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A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R R Martin is 1039 pages in length in paperback form. This is #4 in A Song Of Fire And Ice Series.

Brief Description:

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces–some familiar, others only just appearing–emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests–but only a few are the survivors.

My Review:

I had a hard time reading this one and possibly it was because I have read the series back to back.  It was not the writing or the content, it was just me.  I like learning about all the characters and possibly because only half of them were in this book and the next book will have the other half of the characters story.  It didn’t make me want to read one more chapter like the last three.

It seems we were left hanging a lot more in this book to, as to what is going to happen to the main characters.  I have waited so long for Cersei to get what was coming to her and she is left hanging in the balance as well.  Or maybe not, that just might be the end.  I suppose it could go either way.  It does seem that Jaime is finished with her machinations though.  For that I am very glad.

I am glad that Samwell  has matured too.  He is someone that came from being a real coward to someone that is having a bit of swagger.  Not a lot yet, but still he is not as frightened as he was.  I am sure he could go up against his father now.

Sansa is still not one of my favorite characters, but I do understand some of the things she does.  I think Littlefinger will control her for a while longer.  You can definitely see the change in him.

I am giving this one 4 out of 5 because I could put this book down and not have to get right back to it.  All of the characters have so much depth and then when they die, it upsets you or at least it does me.

 


FADE THE HEAT by Jay Brandon is #1 in The Mark Blackwell series.  I would consider this a legal thriller even though there was not much thrill.

Brief Description:

On a quiet April night, San Antonio’s peace is shattered by insistent screams. A cleaning woman working late in a downtown office building points to a young computer expert as her attacker. Her version of the incident is rape; he claims he’s been framed – that she ripped her own clothes and clawed at her own flesh. When the sun rises, this event will shock the entire city, because the accused rapist is David Blackwell, son of the new District Attorney.
Mark Blackwell knows that his son’s story will sound preposterous to a jury. Although a master at the bureaucratic chess game, the District Attorney cannot ‘fade the heat’ and prevent David from going to trial. In desperation he will put everything on the line – his family, his marriage, even his secret love affair – to save David. But as he searches for clues and sorts out his strategies, a chilling question surfaces. If David is innocent, then it means that he himself is the target of a frame-up – by enemies whose devious motives he cannot even begin to fathom…

 I had a hard time getting into this book and even when I did, it didn’t seem to be all that good.  I just wanted to get it finished so I could move on to the next book.  I think Mark Blackwell could be a very interesting character, but you really didn’t see that much of his true self until the very last pages.  I would have liked to have had some of this in the beginning, so I would have had a reason to pick up the book again to see what was happening.  I didn’t feel the pull to pick up, so unfortunately it sat around for a while.
If I find the next in the series, I will probably read it just to see if anything changed, but I would not rush out and buy it.  Having said that, I am giving this 2 out of 5 stars.  I did like the end and for some strange reason it made me think there could be more.

IMMORTAL ECLIPSE by Sherry Soule is 273 pages in e-book format.

I was given this book for review by the publisher so following a brief description will be my thoughts.

Brief Description:

 

MYSTERY, MURDER, and MANOLO BLAHNIK….

A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .

When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.

Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.

Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian Delacroix, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.

Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can’t explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.

My Review:

First of all, I am not sure what genre this would fall into, because there are many facets to the story.  These are just a few bullet points that I came up with:  Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Mystery and even Humorous in places.

I thought the writing style was good, it just seemed to take forever to get where the action was.  I was six chapters in and all I really knew was Skylar liked fashion and especially shoes.  Because that is not something that I know anything about, this wasn’t something that interested me.  This, however, did not detract from the book, just wasn’t my taste.

The book had hints of sex, but no actual details.  There were some pretty strong lust scenes within the pages and these were tastefully done.

There is not a book that I have read in recent years to compare this one to, as it is very unique in nature.  There are some real horror scenes, but again, tastefully done.  Horror is not generally a genre that I would read but it was light and was a small part of the story.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.  There were words missing in some of the paragraphs, but my copy was an advanced reader’s copy so I am sure they will be fixed before being published.  Sometimes the mind is writing the story faster than your fingers are typing.  I believe this to be the case in this book.  I think the story could have been a bit more suspenseful.  I didn’t feel the pull to keep reading the next page until I got almost to the end.   I would like the book to engage me so that I have that pull.

 

I just started a new book last night and it is SPEAK OF THE DEVIL by Richard Hawke.  I have only read about 50 pages and I am enjoying this one.