20 May 2011

Book Review: Khepera Redeemed, by Nerine Dorman

Khepera Redeemed (Khepera series, #2)Khepera Redeemed by Nerine Dorman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the direction this second book in the series took. Dorman flashes more magic and world-building knowledge at us than you can shake a deathrattle at. Jamie (who now calls himself James) continues in his evolution as a human even as he comes face-to-face with something more terrifying and powerful than even he could ever imagine.

Where does the author come up with this? This book was even better than Khepera Rising, which also received the highest rating from me. I think that this book is more general-public-reading friendly, as its contents concentrate on worlds other than ours, rather than Jamie's questionable moral standing.

If you enjoy books of magic, and tire of the friendly, fuzzy magician books and fairies of urban fantasy, look no further. This was an amazing book.

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19 May 2011

My Romance Cherry has Been Popped

Tainted LoveTainted Love by Therése von Willegen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's so much to like about this story. Smokin' hot read, tall, dark and looming dead center in the book? You bet. Couple that with a heart of gold, not-so-easy resolution and well, you get the idea. Tainted Love takes place not in your usual humdrum American city but South Africa, in a city called Cape Town. The little taste of exotic culture really spices up the scenes and Therese has a way with descriptions and words that will knock your stockings off. Get it, if only for the gorgeous "scenes". Mm.

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Something about my life traded in a parade of egos and glittering trail of what could be disturbs me. A piece of the pie, tin star in my eyes, reaching for that next branch in the tree. Take time to assess the damage of being me, around me, inside me, and figure out if you come out on top.


I'm closing the door, pulling up anchor and departing golden shores to give this black mist in the distance its due. Without a fucking clue I'll drive all night if it'll only lead me to where I was supposed to be. A little bit of me in encased in words and typography on my screen. A breath I made extends half way across my universe and darker things lurk in shade where it's just a little bit cooler.

A few degrees.