excellent musculature! What is not to love?
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Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
What would you do if your father came home a day late… as a zombie intent on killing you? How would you deal with flaming dogs and slavering werwulfs came hunting you in an empty Mall at some ungodly hour of the morning?
Not sure – neither was I. Dru Anderson, a 16 year old orphan, after she kills her zombie father, has to deal with this and much more as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her father, her comfortable ability to sense the supernatural escalating and expanding, her only friend, Graves, being bitten by a werwulf and turning into a loup-garou and a strange vampire hunter, who is stunningly good looking and has fangs of his own giving her orders and interfering.
I found Dru to be a bit whiny, as she continually stopped to have inner debates about the deep meaning of events and what she should do. Then again, I can understand her attitude though – I would definitely not cope well with the situation! Graves seems to be very willing to go along with whatever…
I’m not sure that I will read the next installment. I enjoyed the book, but would not rave about it!
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