Book Review: Bitten to Death

Bitten to Death

Bitten to Death, by Jennifer Rardin, is the 4th in the Jaz Parks series.

The latest mission for Jaz and Vayl have them infiltrating the vampire Trust. But someone has overthrown the regime. In a mysterious rise in power and abilities, the new leader of the Trust shares a dark past with Vayl. And she has her eyes set on Vayl as her new partner. Meanwhile, Jaz still needs to deal with the voices in her head and hunt down the evil vampire Samos.

Rardin does a great job with character development throughout the series. Jaz and her boss have gone through a lot and their relationship is certainly changing. It’s been a long time since I read the earlier books, and I was still able to jump into the story and not feel lost. But one of my favorite things about this series is the character interactions. Jaz is a fantastic character with plenty of humor to diffuse the scenes of violence and danger. The physical attraction and tension between Jaz and Vayl is steamy and frustrating.

This latest installment doesn’t fall short on the plot and suspense either. The Trust seems to be full of killers and traitors that will do anything to gain power. For action-packed intrigue with loads of blood-suckers, shapeshifters, and other things that go bump in the night, don’t miss this spy novel with bite.

* PS: For those of you with sharp eyes, you’ll notice that the cover blurb is from yours truly, talking about the first book in the series!

Book Review: Century: Ring of Fire

Century: Ring of Fire

Century: Ring of Fire, by Pierdomenico Baccalario, is the first of four books in the Century series.

“Every hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.”

On December 29th, three families arrive at a small hotel in Rome. Due to an error with reservations, Elettra’s family finds themselves overbooked. But that night, four children from different countries discover a strange coincidence. They all share the same, rare birthday: February 29th. When a blackout occurs, the children wander outside and encounter an odd man who hands them a briefcase. Later, they discover that the man was murdered. Elettra and her new friends must follow the clues inside the briefcase before the evil killer can catch up to them and stop them from finding the mysterious Ring of Fire.

Written for pre-teens, the story is short and very fast-paced. The mystery/mission is a bit muddled. It’s still not clear why the children need to be from different cities, why there need to be four of them, what the significance is of their birthdays, and why there is an evil presence trying to stop them (since their supposedly saving the world in some manner). Hopefully, these things are explained in the later books. As it is, this first episode is very suspenseful, to say the least. A menacing assassin is at their heels, and the children are never sure who they can trust.

The characters are larger than life, some comical. But readers are left in the dark about certain key characters and their motivations, for now. This definitely had the feel of a “Da Vinci Code for young readers” but with quite a bit more at stake. Ring of Fire is certainly a fun and exciting start to a series with certain potential.

Book Giveaway: Unseen Academicals!

Unseen Academicals

Courtesy of Harper Collins, I have a giveaway copy of Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett for 3 lucky winners!

Contest is open to residents in the US and Canada only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 16. I’ll draw names on October 17, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

Coming Soon:
The Color of Magic, the first Discworld novel, will be available to read online for free starting October 1st on

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Margaret Weis Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Margaret WeisDragons of the Hourglass Mage

Today, Margaret Weis visits to discuss and offer a chance to win her latest book, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage!

Tell us a bit about your latest release, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage.

This is the last in the Lost Chronicles series, which fills in gaps in the story of Dragonlance Chronicles, which we wrote twenty-five years ago. This third book deals with the most popular character of that series, the wizard, Raistlin Majere. Raistlin has just taken the “black robes,” meaning he has decided to dedicate himself to Takhisis, Queen of Darkness. He travels to her capital city, only to find his dreams and ambitions come crashing down on top of him.

What inspires you?

People, historical events, books.

What is your writing process with Tracy Hickman?

Tracy says he writes the adjectives, I write the nouns and we vote on adverbs. Actually we work now as we worked twenty-five years ago. We write the synopsis together, then he does the leg work—walking the world—and I do the writing.

What books do you enjoy reading?

I have my favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Renault, Alexander Dumas, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Chain Potok . . . so many!

Can you tell us a bit about how DRAGONLANCE came about?

Tracy and his wife, Laura, came up with the idea for a world where good and evil dragons fought and knights rode on the back of dragons. They developed this idea as they were driving across the U.S. from Utah to Wisconsin for Tracy to take a job at TSR, Inc. He presented the idea to the game design team and they developed the world that eventually became DRAGONLANCE.

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage is available now at bookstores everywhere.

About Dragons of the Hourglass Mage:
The Companions are back and the balance of Krynn is at stake, in the magnificent conclusion to the Lost Chronicles. The world celebrates Spring Dawning. The War of the Lance is nearing its end—for good or ill. Krynn’s future has been written. People think they know how the story ends. But one night and one fateful decision by Raistlin Majere may change it all. Dragons of the Hourglass Mage has already spent two weeks on the New York Times best-seller list since its August 4th release.

Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, I have a giveaway copy of Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman for five lucky winners!

Contest is open to U.S. residents. To enter, just fill out the form below.
Contest ends October 23. I’ll draw names on October 24, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Blu-Ray Review: Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray Edition

Sarah Connor (Lena Heady) will do anything to protect her son John (Thomas Dekker), the future savior of the human race. The machines know about John, and have been sent back to terminate him before Judgment Day. There is also Cameron (Summer Glau), a machine sent back to the past to protect him. But Cameron seems to have another agenda as well. And joining the team on a regular basis this season is John’s uncle Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green).

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