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Books 4, 5 & 6 - 2010

Book 4: Mistral’s Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton – 302 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk
The time has come for Meredith Gentry to put aside her detective work and fulfill her ultimate obligation to the world of Faerie - where her efforts to conceive an heir to the throne of the Unseelie Court are crucial to restoring magic, and life itself, to the Fey kingdom. And though her quest to produce an heir may be full of sensual pleasures, it is also fraught with peril: the shadows of intrigue stalk the royal court, and sabotage lurks at any turn. Merry's cousin schemes and plots, determined to see her fall. But, in the once-dead gardens of the world of faerie, something has re-awakened an all-powerful, malign magic. And Merry's own powers have turned wildly - dangerously - unpredictable. As plots and counterplots are hatched and strategies and subterfuges played out, the destiny of an entire world turns upon the fortunes of Merry Gentry: object of obsession, target of treachery and pawn of uncertain fate.

Do you know what’s funny about this book? It’s the fact that despite enjoying this Merry Gentry book more than many of the others, it actually has no plot. None whatsoever. It is simply designed to move the story from one point (the end of A Stroke of Midnight) to another (the beginning of A Lick of Frost). It is simply a series of events; there is no problem that comes to light at the beginning that needs to be resolved by the end. And yet, whilst I was able to identify this, and the ridiculousness of the fact that Merry had sex with three different men in the space of approximately 2 hours, I still enjoyed this book. These books are an easy read for me; it took me about a week of journeys to and from work on the train to finish it, which is fast for me. I figure this series is my ‘Twilight’: trashy, lazily written, repetitive, but quite the guilty pleasure!

4 / 50 books. 8% done!

1294 / 15000 pages. 9% done!

Book 5: A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton – 342 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
You know me. I am Meredith Gentry, princess and heir apparent to the throne in the realm of Faerie; one-time private investigator in the mortal world. To be crowned queen, I must continue the royal bloodline - I must produce an heir. To fail would allow my aunt, Queen Andais, to do what she most desires: to place her twisted son, Cel, upon the throne of Faerie...and kill me. I am surrounded by loyal guards, my best loved - sworn to protect and to love me - yet for all our eager efforts, I remain childless. My sinister Queen and her confederates conspire against me and so my bodyguards and I have slipped back into Los Angeles. But it seems exile is not enough to escape those with dark designs upon us. King Taranis, vain glorious ruler of Faerie's Seelie court, has accused my guards of a heinous crime and asked the mortal authorities to pursue them. If he succeeds, my men will face a hideous fate. I know Taranis' charges are baseless - for his true target is me. He tried to kill me when I was a child. Now I fear his intentions are far more terrifying.

I picked this book up straight after reading Mistral’s Kiss and as I had to catch a plane the next day for work, got to put some substantial time into reading it and reading it quickly. And it was good! This one actually had a plot, which was awesome! Taranis is a nutter, Merry still needs to keep her legs together (she only slept with two guys this time around and they weren’t total strangers – woah!) and the twist with Frost broke my heart even though his constant whining and pouting gets to me (and Merry going on and on about how handsome he is – Twilight much?!?!). His background gave a lot more dimension to his character and I could really see him in my head as the young Frost. I think that’s the one thing that really engages me with this series – I feel like I really I can really imagine what’s going on. I’m not sure if that’s any talent on Hamilton’s part or it’s just because I love the mythology she’s based her story on. Either way, I know I shouldn’t, but I just love these books! They’re like Mills and Boon for fantasy lovers – absolute twaddle but you keep reading them anyway!

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

1636 / 15000 pages. 11% done!

Book 6: Temping Fate by Esther Friesner – 279 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Until she stumbled upon the Divine Relief Temp Agency, Ilana Newhouse was having trouble finding a summer job. But when she reports for her day as a temp Ilana discovers she's temping for the Greek mythological goddesses, the Fates.

I can’t remember where I heard about this book, but I love anything to do with the Greek gods, so of course, I had to get it. And then, I got halfway through reading it, really into it, and found that there was a fault with my copy and half the pages were missing, while other pages had been duplicated. Fail! So, finally, I got a new copy and was able to finish it. And it was good! A bit young but funny. Part of the twist I saw coming, part of it totally took me by surprise. I think this would be more enjoyed by someone (preferably girls) around 14 to 17, but the idea is clever and the characters are engaging. A nice, light little read.

6 / 50 books. 12% done!

1915 / 15000 pages. 13% done!

Currently reading:
- From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology
edited by Lawrence Cahoone – 600 pages
- Next
by Michael Crichton – 540 pages
- The Constant Princess
by Philippa Gregory – 486 pages
- Divine By Blood
by P.C. Cast – 443 pages

And coming up:
- Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown – 620 pages
- The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls – 341 pages
- Swallowing Darkness
by Laurell K. Hamilton – 365 pages

I am now 514 pages through the Modernism anthology. Yay! Getting there!
Tags: magic, myth and legend, nyt bestseller, political thriller, romance, sexual violence, teen lit, urban fantasy, young adult

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