For those of you who know nothing about me (which is probably most of you, lol) I love to read and I love to talk about books that I have read. So, I decided that I would create my own perfect little world out here on the internet: a blog that's all mine where I can talk about as many books as I can handle! My master plan is to try and read as many books as I can and then review them on this blog, and hopefully connect with people that love to read too. In the process I'm hoping to discover even more great books to read through comments and discussions. I am mainly drawn to paranormal romance, fantasy, etc., but I also love a good John Grisham or Stephen King book, so I'm hoping to spread the love and read and review a variety of books.
I'm gonna jump in with both feet and start off reviewing a series of books that I have started reading. It is the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. As of today there are eight books in this series, and I am currently about halfway through number four. Books one through three are:
#1 - A Kiss of Shadows
#2 - A Caress of Twilight
#3 - Seduced By Moonlight
I'll start out by saying that I have been a longtime fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I was first introduced to her through her Anita Blake series (which I have absolutely loved - up until the last few). I was expecting more of the same from the Meredith Gentry series, but was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised. The two series are similar in the fact that they both revolve around a strong female main character who has a lot of shit in her life that she can solve partly by magic and sex. They are also similar in the fact that both girls are not monogamous, and prefer to have multiple partners - often at the same time. But the similarities end there, at least for me. Anita is more hard core than Meredith, and the tone of her books, and the sex scenes head down that road. Meredith is more genteel, for lack of a better word, and while she is not afraid to get down and dirty (with her magic or her men), it lacks that dark twisted quality that is so prevalent in the Anita Blake books. I don't want to really get down into every little detail of the books, especially since I am reviewing three at a time, but so far I have really liked them. To make it really short and sweet, here is a very quick synopsis: Meredith (Merry) Gentry is a fairy princess in hiding from her Aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. In book one, Merry is discovered by the Queen and brought back to court. In a twist of events, the Queen makes her co-heir to the Fairy throne with the Queen's son, Prince Cel. The first one to get pregnant, or get someone pregnant with the new heir to the throne will be Queen or King. Of course to make things more interesting, Prince Cel is a psycho, and the Queen is a sadist bitch, and Merry has to sleep with multiple partners (that have their own issues) to find the right one to get her pregnant. Book two and book three deal with Merry's long line of lovers, and the multiple assassination attempts that are put into play against her and the Queen by Prince Cel and Merry's uncle who is King of another Fairy Court. Confused yet?? Lol. It's not quite as convoluted as it sounds, but only just so. During all of this Merry herself is coming into her own power, and somewhat becoming the Goddess Danu/harboring her inside her body. Magic that has been gone from the Fairy court for centuries is being brought back to life through Merry and all of the men that she is having sex with. Very interesting to say the least! While the sex scenes are hot, they are not so graphic or obscene that the casual reader won't enjoy them. I highly recommend this series so far, and will continue reviewing each book as I read it.
I am planning on using a 5-star rating system with 1-star being horrible and 5-stars being amazing. For these three books I am giving 3-stars. The series is off to a solid start, but it seems to be lacking depth with developing the romantic relationships with Merry's sexual partners. There are two of them that she seems to really care about, but so far it's not really hitting me in the heart, if you know what I mean! I'm really looking for her to start making more of a real connection with her guys in the upcoming books that translates to the reader. Plus, she needs to come more into her power and sense of self confidence if she is going to end up Queen. We shall see....