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Friday, August 28, 2015

Early Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Title: The Drafter
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.
The Drafter is the first book in The Peri Reed Chronicles by Kim Harrison.

Set in a futuristic Detroit, in the year 2030. The heroine of the story, Peri is a drafter. She has the ability of going back in time, couple of minutes at a time to change the outcome of events, but there is a price to pay. Every time she drafts back in time she loses her memories of the event, she can’t remember what happened. In some cases, she loses more than just the memories of the draft, she loses hours, days or in some selected cases even years.
As a drafter, Peri needs the constant company of an anchor, a person who takes care of her needs and helps her bring her memories back. Without an anchor there is not much she can do to remember what happened. The only problem is that the anchor can also manipulate the memories and make her remember things that didn’t happen, but were convenient for other reasons.
That happened to Peri, her anchor and lover made her lose years of memories and manipulate the new memories he gave her. Things get complicated when a man that works for an illegal organization offers to help her find the truth.
Now Peri doesn’t know who can she trust, the organization she works for or this new player in the game.

I Love Kim Harrison and I love The Hollows series, for that reason I was expecting to like this book as much as I love The Hollows, unfortunately that was not the case.

My biggest problem with this book was that Peri didn’t have any compelling attributes to make her likeable. There was one scene in which Silas tells her something like this: -You did something stupid, knowing it was wrong, without questioning the things that didn’t fit, just not to look stupid to the other people around You. - And that was my problem with her. She did things that didn’t add up and acted very erratic. I know her circumstances were complicated to say the least, but I wish she had been different.

There is an array of secondary characters, but sadly they are all easily forgotten. There is not romance per se because Peri’s love interest betrays her on the very beginning of the story (that’s not a spoiler, it’s on the blurb). There is a reference to a past romance, but nothing else. I didn’t have a problem with the lack of romance because lately I’m not much into romance, so that was fine with me.

Another problem I had with The Drafter is that I didn’t know who was who and who to believe. One person was saying something to Peri and another was saying something contradictory. This instead of creating curiosity in me it made me lose interest in the story.
After I finished reading The Drafter I heard there was a prequel (Sideswipped) in which the players are explained with a backstory. People who read both books recommended reading the prequel first. They said The Drafter makes a lot more sense after reading Sideswipped. Maybe I would have loved it if I had done that, but I didn’t read it and I didn’t love it and if I’m honest I’m not sure I’m invested in the story enough to go back and read it.

Harrison’s writing is a good as always. The world she created is vivid and despite its futuristic qualities very realistic.

Although I didn’t like The Drafter as much as I was hoping it seems I’m a minority. Almost all my other reviewer friends seem to love it. My advice to you is to read it and decide for yourself if you agree with me or not. I really hope you like it more than I did.

I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book. I think I’ll wait to read some reviews to then decide what to do.

My Verdict: 3 Paws
Other books in the series
Sideswipped (Prequel novella)
The Drafter (September 1st)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Early Review: Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Title: Starlight on Willow Lake
Author: Susan Wiggs
Series: Lakeshore Chronicles, book 11
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: MIRA (September 1st)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted, lakeside estate of Avalon's renowned Bellamy family, she's intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her stubborn and difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice's charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancĂ©e.

The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet strong-willed caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice's accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he's created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.
Starlight on Willow Lake is the eleventh book in the Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs.

One year after the avalanche that killed his father and left his mother (Alice) quadriplegic, Mason Bellany, his brother, Adam and his sister, Ivy are in New Zealand spreading his father’s ashes, as it was his last wish. But their trip has to come to an end sooner than they expected when they learned that Alice had an accident in the house, she felt down the stairs.
Returning to Avalon, they find their mother recovering from surgery. They also learn her caregiver has quit.
Alice lives in the house that Mason bought for her, with a full staff to attend her needs. Mason’s brother, Adam, also lives in the property and takes care of Alice. But this time around Adam can’t be in charge of Alice recovery because he needs to leave for training, he’s a firefighter. Ivy is also leaving for an internship in Paris. Mason doesn’t have any other option than to stay until they find a new caregiver.
Faith McCallum and her two daughters, Cara and Ruby are one day away from eviction. Getting hired by the Bellamy’s is Faith last option to put a roof over her girls’ heads.
Mason hires Faith after a very unconventional interview that showed Faith’s capabilities. Now Faith needs to earn Alice respect to keep her job.
The last thing Alice wants is to be depended of another person. She used to be a formidable athlete and despite the year that has passed, she hasn’t been able to come to terms with her new circumstances. But Faith is different than her previous caregivers; in her she finds a kindred spirit. It also helps that Cara and Ruby look up to her with admiration and don’t see her as the disabled woman she is.

Although Starlight on Willow Lake was different than what I was expecting, I can honestly say I liked everything about it. I liked its characters, I liked the story, I liked the pace, I liked the setting, I liked the writing, I liked everything.

One of the things I liked the most about Starlight on Willow Lake was that the romance was not front and center, but an organic part of the story.
It was clear since their first encounter that there was chemistry between Faith and Mason, but they didn’t act upon it for awhile for very understandable reasons. Faith didn’t want to put in jeopardy her job and Mason thought what he wanted in life was something completely different than what Faith could offer him. It took them time to leave their pasts behind to get to the perfect place they needed to be to be together. I liked that because it made their relationship believable.

One character I really liked was Alice. I can’t imagine what it must be for a person, especially an athlete, to suddenly become quadriplegic. Her bitterness was completely understandable and I couldn’t admire her more when she decided to live the best way possible despite her limitations.

Other characters I liked were Faith’s daughters, Cara and Ruby. I loved their interactions with Alice and I loved how they all helped each other to be better.

Starlight on Willow Lake is a lovely inspiring tale about grieving, healing, and the self-discovery needed to be able to move forward.

I recommend Starlight on Willow Lake to contemporary romance and women’s fiction fans.

Despite being part of a series Starlight on Willow Lake works perfectly as a stand-alone.

Starlight on Willow Lake was my first book by Susan Wiggs, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Summer at Willow Lake
The Winter Lodge
Snowfall at Willow Lake
Susan Wiggs CD Collection
Lakeshore Christmas
The Summer Hideaway
Marrying Daisy Bellamy
Return to Willow Lake
Candlelight Christmas
Starlight on Willow Lake (September 1st)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hot Off the Press: August 25th Releases

August 25th

The Golden VendettaTony AbbottThe Copernicus Legacy #3Fantasy
A Taste of SugarMarina AdairSugar, Georgia #3Contemporary Romance
BreakoutAnn AguirreDred Chronicles #3Sci-Fi
My SaviorAlanea AlderBewitched and Bewildered #4PNR
The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallKatie AlenderYA
Storm SurrenderMagda Alexander Storm Damages #5Contemporary Romance
Running WildSusan Andersen Sisterhood Diaries #4Contemporary Romance
Yarrick: The Pyres of ArmageddonDavid AnnandaleYarrick #2Sci-Fi
Night's SurrenderAmanda AshleyChildren of the Night #7PNR
BounceNoelle AugustBoomerang #3NA
The Reaper’s KissAbigail Baker Deathmark #1Fantasy
Dream ParisTony BallantyneDream #2Fantasy
Star Trek: Voyager: AtonementKirsten BeyerStar Trek: VoyagerSci-Fi
After the FallLisa Bingham Historical Romance
You're the Earl That I WantKelly BowenThe Lords of Worth #3Historical Romance
Lair of DreamsLibba Bray The Diviners #2YA
Wildest DreamsRobyn CarrThunder Point #9Contemporary Romance
The VeilMegan ChanceThe Fianna Trilogy #3YA/Fantasy
It's a Wonderful WifeJanet ChapmanSinclair Brothers #3Contemporary Romance
SustainedEmma Chase The Legal Briefs #2Contemporary Romance
Blood and MetalNina Croft Blood Hunter/Dark Desires #5PNR
MechanicaBetsy Cornwell Sci-Fi
When a Scot Ties the KnotTessa DareCastles Ever After #3Historical Romance
Cage of DeceitJennifer Anne DavisReign of Secrets #1YA/Fantasy
Eros ElementCecilia DominicAether Psychics #1Sci-Fi
Cat in a Zebra Zoot SuitCarole Nelson DouglasMidnight Louie #27Mystery
Luck Be a LadyMeredith Duran Rules for the Reckless #4Historical Romance
Shadows StrikeDianne DuvallImmortal Guardians #6PNR
Last Chance Llama RanchHilary Fields Contemporary Romance
EdenCandace FoxThriller
The Drowned BoyKarin FossumInspector Konrad Sejer #11Mystery
Fatal JeopardyMarie ForceFatal #7Romantic Suspense
Tough LoveLori Foster Ultimate #3Contemporary Romance
NightwalkerJacquelyn FrankNightwalkers #7PNR
Until Friday NightAbbi Glines The Field Party #1NA
The Ends of the EarthRobert GoddardThe Wide World Trilogy #3Historical Fiction
Just Say YesAlyssa GoodnightContemporary Romance
Knight TriumphantHeather Graham Graham Clan #4Historical Romance
XSue GraftonKinsey Millhone #24Mystery
Dragon KingDonna Grant Dark Kings #6.25PNR
Forces from BeyondSimon R. GreenGhost Finders #6UF
My Highland BrideMaeve GreysonHighland Hearts #2Historical Romance/Time Travel
Mystic ParkRegina HartFinding Home #4Contemporary Romance
The Prince and IKaren HawkinsThe Oxenburg Princes #2Historical Romance
A Fairy-tale EndingJack HeckelCharming Tales #1Fantasy
Nobody’s FoolSarah HeggerWillow Park #2Contemporary Romance
If You Only KnewKristan HigginsWomen's Fiction
Even Vampires Get the BluesSandra HillDeadly Angels #6PNR
On the HuntAlexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah JayneThe Sentinels #2.5PNR
A Ghostly DemiseTonya KappesGhostly Southern Mystery #3Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Don’t Get Me WrongMarianne KavanaghWomen's Fiction
Claiming His CowgirlLori KingCrawley Creek #3Romance
End TimeKeith KormanThriller/Fantasy
Ever AfterRachel LaceyLove to the Rescue #3Contemporary Romance
IllusiveNina Levine Storm MC #5Romance/Erotica
Another DayDavid Levithan Every Day #2YA
Loving the ChaseSharla Lovelace Heart of the Storm #1Contemporary Romance
What to Do with a DukeSally MacKenzie Spinster House #1Historical Romance
Havana Jazz ClubLola Mariné Women's Fiction
Gone but Knot ForgottenMary MarksA Quilting Mystery #3Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Darkest MiseryTracey MartinMiss Misery #4UF
Black TuesdayBob MayerArea 51: Time Patrol #1Sci-Fi
Vampire in CrisisDale MayerFamily Blood Ties #8YA
Cancans, Croissants, and CasketsMary McHughHappy Hoofers Mystery #3Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Candy Corn MurderLeslie MeierLucy Stone #22Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Lies Ripped OpenSteve McHughThe Hellequin Chronicles #5UF
InsidiousDawn Metcalf The Twixt #3YA/Fantasy
Beauty and the WerewolfKristin Miller San Francisco Wolf Pack #2PNR
Some Kind of WonderfulSarah MorganPuffin Island #2Contemporary Romance
Secondhand SoulsChristopher MooreFantasy
Keeper's ReachCarla Neggers Sharpe & Donovan #5Mystery
Wish BoundJ.C. NelsonGrimm Agency #3UF
GuerillaMel OdomThe Makaum War #2Sci-Fi
Find MeLaurelin PaigeThe Found Duet #2Contemporary Romance
Dead Upon a TimeElizabeth PaulsonYA
The Nature of the BeastLouise PennyChief Inspector Armand Gamache #11Mystery
Just a Little KissRenita Pizzitola Crush #3NA
Liar's IslandTim PrattPathfinder TalesFantasy
Passing His GuardMelynda Price Against the Cage #2Romantic Suspense
Not Always a SaintMary Jo PutneyThe Lost Lords #7Historical Romance
Scotsman of My DreamsKaren RanneyMacIain #2Historical Romance
The Last Time I Saw HerKaren RobardsDr. Charlotte Stone #4Romantic Suspense
The Path of AngerAntoine RouaudThe Book and the Sword #1Fantasy
Her Lucky CowboyJennifer RyanMontana Men #3Contemporary Romance
Cold HeartsSharon Sala Secrets and Lies #2Romantic Suspense
ReleasedShay Savage Caged #3Romance
Koko the MightyKieran SheaEBK #2Sci-Fi
Down In the ValleyJane ShoupGreen Valley #1Historical Romance
Take A ChanceMicalea Smeltzer Willow Creek #4NA
Love Takes the CakeBetsy St. AmantA Year of Weddings 2 #10Contemporary Romance
Heat ExchangeShannon StaceyBoston Fire #1Contemporary Romance
Ransom CanyonJodi Thomas Ransom Canyon #1Contemporary Romance
A Measure of HappinessLorrie ThomsonWomen's Fiction
An Indecent InvitationLaura TrenthamSpies and Lovers #1Historical Romance
Internship In MurderMargaret Truman, Donald BainCapital Crimes #28Mystery
We Install: And Other StoriesHarry TurtledoveShort StoriesSci-Fi
Fall for HimJ.C. Valentine Forbidden Trilogy #3Contemporary Romance
Diary of a HauntingM. VeranoYA/Horror
Threads of EvidenceLea WaitMainely Needlepoint #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
To Desire a HighlanderSue-Ellen WelfonderScandalous Scots #2Historical Romance
Starlight on Willow LakeSusan Wiggs Lakeshore Chronicles #11Contemporary Romance

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