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Review: In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu

Posted November 29, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper CollinsGenres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Casee‘s review of In the Dark of Dreams (Dirk & Steele, Book 10) by Marjorie M. Liu.

She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes…She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business — a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown…and the incredible.

And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire, and aching for his touch.

But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny — and all living creatures — their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea…and in the power of their dreams.

The Dirk & Steele series tends to go all over the place. I either love them or hate them. This one fell closer to love than to hate. I also find it extremely hard to review these books.

Jenny and Perrin first met when they were children. Perrin is a merman (or merboy as is the case) when he comes ashore where Jenny finds him. They only have a brief moment together, but it is enough to sustain them through the sixteen years that follow. In the years between, they both go through their own tragedy that shape the people that they are in the present.

Jenny has been living at sea, helping as many other as she can find. Perrin has been living on land, after a forced exile eight years before. When the call to the sea is too great to resist, Perrin heeds it even at the risk of his life. All he can see is red hair and green eyes of the girl on the beach so long ago. Imagine his surprise when he actually finds her being held captive by one of his kind.

Jenny is stunned when she is taken captive by one of her very own men. Having worked with Les for years, the last thing she expected was betrayal. Then he comes to her rescue. The man with the blue eyes that seem so familiar. Jenny’s heart wants to connect them but her mind is unable to let her do so. Soon she doesn’t have time to think of it because she has a parasite growing at the base of her neck and apparently something bad is awakening underneath the ocean which causes the complete and total destruction of earth. The only thing that can lull this thing back to sleep is dreams by whomever has the kra’a, but that person is dead in Jenny’s onboard morgue.

Basically screwed.

Perrin and Jenny’s story was just so lovely. I can’t really state it any other way. They were meant for each other since childhood. It was sweet and innocent in the way that only children can feel, but as they dreamt about each other over the years those feelings evolved into what they feel today. I did feel bad for Jenny because the girl never caught a break. The weight of the world literally rested on her shoulders. At least Perrin was there to help her lift it. So sweet.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu

Posted September 23, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Ace, Jove, PenguinGenres: Urban Fantasy

Judith‘s review of A Wild Light (Hunters Kiss series, Book 3) by Marjorie M. Liu.

Obsidian shadows of the flesh . . . tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. By day, they are my armor. By night, they unwind from my body to take on forms of their own–demons of the flesh, turned into flesh.

For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness inside her–a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race. But when she finds herself convered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather’s dead body with no memory of what happened or of the man she loves, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.

With blood on her hands and her sanity in question, Maxine must face the truth about who she really is and embrace the love of the only man who can help her–before she loses what she cares about most: her family.

A Wild Light is a wild ride into a very dark fantasy world. Here the reader encounters figures from the beyond, demons/zombies who possess living humans, warriors from the hidden wastelands of another dimension who are seeking to wage war on the earth, ancient kings of the demon world, powers beyond understanding that are held at bay only by the love and concern of a woman who has inherited the task of fighting for the survival of the human race. From the creative mind of Ms Liu the reader is exposed to characters who represent the worst that evil can do and the best that love can wring from a human person.

Maxine loves her family. Throughout the Hunter Kiss series that is patently obvious, but in this newest book in the series the reader gains more insight into Maxine’s roots, her heritage, her ancestresses, and the sources of her powers. That she is virtually immortal is not in question–that is, as long as her “boys” remain with her. She has never questioned their presence. But she will learn why they are with her and why they were relinquished by her mother. We also travel with Maxine on her journey of discovery about her grandfather–that he is a truly ancient spirit that has been reborn numerous times, the latest of which is the person she knows as her mother’s father. She learns the true nature of her lover, Grant, of what he is made, some of his roots, the nature of his powers, and how his influence has affected her and those around her.

She makes some startling discoveries about her relationship with her boys–demons that live on her or around her, who guard her, advise her, cling to her, sing rock songs to her–especially songs that seem appropriate to what is happening at the moment–and why, if they are demons, they seem intent on doing good rather than evil.

Maxine’s loss of memory appears to be the result of information told her by Jack, her grandfather, that was so mind-bending in its scope and import that she would rather lose her memory than deal with what he has told her. Yet ultimately, she comes to recognize that she must deal frankly with the ramifications and move forward, acting on what she is discovering as well as being guided by her never-ending desire to do good for the world. She eventually comes to recognize and appreciate Grant even more than before, and together they must act on what she is learning about the intent of the demon world. The darkness inside her calls to her, and she must choose how she will respond. The lure and seduction of power beyond her wildest dreams tempts her with its promises to do more good than she can even imagine, yet her growing understanding of the way power consumes and goes its own way keeps Maxine from acting without thought.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is full of the raw reality of what evil can bring, of the need for support and family to ground all of us, of how even the most evil of beings can be changed by love and light. Maxine learns as must we all that one can never abdicate personal re sponsibility, no matter how powerful one may be. This is true in the fantasy world as well as real life. Caring and connection, loving and respecting one another still stands as a bulwark against the evils of self-interest and power-brokering.

I think it only right to comment that the plot of this novel is unusual in many respects, and the story line, while it moves forward, sometimes becomes obscure–only because the characters and their contexts are mysterious and difficult to understand. Yet in the end, all the strands, all the characters and their roles in the story come together into one final resolution that is grand in its scope. Just a great evidence of how a complicated and mysterious fantasy story can be told.

So to all romance and fantasy fans, to all who have read and enjoyed the Hunter Kiss series so far, this is another truly spectacular addition to that series and a mind-bender for all who are willing to enter Maxine’s dark world. Just as her grandfather endures and his love for Maxine endures through the ages, so we can all be sure that the power of love does not fade with age or death or the presence of evil. This is another worthy example of Ms Liu’s creative mind at work and fantasy fans owe it to themselves to read this novel. I give it a 4.75 out of 5 rating.

This book is available from Ace. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

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Guest Review: Huntress by Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna MacLaine

Posted August 11, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Kris‘ guest review of Huntress by Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna Maclaine.

“Devil’s Bargain” by Christine Warren

Supernatural bounty hunter Lilli Corbin made a pact with the Prince of Hell: She agreed to recover a book of prophecies. When she learns it could trigger the apocalypse, Lilli is forced to make the ultimate choice: save her soul, or the man she loves?

“The Robber Bride” by Marjorie M. Liu

Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where women are fed on for their life forces. Now it’s up to Maggie, one of the last female survivors, to hunt down and destroy an army of darkness…

“Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go” by Caitlin Kittredge

Ava is a demon slayer who needs help from mage Jack Winter to reach the demon underworld—a place of dark seduction…and, maybe, one of no return.

“Sin Slayer” by Jenna Maclaine

London 1889. Jack the Ripper is killing off the city’s vampire population, and now it’s up to Cin Craven to hunt him down—and save the infected Michael, the love of her undead life.

This is an anthology of kick butt women who live in paranormal worlds.

The first story, “Devil’s Bargain” was one of the reasons I wanted to read this because I really like Christine Warren’s stories. This one was a good story. She packed a lot more than I expected into a short story. It was a nice, solid paranormal story. 4 out of 5.

The second story, “The Robber Bride” was very interesting. I do not read much that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world so that was a nice change. The storyline was different, and the ending was not what I expected which is not a bad thing, just made me go, “hmm, I think I like that, but I am not sure, I have to ponder a while”. I think I have only read like one thing by her, so I am not sure if it is typical of her writing style. 3.5 out of 5.

The third story, “Down in the ground Where the Dead Men Go” is not a romance story. It is a good urban fantasy story though. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read the other books in the series that it is from. From what I can tell Jack is a character from her Black London series. The first book, Street Magic came out in June. It was very well written and very gritty. Re-reading the story and knowing that it was not a romance, I enjoyed it more. The first time I read it, I was trying to figure out how they were going to get together and also hoping that they did not because I did not like Ava. The first time through I would have given it a 2 but after I re-read it in a different light I give it a 3.75 out of 5.

The fourth story, “Sin Slayer” is also part of a series (Cin Craven series) but you can still read it as a stand alone. I really enjoyed it and it convinced me to go find the rest in the series (Wages of Sin and Grave Sins are the two books in the series). The storyline kept me interested. There was enough background so that I was not lost but not so much that I got bored. The love between Cin and Michael was fun to watch. I was very impressed with this author. 4.5 out of 5.

Over all I would give the book a 3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here.

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Review: The Wild Road by Marjorie M. Liu

Posted August 19, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

The Wild Road

Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs. But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood—desperate and alone, with no memory or past—he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows. And though it goes against his nature and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul, in order to save someone who could be the love of his life…or the end of it.

Mermans and Gargoyles. What will Marjorie M. Liu think of next?

Lannes Hannelore is a seventy year old gargoyle that has been to hell and back. After escaping an evil witch that wanted to kill him, Lannes has stayed close to home. The only thing that can bring him out is his longtime friend, Fredrick. It’s while he’s at Fredrick’s house in the city that he finds a woman in an alley, alone and bloody. Wary and suspicious, Lannes finds that he can’t leave someone that needs help as badly as this woman does.

What he doesn’t immediately realize is that the woman is wary and suspicious herself. After waking up in a hotel room surrounded by dead bodies and not knowing who she is, she has no idea where to go or who to turn to. Only after she meets Lannes will she realize that it was fate that brought them together. And it’s together that they must figure out who she is and why her memory is completely gone.

While I don’t generally enjoy amnesia stories, this one was okay b/c it was so interesting. The book started off w/ a bang when Lethe (the name she later chooses for herself) wakes up in the hotel room, with a gun and dead bodies. How can you not be hooked? I have to admit, there are times when Marjorie totally loses me. So it is a little hard to write a review that does the book justice.

If you read the Dirk & Steele series, you’ll like this. If you don’t read the series, don’t start with this one.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Dorchester. You can buy it here. No e-format.

Other books in the series:

Tiger Eye Shadow Touch The Red Heart of Jade Dark Dreamers Eye of Heaven Soul Song The Last Twilight

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Book Watch: The Wild Road by Marjorie M. Liu

Posted June 20, 2008 by Casee in News, Promotions | 4 Comments

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Doesn’t MML have the best covers ever?

This is the 8th installment of Liu’s Dirk & Steele series.

Here’s a brief (very brief) blurb from her website. No excerpt yet.

Lannes is one of a dying race born to protect mankind. And while most see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. But when he finds a woman covered in blood, with no memory or past, he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows.

I’m never disappointed by this author. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

This book will be available from Dorchester. You can pre-order it here.

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