Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

 Cover of Seeker

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.

****Ani’s Review****

When I think of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton I think of: Druids, sacred rites of passage, greed, and revenge. The Druids in this story act as judge and jury and Quin is about to become one. She has been taught to be principled and fair but when she learns her father is anything but and her boyfriend only wants to become a Seeker for revenge, her world is turned upside down.

Seeker is a study in contrasts, showing human nature as it can be – violent, ugly, and flawed as well as kind, generous, and forgiving. It is all action and mayhem within an alternate reality. I really enjoyed the version of Hong Kong’s bridge city. I am happy to say that the characters were well developed and the writing was enjoyable. I would recommend Seeker for Young Adults on up due to the amount of violence and drug use.

Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Cold Days

 

After being murdered and then brought back to life, Harry Dresden soon realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could mean the deaths of millions.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent an apocalypse, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound infinite powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.

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Ani’s Review

I was so excited to read this book! I made myself wait for paperback (I really hate spending money on hardcover) so I’ve been waiting almost 2 years since it’s release. Cold Days is a typical end-of-the-world Dresden novel where it starts fast and keeps going. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the incredibly fast pace of these stories especially when you’ve got several characters and storylines from previous books being referred to. An alternate title could have been “A Day in the Life of the Winter Knight”. Most of this story takes place in the space of 24 hours. Harry reconnects with his old friends – many who thought him dead – and, as per the usual, we learn of a few more supernatural creatures that are out there. One of my favorite reasons for reading these books is the fun one liners from the Princess Bride and Star Wars as well as Harry’s self-efacing humor. Although Cold Days wasn’t my favorite of the Dresden Files series, you don’t want to miss Harry’s introduction as the Winter Knight.

April 2014 At-a-Glance

April has been so busy and I can hardly remember all of the books I’ve read.  I hope you find something that catches your fancy – there is a good variety this month.

Bride chocolateThe Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance. Candace is avid an planner and part owner of a gift basket company plus she’s getting married in 2 weeks. But one thing after the next happens to put her wedding in jeopardy. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger throws her organized world into chaos, can she trust herself to make the right decision, and keep to her vows? This was a sweet little story and I mean sweet. Lots of chocolate and I think the main reason I wanted to read it – the recipes. They all sounded decadent and yummy. I won’t be deleting this book from my kindle anytime soon – I’ve got to try out some of them desserts! Get it!

GildedGilded by Christina Farley Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. Korean-American Jae Hwa Lee has been uprooted from her home in LA to live Seoul in Korea due to her father’s promotion. She soon comes to find herself at the heart of a centuries old myth where a demi-god steals the first born daughter of every generation – and she’s up next! Very interesting Check out my full post.Get it!

Born ConfusedBorn Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier Genre YA, Contemporary fiction. Indian-American Dimple Lala is going through some identity issues being a teenager as well as one of the only Indian’s (south asian) at her school. When her parents try to set her up with a “suitable boy” she begins to have her eyes opened about what it means to be Indian, American, and a teenager, and most of all: herself. This was actually a very good book. Funny and full of teen angst. See my full post here or get it now!

Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance Daughter timeby Sarah Woodbury. This is the story of a mother and her 2 year old daughter who somehow end up in the 12th century Whales and into the lap of Prince Llywelyn. Not-quite-whacky hijinks ensue. This was an ok read . Definitely not my favorite romance or time travel novel. It just seemed to lack the intensity that those situations should invoke I guess. On the bright side, it was very historically accurate and a clean romance suitable for all ages. Check it out.

Love Me Anyway Love me anywayby JL Redington Genre: Contemporary Mystery. Forest Ranger Greyson Beauchene lives, works and breathes Deanli National Park. He meets up with FBI profiler Aspen O’Connell when hikers discover a casket. Sparks fly between them while they try to find the serial killer before he harms his next victim. I really was interested in this story from the beginning but by the end I didn’t feel as much for any of the characters. It was a well written, quick read with a nice ending but just not developed enough for me to read the other books in the series. Check it out.

Crashed byCrashed Dawn Robertson Genre: Adult Romance. Emily and Avery meet when she gets into a car crash and he, fireman and paramedic, pulls her to safety. Emily has a mild case of amnesia but somehow remembers the hot (ha ha ha) fireman who rescued her. All is not perfect though – Emily has a stalker and Avery’s mother dies. Can their budding relationship withstand these trials? Crashes was a fun book to read. It was a hot (again, ha ha ha) romance at times a little sweet for me but also funny and surprisingly had a deeper storyline that I had expected. It’s worth reading for the cover alone! Check it out.

Call Me Cat Call Me Catby Karpov Kinrade Genre: Adult Romance. Catelyn Travis is a good girl who gets good grades in law school, and never gets into trouble. But when a run of bad luck threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, she’s forced to become Cat, phone sex goddess. Enter Ashton Davenport the Third, bad boy biker billionaire. He knows the stay-away-from-me good girl Catelyn but when he ends up calling her alter ego, Cat, she ends up falling for the sexy stranger. As she struggles with her two identities, the man who murdered her parents is coming after Catelyn and he knows all of her secrets. This was a actually a decent story with a plot and everything! Unfortunately, the ending was a cliffhanger which I didn’t love. I may or may not read the next in the series. Get It!

We are the Goldens Goldensby Dana Reinhardt Genre: YA. Nell worships her older sister, Layla and is excited to join her in high school. But the year takes a very different turn and what used to be two inseparable sisters becomes a cautionary tale of inappropriate relationships and how far each sister will go for love. This story was told through Nell’s eyes as if she is speaking or writing to her older sister Layla. It’s her way of hoping for her sister’s forgiveness, love, and understanding. A well written and well thought out story of the pitfalls of the teenage years. Get it!