Sunday, 25 September 2011

Silver Shark (Kinsmen #2) by Ilona Andrews

Claire Shannon is a killer. She uses no weapons, only her mind.

Born on a planet locked in a long war, Claire is a psycher, a woman with the ability to attack minds and infiltrate a biological computer network where psychers battle to the death. But when the war abruptly ends, Claire must hide her psycher's ability to survive. She is deported to a new planet, a vivid beautiful place, where she meets Venturo Escana, a powerful psycher, whose presence overwhelms both her mind and her body.

She thought she had left war and death behind, but now she must fight for her new life and this battle might just cost her everything...


My View:

The Kinsmen world is fascinating and I love learning more about it. Ilona & Gordon write such absorbing worlds and characters. I look forward to any more pieces they give us regarding the Kinsmen.

The story is rich and absorbing with the reader being drawn in and held captive until the very end of the book.

I loved Claire from the very beginning. She came across as a very strong and independant woman. Ven....I mean WOW! If only I could find a guy like this around here. He is very self-assured, yet very sweet with Claire.

Claire is a soldier. She was taken into the military at a very young age and comes from a world where she has known nothing but war and the responsibility of defending her countrymen. She has a strong connection to her team and when that bond is broken she has to adapt fast.

Claire is sent off-world to another planet, which in contrast to her own is extremely vibrant both in people & environment. She gets a job, by hiding skills which if discovered could lead to her death.

During this time we meet Venturo. He is a strong, capable and lethally talented "Psycher". He is also compassionate and is the one to give Claire a chance in this new world she finds herself in.

The story moves on and our hero & heroine show the strength and innate honour they both possess during the twists and turns of this adventure.

Although the story is not the most complex or long that I have read, I truly fell in love with the characters and the world of the Kinsmen.

Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive . . .

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past . . . but Dmitri's need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel's right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality . . . the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting, and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more . ..


My View

*Spolier Alert*

I really enjoyed this story, however I am having trouble with the ending. I can't really put it in to words yet. I'll have to digest it a little first.

This was a very moving story and Nalini has once again proven what a talented writer she is.

I've always liked Dmitri and was excited about this book being about him, and giving us a better look into his past and what he has been through.

I really loved learning about Honor. She is a strong woman and is a character I hope we see more of in future Guild Hunter installments.

Having thought a bit more about the ending, I think it's the past lives thing that is getting to me.

I get that Dmitri fell for Honor, but it seems that it's more a case of her being the "vessel" of Ingrede's soul/memories than of who Honor is. I don't know if anyone else feels this way or if it was how Nalini wanted it to seem, but it just felt a little off. It's a beautiful premise - that souls who loved as deeply as Dmitri & Ingrede's did, would find each other again, but it seemed to take something away from who Honor is. Maybe I just don't have a feel for who Honor was before her abduction and that's whats messing with me.

I don't know. I'll have to re-read this story again to see if I feel differently about the ending.

All that being said, I truly enjoyed this story and can't wait for the next Guild Hunter installment.

Keep up the great work Nalini

Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday 56

"Go make your presence known in the cabin, Commander."

Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair