Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Book Review: White Witch, Black Curse

I'm going to be reviewing books, movies, etc from here now. I've been meaning to do so, but... I haven't.

Anyway, I just finished White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison. I adore the Rachel Morgan series. I've been reading it for years. This book was definitely one of my favorites. There were some characters that were missing from this particular story, but I'm hoping they'll be up in the next novel. Rachel is a witch, and her partners are Ivy (the living vamp) and Jenks (the pixy). These books are filled with magic, action, adventure, and a good amount of comedy to balance it out. As the books go along, there are individual storylines wrapped up in each book, while there is a good over-arching storyline. The story continues to get more complicated and leaves you anticipating the next one the moment you put it down.

If you're interested in the series, here is the order:
Dead Witch Walking
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
Every Which Way but Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For a Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails
White Witch, Black Curse

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Meeting Authors: Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr

Last Sunday I got to meet Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. They are two of my top five favorite authors (others include Charles de Lint, Holly Black, and Kim Harrison). I've been a fan of Kelley's Women of the Otherworld series since before book three (book ten comes out in the fall). And more recently her Darkest Power Trilogy. Melissa is a more recent discovery. I read her first book last fall, and then after winning an ARC of her third book, I read books two and three back in January. I had such a great time meeting them and Karen, a fellow fan, I met them again on Wednesday at the Library of Congress (where I met two other fans from Melissa's site). We got free bookmarks, wristbands, and Melissa even took us out to lunch after.

This picture is from the event on Sunday (Kelley, Melissa, Me, and Karen).

This was taken after lunch on Wednesday (Tegan, Melissa, Ashley, and Me).

If you're interested, here is a book list for each.

Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Waking the Witch
*also has many short stories in anthologies

The Darkest Powers (YA) by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning
The Gathering

Nadia Stafford by Kelley Armstrong
Exit Strategy
Made to be Broken

Wicked Lovely(YA) by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely
Ink Exchange
Fragile Eternity
Radiant Shadows
Darkest Mercy

Wicked Lovely Manga (YA) by Melissa Marr

Has a short story in Love is Hell about selchies and a new adult series that she has recently started.

Wow... I haven't posted in a long time...

I have been very busy, but I needed to post this picture. The little goblin is Thetford... Braleigh's little brother.

I finally got him his own seat.