I LOVE Cat and Bones! Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is the first book in the Night Huntress series. I will open up with saying that this book is not my favorite in the series. However, I really do love this series. The dynamic between Cat and Bones keeps you turning pages. I will warn you that there is strong sexual content in this book and throughout the series. If that is not your cup of tea, then I wouldn’t pick this one up.
Ms. Frost also gives us some really good supporting characters. These characters are so good you wish that Ms. Frost would write a book focusing on him or her. Wait, she does!! As you read more of Ms. Frost’s work, you will discover that she a created a fun and exciting world. Like I said before, this is not my favorite of the series, but it is a good first step. Ms. Frost introduces fun and addicting characters. As you read through the series, you will want more and more of Cat and Bones.
I’m always trying to find a good werewolf series and the Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes really hit the spot. What’s even better is that Ms. Barnes is a fellow Oklahoman like myself and I always like to support Oklahoma authors. This series is considered Young Adult (YA) fiction. If you haven’t tried YA fiction, you really need to. Raised By Wolves is a great example of good story without all the adult sexual content. Sometimes I think all the sexual content in urban fantasy books can really bog down the story.
Raised By Wolves is about young teenage girl, Bryn, who is literally raised by a pack of werewolves. She found herself in the Pack due to the fact that her parents were brutually murdered by a “rabid” werewolf. Callum, the Pack Alpha, rescued her from being attacked herself and brought her to live within the pack. However, she never really fits in. Besides from being human, she is very strong, rebellious, and independent which I love in a character. She is always going head-to-head with Callum.
I really love the way Ms. Barnes sets up this series. Bryn is a wonderful character who is determined to understand her place in the Pack. Her relationship with Callum is complicated and and somewhat endearing. Her love for Callum is at odds with her distrust and her rebellion against the him and the Pack. You can feel the conflict mounting throughout the book.
Besides Callum, Bryn has a strong bond with Devon, another werewolf her own age. They are best friends who will do just about anything for each other. Everything pretty much goes haywire when Bryn discovers Chase. Secrets are unearthed and rise with an explosion that will change everyone’s life. Bonds will be broken and new ones will be made.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and you like them. You feel the struggle of each character and you want to turn the page to find out how that struggle will be resolved. Thanks Ms. Barnes for a really good read.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a beautiful book about broken hearts and minds. I have to say that this book is not what I would have picked for myself. In fact, one of my fellow BBB club members selected it and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Ms. Diffenbaugh takes you on an unforgettable journey of Victoria Jones, a broken young woman trying to find her place in the world. Throughout the book you jump back and forth between Victoria as a child and then as an eighteen year old.
I’m currently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for the second time. It is my book club selection for July AND I want to get ready for Shadow of Night which is released on July 10.
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong was the reason I really started reading supernatural/paranormal fiction. Sorry, folks, it wasn’t Twilight. It is the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series. Ms. Armstrong created a world where werewolves actually exist. Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in this secret world. Her struggle for acceptance within the Pack and within herself runs throughout this remarkable novel. Don’t worry; there is also lots of suspense, action and sexual tension that you won’t want to put it down.