Sunday, April 1

Three more books

I've finished 3 books in the last couple of days. Two were ARCs for book due out in June and July. I'll be writing reviews/commentary for both closer to their release dates, but thought I'd mention them as I enjoyed both...

Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon has incredibly dialogue and banter. I'm a huge fan of really good realisitic dialogue, and HelenKay more than hits that mark for me. Put it on your June wish list.

Nefertiti a novel by Michelle Moran is a must read for any lover of historical fiction, an amazing, interesting and entertaining view of Ancient Egypt. A July hardcover release, and even though I've an ARC I still plan to get this one in hardcover.

Book number three is Nalini Singh's Visions of Heat.
From the Publisher
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.
I liked this book, but not as much as most of the other reviewers/commentators out on blogland. I prefered Slave to Sensation. I really enjoyed interaction between Faith and Vaughn, but found all the different "Net" stuff becoming mind numbing in detail--I'm not a techie and these parts didn't hold my attention. Faith is an interesting character, she's been completely cut off from her own society and other people in general for all of her life, so all the changes in her and her surroundings were life threatening for her and yet she's strong enough to take the chance to leave everything she's known. I found the interaction between her and her father very telling. Are the Psy really Silent or does the Council only think they are?

Rarely do I visualize characters when I read, but I have to admit the name Vaughn triggered visions of Vince Vaughn in my head (don't ask--LOL) but then visions of VV lead to visions of Jennifer Aniston, so they were prowling around in my head throughout the book.

The next book in the series, Caressed by Ice, is already on my wish list. Does anyone know the release date?


nath said...

Hey Tara Marie :D Just wanted to let you know, Caressed by Ice is coming out in September :D

CindyS said...

I agree with you on Visions of Heat - some of the conversations between Sascha and Faith started to go over my head. I'm very interested in CBI!


Robin said...

I like HKD's reviews on PBR, so I will likely pick up her book, as well. Thanks for the recommendation on Nefertiti -- there are just so many books out there it's difficult to know what's available, let alone what's new and what's good. I have been fascinated with ancient Egypt since high school, maybe even before.

Tara Marie said...

Nath, thanks for the info.

Cindy, glad to hear I wasn't alone :D

Robin, PBR is one of my favorite review sites, to be honest I wish they posted more reviews. If you're interested in anything Egyptian, Nefertiti is a must. Personally I love just about anything set in Egypt. Have you read Suzanne Frank's time travel series that includes "Reflections in the Nile", definitely worth a read.

Kat O+ said...

I didn't think Judd was sexy at all in the first two books but the excerpt for Caressed by Ice had me ordering the next book before it was even listed in the bookshop's computer.

I thought there was too much of Sacha and Lucas overall in VoH. It was a little distracting for me.

Wendy said...

I also have Nefertiti waiting for me, but am going to wait and review it closer to the publication date. Generally speaking, author quotes on book jackets don't do it for me - but Moran got a quote from Robin Maxwell who has written some excellent historical fiction books about the Tudors....

Tara Marie said...

Kat, I didn't even remember Judd from the first book--how bad is that. But the excerpt did sound good :)

Wendy, I love anything Egyptian, and didn't want to wait. :D But I'll post a real review in June/July.

Jennie said...

I'm with you on liking Slave to Sensation better, but for the opposite reason, I think! The characters ViH bored me a little, but the techie stuff I found interesting. Lol.

And Nefertiti looks v. interesting! I love anything set in the ancient world.