Books I have read in the last week…

I have been reading so many books lately I dont have time to write a full review for all of them so I thought I would just put together a quickie post about the latest few…

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Nasty is an immortal – not in the Vampire sense, she is just one of many who live extremely long lives… Having always felt her life was empty, with memories of darkness and hurt spanning hundreds of years.  When on a night out with her immortal friends she witnesses her best friend carry out a horrific act on an undeserving mortal she realises she can not carry on living her dark ways and runs away in search of an immortal she had met many years before, River.  Amazed to find River she sets out to recover and redress her ways. A struggle in many respects as it means doing things she has not done for centuries, but there are added complications, her old friends are trying to find her, someone at River’s retreat is out to get her and the there is Reyn.  From the moment she meet’s Reyn there is something about him that but attracts and repulses her, when she eventually works out what their hidden past is she is tormented by hatred for the man she is now falling in love with…

A great twist on immortality with lots of interesting concepts and a bit of romance thrown in, I really enjoyed this and will be looking out for the sequel that is due out next year – Darkness Falls

Outpost by Adam Baker

Slightly off kilter from my usual supernatural based reading, this time a sci-fi twist to the Zombie genre is the focal point of this story.

Stuck out in the Arctic Ocean aboard an almost abandoned Oil refinery, Reverend Jane Blanc and the remaining skeleton crew aboard the Rampart have no idea of the tragic contagion that has struck the rest of the world.  Word reaches them that a relief ship is coming to take them home, but the reality of being trapped in the frozen winter soon kicks in as TV and radio channels die and the promised rescue vessel is a huge let down.  With supplies running low, tempers fraying all the crew want is to get back to the world they came out here to escape, whatever that world may now hold for them.  The discovery of what is really occurring in the outside world only adds to their already insurmountable problems as they battle to survive as night sets permanently for the winter and the infection reaches their once safe haven… who will survive, and would you want to?

An awesome masterpiece of full throttle action, fast paced, unputdownable – so much so that I actually didn’t put it down, I read cover to cover in 8 hours flat!  As much as I would like there to be a sequel, I think it is actually unlikely to be possible given the ending; but still it was by far the best of all the books I have read in the past few weeks (and as you can tell from the reviews and this post, I have read quite a few!)

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

The latest in a series I have been reading for some time.  The supernatural ‘Otherworld’ series started with Bitten, about Elena the only female werewolf in the world; Walking the Witch is the 12th book and for the first time Savannah Levine, daughter of the Black Witch Eve, takes the starring role.

Left in charge of her guardians’ private investigation company for the first time Savannah is given the opportunity to ‘prove’ herself and take on her first solo case when three women are murdered in a small town.  With the help of  Jesse, who put her on to the case; Kayla, daughter of one of the victims; and Micheal, the police detective brother of another victim; Savannah sets out to discover the murderer.  The death toll continues to grow in Savannah’s presence and she soon comes to fear there is more to the situation than it originally seemed.  Her colleague Adam arrives just in time for the ultimate final confrontation and the truth about the killings is finally revealed.

Another brilliant addition to the Otherworld series, that can be read as a standalone if you haven’t been following the series so far.

The Lost Boys by Craig Shaw Gardner

The Lost Boys

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The book about the film written after the film was released, the intention was (apparently) to fill in some of the gaps in the film by providing extra details about the Lost Boys rival gang The Surf Nazis (who do not survive long in the film) and other filler details.  To be honest it actually falls short on providing much additional information.  I love the film, it’s my all time favourite movie, but the book doesn’t do it justice, failing to provide the expected extras – it is pretty much a written version of the film, almost word for word. for those who haven’t seen the film here’s a short synopsis –

Sam, Micheal and Lucy Emerson move to Santa Carla to stay with Lucy’s father after her marriage breaks down.  Micheal quickly falls in with a gang known as the Lost Boys and things start to get strange.  meanwhile Sam makes friends with the Frog brothers who are trying to convince him that Santa Carla is crawling with vampires.  Of course they are soon proven right when Sam’s own brother Micheal becomes a night crawler himself.  The boys then set out to save Micheal and his new friend Star from the Lost Boys, but their plans don’t always go well, in the end there is a huge battle between the vampires and the Frog/Emerson clan…

Stick to the film, is my opinion on this one – I had to get the book (and had it signed by Corey Feldman when I was at the London Film and Comic Con) but now it will be resigned to my collection to be preserved and not read again…

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9 comments on “Books I have read in the last week…

  1. I never seem to get it right when I buy a book for reading pleasure. Thanks for this post! Immortal definitely sounds good as well as Waking the Witch. I will have to see if I can get them both 🙂 Sevae

    • Thanks Sevae, I’ve been lucky to rarely get it wrong with my book choices, I tend to stick to stuff that is similar in genre and have rarely been disappointed, hope you enjoy the books when you get them 🙂

  2. Defnitely going to need to check out Immortal Beloved. It sounds so good. I loved Waking the Witch too, I read the one after recently, Spell Bound. It’s another Savannah one. It really sets the series up for its end next year. I’m going to miss the women of the other world.

    • Thanks Summer.

      I heard that the Otherworld series was coming to an end, I’m gutted as there is still so much scope for more! I will miss it very much also 😦
      Thankfully I still have lots more reading material with Kim Harrison’s series (The Hollows/Rachel Morgan), Charlaine Harris’s True Blood series and so many others lol

      • Yeah, I’m gutted too 😦 I hope the last book centres around Elena, there’ll be something satisfying with it coming full circle like that.
        Haha, that’s quite a lot to read. My supply of unread books is running low, although I might top it up with some from above 🙂

      • Yeah coming full circle would be a good way to end the series 🙂
        Im terrible for buying too many books, my ‘to read’ pile is always over 200 books, and as I start t read them I end up buying more as I tend to happen across the first book in a new series :/ I’m up to date with the Hollows and True Blood, but still need to read Spellbound amongst many others!

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