Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Going through some of her series I decided to try another one. I picked up the seires Intertwined which is also the name of the book. There are only two books in the series so far.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But not they’re causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the pas. One wrong move, and he’ll change teh future. Or he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he’s near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone think’s; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late…

Honestly when I first started to the book I kept shaking my head.  This was not making any sense.  It seemed the book was going all over the place but I kept on reading hoping it would make sense.

I was glad I kept reading.  Still it is strange but it was intriguing and I needed to know what was going to happen.  The concept behind the book is strange but it is an entertaining young adult book.

Showalter seemed though to bring in all supernatural characters into play with the book.  In that sense it seemed a little busy within the book.

Now once everything is settled the book makes sense.  I like that Aden has the four souls in his head and is trying to find a way to release them.  The ending is very beneficial for one of the souls and a main character.

I liked the four main characters each were very different but all seemed to belong with each other.

Intertwined has a touching ending and leaves you wondering what will happen in the next book.

Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen

Melis Nemid is treading in dangerous waters and she’s about to be dragged under.  As a marine researcher, Melis knows all to well the dangers that can lurk under even the calmest surfaces.  But not even she can guess how deep the darkness runs.  Only one oceanographer ever came close to discovering the deadly mystery that lies beneath the sea and he’s disappeared from the face of the earth.

Now Melis is the last one who knows the truth.  And someone is determined that the truth will die with her.

For what Melis knows about the deep-sea mystery is only part of a nightmarish past torn by violence.  She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Carribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.

But her peace and her life is about to be shattered by the arrival of a savage killer.  Someone-for reason unknown even to Melis-is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her.

Only one man can save her-a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer.  He will seek to gain Melis’s trust, getting close to her secret and her life.  But what this enigmatic man really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late.  Because whoever is after her knows her nightmare intimately, and soon she will be forced to relive them all over again.

Except for the final nightmare.  The one she can’t possibly survive.

I was blown away when I finished reading Fatal Tide.  Johansen did an amazing job conceptualizing the characters of the book and plot to make this book something that is powerful.  Something you don’t want to put down to the very end.

The character Melis was perfect.  She had a haunting past that still was not resolved but she was still a very strong woman.  I love the fact that the past finally did catch up to her but she was getting stronger to beat it.  Didn’t hurt that Kelby helped along.  Another strong character but gentle for Melis.

The two together created the story with the added character Archer the villain.

There was tragedy, betrayal, love, strength, fear, and understanding.  All of these attributes created a fantastic book in Fatal Tide.

Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen

Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill.  As one of the nations’ top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her ten-year-old son, Michael, suffers from.  But she is also an expert in another kind of terror-the kind that can turn on a dream life into a living nightmare in the the blink of an eye.

Someone is watching.  He’s a shadowy figure from out of her darkest fears and he hasn’t gotten her.  In one shocking moment of violence, he’d shattered Sophie’s world forever and left her with only one thing to life for: her son.  But the nightmare isn’t over for Sophie Dunston.  It’s just begun.  He’s been waiting.  Sophie was supposed to die the first time he’ll make sure that not even a miracle will save her.

It wasn’t a miracle that saved Jock Gavin, but it was pretty close.  A semiretired hit man, commando, and jack-of-all-deadly-trades, he knows what Sophie is up against-and that she’ll need help.  But the man he’s chosen for the job is an unpredictable as he is dangerous.  Matt Royd is a wild card-hard, cool, merciless-and putting him into play changes the game completely.  But to whose advantage?

Sophie will soon find out.  She will have to trust Royd because she has no choice left.  Because the bogeyman haunting her dreams is all too real and he’s on the hunt again.  Because the nightmare he’s got planned for Sophie won’t end when she wakes up screaming.  I won’t end. Ever.

Reading Iris Johansen I have come to love her style of suspense and action mixed with passion which is built up until it is ready to burst.

Killer Dreams was intense to read.  I love the scientific aspect with the formula to help night terrors.  I thought that was interesting.

It was fantastic to read about Jock and Jane.  They are two of my favorite characters in Johansen’s books.  They are repeated and it is fun to read from when they are younger and to see how they are developed through the books.  Jock’s role is intriguing in the books.  He plays the mercernary with a heart but still very confused.  Because of this his character is enduring.

Royd and Sophie’s dynamics were perfect together.  They hated each other but there was so much passion there on the surface.  It was fun reading to see how long that tension would last.

A lot of action and sabotage.  And the beginning of the book gave you a preview of just how intense the book would become.

Lie By Moonlight by Amanda Quick

The last and fourth book of the Vanza series was an absolute delight to read.

Hired to tutor four orphan girls to remote, ramshackle Aldwick Castle, Miss Concordia Glade is pleased to find her pupils both eager and bright.  Indeed, they are bright enough to have noticed some oddities about their situation.  Provided for by an unseen benefactor, they are surrounded at all times by hard-eyed guards in the guise of gardners and their previous tutor, she learns, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Stepping into this uncertain atmosphere, Concordia sees at once what must be done.  The plan is daring in scope and execution, but with the help of her four students, the great escape stands a good chance of success.  Of course, even the best laid plans can go awry…and even the most independent, strong-minded lady must occasionally accept an offer of help.

During an investigation into a woman’s death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the castle grounds  and in the middle of chaos.  The building is in flames.  People are dead.  And a woman and four girls are fleeing on horseback.  A confirmed loner, Ambrose nevertheless finds himself taking Concordia and her students under his wing.  His past has made him eminently suitable to protect them from the person behind the events at Aldwick Castle: a notorious London crime Lord who will stop at nothing to destroy those who know his secrets.

Their lives at risk, Concordia and the girls must remain safely in hiding until Ambrose is able to unravel the dark conspiracy.  But if the girls have learned anything from Miss Glade, it is the value of curiosity a quality their teacher possess in great abundance.  She has never been one to sit back quietly and let others take care of her.  As the danger circles ever closer, Ambrose adn Concordia must work together to discover a way out of the darkness.  In the process, they will learn a few lessons themselves about stubbornness, courage, and love.

The last book of the series was wonderful to read.  There was intrigue, excitement and entertainment.  I loved the plot of a teacher who takes four of the girls and manages an escape.

The characters were creative and enduring while the plot was entertaining.  I love each trait of the characters as they worked their way through the plot, each were unforgettable.

Quick leaves you with a smile at the end where everyone is moving toward the future.

Skin Trade by Laurell Hamilton

Skin Trade is the 17th book in Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series.  As usual the book was surrounding Anita Blake as she fights her enemies and her lust as her hunger grows.

At the end of Skin Trade I was happy to have it end.  The 17th book is a lot or so it seemed.  I read it once before and I think that there was just so much happening of the same that it wasn’t as great for me as her earlier books.  At a couple points it was hard for me to finish.

During the book it was hard to read as Anita keeps her men growing.  Sure it is fun to read but at times you wish she would gain control already.  The extra tigers was a different take in the story but they are just another group of men in her bed.  It is getting a little annoying.

The one thing I loved though was police work was put back into Anita’s life and characters that have not been around came back.  I like the complexity that Edward still has around him but it is becoming so much more.

Laurell Hamilton has a way though of making me still want to read her books.  I need to keep reading to find out more about Anita and her men.  Will she ever get pregnant or truly change into one of her beast?  Only time will tell.

Blood Noir by Laurell Hamilton

The sixteenth book, Blood Noir is worthwhile to read.  If you love reading about Jason this is the book for you.

Anita Blake is taking a trip with Jason to visit his dying estranged father.  All seemed very simple until they find out the Summerlands wedding is going to happen.  All will be going to hell as Jason and Anita fight to stay alive.

In the mist of it all I really liked this book.  Blood Noir has an interesting plot that gets Jason completely involved.  Out of werewolves Jason is my favorite character to read about.  I was ecstatic that the book was solely on Jason and Anita.

In the book it seemed to be less, to be tamed with all the sex which was nice because it didn’t take away from the action of and plot of Jason.  Of course in Hamilton’s book there is always that sexual desire which is created.  Anita is still feeding the ardeur but it is more controlled until the mother of all darkness gets a hold of her.

The cool part was Jason in the end became more to Anita.  He became her wolf to call.  This creates a greater tie between Anita and Jason.

Overall the book was fun to read, sensual and held a lot of action throughout the book.

The Harlequin by Laurell Hamilton

The fifteenth book, The Harlequin brings Anita Blake back to the pages to only encounter a deadly group who maybe want to see Blakes people dead.

I remember reading the book before again liked it but there is so much sex involved for Anita it can at times get annoying.  Anita keeps having to feed the ardeur and that means more men, more sex all the time.  Not going to lie it is fun to read but I have said it before I miss more of her detective work.  I like when Anita is with the cops doing work that she is good at.

The idea of the Harlequin was a new twist that was interesting to read about.  These people have not shown up so that was some new info which got you thinking.

The surprise that I liked is Edward.  He made a return to the books and is bringing Peter the now 16 year old kid.  I loved and hated the book with what happened to the children in Obsidian Butterfly. The action was great to read but the violence that happened to the children was devastating to read.  That screwed them up more so Peter.  He is now becoming a mini Edward but in a way I like that.  It shows the strength in the character.  Edward has changed as well which I thought was fascinating.  He is not the same ruthless killer in the beginning of the books.  He is different, tamed down a little.  But he will still kill the bad guy in a heart beat.

And the other thing that I find is interesting is Hamilton is slowly bringing the character of Mommy Dearest out as the characters call her.  The Mother of Darkness is slowly making herself known to Anita and her followers.

So overall The Harlequin was a good book to the Anita Blake series.