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Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Fever Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Fever Series, Book 1
Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 31, 2006), Hardcover: 320 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0739474235, ISBN-13: 978-0739474235

Do frightful, thrilling and mysterious journeys intrigue you? If so, then stay tuned for this series. Darkfever grabbed my interest from the first page.  The main protagonist Mac (MacKayla Lane) is quirky and cute and fun to read. She was a simple, party girl who worked as a bartender in Ashford, Georgia until she learned of her sister’s brutal murder in Dublin, Ireland.  After she decides to fly to Ireland to investigate what really happened she found a whole new world that she did not know even existed, the realm of the Fae. She also discovered that she has unique powers which help her fight against the deadly and dangerous creatures. This book continues her story and journey through this dangerous new world.

Darkfever is the first book in the Fever Series. To date there are a total of four books in the series with book five, Shadowfever,  to be released January 18, 2011. This book is a contemporary fantasy book, also known as Urban Fantasy.  The story is told in a first person narrative with MacKayla Lane’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

This series is great because it deals with seelie and unseelie faeries rather that vampires and werewolves. There are some interesting characters in this book, like death-by-sex fae and an extremely sexy and mystery man, who may not be human, named Jerico Barrons.  Some of the scenes between Mac and these characters are also quite intense. As the story unfolds, so do Mac’s abilities. We learn that she is a Null, she can null the effects of the fae by touching them and she can sense OOPS (Fae objects of power.) The story progressed along uncovering some of the mystery and some of what is happening, but it did not have any conclusions and was really more like the end of a chapture than of a book. 

I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contempory fantasy with a female protagonist who is cute and quirky.  There is also great sexual tension between Mac and Barrons.  If you enjoy books that include some sex in them, then you will enjoy this book. However, if you are looking for a stand alone story, then stay away or wait until all the books have been written and read them all at once.  Every book in the series ends with a cliff-hanger.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Fourth Book in The Outlander Series

Interesting historical novel with absorbing characters and adventures. This book immediately follows events from Book Three and it takes place in America in 1767. It also briefly comes back to the present and further builds on Brianna and Rogers characters and relationship. 

Brianna discovers some distressing information about her parents and decides to go to the past and join them.  Roger, who realizes he loves her, decides to follow.  The book is about their journey, both to past and together in the past, they have a number of unpleasant events that both bring them closer together and separate them. Claire and Jamie also have a number difficulties to overcome and of course there is an enjoyable level of romance between them plus the usual number of hot and heavy scenes.

It is always delightful to read about living in the past and to join in the life of these entertaining characters. The book had a good ending and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

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Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010), Paperback: 448 pages, ISBN-10: 0385342039, ISBN-13: 978-0385342032

Twenties Girl is an enjoyable feel-good book with a new heroine, Lara Lington and her side kick, a ghost named Sadie.  It is in the same style as the Shopaholics books with a story that centres around a young woman in her early twenties who is trying to make it out in the world on her own.  There are certainly some parts in the book that are laugh out loud funny.

Madeleine Wickham is the author of this book written under the pen name of Sophie Kinsella. She has written numerous books under this name, both Shopaholic books and the other standalone novels centering on various characters. Please see my other Sophie Kinsella reviews at http://books-treasureortrash.com/?s=sophie+kinsella. All of these novels including Twenties Girl are considered chick lit. Most of her books also fall under comedy as they are usually funny and amusing. The story is told in the first person narrative with the voice and thoughts of the main character, Lara Lington, as we follow her through her life

It took me a while to warm-up to this book as I found the ghost Sadie to be a bit irritating in the beginning of the book, but as the story goes on Sadie becomes more likable. Lara is not as quirky as Becky is in the Shopaholic books, and most of the humour stems from things that Sadie does but Lara is a very likable person. It would be a lot of fun to have someone around who can go an anonymously check things out for you and who can influence the people around you to do what you wanted through ghostly influence.

I liked both Lara and Sadie’s stories although it was very formulaic. I enjoyed the twenties aspect of the story as well and it was a nice tribute to the elderly. Sadie’s story was very sad although it did have a satisfying ending.  I also thought the uncle’s journey was unrealistic, but overall it was a lot of fun to read and it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling at the end of the book.

Question to ponder: Would you like a helpful ghost around helping you with their ghostly influence?

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The First Chronicles of Amber (Books 1 – 5) by Roger Zelazny

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Chronicles of Amber

Book Review: 3 Treasure  Boxes
The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-5 (First half of the Novels of the Towering Fantasy Saga)
Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st Avon Eos Printing: Dec. 1999 edition (December 8, 1999), Paperback: 1264 pages, ISBN-10: 0380809060, ISBN-13: 978-0380809066

An interesting and compelling concept for a fantasy book and a very different kind of fantasy.  Some elements of the story take place in modern times and some elements take place in medieval times. I found the writing to be imaginative and quite deep.

Amber is the only real place upon the real Earth. It is the substance from which all other realities are but a shadow, including the world that we now live in and there are unlimited numbers of shadow worlds that extend from Amber to Chaos and consequently all roads (through shadow) lead to Amber.  A prince or princess of Amber has control over shadow and as such can enter and influence shadow worlds.  There is no magic, per say in the first five books, instead there is substance and shadow, order(Amber) and Chaos.  As such  a descendant of Amber  can move through shadow with his thoughts.  He thinks about what should be next and then it is there, so he thinks about a green sun and purple sky and it becomes so, he thinks about eating and a diner appears or he wants to get to Amber so he thinks about the various shadow worlds near to Amber and eventually Amber will appear.

In the vicinity of Amber the world is more like medieval times where , gun-powder, cars and other electric gadgets do not work, in some shadow worlds, such as our earth, these things do work and are utilized in the story. We learn that the nine Princes of Amber all want to win the crown and since their Dad, the King is missing. As a result of this there is a lot of violence, intrigue and energy going into this pursuit.  The four Princesses of Amber are also involved in the conflict in various ways.

The Chronicles are a culmination of 10 small novels that make up the world of Amber into one big book of over 1200 pages, the first 5 books revolve around the protagonist Corwin, who is a prince of Amber and are told in first person from Corwin’s point of view. These first 5 books are a complete story in and of them self and in fact are much better than the last 5 books.  The last five stories are told from Corwin’s son Merlin’s point of view and tell a different story and we learn more of Chaos in the second half.

Corwin is introduced and the premise of the book is set up.  I like the way it starts as a mystery where Corwin has amnesia and we learn with him about Amber and about shadow.   It should be noted that the Royalty of Amber have incredible speed, strength and regenerative qualities. They all live seemingly endless lives, unless they are murdered, which they can happen since they are not immortal. The basis of the first five stories stem around the succession of Amber and the various family intrigue and disputes in resolving this. I liked how the story evolved as well as how it concluded ay the end of the fifth book.  Overall a very good read, at times I found it hard to put the book down.

Book one: The Nine Princes in Amber

Book two: The Guns of Avalon

Book three: Sign of the Unicorn

Book four: The Hand of Oberon

Book five: The Courts of Chaos




The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

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Good looking sexy characters with spunk.  The protagonist is an earth witch (a witch who draws her power from the earth, rather than a ley line,) named Rachel with a 4” hunkie pixie side kick with attitude named Jenks and a gorgeous sexy and dangerous undead vampire (a person who has the vampire virus, but hasn’t died yet so is still partially human,) named Ivy.

This series is a modern day story that centers around Inderlanders: witches, weres, vampires and others including the occasional demon.  The story line for each book is around these three characters who are runners (kind of like Private Investigators for Inderlanders.) There is a reference to the Ever After, another dimension connecting their world to an underlying world where ley line power runs through both connecting the worlds.  The Ever After is where the Demons reside. The series is interesting, captivating and fun to read.

First Book: Dead Witch Walking, Second Book: The Good, The Bad and the Undead, Third Book: Every Which Way but Dead, Fourth Book: A Fistful of Charms, Fifth Book: For a Few Demons More, Sixth Book: The Outlaw Demon Wails, Seventh Book: White Witch, Black Curse, Eighth Book: Black Magic Sanction