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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Posted April 17, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Written in Red by Anne BishopReviewer: Holly
Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by Roc
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 487
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Enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities - vampires and shape-shifters among them - who rule the earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter SImon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she's keeping a secret, and second, she doesn't smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg a job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she's wanted by the government, he'll have to decide whether she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Meg Corbyn is cassandra sangue, a blood prophet, who can speak prophecy when her skin is cut. Because the blood prophets become addicted to the euphoria that veils their mind when they speak prophecy, many years ago it was decided benevolent ownership of them when be given to caretakers “for their own protection”. The majority of whom then used them for profit. For 24 years Meg has lived in such a compound, being used and abused by her owners, taught only what she needed to know to speak prophecy. Until she becomes desperate and escapes. She ends up in Lakeside at a Terra Indigene (The Others) Courtyard. The Others are Earth Natives who rule the continent of Thaisia. They allow humans to lease the land from them, but they have Courtyards in each major city so The Others can keep an eye on what the humans are doing.

Simon Wolfgard is an “Other”, a Terra Indigene (Earth Native), who can shift into the shape of the wolf. He’s the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard. To The Others, humans are just clever meat. Meg is a human, but she doesn’t smell like prey. This intrigues him enough that he hires her to be their Human Liaison. He knows she’s keeping secrets and lying to him, but it isn’t long before she’s won the hearts of all the residents of the Courtyard, including his. When her secrets come to light he’ll have to decide if she’s worth possibly going to war to protect.

Equal parts humor, intrigue and horror, Written in Red sucked me in from page one. The world-building in the first few chapters was somewhat dense, but Meg’s interactions with The Others and her struggle to settle in to life outside the Compound kept me glued to the pages. From there things only got better. Simon’s struggle to pin down why he reacted differently to Meg who smelled like not-prey; His nephew Sam and the emotional trauma he suffered after the death of his mother; Meg befriending everyone in the Courtyard, most of them in spite of themselves; The Elementals (who control the weather) and their Steeds…all of this, and more, pulled me in. I was fully immersed in the Courtyard and the lives of those who inhabit it. Bishop tackles heavy issues like racism and abuse, yet does it so expertly I didn’t feel preached to – or at.

I immediately picked up the second book in series.

4.25 out of 5

The Others


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What Is Your Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Book Recommendation? A Giveaway

Posted January 13, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 18 Comments

Genres: Urban Fantasy
The Fantasy and Urban Fantasy genres are not books that I read on a regular basis.  I really have to have a solid recommendation for them before I’ll buy and even then sometimes I’ll hem and haw for a while before I actually lay down my cold hard cash. I think it’s because I love my romances so much.  I want that HEA at the end of the books and it usually doesn’t happen with F or UF books, IDK.  I’ve have read some really great books though and I’m always happy when I find a great series that I love.  
Renee goaded me until I finally bought the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and man am I glad I did.  She literally had to shove the book at me in the store and say, “buy this!” lol  Thanks, Renee! 🙂
Amy C had to email me a bajillion times for me to finally perk up and buy the Black Jewel Trilogy by Anne Bishop, which is dark fantasy, and then I thought I’d be smart and buy the omnibus edition.  More fool me.  Seriously.  That thing was so effin big it was completely intimidating and it sat on my shelf for about 6 months before I picked it up and dug in.  Of course then I couldn’t put the damned thing down because I was completely and utterly hooked.
The first book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews was sent to me as a gift from another friend Amy who thought I’d enjoy the series.  I think book 2 had already been published by that time and she wanted me to not fall too far behind. Magic Slays sat on my shelf for years! (Talk about falling behind in a series.) I tried to pick it up and read it once and I just couldn’t get into it.  I almost gave it away twice in the blogger book swaps but something held me back.  Last year when I finally sat down and read the book it was good.  It wasn’t great but definitely good enough to keep reading the series.  I then picked up book 2 which I liked a little better.  Book 3, Magic Strikes blew me away.  I loved that book and immediately read books 4 and 5 after which I also loved like chocolate…I just couldn’t get enough.
So where is all this leading?  I want you to recommend some Fantasy or Urban Fantasy books to me.  I feel the need to expand my repertoire (yeah, like I don’t have enough books to read, right?) and I’d like to know what you think.  I would probably like stories that have more romance in them but that’s not required.  So tell me – which books/series do you love and think everyone should read and why do you love it/them so much?
I also have another mystery box of books to give away thanks to Holly at The Book Binge.  This box is filled with Fantasy and Urban Fantasy reads so if those are up your alley leave a comment with your F/UF book rec, along with your email address no later than Friday, January 20th at 7:00pm to enter to win.  Again, I’m sorry, but this has to be limited to the US only.

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Guest Review: Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop

Posted March 31, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, forbidding their traditions, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many more into hiding. And even though the refugees found sanctuary in Dena Nehele, they have never been able to call it home. Now that Dena Nehele has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose-Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, makes it her duty to restore the land and prove her ability to rule.

She knows that undertaking this task will require all her heart and courage as she summons the untested power within her, a power capable of consuming her if she cannot control it. And even if Lady Cassidy survives her trial by fire, other dangers await. For the Black Widows see visions within their tangled webs that something is coming that will change the land—and Lady Cassidy—forever…

Shalador’s Lady picks up right where The Shadow Queen left off. Cassidy is under contract for one year with Dena Nehele but Theran Grayhaven is continuing to make her life impossible. Events come to a head when Kermilla, the Queen who had taken Cassidy’s previous court away from her, shows up in Dena Nehele to demand her Queen’s Gift. Theran takes one look at Kermilla and sees the queen that he had wanted from the beginning. A woman who had more power than Cassidy but also one that could wow with their looks. (He’s an ass.) When Cassidy asks Kermilla to leave and Theran insists that she stay as his guest Cassidy can’t take it any longer and decides to leave. Ranon intercepts her and gets her to agree to not run, exactly, but to leave and go to Shalador – still within Dena Nehele.

In Shalador life becomes good. Cassidy is able to be the Queen she is meant to be. She begins to do good for the people of Dena Nehele and Warlord’s, Warlord Princes and Queens begin to see that she’s nothing like the twisted Queens who ruled previously.

But Theran is determined to get Cassidy out of Dena Nehele after her 1 year is done and starts making his campaign known that he wants Kermilla in Cassidy’s place. Things heat up and Cassidy and her court take matters into their own hands.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. I thought it was a wonderful wrap up of The Shadow Queen and shows us how Cassidy comes into her own with those she loves. She sees that it’s the person inside of herself that is what matters and that what is on the outside isn’t what it’s all about. Her court, and eventually most of the people of her land come to know her and love her and it truly warmed my heart to see it.

I loved seeing Lucivar, Daemon, Jaenelle and Saetan in the book as well – and quite often. I always hunger for their appearances and I wasn’t disappointed. We also got to see plenty of Kindred in this book as well and that made me just as happy.

If you haven’t read the Black Jewels series I would highly recommend it. It begins with the trilogy which is dark fantasy but oh so good and continues with nothing but wonderful books after that. Shalador’s Lady is book 8 in the series. I’m not sure what’s next for the Black Jewel series but I’ll be gobbling it down as soon as it comes out.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 8, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 24 Comments

Greetings and Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend.  It rained here on Saturday and I was without a car so the girls and I had a lovely day of laundry, house cleaning, playing games, listening to music, dancing and reading.  I’m pretty sure a good time was had by all.
We had a busy week this week.  My oldest made a science project for the science fair that was very cool.  She did a great job on her display and I am very proud of her.  Here’s the video of the project entitled Egg in a Bottle.  (Since my oldest burned her finger the first time she lit the match she had my hubby do the fire part of it for the video.)  Unfortunately we couldn’t find a bottle that had a good opening for the egg and no matter how many times we did it the egg would break while going in, rather than going in whole. Bummer.
Here’s a picture of her project display:

This past Friday my little Taekwondo master had yet another belt test.  She passed!  She is now a purple belt and I’m pretty sure she can now officially kick my ass.  They never reveal the score of the tests but I think she got a relatively high score.  She knows it all like the back of her hand but was really nervous this time because it was the first time she’s had to break a board during a test (with a side kick).  Because she was so nervous she choked, slightly, when demonstrating her Hapkido (prior to breaking) but she got through it!  Yay!  Here’s the vid of her breaking the board and her accepting her belt.

The Game of Tag answers – and no one guessed the correct 2:

  1. I was born in Germany. Incorrect: I was born in Illinois but 2 of my siblings were born in Germany.
  2. I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle. Incorrect: I’ve never ridden my hubby’s motorcycles but I used to ride on my brother’s cycle when I was younger.
  3. I lived with my parents until I was 26. Correct: Yep, except for college I lived with my mom and dad until I was 26.  
  4. I went to college in Oklahoma. Incorrect: I went to college in Kansas
  5. I’ve been pregnant 5 times. Correct: 3 miscarriages and 2 kids.  
  6. I was on the All Star Softball team in high school. Incorrect: I played softball in high school but never made any All Star team.  If any of you had seen my right hand throw at the time you’d know why. lol
  7. One of the many places I’ve lived was Palm Springs, CA. Incorrect: I’ve lived many places in CA but never Palm Springs.
  8. I’m the only natural born child in my family – my siblings were adopted. Incorrect: All of my siblings are natural offspring of my mom and dad.
  9. I’m allergic to milk. Incorrect: I’m allergic to wheat, eggs and tomatoes, but not milk.
  10. I almost chopped my index finger off in the garage door closer when I was 10. Incorrect: Although very close to the truth!  I did almost chop off my finger this way but I was 5 or 6 at the time so anyone who picked 10 wasn’t far off!  Brothers suck and they get you into all sorts of trouble!

I looked over my Goodreads lists this weekend to try and figure out exactly how many series I had to finish in order to complete my Finish the Series project that I gave myself for the month of March.  Holy Shit is all I have to say.  I have way more series to finish than I thought – the list was more than a little daunting.  I may have to make this a project for March and April…maybe May as well!

So…what I read this week:

First on the list was Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop.  Such a great book!  I just loved this story as I do all of Ms. Bishop’s books.  The continuing story from The Shadow Queen involving Cassidy and her reign as Queen in Dena Nehele – only one of the members of her court is trying to push her out and replace her with a nasty ass Queen.  We get a lot of Saetan, Lucivar, Daemon and Jaenelle as well as Kindred in this book and it was amazing.  I read this one for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review posts.  5 out of 5

Next I read Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg.  I adore this book, I gotta tell ya.  Just a wonderfully funny, sarcasm filled story with a great whodunit and a lively romance.  I can’t wait to see what’s up next for Caesar and Dan.  You can read my review here. 5 out of 5

Next up was Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle.  I really enjoyed this book…to a point.  There were parts of it I loved and then other parts when I just wanted to crawl into the book, sit down with the heroine and have a little talk with her.  If that didn’t work I’d slap her. lol  The heroine is caught en deshabille with her closest friend and is forced into an engagement with him.  He wants to do the right thing but is hopelessly in love with another woman and is miserable.  Heroine is starting to have feelings (or more like acknowledging the feelings she’s had for years) for the friend’s older brother but is trying to do the “right” thing where everyone is concerned.  It’s a good book, yet, a little heavy on the saintly acts for my liking.  3.5 out of 5

Bareback Cowboy by Carol Lynne was my next read.  This is a story about a man who takes a vacation from life by going to a working ranch in Montana.  He falls for one of the hands but he’s only there for a week.  His father is an extremely rich man and is insistent on his son’s goal in life – the problem is that father and son have very different goals.  I read this one for The Book Binge as well and will let you know when my review posts. 3.75 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read – as well as one of the books that I read as part of my Finish the Series project – was Dark Lover by Brenda Joyce.  This is book 5 in the Masters of Time series and the 3rd book in the Rose Trilogy.  We joined Sam Rose as she was put on assignment to cover Ian McLean.  He is the son of a Master of Time and has plenty of white power.  The problem is he’s out of his time – as he should be in 1527 – and he’s using his power to be an art thief.  He’s now come into possession – by thieving – of a page from a very powerful book. He’s going to sell it to the highest bidder unless Sam can stop him.  Besides this Ian and Sam are incredibly attracted to each other and trying to stay away from someone they know is not good for them doesn’t seem to stop them.  This was a good trilogy ender and I enjoyed it.  I think that the good guy who’s had a horrible past who’s can be redeemed is one of my favorite tropes and I think Ms. Joyce did a great job with this book.  4 out of 5

I finally got to the manga that’s been sitting on my shelf for too long.  I’m in the swap and apologize to whoever’s been waiting for it.  I finally pulled it out and I really liked it.  They were Crimson Spell volumes 1 & 2 by Ayano Yamane.  She does a fantastic job with the graphics and the fantasy story.  Wizards, dragons, cursed swords – it’s all part of the story.  I’m looking forward to reading volume 3 when it finally comes out.  4 out of 5

Then it was the yaoi novel Body Language by Aki Morimoto.  The first few pages of this book were almost enough for me to put it down.  One of the men was known for treating women really badly and it was a huge turn off for me – but since I knew the books was about 2 men I persevered.  The one guy is complaining that he hasn’t had a date in 2 months so his best friend offers himself up – since he’s been in love with him for a couple of years.  But the best friend hasn’t ever had sex before.  The 2 start a relationship but the best friend keeps thinking that it will end soon and when he misinterprets something he sees it almost does end.  This was good – not great, but good.  I had some issues with some things but overall, not bad. 3 out of 5

Last on the list was Something About You by Julie James.  I loved this book.  I love her writing and I hate that we have to wait so long between releases! lol  This story was just fantastic.  Cameron – an assistant U.S. Attorney and Jack – the FBI agent who believes that 3 years earlier Cameron had almost ruined his career.  Now Jack’s on a case that involves Cameron who ear/eye-witnessed a murder.  But Jack and Cameron don’t really hate each other as much as they say.  I think what I like about Ms. James’ writing is that yes, the h/h started off with some angst between them but the story is mostly external turmoil.  She didn’t write a story that had the suspense part of it as well as h/h’s who had internal issues with say…past relationships, hating women/men, never going to get married, etc.  It was just a great romance along with a great suspense plot.  I also very much enjoyed the fact that we know whodunit right off the bat – we just don’t know what’s going to happen because of that. 5 out of 5

Happy Reading!

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 1, 2010 by Tracy in Features | 17 Comments

So this was a good week. My hubby is slowly getting back to normal. He’s still slower than normal along with weak but he did go back to work today. I think (and hope) that he’s just gonna do half days for the next few days until he can get back up to speed. One thing that’s making him so weak is his weight loss. You have to understand my hubby. When he’s completely up to speed he eats a bowl of cereal every night right before bed. If he doesn’t he loses weight (bastard!). When he was in the hospital he lost 6 pounds in the 4.5 days he was there. Since then he’s lost another 6 and he’s been trying to eat normally – although up until a few days ago he just couldn’t stomach that much. So this morning he told me that he weighed 148. I just stared at him for a minute and then said: You weigh 148 and I weigh 143.
Him: That’s just scary.
Me: What? That you weigh 148 or that I weigh 143?
Him: Both
Me: speechless
Then my youngest walked up and gave me a hug and said: It doesn’t matter how much mama weighs, I love her anyway.
Me: awww sticking my tongue out at hubby (bastard)
LOL Anyway – my daughter saved my Monday morning – thank heavens! 🙂

Other home stuff: my oldest dropped her itouch in a pool when she was at her friend’s house. It’s toast, we think. We have a warranty but it only covers broken itouch’s, not water damaged itouch’s. sigh My husband has it imbedded in rice to try to soak up any moisture but since she turned it on right after it happened we’re pretty sure it fried the electronics. What’s a mom to do? She was trying to save her chore money to try and buy an inexpensive laptop – now she’s going to be saving it for a new itouch.

I’ve decided to make March “Finish the Series” month. I’ve been thinking the past few days that I’ve started quite a few series and haven’t finished them. Some of the series have ended and still others are still going but I haven’t caught up yet. That’s my goal for this month is to get caught up on the series that I’ve begun. This will take a bit of research on my part to try and figure out what I need to read but hopefully it won’t be too daunting and I’ll be able to get it done in a month’s time. Now there are books that I’ve started that were part of a series that I don’t plan on ever reading but thankfully there aren’t many of those.

So my first read for the week: I started Naked Dragon by Annette Blair for review at The Book Binge but it just wasn’t my thing. Both the hero and heroine were annoying me (this seems to be happening a lot) and I just couldn’t read more. After about 100 pages I put it down. DNF

Next up was Bound, Branded and Brazen by Jaci Burton. I read this one for review at The Book Binge as well and really enjoyed it a lot. The story of 3 sisters coming together on their family ranch – reuniting with each other and finding love in the process. I’ll let you know when my review posts. 4 out of 5

My next read was Chosen by Desire by Kate Perry. Book 2 in the Guardians of Destiny series follows Carrie Woods as she steals sacred scrolls for a monastery in order to get information for her dissertation. The man who is sent to get the scrolls back is Max Prescott, a Guardian of Destiny. They have a lustful yet volatile relationship that just works. Max seemed a little out of it to me at times, like he was a time traveler from the past or and didn’t have a clue about the modern world. But then I thought about it and realized the man had spent most of his adult life in a monastery so that would make anyone a little out of it. lol Despite that I liked the book and will be reading the next one when it’s released. 3.75 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was A Perfect Hero by Samantha James. This is book 3 in a trilogy about the Sterling siblings. I didn’t read the first 2 books in the series but really didn’t feel like I needed to. Julianna was jilted at the altar when she was 22 years old. She’s now 27 and on her way to Bath. Her coach is stopped by a highwayman and when the coachman tries to get away crashes the coach and dies. Julianna is hurt and the highwayman takes her to his cottage. The two form a bond and fall in love while Julianna is there. But Julianna leaves eventually and is crushed until she meets Viscount Granville at a ball – and he’s none other than the highwayman. This was a really sweet romance. I loved when the h/h were in the cottage and spending time together. The first part of the book was a little repetitive but I forged through and it ended up be more than worth it. 4 out of 5

After that I read Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels for one of M/M Challenge reads. A great book I highly recommend. My review here. 4.5 out of 5

Love in Exile by Samantha Kane was next. I read this one for review at The Book Binge. I liked the story about Gregory/Palu who is part English and part Polynesian. I’ll let you know when the review posts. 3.75 out of 5

Last up was The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop. Technically I guess this would be considered a Tracy’s TBR Challenge read as well since it’s been on my shelf since the day it released. Why it sat there I don’t have a clue because as usual with Bishop’s writing it was a really good book. The story of Dena Nehele that has been decimated by evil witches and fighting landens. Things have calmed and the last man with the Grayhaven name goes to Daemon Sadi to request a queen for their land. They are given Cassidy who is a lovely person but not all that great to look at. Teran Grayhaven is not thrilled with Daemon and Jaenelle’s choice. He wanted someone with a dark jewel and a beautiful face to “wow” the Blood in Dena Nehele. The book basically follows Cassidy as she goes to Dena Nehele and attempts to be a good queen. This was just a wonderful book. I really liked Cassidy a lot and hated Teran because he was such a bastard. I was a little thrown off by the end of the book as I didn’t feel things were wrapped up well – but since I started Shalador’s Lady right after (and am currently reading it) I realized that the story is still in progress. 4.5 out of 5

FYI my reading list for February is now up at my reading list blog – aptly named Tracy’s Reading List.  I know, it’s genius.

Also – any of my reviews for The Book Binge that have posted you can find here.

Happy Reading!

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